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It seems an exciting new trend has emerged in British political discourse. A leading politician makes a frank admission which is immediately denied by their spokesperson.

[T]he prime minister agreed with the veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost when he suggested that intervention had “so far been pretty much of a disaster”.

Mr Blair said: “It has, but you see, what I say to people is, ‘why is it difficult in Iraq?’…

Downing Street tried to downplay the apparent slip. “I think that’s just the way in which he answers questions,” said a spokesman.

That is, “The way Blair answers questions is to agree with truth and then deny it. Blair wouldn’t have inentionally told the truth. He didn’t mean to tell the truth.”

It’s a kind of debating jujitsu. Agree with the truth and then cleverly flip it on its head.

Didn’t work. The only people who (publicly) disagree that Iraq is a disaster are politicians’ spokespersons whose only job is to maintain the pretense du jour.

Mr Blair’s remarks came hours after his trade and industry minister, Margaret Hodge, was reported to have described Iraq as his “big mistake in foreign affairs” and criticised his “moral imperialism”…

Ms Hodge was unavailable for comment yesterday, but a spokesman told the Evening Standard that she had not made the remarks.

That is, “Hodge definitely would never have told the truth.”

Didn’t work. The only people who (publicly) disagree that Tony Blair made a massive error of judgement are politicians’ spokespersons whose only job is to maintain the pretense du jour.

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