Archive for 'Process' Category

The Inquiry is the obstacle to disclosure

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Monday, August 4, 2014

by Chris Ames As I have pointed out on many occasions, for all John Chilcot’s huffing and puffing about what it will be allowed to publish when it eventually releases its report, the Iraq Inquiry is in fact sitting on a large pile of documents which it has asked to publish and is allowed to […]

“Everything he wants to publish”

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014

by Chris Ames According to the Financial Times: Sir Jeremy Heywood, cabinet secretary, told a parliamentary committee on Thursday that Sir John Chilcot had written to him recently to say “he will be able to publish everything he wants to publish”. Heywood was appearing before the Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee. It seems the […]

The Lords debate Chilcot

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Wednesday, July 2, 2014

by Andrew Mason The House of Lords yesterday held a short debate on the delays being experienced by the Iraq Inquiry, following a question by Lord Dykes, who asked Her Majesty’s Government on “what date they expect to agree with the Chilcot Inquiry for the publication of the Inquiry report.” The full transcript can be […]

Inquiry costs rise

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014

by Chris Ames The Inquiry has published its costs for the last financial year. Rather embarrassingly, this has gone unnoticed by this website and the media generally for a few days, until this story in the Sunday Telegraph. The Sunday Telegraph points out that a lot of money has been spent paying people not to […]

New report of new delay

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014

by Chris Ames The Guardian’s Richard Norton-Taylor reports that: The Chilcot inquiry, which is expected to contain damning criticism of the way Tony Blair and his close advisers led Britain into war against Iraq, is unlikely to be published until next year, the Guardian has learned. A further delay in the report on the 2003 […]

Ye ancient ghoste of impeachment

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

by Andrew Mason Quite possibly, the Father of the House, Sir Peter Tapsell, read Simon Heffer’s Daily Mail piece published yesterday. Today, Sir Peter raised the same issue at Prime Minister’s questions in the House of Commons. The process for impeachment of a high official (be they a peer or a commoner) has long been […]

A source says…

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

by Andrew Mason According to the Mirror, a source has (presumably) told the paper that “the official verdict on the 2003 invasion will find that failure to plan for the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s regime led to horrific insurgency.” The source said: “They (the Chilcot team) see the failure to plan for the aftermath as […]

Francis Maude MP to appear before PASC

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

by Andrew Mason As was recently reported here on the Digest in the posting Committee to ask questions, Bernard Jenkin MP, the chairman of the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee, was quoted as stating (with regard to the delays that have beset the Iraq Inquiry) that: “We may well call for the minister […]

Has Chilcot lost his credibility?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014

by Chris Ames Reading between the lines of  John Chilcot’s expression of “pleasure” that an “agreement” has been reached over the disclosure of the most controversial material, it seems that Chilcot himself gave quite a lot of ground some time back and the Cabinet Office has finally accepted his compromise offer. Chilcot records in his […]

Agreement reached over Blair-Bush documents

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014

by Andrew Mason The Iraq Inquiry has issued a statement stating that an agreement has been reached with regard to the declassification of correspondence between Tony Blair and George Bush. According to BBC Radio 4 News, the releases will be one-sided, allowing for the publication of words written or spoken by Blair, but not those […]