The Staggers 14 December 2009 Blair and the "narcissist's defence" Ken Macdonald on why "I did what I thought was right" is not a defence Print HTML There's something worth quoting in almost every section of Ken Macdonald's remarkable polemic against Tony Blair and the Iraq war in today's Times. But here's my favourite passage: Since those sorry days we have frequently heard him repeating the self-regarding mantra that "hand on heart, I only did what I thought was right". But this is a narcissist's defence and self-belief is no answer to misjudgement: it is certainly no answer to death. In what conceivable circumstances, I have always wanted to ask Blair, would you have done what you thought was wrong? Follow the New Statesman team on Twitter › Copenhagen: the crackdown George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. From only £1 per week Subscribe More Related articles The Fire Brigades Union reaffiliates to Labour - what does it mean? John Gray on the future of the state on the NS Podcast Could Labour lose the Oldham by-election?