It’s striking to observe that the Daily Mirror has more stringent standards of personal responsibility than the Blair government (or, for that matter, any government in the Coalition of the Willing).
To spell this out, Mirror Editor Piers Morgan was sacked after he published photos, purporting to show torture of Iraqis by British troops, that turned out to be fakes. There’s no suggestion, as far as I know, that Morgan was complicit in the fraud, but obviousy his decision to accept them was influenced by his anti-war stand. In other words, Morgan’s position is exactly the same as that of Blair and Hoon in relation to the various “dodgy dossiers”, of Powell and Bush in relation to Powell’s UN speech and of Howard and Downer in Australia. As far as I know, no-one in any country has resigned or been sacked over this, and no-one senior has resigned or been sacked over Abu Ghraib.
The earlier resignation of BBC Director General Greg Dyke reflects a standard of responsibility unimaginable for politicians nowadays, though entirely consistent with the alleged conventions of the Westminster system and “the buck stops here”. Dyke resigned because one of his employees had made a misjudgement, and he took responsibility. buy elimite