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

Peter Hennessy

in Hutton and Butler

Published by British Academy

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780197263297
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734519 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Occasional Papers

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

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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

Chapter.  6825 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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