Tony Blair misled his cabinet, parliament and the British public over the Iraq war. That is the assessment of his International Development Secretary at the time, Clare Short.
Appearing before the Iraq Inquiry four days after ex-prime minister Blair, she said the cabinet as a whole was left in the dark about events leading to war.
“There was never a meeting that said ‘What’s the problem? What are we trying to achieve? What are our military and diplomatic options?’ We never had that coherent discussion of the problem and what the government was trying to achieve and what our bottom lines were. Never,” Short told the Chilcot Commission that is running the inquiry.
In Blair’s evidence last Friday, he said that there had been “substantive discussion” with the cabinet on the matter.
Short quit the cabinet two months after the Iraq invasion, claiming Blair had “conned” her into thinking there would be a greater UN role in the country’s reconstruction.