Is there some clever news management going on here? The Rt Hon. Anthony Charles Steven Lynton Blair is in the confessional before even becoming a Catholic. His old chum Lord Falconer is suggesting the Prime Minister regrets not having taken more radical action over public services. Now the odious Geoff Hoon (the only one of them with whom I have broken bread) is admitting the bleeding obvious - i.e. that the Government had no other plan than to be greeted as heroes after helping the US liberate Iraq.
It is as if all the poisons of the last 10 years are being deliberately drained in the run up to disastrous local election results, so that Gordon Brown can start with a clean slate as the saviour of the Party.
Are the British people really as dumb as they seem to think?