Thursday, January 20, 2011

At Last, the Damning Evidence That Should Bury Blair for His Lies Over Iraq

The Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War has dragged on for 14 months, and is far from over. Dozens of witnesses have been questioned, and millions of words of evidence amassed.

Even the most diligent onlooker may be forgiven for losing the plot. That may explain why a piece of ­sensational information released by the inquiry on Monday has not yet caused the political earthquake it should have.

Many newspapers have so far either ignored or underplayed it, and the BBC has hitherto showed limited interest. And yet the new documents appear to establish more clearly than ever before that Tony Blair misled Parliament and the public about the legality of the war.

Some of the former Prime Minister’s political opponents and a few newspapers have previously accused him of lying, but the ‘smoking gun’ was never quite produced. This time it has been. His accuser is the former Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, a member of the Labour government before, during and after the invasion of Iraq.'


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