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Chilcot Inquiry thread

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by RCT(V), May 21, 2014.

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  1. NSP

    NSP LE

    I thought he presented an exonerating whitewash?! At least, that was how the media seemed to report it at the time, as I vaguely recall...?
     
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  2. NSP

    NSP LE

    Before we get carried away with psuedo-French expressions and references to bears and their habits, probably best to point out that this is still a CA thread...

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    Diplomacy and nuance is all well and good and if Mr Blair had been a junior CS or responsible for the stationery cupboard, might even have put the kybosh on his career for a while.

    Mr Blair was neither. His decisions changed lives and caused deaths.

    A bit of plain speaking would not have gone amiss.
     
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  4. Tony B'Liar, as an Ex UK PM will never to brought to book, either a court case or impeachment in front of Parliament - there is NO precedent for this. As it is his Doris, Cherry is a 'Yumin Rites' lawyer, so he will be protected. As a lawyer himself, the legal proffession and Law Society will clsoe ranks to protect one of their own, or if Blair is beyond the pale, then they may let justice take its course.

    On the the other hand, B'Liar could jsut skip the country, and seek political asylum in Americky where he will be welcomed along with all the other dead-beats and broken down old lawyers.:rolleyes:
     
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  5. No, that was what the media were expecting, and that was what they wrote.
    It was a government Inquiry. It looked at the process by which we went to war, and how that war evolved.
    Certain individuals were named.

    If , for arguments sake, certain individuals were brought to trial, the evidence of the Inquiry could be admitted in evidence because it is factual.
    If it had been what the media wanted, a loud and public condemnation, then it would take away from what the Inquiry was really set up to do.- namely, stopping any PM being able to pull such a stunt ever again.
     
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  6. Political leaders who send our Armed Forces Boys and Girls into harms way, always get away with the flack afterwards. The Armed Forces personel are always 'selected' for punishment and due process in witchunts to protect the backs of thsoe who sent them in harms way - thus it always has been, thus it is, thus it always will be.
     
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  7. Should the CPS ever decide to charge anyone over Iraq, a document that clearly assigned blame would not be usable, as it would be seen as prejudicial.
    The decision over what actions to take against anyone over Iraq would be at a higher legal and political level tham Chilcot.
     
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  8. NSP

    NSP LE

    There was something or other on the news at the beginning of the week about how the courts are reviewing his immunity from prosecution.

    Fingers crossed that they decide that everyone is equal before the law, rather than Blair's preferred position based on his reading of the works of that other bloke born with the name Blair.
     
  9. Who changed his name because he knew the shame that name would carry.
    Very prescient bloke our Erick.
     
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  10. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    The book "The Ghost" by Robert Harris is begining to look like fact rather than fiction! The PM in the book is very obviously Blair.
     
  11. NSP

    NSP LE

    The resemblance is quite uncanny in the film, too (characteristically, not physically).
     
  12. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    It was meant to be. Harris and Blair were buddies and Harris was a party donator, but they fell out over Iraq and this book is the result! Slight over simplification but not far off.
     
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  13. The idea of a creature like Blair having friends is weird.
     
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  14. Not really, money attracts money and gains friends. I would just love to imagine that wikkileaks will release just what Bush offered Blair and put paid to the fool once and for all. We are beginning to find out just what a hopeless case Blair as PM was and it wasn't just Iraq
     
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