Archive for 'Secrecy' 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 [...]

Chilcot compromises, Guardian claims

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Monday, December 30, 2013

by Chris Ames Today’s Guardian says that: Tony Blair is preparing himself for the defining moment of his post-prime ministerial career as Whitehall sources confirmed that Sir John Chilcot will publish his report into the handling of the Iraq war in the new year. A compromise agreement between Chilcot and the cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy [...]

Closure and disclosure

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013

by Chris Ames In a leader today the Guardian contrasts the publication of the Gibson Inquiry, with the sad sorry state of suppression that is the Iraq Inquiry. Forty-two months after being charged with laying the demons to rest, Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry has no end date. Britain does not need an official inquiry to [...]

Has Rentoul put his finger on it?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Friday, November 15, 2013

by Chris Ames It has to be said that not everyone thinks that the Inquiry should be able to publish all the documents that it thinks will support its findings. The Independent’s John Rentoul protesteth quite a lot that Blair’s secret conversations should remain secret, even though/because what Blair said secretly was the same as [...]

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 [...]

Foreign Office told to stop FOI stalling on Iraq documents

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Saturday, July 20, 2013

by Chris Ames In May I reported that the Foreign Office was using its old delaying tactics to avoid responding  to a new Freedom of Information Act request I had made. This was a request for disclosure of documents whose existence was revealed by the statement to the Inquiry of former Foreign Office press secretary [...]

More on Owen’s “conspiracy of silence”

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Friday, May 31, 2013

by Chris Ames The Daily Mail also has a report on David Owen’s comments at the weekend, alleging that Tony Blair and David Cameron have entered a cosy deal to conceal what Blair said to George Bush in the run-up to war. Owen also blamed current cabinet secretary Jeremy Heywood, and compared the situation to [...]

The whiff of suspicion

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, May 30, 2013

by Chris Ames In a Telegraph article The whiff of suspicion over the Chilcot Inquiry grows stronger, Peter Oborne says that “Lord Owen is right to raise questions about a conspiracy of silence following the Iraq War”. Oborne first points out that the Inquiry has taken a very long time, despite John Chilcot’s early promise [...]