Tonight I attended a Call for Peace Vigil in Tottenham. Local community leaders spoke well of the responsibility we all have to promote peaceful solutions to the problems of society.
The MP for Tottenham David Lammy was then given the platform and he echoed the call for non-violence in the aftermath of the Tottenham riots. As he was speaking all I could think of was this mans complicity in the war in Iraq. He voted very strongly for the war and very strongly against an inquiry into the same war.
After the vigil ended I approached Mr Lammy and told him that I agreed with his call for peace. I then asked him to reflect on his previous decision to support the war in Iraq, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of people and the destruction of vital infrastructure. I also asked him whether he agreed that violence always breeds more violence and that in supporting war in Iraq he was sending out a message that violent action was acceptable.
To be fair to Mr Lammy for a moment he looked racked with guilt as the depth of his hypocrisy sank in. Then after an awkward silence he responded ” As a christian I agree with your message”.
Ben Griffin, Veterans for Peace UK