The Non-Investigation – Who Was Werritty?

by craig on February 9, 2012 12:51 pm in Uncategorized

I have discovered unpublished criteria used to compile Gus O’Donnell’s official “report” into the Fox/Werritty affair. I was told this yesterday by the office of the Permanent Under Secretary in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Werritty’s meetings with foreign or British officials abroad were included. Meetings which occurred in the UK were only included if Fox and Werritty were both present.

Meetings which Werritty held with UK government officials in the UK were excluded where Fox was not present.

It is frankly incredible that a report, ostensibly into whether Werritty had undue influence and access, would deliberately omit the facts of how much influence and access Werritty actually had.

The Matthew Gould meetings may be only the tip of the iceberg. What meetings did Werritty have with other senior FCO officials, with MI6 officials and with MOD officials?

Werritty’s access really was quite astonishing. As the Werritty/Gould email correspondence I published yesterday showed, he was able to get the Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary to meet him one and one, without even giving an explanation of what he wanted. 99.9999% of taxpayers could not get a private meeting with the FCO’s Principal Private Secretary even with an explanation of why they wanted it.

I have been trying to think how to get over to you how difficult this is. Let me try it this way – Richard Branson could probably get such a meeting without explanation, Richard Dawkins probably could not. The vast majority of retired Ambassadors could not get such a meeting. The vast majority of paid lobbyists and think tank employees could not casually get such a meeting without explanation. I could not get such a meeting.

Yet officially Werritty was nothing but a paid lobbyist, the sole employee of an obscure neo-con think tank. But he could get that level of access under both New Labour and the Tories. How and why?

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70 Comments

  1. “Richard Dawkins probably could not”
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    But isn’t that just because Dawkins doesn’t believe in GoD?

  2. Branson could definitely get a meeting. His Virgin Green Fund is one of British Water’s partners in their new joint enterprise with Israel on their MATIMOP water project. British Water did not issue a press release. They left that to the Israelis. http://www.embassyofisrael.co.uk/news/in-the-media/british-water-and-israeli-rd-centre-matimop-sign-landmark-water-agreement/

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    Virgin Green Fund, a private equity outfit, specializes in de-salination in the Caribbean and in water dispensing systems in the US. The companies are Seven Seas Water and Quench. {http://www.virgingreenfund.com/companies/list}

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    A reminder of the situation for the Palestinians. {http://www.amnesty.org.uk/uploads/documents/doc_19771.pdf}
    TROUBLED WATERS – PALESTINIANS DENIED FAIR ACCESS TO WATER
    ISRAEL-OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

  3. Vronsky, lol, very good.

  4. I agree with Daniel :))

  5. Garth and Conan

    9 Feb, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    Who was Werritty – if he’s no longer in that role, has he been replaced? Is there a new-Werritty out there?

  6. Verily, Werritty, and there’s no doubt, had an awful lot, of clout.
    Verity, what’s it’s connection to Werritty? Not very much it seems. And Gus ‘trust me’ McDonald, isn’t his role one of palming-off verisimilitude as the thruth about the whole affair? And the ‘liberal’ press, where are they in all this obvious disembling? Why, their all off; selling yet another neo-con, neo-imperialist war, (to topple another despot, and establish, complete, western control over the greatest source of wealth and power on the planet, the Middle East’s oil reserves), as an example of ‘humanitarian compassion’ and our dislike of tyranny.

  7. One’s tempted, even in these PC times, to conclude that Werritty was being used as a convenient go-between, messenger, back-channel, or back-passage, between various people and groups, who needed someone reliable to fall back on when normal routes were blocked off.

    There always have been, and probably always will be, ‘rent-boys’ willing to make themselves indespensible and useful to powerful men, for a ‘consideration.’

    My guess is a conspiracy to keep from Parliament, the media, and the British public, that an influentical cabal in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Israel, were involved in the secret planning for war against Iran. And in this context Werritty was a vital link, flexible, ready to bend over backwards to help; and a wonderful back-passage for Fox I would imagine.

  8. In more than one respect, As You Like It (III, 4, 25) is, I feel, of relevance:
    .
    ‘Yes, I think he is not a pick-purse nor a horse-stealer but for his verity in love I do think him as concave as a cover’d goblet.’

