Friday, June 19, 2009

Adam Price MP/AS

Iraq war inquiry 'a farce", says Adam

12:47pm Friday 19th June 2009

LOCAL MP Adam Price who led the bid to impeach Tony Blair over the Government’s decision to invade Iraq has slammed the decision to hold an inquiry into the war behind closed doors.

Mr Price also described that the timing of the inquiry, due to report back after a general election when Labour would probably no longer be in power, as "unacceptable".

He said: "I am absolutely astonished that the Prime minister has once again misjudged the public mood. "There are some serious questions that need to be asked and the general public, many of whom have family serving in the armed forces, deserve to have a public and open inquiry.

"It is difficult to accept the Labour government’s claims to be transparent when they are trying to keep this report under wraps.

"Delaying the results until after a General Election is simply farcical."

17th June 2009

Open revolt

Quite apart from the fact that holding the proposed Iraq war inquiry in secret is morally unacceptable, it is surely yet another tactical disaster as the Government is sure to be defeated nest Wednesday when the following Opposition motion is to be debated:


Mr David Cameron
Mr William Hague
Dr Liam Fox
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Patrick McLoughlin

That this House, while welcoming the announcement by the Government of an Inquiry into the war in Iraq, believes that the proceedings of the Committee of Inquiry should whenever possible be held in public; and that the membership of the Committee should be wider and more diverse than the Government has proposed, and calls on the Government to revise its proposals for the Inquiry to meet these and other objections raised by hon. Members and to submit proposed terms of reference for it to the House on a substantive motion for full debate and scrutiny.

The one criticism that I would make of the Conservatives is that they could have made this a genuinely cross-party motion (as we did in the original Iraq inquiry debate three years ago) so as to maximise Labour support. Nevertheless I still think that sufficient Labour rebels are incensed enough on this occasion to overcome their usual distaste to joining the Tories in the lobby. The publication of the Public Administration Committee’s report following their seminar last week on the scope of the Iraq war inquiry is almost certain to add further to the pressure on the Government to cave in. I predict a last-minute U-turn or a second Government defeat in six weeks. Can this Government really limp on till next May with a PM who so clearly lacks judgment?


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