03 Feb 2015
February 3, 2015

Chilcot Report bollocks

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Some Labour opponents would like to see the Chilcot Report published before the election because they think it’ll harm Labour. Labour also says it wants the report published but knows it won’t be. Chilcot says he’s not ready to publish. It’s quite obvious that the delay is not due to Tony Blair or any other politician but to senior mandarins with deep conflicts of interest, worried about their careers and reputations, haggling over detail so as to delay the process beyond their next promotion or retirement.

The Report, when it comes out, will see said mandarins and the great and good pass judgement on the decisions of elected politicians. It’s true that sometimes people, in their distaste for elected politicians and the often-incoherent public instincts they must represent and respond to, like nothing more than to be lorded over by unelected folk. But wouldn’t it be a low-ebb for UK politics if a report on contentious events a dozen years ago was released specifically to take centre ground in this year’s general election?

The Tory/Lib Dem period in government assessed? Schools and hospitals, young folk with life-threatening mental health issues being refused treatment, rising inequality, jobs, economic growth, devolution? Nah, none of that bollocks. Let’s have the whole election dominated by the personal opinion of a few members of the great and good upon historical events which have no bearing at all on our future.

Actually, let’s not.