With less than a week to go before general elections Britain’s bitter campaign has exploded into life. On Wednesday confidential legal advice was leaked which warned Prime Minister Tony Blair the Iraq war might be illegal without a second UN resolution. Today Tony Blair has been forced to explain why advice ten days later expressed no such concerns.
At a press conference Tony Blair said: “The Attorney General’s advice was necessary in order to say the war could proceed lawfully. Contrary to the stuff that’s been in the papers and in the past few days. He actually did advise that it was lawful to proceed on the 7th of March and on the 17th of March.”
Opposition parties have pounced on the secret report from the Attorney General as showing that Blair lied to the British people and his cabinet about the legal advice he had received before the war. Opposition leader Michael Howard: “The issue of Iraq boils down to one very simple question at the root of it all: If you can’t trust Mr Blair on the decision to take the country to war, the most important decision a Prime Minister can take, how can you trust Mr Blair on anything else ever again.”
As Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, he wants to know exactly what it was that made the Attorney General change his mind. “It is imperative now for once and for all that Tony Blair comes clean with the British public as to what transpired over the course of those ten days.”