Did Jack Straw burnish or tarnish his image at the Chilcot hearings yesterday? One the one hand he described doubts that most of us hope our senior politicians have when making the gravest of decisions. Apparently, he expressed these doubts to Blair and others in the cabinet; unlike Campbell last week, he appears not to have sworn fealty to his then boss. Blair will have to explain why he disagreed with his Foreign Secretary. But ultimately the arguments convinced him. Straw supported the war, rigorously, if I remember.
The former Foreign Secretary can be wily with his words – he’s a lawyer after all. His Chilcot performance will have been planned to portray himself exactly how he wants to be portrayed.