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Decision makers

Title
Decision makers
Genre
Interview; Documentary; Parliamentary debate
TX Date
14 Feb 1985
Year of production
1985
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Duration
00:20:07
Description
The outcome of the trial of Clive Ponting, presented by Peter Murphy. After he was cleared of breaking the Official Secrets Act the programme looks at the political outcome of the affair of leaked documents on the Belgrano warship sinking during the Falklands War. Includes House of Commons debates between politicians on the level of influence they had during the trial, especially the role of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the original prosecution. Also hears from former Master of the Rolls Lord Denning, Tom Denning; Dr David Owen, leader of the SDP and Neil Kinnock, Labour Party leader. Engineer Dave Dawson.
Contributors
Margaret Thatcher; Peter Murphy; David Owen; Neil Kinnock; Dave Dawson; Clive Ponting; Tom Denning
Keywords
Shipwrecks; Politics; Margaret Thatcher; Right to information; Civil servants; State security; Trials; Falklands War (1982); Warships; Clive Ponting; Tam Dalyell; Wars (events); Official Secrets Act; General Belgrano

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