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Big Question: are public inquiries a waste of time?

In the light of delays to the Chilcot and child sex abuse inquiries, is this part of the democratic process fit for purpose?

By Prospect Team  

Protestors demonstrating when Tony Blair gave evidence to the Chilcot inquiry in 2011. © Jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

This week, nothing happened. Or at least, nothing happened in relation to two delayed public inquiries. The chair of the Chilcot Inquiry, established under the last Labour government to identify what “lessons could be learned” from the government’s conduct over the Iraq war, confirmed that it would not be reporting before the general election in…

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