Commenting on Tony Blair’s former Director of Communication Alastair Campbell’s evidence to the Iraq Inquiry, former Liberal Democrat Leader and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee Sir Menzies Campbell said:
“Alastair Campbell’s evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry was only the hors d’oeuvre, the main dish will be Tony Blair on Friday 29th January.
“It is clear now what Mr Blair’s line is going to be – there is nothing for which to apologise and military action against Saddam was the right thing to do!
“The only thing wrong with that position is that it ignores the fact that the action was illegal under the UN Charter, that the resolutions of the United Nations did not authorise the use of military force and that the inspectors looking for weapons of mass destruction did not get the chance to finish their job. If they had been allowed to do so then both President Bush and Prime Minister Blair would have known the truth – that there were no such weapons!
“The result of the illegal Iraq war was to cause incalculable instability in the Middle East, to provoke terrorist activity, to damage reputation significantly, and to cause the death of a huge but unknown number of Iraqi citizens.
“On the 29th January we shall see whether Mr Blair still thinks that it was the right thing to do.”