Friday, January 29, 2010

About right

Englishman's Castle makes the obvious but necessary point about the Chilcot inquiry and the Blair extravaganza today. Briefly, I once thought that the inquiry was important - I was wrong, and should have stuck to my earlier analysis.

Blair, as we saw from the days when he was prime minister, is past master at constructing a superficially profound speech which, on detailed analysis, contains absolutely nothing. To précis one of his speeches is like letting the air out of a balloon – you have nothing left but a wrinkled piece of rubber.

Thus, today is just entertainment for the political classes who, having retreated from politics, have nothing better to do with their time. And, needless to say, the media will be in full flow, chasing after hot air in a self-indulgent orgy of navel-gazing.

Meanwhile, outside the politico-media bubble, the real world goes on.