One can only be impressed at the scale of the man's delusion: on the weekend, Tony Blair issued a manifesto nearly 3000 words long calling not merely for a new intervention in Iraq but for intervention in Syria -- and indeed more widely in the Middle East.

Blair insists we need "a plan for the Middle East and for dealing with the extremism world-wide that comes out of it". His one-time press secretary, Alastair Campbell, even tweeted the link, bringing an enjoyably 2002 feel to things -- can a sexed-up intelligence dossier be far away?