On Friday 18 February 2011, a former defence minister sat beside me in a Sky News studio and insisted that the Bahraini government is not an oppressive regime. Hours later, Bahraini troops opened fire on unarmed demonstrators.
It seems that if you were a member of Tony Blair's cabinet, you had to read the newspapers to find out what your own policy was. Blair was asked at the Chilcot Inquiry this morning (21 January) whether the cabinet realised in 2002 that things were progressing towards war. He replied that they must have done because, “Daily, there were stories" in the media about preparations for military action.