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It's been a few days now since I watched your programme on Alan. I feel so angry at the travesty of his case. This is the first time I have even visited the BBC website, I wanted to know the latest on his situation. I keep thinking of the near obvious injustice and am incensed at the authorities face saving stubbornness when refusing to clear his name. I hope Panorama has changed this.
1. The standard for proving fingerprints in court has been 16 points for almost the entire history of their being used. In a recent case (1998 - easy to find) the CA said that 10 points was enough and as low as 8 could be justified depending on the circs.
2. The National computerised fingerprint database being compiled at the moment is based on 10 points.
3. International experts say that it is now possible to use computer techniques to do searches based on perfect matching which can then be checked by human experts.
4. A chief constable on a BBC crime programme (hosted by Anne Robinson in late 2000 I think) has said that perfect matching should be used.
This info is (or should be) known to every criminal lawyer. I would have thought an erosion into the standard of fingerprint evidence would be of some relevance to your story and been investigated unless that wasn't what your story was actually about.
Comments on Prosecution Counsel's comments:
1. 27 points is pretty good, in fact surprising these days, but I suppose they had to nail the print more than usual in this case, but not perfect matching.
2. If there was no "background" on the lift with the householder's print then wasn't it more likely not to be a lift from the jewellery box (given other expert evidence). Still may be the vase - but that's still a SOCO cock-up.
3. Was there an attempt at chemical analysis of the back of the lifts (there may not have been any or enough) to see if it matched varnish or paint to identify where it came, or didn't come, from?
I write to rebuff, point by point, the arguments put forward in the letter from the prosecuting counsel in the McNamara case.
The remarks about the points of identification raised by Mr Stuttard, are simply irrelevant. Nobody contests the fact that the print in question came from Mr McNamara. Nobody, as far as I am aware, is suggesting that Mr Birchall "fit-up" Mr McNamara. The suggestions made in the Panorama programme were that: (i) fingerprint experts are human and therefore fallible; (ii) some fingerprint experts are reluctant to admit their fallibility. If Mr Birchall did take the fingerprint in question from the jewellery box, then it ought to be possible for him, or someone else, to produce a similar print (with all the appearance of having come from a smooth curved surface) from the top surface of the jewellery box. If Mr Birchall cannot produce such a print, than this throws reasonable doubt on his claims about the origin of the fingerprint. There were, according to the Panorama programme, four vases in the house. Had they all been "in the householder's possession for many years"? The presence of the householder's print strongly suggests that object from which the lift was obtained came from the house. The presence of this print does not, however, make this explanation conclusive or an alternative explanation "impossible". Mr McNamara and the householder could have both touched an object outside the house. Even if the print did come from the house (which, I concede, in all probability it did) it cannot safely did concluded that "The rest follows". All that follows is that Mr McNamara must, at some stage, have touched one of the objects that Mr Birchall later tested in the house.
There are further questions that have not, to my knowledge, been raised so far. As Mr Stuttard points out, we have a 100 years' experience of fingerprint evidence. Most people planning a burglary take the simple precaution of wearing gloves. If Mr McNamara was stupid enough to burgle the house in question without gloves, why are there no other prints from him? If he did wear gloves, why did he take them off to touch the top of the jewellery case?
I have no way of knowing for certain whether or not Mr McNamara is guilty, but the evidence shown in the Panorama programme raises reasonable doubts. Mr Stuttard's letter does absolutely nothing to assuage those doubts.
Thank you Panorama for initiating a meaningful public debate about fingerprinting.
It is important that all sides of the debate contribute and independent expert Malcolm Graham¿s contribution highlights some serious issues.
He has identified what I call the "Elephant is a Rhinoceros School of Fingerprinting".
While a small and select group these so called "independent experts" are extremely dangerous in that they can help commit innocent persons to jail and destroy any hopes they might have had of finding justice.
I suggest that some independent experts in the UK are resting on past glories, real or imagined, and have failed to keep up to date with current developments and training.
Even if they are technically competent their previous service often aligns them philosophically and culturally to the Police.
They are consciously or unconsciously motivated by personal conviction about what is right and wrong. Scientific facts are bent to their convictions.
They feel safe and secure in a culture of arrogance, complacency and infallibility that threatens every suspect seeking a defence.
They also threaten the majority of experts whose honesty and integrity is not in doubt.
