I worked for the British foreign office. I
became a British ambassador. I was a British diplomat for 20 years. I was always patriotic
to be British. I was very very proud. I remember when I first became a British ambassador and
first went out in my own flag car with the Union Jack flying on the front as the ambassador.
I had a lump in my throat. It was a proud moment for me. It was only six months after that I discovered that in the country where I was ambassador we and the Americans were
shipping people in order for them to be tortured and some of them were tortured to death. Now
as you may imagine my world view changed. It was… The second time about a month later we invaded Iraq against the will of the security council. Not just without permission of the
security council. But in the full knowledge that if it had gone to the security council
we would have been voted down. I as a British diplomat I saw all the internal memos that
went through that decision. I know for certain. I used to be head of the FCO unit that monitored
Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. I know for certain I can tell you they knew there
weren't any. It wasn't a mistake. It was a lie. I think it is impossible to be proud
of the United Kingdom. I think when we invaded Iraq we did to the United Nations what Hitler
and Mussolini did to the League of Nations. I think what we've done since where the truth
is often much hidden in the bombing. If you look at Libya. Disaster now. We bombed it.
We killed fifteen thousand people when NATO bombed it. Something they never told you on
the BBC. Did we make it better? No. I saw in Uzbekistan. I saw the gas contracts signed
by Imron. A company called Unical which George Bush senior was on the board. It's a big gas pipeline from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan over Afghanistan down to the Indian ocean. That
was actually what the Afghan war was about. They'd actually had talks with the Taliban
and Unical to see if the Taliban would provide pipeline security. The person who held those talks. The consultant of Unical was a certain Mr Kassi. Who after being employed by George
Bush senior as a consultant went on to become president of Afghanistan. That was their plan
B. The Taliban wouldn't do it so they invaded. I've seen it on the inside. It's almost always about control of resources. It is every bit as corrupt. I can tell you it is not an
academic construct. The system stinks. Westminster stinks. British Government is deeply, deeply
immoral. They don't care how many people they kill abroad if it advances them and anybody
who votes 'no' is voting to support a psychologically flawed. A pathological state which is a danger
to the world. A rogue state. A state prepared to go to war to make a few people wealthy.
That's why I say it's not possible to be a decent person and vote 'no' and we shouldn't
be ashamed to say that.