Tony Blair has reacted angrily to persistent questioning about the legitimacy of the war in Iraq by insisting the issue is, and always was, his "own private matter".
Currently engaging on a promotional tour for his book, "A Journey", Blair admitted he is sick and tired of journalists and members of the public "banging on" about the 2003 invasion.
"My book is filled with commentary on some of the great political issues of my leadership" he said "but in today's celebrity culture all people just want to know about Iraq and other private details of my personal life".
Blair was unrepentant about suggestions that he single-handedly leading Britain into the Iraqi conflict despite a lack of any real evidence, saying even as Prime Minister's he had a right to conduct his private life the way he saw fit.
"Some people play golf, some people like fancy restaurants or holidays" he continued "I like to invade countries in my free time. I found it a great way of unwinding from the day-to-day stress of running a country".
Blair added that this "muckraking into my private life" was typical of our modern culture "in which we seem unable to differentiate between the public and the private".