Marina Hyde on Charles Clarke

Marina Hyde takes her turn in having a pop at the Safety Elephant. And a very fine pop it is too.

As the member for Norwich, of course, one expects him to have a Partridgean grasp of irony, but perhaps also has to wonder from whom or what he is taking his lead. The answer, at time of going to press, is Tony Blair, whose statements we are required to accept as axiomatically true simply because they emanate from his lips. The examples are beyond numerous, but I’ve always thought there was a special epistemological two fingers to us all in his justification for the failure to discover any WMD whatsoever in Iraq: “I only know what I believe”.

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