For those interested in further information on the current fingerprinting debate can I recommend the websites www.cplex.com and www.onin.com
Here you will see the names of the 170 world experts - including heads of national bureaux - who recently sent a statement to the Scottish Justice Minister pointing out that the Scottish Criminal Records Office was wrong in identifying my daughter's print.
"There are so many basic differences of a primary nature both in detail, location and relations between the two compared prints that we are astonished that any qualified expert or even an unqualified trainee could deliver a conclusion of identity."
The "Elephant is a Rhinoceros School" is indeed alive and well.
I am interested in Mr Graham¿s opinion. I have examined the property and the actual marks in the McKie and the Asbury case. I am astonished that a so-called expert can make such a judgement. I am a qualified forensic scene examiner, forensic ridgeologist and a fingerprint expert. I also taught all these disciplines. I actually showed the two marks in question to many students, some with only 6 weeks training, and they all found the marks not identical. The mark identified for Shirley McKie (her left thumb identified by SCRO) was not made from any digit on the left hand. If Mr Graham cared to look at the scene examiner¿s documentation, he would have found that Shirley McKie would have had to be a contortionist to leave her left thumb in that position. As for the other mark on the biscuit tin, it¿s not even close. Most of the lines in the charting are wrong and point to nothing. I assure you Mr Graham, that there are now over 160 experts from all over the world. Their qualifications vary, but at least they all come to the same conclusions. It's no good saying they have not seen the originals, because Pat Wertheim and myself have shown copies of the originals to experts all over the world. I have given evidence to Her Majesty's Inspectorate in Edinburgh and the official investigation team. These four experts should be made accountable. SCRO must apologise. There has been a conspiracy, and I know that you do not have all the facts. There are no opinions about these marks, they are not identical and that is a fact.
Very good programme but I think you have missed the point. The fingerprint is McNamara's, therefore the fingerprint expert has done his/her job and identified the crime mark. What you should be reporting on is the other evidence that was said at the trail. I presume that the owner give evidence. Did they watch the scenes of crime officer lift the mark? How long had they owned the jewellery box and where was it bought from? Had it been cleaned since it was bought, therefore the print would have cleaned away? Did they show the soco which vase was touched as I wouldn't want powder to be put on items that hadn't be handled by the thief. Also regarding all the comments saying that the police should have more evidence than a fingerprint to get a conviction, a fingerprint is unique and conclusive whereas DNA is not (identical twins have the same DNA). The killer of Sarah Payne was convicted by a single fibre. Until we are in possession of the full facts of the trail, which the appeal judges would have been, we have to believe that the jury has got it right. Remember, jails are full of guilty men pleading their innocence.
Arthur, you're right. The conviction of an innocent man is the worst of all miscarriages of justice. Your efforts in trying to prevent these in your professional life are applauded. The fact remains though that for many years now the British legal system is seen by those it seeks to represent at best as second rate and at worst an out-dated farce. All too often the police and criminal justice system are exposed for serious short comings. The Birmingham six, the Guildford four, the corruption of the West Midlands Force throughout the 1970's. These are the high profile examples of what has gone wrong. To many, the possibility of such cases happening again will come as no surprise at all. The fact is Arthur most prosecuting counsel not see it as their purpose to seek the truth. It's not their job. They represent the CPS to secure a conviction on the evidence they have, or don't have. That's why Juries return not guilty verdicts.
I am sorry to read most of the comments on this page. Why does everyone keep having a go at our police? If your house was burgled, who would you call? If somebody attacked or threatened you, who would you phone? If a member of you family was murdered, who would find the culprit? Who was it that sorted out the last train crash, carried away the bodies and bits of body, and who was it who looked after the relatives. That's right, it was the police. Come on, give them a break!!!
As Shirley McKie's father I must declare a vested interest in your excellent programme.
Justice is infallible. It always punishes the guilty and never ever locks up the innocents. It is incorruptible, efficient and fair. We have judges, sheriffs, Advocate Deputes, procurators fiscal, police, forensic experts and the honourable, unselfish solicitors who represent the charged in a court of law all acting in the "public interest".
The Shirley McKie case in Scotland is even more disturbing than that which your viewers comment on since, in that case there is no other evidence on which to convict other than the false identification of one fingerprint.
