We know the answer to “who blundered?”. So why the delay?

Lovely column by Simon Jenkins on the fiasco of the Chilcot Inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war, which has taken longer to write than War and Peace and looks like coming out at twice the length. He argues that we all know who blundered — it was T. Blair with his personal infatuation with George W. Bush and the need to play poodle to the US. All of which seems obvious to most observers, but worth saying again. I particularly like this crack:

The Chilcot inquiry was a ploy of Blair’s successor, Gordon Brown, somehow to get his own back. At the time, in 2009, David Cameron said it was “an establishment stitch-up”. He little imagined it would be still be there when he was the establishment, and had to defend it.