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Blair and the "narcissist's defence"

Ken Macdonald on why "I did what I thought was right" is not a defence

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?

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