Which particular sins of his do I have in mind? Well, hardly any actually because I don't know the man, I only read his usually urbane, witty and intelligent columns in The Spectator every week. Even so, a few weeks ago as the temperature was rising in the final run in to the referendum, he suddenly turned very nasty against the leading Brexiteers. He sounded like the old queen that in one way he is but in another way he usually isn't! Well, we're all entitled to our off days, for example, sometimes my sunny nature turns to near terminal grumpiness - yes, hard to believe, I know!
Anyway, today he is forgiven because he has put into words, sensible words, thoughts that have been flapping around in my mind since the infamous Chilcot Report was finally published. Now, I am not a fan of Tony Blair but I do not think that his conduct of the Iraq war deserves ludicrous legal challenges. As Parris puts it:
Doubtless Blair and everyone around him were incompetent. Doubtless they took on trust what they should have rigorously tested. Doubtless they shamelessly overegged the case to get support for what they believed to be necessary. Doubtless they never planned properly for the aftermath of the invasion, and doubtless the plans they did make were flawed. The whole fiasco was marked by blunder, delusion and miscalculation.
But, as Parris says, in effect, 'So what's new?' That's what prime ministers and presidents do, have done and will continue to do. Blair, and almost everyone around him, never contemplated the outcome that arose. If fingers need to be pointed they should be wagged in the faces of all the military and intelligence 'experts', none of whom were prepared to resign. In the meantime, let history be his judge - and executioner!
"Victory has a thousand fathers but defeat is an orphan."