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John Rentoul: Alastair Campbell at Chilcot

Posted by Eagle Eye
  • Tuesday, 12 January 2010 at 02:29 pm

Half-time report from Alastair Campbell's evidence to the Iraq Inquiry. The Pope's infallible prediction is right so far. Campbell has restated his case and has been robustly cross-examined on it. 

Parts of the BBC - certainly the part I was listening to, Radio 5 Live - reported the hearing in the antiwar, anti-Government terms to which it adhered before the Hutton inquiry, and as if that inquiry had not happened.

Gaby Logan on 5 Live said it was hard to get at the truth "when we consider Alastair Campbell's stock in trade".

Then she interviewed Norman Baker, whose views on the subject are barely respectable. Followed by Andrew Gilligan, whose role in the BBC's corporate engagement with the issue was not explained, and who managed to say that "virtually every single word" of the September 2002 dossier "was wrong".


aardvark11 wrote:
Tuesday, 12 January 2010 at 08:59 pm (UTC)
If you judged Campbell's cross-examination as "robust", it's a good job you are not a barrister!
Re: Campbell
drg40 wrote:
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 at 12:01 pm (UTC)
I'm with you, if that was "robust" then heaven help us. I thought the lady would have been better off concentrating on her shopping, since clearly her outraged dignity had no place on that or any other committee, and the man on the other side of Chilcot wasted so much time on pathetic non questions that he was clearly due a great deal of gardening leave.

Everybody said this panel had been selected for their inablity to do anything useful, and are they proved right, in spades.

If it had been a rugby match it would have been stopped because the sides were unreasonably unequal.
liam_ohuigin wrote:
Tuesday, 12 January 2010 at 09:15 pm (UTC)
Saw you on Channel 4 News tonight - if it's possible, you are even less convincing in interview than you are in print. Philippe Sands had you licked without breaking sweat.
aardvark11 wrote:
Tuesday, 12 January 2010 at 10:01 pm (UTC)
Quite correct Liam. JR keeps missing the essential point. Blair lied to parliament and the people of this country, actively and also by omission. Of COURSE most people believed there were WMDs, because Blair had lied about the intelligence findings.
campbel and aeroplane
vhawk1951 wrote:
Tuesday, 12 January 2010 at 11:32 pm (UTC)
Campbell near aeroplane: sorry sir, we can't let you on board; why not I'm famous; sorry sir, your pants might catch fire. my copyright
quietzapple wrote:
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 at 11:10 am (UTC)
The witch hunters are out, but no necromancer could ever restore the truth in the face of the lefties (imaginary and self deluded mostly) and the Billionaire media and its followers, many at the BBC.

After the defenestration of the liar and fool Gilligan, who was guilty of unprofessional conduct and was sacked, you might think that the Beeb would tread a little more carefully.

I suppose they imagine that they will benefit from whatever sell off some later Tory administration will work out with the international robber barons who fund it.


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