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Was 7/7 an intelligence failure? We need a public inquiry, as in the US

By Peter R Neumann   December 2005

Britain has a proud tradition of public inquiries. Whether it is about food safety, childcare or institutional racism, whenever something goes wrong in government or society, the great and the good are summoned to investigate. True, commissions are sometimes ignored or swiftly forgotten, but on other occasions they have produced substantial change and uncovered many ill-practices that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. They are, in other words, part of the British system of checks and balances that holds bureaucrats accountable and improves the way government works.

It seems odd, therefore, that following the greatest terrorist atrocity in British history, calls…

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