Archive for 'Coverage' 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’ […]

Ministers not paying attention to Chilcot

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

by Chris Ames Writing on the New Statesman’s Staggers blog, Anoosh Chakelian picks up on today’s Times story that the Inquiry’s draft report is (currently) “much more punchy than people thought it was going to be” and says that: Although the PM has emphasised the importance of hearing the inquiry’s findings, it is clear that […]

Draft report “causes shockwaves in Whitehall”

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

by Chris Ames Today’s Times (paywall) reports that: Draft reports of the official inquiry into the Iraq war have sent shockwaves through Whitehall, with key players fighting to tone down or even delete the criticism contained in them. Extracts from the much delayed report by Sir John Chilcot, which in some cases run to hundreds […]

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 […]

Delay upon delay upon delay

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, September 14, 2014

by Chris Ames The Independent reports that: The Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war is still making fresh requests for the release of classified government papers, suggesting that its report is unlikely to be published before the general election. Government sources say Sir John Chilcot and his team are still filing a “steady stream” of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oh dear, John. Never mind the detail.

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

by Andrew Mason Consummate blairite John Rentoul has published a new post at his regular haunt this afternoon entitled ‘RIP the Iraq dossier distinction’. He opens the piece by writing: All right, I’ll admit defeat. In debating the Iraq war I can no longer hold the line. I shall have to give up trying to […]

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 […]