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John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

“Tony Blair was not straight with the UK public over the Iraq War, says Sir John Chilcot’

“Not straight”?

Isn’t that a bit like describing the months-long construction of a vast tapestry of lies as an instance of having “misspoken”?

Or a savage mass-killing as an unfortunate incident?

Such as politics, as Orwell so well knew.
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Response to another reader’s comment:

Quite the contrary to your assertion, criticism – good thoughtful criticism, that is – is one of our rarest and most valuable assets.

Great critics have included an illustrious list from Samuel Johnson and Voltaire to Graham Greene and George Orwell.

Only trouble is that people often don’t listen to them and often do not understand.

Your comment is proof of that.

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