There was no hiding the strength of national feeling toward Tony Blair's skirting the blame for the current Iraq crisis.
The Daily Mirror called the massacre of hundreds of Shia soldiers in Iraq by radical jihadists ISIS a "war crime", and coupled the image of the slaughtered men with a picture of the former Labour Prime Minister. Cartoons in the Times and the Independent lampooned Blair's suggestion that the crisis was a result of too little intervention, not too much, and an overspill of the Syria civil war.
In the Telegraph, Mayor of London Boris Johnson said Blair had "finally gone mad" in his "unhinged" attempt to claim the 2003 invasion of Iraq is not the reason for the chaos in the country now.
And Twitter had plenty to say:
Now we've asked Tony Blair what to do with the Middle-East, let's ask Gary Glitter what we should have done about Jimmy Savile— Mark Steel (@mrmarksteel) June 15, 2014
Wish Blair had kept his mouth shut. Means instead of the crisis itself, world's media is talking about a guy who stepped down 7 years ago.— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) June 15, 2014
Blair now argues that though Hussein didn't have WMDs, he might "have gone back to them". This way, you could justify any war, anywhere.— GeorgeMonbiot (@GeorgeMonbiot) June 15, 2014
Here's the best of the paper's reaction: