Nick Clegg’s two-faced cynicism was the outstanding part of Iraq war anniversary journalism, but there is plenty more with which to deal.
John Prescott in the Sunday Mirror elaborated on his recent television interview, in which he said that the Iraq war was wrong in hindsight. Although what he said on television was ungrammatical and broke [...]
Like most reasonable people who disagreed with the invasion of Iraq, Nick Clegg must be embarrassed by the unreasoning haters who have been speaking increasingly on his behalf. Inevitably, he came across one on his phone-in on LBC radio this morning.
Dave from Ladbroke Grove: Nick, good morning it’s about another enquiry, this time it’s the [...]
You do wonder. Now Richard Norton-Taylor of the Guardian has pitched in with his version of the 10-year-old non-story copied out of another newspaper:
The long-delayed Chilcot inquiry report will be published without crucial evidence that would reveal what Tony Blair promised President George Bush in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq.
Thus combining two anti-war [...]
I am literally astonished at the way anti-war myths about Iraq continue to sustain themselves in the “reporting” and re-reporting of non-stories.
Fine column by David Aaronovitch in today’s Times (pay wall), on the way perfectly sincere Blair haters construct a “truth” in which they they believe. The best bits:
This week there have been unsourced stories from Sir John Chilcot [actually they were from Sir John's letter to the Prime Minister] suggesting that the Iraq Inquiry is being held up [...]
I see that the Guardian-Mail axis has mobilised to counter Tony Blair’s wish to re-engage with British public life. Interestingly, the Guardian’s contribution, by John Harris yesterday, was notably mild and willing to entertain the proposition that Blair might have something to offer.
Even so, it was shot through with the hardening anti-war conviction that no right-thinking [...]
Another flurry in the anti-war dovecot over the suggestion that Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General, might exercise the Government’s veto over the publication of a partial transcript of the telephone conversation between George Bush and Tony Blair on 12 March 2003, eight days before the invasion of Iraq.
This is now a big deal to the [...]
Time to get the old logo out. Amazing how the further delay announced yesterday by Sir John Chilcot, chairman of the Iraq Inquiry (and first reported by, oh, me), proves that Tony Blair is guilty, according to all reports in all newspapers today.
My own newspaper, The Independent on Sunday, continues its campaign against the nine-year-old decision to join the US invasion of Iraq on its front page today. I do not agree with my colleagues about this. I think the decision was a noble one, taken democratically and constitutionally.
I did, though, in my review of the fourth [...]
The anti-war Blair rage is subsiding. The proof is that Lord Sumption’s lecture at the London School of Economics on 14 May went unreported. In it, the Supreme Court Justice said:
The great majority of international lawyers of repute considered it [the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq in 2003] to be contrary to international law.
I know about this only because [...]
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