Note in the following article that the Conservative leader, Mr. Howard, did not call for inquiry into "what happened on July 7" but on what went wrong "before" that date. It appears that nobody wants an inquiry into what actually happened during that day. This disinterest echoes the refusal of the U.S. government to allow an inquiry into the events of September 11, 2001. The first inquiry (by a Congressional Committee) was asked to limit its inquiry into "what went wrong" before the attacks. No proper criminal investigation of 9/11 took place at all.
Howard’s call for an inquiry angers PM
By Toby Helm, Chief Political Correspondent
Tony Blair rounded on Michael Howard, the Conservative leader, yesterday for calling for a thorough inquiry into "what went wrong" before the London bombings.
Senior Downing Street officials said the Prime Minister was incensed by Mr Howard’s suggestion, which he believed implied a lack of faith in the security services. The services had "done everything possible" to prevent such attacks.
"It would also be a ludicrous diversion," said a source close to Mr Blair. "He says he will have nothing of it."
The Prime Minister believes that, with intense police and security service investigations going on to find those responsible, a separate Government inquiry would waste time and resources at a crucial time.
"It would simply be wrong," the official said.
Mr Howard said yesterday that it was too early to say if the Government or security services had made mistakes. But he repeated his demand for an inquiry.
"The inquiry we have asked for is an inquiry into what happened, what went wrong," the Tory leader told the BBC News 24 Sunday programme.
"Clearly in an ideal world we would have been able to prevent this dreadful attack and we were not able to do that.
"It is not to say that was anybody’s fault. We cannot achieve a guarantee of total immunity from these attacks in today’s world."
Mr Blair will make a statement to the Commons today on the bombings and another on the outcome of last week’s G8 summit in Gleneagles.
Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, said the terrorists could strike again if they were not caught. He said the public should expect more threats, similar to that which led to the evacuation of 20,000 people from the centre of Birmingham on Saturday.