This weekend marks 15 years since Robin Cook resigned as Tony Blair’s Foreign Secretary over the call to go to war with Iraq.

Like the current crisis with Russia, the UK was being asked to support a confrontation on the basis of evidence that was far from solid.

You know how government ministers always tell us “lessons have been learned” after a serious mistake is exposed?

Here are some of the lessons of Iraq, as detailed in the Chilcot Report:

So Mr Corbyn is right to demand incontrovertible evidence before any action is taken. It’s a shame Theresa May went ahead and accused Russia anyway.

She compounded her error by concocting a new smear about Mr Corbyn – that he supports the Russians.

This is an obvious lie – the Labour leader has been far more outspoken about Russian crime and corruption than the Tories, who have spent years trying to conclude trade deals with President Putin and his deputies.

And the public weren’t having it.

On Saturday morning, they came out in support of Mr Corbyn – in a big way:

Even some of his detractors had to admit that Mr Corbyn’s approach is right:

Even Mr Ashdown’s minor criticism was slapped down, though:

It seems Mr Corbyn’s supporters were right when they said the Tories’ smear campaigns can only help Mr Corbyn and the Labour Party.

Last week, Survation recorded a seven-point lead for Labour over the Conservatives.

Who knows what it will be, next time?

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