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A warmonger who still can't tell the truth

OWoN: Talking of low hanging Gorilla snot in politics, here is one who's deserving of a War Crimes charge in The Hague. He and Bush killed a million and displaced millions. A sniveling apology of manhood from this slimy, deviant tyke.

Tony Blair (pictured) seeks to appears contrite - but his admission over Iraq has been carefully calculated

MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: A warmonger who still can't tell the truth

Mail Online
25 October 2015

In his days of power, Tony Blair and his aides ruthlessly bullied Whitehall and Westminster – and the country – into the Iraq War with false and alarmist claims.

And, as The Mail on Sunday revealed last week, Mr Blair gave what amounted to a pledge of military backing to President George W. Bush when he was still claiming to have an open mind.

Now, with the Middle East a bloodstained wreck and his reputation in ruins, the one-time all-powerful Prime Minister seeks to appear contrite, no doubt preparing for the eventual release of the long-delayed Chilcot Report, which cannot possibly show him in a good light.

His amazing admission that he may bear some blame for the rise of IS (which he obviously does) has no doubt been carefully calculated.

So has his grudging but long-delayed admission that his Iraq adventure was badly planned and that Britain and the US were clueless about how Iraq would be governed once Saddam Hussein was gone.

In the light of that admission, his oft-repeated refusal to apologise for removing Saddam is weak.

His critics can rightly say that the world might well be far safer if Saddam were still in power. Would IS exist, would Syria and Libya be bloodbaths, would refugees be streaming out of the region in legions, if we had let ill alone?

For that matter, would Muslim converts be raising money for IS on the streets of London – an alarming development which this newspaper discloses today?

And would we face anything like as much alienation and extremism among Muslims living in this country? If we don’t admit mistakes, we do not learn from them. Then we make them again.

Mr Blair’s tactical retreat is better than nothing, but he still has a long way to go and so does our whole political class, who were complicit in this folly.

Mr Blair said in his autobiography: ‘I can only hope to redeem something from the tragedy of death, in the actions of a life, my life, that continues still.’

The rest of us can only hope that he will eventually do so by expressing the undiluted regret that still somehow eludes him.

Victory in retreat

Clever politicians – such as George Osborne – never want to look as if they are retreating.

But the Chancellor is not going to find it very easy to conceal any pull-back from his plan to reduce tax credits. It has gone too far. His own side is nervous.

Chancellor George Osborne (pictured) is not going to find it very easy to conceal any pull-back from his plan to reduce tax credits

Yet he may be rescued by the behaviour of the House of Lords. By leading the attack on the reforms, this overstuffed and increasingly indefensible Chamber allows Mr Osborne to look like the champion of the People’s Will against unelected meddlers.

If he can beat the peers off (and their constitutional position is very weak) it may well be that he can be generous in victory, offering tweaks and adjustments without looking as if he has caved in.

Both sides have good points. Tax credits were a bad idea, subsidising cheapskate employers.

But removing them too abruptly hurts exactly the kind of voters the Government wants to encourage.

Even so, those who genuinely want to help the working poor would be well advised not to back Mr Osborne into a corner. He is more likely to shift if he is allowed to look unbeaten.


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