He’s only been sitting for 23 days, but the chairman of the Iraq war inquiry has already issued a defence of the proceedings. That tells us much about the proceedings themselves.
Gentlemanly isn’t the word. Many have found themselves craving for the presence of a serious QC to grill the Bufton Tuftons, Sir This, Sir That and the rest of them about how they all played their part in taking us into the Iraq war.
He talks of “an exceptional level of openness”. Well, that’s possibly true but only tells us something about the UK’s extraordinary fetish with secrecy.
But that’s not in question. What is in question is why he and his team are adopting such a namby-pamby approach to a bunch of high ranking military and civil service brass, lining up to say now what none of them was prepared to say when it really mattered.
Britain is reviewing procedures for issuing arrest warrants in war crimescases after a diplomatic row with Israel over allegations against its former foreign minister.
David Miliband, the foreign secretary, said tonight the government was “looking urgently” at ways the legal system might be changed following action against Tzipi Livni, Israel’s opposition leader, over her role in theGaza war.
"The British government must take a firm stand to prevent British courts becoming a playground for anti-Israel extremists."
More ‘lolwut!?’ than lolcat…. the government needs to protect us from the law?? Interesting.
I am still sick, and trying really hard to make myself have a day at home (even though the sun is shining and I can’t help thinking I should go to work)… so, there might be a lot of LOLcats going on today…. in the interests of distraction.