Some are taking impeachment seriously â€¦
January 23, 2006
This is from Iain Hollingshead, writing in The Guardian on Saturday (via Commondreams):
â€¦ When, in August 2004, the Plaid Cymru MP Adam Price proposed impeaching the prime minister over the Iraq war, critics thought he'd spent too much time in the summer sun. Wags drew comparisons with Bill Clinton and blue dresses. Academics were wheeled out to chart the British history of impeachment - from Richard Lyons, for corruption in 1376, to an unsuccessful attempt against Lord Palmerston in 1848, for signing a secret treaty with Russia. [â€¦]
Allegations brought against Mr Blair included misleading parliament and the country, negligence and incompetence, undermining the constitution and making a secret agreement with the president of the United States.
To the surprise of some, the campaign quickly gathered momentum. [â€¦]
On November 24 2004 an Order Paper for an impeachment motion - the first in almost 200 years - was put before parliament. Its signatories ranged from the former Tory minister Douglas Hogg to the Liberal Democrat MP Jenny Tonge. [â€¦]