Did Blair mislead the Inquiry?
One thing for which I respect Chris Ames is that, in his detailed knowledge of Tony Blair’s role in the Iraq war, he is as impatient as I am with the tedious misreporting of the Chilcot inquiry by the antiwar media.
He’s as antiwar as the rest of them, but that does not stop him joining in my Questions to Which the Answer is No game, and inadvertently nominating the above as number 494 in the series.
Did Lords Wilson [right] and Turnbull accuse Blair of misleading the Inquiry?
Ames answers his own question:
I’m not sure that they did or that he did. They certainly contradicted his claim. But at this point, the panel have seen the cabinet papers and know what was and wasn’t said. If Blair was trying to mislead them – as opposed to us – he had little hope.
He therefore concludes that Blair must have misled someone else.
Meanwhile, I have to report two further additions to the series.
Number 495 was asked by David Marsh of Denis Healey at his talk on “Being Chancellor” at the Mile End Group last night:
Would David Owen [who was in the audience] have been a better Chancellor than Gordon Brown?
Healey gave the required answer.
Number 496 was asked by Will Straw:
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