Delhi Delirium

by craig on March 23, 2012 3:13 am in Uncategorized

I am well aware that Osborne has been redistributing money to the rich in his budget. I am also stunned by the idea that the state should see its role not as reducing regional inequality of wealth, but as reinforcing it through regional public sector pay rates.

But my days at the moment are like this. I get up at 7.30 am and after a very frugal breakfast I take a local taxi to the disastrously neglected and underfunded National Archive of India. I spend eleven hours there hastily transcribing from an enormous wealth of documents on Alexander Burnes – really beyond my wildest hopes – and then at 8.00pm the security guards kick me out, the curators having left some time ago. I get back to my budget hotel, take a light supper of imodium and activated charcoal, chat with Nadira, and then fall asleep exhausted.

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  1. I had to look him up …
    However that matters not. What matters is that you are clearly passionate in all your journeys and views.
    George Osborne on the other hand is little more than a Corfu Estate Party Rent Boy who has to dutifully bend over and take it from the Elite revellers. Osborne’s rectum and mouth are both slaves to his paymasters.

  2. Craig: are you heading off to Kabul on your researches? Last night I met quite by chance two people who knew you in Tashkent, one of who has just gone back as legal advisor to the Italian Embassy in Kabul, the other working on banking crimes.

  3. I sympathise with the difficulty of eating an India breakfast. But while you’re in Delhi, make sure you find a place that does a good Thali and make the most of it for you evening meal!

  4. Iain

    Have decided to return to UK before Kabul. Thought it might be prudent to leave with my publisher a finished book which a visit to Kabul will improve, but could be published still were I not in a position to write it up.

  5. @ Craig,

    You are very well placed to discern, in India, what significantly skewed income distribution does to the frabic of a society – so – maybe you need urgently to get your message through to

  6. Avoid Qantas. John Pilger writes
    Up, Up And Away: How Money Power Works Down Under

    In recent years, however, the safest airline has had close calls, including an Airbus A330 that went into a sudden dive in 2008 and injured up to 74 people, a Boeing 747 engine that blew up after leaving San Francisco in 2010 and a new A380 whose engine shattered over Singapore later that year. These, and a series of less serious incidents, have all happened since the airline was taken out of public ownership and handed to global banks. The largest shareholders include J P Morgan, HSBC and Citicorp, which are also among the top shareholders of Australia’s major banks and largest mining companies. The national airline, like the Australian economy, is mortgaged: the product of a bi-partisan political system dominated by rapacious business.
    It was an article of faith that the world’s only island-continent, flanked by the two greatest oceans, needed a long-haul airline – until the asset-strippers took control. What followed is a cautionary, universal tale. Last October, without warning, the Qantas Chief executive, Alan Joyce, ordered the grounding of the airline’s global fleet. More than 68,000 passengers were stranded in 22 countries, and the entire Qantas workforce was locked out without pay. Joyce later admitted that tickets had been “mistakenly” sold for flights that Qantas management would never take off; the grounding had been planned well in advance.
    This unprecedented action was the climax of a plan to crush the unions, Murdoch-style, and to take much of the company “off-shore” into Asia. A subsidiary airline based in Asia would employ fewer staff and pay them less, including pilots and engineers, in conditions once unknown to the world’s safest airline. For a decade, the company has been building wholly or partly owned domestic and regional airlines on this cut-price basis while closing Qantas routes.

  7. Obama speaks of Gandhi and Mandela and sees himself in their image. equal. Deluded.
    “The civil rights movement was hard. Winning the vote for women was hard. Making sure that workers had some basic protections was hard,” President Obama said at a fundraiser while talking about how difficult it is to bring about “change” in politics.
    “Around the world, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, what they did was hard. It takes time. It takes more than a single term. It takes more than a single president. It takes more than a single individual,” Obama said.
    “What it takes is ordinary citizens who keep believe, who are committed to fighting and pushing and inching this country closer and closer to our highest ideals. And I said in 2008, ‘that I am not a perfect man and I will not be a perfect president.’ But I promised you, but I promised you, I promised you back then that I would always tell you what I believe. I would always tell you where I stood,” he also said at a fundraiser in NYC.

  8. He must have a good tax accountant who knows all the loopholes.
    George Osborne ‘not a top rate taxpayer’
    Chancellor George Osborne has told the BBC he is not a top rate taxpayer so will not benefit from his own Budget policy for the highest earners.
    He said he was “not a big winner from this Budget”, and was “trying to think about what’s right for the country”.

