September 3, 2013 9:15 pm

Blair’s doctrine just suffered its greatest defeat

From Mr Will Podmore.

Sir, Janan Ganesh writes (“Britain’s wish to intervene will survive a lost vote”, September 3) that “there is no western objection to targeted humanitarian intervention per se”. This is to deny the reality that the House of Commons voted precisely against “targeted humanitarian intervention per se”. Mr Ganesh then claims that Tony Blair’s “greatest victory has been in influencing the British politicians who have succeeded him”. On the contrary, Mr Blair’s doctrine of humanitarian intervention has just suffered its greatest defeat, when MPs, representing their constituents’ views, voted against any such intervention.

Will Podmore, London E12, UK

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