  9. What an astonishing access this man had, apart from the PPS, he had access to the highest echelons in Israel,Iran, and wherever he went with his chummy Fox.
    This should feel like unravellin’ a jumper by now Craig, Werritty might become a very popular guy now, wanted by all.
    where is the little blighter.

    Now to the ambassadors boardgame with spies intrigue, time wasting cards, its called ‘where is werritty’, a sure way to accompany a whiskey with friends on a cold winter evening.:)

    I had to smile as well. But seriously, has Israels Matimop R&D got access to british water plants, Mary?
    Could they have anywhere more sensitve access than that? Don’t trust anybody with water, fluridation is merely waste disposal and its not good for our bodies, never mind the teeth.

  10. Hi Craig, I’ve been reading all this with interest – fantastic work everyone. The question is, where are you going with this…? Is there anyway to get some momentum behind this info and force another look from the government….?

    I think the Israel / Iran link is hugely important.

    Cheers,

    Dave.

  11. Writerman. The Mail again I am afraid to say. But at least they are carrying it. Gould is not mentioned. See the one comment.
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    As the Fox/Werritty saga rumbles on in the background, standards watchdog mauls Prime Minister
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    By Daniel Martin, Whitehall Correspondent

    Last updated at 4:28 PM on 31st January 2012

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    David Cameron was urged to bring in his independent adviser to investigate following the Liam Fox and Adam Werrity saga
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    Three months on from Liam Fox’s resignation as defence secretary, the debate rumbles on about the Prime Minister’s role in the affair.
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    When reports first surfaced about the former Defence Secretary’s relationship with lobbyist and close friend Adam Werritty, David Cameron was urged to bring in his independent adviser on ministerial interests to investigate. In fact, people asked, what was the point on having an independent adviser on ministerial interests if he was never asked to independently advise on ministerial interests?
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    /…
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2094427/Standards-watchdog-mauls-PM.html

  12. O/T Another £50 billion worth of tissue paper is printed off by the Bank of England.
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    9 February 2012 Last updated at 12:51
    .
    Bank of England injects another £50bn into UK
    .
    UK Economy
    Bank lending ‘to shrink’ in 2012
    Service sector sees strong growth
    UK manufacturing activity expands
    UK economic activity shrinks 0.2%
    .
    The Bank of England has agreed to extend its quantitative easing (QE) programme by £50bn to give a further boost to the UK economy.
    .
    When completed, it will bring the total amount of QE stimulus to £325bn.
    .
    The Bank started its QE programme, through which it buys mainly government-issued bonds from banks freeing up cash for lending, in 2009.
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16963116

  13. Do we have an idea of the sort of technicality that could justify the retaining of information on meetings between Werritty and people other than Fox?

    More in general, Craig Murray says “My source says that co-ordinating with Israel and the US on diplomatic preparation for an attack on Iran was the subject of all these meetings”; to what would that amount, concretely?

    I have the feeling that France has taken a sharply atlantist turn these last years, and many of the policies that the United Kingdom adopts are also enacted there in one form or another. I was actually a bit surprised that the attacks on the British embassy in Tehran did not also target the French embassy. As there is no real equivalent to Murray or to Werritty in France (Yves Roucaute is having a bit more press than he probably would wish to have right now, but over a trivial matter), studying British politics provides an unique insight.

  14. Garth and Conan raises an important point: How many other unauthorized folks have been inserted improperly into government (UK’s, USA’s, EU’s, etc.) presumably at the request of some very wealthy oligarch (such as, in the USA, the AIPAC folks and the CEOs and lobbyists for the BIG-OIL, BIG-BANKS, BIG-ARMS, and other “BIGs”).

    Assuming that anyone in government wanted to have a way to know of such insertions (or to prevent them), are there any mechanisms in place to discover and in-real-time FLAG such insertions?

    Could Qaddafi or another such (maybe a Russian or Chinese) have inserted a Werritty-like intruder into government? Does anyone care?

  15. Luke Coffey?
    “Liam Fox & Adam Werritty, but no mention of Luke Coffey, CIA agent with access all areas pass at the MOD”
    http://hotterthanapileofcurry.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/liam-fox-adam-werrity-but-no-mention-of-luke-coffey-cia-agent-with-access-all-areas-pass-at-the-mod/

  16. Anne O'Nimmus

    9 Feb, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    What struck me as the ‘loudest’ alarm in the email exchange was that Gould replied within 3 minutes.

