Opinion Analysis

Saturday 29 April 2017

Libya files threaten to shred Britain's reputation

Nicholas Leonard

EVEN the most cynical critics of Tony Blair and Gordon Blair have been shocked by the latest revelations about the way in which both the former prime ministers colluded with Colonel Gaddafi to try to gain valuable oil deals and arms sales in Libya.

In the weeks before the regime collapsed, the British embassy in Tripoli was frantically shredding as many documents as it could to try to conceal damning evidence about the conduct of the government and the security services in the years after Gaddafi came in from the cold.

But the thousands of letters and memos that have been found unshredded in Tripoli are a profound embarrassment for both Blair and Brown. It's no surprise that they both wanted to gain commercial advantage for Britain from their grovelling in front of the Colonel.

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