Mary Dejevsky: Why not call Blair now and wrap up the affair?
Sometimes I love to read the independent because the reporters always present good quality articles. Mary Dejevsky approach to the Iraq inquiry gives such depth on the actual equiry its self it reads like a good chapter of a book. We see the boad members as they really are and through the eyes of a very observant women. When I read this article I felt that I was in the building and then in the actual room where the enquiry was taking place.
The Iraq inquiry, with the length of time we waited for it, the projected timetable of a year and the special logo designed for it in serious blue, all seemed to promise a fierce sense of purpose and formality to match the grave act of taking the country to war. Somehow, even by day four, it doesn't feel like that.
For the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, the inquiry already seems like a sideline. The centre's main gig yesterday was a medical conference for which you received a big white and red badge. For Iraq, you were handed a more discreet black and cream badge, on presentation of ID and your signature, before progressing through an X-ray security machine on the second floor.
Perhaps because it was Friday, the Great British public was hardly jostling for space. The queues of day one and the protesters in carnival masks were long gone. The inquiry room was chilly, as though they had switched the heating off a bit early for the weekend, and barely a third full.