Monday, August 21, 2006

Pro-war shocker!

The Euston Group invite you to take a drink with them on the fringe of the Labour Party conference. As the boys over at AaroWatch have already noticed, in just one page of invite they manage three times to say it is not a pro-war group:

We took differing views of the war in Iraq.

Around half of us opposed the Iraq war.

Many of us opposed the war in Iraq ...


These are statements you often hear from the Euston Group. But are they correct? These are the eight signatories you can meet in the bar.

Nick Cohen - Supported the invasion of Iraq
Gisela Stuart - Supported the invasion of Iraq
Greg Pope - Supported the invasion of Iraq
Lord Soley - Supported the invasion of Iraq
Norman Geras - Supported the invasion of Iraq
Eve Garrard - Supported the invasion of Iraq
Alan Johnson - Opposed the invasion of Iraq
Jane Ashworth - Opposed the invasion of Iraq (I can't find a link but I believe she did)

I make that six in favour, two against. This is not half, or, I wouldn't say, even 'many'. Unless I have mis-labelled them, which is a possibility, she must mean something else - the 2300 signatories? I'd be surprised if she has done an analysis of all of these, and more surprised if half of them opposed the war, but it is the most likely explanation.