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"Not Blair" survives Iraq grilling [Mar. 5th, 2010|05:56 pm]
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When he took over as Prime Minister in 2007, some allies of Gordon Brown spoke privately of his "not Blair" strategy.  He was still at it today when he gave a sober and assured performance before the Iraq inquiry.
Brown learnt a lesson from Blair's much more high-profile appearance in January,  when the former PM (no doubt sensing "I'm sorry" headlines) declined to express regret for the loss of life in the 2003 conflict and its aftermath.  Brown was quick off the mark in doing so.
While insisting that military intervention was "the right decision...for the right reasons", Brown managed to put a little distance between himself and Blair at the same time. He based his justification on Iraq's position as a "serial violator of international law"  rather than its (non-existent) weapons of mass destruction. He said Blair had given him all the information he needed for his decisions as Chancellor, a gentle reminder that he was not calling the shots.  For good measure, he was unaware of Blair's tussle  with the Attorney General Lord Goldsmith over the legality of war or  his private pledges to George W.Bush. Perhaps a "don't ask, don't tell" policy suited Brown.
The biggest threat to the current PM was the repeated claims by defence chiefs that he starved them of the resources for the equipment they needed. "No request was ever turned down," Brown insisted. Given the potential for trouble from today's hearing, Brown will be relieved to have come through so unscathed. He even managed a smile at the end.  It's not great for Labour to have Iraq in the headlines before the election but today's relatively low-key event is a reminder that it was not Brown's war, but Blair's.
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From: ww3_book_now
2010-03-05 11:57 pm (UTC)

Andy McGrice wins the Polly Toynbee Award

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for prioritising the reelection of the Labour Party over the deaths of half-a-million innocent civilians massacred by his poster-pin-up boys Gordon and Tony.

Gutless, spineless, pukesome drivel.
[User Picture]From: vhawk1951
2010-03-06 08:40 pm (UTC)

Re: Andy McGrice wins the Polly Toynbee Award

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whatever brown says, he will not be believed; he has nothing to gain from the truth and everything to lose by telling it, so i infer he has lied, or, more precisely, not told the whole truth, accordingly i reject his evidence as purely self-serving and inherently incredible.
i tend to doubt any witness who is incapable of giving straight answers to straight questions; never trust a blusterer and a waffler
[User Picture]From: vhawk1951
2010-03-06 08:41 pm (UTC)

Re: Andy McGrice wins the Polly Toynbee Award

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yes, exactly