Well-known Exeweb poster
- Aug 23, 2004
I watched the session yesterday and Raab readily acknowledged the rightful scrutiny of the parliamentary committee and they his willingness to appear before them, what he didn’t engage with was the partisan politicking around his holibobs and when they started, especially when he has (so he says) already put into the pubic domain the dates concerned.One man's 'politically motivated huffing and puffing and the “something must be done” merchants' is another's Parliamentary committee system set up and appointed across the party political spectrum with the express purpose of being able to hold the Government to scrutiny.
There certainly woudn't be easy solutions for a man who can't even answer the question "when did your holiday start?" when the overriding poser is 'what was the advice given and when was it given?'.
Timelines are important (particularly for those who ran out of time and are now at the mercy of the Taliban).
It seems we are now in an age when promises become the deed and accountability stops at 'how dare you ask me that?'
The overriding advice given was that Kabul would not fall to the Taliban this year. It was wrong, and to use that awful phrase.........we are, where we are.