Truth Is a Difficult Concept: Inside the Scott Inquiry - Richard Norton-Taylor & Mark LloydFourth Estate, 1995, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good. Lightly rubbed at the tips of the wrappers otherwise a very well presented copy.
First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Richard Norton-Taylor, the Guardian’s Whitehall correspondent, spent over a year attending the Scott Inquiry hearings into the Matrix-Churchill affair and the subsequent attempts by the Government to smooth over their alleged abuses of power.
The inquiry was a political landmark as, for the first time, Britain’s most senior politicians were publicly called to account. Under the fierce questioning of Sir Richard Scott and QC Presiley Baxendale, numerous grandees struggled to defend their role in the affair — or to distance themselves from it. John Major, Michael Heseltine, Alan Clark and Lady Thatcher: all appeared uncomfortably in the spotlight and spoke the twisted language of the over-cautious (“I misled myself”, “Truth is a very difficult concept”).
This book is a highly entertaining account of the inquiry, fully alive to all its ironies and packed with inside information and telling anecdotes. No one who is concerned about the uses and abuses of political power in this country can afford to miss it.”