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Strangely i believe, although i could not find anything to back it up, John Smith the labour leader back in 1994 also died of a heart attack while out walking in the hills. Can anyone confirm this?
Originally posted by Rasputin13
He was a man who has gained considerable credibility in the UK over the last 2 and a half years.
This was my favorite quote from the original post, and I doubt many picked up on it. Basically the author of the post is saying that the man wasn't all that credible until he became "anti-war." This is typical partisan thinking, and the type of thing that has been all-too-common lately on ATS. A person's political persuasion, beliefs, and thoughts on the Iraq war are completely independent of his credibility. Such a biased statement to make, especially at the time of one's passing. You're entitled to your opinion, but now you have hurt your own credibility in the eyes of any free-thinking ATS member who reads your submission to ATSNN.
And just so you know, credibility has to do with a person's honesty, integrity, and commitment. Someone who means what they say and doesn't intentionally mislead people is a credible person. Someone with a long history of the above-mentioned qualities traditionally would have increased credibility. Merriam-Webster identifies the meaning of credibility as: the quality or power of inspiring belief.
Sorry to go off on a rant like this. I just feel it was a very ignorant and politically self-serving statement to make. I feel the ultimate irony lies in the fact that the author of the thread hurt his own credibility with the statement, in my eyes at least.
Originally posted by John bull 1
He had immense credibility before the Iraq War as a leading figure within the Labour Party and later as Foreign Secretary. I still maintain that his credibility increased since his resignation from Government.
Unlike Clare Short he was the reasonable voice of opposition to Tony Blair's Iraq policy and as such he was far more effective and credible in the eyes of the British people.
Originally posted by stumason
For the first time in a long time, I am actually shocked and saddened at the death of a public figure.
He was a man of integrity and honour.