Dyke devotes a whole chapter to a painstaking and ultimately damning analysis of the Hutton Report, particularly Huttons ruling that it was not part of his remit to consider to what sort of weapons of mass destruction the Governments dossier on Iraq actually referred. The BBC itself, or at least the governors, are named and shamed for their cowardice in the face of political bullying and, in the short concluding chapter, Dyke persuasively argues that the structure of the BBC should be reformed and the governors disbanded on the grounds that they are, literally, a group of amateurs who belong to a bygone age. Finally, and most importantly, Dyke forces the reader to accept a stark choice: either Tony Blair knew that Iraq was incapable of threatening Britain with weapons of mass destruction (which means he lied about the 45 minutes from destruction claim) or he didnt (which means he is incompetent). What makes the final chapters compelling is that Dyke tells a plausible story about how the government, how Tony Blair, got away with misleading the country. Theres no conspiracy theory here, just a story about a slightly careless reporting, a pressured head of intelligence, a powerful spin-doctor, an amateurish Lord who allegedly made an inexplicable mistake and a group of cowardly BBC governors. On the whole, between the television and the politics, Inside Story makes for a fascinating and revelatory read. --Larry Brown,/i>
This guy shouldn't be in charge of the FA. His idea's will kill the beautiful game from the bottom up.Published 14 months ago by S. Finan
Two stars because there is at least some content.
This book starts with an account of the publication and impact of the 'Hutton Inquiry'. Read more
greg dyke is the sort of man who should be leading the nation. sure he is blunt, a rough diamond, not much of an intellectual, actually a bit on the thick side, greedy, a big mouth... Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2005