"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Thursday, 30 July 2009

The Chilcot Inquiry

Sir John Chilcot, head of the Iraq War Inquiry, has just announced live streaming on the internet plus televised proceedings as part of a commitment to transparency. There will be transcripts available on a website and contact details for the public to get in touch if they have 'any relevant information'.

Sir John also confirmed the intention to call Tony Blair (though his evidence may be given in private) along with other senior figures involved in the decisions which led to war. The Inquiry will be "thorough, rigorous, frank and fair" and will cover the period from the summer of 2001 to July 2009.

So, it isn't going to be a quiet summer after all.


  1. Frankly, I am a little suspicious of 'transparency'. I would rather hear people committing themselves to 'honesty'. I just can't remember when was the last time I heard the word 'honesty' escape the lips of anyone in authority.

  2. Agreed Edgar - I'd also like to hear the word 'integrity' a little more. However, Chilcot gave a good initial briefing about the terms of reference the committee will be using so there's nothing for it but to hope for the best. Televised proceedings sounds like a v.good idea to me.


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