Much longer and the Chilcott enquiry into the British government's part in the Iraq war will have run longer than The Mousetrap has in the West End - still playing since 1952! I gather from The Daily Mail that his Lordship, unperturbed by the increasing anger of the relatives of the dead, has taken himself off on holiday. If he can stretch it out a bit further then, with a bit of luck, a lot of those grieving mums and dads will have died off too!
Good tactics from a typical 'Sir Humphrey' whose sole purpose in life is to maintain a cool, calm demeanour in Whitehall irrespective of what might be kicking off outside. However, the heat has been turned up increasingly high in the last year or so and it's beginning to make me wonder exactly what he is hiding. I should make clear that I was totally in favour of the war because I believed the intelligence reports that Saddam had WMD. Also, I thought that the Americans had a long-term plan to occupy Iraq under the leadership of some satrap and turn it into a permanent American base right in the heart of the Middle East and next door to Iran. So I was wrong on both. Our Intelligence people told the pols what they wanted to hear, and the Yanks hadn't a clue what they were going to do with Iraq when the war was over!
However, what has never been entirely clarified is the exact part played by Tony Blair. Now I am not too bothered if our (less than) glorious leaders occasionally play ducks and drakes with pure truth in order to drive through policies they feel are essential in the national interest. That's what politicians are for! But, I can't help wondering, just how far did Blair go in driving us into the Iraq war. Has Chilcott found out? And is that why he is delaying and delaying?
But for the all too real deaths and mutilations, this is more exciting than The Mousetrap!