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A quarter of British voters want Tony Blair on trial for war crimes

*** 1 in 4 voters in the UK want Blair to face war crimes charges at the International Criminal Court. The remainder of the population is presumably either in denial or simply delusional. ***

Blair 'should face war charges'

Almost a quarter of voters (23%) believe Tony Blair deliberately misled MPs over the Iraq war and should face war crimes charges, an opinion poll has found.

Most people also think the former PM, who is due to give evidence to the official inquiry into the war within weeks, knew Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction.

The YouGov survey for the Sunday Times found less than a third (32%) accepted that Mr Blair "genuinely believed in the threat" which he used to publicly justify sending UK troops, while 52% thought he had "deliberately misled" the country.

And by a similar margin (49% to 31%), they also said they believed his former communications director Alastair Campbell was not truthful when he gave evidence to Sir John Chilcot's inquiry this week.

Mr Campbell told the inquiry that he defended "every single word" of the 2002 dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction used to justify the war and denied beefing it up.

Mr Blair will give a full day of evidence to the inquiry into the war at some point in the fortnight between January 25 and February 5.

Because of overwhelming interest from the public, in particular families of troops killed in the conflict, places at the session are to be awarded by ballot.

YouGov interviewed a representative sample of 2,033 voters, online across Britain, on January 14 and 15.


The Guardian, "Blair 'should face war charges'", 17 January 2010.

"The Insider" mailing list article, 18 January 2010.

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