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Clare Short's "reckless" interview
Clare Short and Tony Blair, Labour conference 2002

Clare Short rocked the Government with her interview with Andrew Rawnsley for The Westminster Hour on March 9th. Jaw-dropping was just one of the phrases used to describe it.

She resigned on May 12th, criticising the Government's handling of the reconstruction of Iraq and describing Tony Blair as a man obsessed with his place in history.

In the original Westminster Hour interview, the then International Development Secretary:

  • Said she would resign from the Government if Britain went to war against Iraq without a new United Nations mandate.
  • Said she would not uphold the "undermining" of the UN.
  • Branded the "whole situation" as "deeply reckless" and then went on to apply the same term to Tony Blair.
  • Described Britain's failure to use its influence as "so dangerous for the world."
  • Warned that the crisis was acting as a "recruiting sergeant" for terrorism.

    Click here to read highlights from the interview

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