As predicted here last week, Nick Clegg has been pushing questions and pulling strings to get The One-Eyed Trouser Snake in front of Chilcot. This morning, Nick’s terrier-like devotion to the task appeared to have paid off. On hearing the Chilcot leak, the Libdem chief told BBCNews:
“I start from the basic principle that when a government decides to take a country to war … and when they do it when the vast majority of the people of the country don’t want it to happen … the inescapable conclusion is that people must come clean about their role in making that decision.”
This was very Cleggo-dense as a statement, but as you read here first, Nick Clean still harbours the aim to get a dramatic revelation out about Brown ousting Blair based on Iraq dirt he had on Teflon Tony. Further, as The Slog also predicted, the Watt-gossip referred to this via Brown’s alleged scream of “I’ll bring you down with sleaze”. Whether this little bit of friendly fire can worm its way into a Chilcot question remains to be seen.
The Slogger has the inside track on this one. Stay tuned.