Balm for the mind

Margaret Beckett asks (Interview, 18 December) if new Labour is supposed to say sorry that there weren't any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Well yes, it should, actually. She then says new Labour believed what everyone in the world believed about WMDs. Self-delusion eases the conscience of those responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths, I suppose.

Mark Gallagher
Clarkston, East Renfrewshire