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Sunday, 31 January 2010

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We asked for your reactions to Tony Blair's performance at the Chilcot Enquiry, and our post bag was full to bursting!

'That Tony Blair makes me sick', writes Wayne Selfe of Bagshotte. 'How he has the cheek to sit there and lie his way out of trouble I don't know. What's the point of this enquiry? Anybody knows Blair and Bush sent millions to their deaths so they could become famous. It's so obvious Bush and Blair cooked the whole thing up to feather their own nests. Blair's really a traitor to our people and must be made to pay.'

Anne Idiot of Ratsfield pulls no punches. 'Blair's the same silver-tongued liar he always was. He charmed those old fuddy-duddies at the enquiry like he charmed the Yanks. The man's a smiling assassin. He can talk to these committees and such, but does he ever have the guts to talk to the dead servicemen or the decapitated children of Baghdad?'

Lydia Throstle from Trumpington has a question for Mr Blair. 'Where were you, Blair, when the missiles were flying? Where were you when the bullets were shooting? Where were you when the dead were dying?'

Arthur Pobble from Upper Middle Pibbleton has a tale to tell. 'I've just been on holiday to Goa (our 3rd marvellous visit in 12 months but that's by the by). Driving the 4X4 back from Heathrow we were stuck in a traffic jam. After we all agreed it was high time the government did something about the state of the traffic in Britain, we listened to some of Tony Blair's lies on the radio.

'Let me tell you, I was moved to compare the bearing of this man with that of Mrs Thatcher after the Falklands War. Mrs Thatcher did not glory in her victory. And the Falklands was a heroic and totally justified engagement. The Falklands is still British to this day. Is Iraq? In the Falklands we fought for British soil and the freedom of British citizens. Why did we go into Iraq? For oil, that's why. For the oil that has made the fortunes of Bush, Blair and their cronies.

'What good is all this oil to those of us who just want to drive our 4X4s and go abroad a few times a year and enjoy holidays in exotic 3rd world countries? We all feel the benefits of a British Falkland Islands - but did Mrs Thatcher glory in her victory?'

Finally, Helena Nutworthy of Fagge End, Wilts., can see somethjing positive come out of the debacle. 'Dear Sirs, may I suggest a candle, to light the way out of this Blair-darkened tunnel? Look at the people protesting outside the courts against Mr Blair and his illegal war. Now look at those Muslims who often pursue similar protestations against Mr Blair and the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Is there not common ground here? May I propose that the 2 groups come together. Surely then the governments must listen to a concerted movement of dismay?'

Thank you, Miss Nutworthy. On that intriguing note of possibility, we must bid you all farewell. Keep those letters and emails and texts coming!

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