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140 thoughts on “Scotland’s Gay Conservative Leader

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  • arsalan

    Eid Mubarak!
    عيد مبارك‎
    Craig pass my Eid Mubarak to ,
    Kamran with a K.

  • Edward

    “There are certainly more gays in Scotland than Conservatives.”

    I wish this were true of the U.S.

  • anno

    My sister has just shopped me to the police for throwing her out of my house for lying, trying to deprive my children of their agreed inheritance from my mum, as they did last time about my father’s will.
    I came into Islam because I was tired of following the education my parents gsve me that you have to turn a blind eye and ignore lying, stealing, adultery, bearing false witness, and spying.
    Jesus, peace and blessings be upon him, a true prophet of Islam asked the Jews to whom he had been sent: ‘If salt loses its flavour, with what will you salt it?’
    If an Englishman comes into Islam, which forbids these evil things, and because you are English, and because the English are the chief tormentors and persecutors of the Muslims since ancient times, the Muslims lie, steal, listen to your private conversations in bed with your wife, make politics against you inside your family and friends, hack your internet, where will you find safety from these things?
    If salt loses its flavour? By my God, in whom I believe and trust and from whom I depend for my forgiveness, I swear that salt is in this country tasteless, like grains of demarara sand, so far as the Muslims are concerned.
    They hate the English deservedly, but they do not have the right to persecute their brothers and sisters because of their nationality in Islam. They do not have the right to sodomise and murder the captive, as they have just done to Gaddafi in partnership with NASTO. They do not have the right to kill the women and children in Sirte as they are now doing. They do not have the right to make political alliances with the enemies of Islam, without extracting promises of safety from subsequent problems from them. They do not have the right even to live among the non-Muslims, and they do so only to draw the benefits and priveledges of the non-Muslim countries. We do not have the right to be in this country when any childish liar can get you sent to prison by dialling 999.

  • Parky

    well fireworks are a big money earner for some retailers and with 20% VAT the govt don’t do too badly either. Also it seems new year’s eve is now also a night to let them off with gay abandon.
    although perhaps not for brainwashing directly, very loud fireworks may serve a purpose to give young adolescent boys the chance to handle small-scale explosives, although insignificant by military standards, still have the power to do harm and cause a nuisance. This experience may in some way encourage them to join the army to use the real things.
    tonight, even after the 5th Nov, it sounded like a war zone out there.

  • mary

    Totally agree Parky. The need for replication of the sight and sound of exploding bombs, so frequently heard on news broadcasts and documentaries, is deep in the psyche now.

    BBC Radio 4 put out the usual Israeli propaganda this morning on the need to bomb Iran citing UK and US support. Kevin Connolly was the presenter and mentioned the Israeli aerial attack on the French built nuclear plant in Baghdad in 1981*.
    Even the old chestnut about wiping Israel off the face of the earth was introduced as was Martin Indyk from the US. I will put up a link later.
    Suitably the item followed one about the use of pre frontal lobotomy to cure schizophrenia and depression, used extensively in the early decades of the last century here and in the US. The whizz surgeon who carried out many of these operations at the Atkinson Morley hospital was Sir Wylie McKissop, a name straight out of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest perhaps? The item was a trailer for this programme – The Lobotomists
    * 7 June 1981: Israel bombs Baghdad nuclear reactor

  • Komodo

    Thanks for putting that up, Mary.
    Some may ask what it means, so:
    “What does this mean?

    It means that neither the president, the Secretary of State nor any U.S. diplomat or emissary may engage in negotiations or diplomacy with Iran of any kind unless the president convinces the “appropriate Congressional committees” (most significantly, the House Foreign Affairs Committee which is an AIPAC fiefdom) that not engaging with Iranian contacts would present an “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the vital national security interests of the United States.”

    To call this unprecedented is an understatement. At no time in our history has the White House or State Department been restricted from dealing with representatives of a foreign state, even in war time.
    US-Iranian dialogue is now technically impossible.

