The Chilcot Report and Tony Blair


July 9, 2016

Tony Blair should be stripped of his right of all honours, if he lied on Iraq

by Caroline Mortimer

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/chilcot-inquiry-report-tony-blair-iraq-war-honours-tory-mp-a7117251.html

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Tony Blair has always denied lying over the Iraq War. Pictured: Stop the War Coalition protester wearing a mask depicting Mr Blair with blood on his hands (Getty Images)

Tony Blair should be “stripped of all honours” if the long awaited Chilcot report reveals he lied about Iraq, a senior Tory backbencher has said.

Sir David Arness said that even if Mr Blair is not called before the International Criminal Court to face war crimes charges he should be stripped of his right to sit on the Privy Council.

The Privy Council is a largely ceremonial body whose members are supposed to act as the Queen’s formal advisers.  The Privy Council is a largely ceremonial body whose members are supposed to act as the Queen’s formal advisers.

All serving and former Prime Ministers, Leaders of the Opposition and high ranking or long serving MPs are given the honour and are entitled to receive briefings from the security services.

Sir David told the Mail on Sunday: “I suspect the report will be shocking and a damning indictment of that Government and particularly Tony Blair who was in charge.”

The Chilcot report is due to be published soon – seven years after the inquiry began. The report will be 2.6 million words long and has collected evidence from more than 150 witnesses and over 200 cabinet meetings, and has analysed 150,000 government documents.

It is expected to be critical of Mr Blair – suggesting he ignored experts’ warnings on the lack of evidence for the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Former SNP Deputy Leader Jim Sillars also claimed in the Scottish Daily Herald last month that Mr Blair could face charges in Scotland if “retrospective legislation” was introduced.

He said: “While retrospective legislation is usually regarded as obnoxious, in respect of Nazi war criminals there has been retrospective legislation.  “Blair is in no different category as them. So the same should apply to him.” A spokesman for the former Prime Minister’s office declined to comment, telling The Independent Mr Blair had repeatedly said he would comment on the report when it was published.

The politician has repeatedly denied lying in the run-up to the invasion in May 2003 in the past. In October 2015, he apologised for “mistakes” in the planning of the operation and said the intelligence they received was wrong but told CNN he found “it hard to apologise for removing Saddam”.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/chilcot-inquiry-report-tony-blair-iraq-war-honours-tory-mp-a7117251.html

4 thoughts on “The Chilcot Report and Tony Blair

  1. In a world where the Nobel Peace Prize can be awarded to a murderer, what is this Chilcot report going to achieve…

  2. Tony Blair was trying to be Bush’s lapdog and little puny Johnny Howard was trying to be Bush’s pet monkey. George W Bush is the root to all this evil.

  3. Tony Blair should be stripped of his right of all honors, if he lied on Iraq.

    It may be a common culture among politicians/corporate/society/religious leaders who will make such decisions to ensure their positions of power or those of their ‘masters’ or friends. In this case it is common perception that Tony Blair was supporting the lies of Bush Jr either he was under the ‘direction’ of Bush or thought that Bush was his friend who should be supported in his military adventures in Iraq.
    In TB’s decision his colleagues supported him and thus even if TB takes full responsibility for his decisions his ‘partners’ should also take the equal responsibility.
    BUT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY MEANS NOTHING AS NONE OF THEM ARE GOING TO BE PUNISHED IN ANY WAY AND THE VICTIMS OF TB AND BUSHs ACTIONS WILL NOT BRING ANY RELIEF TO THE IRAQUIS OR OTHERS WHO MAY HAVE BECOME THE VICTIMS IN EXPANSION OF THE WAR TO SYRIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES.
    THE RESULT OF THE CONFLICTS ARE KNOWN TO HAVE CAUSED THE MAKING OF MILLIONS OF INNOCENT CITIZENS [MEN-WOMEN-CHILDREN]
    IMMIGRANTS WHO HAVE GONE TO OTHER COUNTRIES AND SOME OF WHOM MAY BE GIVING MORE PROBLEMS TO CITIZENS TO COUNTRIES WHO HAVE ACCEPTED THEM IN GOOD FAITH.
    The problem is now worldwide and looks like will expand.

    I cannot say ‘MAY THE ALMIGHTY HELP THEM’ AS THE ALMIGHTY’S NAME APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN ABUSED/MISUSED AND MAY BE THE ALMIGHTY MAY ALSO HAVE DECIDED TO LET THE GREEDY/AMBITIOUS LEADERS TO DESTROY EACH OTHER AND THEIR COUNTRIES. IN THIS CASE THE ALMIGHTY MAY BE HELPING THROUGH THE ‘NATURAL’ DISASTERS THE CAUSE OF THESE DISASTERS MAY BE ATTRIBUTED TO HUMAN GREED.

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