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Uploaded: 05 September 2003
It would seem that Mr. Blair does have a certain flair for dressing things up, or giving the truth a bit of a helping hand, in order to seem more credible than he really is, this habit is doing him far more harm than good. I don't know anyone who has not been a little flexible with the truth at some point in their life in order to make themselves look better, but it is usual to outgrow it by at least ones late twenties. To continue to do this whilst holding the office of Prime Minister is, frankly, despicable.
The following quotes are from Mr. Blair's answers to the Hutton enquiry:
'However, I also knew that it (the dossier) had to be a document that was owned by the Joint Intelligence Committee and the Chairman, John Scarlett (my italics) . That was obviously important because we could not produce this as evidence that came from anything other than an objective source.'
' it was important that it (the dossier) made the best case that we could make subject, obviously, to it being owned by the Joint intelligence Committee (my italics) and that the items of intelligence should be those that the agencies thought could and should be included. So if you like it was a process in which they were in charge of this, correctly, because it was so important to make sure that no-one could question the intelligence that was in it as coming from the genuine intelligence agencies, but obviously I mean I had to present this to Parliament. I was going to make a statement. Parliament was going to be recalled. We were concerned to make sure that we could produce, within the bounds of what was right and proper, the best case.'
The following memo was later produced and I draw your attention to the item, 'Ownership of the dossier'. Memo1
The government felt it necessary to cover this with the following bit of flim-flam. Memo 2
Memo 1 is a clear and unequivocal statement about ownership of the dossier, but once again Mr. Blair and his colleagues have to muddy clear waters, and in their bumbling attempts to produce a best case scenario (for themselves), they once again do the reverse. Clearly, any acquaintance with the truth in this high office is an uneasy one.
© Keith Lindsay-Cameron 2003