Ben Delicious reports from London: The British political establishment resembles an ostrich that has buried its head in the sand at the sight of a predator and thinks that sticking out its butt would help it weather out the storm.
Confused by such an assertion? Well, it all has to do with the Chilcot inquiry into the war in Iraq, you see, which ran for seven months – from the end of July 2010 to February 2011 – at a considerable cost to the taxpayers but which has yet to deliver the long-awaited report on its findings.
And what findings there were! It turned out that Tony Blair and his people were in cahoots with George Bush and his lot, having taken a decision way back in 2002 to invade Iraq, whatever happens. Intelligence reports were beefed up to provide compelling reasons to invade the country, opinions of military and intelligence officials were discarded and blatant lies were told to parliament and the nation. Treason was in the air, you might say, at the time the US and Britain attacked a sovereign country on false pretences. On the basis of all that evidence Tony and the gang could have had a very tough time indeed.
But alas Blair has powerful friends and admirers in the current coalition, including one of his biggest fans, David Cameron, and they are doing their best to prevent the Chilcot report from seeing the light of day. What they are missing, though, is that what they are doing is actually giving their game away even more, as people start to wonder why is it that an independent public inquiry has been quietly buried. (Hence the comparison with the ostrich and its butt sticking out.)
Mind you, Sir John Chilcot himself who headed the inquiry probably didn’t expect that it would produce the sort of evidence that can be put before a court and get a conviction on that basis. He was obviously hoping to hear some pretty bland witness statements and produce a bland report blaming no one in particular. But it all worked out quite differently and now Sir John is probably caught between a rock and a hard place, trying to figure out how to not rock the boat too much. (Incidentally, in case you have forgotten it, PM Cameron came to Blair’s rescue during his witness statement before the inquiry when he was sinking like the Titanic, firing Andy Coulson that day thus distracting media attention.)
The Chilcot inquiry was supposed to deliver its report before last Christmas. The one in 2011 that is. Then it was decided that it needed more time so it was delayed till spring this year. Then June was mentioned but it never materialised. No one really knows when it will come out, if at all. We at Stirring Trouble asked our secretary, Lucy, to pretend that she was the Queen and call 10 Downing Street to inquire when the Chilcot report was due. But she was told to go to hell by some person there as she didn’t really sound like the Queen at all, the silly cow. As far as we know, no one has committed suicide at Number 10.
What is really odd about the whole matter is that the so-called right-wing press is showing no desire to find out what the hell’s going on. Not one hack bothers to investigate. Too busy covering up the second banking crash, I suppose. And the MPs are not really all that interested probably worried that if they overstep the line, the matter of their expenses might come up again. (Wonderful the way parliament these days is muzzled by all that corruption.)
And the biggest winner in this is, of course, Blair himself, who is making all those millions, in the quiet knowledge that nothing will happen to him while Dave is calling the shots. As it should be in a proper liberal democracy.