» Monday, September 27, 2004


Asked if Downing Street had had any further contact with the Bigleys, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said not since yesterday when the Prime Minister had spoken to the family and the Foreign Secretary had spoken to Ken Bigley’s wife. We did not think it would be helpful to brief on the content of those conversations other than to say, as the Prime Minister had told Sir David Frost in his interview yesterday, that everyone was impressed with the dignity of the Bigley family who were going through what was clearly a horrible ordeal. Asked for a reaction to the suggestion by Mr Bigley’s brother that the Prime Minister’s silence on the matter was effectively the ‘kiss of death’ for Mr Bigley, the PMOS said that he did not want to get drawn into a situation of response and counter-response regarding comments made by any particular relative of Mr Bigley. In general, people understood that it was necessary to adopt the position that we had – not just because we refused to get into negotiations with these particular kidnappers, but we also because it was important to bear in mind the implications for any activity carried out by hostage-takers in the future. That said, we recognised that the current situation was very difficult for Mr Bigley’s family.

Asked if Downing Street would accept that the Foreign Office could have handled the issue better, the PMOS said he did not think it would be helpful to get drawn into commenting on particular criticisms that had been put forward. The important thing was that the Foreign Office was in constant contact with the Bigley family and was doing all it could both here and in Baghdad, as you would expect.

Questioned as to whether the delegates from the Muslim Council of Britain who had visited Iraq would be debriefed on their return to the UK, the PMOS said that we were obviously in contact with them. However, it was up to them to speak about their activities, rather than us.

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  1. "We did not think it would be helpful to brief on the content…."

    "he did not want to get drawn into a situation of response and counter-response "

    "he did not think it would be helpful to get drawn into commenting"

    The best thing about democracy, the best thing of all; is the dialogue between the government and the public. Scintillating.

    Comment by Lodjer — 27 Sep 2004 on 3:09 pm | Link
  2. I hope that Mr Blair is happy now. Mr Bigley has today been murdered by his captors.

    I’d lay money on if this had been a relative of the Blairs, it would have been dealt with in a much different way.

    The fact that this man has been allowed to be tortured and murdered disgusts me. This is the human!!!! price of your bloody war Mr Blair….

    Comment by Carol Corrigan — 8 Oct 2004 on 4:43 pm | Link
  3. This has all the hallmarks of another ‘cock up’ by the coalition.

    They didn’t know where Ken was being held and their intensive bombardment of this new target appears to have frightened the captors into drastic action.

    I still think that their original intention was to keep him until closer to the UK elections.

    Comment by Roger Huffadine — 8 Oct 2004 on 6:31 pm | Link

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