Many military strategists will tell you to the best place to hide something is in plain sight, this stratagem also applies to politics.
It has long been the British way to use the Public Inquiry to achieve this end.
Gordon Brown originally wanted the Iraq Inquiry to be held in secret but bowed to pressure and famously U turned, or did he? One thing you can say with certainty about the Prime Mentalist is that what he offers with one hand he takes away with the other.
Brown has a lot to lose not only politically, but also personally. It is bad enough for Labour that Tony Blair has repetitively lied to Parliament and the country so he could start his illegal war and get his place in history. The problem for Labour and Brown is that as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Tony Blair’s right hand man, Brown would have been fully briefed to the same extent as Blair on the non-existent WMD’s; Brown would also have had to provide the finance for the war.
Gordon Brown is as deeply involved in this as Tony Blair, Read the rest of this entry
The Chairman of the Iraq Inquiry is Sir John Chilcot is a retired career civil servant who was permanent under-secretary of state at the Northern Ireland Office until 1997. Prior to his work at the Northern Ireland Office Sir John served in a variety of posts in the Home Office, the Civil Service Department and the Cabinet Office, including private secretary appointments to both Labour and Conservative Home Secretaries, and to the head of the civil service.
Chilcot was a member of the Butler Review which many people feel was too lenient towards Blair and the Labour government. There are some doubts about Chilcot’s bottle when it comes to questioning former Labour cabinet ministers. Gordon Brown wanted the Iraq inquiry to be held in secret behind closed doors, Chilcot to his credit said it must be held in public so Brown U turned once again and the inquiry will be mostly held in public; one is left wondering how many times the “National Security” and “Official Secrets Act” cards will be played.
Brown shied away from making people give evidence under oath which will prevent any subsequent charges for perjury; Chilcot is thinking about making witnesses give a “formal undertaking” whatever that is. The Inquiry is not due to publish it’s findings until the end of 2010, though Chilcot has said there is the possibility of an interim report which is likely to very damaging to Gordon Brown if Read the rest of this entry