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Blair's Iraq War: Lib Dems Proven Correct

Sir John Chilcot's long awaited inquiry into the Iraq was published today, all 2.6 million words of it. 
So today, my late friend Charles Kennedy has been vindicated. He was completely right to lead the Liberal Democrats in opposition to the war back in 2003, giving a voice to the millions who knew it was the wrong thing for Britain to do.
He did so in the face of vile taunts and mocking from Blair's Labour, insults and sneers from the Conservatives and blatant abuse from the right wing press.
Charles and his Liberal Democrat colleagues kept to their principles and voted against taking military action.
Every Lib Dem MP in 2003 - all 53 of my colleagues - voted "No" to committing our country to war in Iraq. I wasn't in Parliament at the time but I was one of the hundreds of thousands who marched on Parliament.
Labour and the Tories, including David Cameron, will now try and justify their position with talk of ‘if we knew then what we know now’, but the British people will know they had the power to stop the war, but chose not to.
Because Chilcot concludes exactly what Lib Dems have known for over thirteen years: there was no legal or strategic case for the invasion of Iraq. Instead of improving our security it in fact made our country and our world less safe.
It simply didn't have to be like this. The world would be a very different place if that decision had not been taken. 
How sad for all those killed, some estimate a million and billions more affected in some by the impact of the Iraq war.
Tessa Munt
6th July 2016

Wedmore Post Office: Update





Wedmore Post Office

Please feel free to use any of my points in your own response, if you have already responded but have additional points then I would think it is fine to go back and add these. 

Dear Post Office Ltd.

I would also refer to the comments I made earlier about the ease of parking to use the current Post Office.

In terms of using Post Office services when inside the premises, would Post Office services be...?*

Note: you may want to consider factors such as the layout of the store and manoeuvrability inside the store

  • Much harder

Why do you think Post Office services would be harder to use inside the proposed Post Office premises than currently? Please write in below.

The current premise is ideal, as it focuses on the needs of Post Office customers, whilst offering other goods, such as cards, packaging and stationery which are complementary to the primary offer of Post Office services. 

The current premises has adequate space to allow privacy, does not become overcrowded and offers the ability for simple, orderly queuing - not being subject to different sales points, which may become a cause of conflict as an alternative premises offers a different business model, thriving on the ability for customers to 'pop in and shop', often spending a matter of seconds or minutes to make single item purchases.

Are there any other local community issues which you believe could be affected by or affect the proposed Post Office move?

Note: Possible examples might include a Christmas fayre restricting access to the Post Office, or a local disability centre in the area that may be disadvantaged by the Post Office move. Please write in below.

Post Office Ltd admits that Wedmore Post Office engages in 820 Post Office Ltd transactions a week, large or small, which is 75 visitors making purchases from Post Office Ltd in each half day session (and an additional number who will visit the existing premises for other purposes with no financial value to Post Office Ltd, such as dry cleaning, cards, stationery, etc.  As such, our current counter staff are busy throughout their working hours.  Post Office Ltd's suggestion that this level of business activity can be absorbed easily into the working hours of existing staff in another village business seems unrealistic and absurd. 

Shopping patterns in Wedmore are focused on the usual retail business hours of Monday to Friday 09.00 - 17.30 and Saturday mornings, and as a consequence, the current Post Office's opening hours match and reflect the needs of this rural community.  There is little night life - other than our three pubs - and no public transport to or from the village outside core retail hours.  Local people are used to working within the constraints of limited opening hours - that is part of the charm of living in rural Somerset - and we do not expect, or want, what those who live in the metropolis expect or want.

Additionally, moving the Post Office from its current location will put at risk the survival of some 10 other independent retail businesses in The Borough Mall, as users of the Post Office provide a large footfall to and through this small precinct of additional shops.  There is currently a balance to retail shopping in the village which closure of the current Post Office would imperil and, potentially, destroy.

Is there anything you particularly like about the change?


Do you have any suggestions that could help us make the proposed Post Office move better? Please write in below.

Listen to what local people have said to you, and act accordingly. 

In my view, this consultation should be the 18th of that select few where Post Office Ltd has decided that the actions it proposes are neither suitable nor appropriate for this community.

The best thing would be not to move the Post Office from its current location.


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