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28 January 2010

In this week’s New Statesman: Tony Blair

The unforgiven ex-PM. John Pilger on Haiti. Martin Amis reviewed

By Jon Bernstein

 

In this week’s issue of the New Statesman, we talk to the insiders who Tony Blair ignored in the run-up to the Iraq war and find out why the former prime minister will forever be unforgiven. The former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix tells Mehdi Hasan that Blair and George W Bush acted like “latter-day witch-hunters”, while the then attorney general, Peter Goldsmith, acted “like a defence attorney”.

In the columns, John Pilger accuses the United States of kidnapping Haiti; Peter Wilby discovers the art of political staring; and David Blanchflower argues that house prices are on the way down again.

In Culture, we have the first review of The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis, and Rachel Cooke compares and contrasts the Swedish and British TV versions of Wallander.

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