  9. Nick Fletcher

    23 Mar, 2012 - 7:30 am

    This is a GREAT restaurant, near Jamme Masjid, suitable if you’re on a low budget
    Looking forward to the Burnes book one day.

  10. From the wikipedia article:

    “It came to light in 1861 that some of Burnes’ dispatches from Kabul in 1839 had been altered so as to convey opinions opposite to his, ”

    I think I see the attraction to the subject now :)

    India’s a great country- hope you enjoy your time there.

  11. Mary

    Some remaining scales fell from my eyes watching Obama’s speech to the UN General Assembly in 2009. Others were talking about global issues for their allotted time, but Obama came on and went well over time, talking a lot of crap about himself as if these serious people wanted to hear an election speech. Then Gadaffi came on and delivered his show-stopper – that’s probably why Barry had him and his country killed.

    I almost hope Romney beats him just to have a different brand of fakery on show. The effect on foreign policy will be minimal, and who in the civilised world gives a damn about US domestic policy?

  12. O/T: Public service annaouncement
    I linked to the P*r*t*n H*rd Dr*ve on the Karimov thread. Only go there if you want ads for this ridiculous product to pop up on every site you visit. It drops a cookie (or maybe Google does) which runs a advert script replacing an ad on the page you open.
    If you did go to the PHD site,and are seeing PHD ads everywhere, delete your cookies, and the problem should not recur.
    Very sorry for this, it’s not always possible to check these things in advance, and it further confirms my low opinion of evangelical Crosstians.

  13. Don’t like your diet much Craig but your dedication to the Burnes story is admirable.
    Look forward to reading it.
    There’s another story needing to be told and thankfully some who won’t let it get cold.

    Can’t wait until you have enough rope to hang them all in your true tale of Lies Treachery and that odd Man Werrity.

  14. Curious. The Charity Commission’s investigation found that AB was not a legitimate charity, and ordered its closure. Therefore the Commission’s guidelines on disclosure cannot possibly apply to AB.
    But here’s the nub:
    “The Charity Commission issued a statement that said: “As is always the case, when we apply an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act and do not release information, we explain the reasons why to the person making the request. Where required, as in this case, we carefully consider whether the public interest in withholding information outweighs the public interest in disclosure.”
    Now who, I wonder, told them that disclosure was not in the public interest? A lawyer who hadn’t read the papers? Or a slightly more influential entity?

  15. Clues:
    Louise Ellman on the side of the workers? Incredible.
    Date unknown:

  16. Komodo,
    Serves you right, for taking the piss out of the rapture freaks. The mysterious ways also include the crappy adverts instead of the lill devils and their handy work with their lill pitchforks on the nether/tail regions.
    I sympathies with you, and wish you luck, looking forward to read your up and coming book.

  17. Passerby: I can tell you’re Saved(tm). It was some comfort to find an evangelical user group whose members were complaining about the ad popping up everywhere too…
    Anyway, as far as I know, my own source of spiritual comfort and Biblical wisdom does not reach out to sinners quite as indiscriminately as TPHD: click in the knowledge of the Lord’s grace and protection, but don’t forget your tithe. Glory!

  18. Uzbek in the UK

    23 Mar, 2012 - 12:06 pm

    Take care of yourself Mr Murray. You must be working on one good piece of academic work. Modern days so called Historians (Niall Ferguson for example) do not bother to work in archives and sleep in cheap hotels in faraway places.

  19. Craig, you’re making me nostalgic. The happy days I spent in libraries and archives, munging through dusty, long-forgotten papers for hours and days and weeks on end. The joys of research…

  20. From memory having visited Delhi about 15 years ago, the Thali’s in the old part of the city were delicious.

  21. Sounds as if you are making good use of your time in Delhi, getting used to the food must take some time, you might get some British dishes in some of the better hotels or clubs, but I’m guessing here, others might know better.

    US staff were told to leave Ghaza at the beginning of this week, now this.

    To say that they did not know that these vehicles were US diplomatic vehicles sounds hollow. Maybe the IDF is being used to play politics, interviewing future Fulbright scholars can be such dangerous thing to do.

    But will baroness Ashton also pull out EU staff?

