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MPs consider Wolfo "uniquely unsuitable". In the UK, where the government has been facing difficulty getting some legislation through parliament, a strongly worded Early Day Motion has been tabled by David Drew (Labour) and Andrew George (Liberal Democrat).

It states: "this House is appalled that the US Administration has chosen to nominate Paul Wolfowitz to the next head of the World Bank; believes that, as one of the architects of the invasion of Iraq, he is uniquely unsuitable to negotiate with the world's poorest countries; notes that he has no history whatsoever of demonstrating any understanding of the needs of those countries; further believes that he is the personification of how out of touch the Bush administration remains in ignoring its global responsibilities; and calls on the Government to take what steps it can to block this nomination."

We hope that this will inspire other parliamentarians to table motions and questions, not least to demand to know their governments' positions. There has already been some such activity in the European parliament, in the Netherlands, in Germany and elswhere.

Alex Wilks ~ March 21, 2005

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