Shelley Jofre and her crew trot out yet another heavily biased programme more akin to light entertainment than serious journalism. As a resident of the fair city of Manchester I well remember that the Manchester Evening News carried stories regarding the erroneous identification of Stephen Wallace and another. In both cases GMP readily admitted the mistakes and apologised to those involved.
Following such mistakes it is not unusual for an organisation to review procedures and for heads to roll. This I assume will have been the case in Manchester's Fingerprint Department.
As one who has been the victim of the BBC in terms of having an interview I did for them heavily edited and in the process the points I was trying to get across were hugely misrepresented, it is of no surprise to me that the Head of the Manchester Fingerprint Unit refused to give an interview.
The two mistaken identifications were quite simply that. Extremely unfortunate mistakes.
What was not reinforced by the Panorama team was that i) the Alan McNamara case is in no way linked to the McKie case, ii) the Alan McNamara case is in no way linked to the two erroneous identifications (Wallace & another) and iii) the Alan McNamara case does not concern an impression which has been wrongly identified. Even the defence experts Alan Bayle and Pat Wertheim are in agreement with the identification.
The linking of unrelated cases by Ms Jofre is unprofessional , immoral and dangerous. Her failure to mention that the dispute in the McNamara case centres around where the impression was lifted from rather than its undisputed donor illustrates that she is either very naive about this subject matter or has a genuine interest in seeing a miscarriage of justice take place.
That said, British justice tends to take place in front of a Judge and Jury where all the available evidence is at hand. Witnesses are cross examined and if necessary re-examined.
The mention of Freemasons fascinates me for, as the Officer in Charge of the Portsmouth City Police for many years, the two previous heads were leading Freemasons. Additionally, at least three Detective Constables were Masons - and there were only 5 or 6 of us in the Branch! Makes me think, in hindsight. But one thing is certain and it is that I ALWAYS ensured that all fingerprints were photographs and NEVER lifted - even on drainpipes 4 floors up and on window sills. Marks on smaller items resulted in the item itself - as with that in this case - being brought to Police HQ and secured in locked cabinets - one for each Fingerprint Officer - until the mark was eliminated or identified. They were NEVER lifted for, apart from anything else, they can be mixed up when one Duty Officer is visiting several crimes during the morning, going from one to another. He may put his "lifts" in a pocket of a case but what happens when they get mixed up, as easily can happen?
I watched your programme with interest. I cannot comment on the English case, other than to say that 2½ years seems a very long sentence for a person with only one previous minor conviction who committed only one case of burglary. If that is the case he seems to have been rather harshly treated.
How re-assuring that Arthur Stuttard, the prosecuting counsel, has commented on the programme, the first person with an interest in the prosecution to do so.
Having been closely briefed on the McNamara case from the beginning and having read the judge's summing up I find the conclusions of the prosecutor Mr Stuttard truly stunning.
I waited for more evidence other than the finger print and yes, feel like many that this man is not guilty based on the information supplied in the programme. However this was selective, where was he at the time of this break-in ? Until we have more details we cannot be certain of his innocence. If all the evidence is down to this one print then it is suspect. Judges are dealing with hundreds of such cases each year so I expect they become detached from reality.
It's a disgrace
Having just seen the programme, I am astonished at its findings on two counts.
I cannot believe that a person can be tried, convicted and sentenced on one single piece of questionable evidence without any corroboration.
Secondly, I am amazed that a judge is allowed to refuse an appeal when the one and only piece of evidence supporting the conviction is found to be unreliable by other expert witnesses. It appears that the legal system and those that operate it are deemed to be beyond reproach and their judgements are not allowed to be questioned. It is a scandal.
The main reason why this kind of thing happens is that getting a conviction is the motivation, not getting the truth. Once convicted the prisoner is worth £26,000 a year to the prison service.
Whatever happened to the onus for proof being beyond reasonable doubt in a criminal case? How can someone be convicted without any corroborating facts and circumstances linking him to the crime, other than one disputed fingerprint? Or were there other facts that the programme did not show? It looks like a total travesty of justice.
What utter rubbish! Emotional blackmail, biased reporting and subversive editing as usual. I expect nothing less from Panorama. If this is the sort of soap opera nonsense that passes for journalism these days then perhaps Ms Jofre could write scripts for EastEnders!!