  22. Here they go again. Can they sniff oil or something?
    23 March 2012 Last updated at 13:40
    Somalia pirates: EU approves attacks on land bases
    The European Union has agreed to expand its mission against Somali pirates, by allowing military forces to attack land targets as well as those at sea.
    In a two year-extension of its mission, EU defence ministers agreed warships could target boats and fuel dumps.
    The BBC’s security correspondent Frank Gardner says the move is a significant step-up in operations, but one that also risks escalation.
    Several EU naval ships are currently on patrol off the Horn of Africa.
    They police shipping routes and protect humanitarian aid.
    The EU says the main tasks of the mission are the protection of vessels of the World Food Programme delivering food aid to displaced people in Somalia, and the fight against piracy off the Somali coast.
    In a statement, the EU’s foreign policy head Catherine Ashton said fighting piracy was a priority of the mission in the Horn of Africa.
    “Today’s important decision extends [Operation] Atalanta’s mandate for two more years and allows it to take more robust action on the Somali coast,” she said.
    The EU said “a budget of 14.9m euros (£12.4m; $197m) is provided for the common costs of the prolonged mandate”.

  23. Nevermind. I thought it odd that there was no date or time on that Mail story and that there was nothing about those deaths on any other site including the BBC’s. I think it refers to this report from 2003.

    October 15, 2003
    A roadside bomb ripped through an armored van in the Gaza Strip Wednesday, killing three Americans traveling through the area in a U.S. diplomatic convoy. New York Times reporter John Burns discusses the attack and the situation on the ground in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from his perspective in Jerusalem.

  24. Think you’re right, Mary.
    No doubt about the date on this one, though..

  25. The toxic Ungar in Ha’aretz today. In Ha’aretz, I stress. (As well as the JP, but that is unremarkable)

  26. “regional public sector pay rates.”
    Osborne=The Merchant of Venice.

  27. Apologise for the confusion caused, I thought I seen a 23 march date on the page. It did talk of bombing, nothing about groups active getting involved untile after the ‘bombing’. I think this is was an Israeli airstrike yesterday or the day before which lead to the call for US staff to leave.

    Thanks for the strategy paper Komodo. The aim of OP cast lead was to stop the missiles coming down on Israel, to that aim, it has failed.
    “Surely, if israel does not act strong enough, the number of missiles will increase”. was a justification for cast lead, again this overkill strategy has failed.

    Well, Israel did act strong, it killed mainly women and children which should have, no doubt, stopped the missiles, but it did not. Maybe, just maybe, they killed indiscriminately by targetting open places at a time when schools exchanged pupils, when there were lots of children running about, but it sure looked as if it was intentionally.

  28. Thanks for links Komodo, chilling though they are to read. Inbar and Singer reinforce the mindset of a General Eitan who referred to the Palestinians in Gaza as ‘drugged cockroaches in a bottle’.
    “WHEN WE HAVE settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle.”—Rafael Eitan, April 14, 1983
    “We declare openly that the Arabs have no right to settle on even one centimeter of Eretz Israel…Force is all they do or ever will understand. We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours.”—Rafael Eitan, April 13, 1983
    This is the latest report on the second hunger striker, Hanaa Shalabi.
    What is there to say? Terrible.
    Palestinian on Hunger Strike “in Mortal Danger”
    After more than a month on hunger strike, Hanaa Shalabi is in “immediate mortal danger” and at “risk of coma” according to a Physicians for Human Rights doctor. Shalabi’s strike came at the heels of another high profile campaign by Khader Adnan who survived a 66 day hunger strike before the Israeli authorities decided to release him. Both were arrested under Administrative Detention, a military order that allows Israeli authorities to arrest anyone and hold them indefinitely, without charge or trial. The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky met with the families of the two prisoners and spoke to lawyers Shawan Jabarin for Al Haq and Sahar Francis of Addameer about the mass imprisonment of Palestinians:

  29. The latest wheeze to defraud the 99% is a plan by London councils to take a cut from charities’ profits from donations of clothes in collection bins.

  30. boniface goncourt

    23 Mar, 2012 - 7:58 pm

    What’s with Baruch Goybama’s crocodile tears over the coloured person killed without due process in Florida? Every day Baruch’s fun drones kill coloured people without due process, only they are in Pakistan or Yemen.

  31. Quite right Boniface Goncourt, he’s a total hypocrite. How did anyone ever fall for for his hope and change rubbish? He is cold and calculating.

    “If I had a son, he would look like Trayyon.” FFS.

