Today via Twitter and Facebook we asked for your responses to our new #CommonDebate feature
AS part of Scotland’s new media, what you think about the news is a top priority for CommonSpace – we want to know how you feel about major news stories, and what events you think should be getting attention.
Your views on news issues are incredibly important to us, and we want you to be involved every step of the way. With that in mind, today we launched #CommonDebate to let you tell us what you think about the big topics of the day. Whenever there’s a big question or issue drawing public attention, we’ll use the #CommonDebate hashtag to make sure your voice is heard.
Today’s #CommonDebate question was: ‘What should the consequences be (if any) for former Prime Minister Tony Blair and those who voted for the Iraq War in light of the Chilcot Report findings?’ We’ve collated some of your great responses below:
@TheCommonSpace @AngelaHaggerty war crimes tribunal.
— John Robb (@johnthegasrobb) July 7, 2016
@TheCommonSpace War crimes hearing at The Hague….
— Laurence Nelson (@StairparkSage) July 7, 2016
Many anti-war activists have re-iterated calls for Blair to be indicted since the release of the Chilcot Report, and seeing Blair at the Hague was a common theme in your responses. (We’ve looked at why that is an unlikely outcome at this stage.)
@TheCommonSpace How about public acceptance of guilt, ban from holding govt office or intervening in politics/lobbying #CommonDebate
— Hannah (@HannahWilso) July 7, 2016
@TheCommonSpace Stripped of seat in WM (peers too & pensions); profits accrued as MP/Lord sent to & If phys fit work 9m in Iraq on rebuildin
— Rosa Alba Macdonald (@rosa_alba_macd) July 7, 2016
Some of you felt that a ban on participating in politics would be appropriate, while others called for Blair to be stripped of profits and status accrued during his time as Prime Minister.
@TheCommonSpace I just read the wiki page on resolution 1441 and it does not authorise force at all: so there we go
— Barry Byrne (@BarryByrne0) July 7, 2016
Others were initially sceptical that any consequences would be valid or binding, but found looking into it further seemed to raise even more questions.
You can read our round-up of 8 key pieces of Chilcot information here to catch up on the most important points so far from the report.
We’d also like to thank everyone who responded, and encourage you all to get involved in our next #CommonDebate on Twitter or Facebook, or even tell us what you think about today’s question in the comments below!
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