As part of the regulations surrounding inquiries in the UK, prospective panel members must disclose any potential interests or associations which might hinder their ability to sit on the panel.
So it was with interest that we watched Theresa May being questioned in Parliament yesterday about Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf’s letter – the now infamous letter which, we learned, had been redrafted no less than seven times by civil servants in what appeared to be an effort at playing down Fiona Woolf’s connections to Lord Brittan. If you read the letter though, it’s quite clear that Woolf mentions Lord Brittan and his family several times and clearly has a strong relationship with the Brittans, which made us wonder what on earth was contained in the original letter. It also raises serious questions about Theresa May and her willing to overlook certain considerations when trying to put together one of the most important inquiries of our time.
As is standard procedure in these kinds of inquiries, documentation stemming from the investigating generally speaking must be made available to the public, and the letters are no exception. We found them on the inquiry’s official website, gingerly titled “Letters to the Home Secretary”, rather than something more obvious like “Declarations of Interest” or “I’m clean, guv’nah.” We haven’t had a chance to read them all, but do let us know if you spot anything unusual.