Just a day after Jack Straw uses a veto to block the release of the Iraq Minutes to the British public we learn of yet another occaision where what Jack Straw says and what Jack Straw does are not necisarily the same thing.
Just read the following:
In a statement to MPs that will reignite the row over “extraordinary rendition”, Mr Hutton said officials had been aware of the incident in 2004.
The case was also featured in papers that went in front of then Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and Home Secretary Charles Clarke.
The disclosures contradict Government claims that Britain has never been complicit with extraordinary rendition, whereby detainees are transferred to states where torture is legal.
Now do you still believe Jack Straw or any member of the current government should be able to veto the release of their records and minutes?
In case you are still not convinced, remember this is the same Jack Straw who, along with Tony Blair, catagorically deny to parliment and the British public that American Extraordinary Rendition flights had ever used British airports or military facilities, only to have David Millband contradict him completely in the spring of last year!
So in a few short years New Labour has managed to say “we’re all for freedom of information, we do not allow extraordinary rendition, and we do not help others carry out extraordinary rendition” party and do completely the opposite!