Each new piece of evidence presented to the Hutton inquiry raises the lid a
little more on the real truth behind the government dossier on Iraq's weapons
and the death of Dr. David Kelly. With each passing day the Blair clique is being increasingly exposed as
nothing short of a nest of vipers.
The inquiry's startling revelations and accusations now extend right to the
very top of government where a conspiracy was hatched to slander and harass both
Dr. Kelly and Andrew Gilligan of the BBC, and place them under intolerable
pressure. The aim was to discredit and silence them, in order to protect Blair
and co. by covering up the trail of deceit they left behind as they plunged the
country into war with Iraq. Astonishingly, Dr Kelly had a feeling in February
that he would "probably be found dead in the woods" if war broke out.
Today, months after the war officially ended, fewer and fewer people believe
the government's lies. A Guardian/ICM survey has revealed that half the
electorate now believes that the government deliberately embellished its report
on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). While an amazing 52 per cent trust neither
the government nor the BBC to tell the truth, 34 per cent find the BBC more
believable! Only 6 per cent trust the government more. The vast majority, some
68 per cent, say the government treated Dr Kelly – who apparently killed himself
after being targeted by the Ministry of Defence as the source of a BBC
allegation that the dossier was "sexed up" by Downing Street –
unfairly. Just 8 per cent believe the government's treatment of the MoD
scientist was fair.
Despite all their spin, the only reputations being damaged by this affair are
those of Blair and his unelected coterie of 'advisers'. A Populus poll, earlier
this month, found 52 per cent now trusted Blair very little or not at all. The
findings came after Downing Street was forced to admit that the prime minister's
spokesman, Tom Kelly, had attempted to tarnish the late Dr. Kelly's reputation
by describing him as a "Walter Mitty character", despite earlier
denials from the government.
This is the most serious crisis faced by the Blair government since it first
came to power in 1997. Already on thin ice both in relation to the war, and the
government's big business policies at home, this new scandal could prove to be
The evidence from Hutton reveals a government split at its highest levels
over the Iraq crisis. Prior to the war, even Blair's chief of staff, Jonathan
Powell, did not believe that the evidence presented in the crucial dossier
demonstrated that Saddam posed any threat, "let alone an imminent
threat". In an e-mail to Joint Intelligence Committee chairman Sir John
Scarlett, Powell wrote: "We need to make it clear in launching the document
that we don't claim that we have evidence that he (Saddam Hussein) is an
"The dossier is good and convincing for those who are prepared to be
"The document does nothing to demonstrate a threat, let alone an imminent
threat from Saddam.
"In other words it shows he has the means, but it doesn't demonstrate he
has the motive to attack his neighbours, let alone the West."
Just one week later the so-called "sexed-up" version of the dossier
was released, claiming that Saddam could launch weapons of mass destruction in
The dossier was revamped in order to provide "evidence" on which
the Attorney-General could declare an attack on Iraq to be legal. On this basis
Blair declared Iraq to be "a serious and current threat" to Britain.
This was the excuse used for backing the United States in first bombing and then
When the Gilligan story broke, Tom Kelly, Blair's official spokesman,
admitted in an e-mail, "This is now a game of chicken with the Beeb. The
only way they will shift is when they see the screw tightening."
On 8 July, Jonathan Powell, Jack Straw, Alastair Campbell, the MoD's top
civil servant, Sir Kevin Tebbit and Blair's two spokesmen, all took part in the
drafting of a press release to say an official had come forward to admit talking
to the BBC. The next day Dr Kelly was named in public.
The Blair team discussed making Kelly go before the Commons' Foreign Affairs
Committee for a public grilling, but there was alarm that he might reveal doubts
over WMD. As Powell stated: "Kevin Tebbitt said that, while Dr Kelly
supported the war and was certain that Saddam had WMD, he might say more
uncomfortable things about specific items on which he had views.
"The Prime Minister wanted to know what Dr Kelly thought about WMD and
what he would say.
"The Prime Minister made it clear the MoD should continue its internal
process and that Dr Kelly should be re-interviewed."
The evidence is piling up that Kelly was driven to suicide by this
government-orchestrated witch-hunt. The full responsibility for this crime must
be placed at the door of Number 10 Downing Street and the Blair entourage. No
doubt Blair will distance himself from the scene and will persuade someone else
to be the fall-guy, possibly Hoon. The entire labour movement must protest
against the unaccountable, anti-democratic conduct of the rightwing clique
around Blair. They dragged the British people unwillingly into war, sent British
soldiers to their death, and sanctioned the killing of thousands of innocent
Iraqis, on the basis of lies and a crude misrepresentation of the facts. To
cover their tracks they are resorting to yet more lies and deceit. We say:
enough is enough!
Blair should resign. The whole Cabinet should be cleansed. A new leader and
Cabinet should be elected not tainted with the pro-business policies of the
past. Market policies have led to a disaster. A foreign policy based on
supporting the adventures of US imperialism is an extension of the
pro-capitalist policies being pursued at home.
Now is the time for a return to socialist policies both at
home and abroad. Only then can the aspirations of working people be satisfied.
Out with the warmongers and privateers!
Reclaim Labour for socialism and internationalism!