Accuracy, Independence, and Trust

Onora O’Neill

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

Accuracy, Independence, and Trust

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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

Chapter.  7662 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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