He refutes the suggestion that there was a deal with Peter Mandelson on the grounds that
Mr Brown gave in on the privacy question, implicitly allowing Sir John Chilcot to hold most of his hearings in public. Mr Blair has already said that he is himself happy to be questioned in public
Instead the saga is put down to as he says
a parable of the dialectical weakness that has undone Mr Brown's premiership.
The prime minister made his announcement without proper consultation, either of other political leaders or other interested parties, such as current and former generals.