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“By playing a leading role in helping to eliminate the biological weapons capability of Russia, and of course Iraq, it is no exaggeration to say that between 1990 and his death in 2003, Dr. Kelly probably did more to make the world a more secure place than anyone else on the planet.”
This is a very detailed paperback of 399 pages which outlines the life and death of Dr David Kelly, a well-known microbiologist and the leading biological weapons inspector of the UK. Dr Kelly was found dead within forest at a place known as Harrowdown Hill in Oxfordshire in England. The Hutton enquiry into his death found that he had committed suicide. However, other people, as well as friends and relatives of Dr Kelly, strongly disagreed. From anonymous sources, the author of this book has come to the conclusion that Dr Kelly was assassinated by two Iraqi misfits because of his involvement in the biological weapons inspections in Iraq. They appear to have kidnapped him, drugged him and then cut his wrist after he had died to make out that it was a suicide. They also placed copraxamal tablets near his body to make out that he swallowed others. The assassinators didn't realize that Dr Kelly had a string aversion to taking tablets. It is also possible that Dr Kelly carried many secrets and was silenced because of the threat that these secrets were to be released. Normal Baker believes that Dr Kelly was injected with some kind of poison such as ricin, insulin, saxotoxin or potassium nitrate. Whatever the case, it appears that the Hutton enquiry and the Blair Government whitewashed the death of Dr Kelly. The coroner’s findings were not even used in the Hutton enquiry and important witnesses were not called for evidence. The Hutton enquiry is a total sham and somebody needs to clean up the whole mess of the murder of Dr Kelly. Hopefully this book and others will be able to do this by gaining support for a proper enquiry. Highly recommended.
Dr Trevor J. Hawkeswood
Author: Beetles of Australia (1987), Spiders of Australia (2003) and Light and Dark (2013)
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His role as an MP has helped to provide the reader with a detailed political context to the events surrounding David Kelly's death which was really helpful in understanding this wider context. The author does cover some of the anomalies in terms of crime scene management including the fact the police operation aimed at finding David Kelly commenced before he's even left the house for his walk that fateful day! Other elements include strange individuals at the scene, leaving the house without a coat and his body being found with a coat stuffed full of pills then there was the huge delay at scene in taking body temperature all adds to the inconsistencies, There is definitely an inference that this was an assassination and that the scene may then have been very poorly staged to suggest suicide as the least worse option for our Establishment to obfuscate and write off with Tony Blair and Lord Hutton ensuring full blocking of a credible enquiry process and in all likelihood seeing this as 'job done'. The possibility is explored that the killers and the scene stagers were different parties.
My view of the UK Establishment and their dirty work involved in destroying countries and people fills me with disgust and the death of an honorable man and one of the UK's leading weapons inspectors may be part of the collatoral damage involved in imperialism and corporate rape of countries. Hearing the attempts to smear Dr Kelly's reputation as a Walter Mitty type character is no more than I have come to expect from our political class.
Norman Baker does not draw any firm conclusion but provides a huge amount of information which certainly made me extremely sceptical of the official narrative . Dr Kelly deserves so much more.
Baker's research was clearly extensive and he unearths information of the sort that you won't hear on the evening news. His experience as an MP also makes him well placed to join up the dots on matters involving the government and the intelligence services in the UK, US and Middle East. This is one of the most important aspects of the book and is in itself something of an education.
Baker remains skeptical about possible theories and explores them thoroughly; weighing the evidence in a balanced, reasoned and objective way; he does not speculate his way to conclusions but assesses the evidence from a number of angles.
What emerges clearly from Baker's research is that the Blair govt was possibly the most corrupt we've had in a very long time. The depths to which Blair, Campbell and Hoon in particular were prepared to go in order to ensure that the (illegal) Iraq invasion went ahead are especially eye-opening and galling. Campbell's role in this is notable and he emerges as not only a deeply amoral and ruthless individual but as "special advisor" to Blair, he was an unelected official making key decisions on matters of foreign policy in concert with his own personal spin unit; even going as far as to doctor the intelligence reports. Dr Kelly and several others were deeply unhappy with the twisting and "sexing-up" of intelligence and made their feelings known; in the end it cost Dr Kelly his life.
