There is some jaw-dropping stuff in chapter five. twitter.com/DavidAllenGree…
1. Have now read chapter 5 of Chilcot.
There is stuff there which is just jaw-dropping about the "legal basis" for war.
2. In essence, there are two things which were, ahem, "far from satisfactory" about how the legal case for invasion was handled.
3. The first is bad enough: concerted pressure was placed on the @attorneygeneral to revise his initially unhelpful view on legality.
4. It seems to me that a crucial fact (of material breach) was simply contrived by Blair so to tick a box. Qualified advice was then given.
5. Once helpful but qualified advice was given, then came second thing. It is astonishing what then happened - but the report documents it.
6. Blair made sure almost nobody got to see the advice. Not even cabinet ministers. Not officials. They just got the (supposed) conclusion.
7. This was even though the @attorneygeneral advises the whole government - not just the PM. But it was treated as PM's own advice.
8. So: unhelpful advice was pushed into being qualified helpful advice, but even then it was not shared. Just a spinned version.