Expressing the Iraq memory hole effect

by Andrew Mason

From yesterday’s main opinion page of the print edition of the Daily Express, as quoted from the piece ‘Britain is sinking under the weight of public inquiries’ by political commentator Nigel Burke:

“We’ve had the Hutton, Butler and Chilcott (sic) Inquiries but they can never get to the bottom of something like Iraq, which is bottomless.”

Maybe this reporter has simply lost awareness of the fact that the Iraq Inquiry hasn’t actually reported anything yet, and that SJC and his team are still nowhere near completing and publishing their expected million word final report.

At least Burke also wrote:

“What we get out of today’s inquiries is a very mixed bag. If we hoped to get clarity and closure, we might have to wait a couple of decades until a new inquiry into the inquiry comes along.”

This part, anyway, is relatively true. The downside of all of this is that it now seems that widespread media and (therefore) public awareness of the ongoing nature of the Iraq Inquiry is slowly and steadily disappearing from view.