Last night on Question Time we were asked to explain why both Ed Balls and Ed Milliband are now critical of the Iraq war. The answer is obvious. They both wish to lead the Labour party. Many Labour MPs and Trade Union members always had their reservations about assisting in “Bush’s war”. Other Labour MPs and members are tired of having to defend it, now we know there were no weapons of mass destruction and no 45 minute threat to these islands.
Alastair Campbell defended himself and Tony Blair doggedly.He claimed they acted in good faith, and only found out later that the intelligence was wrong. He did not think the Labour party has anything to apologise for. Piers Morgan thought the actions of the two Eds cynical and unbecoming.
It was fascinating to watch this row on the left. There can be no doubt that the Iraq war was the most decisive and defining action of the Blair Premiership, just as the explosive money printing, devaluation and debt build up was the defining action of the Brown Premiership. Both have to be explained to the British public by the heirs to Blair and Brown. Maybe an apology as well as a convincing explanation of why they made these mistakes would also be wise.