Adam Lovejoy writes from London: As the Chilcot inquiry into the war in Iraq announces that it would not publish its report, at least until the middle of next year, here’s a word of advice to Sir John Chilcot: forget it, Sir John. Yep, just bury that report once and for all. No need to upset some people, mostly former top dog Tony Blair, who thought he was doing the right thing when he dragged the country kicking and screaming into the war in Iraq. And considering that Tony is making a big political comeback in Britain at the moment, having failed to secure any important international position, that would make all the difference to him and his powerful friends in the liberal establishment.
Mr Blair has a lot to give to the people of Britain, Sir John. So it would be a big waste if you come up with a report that might actually make it look that Tony is a double-dealing two-timing weasel who had conspired with the then US President George Bush to invade Iraq and whack Saddam Hussein, without any proper grounds for that, apart from long-term financial considerations.
The official reason, by the way, for the delay of the Chilcot report is that the inquiry needs more time to ‘talk to the government’, to persuade it to give access to some very sensitive documents that would reveal what everyone knows already: that Blair and the rest of the gang launched a war on false pretences. But Sir John is like that, you see. He wants the world to know that along with the other members of his panel he would like to get to the bottom of things, before making his conclusions. But all this is a waste of time really. Drastic measures are needed.
Sir John might like to learn from the people who had shielded Mr Blair from the unwanted publicity surrounding the parliamentary expenses scandal, when all of his receipts, yes, every single one, had disappeared. In fact, Mr Blair was the only MP, who did not have to reveal anything about his spending power, as there were no records available. Now that was classy. And, what is even more important, no one made any fuss about it, figuring that as Tony is a straight kind of guy, there’s nothing really to investigate, is there?
So all this talk about delaying the Chilcot report needs to stop. Especially as Prime Minister David Cameron doesn’t seem very keen on it. It’s not like he is calling Sir John every other day and saying to him: ‘So how about that report on the war in Iraq, Sir John, when is it coming?’ Word has it that Mr Cameron actually talks on the phone with Mr Blair, from time to time, discussing all sorts of things, including gay marriage, reform of the House of Lords and Britain joining the euro. So why would the PM cause any embarrassment to his soul mate?
And as for that pesky war in Iraq, well, no one can really change anything anyway now. So what if the intelligence reports were sexed up a bit and a million people in Iraq died? S..t happens, as they say. There’ll be more wars waged and inquiries set up. No big deal if one is simply forgotten.
So I say it again: bury that report, Sir John. You know it would be the wisest thing you’ve ever done in your life