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Sir John Chilcot

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July 2016 Af­ter a brief panic that he’d for­got­ten to save the Word doc­u­ment, Sir John Chilcot fnally presses ‘print’ on his seven-year in­quiry into the Iraq War. Jour­nal­ists pore over the re­port, but it soon be­comes ap­par­ent that there are only three and a half pages given over to for­eign pol­icy anal­y­sis, the rest is flled with wa­ter­colour il­lus­tra­tions and de­scrip­tions of char­ac­ters and set­tings, in­clud­ing eight chap­ters on Tony Blair’s hair alone. ‘What?’ Chilcot mum­bles to the as­sem­bled me­dia. ‘You wanted thor­ough.’

Fe­bru­ary 2017 At the specifc re­quest of Cul­ture Sec­re­tary John Whit­ting­dale, the BBC com­mis­sions a risky, con­densed tele­vi­sion adap­ta­tion of the Iraq In­quiry, Chilcot: Full Throttle, to take pride of place on Sun­day nights. De­spite star­ring Tom Hid­dle­ston as Blair and Olivia Col­man as Ge­orge W Bush, the show suf­fers from having to run for 92 con­sec­u­tive weeks, frus­trat­ing view­ers to the point that record num­bers de­mand the re­turn of their li­cence fees. Apol­o­gis­ing for his er­ror in judg­ment, a smirk­ing Whit­ting­dale con­cedes that the peo­ple have spo­ken.

Oc­to­ber 2028 Racked with guilt at having fnished off the BBC, the 89-year-old Chilcot atones by writ­ing his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. Re­leased in in­stal­ments, it’s long enough to share be­tween all 28 sur­viv­ing pub­lish­ing houses and sus­tain a dy­ing in­dus­try. Guy Kelly

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