Majority of Britons blame foreign policy, says poll
The Prime Minister’s foreign policy has made Britain more of a target for terrorists the majority of Britons have said, The Guardian said citing a new poll.
In a Guardian/ICM poll of 1,007 adults carried out over the weekend, 72 percent, including 65 percent of Labour voters, think government policy has made Britain more of a target for terrorists with only one percent of respondents believing Blair’s actions in the Middle East has made Britain safer.
Blair had come under heavy criticism for standing by US President George W. Bush in blocking an early ceasefire in the Israeli war on Lebanon.
An open letter by 38 British Muslim organizations blaming Blair’s foreign policy for giving “ammunitions” to terrorists has been criticized by the government and some politicians last week as “dreadful misjudgment.”
A report commissioned by Muslim leaders following the 7/7 London attacks said that the British policy on Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East were fanning the flames of extremism. And a Home Office’s inquiry into the terrorist bombings has conceded that the bombers were motivated by London’s foreign policy, principally the decision to join the US-led invasion of Iraq.
Tory leader David Cameron is on course for a possible general election win. The same poll also showed that support for the ruling Labour dipped four points to 31 percent, the lowest since 1987.
It is the second lowest since the poll series began in 1984, noted the British daily. The main opposition Conservative Party gained support, rising to 40 percent, its strongest showing since 1992.Britain’s second-biggest opposition Liberal Democrat Party, meanwhile, gained five points to 22 percent.
The poll showed former Labour voters switching to the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in almost equal numbers. Were those results to be replicated in a general election, the Conservatives would win a majority in Parliament by about 10 seats, according to The Guardian.
The poll also indicated that Britons are suspicious of the alleged plot to blow up US-bound passenger jets in mid-aid. Only 20 percent of all polled, and 26 percent of Labour voters, think the government is telling the truth about the threat. Twenty-one percent believe the government has actively exaggerated the danger.
A majority of 51 percent think the government is not giving the full truth and may be telling less than it knows.
About 15 percent of respondents said they were less likely to fly as a result of Britain’s announcement that it had thwarted the alleged terror plot.