Labour suffer their worst election result for a century, and what does Gordon Brown do? He launches an inquiry into the Iraq War:
Prime Minister Gordon Brown is poised to announce details of a long-awaited inquiry into the Iraq War and its consequences, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.
The government has previously been accused of dragging its feet over an inquiry, with ministers claiming that nothing could happen until after the withdrawal of all British combat troops from Iraq, which must take place by July 31.
MPs had been expecting the announcement of the inquiry in the autumn, possibly during Labour’s annual conference, but it is understood that Mr Brown’s political travails have seen timings brought forward.
The inquiry’s verdict – which could be potentially politically damaging for Tony Blair, Mr Brown and other senior Labour figures – would still almost certainly not be known until after the next general election, which must be held by early June 2010.
This is yesterday’s news. There was a lot of anger about the Iraq War but it’s all in the past now — times have moved on and it’s no longer of concern to the British public. The Iraq War is irrelevant. For Brown to launch an inquiry now makes it look that he is either terminally out of touch, or incompetently trying to distact attecntion away from Labour’s crap performance in the European election.