by Chris Ames
Gordon Brown’s letter to Sir John Chilcot is published on the Politics Home website. It is typical Brown – no admission of error, no apology, a lot of spin. It may be Brown’s way of limiting the political damage, but to puff such a letter out with so much spin must have seriously alienated the Inquiry.
The letter begins: “Further to my evidence to your Inquiry on 5 March, I want to provide you with more detail about defence spending.” In the middle is a quote from what Brown said at Prime Minister’s Questions: “I accept that…” Brown does not even have the decency to set out his correction in a form of words put together specifically for Chilcot.
The letter ends: “I also made clear that every additional urgent operational requirement requested for Iraq, as for Afghanistan, was met by the Treasury.” Why does Brown feel the need to put such blatant spin on the end of the letter – re-iterating something he said during his appearance? Does he think it remotely conceivable that this point will have escaped the Inquiry’s attention?