August 21, 2003


The Guardian’s Pollee Toynbee on the Hutton inquiree:

This is an inquest into David Kelly's briefings to journalists: as things stand, he may be rubbished for spreading rumours and alleging far more than he knew. He was caught out and lied to his bosses about what he had said. The embarrassment was more than he could stand so his careless talk cost him his life. Who killed him? He killed himself (unless you believe the swirling emails from conspiracy fruitcakes).

Or if you believe the ABC’s Michael Dodd, reporting last night from a long way behind the curve:

Whether Dr Kelly was, in effect, killed by government spin is one of the toughest questions which the inquiry must struggle to answer.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 21, 2003 04:29 AM