"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."

Friday, 5 March 2010

Brown: Chilcot Inquiry + Update

Ah, well... the first half hour of questioning from Baroness Prashar has dispelled any hope we may have entertained that Brown would change the habit of a lifetime and be anything other than a Cockwaffler Extraordinaire; he is a consummate waffler par excellence.  He's made the point, several times, that 'there were no financial restraints' placed on the capability of the Armed Forces; he's talked about the new world order post-Cold War; and he's distanced himself as far as possible from Blair's discussions with Bush.

Here's a completely gratuitous ad hominem attack:  Doesn't this grubby little man ever wash his hands?  His nails look bitten almost to the quick - they're sore and red - his knuckles need a good scouring with Ajax powder and a scrubbing brush, and his fingers are covered in black ink.  They've been fairly tightly grasped in front of him since he took his seat while his thumbs do most of the talking.

Sir Roderick Lyne is now asking the questions.

UPDATE:  Here's a link to Iraq Digest which has live blogging, for those who want to keep an eye on it at work and don't want sound.
Fraser Nelson  has harsh words for Brown about his role in the fall of Basra.
Post-lunch, the Inquiry now seems to be getting into the nitty-gritty of the Treasury's role in funding for the war since Brown is reeling off a list of tractor-stats.  He's quite happy with himself and is back in his comfort-zone while his fingers run across the lines and he's talking of efficiencies, assets and years-ending,  talking in terms of millions and billions of pounds.  He's really rattling off the percentages now; the steepling is back, the stabbing is back, the smile is back and Brown is in his element.  He also seems to have washed his hands.

A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth,
and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.

UPDATE 3.30PM: After a faltering morning session Brown breezed the post-prandial Chilcot Inquiry with a reel of statistics that would have the Guardian calling for the head of Mugabe had he uttered the same words.  I really don't know how this man got away with it in front of an influential Inquiry, unless he's so boring and monotonous that they all switched off and forgot to press him to answer the question.  Baroness Prashar did her best and many times asked him, with respect, to please answer the question but he never did.


  1. I am waiting for the Armed Services to respond to Brown's assertion that he did not turn down requests for funding.

    Oh, I see they already have..


    Time for a very British Coup?

  2. Yes, they've really come out against him this morning. Surely he's not so deluded he thinks he can lie and get away with it? Incredible.


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