Chilcot hasn’t the bottle to take on Blair – top lawyer

Are the wheels coming off the Chilcot inquiry? The Lib Dems aren’t the only ones to accuse it of failing its first test with former JIC chief John Scarlett, he of the notorious 45 minute claim. I admit this badly knocked my own confidence in the panel. The gap between Blair lying and Blair self-deception is narrowing as the inquiry progresses. Now former DPP Ken Macdonald, a top lawyer whose very job was to know the exact weight of words, launches a blistering attack on Tony Blair for “tricking and cajoling” the British people into war. Even the hapless Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth admits Blair mightn’t have won the Commons vote if they had known Blair wanted war regardless of WMD. Chilcot rushes to assure that although Blair will be heard partly in private, he’ll still receive a public grilling. This is prcisely what Macdonald doubts Chilcot has the skills and outlook to deliver. Macdonald extract on Blair below. It seems that the contempt felt by some mandarins for his fancier footwork around the weapons of mass destruction is finally showing in a belated settling of scores. Discretion is fading like toothache and the feast of revenge is as tempting as it is cold.
Yet the position of the inquiry panel is uncertain. So far, apart from some interventions by Sir Roderic Lyne, the former ambassador in Moscow, its questioning has been unchallenging. If this is born of a belief that it creates an atmosphere more conducive to truth, it seems naive. The truth doesn’t always glide out so compliantly; sometimes it struggles to be heard. Sometimes it takes cover in a shelter that is entirely self-serving.

  • DC

    The only thing taking shelter is the exact meaning of MacDonald’s cited paragraph above.

    Perhaps he should ditch waffle and become a bit more straight taking himself in that he should say things a bit more precisely than blowing smoke over his own inner thoughts.

  • The fact Chilcot does not have a senior council to question those who come before it speaks volumes as to its intention.

    It increasingly reminds me of [prior to the expenses scandal] a house of commons committee questioning their fellow MPs about expenses.

  • Panic, These ones like it up em.

    Whats the point of having elected dictatorships if they cannot do as they damn well please and get away with it.

    I mean what would be the point !

  • heck

    there is a word for an inquiry like this. it is a widgery

  • wild turkey

    ‘there is a word for an inquiry like this. it is a widgery ‘

    actually, the word(s) are ‘job creation’

    in the current Chilcott Inquiry

    a. how many are employed?
    b. at what financial cost
    c. what are the individual and aggregate salaries?

    Chilcott is not an exercise to get at, or establish, the truth. It is just another wee journey on the gravey train for the great and good.

  • Wilde Rover

    And the crows will spit venom at the scarecrow, ignoring the smirking farmer.