Starting to take note of what's in the UK media again, in readiness for re-entry into things political. We're back in the House of Commons two weeks tomorrow. And the story that's caught my eye today has been the re-emergence of the suicide of Dr David Kelly, the scientist who was thought to have leaked sensitive information to the BBC during the build-up to the Iraq War. But the reports are about the wrong aspect of the issue. I suspect that Tony Blair will be quite pleased with today's coverage, which seems to be about whether Dr Kelly committed suicide or was murdered.
Well yes, if there is some doubt about how this quiet family man died, there ought to be an inquiry, but its not the biggest question relating to his death. There's never been any reason to think that Dr Kelly did not commit suicide - but there's been plenty of speculation about the direct role that the then Prime Minister of Britain, Tony Blair played in the release of his name to the press pack and to the Committee of MPs who tore this rather shy man to shreds. This is far and away the most likely cause of death. Over the last few days, I've read Andrew Rawnsley's book, The End of the Party, which has catapulted this question back into my mind. I do not think we should ever forget the 'dodgy dossier' or the vile way Dr Kelly's name was made public. We should not forget when our Government behaves disgracefully. It helps to stop such things happening again.