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Justifying War: Scenes from the Hutton Inquiry  

Justifying War: Scenes from the Hutton Inquiry $19.95 ex GST
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It usually begins as a play put on at a theatre in North London, and then transfers to I think the BBC, maybe in this case to ITV, I do not know. But the participants and witnesses are played by actors; and there is nothing one can do to stop this. Indeed, it shows, perhaps, the appetite, legitimate appetite of the public, for information beyond the press, beyond the bare written words of what happened. - The Hutton Inquiry, 1/8/03, from Geoffrey Robertson QC's application for the proceedings to be televised.

Although primarily focusing on Dr Kelly's death, the Hutton Inquiry has revealed much of the inner workings of Downing Street, the MoD and the BBC. Witnesses have been challenged and questioned on the compilation of the dossier on weapons of mass destruction, the releasing of Dr Kelly's name into the public domain, and the Government's case for war in Iraq.  

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-417-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


Richard Norton-Taylor was educated at King's School in Canterbury, Oxford, and the College of Europe, Bruges. Since joining The Guardian in 1975 he has investigated official secrecy, behind-the-scenes decision-making in Government, and the activities of the security and intelligence services. His books include Whose Land Is It Anyway?, The Ponting Affair, Blacklist, The Inside Story of Political Vetting, and Aitken, t he Liar. His works for stage include Half the Picture, Nuremburg (published by Nick Hern Books), Srebrenica, Justifying War: Scenes from the Hutton Inquiry, The Colour of Justice and Bloody Sunday: Scenes from the Saville Inquiry, all three of which are published by Oberon Books.
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