Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Elizabeth Wilmshurst Wins Round Of Applause- A Tale Of Two Lawyers




Where the two senior legal officers in the Foreign Office in the build up to the Iraq war have given evidence. They have both declared in forthright terms that the war was plain and simply illegal.

However the outcome for their shared view is very different. Sir Michael Wood, the then head of the department, simply put his head down and got on with other work and picked up a knighthood in 2004.

His principled deputy Elizabeth Wilmshurst resigned two days before the invasion. Gary Gibbon reports that she was the only witness to have been given a round of applause throughout the entire Inquiry thus far. But Lord Goldsmith and Tony Blair are yet to come.


Channel 4 News

Elizabeth Wilmshurst is the only public official to have come out of this with any credit.

A minute dated 18 March 2003 from Elizabeth Wilmshurst (Deputy Legal Adviser) to Michael Wood (The Legal Adviser), copied to the Private Secretary, the Private Secretary to the Permanent Under-Secretary, Alan Charlton (Director Personnel) and Andrew Patrick (Press Office):

1. I regret that I cannot agree that it is lawful to use force against Iraq without a second Security Council resolution to revive the authorisation given in SCR 678. I do not need to set out my reasoning; you are aware of it.

[The following italicised section was removed by the Foreign Office but later obtained by Channel 4 News]

My views accord with the advice that has been given consistently in this office before and after the adoption of UN security council resolution 1441 and with what the attorney general gave us to understand was his view prior to his letter of 7 March. (The view expressed in that letter has of course changed again into what is now the official line.)

I cannot in conscience go along with advice - within the Office or to the public or Parliament - which asserts the legitimacy of military action without such a resolution, particularly since an unlawful use of force on such a scale amounts to the crime of aggression; nor can I agree with such action in circumstances which are so detrimental to the international order and the rule of law.

2. I therefore need to leave the Office: my views on the legitimacy of the action in Iraq would not make it possible for me to continue my role as a Deputy Legal Adviser or my work more generally.

For example in the context of the International Criminal Court, negotiations on the crime of aggression begin again this year.

I am therefore discussing with Alan Charlton whether I may take approved early retirement. In case that is not possible this letter should be taken as constituting notice of my resignation.

3. I joined the Office in 1974. It has been a privilege to work here. I leave with very great sadness.

59 comments:

eight rounds rapid said...

Fucking A.

Captain Haddock said...

Bloody hell, an honest & honourable Lawyer .. whatever next ?

Too much to expect the same degree of transparency & integrity from a Politician .. any Politician ..

Biffo said...

Watched some of this. One of my new heros - someone connected to govt with principles & who acts on them - scarcer than hen's teeth in 2010 Labour-blighted Stasi Britain. Three cheers for Elizabeth Wilmshurst - wonder if she's interested in becoming an MP?

Old Holborn said...

Watch them destroy her.

VotR said...

The smears and counter intelligence are no doubt already in circulation about her.

The Nu Liebour way.

RantinRab said...

She better watch out if she fancies a stroll in the woods one day.

418 said...

Well done Elizabeth Wilmshurst.

Joe Public said...

A country's leaders can be executed for "waging an aggressive war".

sixtypoundsaweekcleaner said...

I could cry reading this.

Oh for more like her...

Anonymous said...

I don't agree with you on Sir Michael Wood. His job was to give advice. Sod all to do with him if it was not taken. Simples.

Edgar said...

Teflon Tony is coming unstuck.

Ampers said...

Ah! vindicated at last.

I was treated with derision down at my local pub when I said that there must be at least one civil servant, out of the hundreds and thousands who are honourable.

There is one. I am printing this out and taking it down to the pub tomorrow. Thanks for this OH.

Ivor Bigot said...

The timing is certainly not good for Blair. New Labour are far too busy covering their collective arse with an election looming, to bother with protecting their previous leader.

Even so, it's going to take a *lot* more like this before there's even a glimmer of hope of Blair facing a trial.

Rogerborg said...

