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Blair's Britain

Issue No. 1685

Blair's Britain

  • THE HOUSE of Commons transport committee last week savaged the government's plan to privatise air traffic control services as "the worst of all possible options for the future ownership structure of the company". The report added that a private investor would be "very likely to seek either to cut costs, jeopardising safety, or to increase revenues by raising charges".
  • THE MINISTRY of Defence has destroyed two rifles that were key evidence for the inquiry into the deaths of 14 people on Bloody Sunday in 1972. Gregory McCartney, solicitor for one of those shot dead by British paratroopers on Bloody Sunday, said, "This could not have happened accidentally. This can only be regarded as a deliberate attempt by the ministry to frustrate the inquiry and prevent the truth ever coming out."
  • MI5 AND MI6 hid the spiralling costs of their new headquarters from the public and then Tory prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, according to a parliamentary report released last week. They "overspent" on their two lavish buildings by the Thames to the tune of �280 million-enough money to build three general hospitals.

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Sat 26 Feb 2000, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1685
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