Lord Boyce: Cabinet never accepted that country was at war in Iraq

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British troops in Iraq were denied resources because Tony Blair’s cabinet could not accept that the country was at war, the former head of the Armed Forces has said.

Admiral Lord Boyce suggested that ministers were unhappy about the decision to topple Saddam Hussein and as a result were unable to take on the responsibility for funding the conflict properly.

Giving evidence before the Iraq Inquiry, Lord Boyce singled out Gordon Brown, the then-chancellor, for criticism, saying that the Treasury became an “impediment” to the mission.

As a whole, he said, the Labour government was without any cohesion in the way it approached the 2003 invasion...

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