Archive for 'Coverage' Category

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 […]

Who is to blame then?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

by Chris Ames I’ve posted a piece for Comment is Free covering this week’s back and forth over what might be holding up the Inquiry report. It starts by asking Who wants to see the Iraq inquiry report published sometime soon? And who doesn’t? and concludes So maybe it is only Clegg who is in […]

The Lords in Waiting

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

by Chris Ames Yesterday’s House of Lords debate on the reasons for the delay to the Inquiry threw up some interesting comments, some of them better informed than others. It may have ended with a promise from a government whip that he would try to move things along. The debate was initiated by Lord Morris, […]

Seeing is believing

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, January 26, 2014

by Chris Ames In the Sunday Telegraph, Andrew Gilligan uses the recent failed attempt at a citizen’s arrest of Tony Blair to argue that the Inquiry could slap metaphorical “cuffs” on Tony Blair: as Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq inquiry shows signs of at last creaking to a close, could it be the former civil servant […]

More spin from Blair

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, January 23, 2014

By Chris Ames When Tony Blair was in power, no journalist was better at disseminating his spin than the Guardian’s Patrick Wintour. In a piece in today’s paper by Wintour, Blair again has a free hit at damage limitation in advance of the inquiry report. Ministers are also bracing themselves for strong criticism, probably this […]