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Two former chiefs of the UK civil service have stated before the Chilcot Iraq inquiry that Tony Blair took the UK to war in Iraq with out the approval of his labour cabinet. Both Lord Turnbull and Lord Wilson of Dinton .pletely refuted the claims made by ex Prime Minister Blair that his cabinet "knew the score" and were aware that Blair had agreed to invade Iraq after the 9/11 atrocity on the USA. When both of them appeared before the Chilcot Iraq inquiry they presented an image of new labour being a "sofa government"! They totally refuted the statements made by Blair to the Inquiry previously that his cabinet were kept up to date on the progress leading to war. This does go some way to explain the late Robin Cook’s resignation and Gordon Brown’s claim that he was totally in the dark. How a Chancellor of the Exchequer did not need to know about a forth .ing war is beyond me as obviously a budget would be needed but perhaps Blair treated Gordon like a mushroom and kept him in the dark and fed him on dung! Lord Turnbull stated that the labour cabinet were not asked for their approval until the eve of the invasion. So late in the day they had no true choice other than to simply accede or the Prime Minister would fall like the king in a game of chess and the cabinet members would lose their positions and lifestyle. This does make the labour cabinet appear to be like putty in Blairs grip. Lord Wilson had retired in 2002 and was in fact Turnbull’s predecessor and he advised that during his period as Britain’s leading civil servant that the labour cabinet was not aware that a decision had already been taken to join up with America and invade Iraq. Was it simply that Tony Blair was to all intents and purposes a dictator and the members of his cabinet were sheep and to nervous to topple the leader as perhaps they too would fall from power? The evidence from both Lord Wilson and Lord Turnbull is total contrast with that of Blair who claimed on Friday 21st January 2011 that he initially discussed the idea of removing Saddam Hussein with Bush the US President in November 2001 and that the intention of invasion was established and well known from thereon in. Obviously well known to Tony Blair and George W Bush but not to the British electorate. Where was the Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown the man of no more boom and bust at this time? Some say he was hiding in his office trying to overthrow Blair and that could be why he was kept out of the loop. Or more likely he just wanted to keep out of Blairs way being a mouse and not an effective member of the cabinet. Ex Prime Minister Blair was accused by Lord Turnbull of failing to keep the ministerial code by not ensuring that the attorney general was asked for his advice as to the legality of the war in plenty time. A former senior diplomat Sir Roderic Lyne who is a member of the inquiry team pointed out that ministers were being asked to take collective responsibility with out even receiving one cabinet paper on the topic of a war in the last 18 months. Lord Turnbull conceded that key documents had been kept from the cabinet. He added that it was surprising that most ex ministers had remained to loyal to Blair. Both Lord Wilson and Lord Turnbull were critical of New Labour for trying to do away with cabinet government and introducing a system by which Blair could push his policy along in "ad hoc" meetings with selected groups of supporters. They refuted claims that the system was similar to that during Baroness Thatcher’s period as Prime Minister. 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