Where is Alan McNamara's MP, or doesn't he/she want to get involved with the release of a so-called criminal?
FREE ALAN MCNAMARA NOW!!!
The programme missed several important facts. I was a SOCO for 30 years and the members of staff made an error that many still do throughout the UK.
I trust that the BBC will be encouraging this case to be urgently reviewed so that Mr McNamara can get back to his family. I had little faith in the Police, and this blatant show of injustice has done nothing to change my view. In some cases, it seems that "trial by TV" may be preferable to trial by a judge.
I was saddened to see earlier this evening your programme concerning Alan McNamara and the convincing information presented concerning the evidence that lead to his conviction. It appeared to me as a layman that there was now incontrovertible evidence from your experts to demonstrate that the original conviction was flawed. Apart from a youthful misdemeanour when he was fined £50 some twenty or so years ago it would appear that this man has lead an industrious life. Without this conviction I assume he would still be free today if the police authority had not retained his earlier records.
Having followed and written about this case from its outset, it is very worrying that the obvious and sensible resolution has still not been achieved. What can one say about a "justice system" that is more interested in "closing ranks" than admitting it might have made a terrible mistake and an apparent lack of concern for the subsequent destruction of a family?
Equally disturbing are the comments on this page by the case prosecutor Stuttard, who, although one would hope was an intelligent man, seems to have completely failed to grasp the issues the programme sought to raise
The police do not care as long as they have someone locked up for the crime. No matter if you have not done wrong. They will never say sorry. I know - they locked me up last year, put my family in hell, found I had not done what they said I had done, let me out and to this day never said sorry. I will never help them ever again, I will just turn my back on anything I see.
What can the viewers of tonight's Panorama do to help people like Alan who haven't received justice?
After seeing this programme I find it totally disgusting that a man like Alan is still in jail, when it is very clear he is innocent. It just goes to show that this government and its police force are just doing what we all know they do: doctoring figures to make it look good. This man is innocent and should be released now. The police force in question should be investigated for " crime fixing". I feel sorry for Alan's family... I am ashamed to be a part of country which will not hold its hands up when it's been found to be wrong, and in this case they are very very wrong...
Regarding "Fingerprints on Trial", why has not Alan's case been put before the Criminal Cases Review Board?
This is an appalling scandal. An innocent man and his family are suffering - eventually the establishment (in this case Manchester Police)will have to answer for it. BUT only if the rest of us keep on and on at them.
If citizens of this country could be treated by the justice system so unfairly what about the foreigners?
It is a travesty of justice that Alan McNamara should have to remain in prison despite significant new expert evidence in his case. How many innocent people will have to suffer before this disgraceful fingerprint verification system changes and the so called experts become accountable for the lives they damage?
I was amazed to watch this programme and realise at the end that he is still behind bars. How are we as British Citizens supposed to have any faith in our Justice system when evidence is available to prove that he is innocent is totally ignored - not even given a chance to present the evidence at an appeal? There should be some system in place to ensure that this is not able to happen now or in the future. I think it's appalling and frightening to see what is happening to him and that could be any one of us in the same position.
It sounds to me like Freemasons in the justice system are standing up for one another in this case and just trying to extort money from a hard worker.
I am a retire RAF officer, originating from Bolton Lancs., with 39 years' service for the MOD. Like the McNamaras, I have always believed in the fairness of British justice and assumed that it would be impossible for a totally innocent person to be convicted of a serious crime on the basis of a single evidence criterion. I support the police wholeheartedly and my 17-year-old son is on the point of joining the local police cadet force.
I am amazed that the judge did not see fit to grant an appeal to Mr McNamara. The evidence appears to me to be overwhelming that he should be freed. I am appalled that such a miscarriage of justice can be made in this day and age when surely fingerprints should be able to be superimposed via computer graphics so that there can be no error.
The programme on fingerprints highlights a serious ethical problem about official experts. The Council for Registration of Forensic Practitioners hopes to prevent anyone but registered expert from being allowed to give evidence. Independent experts are concerned about this attempt to control evidence. It may be contrary to section 6 of the human rights act.
I was prosecuting counsel in the McNamara Case which featured on Panorama. I am an independent member of the Bar with 34 years experience. I both prosecute and defend. In fact, I probably defend more than I prosecute. The last thing I would want is to see an innocent man punished for an offence which he had not committed. This is the worst of all miscarriages of justice and my professional life has been dedicated to trying to prevent it happening.