  32. Mary,
    The latest wheeze to defraud the 99% is a plan …..
    These bastards day by day are closer, and closer following the plantation owners, and robber barons policies. The booze at the cheap end is to be doubled in the price, because it is better for the health of the fucking great unwashed. The same does not apply to the cheap subsidised booze flowing in the commons bars, there are laws for us, and there is no fucking law for them.
    As the high earners pay less and less then the low earners have to stand for the shortfall, and boy there is always an ingenious way of going about the business of ripping off the punters.

  33. after Le Monde said the passport found in the appt of the alleged Toulouse killer had Israeli stamps in it, some zionist websites attempted to deny he’d visited, yet now we have the following, which sounds more like “cover” – detained and released!

    Haaretz: French intelligence chief: Toulouse shooter arrested by Israel Police in 2010 for possession of a knife
    Bernard Squarcini tells French newspaper Le Monde that Mohamed Merah, who killed four people in an attack on a Jewish school on Monday, was held by Israeli authorities after he was found in possession of a knife.
    The head of the French intelligence agency DCRI said in an interview on Friday that the Toulouse shooter was arrested by Israel Police in Jerusalem in 2010, after he was found in possession of a knife.
    Bernard Squarcini told the French newspaper Le Monde that Mohamed Merah, who killed four people in an attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday, was held by police in Jerusalem during his visit to Israel in 2010, but was released shortly after his detainment…

  34. St Theresa of May seems to be in another spot of bother. She went charging in on orders of the ‘Koalition’ to divert attention from the negative comment on the Budget’s reallocation of money from the poor to the rich.
    Hearing her using jargon like ‘pre-loading’ was excruciating.
    Now the plan seems to be illegal and even the Health Minister Anne Milton said so. She was probably following orders from Lansley who is opposed to the minimum pricing. Wonder why that is? In with the brewers and distillers lobby.
    None of the lot governing us are very bright.
    ‘Drinks companies threaten legal action over Prime Minister’s assault on cheap alcohol, claiming it ‘breaks EU law’
    David Cameron’s plans to tackle the scourge of binge-drinking descend into chaos with hours of launch
    Alcohol firms say imposing a minimum price of about 40 per unit is illegal under EU competition law
    Public health minister Anne Milton recently told MPs that minimum pricing was ‘illegal’ while Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General, is also believed to have warned Cabinet colleagues that it may breach European rules.
    The announcement had been pencilled in for next Monday, but it was instead unveiled to a half-empty House of Commons yesterday – highly unusual as MPs are usually in their constituencies on Fridays.
    Indeed, this was only the fourth time in ten years that a minister has made an announcement to the house on a Friday – previous occasions tackled the more urgent topics of Libya, swine flu and Iraq.’


  35. Dear Craig,

    There’s an interesting article by the novelist, activist, and writer, A. Roy about Indian capitalism and the vast disparity of wealth there, that Osborne seems intent on introducing back in the UK.

  36. I could not find that piece Writerman but this is interesting by the same author in The Hindu today, on the meddling of the US in Indian affairs.
    US further trying to build a cold war situation in China, says the well-known writer
    Well-known author Arundhati Roy said that the Indo-US relations were a “theatrical drama” enacted to induce India to support the US with a view to isolate Iran on one hand and help build a cold war situation in China.
    Addressing a meeting organised by the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners on the occasion of the 80 death anniversary of Bhagat Singh, Ms. Roy said the main concern of the US was how to isolate and attack Iran for its nuclear programme. In the same way, China had become the target of the US as a result of the escalation of the conflict on account of capitalism.
    She said the US had made Pakistan its ally but created a civil war in that country only to weaken it. The US was now interested in creating a similar situation in China with India as its ally. Accordingly, India had acceded to the US at every stage right from buying nuclear reactors to opening up foreign direct investment.
    The big investments right now were in the education sector wherein US universities wanted to set up franchises in India. That is why all universities in India were shifting to the semester system of examinations like in the US. It was also not a coincidence that spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar insisted that education should be privatised.
    Ms. Roy said India before 1989 was non-aligned but today it was a natural ally of US and Israel. The demolition of the Babri Masjid and the opening up of Indian markets were a deliberate attempt to weaken opposition to India becoming an ally of the US. War and arms shopping were the two techniques of the US to bail itself out of a tight economic situation.
    Earlier, civil rights activist Latif Mohammed Khan took exception to the failure of NGOs to raise their voice when Muslim youths were arrested after the blast in Mecca Masjid but released when the role of Hindu fundamentalists in the blasts was established.

