My Lords, as a polemic and a campaign document it is quite useful, but as a piece of objective academic work it is rather less convincing. I commend David Aaronovitch's article in the Times yesterday, in which he made the point that, although the body that was asked to prepare the report started with an anti-database bias,
"their report was treated as though it had emerged from a body of dispassionate academics engaged in open inquiry".
Mr Aaronovitch ends by saying:
"Perhaps in future they should try discussing these things with people who don't agree with them".