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Lies, spin and deceit

Tony Blair is charged with lying and deceiving the public with "spin." But spin is just the reaction of politics to a more aggressive media. And on Iraq, it is Blair's judgement, not his integrity, that is at stake

By John Lloyd   October 2006

Tony Blair is now routinely referred to as a liar by commentators, his political enemies and by many in his own party. Most of the evidence for this charge flows from his determination to join with the US in the invasion of Iraq in March 2003—and the failure to find Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, the main reason adduced by Britain for going to war. Though it is by far the most serious allegation against Blair, it is also one of the least convincing, as I will show. There have been other, better, reasons for doubting the prime minister’s veracity…

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