Blair is on Radio 4 this morning at 0810 hrs.
Humphrys will be the interviewer. Wonder if he will do the usual BBC brown-nose job?
Probably not able to listen and would really like to hear Arrsers views on the interview.
He defiantly has ability of self delusion, probably more as a survival tool these days than to actually do anything. Still very loyal to George â donât want to risk that Carlyle Group non exec Directorship now do weâ¦.
Is that the same Naughtie who supports New Labour? Stourton would have been more forensic, true, but Humphrys is much more entertaining. My guess is that many here would already have a view as to the realities, so the Humphrys interview tends to be a sort of ritualised spectacle, anyway.
However lacking in gravitas the interviewer might be, it's always good to listen to Bliar squirm. I thought Humphrys was quite reasonable compared to the badgering style of some of his interviews, but I was particluarly interested to hear two admissions during the PM's squirming that confirm that Bliar is definitely not fit for purpose any more.
The first was that he still maintained that Saddam had been "a threat", despite of several attempts by Humphrys to remind him that no WMD were ever found. He didn't even try to wriggle out with the "20-20 hindsight" cliche, but maintained more than once that Saddam was definitely a threat. However, he couldn't (or didn't) articlulate who Saddam might have been threatening.
The second pile of tripe that he iterated was his linking of 9/11 to Iraq. This tissue of lies had, I thought, been discredited by everyone with more than one brain cell resident outside the USA, and by quite a few inside the USA. For Bliar to trot this platitude out, he must have really felt that he was on the ropes.