Monday, July 21, 2003

Going, going ...

Jeffrey Archer freed from jail

British novelist and disgraced politician Jeffrey Archer has been freed on parole after serving half of a four-year jail sentence for perjury and perverting the course of justice.

Well that frees up a cell for another politician soon to appear before a judge.

Judge pledges open Kelly inquiry

Lord Hutton, asked by British Prime Minister Tony Blair to investigate the circumstances of Dr David Kelly's death last week, has stressed his probe will be "mostly public" and that he, not the Government, will decide how deep it will go.

"I make it clear that it will be for me to decide as I think right within my terms of reference the matters which will be the subject of my investigation," he said in a statement.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said he was ready to appear before a judicial probe into the death of a British defence ministry weapons expert who committed suicide two days ago.

"Of course there are things I will talk about to the inquiry, as will others," Blair said at a joint press conference with South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun.

As I said, the release of Lord Maggot frees up a cell for another politician.

Sedgwick's Jargon Watch. Official alert #24:-

"Mr Bremer, who is overseeing the US effort to establish civilian control in Iraq, acknowledged on CBS's Face the Nation that there had been an uptick in attacks on US forces who ousted Saddam in April."