Sheffield dad whose son died in Iraq says Chilcot report is ‘pointless’

Bill Stewardson, with pic of son, Kingsman Alex Green, who was killed in Iraq
Bill Stewardson, with pic of son, Kingsman Alex Green, who was killed in Iraq
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A Sheffield dad whose 21-year-old son died in Iraq has said he believes the Chilcot report is ‘pointless’.

Bill Stewardson, of Broomhill, lost his son, Kingsman Alex Green, in 2007 when he was fatally shot when escorting a convoy in Basra.

Speaking prior to the publication of the Chilcot report this morning to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, Mr Stewardson said: “This whole thing has been blown out of all proportion into some sort of media circus.

“I’m not particularly bothered about Blair’s head on a stick or careers being ruined or people being sent to The Hague which is being bandied about and is quite ridiculous.

“However, if it turns out that some individual has acted illegally they should be taken to task like I would be or you would be by your employers. I don’t actually read anymore into it than that.

“I have got severe doubts about whatever is going to come out in that 2.6 million word document. He cannot possibly touch upon highly-classified communication at the time and I see the whole thing as pointless to be honest.

“I think the whole thing has boiled down again to ‘Were the weapons of mass destruction? Yes or no’. I don’t see that as fair.

“I think the question ought to be ‘Was it reasonable to make an assumption we were under a threat based upon the information that was on the table?

“The whole thing is quite ridiculous.”

The long-awaited official inquiry report into Britain’s bitterly contested invasion of Iraq will finally be published today amid calls for Tony Blair to be held to account for taking the country to war.

Thirteen years after British troops crossed into Iraq and seven years after the inquiry began work, Sir John Chilcot is delivering his verdict on the UK’s most controversial military engagement of the post war era.

The former Whitehall mandarin has said from the outset he would not rule on whether the invasion in 2003 was legal in terms of international law, pledging to provide a ‘full and insightful’ account of the decision-making process.