Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Monday, 16 August 2010

Dr Kelly

Taking a breather from family stuff Mrs R has had a quick scan of the online newspapers and noticed that the Mail seems to be maintaining the pressure with regards to the possibly mysterious death of Dr David Kelly. It would seem that more and more 'experts' are calling for a Coroner's Inquest, something that was denied the family at the time.

Some seem to think the Hutton 'Inquiry' was better than an inquest, but fail to acknowledge that, at the time, Mr Straw was calling for secret inquests that not even the family of the deceased would be able to attend, with results hidden for ever. None of those satisfied with Hutton have ever offered more than the most risible of explanations outlining the need for the 70-year embargo imposed by Falconer.

So, maybe, it shouldn't come as a surprise to read this small paragraph - which seems to have nothing to do with Dr Kelly.
Tolstoy’s defence against the libel action was seriously hampered when the Ministry of Defence removed vital papers from the Public Record Office which Tolstoy needed to fight his case – while Aldington found his access to war records unimpeded.
It would, Mrs R thinks, be interesting to know how often 'public' records are (or were) quietly removed from the public eye to suit the needs of one agency or another.


Witterings From Witney said...

First: welcome back Mrs. R. - trust you all enjoyed your break?

Second: fair point and until everything with Kelly is made known, suspicions will continue and multiply.

Of course removal of information occurs - just ask yourself who controls it!

Mrs Rigby said...


We Rigbys aren't properly 'back', merely catching up on laundry, garden, dust clearing etc before more family visitors arrive. Our idea of a summer spent visiting/being visited has, so far, been good, but very much more tiring than anticipated.

wrt Dr Kelly, it's hard to believe we will ever be allowed to know what really happened.

Macheath said...

Good to hear from you again, Mrs R.

I agree that it would be interesting to find out about the number of 'disappeared' documents - by definition, it will almost certainly remain an 'unknown unknown'.

Call me a cynic, but I would find it surprising if it didn't happen; WFW has hit the nail on the head.