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Uploaded: 07 July 2003
Row over BBC report that Blair sexed up Iraq dossier.
This facile argument has been running for two weeks now. Fronting the dispute for the government is its top spin doctor, Alastair Campbell. The argument centres around Radio 4 reporter Andrew Gilligan, his editors at the Today programme and managers at BBC News, that they had broken the corporation's guidelines by reporting claims of a single, unnamed intelligence source that Downing Street had "sexed up" a dossier that put the case for the war.
Whilst we continue to wait for one shred of evidence that the reasons given for war were not bogus, I suppose this is as good a smokescreen as any.
Curiously, as reported in the
Guardian today: "Downing Street last night said it was "saddened that the BBC continues to defend the indefensible".
This is finest chutzpah, for when was the last time any of us heard a politician give a straight answer to anything?
How out of touch can politicians be? It has been more years than I care to remember since I last believed a politician. They whine about apathy amongst voters, and are very good at pointing the finger. When will they face the facts that voter apathy has more to do with the lack of credible candidates than apathy.
Relevant pages from the dossier entitled:
IRAQ'S WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
THE ASSESSMENT OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT
Forward by the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Tony Blair MP
The current position 1998 - 2002
© Keith Lindsay-Cameron 2003