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Voters’ right to know trumps reputations

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, December 18, 2014

by Chris Ames In a comment piece in the Telegraph, my colleague Peter Oborne criticises David Cameron for supporting Tony Blair in general and particulaly over the suppression of details of Blair’s contacts with George Bush. To make matters worse: Now comes word of a fresh delay. Those criticised by Chilcot have hired (at taxpayers’ […]

Enough is enough

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, December 4, 2014

by Chris Ames Writing on, Richard Heller also says that voters should be able to see the Inquiry report before the election. The public are left to imagine a stately game of bureaucratic ping-pong as drafts of “gists and quotes” are batted back and forth. The first simple step to speed publication of the […]

Hague hopes for report before the election

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, October 16, 2014

by Chris Ames The BBC reports that William Hague has said he “hopes” the Iraq Inquiry report will be published before the 2015 general election. Hague was speaking as leader of the House of Commons  and reminded people that as shadow foreign secretary he led debates calling for an Iraq inquiry, which the Labour government […]

The appeal letter to the Quartet

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

by Andrew Mason This Friday, 27 June, will mark the seven-year anniversary of Tony Blair’s appointment as the Quartet representative to the Middle East. We, the undersigned, urge you to remove him with immediate effect as a result of his poor performance in the role, and his legacy in the region as a whole. We, […]

Making the round on Blair

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Monday, June 16, 2014

by Andrew Mason A selection of comments gleaned from the web over the past 24 hours: BORIS JOHNSON (presently water cannon champion of London) “I have come to the conclusion that Tony Blair has finally gone mad. He wrote an essay on his website on Sunday that struck me as unhinged in its refusal to […]

Major, Blair and Bush

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Friday, May 30, 2014

by Chris Ames John Major’s comments on the Inquiry this morning are interesting for two reasons beyond his main point – that it is now for Tony Blair to facilitate the disclosure of the relevant documents and not just the quotes and gists we are promised. Firstly, that a former prime minister should implicitly reject […]

Boris trumps Dave with call for report to be published

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

by Chris Ames For the past couple of weeks we’ve had leading politicians calling for the Inquiry report to be published but no consensus as to whose fault it is that the process has stalled. Tony Blair has been accused of being the block and has denied it but the real debate seems to be […]

Blair – “We’ve got to liberate ourselves from this”

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

by Andrew Mason Whilst being interviewed by David Gregory of NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Tony Blair said: …So you can carry on explaining all this by saying, “It’s us. We provoked them. You know, it’s really– they’re just trying to react against Western Imperialism.” It’s nonsense. If it were the case, for example, […]

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 […]