NO ONE’S TO BLAME! –PART 2
Daily Mail, Thursday, July
seems to take the view that although all this now appears to have been rubbish,
since those who produced the rubbish believed it, they cannot be held
Dearlove-and ’S’ (or whatever Scarlett called himself), far from being
staunchly independent masters of the secret world, are exposed by their actions
as ambitious civil servants, eager to ingratiate themselves with the government
of the day, whatever the cost to the National Institution for which they are
Butler, amazingly, concludes
that Scarlett should not be obliged to forfeit his job as the new director of
SIS. He is happy to let him off with a caution, seeing as he has a long record
of previous good conduct.
Thus the man responsible for
one of the gravest errors of intelligence assessment in recent history becomes
responsible for the body guilty of the original failure of intelligence
collection. Austin powers seems more
Hastings] the war in Iraq was a huge mistake, because George Bush was
overwhelmingly likely to bungle the politics.
But I was foolish enough to
believe the British government’s claims about WMD, because I could not
conceive that SIS would allow its name to be used in evidence without ironclad
evidence. In other words I was a mug.
We cannot be surprised that Tony
Blair and Alastair Campbell contrived a spurious excuse for war:
this is what such people do-like dogs’instinctive relationships with
But by suborning Britain’s
most senior intelligence officers to help them do it, they have brought shame
on the SIS.
concludes that everybody responsible for this sordid fiasco should keep their
jobs, because the failure was systemic, not individual.
the system is made up of individuals. They are called:
Again and again , Butler uses
words that should add up to a devastating judgment upon Tony Blair’s manner of
governing Britain: his committee is
‘concerned that the informality and circumscribed character of the Government’s
procedures, which we saw in the context of policy making towards Iraq, risked
reducing the scope for informed collective judgment.
plain English, Butler says that this country is now run by an unelected group
appointed by Tony Blair, which bypasses the machinery of Cabinet decision
making when ever it suits him, as it did in preparing the ground for war in
‘Mr Holmes, they were the footsteps of a gigantic
hound’, observed the doctor who brought Sherlock Holmes first tidings of the
murderous beast of the Baskervilles.
Lord Butler has found
everywhere in his investigations the footprints of a gigantic failure of
British governance. Yet, after exhaustive investigation he brings in a verdict
of misadventure, and sends everybody home for a nice hot drink. The rest of us prefer to draw our
conclusions on the footsteps.
Butler’s report portrays a
government in which the boundaries between the Elected Executive and our
National Institutions have become blurred-a process that began while he
himself [RobinButler] was still Cabinet Secretary.
is not surprising that Tony Blair, whose shamelessness in this matter seems to
know no bounds, perceives no distinction between his own political interests
and those of the country.
is vital that others should do so [who have their country’s best interest at
they should defend their independence as Dearlove and Scarlett so lamentably
This year, Tony Blair has
seemed to bear a charmed life. He has survived Hutton, poor European election
results, perilous rumblings with his Gordon Brown and growing doubts whether he
remains an electoral asset to the Labour party.
Last night, he probably went
to bed fancying that he has skilfully parried yet another dangerous threat to
his premiership in the Butler report.
He should not be too sure.
We are all familiar with the
tale of the tribesman at whose head a Gurkha slashed with his kukri. ‘Ha! You
missed!’ said the tribesman. ‘Twist your head,’ said the Gurkha.
Tony Blair’s premiership is
bleeding in many places now, and it must be doubtful whether he can ever again
staunch the flow.
The truth is that the Prime
minister has been left threadbare by the implications of Butler’s report. Here is a man who was still telling the
House of Commons as late as July 2003 :
have absolutely no doubt at all that we will find evidence of weapons of mass
His personal credibility is in tatters.
Michael Howard, as leader of the Opposition, touched
the heart of the miserable story when he asked Mr Blair yesterday:
hope we will not face in this country another war in the foreseeable future,
but if we did and you identified the threat would the country believe you?’
know the answer to that question. It is deeply disturbing one for the British
people and for the Security of the Nation.
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