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The Blair government’s role in the war against Iraq has undermined the basis of Britain’s democracy, according to Lord Falconer, one of the ex-prime minister’s closest allies during the build up to the war in 2003.
Speaking in a conversation with Sir Menzies Campbell in the Guardian before the 10th anniversary of the September dossier, he said he continued to support the use of force but admitted the run-up to the war had a “hugely damaging effect on politics".
He added: “In terms of people's trust in politicians the impression is that the government misled the country in relation to the reasons for war and embarked upon war in circumstances where there wasn't a proper justification."
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