The BBC reports: Tony Blair has said the Iraq war made the world a safer place and he has “no regrets” about removing Saddam Hussein.
The newspapers will be full of it – but after six hours watching it today, admittedly, while doing other things in parts, Je suis fatigue. On the way out of the Chilcot Inquiry room Blair was heckled by 2 members of the audience. One called him a liar and the other called him a murderer. I make no comment on either of these accusations – but will say this, that it would not have harmed his case at all to have shown greater concern about the death toll, military and civilian.
Blair ran rings around the Chilcot Inquiry today. There were many instances today when the Inquisitioners failed to ask probing questions – some will say, and I have sympathy for this, far too many occasions. Blair gave a very good presentation, so good at times that I wondered if he was giving a presentation to a group of investors at a hedge fund meeting.While Blair was articulate, confident and assertive, I suspect that Gordon Brown, when he appears, will not be quite so smooth.
There were thousands of tweets during the day on Twitter #iraqinquiry #blair – this was one that amused me.
I may have to go back to getting my news in print or from the radio. I just can’t take any more hyperventilating BBC reporters.