Being open-minded and all, I’ll read anyone occasionally, no matter how much I have disagreed with them in the past. Thus Henry Porter in today’s Observer. Still, this part was interesting:
Could it be that Blair and the civil servants who oversaw the preparations for war always knew that the excuse of preserving the confidentiality of [...]
I have a comment at Independent Voices responding to today’s front-page lead story in The Independent, which looks good, by the way.
Once again I gently remind people that Tony Blair could not have “committed” the UK to military action before the decision of the Cabinet and the vote in Parliament. Nor was his support for [...]
I have no idea what is going on with the Chilcot inquiry, which now seems deadlocked in dispute with Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, who, with the support of the Prime Minister, refuses to allow it to publish Cabinet minutes and notes and transcripts of phone calls between Tony Blair and George Bush.
Heywood is [...]
My friend Stefan Stern repeats the old fantasy of the opponents of the Iraq war on Labour List today: that all Tony Blair has to do is to apologise and all will be right with the world again.
The bill for the unnecessary Iraq Inquiry is now nearly £7.5m. It was Gordon Brown’s foolish idea. He thought it would appease the haters but any historian ought to know appeasement never works. As a taxpayer I have paid for a festival for conspiracy theorists and an excuse for an ever more distorted and simplified [...]
Nick Clegg’s two-faced cynicism was the outstanding part of Iraq war anniversary journalism, but there is plenty more with which to deal.
John Prescott in the Sunday Mirror elaborated on his recent television interview, in which he said that the Iraq war was wrong in hindsight. Although what he said on television was ungrammatical and broke [...]
Like most reasonable people who disagreed with the invasion of Iraq, Nick Clegg must be embarrassed by the unreasoning haters who have been speaking increasingly on his behalf. Inevitably, he came across one on his phone-in on LBC radio this morning.
Dave from Ladbroke Grove: Nick, good morning it’s about another enquiry, this time it’s the [...]
You do wonder. Now Richard Norton-Taylor of the Guardian has pitched in with his version of the 10-year-old non-story copied out of another newspaper:
The long-delayed Chilcot inquiry report will be published without crucial evidence that would reveal what Tony Blair promised President George Bush in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq.
Thus combining two anti-war [...]
I am literally astonished at the way anti-war myths about Iraq continue to sustain themselves in the “reporting” and re-reporting of non-stories.
Fine column by David Aaronovitch in today’s Times (pay wall), on the way perfectly sincere Blair haters construct a “truth” in which they they believe. The best bits:
This week there have been unsourced stories from Sir John Chilcot [actually they were from Sir John's letter to the Prime Minister] suggesting that the Iraq Inquiry is being held up [...]
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