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Thursday, June 26, 2003

Let me see that job description again....

Does it occur to anyone else as strange that the Prime Minister's Press Secretary (I'm sorry - Director of Communications) should have anything to do with material that the PM presents to The House of Commons in a debate? Let alone material that is supposed to be expert MoD intelligence (ahem) about the threat of a foreign regime to national security?

What business is it of Alistair Campbell's to have an input to the debate? Aren't debates (especially ones concerning the commitment of troops to conflict) part of the Parliamentary process, rather than part of the relationship between the Government and the Press? Isn't it Campbell's job simply to handle how the debate is reported (i.e. the output of the debate) from the Government's viewpoint?

Surely the issue under investigation should be broader than simply whether or not Campbell doctored the intelligence material, but what in blue blazes he was doing having access to it in the first place.

posted by Plig | 14:42 |

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