Chilcott enquiry is a waste of tax-payers cash

LIKE most right thinking people, when it comes to war I m with John Lennon; we should give peace a chance. But as we all know, wars do happen from time to time, such as the one Britain is currently involved with in Iraq. As I say, I think going to war is

LIKE most right thinking people, when it comes to war I'm with John Lennon; we should give peace a chance.

But as we all know, wars do happen from time to time, such as the one Britain is currently involved with in Iraq.

As I say, I think going to war is wrong, and that there are very few circumstances where we should be sending our troops into battle.

But be that as it may, I fail to see the point of these endless inquiries into the reasons for going into Iraq in the first place. There have been plenty of investigations into various facets of the war already, and now we have the very high profile Chilcot hearings, which have seen ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair and former attorney general Lord Goldsmith give evidence already.


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It's all very interesting, and good for filling space in newspapers and on websites, but I struggle to see what the people behind this inquiry think they are going to achieve. At the end of it I'm sure people will still disagree about whether the reasons we went to war were valid or not, and it's not like we can turn back time and cancel the invasion.

Sir John Chilcot, who is leading the inquiry, says he will "not shirk from apportioning blame where he sees fit", but again what is the point nine years down the line? It seems unlikely the protagonists of the war will be heavily sanctioned if their actions are found to have been wrong. More likely they will be given a rap over the knuckles and move on with their lives.

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I'll be happy to be proved wrong by Sir John and the rest of those involved in these hearings, but I suspect this will turn out to be yet another inquiry with no teeth for which us tax payers have to foot the bill.

It disgusted me to see the state of the pavements outside Tannery Drift School last week.

Irresponsible dog owners have been allowing their pets to, er, do their business on the street outside the school, but not clearing up after the animals.

You can only wonder about the mindset of these people. Would they want to encounter such a problem outside their home or workplace? Not only is it disgusting but it is a health hazard for residents in the area and children at the school.

I hope Royston's dog owners have heeded the warnings in The Crow in recent weeks and will think more about their actions in future.

As you'll see from my review elsewhere in the paper, I had a great time at the CADS Royston pantomime last weekend. 1001 Arabian Nights (and a matinee) was a great night's entertainment and much credit must go to the team behind the show. I'm looking forward to next year's competition already.

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