In response to an FT article by Kiran Stacey on 26th August 2015, entitled 'Chilcott resists push for deadline on Iraq war report'
There is no mention of it here, but the Radio 4 six o'clock news mentioned that there had also been some new government papers which had recently 'come to light'. One wonders in which dark place these papers were discovered before they 'came to light, who put them there, and why had they not 'come to light' before now?
However, the release of transcribed conversations between Prime Minister Blair and President Bush would settle a lot of questions - the main ones from my perspective are these:
1. Did Mr Blair promise to take this country to war despite knowing that there were no WMD in Iraq?
2. Did he discuss how he would work around the need to consult parliament with the full facts?
Personally I think the answers are 'yes' and 'yes' but unless a member of the Labour Cabinet from that time requests the Cabinet Secretary to release those tapes, this will have to remain conjecture, at least for another however many years it is until it is released.
Finally, the state security plea that has been used to protect this information is, I believe, spurious - information of national security could be redacted.