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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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Accuracy, Independence, and Trust

Accuracy, Independence, and Trust

(p.87) Accuracy, Independence, and Trust
Hutton and Butler

Onora O’Neill

British Academy

This chapter examines the issues of accuracy and trust involved in the Hutton Report. It explains that Lord Hutton's interpretation of the events surrounding the death of David Kelly led him to focus on a range of accusations and counter-accusations. The British government and the BBC had accused one another of inaccuracy and of making partly untruthful claims. This chapter suggests that though many of the documents disclosed in the Hutton Report rely on procedures that help secure accuracy, some of the people quoted in the report made claims that turned out to be inaccurate and they also dispensed with procedures that are important for securing accuracy.

Keywords:   Hutton Report, accuracy, trust, Lord Hutton, BBC, David Kelly

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