Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

No Spin, No Dossiers, Tony

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

No Spin, No Dossiers, Tony

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Even as Tony Blair was finally taking a "reality check" over his stance on Saddam Hussein's missing weapons of mass destruction, potential new pitfalls were emerging.

Only last week, the Prime Minister was refusing to give in to demands for an inquiry into why no such weapons have been found in Iraq.

Last night, Downing Street began talking of this issue as a "valid question" which needs to be addressed. The change of heart quite obviously owes much to the decision of President George W Bush to establish an independent commission into the background to the war.

It has also been clear the findings of Lord Hutton have done nothing to help Mr Blair "draw a line" under this matter.

It was a mistake to believe it ever would.

Whatever Lord Hutton ruled, the issue of whether the terror weapons Mr Blair relied so much upon as the reason for invading Iraq, actually existed was still very much alive. Mr Blair now appears to be coming to the view that a great many people have held for quite some time. …

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