IN OCTOBER 2000 Sir Ronald Waterhouse agreed to meet Paddy French, then a journalist with the Wales This Week current affairs programme at HTV in Cardiff.
French had asked for an off-the-record briefing from the retired judge but did not specify the issues he wanted to talk about.
The meeting took place at Sir Ronald’s home in the village of Walford near Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire.
Sir Ronald agreed to the discussion, as he put it later, because he wanted “to ease your labours as far as possible in a friendly fashion by providing answers to any queries that you had that could be dealt with quickly.”
But French had not come for a friendly chat — instead over the course of the three-hour meeting he delivered a detailed critique of the work of the Tribunal.
The following year French sent Sir Ronald a long letter summarising the conversation.
Sir Ronald replied the next day.
This article is based on this correspondence.
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The Editor is the Irish-born journalist Paddy French. He was a current affairs producer on the ITV Wales current affairs strand Wales This Week for nearly ten years.