From the TUC

Public Sector Efficiencies and WMDs

09 Apr 2010, By

On February 5th 2003, Colin Powell the then US Secretary of State presented evidence to the UN National Security Council which he believed showed that ‘there can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and the capability to reproduce many, many more.”  Just to emphasise his point he also stated that there was no doubt in his mind that Saddam Hussein was working to produce nuclear weapons.

Well, we all know what happened next.  Iraq was invaded and the WMDs didn’t exist.  Powell was to say later that his presentation to the UN was a ‘blot on his record’.  

All of this came to mind when I heard this morning the latest ‘evidence’ from Sir Peter Gershon on how £12 billion can be found from ‘efficiencies’ in the public sector.

The tragedy of the Iraqi WMD fiasco taught me to be sceptical when experts are wheeled out to present evidence in support of preconceived and politically motivated assertions and beliefs. 

Colin Powell was a 4 star US General, respected across the world.  But he was wrong on Iraq WMDs – his evidence was flawed – they didn’t exist.

I think the same applies to Sir Peter’s £12 billion.

Colin Powell with 'proof' that Iraq has WMDs

Colin Powell with 'proof' that Iraq has WMDs