The Hutton Enquiry

The Hutton Enquiry website is gripping. I’ve lost several hours looking over emails and letters that would normally not get into the public domain. There’s been talk of how this offers an insight into the world of the BBC and the Government, and it really does. On one level the documents show how these organisations actually work – procedures, meetings, etc. And on another, they show how these people communicate with each other. We see the links between the BBC and the Government, the internal emails that assume familiarity, the emails from the press to Alastair Campbell that get one word responses. etc. etc. What more could someone interested in politics and media ask for? (Apart, of course, for the whole thing to be about something rather less depressing than the death of a Government official.)

5 Replies to “The Hutton Enquiry”

  1. Anyone notice that when the day came for Tony Blair to give evidence, the power was cut in London. This supplied the newspapers and media with a bigger story. What was on the front page of the papers the next day? Tony Blairs evidence? No, the power cut. Get my drift.. Especially that the power was cut in the USA by accident, it would seem logical and a coincidence that it would occur in London.

  2. Anyone know if Blair’s been recalled for cross examination?

    I’m going to buy some candles, just in case.

  3. The enquiry has totally confounded any idea of a fair and impartial inquest. The possibility that David Kelly’s death was not a suicide is now not a feasible conclusion. The fog of war has negated the forensic investigation of his death. Like the long delayed inquest of Diana, Princess of Wales, the powers that be have stalled an honest and thorough legal process for their own nefarious ends. I know how much pressure is put to bear on highly competent individuals working for front line government organizations. What was at stake for Kelly? The loss of his professional integrity would have been his worst nightmare. He certainly gave away no secrets damaging to the state, so could not have expected to be prosecuted as a spy or traitor. So, his fear of media harrassment killed him? Shame? Where was his shame? No, he predicted his own fate – murdered by state agents as an embarrassment – in the woods near his home. Big Brother really is watching you, truth is lies, and war means peace. Believe or be reconstructed.
    Do not believe that future governments of whatever persuasion will give up this power – they will use it to the full.

  4. At one time civil servants, service personnel, or individuals involved in defence or associated work were under no illusion as to what they were permitted to discuss or disclose in relation to their work. It appears that the relaxation of information associated with such matters, some of it wholly justifiable, has resulted in the greying of the whole area. Surely, it is beholding on the Government, the Ministry of Defence or the Security Services to clarify this at the earliest opportunity. This may obviate any would be David Kelly from ever ‘straying’ or failing to understand his or her obligations under the Official Secrets Act or similar legislation.

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