Socialists attack Hutton Report as "cover-up"

Submitted by Janine on 31 January, 2004 - 12:55

SSP Research, Policy & Media Unit
Press Release: 30/01/04

The Scottish Socialist Party group in the Scottish Parliament today issued a statement giving "complete and unequivocal support" to BBC staff and journalists who had taken action in protest at government attacks on the organisation and laid a motion in the Scottish Parliament attacking the Hutton Report as a cover-up conducted by a handpicked member of the establishment with a track record of covering up the activities of the secret state.
The SSP group also attacked Tony Blair for staging a `coup' at the BBC in order to put his own loyalists into position.

Tommy Sheridan said;
"The Hutton report was a classic whitewash by an establishment judge who learned his whitewash techniques over Bloody Sunday in Derry and as a Diplock judge in Northern Ireland.
"I commend the BBC staff who demonstrated yesterday and the Scottish Socialist Party will be supporting them against the coup that New Labour has staged in the BBC."

Scottish Socialist Party MSP for Central Region, Carolyn Leckie, has lodged a motion on behalf of the SSP group in the parliament attacking the Hutton report as a "cover-up" conducted by a hand picked member of the British legal establishment who had previously attempted to cover-up the role of British paratroopers during the now discredited Widgery Inquiry into the Bloody Sunday massacre of unarmed civilians.

The Socialists view the attacks on the BBC in the Hutton Report as an attempt to create a climate of fear and intimidation within the organisation and further evidence of moves towards the suppression of free and open reporting within the UK.

Their motion congratulates all members of BBC staff in Scotland and the rest of the UK for taking action in defence of journalistic integrity within the organisation.

The SSP motion calls on Tony Blair to resign for leading the country into war on the basis of a "tissue of lies".
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Note to editors:
Gavin Davies chair of the BBC was a friend of Gordon Brown's, his wife Sue Nye works for Gordon Brown. Davies offended the Blair machine by defending the BBC and not caving in to New Labour. Greg Dyke was originally a backer of Blair but was deemed to have gone native when he defended the BBC.

His replacement, Mark Byford, the deputy director general is a close friend of Geoff Hoon, the defence minister. He was appointed by Caroline Thomson in the BBC, who is the wife of Roger Liddle, Blairs policy adviser at no. 10 and co-author of `the Blair Revolution' with Peter Mandelson.

This looks like a Blair/Mandelson coup against the BBC.

Text of resolution lodged in Scottish Parliament. This wording has not yet been formally accepted by the Chamber desk and may be subject to change.

That this parliament notes that there are widespread allegations that the Hutton report is a cover-up conducted by a hand picked member of the British legal establishment who previously attempted to cover-up the role of British paratroopers during the now discredited Widgery Inquiry into the Bloody Sunday massacre of unarmed civilians; views the attacks on the BBC in the Hutton Report as an attempt to create a climate of fear and intimidation within the organisation and further evidence of moves towards the suppression of free and open reporting within the UK; congratulates all members of BBC staff in Scotland and the rest of the UK for taking action in defence of journalistic integrity within the organisation; is outraged at the apology offered to the government by the former private secretary to Margaret Thatcher who is now acting chair of the BBC; Parliament further notes that the war against Iraq was based entirely on a tissue of lies and calls on the Prime Minister Tony Blair to resign on that basis.

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