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  •  Lord Goldsmith's role (4+ / 0-)
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    A recent development has been over the role of Lord Goldsmith, the Attorney General for England and Wales.

    Goldsmith may be remembered as the man who changed his legal advice (after a visit to Washington and long discussions with US administration lawyers) to provide cover so as to permit Britain to go to war in Iraq. Alternatively it is rumoured that Downing Street aides of Blair wrote the advice and Goldsmith signed it. Either way it caused a perception that Goldsmith is not as independent of the Prime Minister as a law officer of the Crown is supposed to be.

    One of the Attorney General's functions is to be in charge of the Crown Prosecution Service, which undertakes most criminal prosecutions in England and Wales. As such he can decide whether a prosecution does or does not take place.

    Some people have suggested that there might be a bit of a conflict of interst if Goldsmith was to decide the fate of Blair. Goldsmith has so far declined to recuse himself, but he is taking advice from outside Counsel.

    This whole story is something the political world has assumed would die away, with the police just going through the motions of an investigation. However the investigation just seems to be slowly building and getting closer to Blair.

    There is no man alive who is sufficiently good to rule the life of the man next door to him. Sir Rhys Hopkin Morris, M.P.

    by Gary J on Thu Nov 09, 2006 at 10:48:15 PM PST

    •  My Brit ex-gf pointed this story out (0+ / 0-)

      While congratulating us on our regaining Congress.

      Thanks, babe.

      And thanks, Gary-- I'm only beginning to learn all the contours of the story, and it certainly has had no play over here.

      "To such thinking you have only to say 'the land you loved is doomed' to excuse any treachery, indeed to glorify it." -Tolkien, On Fairy-Stories, 1938.

      by Yamara on Thu Nov 09, 2006 at 11:03:04 PM PST

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      •  Source for Gossip and Rumour (3+ / 0-)
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        Yamara, bayside, kraant

        Guido Fawkes has been blogging about this investigation for some time. His most recent item on it suggests the police have or are about to speak to the following people.

        Alan Johnson - Education Secretary

        John Prescott - Deputy Prime Minister

        Alan Milburn - Ultra Blairite ex cabinet member

        John Reid - Home Secretary (Minister in charge of the Police)

        Alistair Darling - Transport Secretary

        Lord Falconer - Lord Chancellor and Constitutional Affairs Secretary (Tony Blair's ex-flatmate)

        Baroness Amos - Leader of the House of Lords

        Lord Grocott - Labour peer

        Charles Clarke - former Home Secretary (before he had to resign for being rubbish in the 'we let foreign criminals go at the end of their sentence without deporting them as the courts ordered, because it was too much trouble to keep track of them and do the paperwork scandal', which Clarke did nothing about despite being warned it was a problem)

        Margaret Beckett - Foreign Secretary

        Geoff Hoon - Ex Defence Secretary, demoted to the well earned obscurity of Minister for Europe

        Patricia Hewitt - Health Secretary

        Gordon Brown - Chancellor of the Exchequer (and almost certainly Prime Minister next year)

        Paul Murphy - Former Northern Ireland Secretary

        Hilary Armstrong - Former Chief Whip now Social Exclusion Minister

        Peter Hain - Northern Ireland and Wales Secretary

        Hilary Benn - Overseas Development Secretary

        Ruth Kelly - Local Government Secretary

        Ian McCartney - Former Labour Party Chairman

        Tessa Jowell - Culture, Media and Sport Secretary

        Jack Straw - Former Foreign Secretary and Leader of the House of Commons

        That is a large part of the cabinet, apart from Tony Blair. Not that it is likely that many of them knew anything. The loans for peerages operation was very much a Downing Street project, but I suppose the police are eliminating all the possible red herrings before speaking to Mr Big himself.

        If you want to explore Guido Fawkes archives (for such fascinating side issues as the unfortunate fire at Lord Levy's office, which is tragically suspected of having destroyed some records) try the link.

        There is no man alive who is sufficiently good to rule the life of the man next door to him. Sir Rhys Hopkin Morris, M.P.

        by Gary J on Thu Nov 09, 2006 at 11:44:48 PM PST

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