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Re: the Iraq war inquiry

Posted on: June 16, 2009

I read an article in The Times today about Gordon Brown’s plans for an inquiry into the Iraq war.

This is my reply.

Re: the Iraq war inquiry

It is going to be held in private, but it is going to be ‘unprecedented in scope’.

There ain’t much scope behind closed doors. Privacy should not have an effect on the range and depth of the inquiry.

The evidence given will be full and candid.

How will anyone ever know to the contrary?

The inquiry is being overseen by a civil servant, not a judge, and will have no power or status in the eyes of the law.

Once the inquiry is complete, what will come of its findings if it has no authority?

It will report after the next general election.

Surely it should submit its findings when it is ready to do so, not when it is convenient for the Government.

That is all.

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