The question arises as to whether Sir Richard Dannatt’s comments in the Daily Mail were cleared with Gordon Brown prior to him speaking out.
Dannatt is clearly motivated by his wish to get a change of policy on Iraq, but was he being used on behalf of others to accelerate the departure of Blair? It seems perfectly possible. Dannatt must have felt that he had support from somewhere and was more prepared to take the risk of speaking out, knowing Brown’s camp was backing him. It is likely that Brown knew in advance what was about to happen. Paul Dacre, Editor of The Mail is a known strong supporter of Gordon Brown.