We have had quite enough of Blair and his juvenile apologia. If the Fern Britton interview presages how he proposes to conduct himself before Chilcot, he deserves to be shredded.
“I might have been wrong, but I sincerely believed it” – such is the intellectual quality of the NuLab ethical doctrine. I lied in good faith. But Blair is just the novice: his tutor was Roy Hattersley:
"I refuse to believe that any teenage girl would ever get pregnant in order to obtain a council flat. And even if I am wrong about this, it is to my credit that I do not believe it."
Genius. There have been some pretty self-focussed thinkers in the pantheon - Descartes, Lessing, Nietzsche, Freud, (and our good friend Newmania) (– sorry Paul!) but we need to invoke Kierkegaard himself for humourless, self-indulgent, self-referential, solipsistic ethical cant that is the equal of our NuLab moral giants. Kierkegaard whose hero was Abraham because he was willing to kill his son when he heard a voice in his head. Kierkegaard of “the teleological suspension of the ethical”, and “the passion is the truth”. Sancta simplicitas, as Hus said at the stake, of the old peasant woman he saw adding her pious bit of firewood to the blaze.
Let’s be clear. Being ‘sincere’, self-deluding, or prone to believing convenient nonsense, says nothing about the rightness or morality of your cause, only something about you. Sancta simplicitas – but you’re no simpleton Blair, so don’t assume it’s your ticket to Heaven.
And I’m no Catholic, but I think you’ll find the Pope is with me on this.