    What does that say about who/what/etc Werrity was?

  17. When Fox resigned, Guido Fawkes wrote, ‘Sources confirm he has gone and it was his connections to private spook outfit G3 that pushed him over the edge’.
    http://www.g3.eu/

  18. @pabelmont: what I find even more fascinating, is that Werritty is in his early thirties. Besides the impressive achievement it is to attain such an influence at such an early age, this means that the man will be in the picture for quite some time. Consider that the Cheney, Perle, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz etc. had their baptism by fire during the Reagan administration and were back with a vengeance in the 2000s. I am already apprehensive at the idea that the Gonzales or Feith could make a comeback, so Heaven knows what people like Werritty might have in store for the future.

  19. Nuzothie ‘I have the feeling that France has taken a sharply atlantist turn these last years, and many of the policies that the United Kingdom adopts are also enacted there in one form or another.’
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    Might that be because Sarkozy’s half brother Olivier lives in New York? He is MD of financial services at no less than the nest of vipers known as the Carlyle Group.
    http://www.carlyle.com/team/item10347.html
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    As you can on his Wikipedia page, he has been heavily involved in the machinations of the banking system in the US. Now divorced and the house has been sold for $8 million since this was written.
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    {http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8181324/Nicolas-Sarkozys-brother-Olivier-is-threatened-with-divorce-lawyer-known-as-The-Pitbull.html}

  20. I can see why they want to wipe Iran off, report after report from IMF shows that economically Iran is improving (latest one ranked Iran 17th in the world, ahead of Australia, Argentine, Poland). The western power cannot tolerate and acknowledge that. The government of Iran is not servile, therefore they have to bring one which will dance to their tunes… Hypocrite bastards.

  21. According to DebkaFile ( English language Israeli open source military intelligence based in Jerusalem) Brits and Qatari are already in Homs,
    http://www.debka.com/article/21718/

    “operations units are operating with rebel forces under cover in the Syrian city of Homs just 162 kilometers from Damascus, according to DEBKAfile’s exclusive military and intelligence sources. The foreign troops are not engaged in direct combat with the Syrian forces bombarding different parts of Syria’s third largest city of 1.2 million. They are tactical advisers, manage rebel communications lines and relay their requests for arms, ammo, fighters and logistical aid to outside suppliers, mostly in Turkey.
    This site is the first to report the presence of foreign military forces in any of the Syrian uprising’s embattled areas.
    Our sources report the two foreign contingents have set up four centers of operation – in the northern Homs district of Khaldiya, Bab Amro in the east, and Bab Derib and Rastan in the north. Each district is home to about a quarter of a million people.
    More details as they unfold will be available in the coming DEBKA-Net-Weekly issue out Friday.”

  22. With the £325bn in QE spent, we could have paid off everyones mortgages and got the economy moving again!

  23. @Mary: not quite the cause, of course, but the sort of details that are both result from something and contribute to it, in a self-reinforcing cycle.
    As I see it, French elites are torn between the temptation to tie the fate of the country to the USA, much like England does, and the Gaullist path of the proud and self-sufficient former world power turned into a regional player (Gaullists are usually wary of the UK because it is politically dominated by England, which has firmly chosen the Atlantist path).
    Chirac had a bit of the Gaullist spirit in him, which notably allowed him to resist the drumbeats to Iraq, but he overplayed the European card (sadly, many French fall in the trap of seeing Europe as a tool to demultiply the strength of France, like some sort of diplomatically-gained Napoleonic empire). Sarkozy has bitterly criticised that, which he said could cause lasting damages to France-US relations. Hence the feud with Villepin, also.

  24. Craig’s exploits look very racy in French on Nuzothie’s blog!
    https://nuzothie.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/craigh-murray/
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    No ‘h’ on the end of ‘Craig’ by the way Nuzothie if you do not mind me saying.

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    I was thinking earlier that Werritty reminds me of a young version of Lord Digby Jones.

  25. @Mary: darn, I keep being tempted to do that mistake, correct myself, and I put it in the very title. Thanks for the spell-check!

  26. Stephen Morgan

    9 Feb, 2012 - 7:09 pm

    @Nuid: G3 appear in Private Eye today, in relation to another of their employees, an MI6 man called Geoffrey Tantum who, as Gulf Consulting Services, was meeting with Alan Duncan, the minister at DfID. DfID refuse to publish details. Tantum and Duncan were both in Le Cercle, and old favourite of the Project for the Exposure of Hidden Institutions.

