The vindication of Tony Blair

The vindication of Tony Blair
: I just heard Tony Blair’s speech to Parliament on the Hutton report. Brilliant: to the point, direct, demanding. He calls on those who lied about him to recant. We’re waiting.

The statement is here.

In conclusion I repeat what Lord Hutton said in his Summary, at page 322.

“The communication by the media of information (including information obtained by investigative reporters) on matters of public interest and importance is a vital part of life in a democratic society. However the right to communicate such information is subject to the qualification (which itself exists for the benefit of a democratic society) that false accusations of fact impugning the integrity of others, including politicians, should not be made by the media.”

That is how this began: with an accusation that was false then and is false now.

We can have the debate about the war; about WMD; about intelligence. But we do not need to conduct it by accusations of lies and deceit. We can respect each other’s motives and integrity even when in disagreement.

Let me repeat the words of Lord Hutton:

“False accusations of fact impugning the integrity of others … should not be made”.

Let those that made them now withdraw them.

  • http://amomentwith.typepad.com/ Easycure

    The BBC has turned into the New York Times.
    Big media is getting desperate. They’ll do anything to “get the story”, up to and including making it up in the first place.
    The end result will be that they will end up just as valid as the National Enquirer. Something to laugh at in the check-out line, that never makes the cart.

  • Del Simmons

    The BBC is close to that point now. The place is a joke. They need to see some heads roll over this or they will continue to slide in prestige.

  • Sandy P.

    Conspiracy! Conspiracy! Hutton’s Blair’s poodle! Why do you think he was chosen by Tony???
    The fix was in.

  • Andy Freeman

    > [The BBC needs] to see some heads roll over this or they will continue to slide in prestige.
    Unless it threatens the TV tax, it’s unimportant.
    Whenever someone talks about prestige, principle, etc., you know that it’s all about the money.

  • JJ Walker

    That’s the whole problem with the left. They cannot have a disagreement without questioning the other side’s motives and integrity. To the left it’s not about who is right and who is wrong, but who is good and who is bad.

  • Doctor Slack

    That’s the whole problem with the left. They cannot have a disagreement without questioning the other side’s motives and integrity.
    Uh-hunh. Leaving aside the unintentional irony of this remark — I suppose if I googled “JJ Walker” and “leftists,” I’d find a wealth of even-keeled commentary that doesn’t question the other side’s motives and integrity, right?