Protester interrupts Blair's appearance at Leveson inquiry

"This man is a war criminal," shouts intruder.

In scenes reminiscent of Rupert Murdoch’s appearance in front of MPs last year, a protester has interrupted Tony Blair’s appearance at the Leveson inquiry.

The former prime minister is giving evidence to the inquiry on media standards, which is taking place at the Royal Courts of Justice.

A man dressed in a white shirt and chinos, later identified as David Lawley Wakelin from a group called the Alternative Iraq Enquiry, entered the courtroom from a curtain behind Lord Justice Leveson. He shouted: “This man should be arrested for war crimes”, before adding allegations that the bank JP Morgan paid Blair millions of dollars in connection with the war. He was dragged out of the room by several security guards, still shouting “This man is a war criminal”.

Leveson appeared shaken, and apologised to Blair, saying: "I'd like to find out how this gentlemen managed to access the court through what is supposed to be a secure corridor, and I'll have an investigation undertaken about that immediately."

Blair – who must be getting used to people calling him a war criminal – remained still throughout the interruption. He said: "Can I just say, actually, on the record, what he said about Iraq and JP Morgan is completely and totally untrue."

The hearing continues this afternoon.

You can watch the interruption in full here:

Protesters outside the Royal Courts of Justice today. Photograph: Getty Images

Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman.

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Appreciate the full horror of Nigel Farage's pro-Trump speech

The former Ukip leader has appeared at a Donald Trump rally. It went exactly as you would expect.

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce Nigel Farage is at it again.

The on-again, off-again Ukip leader and current Member of the European Parliament has appeared at a Donald Trump rally to lend his support to the presidential candidate.

It was, predictably, distressing.

Farage started by telling his American audience why they, like he, should be positive.

"I come to you from the United Kingdom"

Okay, good start. Undeniably true.

"– with a message of hope –

Again, probably quite true.

Image: Clearly hopeful (Wikipedia Screenshot)

– and optimism.”

Ah.

Image: Nigel Farage in front of a poster showing immigrants who are definitely not European (Getty)

He continues: “If the little people, if the real people–”

Wait, what?

Why is Trump nodding sagely at this?

The little people?

Image: It's a plane with the name Trump on it (Wikimedia Commons)

THE LITTLE PEOPLE?

Image: It's the word Trump on the side of a skyscraper I can't cope with this (Pixel)

THE ONLY LITTLE PERSON CLOSE TO TRUMP IS RIDING A MASSIVE STUFFED LION

Image: I don't even know what to tell you. It's Trump and his wife and a child riding a stuffed lion. 

IN A PENTHOUSE

A PENTHOUSE WHICH LOOKS LIKE LIBERACE WAS LET LOOSE WITH THE GILT ON DAY FIVE OF A PARTICULARLY BAD BENDER

Image: So much gold. Just gold, everywhere.

HIS WIFE HAS SO MANY BAGS SHE HAS TO EMPLOY A BAG MAN TO CARRY THEM

Image: I did not even know there were so many styles of Louis Vuitton, and my dentists has a lot of old copies of Vogue.

Anyway. Back to Farage, who is telling the little people that they can win "against the forces of global corporatism".

 

Image: Aaaaarggghhhh (Wikipedia Screenshot)

Ugh. Okay. What next? Oh god, he's telling them they can have a Brexit moment.

“... you can beat Washington...”

“... if enough decent people...”

“...are prepared to stand up against the establishment”

Image: A screenshot from Donald Trump's Wikipedia page.

I think I need a lie down.

Watch the full clip here:

Stephanie Boland is digital assistant at the New Statesman. She tweets at @stephanieboland