It looks like the Leader of the Opposition is actually doing a bit of opposing:
“No 10 and the Foreign Office think Miliband is a f****** c*** and a copper-bottomed s***. The French hate him now and he’s got no chance of building an alliance with the US Democratic Party.”
A few more of these and I might feel able to offer him and his party a bit of critical support once in a while.
It's probably good for that fragile thing, Parliamentary democracy, given that opposition to the war is running at 2:1, to have at least one of the leaders with some MPs at his command reflect that opposition. Sure, from my point of view as a leftie, it might be better long-term for this to be another of those points where the deep state breaks cover - like a badly-trimmed submarine accidentally surfacing as it fires torpedoes - and reveals itself. But, war is not a good thing, so I'm happy to let that go.
However I agree with the Mash that there seems to be less of antiwar mood than there was 10 years ago, despite the bigger antiwar numbers:
Research by the Institute for Studies found that 89% of UK residents were ‘strongly opposed to dwelling on’ military intervention in Syria.
Mother-of-two Emma Bradford said: “I don’t want my mind to be used for thinking about the complex and frightening implications of warfare.
“My mental forces are already stretched to capacity thinking about nice clothes, buying a bigger house and children’s after school clubs.
“As a taxpayer, I pay the government to do my thinking for me.
Can I also blame The Man for the apathy itself, please? In the good old days before the war on trrrrr, if there was the remotest prospect of British armed forces hurting people or breaking things, it would be all over the media like a rash for weeks. The recent spate of wars has inured us to the mere mounting of air raids, and the butchers' bills from Iraq and Afghanistan have desensitised us to the prospect of this state making war in ways that don't, as yet, involve flying home coffins.
What then must we do? In practice, I think that this means I'm going to try to get my arse down to the Embankment at midday Saturday. I suspect that an unexpectedly large turnout there might have an impact.