  37. Fed-up – Re the health of the great unwashed – I heard James Naughty’s interview on R4 with someone about the enormous rise in cases of TB amongst rough sleepers, particularly in London; now that should be something to make the ruling classes sit up and take note of what’s happening around them; disease and epidemics are not respecters of gated communities. A re-run of the Great Plague would be a sharp reminder that we are all in it together.

  38. So let me get this straight. Merah a petty criminal with a record as long as your arm, was a regular visitor to Afghanistan and Pakistan where he had received terrorist training to fight NATO,had been under surveillance by French security services for 3 – 4 years.He broke out of a prison in Afghanistan where he headed back to Europe.A North African Arab he visited Israel on a tourist visa, was arrested in Jerusalem for possessing a knife which could be bought in every 3rd or 4th shop in the Old City. Was on a US no fly list which is a bit like having your credit card and passport cancelled.
    The unit who were sent to capture Merah were under instructions to take him alive, so they use 2 very large explosions to force him out of the appartment where he jumps, only to be shot in mid air by a sniper.
    Nothing suspicious here , move on.
    I used to be under the impression that Spike Milligan had trained the terrorists with exploding shoes and underpants ,needing fuses to be lit from matches .. now I think that the security services have oversize shoes,red noses and white faces.

  39. I missed that Rose.
    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) releases new guidance about tuberculosis (TB) in hard-to-reach communities, following Health Protection Agency figures that show that in 2011 there were 9,042 reported cases of TB in the UK, an increase of five percent from new cases reported in 2010. The Today programme’s Louise Jackson went to visit an outreach programme in South London while Professor Mike Kelly, director of public health at NICE, outlines concerns about the disease.
    40% of cases are in London. Oligarchs, dictators and ConDems watch out.
    I though the piece was more demonisation of the untermenschen by the middle class professionals and Radio 4.

  40. “Oligarchs, dictators and ConDems watch out.” These, Mary, are hardly likely to go down with TB. More likely to be mown down. As are bankers.
    Sorry, also off topic.

  41. deepgreepuddock

    24 Mar, 2012 - 12:19 pm

    Sort of true and untrue at the same time.
    There is a a variable degree of resistance to TB and people sleeping rough are likely to have poor diet and addiction/alcohol problems, apart from poor hygiene, and other problems related to stress and chaotic lifestyle. As a result such people are much more susceptible to an infection like TB.

    TB is mainly a disease related to living conditions although in the past people who were at the upper end of the social scale also succumbed. However, although I don’t know the figures I am certain that the incidence of TB is much less where people enjoy good living conditions with god space.

    TB is well known to be developing varieties which show extreme resistance to treatments that in the relatively recent past have been effective and this process seems to be continuing, and there have been problems in the recent past developing vaccines, although that seems like a surmountable problem.
    Yes it is worrying but it is likely that the poorest, and least well educated will suffer disproportionately if TB becomes more common.

    Talking of diet in India, a friend who lived in Delhi for about 6 months, living on the local food and suffering frequent bouts of intestinal discomfort began to yearn for something plain and ordinary. She settled on the idea of boiled eggs. She also wanted some creature comforts as she had been living cheaply.

    So she went to an expensive hotel, booked in, and next morning settled down at a nice table with a white tablecloth and ordered two boiled eggs and toast for breakfast. They arrived and before she could do anything, a waiter stepped forward, flipped the tops off the eggs, and sprinkled curry powder all over them.

  42. What is the Russian for ‘turf war’?
    Exiled Russian banker left in coma by submachine gun ‘assassination bid’ put under armed guard in hospital over fears of further attempts on his life
    German Gorbuntsov was ‘blasted with a submachine gun’ as he entered a block of flats near Canary Wharf
    Friends fear he was victim of mafia contract after he was a witness in the case of an attempted murder of another banker in 2009
    Forty-five-year-old exile is in a medically-induced coma in hospital
    Gorbuntsov is also on Moldova’s wanted list over allegations of an illegal bank takeover and embezzlement
    He has previously said: ‘If I go back to Russia, they will kill me’

    Nice type. Wish these Russian crooks would all clear off.

  43. The problem our health services have with TB is that it occurs in rough sleepers, those who still share needles and those permanently homeless in this country of 600.000 empty homes.
    The treatment for the modern varieties of TB is a six month affair, with daily routines having to be observed, a major problems with anybody who has no fixed abode or is drifting from am friends bed to another.