  27. Sarkozy was always known to be pro-American. He made a point of it in his victory speech.

  28. Writerman seems to be falling into some disreputable homophobia to make his point. Apart from that, he is probably right. Werrity was some kind of unofficial go-between between all the interested parties in the Israel/Iran/UK nexus. It is probably a bit weird that this seemingly unqualified hack found himself in this prominent position but that is as far as the scandal seems to go. I mean, wouldn’t it be more surprising if secret discussions about this real problem weren’t going on? So what is the real scandal here: the fact that a man called Werrity was involved, or the fact that secret back-channel diplomacy is taking place as some states worry about the potential acquisition of NUCLEAR weapons by the nut cases in Tehran?

    “One’s tempted, even in these PC times, to conclude that Werritty was being used as a convenient go-between, messenger, back-channel, or back-passage, between various people and groups, who needed someone reliable to fall back on when normal routes were blocked off.
    There always have been, and probably always will be, ‘rent-boys’ willing to make themselves indespensible and useful to powerful men, for a ‘consideration.’
    My guess is a conspiracy to keep from Parliament, the media, and the British public, that an influentical cabal in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Israel, were involved in the secret planning for war against Iran. And in this context Werritty was a vital link, flexible, ready to bend over backwards to help; and a wonderful back-passage for Fox I would imagine.”

  29. Thanks Stephen.
    All of this stuff is like an unmade jigsaw to me. I hope Craig manages to put some more of it together.

  30. I wonder if there might not be an indirect link to Conservative party funders for whom an actively anti-Iranian policy is desirable for political and/or commercial reasons.

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    In this combustible political chemistry, Werrity has functioned as a catalyst, whose presence enables the chemical reactions to take place, without being a significant component of the new compound produced.

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    Calling the purpose of these collusive sub-rosa meetings “planning for war against Iran” may be too narrow. I’d see it as working for an anti-Iranian strategy designed to achieve the objective of weakening the present Iranian leaders both externally and internally. However, the means employed probably contain a range of options besides war or the threat of war: sanctions, abuse of the Security Council and other UN institutions, subversion, sabotage – with different countries providing different skills and resources.

  31. “some states worry about the potential acquisition of NUCLEAR weapons by the nut cases in Tehran?” — Lloyd
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    There is some evidence that Werritty’s links in the US were Koch-brothers funded, and Tea Party connected. You don’t call them nut cases?

  32. Anon the one and only

    9 Feb, 2012 - 7:41 pm

    One explanation is that Werrity was just the creature of Liam Fox – if he could have been disassociated from Fox then my guess is that Fox would still be Defence Secretary.

  33. Anon – I agree. My guess is that Werrity was an unofficial conduit to and from Liam Fox, who was probably being generous to his friend and/or too lazy to be in two places at once. But if we see that Werrity was Fox, if you see what I mean, then the fact that he met some of the Israeli top brass to discuss their thinking on the Iranian nuclear issue is not really that odd. Like I said, it would be more odd if discussions like these were not taking place.

  34. Lloyd,
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    So you don’t find it odd that a UK Defence Minister sent his mate to nuclear discussions just because they were mates or Fox was simply lazy?
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    Jeez…why didn’t he send his gardener,barber and window cleaner too?

  35. Lloyd/Jives – the issue is not that Fox was too lazy to go himself. The issue is that Fox-Werrity appeared to be running a parallel foreign policy to the government Fox was meant to be serving – one that took a far more aggressive line on Iran than the Cabinet. This sort of thing challenges the basic tenets of democracy – even the feeble one that we have.

  36. Lloyd, can you explain to me why you are so frightened of Iran’s nuclear programme? The CIA have clearly stated that Iran is neither producing nor attempting to produce nuclear weapons. Here it is, straight from the source:
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    http://www.dni.gov/reports/2009_721_Report.pdf
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    The IAEA has repeatedly stated that Iran is not diverting nuclear material to weapons production. Check Wikipedia for direct links to the IAEA reports:
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_program_of_Iran
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    Do you understand the immense difference between weapons grade and non-weapons grade uranium? Weapons grade has to be 90% enriched or more. Iran is enriching to only 20%.
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    Lloyd, are you aware that Iran is a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and thus has the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes? Do you know of Iran’s fatwa against nuclear weapons?