Your presentation of the McNamara case was, needless to say, one-sided. Essentially the case was not about fingerprints, it was about the integrity of the Scenes of Crime Officer, Mr. Birchall. Everybody (including the Defence experts) was convinced the fingerprint in question was the Defendant's. It had 27 points of identification (more according to Pat Wertheim) whereas then only 16 were needed (and now 8). It was agreed by everybody that it had not been transplanted from elsewhere - the experts would have been able to detect that. Mr. Birchall gave evidence that he had taken 2 lifts from the house - one (which was not the Defendant's) from a vase which had been in the householder's possession for many years, and the other from the jewellery box. He had taken one lift, transferred it to acetate, labelled it, and then taken the other. He did not know the Defendant from Adam and had never met him. The Defendant was only revealed as a possible suspect when a match was found by the computer (and confirmed by all the experts). The fingerprint could only have come from the burgled house. There is no room for any conspiracy theory. Mr. Birchall had no opportunity or motive to "fit up" Alan McNamara.
If fingerprint evidence is worth anything, and 100 years of experience have shown us that no two people have the same fingerprint, then Alan McNamara, as the jury found, is unfortunately guilty. While it is for the Prosecution to prove his guilt so that a jury can be sure, there was only his evidence that he had never been in the burgled house.
Unfortunately it is not unknown for criminals to tell lies when faced with the consequences of their deeds.
As Sherlock Holmes said to Dr. Watson: "First of all eliminate the impossible; whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth". In this case, it was impossible for the fingerprint to have come from anywhere other than the house. The rest follows.
I watched the programme about Alan McNamara and would like to say that I was appalled at the treatment of this man and the psychological impact the whole case has had on his family. It is very frightening to think that the system in which we put so much trust and admiration can be so badly flawed. Something must be done to stop this happening to other innocent people in society.
What rubbish! These so-called experts are afraid of losing face. This man should be freed immediately and compensated for his suffering. The people responsible should be severely reprimanded and made to pay from their own pockets and not from the public purse.
How many other Alan McNamaras are there in our prisons?
I would like to register my support to Alan McNamara and his family. I am horrified that he has been convicted on such flimsy and obviously controversial evidence and that no appeal has been granted. I can only begin to imagine what his poor family must be going through and I would like to commend all of them for their efforts in keeping his business going. He is lucky to have such supportive people around him and no doubt this is one of the few things which has kept in sane through out this ordeal. Please let me know if there is any petition organised to have Alan's appeal reappraised and where do I go to add my name to it?
Having watched the documentary I feel very angry and saddened by this travesty of justice. Our legal system is full of inadequate old has-beens that are so full of their own importance and so far removed from reality that they use the law as their shield. SHAME ON THEM. This mans life lies in ruins and no-one will give comments. WHY ? This man is INNOCENT and no-one will listen. WHY ? The answer is the system is so old and antiquated and wrapped up in property that stealing money is more serious than rape. That's why. The legal system has raped this family and they should be put on trial for that!
This issue regarding evidence of fingerprints and other evidence is simple. The system is oppressive and juries as members of the public are over confident in the system. There are many innocent men in the dock and people think because they are in the dock they must be guilty. It is not always best to believe the police - after all they are building the case against you and want a result.
This program highlights why many people have no confidence in the police service. The recent institutional racism charge, now accepted but unaddressed by the police, stands next to the one of institutional arrogance. Unfortunately it is no surprise that the closed shop of "experts" called upon in these cases is completely unaccountable.
Who judges the judges when they put innocent people behind bars? How do innocent victims of the justice system obtain justice from the same system? Why is true justice still a goal and not a reality? Justice should not depend on the subjective, subconscious feelings and opinions of judges and magistrates, or juries. Justice should depend on facts and reality only.
After seeing the programme, I was shocked to see that a so-called justice system could be so wrong. I, from my own experience, have found that it is a waste of time talking to your local MP, because you have a issue with the justice system and it means that they have to work. You can only get results if you are offering a corporate deal.
This seems to be yet another in a long line of human tragedies caused by the British Justice (sic) system.
