Hello Jon Snow
here with your Channel 4 News briefing.
Hoon "misleading" and
You get back from a short
break, and it's as if nothing has happened in between. Who's still in the firing
line over the Government's fateful dossier on Iraq? Why Hoon, Britain's
embattled Defence Secretary. At the end of July I put it to him that he needed
no inquiry to determine whether he should resign over the death of the weapons
expert Dr David Kelly; it was simply a matter between him and his conscience.
Well, he's still there, and now the Commons Committee that vets
intelligence matters has reportedly found the same Mr Hoon guilty of
"misleading" and "unhelpful" responses to their questioning. The report is a
leak ahead of publication tomorrow. Mr Blair's spinmeister Alastair Campbell is
apparently cleared by the Committee.
There is a whiff of a suspicion
that those anxious to see him cleared leaked the report and dumped on poor old
Hoon into the bargain. Anyway, Blair has leapt to Hoon's defence in the Commons,
praising the splendid war he won over Iraq. More gore at seven.
The car bomb attack in the once ultra safe Iraqi
city of Irbil, in which six Americans were wounded, one Iraqi child was killed
and 41 others were injured is another devastating blow to the coalition
occupying Iraq. It indicates there are now no safe cities, not even those like
Irbil that have been, for more than a decade, under Kurdish control. More at
New Palestinian PM:
Prime Minister for Palestine, the Palestinian Authority has confirmed that Ahmed
Qurie will serve. An old Oslo peace accord negotiator, he's close to Arafat, a
man neither Israel nor America wants anything to do with. I've been talking to
Saeb Erakat, a leading Palestinian Authority figure, who has interesting
insights into Qurie and whether the roadmap is entirely dead. The pace of
suicide/assassination tit-for-tat continues: today Israel tried to kill another
Hamas leader, the attempt failed claiming only the man's bodyguard and child.
They of course are dead. More on the viscous spiral of violence with Lindsey
Hilsum at 7.00.
Pensioners lose out to council
Here, five million pensioners who
had much-trumpeted increases in their pensions last year had the whole lot wiped
out by increases in local council taxes, according to the charity Age Concern.
The pensioners are massing at the Commons today, further discomforting the
Labour leadership. We are on the case.
Anti-terror laws used on
There is a high profile
Arms Fair on here in London marvellously timed and located to take full
advantage of the "victory in Iraq." But those seeking to protest against this
export-winning job-securing exhibition are being stopped and searched under the
A judge is being asked to investigate by the civil
liberties group Liberty. The police bosses are beginning to try to distance
themselves from their officers on the ground. We have an interview with their
commander Trotter tonight and now the Home Office (ministry of the Interior) is
wanting a report.
It's what many warned might happen - the moment you
introduce draconian anti-terrorist powers, they get used at the first
opportunity. One is tempted to ask whether anyone inside the exhibition has ever
been guilty of supplying arms to er, terrorists..no don't let's go there
The Word Trade deliberations
open in Cancun. The redoubtable Liam Halligan is there and will set out the
issues, the options the chances and much more at seven.
David Beckham is apparently playing
Liechtenstein single handed or footed tonight at his old stomping ground Old
Trafford. It's a World Cup qualifying match..might he lose? La Turton is the
Correspondent on foot tonight...live from Manchester.
Finally Nicholas Glass, on 9/10,
ahead of 9/11 anniversary tomorrow. Can all this mayhem really only be two-years
old? He has been talking to the NY towers rebuilder Daniel Libeskind. The
project, he tells us, is a tricky one, getting trickier. Fascinating
See you at seven as ever is..there's a lot happening.