Novelist. Author of APSARAS and tales from the beautiful Saigh Valley. First person to quantify spiritual values.

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Wednesday 27 January 2010

Elizabeth Wilmhurst

I don't know about you but I was mightily impressed with the appearance at the Chilcot Iraq enquiry of Elizabeth Wilmhurst. I am not alone in thinking hers was the testimony of a person of integrity, who spoke clearly and honestly. At the end of her evidence she was applauded by those watching from the public area. Quite right, too. In contrast we had the mealy mouthed offerings from Jack Straw and Margaret Beckett, two stalwarts of a Labour Government that the people no longer trust.
The advice of other senior Civil Servants about the legality of the Iraq War was ignored in favour of Labour's then Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, showing just how disingenuous this administration was and is.
Before the outbreak of the war, Elizabeth Wilmhurst resigned from her post, so strongly did she feel that the Governments course was wrong. It's a pity that members of the discredited Blair Administration didn't follow Elizabeth's example and quit at the same time.

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