Inquiring into the costs of inquiries

The bill for the government inquiries into events in the Troubles has topped £200m. Interestingly:

“Two of those inquiries – concerning collusion in the murders of Mrs Nelson and Robert Hamill – have already cost more than the full inquiry into the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence.

The Lawrence Inquiry was considered thorough and produced a highly significant report. The scale of Bloody Sunday sets it apart but why are the other local inquiries unable to achieve the same standards as the Lawrence inquiry for similar costs?

  • rapunsel

    What is the source of complaints over the costs of these inquiries? The government. Give us a break – no expense should be spared in exposing the activities of the state in the sordid conflict here. No expense should be spared in exposing the activities of others in the conflict also. Those that are complaining over the cost of inquiries might have more interest in preventing the families and the public in the dark over their dirty secrets. Had they not colluded in killings in the first place we would not now be in a position to complain about these costs.

  • Briso

    The cost is directly related to the obstructions created by the state agencies whose activities are in question.

  • heck

    FD

    complaints about the cost of inquiries are a red herring-and you know it!!. To find about about collusion all Honest Tony has to do is to call Gordon Kerr and the head of MI5 into his office and ask them and then make a statement to parliament. If they don’t tell then fire them.

    The reason these inquiries cost so much is because Honest tony wants to cover up murder.

  • fair_deal

    briso

    The Met etc weren’t exactly overjoyed with the Lawrence inquiry.

    heck

    “the cost of inquiries are a red herring-and you know it!!. ”

    Are they? I did not argue for the end of inquiries I simply asked a perfectly legitimate question which no one has answered.

    “why are the other local inquiries unable to achieve the same standards as the Lawrence inquiry for similar costs?”

  • ingram

    Heck.

    Bang on the money.

    Ingram

  • ingram

    Fair Deal

    quote”why are the other local inquiries unable to achieve the same standards as the Lawrence inquiry for similar costs?”

    Very simple mate. Government institutions are the principal area of investigations? they hold the information required by an investigation. The inquiries act is a means of limitting the scope of any inquiry and the costs.

    A very clever move by HMG two birds with one stone.

    Ingram

  • Pete Baker
  • ingram

    Pete,

    That remains to be seen.

    At the moment the inquiries act is still working and the Billy wright case is a good example of an investigation being undertaken with both hands and legs being bound together.

    HMG gets what HMG wants. In my experience.The cost is of no consequence.

    Merry Christmas Pete. You are doing a grand job.

    Ingram

  • Pete Baker

    Merry Christmas to you too, martin.

  • fair_deal

    Ingram

    “Government institutions are the principal area of investigations?”

    So did the Lawrence inquiry.

  • heck

    Come on Fair Deal you know this “cost of inquiries” line is a load of BS. british inquiries in Nor Iron are designed to hide the truth not expose it. Does the word (now a verb?) widgery mean anything to you?

    Even our resident spook, Martin Ingram, knows the government could get to the bottom of what happened if they really wanted to.

  • Secur O’Crat

    Fair Deal asked a good question that deservers a good answer. Frankly, when I saw this thread, I figured it was on the crap down South, wherein lies a tale. Where are the fearless campaigners who will move heaven and earth to get at the truth?

    I personnally think Blair should be tried at the hague for Iraq and that both Adams and Paisley deserve the worst. But I am not abig player in NI or the South, where the truth about the Stardust, never mind the Dublin etc bombings, has still to see the light of day.

    One could point to the Special Branch etc as Sinn Fein do a la Stalker but they are not the full story.

    How about an enquiry on thesewee shots:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQngDaXgUrM&mode=related&search=

    This Christmas, let us remember those they sentenced to death. Lest we forget.