An insult to the families of those who died
Although we have already had two inquiries into the Iraq war, the first two - Hutton and Butler - had highly constrained terms of reference.
So there is probably a case for a third and final inquiry with a more open set of terms of reference.
What there is no case for is the inquiry announced this week.
It will hear evidence in secret, is not allowed to assign blame to anyone, and just to be on the safe side, the timing means that it will probably not report until after the next election when any criticisms of the present government will probably only be of academic interest.
This is a waste of public money and a cynical insult to the families of the victims of the conflict.