Are you kidding me? The slattern lived fat on our tax money, burying the bodies for government after government for thirty years, then at the soggy tail end of her "career" took an early bath to enjoy her final salary pension?

And for this, this one tiny token act on contrition, you grant her absolution?

I think that is the saddest, funniest thing that I have read in my entire evening of trolling cultists.

But the night is young; you could surprise me yet.

Adrian P said...

There could be a problem here though, What if the inquiry rules that Britain should have abided by International Rules, this could be another stitch up job by the One Worlders, Could be a new UN Rule coming out soon, IE Nations cannot use Force without the Consent of the New World Order.

Michael Shrimpton QC

a good christian said...

22:45

took an early bath to enjoy her final salary pension?

as i read it, no, elizabeth wilmshurst resigned - she did not retire.

holy brief said...

21:20

sir michael wood gave the government the advice they wanted to hear - the wrong advice. what a dumb depraved arselicker.

bofl said...

o/t...........you are a resource to be mined..........

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1246228/Drivers-leave-pay-display-ticket-car-windows-fined.html

still it keeps thousands of nigerians in work!

Has OH turned into a creep called Guido? said...

“Old Holborn says:
January 26, 2010 at 7:33 pm
Mandy versus Clark on C4

Pure cage fighting”

What the hell are you smoking OH?

Both are EU/NWO puppets, bilderbergers.

fighting? I think you mean mutual love in, with some crass fake left right bulldust for the masses.

Have you even researched the Bilderbergers, the trilateral commision and the banking/royal cartel that controls most of the world?

If not then what the hell is the point of you? to keep up the left right bulldust alfloat for the sheep?

Jesus wept!

thelunaticarms said...

Just wake me up when the Nuremberg trials start, I've seen too many whitewashes and it just isn't cricket!

British Engineer said...

Are you sure this happened?

I have not seen anything about it on the BBC.

Not a word.

Verbal or printed.

I am sure that two senior legal bods like this would not be ignored for political reasons by the BBC, would it.

Nothing to see or hear here - move along.

The New Labour Broadcasting Service must be destroyed. Utterly. Completely. With extreme prejudice.

Now.

Climate Scientologist said...

"A teacher from east London has turned down a proposal from Hollywood actor Johnny Depp - who wanted to turn her novel into a film.

The book features a female heroine in a world stricken by climate change."

Why a London teacher turned down Johnny Depp

Oh will you please just FUCK OFF ! Just fuck off and die you left-green liberal propaganda-pushing Pravda cunts.

Now.

McEgan's Mummy said...

Isn't Islam great ? Its just brilliant....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/7073191/Rape-victim-receives-101-lashes-for-becoming-pregnant.html

John R said...

Having tracked down an ethical lawyer who's also ready to stand up for her beliefs CallMeDave should ask her to come back and run the MPs expenses watchdog.

At least we'd know something in Government would be done honestly.

Anonymous said...

Slimeball "Lord" Goldstein is now whining about "secrecy" when he himself has extraordinarily locked away the Kelly "suicide" medical reports for 70 years.

Funny how a blatant zionist had a veto on whether brits bomb muslims or not and didn't use it. He's even pretending to have been at odds with Straw, another pro-war zionist in charge of GB's foreign policy.

Cue Hasbara (Isreli propaganda office) hatemongers:

Hopalong Heffron said...

Dear Faux MacEgans Mummy, I see you are dropping the fake Ron B identity, is that because you were run off the Torygraph? Fnnr fnnnr, is Milton Keynes in Miami? Your lies grow ever more florid!

Anonymous said...

Completely O/T I see that according to Mandy , Blair will be helping to drum up votes for Labour in the Election. CMD must be on his knees thanking his God for delivering such a great advantage to the Torys. 'War Criminal Tony' - what a boost for Labour!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1246382/Tony-Blair-return-politics-fight-election-campaign-Labour-says-Mandelson.html

bofl said...

blair brown mandy....now there's a win treble!!!!!!!!!!

if we could only get them to summer isle!