  37. Anon 1&O, how does your theory at 7:41 pm account for all these meetings, the covering-up of those meetings, and the redactions in the documents obtained by Craig Murray’s FOI request?

  38. It is his access to Gould under New Labour too which makes me thnk there is more to this than just his being known as Fox’s creature or the representative of Tory donors.

  39. Fox was employing these three special advisers, SPADS, as at June 2010.
    Secretary of State for Defence
    Luke Coffey
    Oliver Waghorn
    Hayden Allan
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    The Cabinet Office released a full list of special advisers as of 10 June 2010

    .

    I cannot find a later list. Just look at the salaries being forked out by you and me for these wannabes.
    http://blogs.ft.com/westminster/files/2010/06/special-advisers-pay.pdf
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    Re Coffey on Aangirfan’s blog
    American Luke Coffey has worked for US Defence Secretary Liam Fox

    On 6 June 2010, The Sunday Times reported that the UK Defence Minister lets a US ‘mole’ roam the Ministry of Defence

    According to the Sunday Times in June 2010:

    UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox (Fox dismisses gay smears ) has had Luke Coffey, a man with links to the CIA, as a special adviser.

    Liam Fox is said to want the UK to buy American, rather than British, military equipment.

    Luke Coffey has run the London branch of an American think tank called Censa (Council for Emerging National Security Affairs).

    At least a quarter of the members listed on its website have been in the CIA or other American intelligence agencies.

    Luke Coffey has been issued with a pass giving him access to all areas of the Ministry of Defence.
    ~~
    {http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2011/10/uk-defence-scretary-to-be-sacked.html}

  40. Craig – I agree that Werrity’s access to FCO (and other?) officials under New Labour means that others in the UK (and US) besides the Tea-Party Tendency in the Conservative party have a stake in the anti-Iranian and pro-Pentagon matrix of policies. The Blairite side of Labour has been well represented by Miliband Senior both in and out of office. My expectation is that some of the Atlanticist US-UK groups [there are several] have for many years sought to make sure that whoever is in power in the UK is locked into at least tacit support for American supremacist policies.
    .
    It’s a bit like Murdoch making sure that the Sun supports whichever party is in power or is likely to gain power; but also uses its smearing and bigging up journalism to promote those in the two main parties who are instinctive poodles or whose loyalty can be secured by carrots or sticks – including blackmail threats of revealing discreditable episodes in their public or private lives, initially by firing warning shots : “Just remember, we can destroy your career if you step seriously out of line”.
    .
    So, Werrity is just the sort of person who can straddle both camps because he is working with the strident or closet neo-con bedfellows in both parties. As for funding, while I suspect that is a factor in some cases, bribery is hardly necessary for those who have sold their souls.

  41. “In a lucrative industry reliant on insider information and expertise, Mr Pienaar has made it his business to be well-connected. A number of Establishment figures are on the company’s payroll”
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    Inside the corporate intelligence company which bankrolled Liam Fox
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    ,
    The spurious, and baseless noises about Nukes, WMD, etc. that in turn are addressed with Sanctions, and ultimately war, are in fact designed to legitimise the money carousel, that channels the proceeds of taxation revenues, and public funds into privately held accounts. This game has been played for far too long, and the pernicious results of the ongoing fraud are to be seen everywhere, affecting everyone, whilst destroying the nation states, in its wake.
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    It is an indictment to any “democratic” system, that can tolerate, aid, and abet a snake oil salesmen with unfettered access to various political leadership offices, treating these a his local coffee house. This patently obviates any need for accountability and creates the necessary smoke screen for those in the positions of political leadership to engage in corrupt practices designed to enrich themselves, and their sponsors. This taking place whilst the corrupt perpetrators are afforded the cover to remain functional without any dangers of being held accountable, through the constructs of plausible deniability.

  42. Iain …’to promote those in the two main parties who are instinctive poodles or whose loyalty can be secured by carrots or sticks – including blackmail threats of revealing discreditable episodes in their public or private lives, initially by firing warning shots : “Just remember, we can destroy your career if you step seriously out of line”.’
    .
    I always thought that ‘they’ had something definite on Blair. Clarissa Dickson Wright gave much information in her book Spilling the Beans
    on his youthful activities.

