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Chilcot appearance on Just A Minute “longer than 45 minutes”

Sir John Chilcot’s debut appearance on Radio 4 panel show Just a Minute has received a critical mauling, after he hesitated more than any other player in the programme’s history and caused Monday evening’s edition to last fourteen hours instead of the usual thirty minutes.

The former civil servant and independent inquiry chair appeared on the panel alongside series regulars Paul Merton, Sue Perkins and former foreign secretary Jack Straw. As usual, Chilcot was asked to speak for sixty seconds without repetition, deviation or hesitation, but after an initial burst of energy (on the topic ‘the terms of this inquiry’) he rapidly dried up and dragged the proceedings out far longer than anybody else could ever have anticipated.

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Posted: Sep 1st, 2015
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Hans Blix finds ‘no evidence’ of Iraq Inquiry

He's looked everywhere. The QEII Conference Centre. Down the back of the sofa. Nothing.‘I did stumble across a committee room with a few retired civil servants and historians sitting behind a desk, but nothing that might pose a serious threat to the British state.’

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Posted: Jul 31st, 2015
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Tony Blair not yet ready to buy a house in Iraq

getting in at the right time; getting out at the right time: timing is everythingMr Blair concluded that it was probably best to leave things well alone for the time being.

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Posted: Jun 26th, 2015
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Pompeii crisis ‘nothing to do with me’, says Mount Vesuvius

Shock and aaw! Come on, seriously?Active volcano Mount Vesuvius has insisted that it was not behind the crisis that engulfed Pompeii in AD79, and should not be held accountable for the devastation that took place.

The large cone-shaped projection claims the burying of the Roman city was a result of cataclysmic activity in the earth’s crust and the events that took place would somehow have happened anyway.

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Posted: Jun 16th, 2014
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Tony Blair to do ‘You Can’t Handle the Truth’ speech at Iraq Inquiry

"Heeeeere's Tony"Will use his second appearance at the Iraq Inquiry to deliver the famous speech from the film A Few Good Men.

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Posted: Jan 20th, 2011
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