    Given time TB will spread and its ever shifting traits, like already mentioned, immune to today’s last generation antibiotics, will further evolve. It has the potential to become more lethal, faster than we can develop drugs against it.

  44. Mary,
    борьбе за сферы влияния
    “Struggle for sphere of influence”=”turf war”
    TB a highly infectious, and deadly disease, and its incidents on the rise, is an alarming development. Those sounding so sanguine and oh so calm about it somehow ignore that the current health service could not cope with the outbreak of bird flue, so to expect the same organization that is getting privatized too, to be able to cope with spread of the deadly disease that can easily be passed on, through breathing and coughing, in such places as underground, and public transport.
    The other day I was talking to an Iranian who told me, in his experience, these days UK reminds him of Iran, as it was under the Shah. He could not hide his astonishment that increasing visible gap between the rich and the poor has grown so wide, and the rigid class structure that is almost immobile, as well as the puerile and infantile logic of consumerism that is so prevalent.
    So it appears; the only way is down , baby!!!!!

  45. Uzbekistan closes the gas valve for Tajikistan
    Uzbekistan Tajikistan advised that the 1 April ceases to supply natural gas to the country. About this BakuToday 24 March, it was reported in State-run companies “Tajiktransgas.” According to the source, the Uzbek gas in his letter to the Tajik colleagues explain the supply shortage of gas resources. According to reports, two Britons determined to ensure deliveries of Uzbek blue fuel in China and Russia.
    We remind, according to signed 5 January this year, an agreement between “Uzbektransgazom” and “Tadžiktransgazom”, the amount of supplies for 2012 year is 200 million. cubic meters, and the guaranteed amount for the first quarter to 45 million. cubic meters of natural gas.
    Meanwhile, the Agency “Asia Plus” writes that in fact such action, most likely due to the contradiction between the parties with respect to the Farhadskoj dam in the North of Tajikistan. “The territory of the dam and reservoir in 1933 Farkhad, were leased to Uzbekistan for 40 years. Although this period is long overdue, neighbors don’t want to return the land. Currently Uzbekistan intends to acquire dam and reservoir on the Tajik side has not yet agreed, “he said.
    Tajikistan does not have its own resources to meet their needs of natural gas. At present, Russian Gazprom leads search for promising areas of Tajikistan. According to geologists, the country has sufficient reserves of gas, but it is not known when the first results would be available.

  46. Oops. Israeli diplomacy in action. NOT.
    Ambassadors Of Portugal, South Africa, Teargased Near Ramallah
    Saturday March 24, 2012 07:11 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies
    Ambassadors of Portugal and South Africa, in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, were treated for the effects of teargas inhalation after Israeli soldiers fired gas bombs at dozens of local and international peace activists during the weekly nonviolent protest against the Wall and Settlements in kufr Qaddoum village, near the Ramallah.

  47. There was a public meeting last night at UCL with Michael Mansfield, Robert Green, the late Hilda Murrell’s nephew, and Dr Kate Dewes the co- authors of A Thorn In Their Side.
    Michael Mansfield writes:
    Yet another miscarriage of justice. Andrew George who did not commit the murder of Hilda languishes in jail in the IoW.

    The book is well worth reading. I think it is on Amazon now.

  48. @Craig,

    Off topic – someone emailed me this, this morning. I essence Cameron was funded by the same funder as Missick in the Caribbean:-

    ” The mother of all ironies; and injustices, of course!
    1. Chief Justice Richard Ground, an Englishman, suspiciously ruled in favour of the PNP, eventuating the reversal of an already certified PDM election victory, and the accession to power of Michael Misick and the PNP in 2003.

    2. Englishmen, at least in great part it is believed, funded the successful PNP election campaigns of 2003 and 2007.

    3. An Englishman played a major role in engendering the “systemic corruption” that the Commission of Inquiry branded the PNP government with. We know that Floyd Hall then Deputy Premier got at least $19 million “loan”, and Michael Misick, then Premier, got at least a $10 – $16 million mansion. (The Turks and Caicos people got two at least $100 million overpriced hospitals which more than covered the cost of the mansion and the $19 million ” loan”).

    4. The hospitals contract, which is now breaking the Turks and Caicos people’s backs financially – hardly unlike slavery, and continues to be a secret those having to pay for it, was cooked up and signed in England.

    5. As a result of the English financed suspected corruption, an Englishman, Sir Robin Auld, was appointed to head a Commission of Enquiry into suspected corruption.

