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Baron’s questions for Chilcot

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, February 4, 2015

by Chris Ames The Telegraph carries an article by Tory MP and Foreign Affairs Committee member John Baron with questions for Sir John Chilcot, who appears before the committee this morning. Meanwhile the Guardian picks up my story from last night – that the declassification process is not finished after all.

The FAC also want answers?

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

by Andrew Mason From the Guardian ticker-tape: Breaking news: Sir John Chilcot, chairman of Iraq war inquiry, to be summoned before the Commons foreign affairs committee to explain delay to report. More details soon… Now updated: Chilcot is to be summoned before MPs at Westminster to explain the delay to the publication, which has been […]

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 […]

More on Tony Blair’s ‘untruths’

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014

by Andrew Mason In a letter to the Observer published yesterday, John Morrison wrote: You quoted Tony Blair last week as saying: “What we now know from Syria is that Assad, without any detection from the west, was manufacturing chemical weapons. We only discovered this when he used them.” He (Blair) adds: “We also know, […]

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 […]

Goodbye to Iraq as we know it?

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Friday, June 13, 2014

By Andrew Mason At very rare times such as this, it is practically impossible to keep up with the Google news feed when using the search term ‘Iraq’. As I write, six full pages of results have been generated in just the last ten minutes or so. President Obama has stated that: “We will not […]

Blair again denies delaying the Inquiry

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

by Andrew Mason Whilst speaking to James Naughtie on Radio 4’s Today Programme this morning, Tony Blair reiterated his denial that he is holding up the progress of the Iraq Inquiry. “I do not know what the reason for the delay is because I am not in charge of the inquiry and I am not […]

Boris trumps Dave with call for report to be published

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

by Chris Ames For the past couple of weeks we’ve had leading politicians calling for the Inquiry report to be published but no consensus as to whose fault it is that the process has stalled. Tony Blair has been accused of being the block and has denied it but the real debate seems to be […]

Blair – “We’ve got to liberate ourselves from this”

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

by Andrew Mason Whilst being interviewed by David Gregory of NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Tony Blair said: …So you can carry on explaining all this by saying, “It’s us. We provoked them. You know, it’s really– they’re just trying to react against Western Imperialism.” It’s nonsense. If it were the case, for example, […]

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 […]