Before I continue looking at the issues surrounding David Kelly's death I want to stop for a moment and jot down some of my more general thoughts before returning to the minutiae. There is no particular order to this, just a case of recording some things I consider important.
1. Publication of the Forensic Pathologist's report and Toxicologists report. I will be making a line by line comparison of the content of these two reports with what was said at the Inquiry but not today. What concerns me now is the tactic the government has used to supposedly reassure the public. For the moment let's put aside the aspect of distaste by making these intimate details available to all and sundry. It seems to me that the correct procedure would have been to allow access to a group of medical and legal experts to not only of what has recently gone on line but all the photographs that relate in any way to the death. The headlines that the mainstream media (MSM) were screaming following the publication of the reports were essentially the matters that Dr Hunt had previously intimated to the media. So in that sense there were no huge surprises and the average casual reader of the reports shouldn't have found anything too amazing within them.
2. Dr Hunt and the media. Some little while prior to the release of the reports just mentioned the forensic pathologist had been talking to the media about his examination of Dr Kelly. Now whether Dr Hunt did this entirely off his own bat or there were others who considered it a good idea for him to do a bit of talking prior to the release of the documents I don't know. It's possible that Dr Hunt speaking out was part of a 'holding operation' because we know about the group of concerned individuals who, using legal channels, have been endeavouring to get a proper inquest to take place. If Dr Hunt's public intervention was wholly his own idea then I would condemn that unreservedly. It is not acceptable in my opinion for a professional person in his position to use the media in that way particularly with the possibility of some future legal process regarding Dr Kelly's death. Sorry to be quite so blunt about this but it is one of my 'gold standards' of professional behaviour. Sadly it seems as if the boundaries of professional behaviour are getting blurred.
3. The hopelessness of the mainstream media (MSM). Again I'm going to be blunt but I have to say that by and large the MSM are very poor. One only has to look at what was said when the two reports saw light of day last week. Mostly the same things and quite predictable. One has to search the internet to find blogs, forums and obscure websites that give the interested person the more detailed information and independent thought that is missing from the MSM. At this juncture and trying to be even handed I have to say that the MSM have the constant problem of working to tight deadlines and they have to supply instant gratification to the majority of their audience. I, on the other hand, with this style of blog can take a longer more considered view.
4. Because of all the doubts about the official explanation of Dr Kelly's death it is all too easy to fall into the trap of thinking that every detail one uncovers that doesn't quite fit in with our perception of the truth must mean yet again another part of a vast conspiracy. I can see just how easily this happens and how much has to be done to keep focused on facts and not make irrational judgements. There will always be posts in this blog intended to add to the picture of events but not intended to come down on either side of the suicide v murder argument. Lots of writers in the MSM, commentators on TV and writers of blogs have their own political agenda, that is inevitable of course but I want to make it clear that only the truth matters for me. For instance I haven't yet read through Tony Blair's evidence at the Hutton Inquiry. Whether I considered what he said was honest or dishonest that is what I would describe on this blog.
5. In forming a judgement Lord Hutton had access to a lot more information than we, reading what witnesses said at the Inquiry, were privy to. On the official Hutton website there is a list of all the pieces of evidence submitted to the Inquiry by Thames Valley Police - I think it was Andrew in a comment who drew my attention to this. A good deal of this paperwork from TVP was not for publication which is not surprising. One of these I noted was a personal witness statement from Graham Peter Coe and there were statements from many other police as well. In his personal witness statement surely he would have included the detail of the 'third man' and surely that information was something Mr Knox would have noted before his questioning of Mr Coe. And surely Lord Hutton would have compared witness statements to the police with what was said at the Inquiry before publishing his report. I wonder what discrepancies there were. Certainly Mr Knox appears to have had some foreknowledge he was able to give a witness, informing David Bartlett that the ambulance used on the mission to Harrowdown Hill was number 934.
With that last piece of not very relevant information I'll end this post.