It appears to me that the whole fingerprinting fraternity has a Masonic-like shroud of secrecy and to hell with anyone who is unfortunate enough to be at their mercy. I hope this man will be freed soon and receive the largest amount of compensation because he and his family have suffered beyond belief.
People will always plead their innocence to the very end.
I was shocked to see what had happened. What amazed me was how the system can be proved wrong but no one will take any notice. What is wrong with our laws and the courts?
I found the program very interesting, having suffered something very similar myself. I am at present fighting to clear my name, and know how hard it is, even with the help of several members of the House of Lords in my corner.
Shocking! This is an example of sloppy detective work, and the police are getting away with it every day. Too busy waiting for a crime to happen, instead of doing their job properly. I hope Alan can clear his name and should sue for the money it costs him to do so.
This is an outrage. How can these lives be ruined by our out-of-date and poorly-managed (crown prosecution) judicial system?
I think this should be brought before Parliament - if not, even the European courts. If not only to help this poor family, but also to protect the rest of the population, we could be NEXT.
We must do something about this... it could happen to anyone of us. The law MUST be accountable to the people it serves. Can't we draw up a petition?
Well done on your expose, but I am amazed that the there was not one mention of the proportion of Masons in the police fingerprinting departments, and that being a very good point to explore when one is talking about the "closed shop" mentality.
I think its about time these so called fingerprint people should be put on trial themselves for giving wrong accusations. I was put in a cell two years ago for swearing at a police officer. I was only there for two hours but my fingerprints were taken. Is there any way you can get your fingerprints removed from the police files?
I cannot imagine the suffering and anguish of a man like Mr McNamara, innocent and yet languishing in jail. To spend one day without your liberty for something you did not do must be amongst the worst things that can happen to a person. And without question there must be countless others in his position.
The police and justice system in this case are corrupt and arrogant and I hope that when he does clear his name, they are forced to pay him a significant amount of money for their gross incompetence and dishonesty.
My best wishes to his family.
I am amazed and incensed by the failure of the legal system to deal with this case sensibly. Can't the Official Solicitor step in and take action to have him released pending appeal?
If an "expert" is shown to have given grossly misleading evidence, which could be construed as professional negligence, why cannot that "expert" be prosecuted for perverting the course of justice?
Excellent programme; I am appalled that Alan McNamara was convicted and remains in prison.
Congratulations on an excellent and brave programme highlighting a flawed and, above all, complacent and arrogant "justice" system. The fact that none of the so-called experts had the guts to contribute proves that they know they are in the wrong but don't care.
It has always been known that fingerprints are not 100% reliable as evidence. How long before we start seeing cases involving DNA? And how long after ID smart cards are introduced with fingerprints and DNA records will it be before more innocent people are arrested for crimes they did not commit?
After watching the programme I was appalled at how this man had been treated. The legal system needs changing to stop this kind of thing from happening. Any fool sorry, I mean Judge, could see that this man is plainly innocent and one of them should come forward and admit there has been a mistake, and this poor man and his family highly compensated for their lost time together!
Why doesn't the BBC stop wasting licence payers' money on criminals and actually start investigating issues which are of relevance to the general law-abiding population ?
Very informative programme. I saw the previous programme to do with this poor chap.
My heart goes out to him and his family as I believe him to be completely innocent.
I think the reason the authorities are not backing down is because if they admit there are flaws in fingerprint evidence then it would damage the one thing that has been trusted for so long.
And having recently read on BBC News Online about somebody using household products to make false finger prints there maybe more trouble in the future.
It's unbelievable that the British justice system got it so wrong on this occasion! I felt so sorry for that poor little girl when her Daddy's phone card ran out and the phone just went dead. I hope he wins his appeal and takes the justice system for everything he can get!
Suggest the McManarras sue the arresting officer for falsifying evidence. Also sue the Chief Constable. If they succeed, this should assist clearing McNamarra's name
Despicable behaviour on the part of the police, "experts" and the judge who refused the appeal. Nothing will change until people like these are made accountable for their actions, personally. When they know what the consequences might be, they might think twice about falsely imprisoning an innocent man.
Watched your programme with interest and found it totally unbelievable that this could happen within the British justice system!
Just one more case of total injustice in this country.
The British justice system stinks.
Appalling. And they say we live in a just society.
Sensationalist, biased and unfair - as per normal from BBC Panorama. You probably didn't even do Mr McNamara justice.
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