Wednesday 16 January 2013
In his obituary of Robert Kee (14 January), Michael Leapman described Kee's stance on an edition of Panorama about the Falklands conflict in 1982 which led to his resignation from the programme, writes Tam Dalyell. He writes: "The 10 May edition of Panorama was devoted to examining public attitudes to the conflict. When Kee saw the first version he was uneasy, feeling that it gave too much exposure to the opponents of the action."
It was my Panorama appearance on 10 May 1982 challenging her Falklands expedition which was the epicentre of the object of Mrs Thatcher's rage. One of her ministers, Sally Oppenheim, opined that the Panorama editor George Carey and I should face treason charges.
Some 20 years later Kee told me that with the benefit of hindsight and further knowledge of the Falklands War he had certain regrets in not accompanying the then BBC chairman, the pugilistic and heavyweight George Howard, and Alasdair Milne to a meeting of combative Tory backbenchers, which was described to me by one of its number as "blood on the wall, old boy, blood on the wall."
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