Tony Blair was ‘reluctant’ to discuss Iraq with his Cabinet because he did not trust his ministers to keep the details secret, Britain’s top civil servant said yesterday.
The then prime minister was paranoid that private conversations about going to war would be leaked by unhappy colleagues, said Sir Gus O’Donnell.
His remarks contradicted Mr Blair’s claim that he held frequent and robust Cabinet discussion about toppling Saddam Hussein.
They were among a number of criticisms the Cabinet Secretary levelled against the former premier’s controversial ‘sofa government’ style.
that's from ian drury's report for the daily mail. i just want to know where our iraq inquiry is?
we didn't get impeachment, we didn't get anything. we can't even have an investigation into the illegal war and how it was started.
and we kid ourselves that we have democracy in this country.
nothing may come of the iraq inquiry. i realize that. but they've had tony blair have to offer testimony and people scream at him that he was a liar and started the illegal war. we didn't get that in the u.s. wouldn't we have loved it though? the chance to see george w. bush try to justify his illegal war? i would have loved to have seen that.
and it would put the check in that we the people are supposed to have on the public servants we elect.
but we don't get that. meanwhile a constitutional monarchy is showing the u.s. how it is done. think about that the next time you chant 'u.s.a! u.s.a.!'
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'