  43. Steve Coogan on Question Time right now, mentioned “the market for torture”. This might be a rare treat…

  44. Anon the one and only

    9 Feb, 2012 - 11:16 pm

    Clark

    First of all I didn’t put forward a theory – I don’t yet have enough information to do so. I could speculate on a number of alternatives.

    For example, Perhaps the Govt wanted to get a message across to Fox without it being seen as a direct direct negotiations between Govt and the Opposition. Believe it or not there are some areas where it best that other countries see that there is a common stance between Govt and Opposition – and the FCO would be naturally reticent about providing information about what that stance may be.

    Whether that stance is what Craig, and his possibly not disinterested source,claim it to be, still remains a matter of speculation in my mind. Employees of the FCO, old and new, have never been above playing political games on their own account, as anyone who reads political biographies knows all too well. I think you will find that Civil Servants have developed not a few means of putting information beyond the FOI Act – some of which Mr Pickles has publicly encouraged.

    PS I understand that 20% enriched uranium is not weapons grade – but perhaps you could explain what 20% enriched uranium can be used for over and above lower levels of enrichment – I am told there is no conceivable medical purpose. The FOI Act being non existent in Iran means that we are unlikely to ever get a proper explanation from that quarter.

    BTW it is pretty well know that Werrity was Fox’s bag carrier before the election as well as after. Those that know him suggest that he doesn’t have the capabilities to be some sort of intelligence mastermind. And those who know Liam Fox know that he is quite capable of developing his own idiotice ideas without assistance from others.

  45. Mary: well, go on. if you have the book, spill the beans. Being impatient, a quick Google was helpful, producing this extract:

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    Spilling The Beans on Blair

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    The noted barrister and, to date, youngest woman ever called to the Bar, Clarissa Dixon Wright had this to say about some NL notables in her book Spilling The Beans ISBN 978 0 340 93389 3

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    “There were a number of the present Cabinet around, Tony Blair for one, although we called him Miranda in those days, and nobody ever thought how powerful he would become. He was regarded as a poor sad thing with his guitar and his rather girlish looks, and was also considered something of a fantasist; his story about attempting to stow away on a plane to the Caribbean from Edinburgh was a source of great amusement as there were no transatlantic flights from Scotland back then. The boys I knew who had been at Fettes with him didn’t have many good words to say about him. Much more impressive was Jack Straw, who we would have picked as a man destined for the top. I always rather liked him; despite his inflamed oratory and his passionate communism there was something rather honest and even kind about him, although with hindsight perhaps he wasn’t ruthless or dishonest enough for the top. Peter Hain, even before he dug up the wicket at the Oval, was much disliked. He smelled of naked ambition without, as far as we could see, the talent to match and with an enormously high opinion of himself. Then of course there was Cherie, clever, hungry for success, for love, desperately needy, the product of another dysfunctional home. In those days she was very close friends with her head of chambers, Derry Irvine.”

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    Her good word for Straw carries a bit of weight because of her spot-on judgement of Peter Hain. And she is, after all, fitting people into the appropriate circle of the Inferno.

  46. “PS I understand that 20% enriched uranium is not weapons grade – but perhaps you could explain what 20% enriched uranium can be used for over and above lower levels of enrichment – I am told there is no conceivable medical purpose. The FOI Act being non existent in Iran means that we are unlikely to ever get a proper explanation from that quarter.”
    ,
    This is the kind of mendacious shit that is passed as debate!
    ,
    The existing research reactor for medical isotope in Tehran uses 20 percent enriched Uranium, and the tripartite (Iran, Turkey, Brazil)deal about its supply was scuppered by US, yet somehow finds its way onto the board. Why?

  47. Mary,
    Blair’s moniker in high school was Emily as per pupils attending school at the same time as he did.

  48. Jon,
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    “Lloyd/Jives – the issue is not that Fox was too lazy to go himself. The issue is that Fox-Werrity appeared to be running a parallel foreign policy to the government Fox was meant to be serving – one that took a far more aggressive line on Iran than the Cabinet. This sort of thing challenges the basic tenets of democracy – even the feeble one that we have.”
    .
    I know that Jon..i wish there was a wink emoticon i could access here…lol

  49. Werritty as a conduit eh? Nah,more like the rosy-cheeked plum cherub that old but powerful men use then cry “my sweet young darling” afterwards,once they’ve used them.