    6. An English governor and an English government – the Foreign & Commonwealth Office – presided over that suspected corruption, having ultimate authority in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

    7. An Englishman, the governor – first Gordon Wetherell, and now Ric Todd , was given supreme power to clean up and fix the mostly English created mess we’re in. Democratic elections were eliminated in the process for a promised period of two years.

    8. In a very punitive manner, an Englishman, Parliamentarian Henry Bellingham came to town for a few days, and told us that until we met eight cooked up “milestones”, our democracy is being suspended indefinitely.

    9. The three top officials – the governor, the CEO, and the attorney general, are all Englishmen. And Englishmen permeate, at the highest levels, all Turks and Caicos government departments.

    10. Englishmen are being paid to the tune of $11 million a year to investigate, and prosecute where necessary, so far mostly the Turks and Caicos alleged corrupted individuals. We of course know that for every corrupted, there is a corruptor, and that they both should be prosecuted.

    11. As a result of all the above, the Turks and Caicos people are suffering, being punished with the indefinite suspension of democracy; with a government being run by Englishmen – all white of course; and with being branded, and as being considered the world over, as corrupt. We Turks and Caicos Islanders are the corrupt, and the English have the high ground of having to set us straight.

    12. Meanwhile, Englishmen’s pockets are overflowing with our US dollars “fixing” an English created mess, and the Turks and Caicos people are catching hell.

    Go figure: the English broke it, we get punished for it, and the English are benefitting from “fixing” what they themselves have broken. Only the English could get away with something like this. Or will they really, in the long run? Even for them, the longest rope has an end.

    I take this opportunity to offer sincerest sympathy and condolences to the family of Trayvon Martin, after the senseless and obviously racist murder of their son and family member. It is my hope and my wish that justice be served for young Trayvon, and that the twin scourges of racism and of the feeling superiority of one race of people over another, be soon cleansed from this earth. I trust too that we the Turks and Caicos people will also see justice someday; that the mother of all ironies and injustices that is killing us, will have been defeated.

    P.W. ”

  49. Bahrain body count: Another protester dies in govt crackdown
    24 March, 2012, 16:33

    Bahraini protesters rally for political reforms in the Shiite village of Jidhafs, West Manama, on March 23, 2012 (AFP Photo / STR)

    One more activist has died after inhaling tear gas during anti-regime rallies in Bahrain. Peaceful protests erupted in violence throughout the country Friday, resulting in brutal police crackdowns that used rubber bullets and gas to disperse crowds.
    Anti-regime activists said that Ahmad Abdul Nabi was killed in the western village of Shakrakan during a clash with government forces. Police reportedly used a riot hose and tear gas to bring crowds under control, injuring dozens more.
    Demonstrators are protesting against the brutality of the security forces and call for the ouster of the ruling al-Khalifa regime.
    A 59-year-old woman, Abde Ali suffered the same fate on Friday after breathing in tear gas during a demonstration in village of Jidhafs near the capital.
    Following her death thousands of Bahraini citizens took to the streets to mourn those who had died during the protests.
    Anti-regime activists also released footage of a teenaged boy, bruised and handcuffed, whom they claim had been abducted and sexually abused by government forces.
    The 16-year-old was found in a store in the village Sanabis, outside of Manama, with his hands tied behind his back.
    Despite the ongoing reports of brutal government crackdowns since the beginning of the uprisings in the country in February 2011, the Bahraini government maintains it is implementing democratic reforms.
    They have also resolved to install video cameras in police stations to ensure that police abuse does not take place.
    Activists argue that this will have little effect.
    The UN estimates that about 13 people have been killed as a result of police brutality during anti-regime protests since the beginning of this year.
    Any of this on the BBC or in the media? No. Also remember Yates of the Yard is there now advising the Bahraini government.

  50. More on Kufr Qaddoum here, Mary:
    Just another wonderful day in the Middle East’s beacon of democracy, eh?

  51. Oddie – O/T sorry
    Mohamed Merah was no fanatic. He loved cars and girls. He was gullible, an easy mark and took the bait. He was probably autistic.
    The attacker at Montauban was according to witnesses, fat with a scar on his face. He wore a motor-cycle helmet, the visor was up.
    Merah’s bike had a GPS tracking device fitted so that French intelligence knew his whereabouts.
    This is a warning to British youngsters approached by handlers and offered trips abroad, money and fame to carry out ‘terror exercise rehearsals’ or anti-terror drills. You will end up dead.

