The personal versus the political By William Bowles

3 May 2003

‘Blair, unhinged’ We are shaped by history and in turn, history shapes us, at least that’s the theory. This morning on the radio(BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme) the pundits were commenting on Tony Blair’s ‘messianic’ belief that what he was doing in invading Iraq was right and that he’d ‘squared’ his conscience ‘with his maker’, so that when he faced those he’d murdered and those who had died carrying out his orders, in the afterlife (or wherever), he’d be able to look them in the eye, his conscience clear. One of the pundits commented that in one TV programme he’d watched, before the invasion, where Blair was confronting his critics, he had an ‘unhinged look in his eyes’.

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