Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist


The more we hear from the Chilcot enquiry the more it becomes clear that almost everyone in government- apart from Tony Blair and his courtiers- thought the invasion of Iraq would be a bad thing. Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller- who was head of MI5 at the time- knew that the war would radicalise young British Muslims and increase the likelihood of domestic terrorism. For some reason she kept quiet about it- and (apparently) failed to mention her reservations to Blair.

Everyone was going "please, no" about Iraq, but no-one who counted was expressing their doubts to the man in charge. There's only one possible explanation for this. They were too afraid.

Afraid of what? That Alastair Campbell would shout at them? That they might be moved sideways? That their advancemant would be blocked? It's not as if they risked being sent to the Tower- or the block. What a pusillanimous lot they are.

Something very similar happened with the elevation of Gordon Brown to the premiership. Everyone in and around government (apart from Brown's little squad of goons and hatchet men) knew he was fatally unsuited to the job, but no-one seriously opposed him. In this instance the ranks of the pusillanimous included Blair himself- who should have sacked his chancellor at the first sign of disloyalty- but kept staying his hand. Again, what were they all so frightened of? That Brown would throw a monumental sulk? But he was doing that anyway.
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