Lord Irvine

Tony Blair has explained, for the first time, the events of 2003 that led to the sacking of Lord Irvine and the creation of the Supreme Court. He accepts full responsibility for an “extremely bumpy” process.

As newspapers fill their columns with reviews of 2009 and expectations for 2010, there is usually some harmless pleasure to be had from looking back at last year’s predictions to see how accurate they were. My own modest offering, still available here, was the last piece I wrote for the Daily Telegraph.

They say that revenge is a dish best served cold and Lord Irvine’s first response to his sacking by Tony Blair more than six years ago is all the better for being positively icy.

Britain’s new Supreme Court was not “thought up on the back of a fag packet”, the former Cabinet Secretary assures me.