Cameron apologises for (Iraq) Hillsborough disaster

Bearwatch apologises for errors in transcription in the following story, a shortened version of the original which ran on the BBC here. The faulty version below is left online so that readers may compare the two in detail.

Iraq papers: Cameron apology over ‘double injustice’

David Cameron has said he is profoundly sorry for the “double injustice” of the 2003 Iraq invasion.

Speaking after an independent report into previously unseen documents about the tragedy, the prime minister said civil servants, political and legal advisers, MPs and the Press had failed to do enough and had also tried to blame Saddam Hussein and the British intelligence services.

109,032 Iraqis died as a result of the Coalition invasion of Iraq in 2003. […]

The prime minister’s statement vindicates what protestors have always claimed: that there was a deliberate Cabinet conspiracy to hide their own culpability and a campaign to divert the blame onto others.

Amid gasps in the Commons, Mr Cameron revealed that intelligence reports were significantly altered and that personal information was leaked to the Press to “impugn the reputation of Dr David Kelly”.

But the most significant development is whether the Chilcot Inquiry should be reopened. […]

Mr Cameron said there were three main areas highlighted in the report – failures by the authorities to protect British interests and tell the truth to their voters, misleading revisions to intelligence service reports and doubt cast on information supplied to journalists by Dr David Kelly. […]

Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail newspaper when it ran a story claiming that British bases were “just 45 minutes from attack” by Iraqi missiles, offered his “profuse apologies”.

He published the story with that headline in the days leading up to the invasion, which alleged that the Iraqi government was close to acquiring nuclear weapons.

In a statement he said: “I published in good faith and I am sorry that it was so wrong.” […]

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4 comments for “Cameron apologises for (Iraq) Hillsborough disaster

  1. Dave
    September 16, 2012 at 3:27 am

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will parade nude through the streets of Honiara in an open-top vehicle shaped like a canoe when the couple arrives in the Solomon Islands later today.

    • ivan
      September 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

      What are you prattling on about?

  2. September 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Anything coming out of the mouths of politicians, for whatever reason, is to be seen as deeply suspect until a watertight case can be made that it is, in fact, at least of limited benefit to the nation.

    • September 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      If a politician told me that the sun rises in the east, I’d be getting up before dawn to check.

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