Toto has pulled back the Brexit curtain to reveal – oh dear! – Oliver Letwin | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian

English: Oliver Letwin MP, Minister of State, ...

English: Oliver Letwin MP, Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marina Hyde writes an alarming op-ed in the Guardian. She maintains that reassuringly, the man in charge of the government’s ‘Brexit unit’ is the go-to guy for not having a clue.

Source: Toto has pulled back the Brexit curtain to reveal – oh dear! – Oliver Letwin | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian

The article is broadly critical of Letwin’s career but asserts that he’s an insider.

More alarmingly, Letwin, responsible for Cabinet Office, didn’t plan for Brexit because it wasn’t government policy.

For years the Cabinet Office has been big on preaching across government as to best practice. But surely somebody at the Cabinet Office has heard of risk analysis and contingency planning?

 

Tony Blair unrepentant as Chilcot gives crushing Iraq war verdict | UK news | The Guardian

Effigy of Tony Blair from a 2003 anti-war demo...

Effigy of Tony Blair from a 2003 anti-war demonstration against the Iraq War (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Guardian concludes that Sir John Chilcot delivered a highly critical verdict on Iraq war but reports that ex-PM says: ‘I believe we made the right decision’

Source: Tony Blair unrepentant as Chilcot gives crushing Iraq war verdict | UK news | The Guardian

I watched Tony Blair on television read out his statement and answer reporters questions. At that stage, I had only seen the headlines on Twitter. It was only later that I read the executive summary of the Chilcot Report and read many detailed reviews in the world’s media.

Let me introduce my bias. At the time, I thought the Iraq War was a proper intervention based on information publicly available in the media. For many years, I thought that Blair was an outstanding statesman and politician although my own politics is more conservative.

When I heard Blair I could empathize and relate to his arguments. I thought that he handled himself brilliantly. His oratory was outstanding. I was partially swayed by his argument; he’s a very talented speaker.

It was only when I read the executive summary of the Chilcot Report that my views on Blair hardened  (Open the link and read the official report). I could see that Blair was an extremely arrogant and vain person with a large ego. Normal checks and balances were ignored and Blair raced to war to gain his place in history. It was particularly disgusting the way Blair manipulated the media and parliament to rubber stamp his pre-agreed actions with the US neocons.

In conclusion, I think that Blair was wrong not to apologize unreservedly. Whilst many still argue for Blair to be tried as a war criminal, legal experts suggest that the case is not watertight.

Also Blair ducked a question about his lucrative business interests advising Arab countries who  were supporting terrorism.

Thoughts?