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Ukrainian parallels with the earlier Iraq situation

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Sunday, March 2, 2014

by Dr Christopher Lamb The following are two substantive viewpoints by regular contributor Dr Chris Lamb concerning the present situation in the Ukraine, which had previously been posted in the comment section of the last thread. Given the potential severity of this crisis, we have brought these forward to form a new topic here at [...]

Lord Owen on hubris

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Saturday, February 22, 2014

by Andrew Mason An interesting interview with Lord (David) Owen was published just over a week ago on The Conversation website. The main theme is about the effects of power on personality. As a case-in-point he discusses Tony Blair’s susceptibility to what he personally terms to be a “Hubris Syndrome”. Blair and the Iraq disaster [...]

Seeing is believing

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, January 26, 2014

by Chris Ames In the Sunday Telegraph, Andrew Gilligan uses the recent failed attempt at a citizen’s arrest of Tony Blair to argue that the Inquiry could slap metaphorical “cuffs” on Tony Blair: as Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq inquiry shows signs of at last creaking to a close, could it be the former civil servant [...]

Closure and disclosure

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013

by Chris Ames In a leader today the Guardian contrasts the publication of the Gibson Inquiry, with the sad sorry state of suppression that is the Iraq Inquiry. Forty-two months after being charged with laying the demons to rest, Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry has no end date. Britain does not need an official inquiry to [...]

Has Rentoul put his finger on it?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Friday, November 15, 2013

by Chris Ames It has to be said that not everyone thinks that the Inquiry should be able to publish all the documents that it thinks will support its findings. The Independent’s John Rentoul protesteth quite a lot that Blair’s secret conversations should remain secret, even though/because what Blair said secretly was the same as [...]

Is this the way forward?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, November 10, 2013

by Chris Ames In an editorial, the Observer suggests a way forward over the government’s refusal to allow it to publish the information that it believes is crucial to its account of events, which is also holding up the “Maxwellisation” process: But while Chilcot should be applauded for his efforts to get to the bottom [...]

Heywood in the firing line

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, November 7, 2013

by Chris Ames The admirable Peter Oborne has an excellent piece on the Telegraph site, drawing attention to blatant conflict of interest held by Jeremy Heywood. … Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, is blocking the publication of correspondence between George W Bush and Tony Blair ahead of the Iraq War, together with later correspondence [...]

Is Straw the Inquiry’s first casualty – or just past it?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

by Chris Ames The announcement that Jack Straw is to stand down from parliament at the next election has prompted speculation from some quarters that he is anticipating criticism from the Inquiry, when it eventually publishes its report. The Daily Mail’s Black Dog resorts to the anonymous comment to float the idea: Not all Labour [...]

More on yesterday’s Commons debate

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Friday, June 14, 2013

by Chris Ames Yesterday’s House of Commons debate marking the 10th anniversary of the invasion was, as Caroline Lucas MP noted, a very one sided affair: no one spoke in defence of the UK’s support for the war. The main point that Lucas made was that, irrespective of the Iraq Inquiry,  Parliament needed to take [...]

Straw drags out the same old misrepresentations

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Friday, June 14, 2013

by Chris Ames The record of yesterday’s debate is now published on Commons Hansard. It’s worth a thorough read. For now, a couple of comments about interventions from former foreign Jack Straw, who can’t seem to resist making the same old misrepresentations. For example: may I say in respect of Mr Hans Blix—I have made [...]