The Iraq Inquiry continued taking testimony on Friday. They had one witness. Nigel Morris of the Independent of London reports:
Tony Blair sidelined senior ministers in the run-up to the Iraq war because he feared they would leak details of talks about military action, the Cabinet Secretary said yesterday.
Sir Gus O'Donnell took a series of swipes at the former Prime Minister's style of government, telling the Chilcot inquiry that Mr Blair did not feel the Cabinet was a "safe space" to discuss moves to war. Britain's most senior civil servant also argued that ministers should have been given full legal advice about the invasion and that more detailed records of crucial meetings should have been kept.
He said key decisions were taken by Mr Blair's inner circle because he did not trust other colleagues to keep the discussions confidential.I am interested in the conclusions the committee's going to reach at the end of this thing. They've taken testimony for over a year so they should have something interesting to say. If not, it wasn't much of an inquiry.
Tomorrow you can visit Hulu and watch Fringe. That's all I want to do, actually. It's the weather, I know. But I'm just not in the mood to go outside or plan trips. It's just so cold and dark. I hate winter.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"