The fact that Gordon Brown’s inquiry into the invasion and occupation of Iraq is to be held in secret renders it meaningless and useless.
It is no secret that Blair took the decision to follow the US politically and militarily first and then searched for a reason later. The claim that Saddam had WMDs was a lie; the original legal advice on the legality of the War was sent back to be changed; and the notion that Blair was acting out of humanitarian concern (even though acting illegally) was shown to be a sick joke by subsequent events in Iraq.
A proper independent inquiry would have one key meaning: it would establish who should properly be Tony Blair’s co-defendants on trial. And precisely for that reason there never will be an independent inquiry into the crime.