by Chris Ames
John Major’s comments on the Inquiry this morning are interesting for two reasons beyond his main point – that it is now for Tony Blair to facilitate the disclosure of the relevant documents and not just the quotes and gists we are promised.
Firstly, that a former prime minister should implicitly reject the idea that disclosing what a British PM says to a US president will cause serious damage takes the wind from the sails of that establishment contention.
Secondly, Major has articulated what many other people have said since the compromise agreement was announced – that many people will still feel they are not being told the whole truth and leave the issue festering. For the Inquiry to leave this impression would be a truly lamentable outcome.