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Hutton and ButlerLifting the Lid on the Workings of Power$
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W. G. Runciman

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263297

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263297.001.0001

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The Lightning Flash on the Road to Baghdad: Issues of Evidence

The Lightning Flash on the Road to Baghdad: Issues of Evidence

(p.61) The Lightning Flash on the Road to Baghdad: Issues of Evidence
Hutton and Butler

Peter Hennessy

British Academy

This chapter examines the positive legislative and governmental impacts of the Hutton and Butler Reports. It describes how Lord Hutton worked by assessing the evidence in terms of charges made and how Robin Butler and his colleagues worked like contemporary historians by reconstructing reality from documents and oral evidence. It suggests that the Hutton and Button Reports could lead to a significant and enduring shift in the balance of power between the Executive and the Legislature.

Keywords:   Hutton Report, Butler Report, Lord Hutton, Robin Butler, balance of power, the Executive, the Legislature

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