The following is an extract from Andrew Rawnsley’s ‘The End of the Party’ – as associate editor and chief political commentator of the Observer, he details the key components of how Blair contrived and sold the dodgy dossier re alleged Iraq WMD in September 2002:

“The intelligence chiefs had succumbed to the frenzied and insidious pressure from the Prime Minister and his senior staff to deliver the goods. The propagandist Campbell supervised the spinning of thin, dated and flaky material to make the threat look real, new and urgent. The lawyer Blair then further buried all the caveats and uncertainties to present the dossier with his trademark evangelical certainty. Then pro-war elements of the media inflated the claims into the scariest headlines they could contrive.” 

(The End of the Party, Viking Penguin, 2010)