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ガーデイアン：似非紳士朝日が飛びついたかケリーtook his own life表現なれど微妙なり。
しかし、それでも、調査委員会の名称は、Hutton inquiry into David Kelly's deathであって、「自殺の調査」ではない。
Special report: David Kelly
Blair returns to face tough questions
Friday August 22, 2003
Tony Blair arrived back in Britain today from his three-week family holiday in the Caribbean, facing tough questioning from Hutton inquiry into David Kelly's death.
The prime minister touched down at London's Gatwick airport with his wife, Cherie, and their four children. He will spend the weekend at Chequers, preparing for his unprecedented appearance before Lord Hutton next Thursday.
Mr Blair's return from Barbados came hours after the Hutton inquiry took an extraordinary and chilling twist when it emerged that Dr Kelly had predicted his own death six months ago.
The weapons scientist at the centre of Downing Street's row with the BBC told British diplomat David Broucher in February that he would probably be "found dead in the woods" if Iraq was invaded.
The revelation sheds light on Dr Kelly's state of mind five months before he took his own life in woodland near his Oxfordshire home.
The PM and his embattled defence secretary, Geoff Hoon, who will appear before the inquiry next week, face questions on whether the government's dossier was "sexed-up" and on their roles in the identification of Dr Kelly.
Mr Blair also returns to a deepening security crisis in Iraq after the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad on Tuesday which left 23 dead, including British UN official Fiona Watson.
Amid calls for more troops to be sent to the country, the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, was meeting UN secretary general Kofi Annan in New York today to discuss widening the role of the UN in Iraq.
During Mr Blair's three weeks away, Downing Street has been hit by a series of revelations thrown up by the inquiry, as well as the embarrassment of remarks made by his official spokesman, Tom Kelly, that Dr Kelly was a "Walter Mitty" fantasist.
As pictures of a tanned Mr Blair swimming in the Caribbean appeared on newspaper front pages back home, No 10 came under fire over the spokesman's comments, made in an off-the-record briefing to a journalist before the Hutton inquiry had even begun.
Once the inquiry got under way, the paper trail of evidence relating to Dr Kelly's death reached Mr Blair himself.
It emerged that his chief of staff and close aide, Jonathan Powell, had warned on September 17 that it would be wrong for Mr Blair to claim in the government's dossier that Iraq posed an "imminent threat" to the world.
A week later Mr Blair, presenting the dossier to the Commons, said that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programme was "up and running now".
Hundreds of people are expected to queue outside the royal courts of justice to catch a glimpse of the prime minister taking the witness stand to face examination by counsel for the inquiry James Dingemans QC and Lord Hutton.
The intense scrutiny will be a far cry from the privacy of Cliff Richard's ｣3m villa, where Mr Blair and his family spent their holiday.
According to passengers on the Blairs' British Airways flight, which touched down this morning, the family travelled economy class, although their front row seats in the cabin ensured they had more leg room than their fellow travellers.
Livingstone and Janet Prescott, who travelled to the island and back with their children on the same flights as the Blairs, said the family had mainly "kept themselves to themselves" with only one or two other passengers attempting to talk to them.
Mr Prescott, a 51-year-old builder from Forest Gate, east London, said: "It should happen that they travel with everyone else."
Jokingly, he added: "I was going to harass him on the way back but in the end I thought I'd better let them have some time to themselves. He was on holiday and everybody deserves a break from work."