Monday, 25 June 2012

Alistair Campbell lies about Dr David Kelly

The fourth volume of unreliable memoirs by Tony Blair's former aide-de-camp has just come out. Amid the cries of wounded innocence at being drawn into the battles between Blair and his ambitious chancellor, Campbell expresses his supposed sorrow at the death of a civil servant.

Dr Kelly was a world-renowned weapons inspector working for the Ministry of Defence. Allegedly, he killed himself after being named by the government as the prime source of a BBC news report accusing Tony Blair’s administration of lying to take Britain into the Iraq war.

We now know - as Dr Kelly knew - that prior to the invasion of Iraq there were no weapons of mass destruction in that country. Either they had been destroyed by Saddam or he had shipped them across the desert border into Syria. There was no excuse for invading Iraq except to seize its oil.


Ruling out an inquest into Kelly's death, Blair's cronies arranged an inquiry instead, by a notorious government lickspittle. Pronouncing a suicide verdict on the advice of his inexpert witnesses, Lord Hutton also helpfully decreed that the post-mortem evidence should be locked away for 70 years.

Coroners' juries can only return suicide verdicts if they are beyond reasonable doubt, which would not have been the case if an inquest had been held. And an open verdict could have triggered a police investigation, revealling that Campbell did much more than order intelligence chiefs to lie about Saddams' weaponry. Such a man might have ordered them to murder Dr Kelly, too.

2 comments:

  1. Hutton didn't have power to subpoena witnesses but later said that all the witnesses he asked to appear did in fact appear. As important is that testimony wasn't given under oath. In a letter dated 3 September 2010 Hutton said that his Inquiry 'took the place of an inquest and carried out the functions of an inquest'. What a joke!

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  2. I've altered the text of the post now that you've pointed out that Hutton's hands were tied in the matter of subpoenas. Mind you he could have just asked the missing witnesses to turn up, but I suppose that wouldn't have suited the outcome of his "inquest".

    Pity witnesses weren't subpoenaed by a Commons select committee - MPs didn't have any qualms about giving Kelly a severe hammering.

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