Official guilt and the Scott inquiry

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From Mr Robert Sather

Sir: Tristan Garel-Jones ("I, too, would have acted as William Waldegrave did", 7 June) displays a very selective memory when he says: "It is absurd to suggest that Foreign Office officials would connive to mislead Parliament."

He has forgotten the Clive Ponting affair, when Whitehall mandarins misled Parliament about the sinking of the Belgrano until Clive Ponting blew the whistle. The Government attempted to jail Mr Ponting, but the jury recognised where the true guilt lay. I think the Government will find it difficult to play so rough with Sir Richard Scott.

Yours faithfully,


Amersham, Buckinghamshire