Archive for 'Process' Category

Blair: not me guv

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Monday, April 14, 2014

by Chris Ames The BBC has reported this evening that Nick Clegg has said that it is time to get on with publishing the Inquiry’s findings. Meanwhile, Tony Blair has taken some of Clegg’s comments as an attack on him and has had a go back. This is what Clegg said, according to the BBC [...]

No report for another year?

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Monday, April 14, 2014

by Andrew Mason The Independent is this morning reporting that the Iraq Inquiry may not be able to report for another year. The Independent has been told that discussions between the inquiry and the Cabinet Office remain deadlocked, and a year-long stand-off is now unlikely to be resolved before the current parliamentary session ends. Even [...]

Still no wiser about knowing the unknowns

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014

by Andrew Mason Most regular readers here will be aware of the recent wider US and international release of documentary maker Errol Morris’ film “The Unknown Known”. This production, filmed in 2013 partly by means of the director’s own ‘Interrotron’ projection technique, is largely an extended interview with former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. [...]

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 [...]

The US five-year rule

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Monday, January 20, 2014

by Andrew Mason Today is the fifth anniversary of US President Barack Obama first taking the oath of office to assume ultimate responsibility for the well-being of his nation – put another way it is also exactly five years since the end of George W. Bush’s presidential administration. This means that it is now possible [...]

Is the US to blame?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, November 14, 2013

By Chris Ames The Independent reports that: Washington is playing the lead role in delaying the publication of the long-awaited report into how Britain went to  war with Iraq, Although the Cabinet Office has been under fire for stalling the progress of the four-year Iraq Inquiry by Sir John Chilcot, senior diplomatic sources in the [...]

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 [...]

Inquiry stalled by establishment cover-up – or its own slowness?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, November 6, 2013

by Chris Ames The Inquiry has posted a letter from Sir John Chilcot to David Cameron, explaining that it can make no further progress towards publishing its report because officials have still not allowed it to publish the evidence on which it intends to rely. Here is the explanation on the Inquiry website. The Inquiry [...]

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 [...]