Magazine
Latest Issue

Inquire within

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…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect