Gordon Brown was accused of engineering a new Iraq cover-up yesterday by handing Whitehall departments the right to block the release of secret documents about the war.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg ambushed the Prime Minister in the Commons, angrily accusing him of trying to 'suffocate' the Chilcot Inquiry. He used the weekly PM's Questions session to accuse Gordon Brown of 'suffocating' the Iraq inquiry, saying families of dead servicemen were desperate to know the truth, but the Government's 'shameful culture of secrecy' would make that impossible.
'Protocols' on the release of information have given civil servants and witnesses nine separate grounds on which to block the publication of damaging details. The revelation came on the day that senior civil servants gave damning evidence to the inquiry which showed that Tony Blair had lied, lied and lied again about the Iraq War. Blair was told 10 days BEFORE Iraq invasion that Saddam had dismantled WMD, the inquiry was told. And after the war, when Mr Blair declared that 'massive evidence' had been found, officials had to warn him not to 'declare success too rapidly'.
THIS FUCKING WAR CRIMINAL MUST BE BROUGHT TO BOOK, TO ALLOW THE REALATIVES OF THE DEAD, TO KNOW WHY THEY DIED.