Chilcot 'for another day' - Blair

Times Series: Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, pictured with George Bush, has ducked calls to sanction the release of his exchanges with the former US President in the run-up to the Iraq war. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, pictured with George Bush, has ducked calls to sanction the release of his exchanges with the former US President in the run-up to the Iraq war.

Tony Blair has ducked calls for him to sanction the release of his exchanges with George Bush in the run-up to the Iraq war.

The tight-lipped former prime minister said questions about the Chilcot Inquiry were "for another day" as he was grilled by reporters after a speech on Europe.

Campaigners have criticised as a whitewash the decision to limit publication to "quotes or gists" and the mother of one soldier killed in the conflict said she was "sickened".

Mr Blair's Tory predecessor in Number 10, Sir John Major, is among those urging him to allow a fuller disclosure to address suspicions.

Years of negotiations over the publication of the "vital" material, which includes 25 notes from Mr Blair to the then US president and more than 130 records of conversations between them, is understood to have been behind long delays in publication of the report into the invasion.

Sir John said at the weekend that withholding the details would " leave suspicions unresolved and those suspicions will fester and maybe worsen" and would be " very embarrassing for Tony Blair" as the premier who introduced the Freedom of Information Act.

He said there were "strict rules" preventing the current Government from getting involved and insisted it was down to Labour or Mr Blair to approach the Cabinet Office, which handled the negotiations, to give the go-ahead for the papers to be released.

Rose Gentle, whose 19-year-old son Gordon was killed in Iraq in June 2004, said she was "sickened" by the decision to publish only selected sections and believed Mr Blair would "walk away from it with a smile on his face".

Asked by reporters about the issue, Mr Blair said: "In respect of Chilcot, I'll leave that for another day."

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12:11pm Mon 2 Jun 14

ian923 says...

This is a man who led us into a war we should never have been involved in and did it on lies. He is totally untrustworthy and will never admit anything.It looks like the truth will never come out fully and he will escape blame. He even wants to be President of Europe. He has achieved absolutely nothing in the middle east and caused lots of lives to be lost unnecessarily. He should be totally ashamed of himself but he has no shame otherwise he would admit the lies.He should no longer be in any positions of power and should face a trial over his decision to take us to war on the lies.
This is a man who led us into a war we should never have been involved in and did it on lies. He is totally untrustworthy and will never admit anything.It looks like the truth will never come out fully and he will escape blame. He even wants to be President of Europe. He has achieved absolutely nothing in the middle east and caused lots of lives to be lost unnecessarily. He should be totally ashamed of himself but he has no shame otherwise he would admit the lies.He should no longer be in any positions of power and should face a trial over his decision to take us to war on the lies. ian923
  • Score: 5

8:11pm Mon 2 Jun 14

the voice of common sense says...

This man is a war criminal because he started a war, along with his good buddy george dubya to secure oil for the americans.. Many thousands of innocent men, women and children died unnecessarily as victims of this illegal war. Blair should be in the dock alongside bush and alistair cambell for starting an illegal war plus blair and cambell should stand trial for the mysterious "suicide" of Dr David Kelly who knew the truth about the weapons of mass destruction that the tissue of lies was built on to invade Iraq
This man is a war criminal because he started a war, along with his good buddy george dubya to secure oil for the americans.. Many thousands of innocent men, women and children died unnecessarily as victims of this illegal war. Blair should be in the dock alongside bush and alistair cambell for starting an illegal war plus blair and cambell should stand trial for the mysterious "suicide" of Dr David Kelly who knew the truth about the weapons of mass destruction that the tissue of lies was built on to invade Iraq the voice of common sense
  • Score: 2

8:16pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Beau champ mummy says...

the voice of common sense wrote:
This man is a war criminal because he started a war, along with his good buddy george dubya to secure oil for the americans.. Many thousands of innocent men, women and children died unnecessarily as victims of this illegal war. Blair should be in the dock alongside bush and alistair cambell for starting an illegal war plus blair and cambell should stand trial for the mysterious "suicide" of Dr David Kelly who knew the truth about the weapons of mass destruction that the tissue of lies was built on to invade Iraq
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[quote][p][bold]the voice of common sense[/bold] wrote: This man is a war criminal because he started a war, along with his good buddy george dubya to secure oil for the americans.. Many thousands of innocent men, women and children died unnecessarily as victims of this illegal war. Blair should be in the dock alongside bush and alistair cambell for starting an illegal war plus blair and cambell should stand trial for the mysterious "suicide" of Dr David Kelly who knew the truth about the weapons of mass destruction that the tissue of lies was built on to invade Iraq[/p][/quote]Here here Beau champ mummy
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