There are many aspects of the testimony from Mrs Kelly on the 1st September 2003 which, at a minimum, strike me as very odd. I am now going to describe one of these, an interesting point which so far as I am aware has never been raised before. It must be emphasised that in my opinion "odd" doesn't necessarily equate with "sinister" although it might do.
The relevant part of the official narrative, in summary, goes like this: Nick Rufford, a Sunday Times journalist, turns up at the gate to the Kelly home at about 7.30 pm on Wednesday 9th July. He spoke to Dr Kelly and Mrs Kelly states that Mr Rufford tells him 'the press were on their way in droves'. She knows of somewhere they can go to in Cornwall to escape the press; they quickly pack and head west staying at Weston-Super-Mare that night before continuing to their destination on the 10th. Moving on to Friday 11th and it is agreed that Dr Kelly would appear before both the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) and the televised Foreign Affairs Select Committee (FAC).
I am not absolutely certain about whether, when Dr Kelly on the 11th agreed to appear before both committees, it had been decided that they would both be on Tuesday 15th but certainly on Monday 14th it was clearly the intention that both committee meetings would be on that same day.
Going back to the preceding Sunday we gather that Dr Kelly left Cornwall alone to drive to Oxford to stay with his daughter Rachel. He would use the train to go up to London for his appearance before the two committees. During this time his wife Janice would stay down in Cornwall.
One argument is that it was surprising that Mrs Kelly stayed behind rather than accompanying him to give moral support. Putting aside for a moment my belief that the marriage was in turmoil it might anyway be the case that if both Dr and Mrs Kelly were highly stressed with the thought of Dr Kelly appearing under the scrutiny of TV cameras it could be that the stress levels would be magnified if they were in close proximity to each other. Thus I believe that the fact that Janice Kelly didn't go to Oxford with her husband that Sunday is not so inexplicable as might first appear.
Tuesday dawns and, so far as Mrs Kelly knows, her husband is attending both committees that day. It is also by coincidence the Kelly's 36th wedding anniversary. This is what Janice says about the 15th: 'This was our 36th wedding anniversary and I was constantly thinking of him all day'. On the evening of the 14th Janice would have believed that within 24 hours both committees would be out of the way and some sort of normality could be resumed. So on that basis why didn't she arrange to get the train to Oxford on the Tuesday, they could celebrate their anniversary with a meal at the home of their daughter and her fiancee, but no she stays on in Cornwall.
I have wondered for some time whether Janice Kelly was reading her testimony from a prepared script - one reason possibly to keep her out of view of reporters. This extract of her evidence I found particularly fascinating:
Q. What were you doing on the Friday?
A. On the Friday we decided to go to the Lost Gardens of Heligan. It was only a short drive so we thought that would be apt after the long day or two before.
Q. That is what, some gardens you can walk around?
A. That is right, yes.
Q. And did you have lunch there?
A. I am not sure whether we did or not. No, I think we went back home - we spent a long morning there during which he had taken a call from several people from MOD explaining about the Foreign Affairs Committee on the Tuesday and an Intelligence Committee the following Wednesday.
Q. Do you know who the calls were from?
A. Certainly one was from Bryan Wells. I am not sure if it was Bryan who told him that the former Foreign Affairs Committee would be televised.
Not a too reliable witness linking the Tuesday and Wednesday committee meetings to her evidence of the situation on Friday 11th July (assuming that on that day they had decided that the two meetings would both be on the same day). If she was reading her evidence from a prepared script all I can say is that she didn't have a very good script writer.