Iraq inquiry: Gordon Brown v Tony Blair
Compare and contrast.
The prime minister and the former prime minister.
The man who took Britain into war and the man who wrote the cheques for it.
Gordon Brown strode confidently into the front door of the building hosting the Iraq inquiry where Tony Blair had been smuggled in the back door.
Mr Brown expressed his sadness for the loss of life where Mr Blair angered many by refusing to do that.
The prime minister smiled at the waiting audience where his predecessor had avoided eye contact with them.
Gordon Brown's aim today appears to be to look and sound different from Tony Blair whilst simultaneously opening up no gap of substance with him and the decisions he took. "Everything Mr Blair did in this period" he said "he did properly".
As for his role as Chancellor Gordon Brown insisted that he'd funded every request the military had made. This despite the assertion by the former Chief of the Defence Staff Lord Guthrie that lives have been lost due to lack of resource.
So, in summary Gordon Brown expressed no regrets about the decision to go to war and none about the financing of it.
Unlike Tony Blair, though, he did go out of his way to express sorrow about the loss of life.
PS In an earlier version of this post I said Gordon Brown expressed regret but in fact that was a word he carefully never actually used always speaking instead of "his sadness".