  • nuid

    (If you haven’t read it)
    “Introduction by Gilad Atzmon:
    The following is a glimpse into the Israeli Hasbara’s/Mossad’s/Sayanim’s operation in the UK. It explains how Israel and its agents manage to dominate news coverage in Britain and beyond. It seems from the following leaked email as if BICOM (British Israel Communication & research Cemtre) runs the News desk for the BBC, Sky and the FT. I guess that last week the Guardian also joined the party. It is now an offical Israeli propaganda outlet.”

  • John Goss

    Thanks Glenn, Chomsky at his best. Particularly enlightening to me was his explanation of the reason for the Pearl Harbour attack, which I suspect many of us are unaware of.

  • mary

    I forgot to listen to this. Appaarently it was poor lonely Israel, again.
    The State of Israel
    Israel suddenly finds itself lonely in an uncertain world. The Arab Spring has meant it has lost Egypt, a key ally. Turmoil in Syria threatens the stability of an enemy who was at least a known quantity. Inept handling has destroyed the friendship with Turkey. And Iran remains an active threat. Now the Palestinians are nominally united and rivalling Israel in international diplomacy with their quest for statehood.
    The BBC’s former Middle East correspondent Tim Franks asks how this looks from the Israeli perspective.
    He finds a nation which is turning in on itself and which is, surprisingly, in a more consensual position now than it has perhaps ever been. Its strong high-tech sector has meant healthy economic growth, though record numbers demonstrated against high food prices and rents. There is – broadly – a consensus on the need for a two-state solution, but no belief that it will happen soon.
    In the meantime, there are subtle, but potentially tectonic shifts. The right are entrenching their grip on the institutions of the country. The CEO of the Settlers’ Council is not some hilltop firebrand, but a high-tech millionaire who doesn’t even live in the West Bank. The settlers are making their presence felt more in the army. Demographics are pulling Israel in opposite directions, with both ultra-orthodox Jews and Israeli Arabs having the most children.
    What is holding Israel together, is a defensive crouch – a conviction that international pressure only proves that they are right to depend on themselves.
    Tim Franks explores the complexities of contemporary Israel in the company of leading politicians, thinkers and artists and finds a country “sitting on the side of the volcano, sipping cappuccinos.”
    Producer: Arlene Gregorius.

  • Midge 'Manic' Ure

    There’s a loophole in that stupid American law about not talking to Iran; it says
    No person employed with the United States Government may contact in an official or unofficial capacity any person that — (1) is an agent, instrumentality, or official of, is affiliated with, or is serving as a representative of the Government of Iran; and (2) presents a threat to the United States or is affiliated with terrorist organizations.

    But really, no-one in Iran presents a threat to the United States, and it shouldn’t be hard to find someone to talk to who isn’t affiliated with terrorists, so if Obama wants to he can get around it.

  • Janus

    Mary, following the link you provided, I note that AIPAC continues with the “wiped off the map” lie to provide justification for its aims:

    “(7) Were Iran to achieve a nuclear weapons capability, it would, inter alia –

    (F) directly threaten several United States friends and allies, especially Israel, whose very right to exist has been denied successively by every leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran and which Iranian President Ahmadinejad says should be “wiped off the map”.”

  • Mark Golding - Children of Iraq

    Talking about remembering the war dead – I note a number of people including Martyn Gregory advise us we should should let memories of Princess Diana’s untimely death fade away while focusing on her life.
    My only reaction is to ask in the spirit of free speech etc – why has ‘unlawful killing’ been banned in the UK? Do I have to pay a friend in the States to buy and send me the DVD?

  • Komodo

    Re Iran wanting Israel wiped off the map/rendered less of a threat to Iran (depends on your translation, I gather), just check this out:
    Given that the PNAC timetable has been followed fairly closely to date by the US, and given that PNAC was put together in close cooperation with Israel and its dual-allegiance US citizens, also given that regime change is the object of the exercise, how the hell does the US claim the high ground here?

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