The Chilcot Inquiry is becoming a real farce and a disgrace to the nation.
After six years, and at a great cost to the taxpayer, we are nowhere near learning the truth. It seems that the government, although frustrated by the length of time the inquiry has so far taken, is either not willing to force the issue of the publication of the report, or is powerless to do so for reasons only known to themselves.
Sir John Chilcot is now urged to step out of his ‘ivory tower’ and explain why his long-awaited report has been delayed. He is also accused of treating the grieving families of Britain’s soldiers killed in the conflict with ‘utter contempt’ by staying silent.
Bereaved relatives find themselves in a painful limbo because the Iraq Inquiry chairman was ignoring their pleas to reveal the truth about why their sons and daughters were sent to fight by Tony Blair, said a leading MP. Former Tory defence minister, Sir Gerald Howarth, became the latest senior figure to express disquiet about Sir John, accusing him of ‘sticking up two fingers’ at the families.
Andrew Pierce, in an article in last Saturday’s Daily Mail, had the courage to indicate that when Tony Blair first appeared before the Iraq Inquiry five years ago, the chairman treated him with almost painful deference. He writes: ‘Chilcot, a crumpled figure whose opening remarks lasted seven minutes, never laid a glove on Blair, even though the former prime minister gave evidence for more than six hours. What few people know is that the bumbling Chilcot, a retired career civil servant, could in fact have greeted Blair as an old friend.’
Those opening lines in his article might lead you to believe that a possible cover-up in the whole inquiry is taking place.
The question remains: is Tony Blair, the Houdini of his generation, about to wriggle out of his heinous deed in waging an unjustifiable war based on lies in order to accommodate the wishes of his friend George Bush?
What about the true role of Jack Straw in this shameful affair?
And what about the cost in lives, not only in British soldiers but of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians who are to this day paying the price of his criminal adventure that has brought ISIL to the fore?
The whole saga is a serious blight on Britain, unless we demonstrate to the world that those who flaunt the law, irrespective of what position they hold in the land, are brought to justice.
Sir John Chilcot has no right to hamper the course of the law, otherwise he risks indictment.