22nd October 2010
A GOOD DAY TO BURY TONY BLAIR BAD NEWS?
Forgive me if I sound a little suspicious.
Just as the coalition government struggles to gain public support for their cuts, cuts and more cuts, the Justice Minister Kenneth Clarke has chosen this as just the right time to order the release of the papers on David Kelly’s death in 2003. (Daily Mail). Nice one, Ken.
Of course I may be doing Mr Clarke a disservice. I always admired Ken Clarke, and still can’t dislike the man even though I consider him wrong on Iraq. Presumably he has seen the medical reports. Perhaps he knows there is nothing in them which will fuel the hunt Blair game.
On the other hand he may also be thinking – “what could possibly get the liberal literati off our backs now the peasants voters are revolting?”
The Mail says, explosively and dramatically –
“Explosive files on the death of Dr David Kelly are being released today after seven years of state secrecy.
In a dramatic intervention, Kenneth Clarke will publish medical reports on how the weapons inspector died.
The secrecy surrounding post-mortem examination and toxicology reports has fuelled countless conspiracy theories.
Lord Hutton, who conducted the inquiry into Dr Kelly’s death, attempted to hide the files from public view for 70 years.
Now the Justice Secretary has ruled that, in the interests of transparency, they should be made available for public scrutiny.
Campaigners will hope they provide the evidence needed to justify holding an inquest into Dr Kelly’s death. They will hunt for discrepancies between the files and the official verdict of the Hutton Report – derided as a ‘whitewash’ by critics – that Dr Kelly took his own life.”
Have you got blood on your hands Prime Minister? David Kelly
‘The turning point in Tony Blair’s career as Prime Minister came when he was at a press conference in Japan. A journalist asked him if he had any responsibility for the death of weapons inspector David Kelly. This video shows how Blair stood motionless, unable to answer for eight seconds. Eventually the Japanese Prime minister saved him further embarrassment by ending the news conference prematurely.’
Lord Hutton’s medical reports on Dr Kelly were to be kept secret for 70 years, “for the sake of his family”. Although the Mail did not mention this in their report, The Independent says the release of the post-mortem report is “against the wishes of his family.”
Let’s hope it is not his family that will be most affected by Ken Clarke’s decision.
- Attorney General will step in to end speculation over David Kelly death (telegraph.co.uk)
- Experts call for David Kelly inquest (guardian.co.uk)
- Grieve requests Kelly death files (mirror.co.uk)
- David Kelly death inquest may be reopened (guardian.co.uk)
- Inquest into Dr David Kelly’s death ‘could be re-opened’ government suggest (telegraph.co.uk)
- Doctors demand David Kelly inquest (telegraph.co.uk)
- Kelly inquest calls under review (bbc.co.uk)
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