Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Iraq Inquiry gets set to grill Tony Blair again

An unrepentant Tony Blair makes his final appearance before the inquiry into the Iraq war today, resigned to the fact that he will fail to draw a line under the most controversial decision of his premiership — to take British troops into Iraq.

The former Prime Minister will face up to four-and-a-half hours of questions by the inquiry team chaired by former Whitehall mandarin Sir John Chilcot. They have recalled him to clear up inconsistencies between the evidence he gave a year ago and that provided by other witnesses since.

Although allies insist Mr Blair is taking today's session seriously, his preparations have been much less forensic than a year ago, and have caused little disruption to his globetrotting lifestyle as Middle East peace envoy, star speaker and company adviser.

Mr Blair has not been locked in discussions with his former aides like last time and has prepared solo by studying the recent evidence to the inquiry.

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