McEgan's Mummy said...

"Hopalong Heffron (Real Name K.McEgan) 27 January 2010 12:54

Dear Faux MacEgans Mummy... etc, etc.."

Fuck off McEgan, you fat Oirish, UAF-supporting Righteous poof.

WV: fumplar - seems to fit McEgan somehow

SO17 said...

Rogerborg:
I agree that her gesture as a deputy legal adviser in the FO to'resign'with a pension was not so couragous.
But in a sea of shit and dishonour we have to appreciate even the smallest bit of undigested corn.

Ron Broxted said...

I found a bit of undigested corn on the end of my todger after a hurried encounter with a Kurdish asylum seeker in a shop doorway in London last year. Oooooh matron

eight rounds rapid said...

... we have to appreciate even the smallest bit of undigested corn.

Second that.

It's more than any of the other fuckers bothered to do and she had the guts to speak out at the hearings; which, given the easily deduced fate of one Dr David Kelly, isn't really that shabby.

hi, my name is paul staines, did i mentio i'm a cia slag-shoveller said...

05:55

believe everything just to be sure.

i am watching you.

floating christian said...

11:40

sounds like a sure-fire way to decimate our teenage-pregnancy rate. where's the nearest islamic recruitment centre?

dave "the dachshund" cameron said...

12:43

yeah, it woz labour wot got into bed wiv the americans. us conservatives have got traditional family values - we would never do anything like that. although, i do like to oblige mister obama by chasing the sticks he throws into the middle east - or otherwise the cia don't send round paul staines to polish my silver balls with his sharp inquisitive little tongue, you see. and the best part about it is this: when i pick up those sticks in afghanistan, they always turn out to be bones! woof woof! i mean win win! and those dumb yankee-doodles just ain't got a clue what they're throwing away!

michael footsie said...

21:30

david owen, david steel. david cameron, david lammy...anyone see a curious pattern emerging? i smell a capitalist rat. damn meddling yankees.

desperate dave yammy said...

14:23

oh ronny, you always think of me, don't you darling...? let's heat it up in the pot and see if it goes pop.

so what d'you reckon? salt or syrup?

bad porn day said...

21:30

to polish my silver balls with his sharp inquisitive little tongue

i'd recognize an alistair campbell script anywhere...

schindler's centrefold said...

14:06

true, if the bitch had any honour she would have sold her story straight to the news of the world, got her kit off and saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of iraqi muslims.

robin cook (i was not invited to the party anyway...iz it coz i woz ginger?) said...

22:10

ah...but there was a slight snag - like the minister for overseas development, clare short, ms elizabeth wilmshurst didn't fancy a threesome with dr david kelly.

unidentified lying cia slag said...

22:22, 16:18

wilmshurst didn't fancy destructive dismissal american style, i think you mean. still reckon she's being used to dump the discredited space-cake blair. probably a tory tart. could even have been the cia control-spook in that department. looks the type. too composed by half.

reverend roger said...

22:50

thanks for coming here to spill the beans, mr staines. you would obviously have been censored on your blog. now please go back to the women's institute tea-party over at guido fawkes and enjoy a well-deserved cucumber sandwich - supplied courtesy of alex hilton and jag singh.

isoblog said...

05:55

there does certainly appear to be a common imput visible in blogposts and comments on both sites.

taraaaaassssss bulba said...

21:40

worry not, michael, when the plug is pulled on paul staines' plot to subvert british politics, and the blackmail, the bribery, the menaces, the perverted illegal sex surveillance, the cia trojan-horse and the shocking inter-denominational orgies are all revealed (as they surely will be, by a malcontent-mole shortly before election day), cameron and his conservative chums will be ruined for an eternity of sundays and the red flag will fly forever.

Bit behind the times.... said...

Gordon Brown is positioning himself to oust Tony Blair! With his great clunking fists and moral compass, we will experience an era of enlightenment.

Paolo Stanese said...

Anyone got some charlie? An E even? Half an E? Anyfink?

