Was the Iraq war legal? What the Attorney-General didn’t tell Parliament, and why
Did the Attorney-General change his advice to the government on the legality or otherwise of going to war against Iraq? (Probably not.) Why won’t the government publish his final revised opinion on which his parliamentary reply of 17 March 2003 was based? (Because it didn’t exist.) Why won’t they publish the earlier advice given 10 days earlier? (Because it could prejudice Britain’s case if the war’s legality is ever challenged in an international court.) Was the opinion in the parliamentary reply an accurate account of Lord Goldsmith’s own views? (Yes.) Was it a full account of his advice to the government? (No.) Was the omission of vital parts of that advice meant to mislead? (Yes.) Have we been here before? (Yes, indeed — twice!) Click here to read a likely explanation of what really happened, and why the government is being so coy about it.