Chilcott inquiry to publish gist of two post-it notes from Bush-Blair talks

by philapilus
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The Cabinet Office has magnanimously agreed not to suppress images in which the two men appear together, provided you can’t see their trousers

After 5 years and £7m, the Chilcott enquiry has reached a deal with the Cabinet Office to make public the gist of two post-it notes, summarising a bit of a chat Tony Blair and George Bush had, in which the word ‘Iraq’ was nearly mentioned.

Sir John Chilcott and Sir Jeremy Haywood agreed that of the 130 recorded conversations between the former Prime Minister and US  President, the two ‘yellow stickies’ gave the public all the information it demanded, whilst still ensuring important sensitive information was protected.

Sir John Chilcott said “Well, I’m the first person who wants the public to get the whole truth; I really feel for all those people who lost loved ones, or who cling to the belief that  their government should be accountable to them.

“But, you know, these post-it notes, on which are scrawled ‘B&B discuss stuff’ and ‘B says to B; Maybe war in Ira…’, are really all you need to know. And we wouldn’t want to waste paper publishing the whole thing! Think of the planet, people.”

Sir Jeremy Heywood said “Look, obviously we want openness. I’m the first person who wants to make all of this information available.

“But if we go around revealing that – hypothetically – a US President convinced a Prime Minister to begin a potentially illegal, massively costly war on a false premise, intentionally misinforming the British public, it may affect our international relations.

“What if the Americans feel they can no longer trust us, and don’t ask us to help in their next potentially illegal, massively costly war? That would be a disaster for Anglo-American relations.”

Multi-millionaire and self-publicist Tony Blair (who dabbled with being Prime Minister during the Iraq war, mostly to piss off Gordon Brown) said he was also keen for the report to be published.

“I’m the first person who wants to see this made public,” said Blair, “I would be delighted if all the information came out and completely vindicated my decision.

“Sadly, however, it won’t be possible for us to do so, so you’ll just have to take my word for it that we definitely did the right thing.”

So that’s ok.

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