Sunday, March 01, 2009

Cabinet papers on Iraq withheld because...

...There was no Cabinet debate in run-up to war,' says Short as Government refuses to release minutes | Mail Online: "The Government is refusing to release minutes of Cabinet meetings before the Iraq War because they would reveal there was no discussion on the issue.

Details surrounding two crucial meetings on the eve of the conflict were laid bare for the first time yesterday when former Cabinet Minister Clare Short, who was present at both, gave a full account of what happened.

She told The Mail on Sunday the main reason for the ‘scandalous’ decision not to publish the minutes was not to protect confidential discussions about the war, but to cover up the fact there was no such discussion."

Ah. So there we have it. Vital national interests are at stake. If the people knew there was no Cabinet debate, they might lose the deep respect with which the Government is held in all our hearts.

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