  50. For any that are interested Google The Very Rev.Dr Ronald Selby-Wright. A mentor of Blair at Fettes.He used to visit my school,too,in the 70’s.He seemed to visit alot of boys private schools.
    .
    Very,ahem,interesting.

  51. Anon 1&O, uranium enriched above the levels useful in power generation is used to fuel research reactors. Such reactors are used for many things, including the production of medical isotopes. In fact, even highly enriched uranium (over 20% enriched) is useful for the production of some medical substances.
    .
    Since two-thirds of all the world’s medical isotopes are made in just two reactors, we can predict that (1) there is a great incentive for Iran to develop such reactors and (2) there will be vested interests trying to prevent Iran from doing so.

  52. Jives,
    You dark horse. Thanks for the info on the rev.

  53. Alexander Mercouris

    10 Feb, 2012 - 12:28 am

    Dear Craig,

    Your work on the Werrity Gould affair has been simply outstanding. It is a complete scandal and deeply sinister that the mainstream media is ignoring all this.

  54. @ Fedup,
    .
    “Jives,
    You dark horse. Thanks for the info on the rev.”
    .
    Dude,i’m not a dark horse.Just a survivor-which is important.Many,i’m sure,were groomed in such circles from a very young age.Almost,in fact,like an organised scene.Oooh perish the thought eh?

  55. Clark,
    “(1) there is a great incentive for Iran to develop such reactors and (2) there will be vested interests trying to prevent Iran from doing so.”
    ,
    ,
    You bet there are many vested interests pretty pissed off about any progress made by Iran.
    ,
    Gas centrifuges are not used exclusively for uranium isotope separation. Cascades of gas centrifuges are used to separate – in kilogram quantities for commercial sale – the isotopes of zinc, tungsten, molybdenum, krypton, xenon, germanium, iron, sulfur, oxygen and carbon.
    ,
    Many Types of Isotopes

  56. Yet officially Werritty was nothing but a paid lobbyist, the sole employee of an obscure neo-con think tank. But he could get that level of access under both New Labour and the Tories. How and why?
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    It`s quite simple really, people like David Icke were right all along and far from as crazy as most suggest. It is all corrupt, there is collusion and conspiracy and there are hidden agendas. Always have been and always will be, are we really dumb enough to believe that those in power do not abuse it, do not manipulate it and do not conspire with others in power,,,,,,,,,, In our dreams the altruism of power and leadership, its always been a vehicle for self progression, it always will be and we at the bottom will always be acceptable collateral damage should we be either stupid enough to place ourselves in the way or just plain unlucky enough to find ourselves there. Money and power will always override morals and justice and only a fool would ever consider it would be otherwise.
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    Israel throws plenty of money around on the political circuit and as long as we remain a capitalist and possession based society if you want more sway than them then you had better cough up more money to get it, politics like any other commodity will always be for sale to the highest bidder. lol

  57. boniface goncourt

    10 Feb, 2012 - 4:32 am

    Werritty….anglicized version of, um, say, Wertgeld…?

  58. Richard Branson could probably get such a meeting without explanation
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    What about Michael Caine?

  59. Two recommendations for Aangirfan? Let’s make it a third! Between Aang and Craig and Lagavulin I say God bless Scotland.

  60. Alexander.

    “Your work on the Werrity Gould affair has been simply outstanding.”

    I think the sad truth is that Craig’s work, respectfully, has not been outstanding. Excellent, very good, informative, and all sorts of other words. But I suspect Craig himself would say that this story could have been told by any number of journalists. A young graduate journo isn’t likely to have Craig’s contacts, but an experienced journo writing for (say) The Guardian does. And yet experienced journalists haven’t bothered with such a small matter as a FoI request. Craig does this part-time; a journalist does it full time – and is paid. The profession of journalism seems no longer to exist, instead we have stenography and content provision. Very sad indeed.
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    That said, it has taken no little courage, so kudos. With any luck, Big Paper will pick up this tale. I suspect if they do, the Levenson enquiry will look small potatoes. Because, if I read this right, Mi6, Big Corp, the CIA and Mossad all have interlinking ties to the very top of the UK establishment. Which you’d think was news.

