The news that Chilcot has surrendered to the civil service establishment in not publishing the full evidence about the Iraq War is as depressing as it was predictable. He was told by Gus O”Donnell, the head of the civil service in 2011, that there was no way he could publish all the evidence that … Continue reading What exactly is Blair so terrified about us finding out on Iraq?
There seems to be a plague going round the Shadow Cabinet, which is quite catching, the symptoms of which appear to be seriously muddled economic and political thinking. After several comrades went down with this malady over the New Year period, the bug appears to have re-surfaced again, to judge by today’s remarks from the foreign … Continue reading Does anyone seriously believe that swallowing Tory austerity measures whole makes Labour credible?
Chilcot is a ticking time bomb, dormant for the moment, but still primed to explode within a few months. And then what? Three central issues arise out of Chilcot. The first is what happens if in accordance with the known facts the inquiry concludes that Tony Blair committed without consultation to a war in Iraq … Continue reading Chilcot leading to what?
The tectonic plates are beginning to move under Trident. A new report from the IPPR, with authors including Labour’s former Defence Secretary George Robertson and former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown, argues that Britain cannot afford much of the defence equipment needed and should revisit plans to renew Trident. Ashdown says “we can no longer … Continue reading Trident replacement must no be slipped through below the radar
The latest leak from Downing Street that the long-awaited inquiry into the Iraq War will be delayed until well after the next election in May 2010 does not come as a surprise, in view of the repeated politicising of due process over this matter for the last 6 years. The excuse for deferring the inquiry … Continue reading Fixing the Iraq inquiry
This article originally appeared in The Guardian Do we have any influence over those who govern us? After two million marched against the war, the issue that has brought this to a head is of course Iraq. But it is far more pervasive than that. When Britain’s sovereignty vis-à-vis Europe may be affected by the … Continue reading Why we need a new political governance
The Observer Lord Hutton will report shortly on the ‘circumstances surrounding the death of Dr David Kelly’, but is likely to regard as beyond his remit such key questions as how the September 2002 dossier appears to include several dishonest claims and whether the country was falsely led into war. It is crucial, if Lord … Continue reading The truth about WMD lies beyond Hutton
This article originally appeared in The Guardian David Kelly referred obliquely to Operation Rockingham. What role did this mysterious cell play in justifying the Iraq war? David Kelly, giving evidence to the prime minister’s intelligence and security committee in closed session on July 16 – the day before his suicide – made a comment the … Continue reading The very secret service