The Trial of Tony Blair

For those of you
who have seen the TV drama ‘The Trial of Tony Blair’ which had its first
showing on More4 on Monday evening, and is repeated on C4 tomorrow, you will
know that this was the fictional story of Tony being charged for war crimes and
being forced to trial in The Hague, by the International War Crimes Tribunal. 

Most of us agree
that whilst it would probably be a very popular event, should it ever come to
pass, there may be a more local remedy to hand, or should I say by Tony’s hand.


The new Serious
Crime Bill being introduced by this government states the following. 

a person has been
involved in serious crime in
England and Wales if he—

  • has committed a serious offence in a
    country outside
    England and Wales
  • has facilitated the commission by
    another person of a serious offence in a country outside
    England and Wales; or
  • has conducted himself in a way that
    was likely to facilitate the commission by himself or another person of a
    serious offence in a country outside
    England and Wales (whether or not such an offence was
    committed).
     

a serious offence
in a country outside
England and Wales means an offence under the law of a country
outside
England and Wales which, at the time when the court is
considering the application or matter in question would be an offence under the
law of
England and Wales if committed in or as regards England and Wales.

So, if we
consider that the War in Iraq has been declared by the U.N. as an illegal war, or
that this country has not passed through parliament a Declaration of War, for
every action by a British serviceman that could be considered an illegal act if
it were to have happened in the UK, i.e. assault, false detention, murder etc,
then members of the cabinet, who technically facilitated the commission of such
acts have fallen foul of this new law.

Unlike the C4
Drama, where Gordon Brown helped to facilitate Tony’s trial, under their own
law, he could be in the dock beside him.

The only thing to ponder now is – can we get Bush the same way if he every visited the UK? 

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Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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