The High Court has recently rejected an attempt for there to be a coroner's inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly in July 2003.
I think this is unfortunate.
Whilst one can have no serious doubt - on the evidence that is available - that Dr Kelly's death was suicide, there does remain dissatisfaction as to the the conduct and outcome of the Hutton Inquiry.
In particular, in those innocent pre-Leveson days, Lord Hutton and his team did not have the benefit of an understanding of the methods of the press which may perhaps have assisted in building up a more complete picture of how Dr Kelly was outed and the immediate events leading up to his death. (We now know what the mainstream media were capable of doing from the death of Milly Dowler the previous year - 2002.)
Given this, the lack of a coroner's inquest does rather seem a lost opportunity for a more detailed picture to emerge with witnesses under oath or affirmation.
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