Thursday, March 23, 2006

# Posted 11:17 PM by Ariel David Adesnik  

TONY BLAIR -- NOT A WORD ABOUT IRAN OR IRAQ: On the way home this evening, I listened to yesterday's edition of Prime Minister's Questions. Not one of Mr. Blair's fellow MP's asked him a question about Iran, about Iraq, or about any aspect of British foreign policy.

Well, one MP did ask the Prime Minister,
Will my right hon[orable] Friend join me in congratulating the sportsmen and women who are doing so well over in Melbourne [at the Commonwealth Games]?
I can't help but think that if a White House press conference went by without a single question about foreign policy, Europeans would take it as disturbing evidence of our self-centeredness and latent isolationism.

Nor is it unusual for Blair almost no questions about foreign policy, although he usually gets at least one. You'd think that with 10,000 British troops in Iraq, a crisis brewing in Iran and a genocide ongoing in Darfur, there would be a little more interest in the subject.

On the other hand, there is strong interest in Parliament in tackling some of the most intractable problems that face Britain today. As the member from Torbay wanted to know:
When will the Prime Minister get a grip on the NHS dental crisis in this country?
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