Paolo Stanese said...

I'm fuckin mashed I am. Living it large! Fuckin leave our raves alone. Freedom to rave! Yeah!!

Bit behind the times.... said...

The slogan for Gordon Brown's relaunch from Chancellor to Prime Minister will be 'Just Gordon'. Because he will just that, Gordon, an intellectual heavyweight. We are on the crossroads of making Britain great again. No more spin, just Gordon.

Bit behind the times... said...

Gordon Brown, formerly Chancellor, now, following a highly demoratic vote in the House of Commons, is Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and First Lord of the Treasury. It is a time to rejoice. The United Kingdom is blessed with and undeserving of such a leader of magnitude. We can stand shoulder to shoulder with any other nation in the world, with our new titan of a Prime Minister, statesman, intellectual heavyweight, to inspire us.

Bit behind the times... said...

I cannot believe that such a Titan of a man has chosen public life over the fortunes his talents and intellect would surely command. As I have said, we are truly blessed. Let us be humble enough to pay his Sky Sports subscription. It is the very least we can do.

And from now, also let us all be Presbyterians and sons of manses, as a tribute to our great and inspiring Leader.

Bit behind the times... said...

The Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, First Lord of the Treasury, has announced that as a gesture of goodwill to his citizens, he shall communicate with us little people on "you tube"! How amazing will it be to see our dear leader, with his distinguised mannerisms and strong jaw action, speak to us nobodies directly!! He is genuinely inspired and a born leader. How different from the spin and gimicks of Mr Anthony Blair!

Paolo Stanese said...

Fuckin maaaaaaaassssive! Big fish little fish cardboard box! I'm trippin I am. Es are good Es are good, they're ebinezzzzzzer good!

Bit behind the times... said...

The Prime Minister's "you tube" appearance was, as you would expect, an overnight sensation! It has been put on DVD and is expected to top the weekend charts. All over the world, men are attempting to copy the Prime Minister's statesmanlike jaw action and dominant hand gestures, but of course failing badly in every case. It is impossible to be like Gordon Brown, for no man is even close. He is unique to this world. May he rule us for 100 years.

Bit behind the times... said...

Gordon Brown, and only he and god himself know how our Prime Minister came up with this stroke of genius to deal with the banking crisis that started in America. Our dear leader has wisely spent our money to bring failing banks in the UK into state ownership! Inspirational and decisive! And, in another stroke of sheer genius of a magnitute never seen in mankind before, he has also ruled that the Bank of England can print as much money as they can. It is certainly nothing like Zimbabwe's piss poor fiscal policy and will most definitely not lead to hyper inflation and the mother of all double dip recessions around mid to end 2010. The Prime Minister wrote everything that exists on economics. He is in fact economics himself.
With his wise guidance and solid stewardship, the great ship Britain will weather this storm from America

Anonymous said...

@ Has OH turned into a creep called Guido @ 5.55.

IT'S BEHIND YOOOU! Your tinfoil hat is no use now!

Paolo Stanese said...

Aciiiiid, aciiiiid! I'm chewing my own face I'm so monged! Aciiiiid! Aciiiid! I am fucking mental I am! Aciiiiiiiiiiiid!

Bit behind the times.... said...

Well. I'm humbled. Our Rt Honourable Prime Minister couldn't be more herotic, more gallant, if he tried. For this day people, this very day, the humble yet extraordinary 'just' Gordon Brown did indeed save the world! He singlehandedly averted a global catastrophy of apocalyptic magnitude. He will be legend for all generations to come forever. It might be blasphemy to suggest it but I suspect he might just be the Lord Himself. If he is not, then I suggest the Lotd Himself joins 'just' Gordon Brown, as the true saviour of His creation.

Paolo Stanese said...

I'm making shapes! Feeling the love! Aciiiiiiiid, aciiiiiiid!

Old Holborn said...

Are you both quite done? This is a serious, intellectual blog. I only accept serious intellectual people who have wet dreams about murdering burglars, into my serious blog-ring.

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