Thursday, 18 June 2009
Lord Butler Finds His Voice
This is Baron Butler of Brockwell, a decent and much-honoured man, who will go to his grave regretting that he failed to speak more plainly in his 2004 Report on the UK's intelligence failings prior to the Iraq war.
He'd hoped that his habitual Mandarin- speak code would make his findings clear. He realised immediately he was wrong, and that the Guilty Men had thereby been let off the hook. It haunts him still.
Today he has done his best to repair that mistake. In the circumstances, it's not a bad effort: and over the months to come who knows ? it might even rectify the situation rather well.
Perhaps the Guilty Men may yet be deprived of the honours they still seek, and be plagued by the restless nights they deserve.
Sleep a little easier, Lord Butler.
Posted by Nick Drew