Writing in yesterday's Independent newspaper, Robin Cook spelt out very clearly indeed the lessons that Mr Blair has to show he has learned: The war was launched on a false prospectus, the occupation was ill-prepared, and the brutality at Abu Ghraib was a disgrace to all members of the coalition. Britain is in Iraq and Labour is in this fix, because the Prime Minister refused to heed any warning of the risks....On Iraq the responsibility is all his. Unfortunately, although the Prime Minister seems ready to take the responsibility for the invasion of Iraq and its consequences, he is unwilling to accept that the decision to invade Iraq was wrong in any way. He has not yielded an inch in his justification for the war even though, on weapons of mass destruction, the case has fallen apart.
It is this stubborness that may be the undoing of Tony Blair if Labour's disaffected supporters still feel at the General Election that he has not learned the lessons they were trying to teach him last Thursday.