Sorry about the OOPs about Mr. Cook's funeral year.
Maybe so, and I'm in favour of holding juniors and lackeys responsible if the leaders are held more responsible first, but that observation reminds me of one of the few reasons I still think that genuine leadership matters or can matter.
Ms. Blears is indeed a leader - an elected MP who's business is to investigate government initiatives and vote in accordance with her constituents wishes. It is an age of specialization and few have time to research in depth what their government is up to ... they have to rely on their elected servants. Direct democracy is not an option.
No, she is (was) not a wig in the Party nationally, but her support allowed the ruling cabal to perform the repulsive deeds that eventually got them chucked out of office. It was her (and her ilk's) job to investigate what the government that she was a member of, was doing. Even you and me, sitting in Canada knew that the famous "Missiles of Saddam are 45 minutes away from London."
was a croc.
As Monbiot comments when she denies any knowledge of British support for the dictator of Uzbekistan, who boiled opposition, "It was in all the papers."
Chretien had many bad points - Paul Martin being one of them - but I must have warm thoughts about him keeping us out of any coalition of the economically arm twisted.
Perhaps if Britain had more Cooks and fewer
Blears a whole lot of Englishmen would still be alive and voting Labour.