LORD HUTTON “REDUCED THE PUBLIC’S FAITH IN JUDICIAL ENQUIRIES” by Donal Kennedy

For anybody who is sympathetic to the British Labour movement, and  respects its better traditions and  altruistic members, Andrew Rawnsley’s “THE END OF THE PARTY”  makes sorrowful reading.

It charts the  jettisoning of principle by the architects of NEW LABOUR, and the wrecking  ball they took to any human values

The episode which most turned my stomach was the mutual fawning of Prime Minister Tony Blair and Lord Hutton at the Enquiry which white washed Blair, his ministers and the “security services” for the

false dossier, used as a pretext for launching a war in Iraq in 2003. Great numbers of people in Iraq are still  suffering and dying as a result of that PHONEY WAR OF LIBERATION. One egotist, Saddam Hussein, had his statue pulled down by brutal invaders whilst another egotist, Tony Blair, sought glory on  the coat-tails of an American President, and the blood of uncounted men, women and children.

Lord Hutton concluded that the Civil Servant David Kelly, who had been scurvily treated by Blair and his gang, had “probably” taken his own life. Which leaves the probability that a person or persons hostile to Kelly had taken Kelly’s life.. Blair and his chief Spin Doctor Alastair Campbell seized on Hutton’s criticism of the BBC to wreak vengeance on it, forcing the immediate resignation of  its Chairman and Director General.

THE TIMES Obituary, which is generally admiring of Hutton, concedes – “The Prime Minister’s obvious delight at the verdict soon waned, however, when a series of surveys revealed that the public had

overwhelmingly rejected the Hutton report as a ‘whitewash’. Hutton’s conclusions served only to reduce the public’s faith in Blair and his government  and the integrity of judicial enquiries”

Lord Gifford QC published a pamphlet on  Northern Ireland Courts in the 1980s.  He faulted Hutton for his conduct at trials of two British soldiers in incidents where two unarmed youths had been killed. I reviewed the pamphlet in THE IRISH DEMOCRAT  at the time. So the conduct of Lord Hutton, which “reduced the public’s faith in the integrity of judicial inquiries” did not come to me  like a bolt from the blue.

As a Barrister, Hutton appeared for the British Army, before Lord  Widgery’s  Inquiry into Bloody Sunday. Barristers are for hire, like taxis, and they take instructions from solicitors representing their clients. And there is no inherent dishonour there.

 In the Judicial Inquiry into Bloody Sunday, Lord Widgery took instruction from Prime Minister Edward Heath, and Lord Chancellor Hailsham. And Widgery

obediently produced a report which whitewashed a murderous atrocity.

The IRAQ War of 2003 was a murderous atrocity besides which Bloody Sunday was a vicarage tea party. I’m not saying that Hutton was similarly briefed by Blair. 

THE TIMES reckons Hutton had “a well-earned reputation for unimpeachable integrity.” The paper goes on to tell us that he was “a very religious man who would pray on his knees before bedtime  and favoured grey three-piece-suits. ” 

For good measure, we are told that ” Lady Lowry, the wife of one of his colleagues at the Northern Ireland Bar, said ‘Brian (Hutton) is a very kind man, and has a joie  de vivre’.”  . In a statelet where army messes

 publicly celebrated the shooting of joy-riders?

When Lord Widgery died in 1981 THE TIMES gave him a glowing Obituary.

When  Lord Saville’s Enquiry rubbished Widgery’s  report, 39 years later ,TIMES  Columnist Matthew Parrls, a Tory and a former MP, had the integrity to remind readers of the lack of integrity of their Obituarist.

I don’t always agree with Matthew Parris but his integrity commands respect.

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