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The next big inquiry?

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014

by Andrew Mason In response to a recent comment in another thread with regard to Afghanistan being added to the Chilcot ‘lessons learned’ probe, I wrote: “There will have to be (probably will be) another inquiry for that one.” A quick search for any significant official suggestion of a more wide-ranging inquiry into British participation [...]

Howard shoots Blair down under

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Monday, April 8, 2013

by Chris Ames In the ongoing debate in Australia about whether there should be an inquiry into that country’s participation in the invasion of Iraq, former PM John Howard is to make a speech defending his actions. A version of the speech is online on website, with the predictable title Errors were made but [...]

Old evidence prompts new story

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, April 7, 2013

by Chris Ames The story in today’s Independent on Sunday, Tony Blair and Iraq: The damning evidence is another one of those where it’s very difficult to know what is new and what isn’t. The main gist of the story, that Hitherto unseen evidence given to the Chilcot Inquiry by British intelligence has revealed that [...]

Statement on Blair/Bush FOI request status

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Monday, July 30, 2012

by Andrew Mason Whilst researching for a new post about Stephen Plowden’s FOIA first-tier tribunal appeal decision, which itself now appears to be the subject of a further appeal process by the FCO, I have just come across the following, which was published on 24 July: Statement by Stephen Plowden If the Foreign & Commonwealth [...]

Calls for Inquiry recall over Campbell claim

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, June 24, 2012

by Chris Ames The Independent on Sunday reports that: MPs demanded an emergency recall of the Chilcot inquiry last night after new revelations that Tony Blair blocked the Government’s most senior lawyer from explaining to Cabinet the legality of the war in Iraq. The story is based on the new version of Alastair Campbell’s diaries, [...]

Countdown to Iraq

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Monday, June 4, 2012

by Andrew Mason Alastair Campbell is scheduled to release Volume Four of his diaries on 20 June. This further edition, entitled ‘The Burden of Power: Countdown to Iraq’, is the final planned part of his series, although this new volume apparently indicates that he continued to keep a diary beyond 2003, the entries from which may [...]

Reconstruction goes Pear Shaped in Iraq

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, March 4, 2012

Those Pear Shaped Comedy people have done another of their pages on the Inquiry, with some animations of transcripts – this time on the post-invasion situation and reconstruction efforts – and some commentary on the Inquiry’s policy of holding on to any newly declassified documents so that it can control what we learn when and [...]

Also while we were away…

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Friday, November 25, 2011

by Andrew Mason Bush, Blair found guilty of war crimes A Malaysian tribunal has found former US President George W Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair guilty of committing crimes against humanity during the Iraq war,

Does Hoon get it now?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, October 13, 2011

Last month, the Digest published a lengthy article by Hans Blix whose main theme was to look at recent memoirs of Tony Blair, George Bush and John Howard and ask in particular why these war leaders responded as they did when UN inspections began to cast doubt on their claims about Iraq’s WMD: What the [...]

Who can we believe?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, October 13, 2011

Looking at the secret and public evidence of David Manning, who was Tony Blair’s chief foreign policy adviser and a key participant in most of the events that led up to the war, it is amazing how much he is contradicted by documentary evidence or other witnesses. One striking example is this comment in Manning’s [...]