The row over the transparency, or otherwise, of the inquiry into the war on Iraq has exposed the continuing influence of Tony Blair on the Labour Party – and the weakness of Gordon Brown.
Blair put pressure on Brown to ensure that the inquiry into the war would be held in private. But it took Brown just days to backtrack on this promise.
He has now conceded that some parts will be held in public and remains under pressure to hold the entire inquiry in public.
The inquiry itself looks set to cause Brown more headaches.
Lindsey German, the convenor of the Stop the War coalition, said, “The inquiry will now be held in the run-up to the general election, which will be a disaster for Labour.”
She also pointed to major problems with the inquiry that anti-war activists should be camaigning over.
“The board of the inquiry is all pro-war,” she said. “There are no lawyers who said the war was illegal and no anti-war MPs.
“We need answers and that requires a full and open investigation.”
Anti war activists should submit their own evidence to the inquiry and hold protests at MPs’ surgeries to demand that the warmongers are brought to justice.