Archive for 'Process' Category

Report after the election?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014

by Chris Ames The Daily Mail reports that: A long-delayed report on the Iraq war is unlikely to see the light of day until after the next general  election, according to well-placed sources. Despite growing anger over the wait for publication of Sir John Chilcot’s investigation into the 2003 conflict, it is now not expected [...]

Blair’s denial is a non-denial

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

by Chris Ames Although Sky News reports that Tony Blair has today blamed the people who run the Inquiry for the delay in publishing its report, what the former prime minister actually said was that it is their responsibility and their decision. He denied that it was either his responsiblity or decision. But does that [...]

A National Scandal

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

by Chris Ames Today’s Mirror has an opinion piece by former Labour attorney general Lord Morris demanding that David Cameron should undertake to publish the Inquiry report before next year’s election. In February Morris initiated a House of Lords debate on the issue. Morris says that the government reply to the debate “was one of [...]

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 [...]