Archive for 'Coverage' Category

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 [...]

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 [...]

What can Dearlove possibly be hiding?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

by Chris Ames The Telegraph has run another story reminding us that Richard Dearlove, who was head of MI6/SIS at the time of the Iraq Dossier and the invasion, has threatened to spill the beans if he is criticised by the Inquiry. The story is based on the announcement that Dearlove is to leave his [...]

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 Heywood to blame – or Chilcot?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The BBC follows the Mail and Times in reporting that The UK’s top civil servant should no longer have responsibility for deciding which documents sought by the Iraq Inquiry should be declassified, a former foreign secretary has said. Lord Owen said Sir Jeremy Heywood should not be the final “arbiter” because he worked closely with [...]

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 [...]