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Tony Blair Says Sorry (again)

  • May 25, 2016
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The Chilcot Inquiry report really does look as though it’s only weeks away from publication,  and Blair already out apologising for Iraq once again.  Blair last did this back in October last year,  when it also looked as though Chilcot was coming, and he  told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria:

‘I apologise for the fact...

Bang, Bang Maxwell’s Silver Hammer

  • August 26, 2015
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Many years ago, back in 1971, the publishing magnate Robert Maxwell was forced to resign his position on the board of directors of the Oxford-based publishing company Pergamon Press, following suggestions of malfeasance in connection with his role during an attempted strategic takeover of the company.  A Department of Trade and Industry inquiry into the...

Chilcotmania!

  • June 15, 2015
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Many years ago I remember going to my local record shop almost every week to find out if they had received Television’s first album yet.   I started going months before it actually came out after reading Nick Kent’s great review in the NME.   I was hooked on that album even before I heard...

Try to be civil, Chilcot

  • January 22, 2015
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One of my favourite moments in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness occurs  when the narrator Marlow is interrupted by an irritated listener who tells him ‘Try to be civil Marlow.’ It’s a very English request, as Conrad well knew.   I mean here is Marlow, recounting a story of the horrific violence and cruelty, madness...

The Chilcot Inquiry Sinks into the Sand

  • November 15, 2013
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In the last fortnight a number of media commentators accused Russell Brand of naivete and political ignorance for his criticisms of the democratic system and the limitations of the right to vote.

This week however, the British public were presented with further evidence of how hollowed-out the democratic process has become, when the Chilcot Inquiry revealed...

Waiting for Chilcot

  • January 02, 2013
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I can’t say I ever expected a great deal from the Inquiry into the ‘lessons that can be learned’ from the Iraq conflict, which  Gordon Brown reluctantly established in 2009.   The British elite does not generally indict itself, and a committee whose members included a former foreign policy adviser to Tony Blair...

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