Just finished watching Chilcot deliver his summary and it doesn't look good for Blair. Whether the evidence is enough to mount either a civil action or a private or public criminal prosecution for malfeasance / misconduct in public office is now a question for the lawyers. As we will now probably see the Blair millions draining away to legal costs, I suppose there is some satisfaction.
However, when I joined a million others in London in February 2003 on a wonderfully warm and sunny day to walk to Hyde Park (and I must admit, unlike a million others, then to enjoy a full afternoon's lunch, a real 8-bottler, in a fine restaurant in Shepherd's Market) I knew the WMD claim was tosh, knew that Blair was manipulating the truth and knew without question that the invasion was wrong. I see the Telegraph carries a story by James Kirkup "Blair did not bewitch us into backing war in Iraq. We let him do it". You did, chum, not me. I did absolutely everything I could within my power to prevent it; I wrote real letters by the score to MPs and peers, I marched, I protested.
Even when I started this blog in 2007 opinion was divided; many still supported the war on the grounds that regime change was positive. After the UK's humiliating withdrawal from Basra - not the fault of the troops, not even slightly - the voices were fewer. After the most recent 200 dead from a car bomb I'll be surprised to hear anyone defend Blair's actions on the grounds of regime change. And now, today, no-one even need ask to whom the title of this piece refers. And that's some consolation.
Justice of course would be the transfer of all of Blair's wealth to the families of the 200 Brits for whose deaths he is responsible. That's not going to happen. So we must just revile and loathe him the best we can.