"It was happening below my eyesight level."
             (Sir Robin Butler, Cabinet Secretary, 1995
              to the Scott Inquiry on arms sales to Iraq.)

Sir Robin Butler,
Thought half-answers subtler,
When arms sold to Iraq were denied.

Half-deaf to invoices,
He's the half-witted's choice as
Best fitted to discover who lied:

For .....

Robin, Lord Butler,
Than Hutton, much subtler,
Teamed with Howard and Chilcot and Inge,

Could arrange with his Mates,
That they'd Taylor debates,
In half-hope that the voters wont winge.

                    (Apologies to Anon. - India 1870s)