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Brown and Blair whitewash

Brown will not face Chilcott until after the next election

Gordon Brown will be spared the embarrassment of giving evidence to the Iraq Inquiry until after the next election, it emerged today.

The Prime Minister, David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, and Douglas Alexander, the Development Secretary, have all been excused because the inquiry wants to remain “firmly outside party politics”.

Commenting on the news Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

“Everyone will want to know whether this decision of the Inquiry was influenced by Ministers in any way. The public will rightly ask why it is that numerous officials have given evidence to the Inquiry about their role in carrying out the Government’s policy on Iraq, but not a single Minister has had to face questioning.

“It is becoming clearer and clearer why Gordon Brown delayed setting up the Inquiry for so long after it should have begun its work. His intention throughout has been to ensure that the Inquiry won’t report until after the coming General Election. Now we have the added effect of Ministers not having to give evidence at all before the election. Gordon Brown’s efforts to delay the inquiry have been the very opposite of open and accountable government.”

So, it looks as though they have managed to do a Basil Fawlty then, goose stepping around the stage screaming “don’t mention the war” – at least not before the election!

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Written by curly

December 24, 2009 at 1:57 pm

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  1. Merry Christmas Curly.

    I read that it’s only costing the UK taxpayer £6 million a year to keep Tony Blair in bodyguards.

    The Lakelander

    December 26, 2009 at 8:53 pm

  2. Surprise surprise! I like the razor-sharp thinking by William Hague.


    December 28, 2009 at 9:17 pm

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