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Can government evasiveness over Iraq be justified? Not quite

By David Goodhart   March 2004

The Iraq war refuses to fade into the background of British politics. That is partly because of the continuing difficulties in Iraq itself. But it is mainly because of the way the decision to go to war provoked an almighty clash between the logic of a media-driven popular democracy and the logic of “grand strategy.” The reverberations from that clash continue to dominate British politics. The Blair government failed to marry the two logics – and in so failing found itself in a battle for legitimacy with an important section of the media and public opinion. One consequence of that…

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