Archive for 'Process' Category

“Cross-party bid” to force report publication

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, December 21, 2014

by Chris Ames The Mail on Sunday reports that: A powerful cross-party move to end the ‘intolerable’ delay in the publication of the Chilcot Inquiry report into the Iraq War is being mounted by MPs who suspect it is part of a plot by allies of Tony Blair. The group of MPs, led by Tory […]

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 […]

Report in February, Fox says

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Monday, September 22, 2014

by Chris Ames Writing for The Week, the highly respected veteran defence writer Robert Fox says that: After much wrangling about what can and cannot be published of the personal correspondence between Tony Blair and George W Bush, I understand the report of the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War will at last be released […]

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 […]