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What's the public's verdict on Hutton?
Following the publication of Lord Hutton's report, BBC News Online asked a selection of people taken at random from around the UK what they made of his findings.

Pete Rignall, 39
BT product manager from Bristol
Pete Rignall
"It smacks of a whitewash, although this is probably very cynical.

Things have moved towards the BBC being wrong.

There is still a lot for the government to answer and I can't believe they haven't fudged it.

There was a lot originally about the 45 minutes claim and the influence on the releasing of Dr Kelly's name.

I am not convinced. The BBC have been given a hard time.

Eunah Shin, 18
From Glasgow
Eunah Shin
At the end of the day, the government isn't going to take the blame for Dr Kelly's death.

Andrew Gilligan works for the BBC so it will be blamed for employing someone who has produced an inaccurate story.

The BBC's reputation will suffer too.

It would make me think twice about BBC reports in the future.

Janet Vernon, 43
From Plymouth
Janet Vernon
I still trust the BBC and if I saw a documentary by the BBC now, I would think no different of it than if I had seen it six years ago.

If they knew Andrew Gilligan was a loose cannon, perhaps they should have kept a closer eye on him.

The BBC editors should have seen the story before it was broadcast, but I think that even if they had, it would not have made any difference, it would still have been broadcast.

The government knew the 45-minute claim was rubbish, but they went along with it because they wanted to stick with George Bush.

The government will do almost anything to keep the US onside.

Clive Burnip, 59
Civil servant from Doncaster
Clive Burnip
There seems to be a huge amount of corruption at the top.

They all look after themselves.

I would rather trust the BBC than the politicians.

Somebody had to be the scapegoat, and it looks like it was the BBC.

Heidi Tidow, 23
Student at Leeds Metropolitan University
Heidi Tidow
I don't think they (Hutton or the government) should put the responsibility for what happened on somebody else.

I would always trust the BBC, to be honest, I'm not a big supporter of the government anyway.

I don't think you'd find many people who would trust the government on this one, having gone to war and ignoring opinions.

Fiona McIntosh, 32
PR worker from London
Fiona McIntosh, 32
It seems ironic that Tony Blair has got off scot-free especially just after he got his 'five votes'.

I do think it would be a shame if investigative journalism took a knock back - the BBC have been heavily criticised.

It's been a long running thing and I think the BBC reacted badly at first.

But they had to trust their sources, which they should continue to do.

It would be a shame if they were stopped from doing all the good work they have done before.




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