An interesting article in the Times today. Whitehall has lately sprung more leaks than a body-piercer's waterbed. This is clearly because of the massive damage caused by the Hutton and Butler inquiries (ignore the Hutton report, just read the evidence) to trust in government and in institutions that will outlast Bliar's tenure in Downing Street. The hamsters who turn the wheels of power (my copyrighted metaphor! )are unhappy at what has gone on in the past and won't simply run on blindly any longer. I suspect that any attempt at an Iraq re-run elsewhere (Iran, Syria) would be firmly nipped in the bud by future leaks. If the evidence emails and minutes produced by Hutton and Butler had been leaked in the runup to Iraq, I doubt the war would have happened. The New Statesman might as well be added to the distribution list of embarrasing documents.