Despite his ostracism from polite society in England, Tony Blair has been chirpy of late and thus he would have known that he wasn’t named as the chief culprit of our decision to invade Iraq in 2003 in the long delayed Chilcot Enquiry.
It’s all very well — though barely justified — giving those implicated the chance to reply to the criticism in Sir John Chilcot’s Report, but to delay its publication year after year means that something very scathing is said about someone. Incidentally — while we’re at it — we may note that when even when the Prime Minister, David Cameron, has been calling for its publication but snubbed by Chilcot then this shows the true nature of the balance of power between the civil service and the politicians — Chilcot being a retired civil servant.
It would seem that Chilcot has been looking after one of his own kind, just as the civil service have been preventing the police from going forward year after year — even though they say they have the evidence — with the prosecution of senior politicians and civil servants involved in the Dolphin Square sexual orgies at which a young boy died during sexual ‘activity’ it is rumoured.
Without the press acting on our behalf in revealing the deficits of government over the years — television channels haven’t done enough to earn full spurs yet — we wouldn’t know who the chief culprit of Chilcot’s Report would be (and, obviously, that he’s still alive or the Report would have been published years ago). According to my newspaper this morning he would seem to be Sir Richard Dearlove who was then the Head of MI6, the foreign wing of our secret services. He is alleged to have exaggerated the evidence against Saddam Hussein.
Well, we already know about two of the two main pieces of evidence that Tony Blair quoted to the House of Commons. One is that the statement that Saddam Hussein could unleash weapons of mass destruction against us (the implication being mainland England) within 45 minutes was not secure information but came from an anonymous, obscure Iraqi — who later said he was talking about battlefield weapons such as mortars or artillery guns. The second is that ‘Secret Service intelligence’ was lifted word for word from the internet as part of an America student’s Master’s thesis.
Tony Blair was guilty of being naïve — and the House of Commons even more so (this is why Blair has never been prosecuted for treason) — but what does this make Sir John Dearlove who is believed to be one of the “feistiest performers” when in secret conversations with Tony Blair. He carried our impressionable ex-Prime Minister away! Gen Sir Nicholas Houghton, Head of the Armed Services at the time of the invasion and several other senior commanders are also alleged to be criticised.
All this goes to show that, at least in this country, politicians are putty in the hands of the senior civil servants.