The Lib Dems Are The Grownups On National Security

Compare the Lib Dems’ and the other major parties’ positions on the three issues that have defined our security. First, the invasion of Iraq. Politically aware Britons, certainly those who were old enough to vote when the US was trying to rally British support for invasion in 2003, remember the passionate opposition of the then leader of the Lib Dems, Charles Kennedy. Kennedy argued for giving the weapons inspectors time to finish their work, as their leader, Hans Blix, requested. He warned against the precedent that would be set by attacking a country to pre-empt a danger that had not been conclusively proven. Millions of Britons supported the Lib Dems’ position, not least because they rightly suspected that Tony Blair was ready to follow George Bush anywhere.

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