Baker's book is also an attempt to right the wrong done to David Kelly; to pay due respect to a good man for what he achieved and the work he did to help keep the world a safer place. As Baker succintly puts it "those who lied, who spun, whose actions were characterised by cynicism, indifference and amorality have prospered" while David Kelly "paid for his honesty with his life". We could do with a lot more MPs like Norman Baker.
This book is an education; I highly recommend it.
It comes as no surprise that the conclusion should be that Kelly was murdered. The facts are presented in a straightforward manner so that if you feel like arguing with them, you can. The fact that the author is an MP means that we are not faced here with a glossy conspiratorial account that is designed to sell copies to keep a journalist in rent and food. The book is fast paced and difficult to put down.
At the end, the reader is left with a nasty taste in the mouth as it is apparent that the UK government is not as transparent as we would all so like to believe. You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to buy into the book's inferences. Only the naive will reject them out of hand.
If you want to reexamine our involvement in Iraq and question the good that it is doing, then you should read this book. Indeed, if you want to be informed by a politician you can actually trust - and some of them do exist - then you should also read this. Finally, if you want to read a whodunnit that is far more fascinating than most fiction, then this is also recommended.
Ultimately, it mattes little how much you agree with its premise concerning Dr Kelly's death as to how good the book is. This is not the issue. But the book is indeed extremely well-researched, cogently argued, well presented and fascinating reading.
What is extraordinary—and depressing—is that a respected figure can write a book as powerful as this and…nothing happens. Nothing at all.
The book can be roughly divided into two parts. In the first, which can be described as the "what happened?" Mr Baker examines the circumstances of his death, and finds the official story severely wanting. He points out inconsistencies, and aspects which surely must be plain wrong. The Hutton Inquiry inexplicably failed to address many of these points, or glossed over them. This for me is the strongest part of the book, as Mr Baker demonstrates his analytical skills. The second part is the "why it happened". Naturally, there must be more conjecture in this section. Mr Baker does manfully try however to string some type of cogent theory together. It is up to the reader to decide whether it is reasonable chain of events.
A word of caution though. In support of one theory, Mr Baker mentions a specific book, and makes reference to it several times. Out of curiosity, I looked this book up an Amazon. I have never seen such scathing reviews of a book, which basically accuse the author of being a Walter Mitty character. The blurb for the book, which was presumably written by the author, contained about 5 spelling mistakes in one short paragraph. The fact that Mr Baker is using this as a source is slightly worrying.
Finally, knowing what we know today, it was interesting to read Mr Baker mention, but dismiss instantly, something about the involvement of a high-level paedophile ring. I wonder if he would be so dismissive of it were he writing the book today?
The sham shock shown by Blair when the death was reported to him was unconvincing. In my view he knew what was coming if not precisely who would carry it out.
So a really good examination of most of the facts but with a few holes still to be peered into.
Norman Baker has done an excellent job of research and the Bush/Blair pair have a lot of questions to answer about this murder, make no mistake, MURDER. How, after reading this, Blair can say that Iraq's current troubles were nothing to do with him is beyond belief.
BUY it, READ it and make up your own mind.
Norman Baker has done a lot of research into the murky and unpleasant shadow areas that we ordinary citizens know little about and he has written his book well. But I felt there was a lot he wasn't saying. Perhaps he didn't dare. Perhaps he feared reprisals. I would like to know what he really thinks.
I am very glad I bought and read this book. I learnt much that I didn't know and my vague doubts about Dr Kelly's death have turned into certainty that he was murdered. And it is an well-written book and an interesting read. But I hope the truth will be known in my life time.