by Ray Fleming

HAS Tony Blair at last got the message that most British people do not think he has been honest about his reasons for going to war in Iraq? In an interview he has recorded for Fox News in the United States he tells Mike Huckabee that in Britain “People find it hard to come to the point where they say: “We disagree, you're a reasonable person, I'm a reasonable person, but we disagree. There's got to be some conspiracy behind it, and people just find it hard to understand that it's possible for people to have different points of view.” Mr Blair has always taken the “why can't we agree to differ” line about the Iraq war but now he seems to accuse the British people of failing to accept his policies because of a liking for conspiracy theories. Can't he understand that for people to agree to differ they have to be sure that they can trust the arguments being made by the other side? In the case of Iraq the public was told by Mr Blair that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and could use them but it turned out that this was untrue. So to agree with Mr Blair that he acted in good faith, as he insists he did, is asking a lot of those who always had doubts and expressed them at the time. Conspiracy doesn't come into it but his integrity most certainly does.