Much as I admire Lord Justice Leveson and the sardonic Robert Jay, QC, who asks most of the questions, I am afraid that either as a result of ignorance or excessive indulgence, their interrogation of the former prime minister was terribly lame. He was not put on the spot over many issues where he certainly has a case to answer.
For example, he was not examined as to why he and his turbulent spin doctor Alastair Campbell — who has inexplicably been treated with the softest of kid gloves by this inquiry — aided and abetted the bid for the Daily Express by the pornographer Richard Desmond in 2000. At that time, the Express was a New Labour-supporting paper, and Mr Blair believed Mr Desmond’s assurances he’d keep it so.
In fact, for six years, from his election in 1997 until the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Mr Blair enjoyed the most favourable Press of any modern British political leader. ...read more