  61. @Clark, well said Clark, why should Iran not enrich uranium?
    it seems that the west think them and Israel are the ones to be trusted!
    I bet Lloyd is one of those who was in favour of attacking Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and now thinks it might not be a bad idea to attack Iran. What if Iran was the one who threatened to go in and bomb the nuke facilities in Israel?? yes the world be in uproar! yet Britain, USA, and Israel are the real rogue states. What I hate about all these propganda is that it serves the government of Iran and strenghten their hold on power. Do these imbiciles realize that?

  62. TEHRAN—
    Amidst mounting geopolitical tensions, Iranian officials said Wednesday they were increasingly concerned about the United States of America’s uranium-enrichment program, fearing the Western nation may soon be capable of producing its 8,500th nuclear weapon.
    “Our intelligence estimates indicate that, if it is allowed to progress with its aggressive nuclear program, the United States may soon possess its 8,500th atomic weapon capable of reaching Iran,” said Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi, adding that Americans have the fuel, the facilities, and “everything they need” to manufacture even more weapons-grade fissile material.
    “Obviously, the prospect of this happening is very distressing to Iran and all countries like Iran. After all, the United States is a volatile nation that’s proven it needs little provocation to attack anyone anywhere in the world whom it perceives to be a threat.” Iranian intelligence experts also warned of the very real, and very frightening, possibility of the U.S. providing weapons and resources to a rogue third-party state such as Israel.
    http://www.theonion.com/articles/iran-worried-us-might-be-building-8500th-nuclear-w,27325/

  63. How close does Robert Harris’s The Ghost get to the real Tony Blair?

    I’ve always thought John Smith’s untimely death was mighty convenient for Blair’s career.

  64. “What I hate about all these propganda is that it serves the government of Iran and strenghten their hold on power. Do these imbiciles realize that?” Azra.
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    Azra, as you know, they don’t care. They are interested only in hegemony. They definitely don’t want a form of governance in Iran – whatever that may be, secular democracy or theocracy or monarchy or communism or whatever – which is one, independent and two, most benefits the people of Iran. As they have wanted for the past century, they want to drive their war machined economy and they want the profits from black gold and the golden gas and the waterway and they want to surround Russia and China and they want the Indian Ocean and they want the world.

  65. Anon the one and only

    10 Feb, 2012 - 8:19 pm

    Clark

    many thanks for the explanation – although it doesn’t mean that Iraq is enriching to 20% solely for that purpose. On matters nuclear I tend to disbelieve all Governments until they can demonstrate otherwise – which given past experience is not a bad stance to take.

  66. “How and why?”

    Zionism opens doors. Anti-Zionism closes them.

  67. Lysias says: “How close does Robert Harris’s The Ghost get to the real Tony Blair? I’ve always thought John Smith’s untimely death was mighty convenient for Blair’s career.”

    Blair admitted last year ( during his Andrew Marr interview ) that he was told the Labour leadership would ‘fall’ to him, about a month before Smith was killed.
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    Blair also said on another occasion that he’d had a premonition that somethign would happen to Smith.
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    I’m in no doubt that John Smith was ‘removed’ in order to make way for the Zionist golden boy. A golden boy who is now being handsomely rewarded by them for his sterling work while in office.
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    Robin Cook was another who was regarded as a ‘liability’.

  68. Anon 1&O, 20% is, I believe, the enrichment limit generally accepted under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Iran is enriching up to that limit, as other signatories to the treaty do. If there is a law then it should be followed, and enriching for peaceful purposes is Iran’s right under that law.
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    If 20% is considered to be too much enrichment for some countries, then the generally accepted limit needs to be reconsidered internationally. Law is not law if it applied selectively. Law needs legitimacy if it is to be worthy of respect.
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    The important matters are the IAEA inspections and the reputable intelligence assessments of whether those inspections are accurate. Iran has passed both these tests for years, regardless of sensationalism by certain governments and commercial “news” media.
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    http://www.sipri.org/media/newsletter/essay/january12

  69. How and Why? There is one explanation for there existing an individual capable of opening the doors of power. As in the case of Rakovsky, a bankster agent, reputedy directed by the Rothschild interests, Werrity might well be such a man. Is it such a stretch for the imagination in these times where corporate interests direct our governments as well as our armed forces to serve their interests? From its inception Israel has been a Rothschild project: And this seems to be werritys’ interests lie.

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