Shortly after former Prime Minister Tony Blair had finished giving evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry on Friday, I commented on Nick Robinson's Newsblog. I was No.5 but remained unpublished until shortly after midday today, Monday.
I made the mistake on including the URL to a .pdf document issued by the Ministry of Justice in 2007. Doh! I'm glad I was patient. I do not want the point about the constitutional powers of Britain's Prime Ministers to be lost. Here's what I wrote with the URL removed:
Just heard the following expression uttered by former Labour Prime minister, Tony Blair:
"The decision I had to take."
Could you tell us on what constitutional grounds it was a decision he had to take. I thought we were a democracy with an executive accountable to Parliament. This goes to the heart of how Britain was embroiled in the Second Iraq War and why Blair's successor Gordon Brown, published proposals entitled, 'The Governance of Britain' immediately after taking over as Labour Leader and Prime Minister.
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Unlike most commentators, I continue to give Chilcot the benefit of the doubt. If nothing else he and his colleagues are exposing the scale of prime ministerial power and (without wishing to put ideas in their heads) the need to contain it. To his credit, I think Gordon Brown understands that at one level, or at least he did when the MoJ released its White Paper, "The Governance of Britain".
The Labour Party needs to hone its election messages with this in mind.