When a new administration takes office they have insider access to much of what the previous administration has been doing. A major reason why the current administration is resisting all and any change must be because of what is to be found out about their last 12 years in power.
If we do manage to drag Brown and his Party to the polls the incoming government is going to be faced with more than the evidence of a political divide between them and Brown/Blair Labour. There will be a display of such levels of appalling behaviour that civil service rules on disclosure of previous administration information will not be able to hold back the tide of evidence.
William Hague has said plainly that there is to be a public inquiry into the attack upon Iraq. Within the Treasury there will be ample evidence of the recycling of taxpayers' money into Labour party funding and the establishment of taxpayer-funded Third Sector kick-backs to the Party in the consolidation of the client state. There will be laid out the dereliction of all duty to regulate financial markets. In every department there will be embodied the failure to discriminate between government and state, most particularly the Home Office will display gross disfunction, and Constitutional Affairs will have its intentions to damage the state laid bare. Departments concerned with social welfare, overseas funding, defence procurement (apart from the Treasury's long term intrusions into all these matters) will have their dirty secrets on display.
We need a Commission that can call for evidence and papers to work its way steadily through what has passed for government since 1997, and we need a court before which to bring those who have so transgressed our ways of governing, to trial. Those crimes of which evidence is found should not be rare or specially delineated crimes. Impeachment or acts against the state (whatever they are called) are not useful categories of accusation. Fraud, embezzlement, acting outside of powers, and, in the case of Iraq, war crimes, will be best. With those there are clear procedures and rules on how trials must be conducted. But a special court concerned in all this will be needed because there has always been some leeway, some grace afforded in political conduct when in power for meeting political exigencies. Such a court would be empowered to act with that in mind, rather than the strictly criminal courts that might well be overwhelmed with such an extra burden the special Commission might otherwise place on them.
However we organise it, it is not enough that New Labour should just lose office. They have gone too far.
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