  52. Deepgreenpuddock
    Our Indian brothers like chilli on their breakfast eggs.
    We English like lying. The political world would be so bland without it.
    I suspect that in most cases these young Muslims are not gullible at all, but are befriended by kind, avuncular political Muslims and served up to the intelligence agencies in exchange for deals in the Middle and Far East. There is a tradition in Islam of following those with greater knowledge than your own – and political Muslims put it to good use for their own nefarious ends.

  53. Cash for access. Breaking news.
    Tory treasurer charges £250,000 for a meeting with Cameron – Sunday Times headline tomorrow.
    The treasurer is a Peter Cruddas. The meetings will even extend to a meal with SamCam and Cameron.

  54. Further on the ITV website
    Thanks for the link about the dog attack Komodo. The Israelis know that dogs terrify Palestinians anyway.

  55. Hit a nerve have they?

  56. Guilty as charged, Vronsky. Your solution?
    (welcome to the debate)

  57. G-d bless the Zionists, at least they are learning honesty:
    In clear: “We don’t give a Fosters XXXX for human rights, and if our best mate does, he’s gay”

  58. Mary,
    Cruelty seems to be a genetically shared characteristic of the “master race” : A sunny afternoon in the occupied Palestine

  59. “Your solution?”
    Ahem. I’ve told you – devolution, separation, fragmentation, ungovernability. Set up local, parochial parties, vaguely socially democratic, definitely anti-centrist, thrusting on local issues, difficult for the Bullingdon Boys (of whichever party) to challenge without seeming remote and disengaged. Yes it’s scummy, but I hope you don’t imagine that the punters will traipse away from their tellies and vote for abstract intellectual liberalism. I also presume you’re aware that the only realistic (and darkly attractive) option is shooting a few carefully chosen arseholes, as thoughtfully recommended by Boniface (perhaps I over interpret his position).
    Or you can just keep posting here. That’s really going to worry the bastards to death, that is.
    I’m probably talking crap as usual, but there needs to be some imagining done ‘here or there or elsewhere’ (Eliot) of what we must do – not just this endless despondent cataloguing of the evils of our masters.

  60. Agree with bits of that, Vronsky. Particularly the shooting bit, although I do not imagine the punters will traipse away from their tellies when you offer them the opportunity of stopping a police bullet themselves, in a noble cause; and new arseholes usually arise to replace the ones with extra apertures (see Egypt, eg). We’re not NEARLY poor and oppressed enough for that. What is slowly sinking in is that the forms of national and transnational government are completely irrelevant: these exist solely as the tools of the extremely greedy and their life-support system, “the markets”. So I have some sympathy with the idea of devolution and downsizing of democracy.
    Will this reduce the influence of capital? Somehow I doubt it. The downsized democratic units will still need funding, and deals will still be made. And I have no trustworthy method of ensuring that someone I vote for is not will not fill his boots courtesy of Tesco or PWC in exchange for his democratically assigned influence.
    I guess I’ll carry on coming here, then.
    1. Because it publicises – to some extent – issues which are poorly or not treated at all in the MSM,
    2. Because it enables debate, and this exchange is a good example
    3. Because the company is by and large congenial.

  61. boniface goncourt

    25 Mar, 2012 - 2:16 am

    “Key questions include how Merah, described by French intelligence boss Ange Mancini as ‘a little failure from the suburbs’, was able to amass an arsenal of weapons – including an Uzi sub-machinegun – and rent a car, despite having no clear source of income.”
    LOL…..remember the shoe bomber, the underpants bomber, all those other penniless morons with non-explosive devices who somehow had loadsa money after mysterious trips to Israhell…? And their little comedies always happen when Israhell needs a boost..?
    Just like Paris, 1938, where unemployed Polish Jew Herschel Grynszpan, having survived for 2 years without papers, job, money, or even knowing French, gunned down a German embassy official, thus
    provoking the anti-Jewish riots of Kristallnacht…
    “The assassin, who was well-heeled with both money and an expensive gun that he had just bought for cash, pumped the bullets into Ernst vom Rath…..Grynszpan had checked into an expensive hotel just round the corner from the offices of LICA, the forerunner of the modern Jewish activitist group LICRA, and it was LICA who at once hired one of the foremost barristers in Paris, and paid his legal costs when he was arrested. People are entitled to draw their own conclusions.”

  62. I don’t sctually believe this guy is dead-apart from officially.
    A bit like Osama bin Laden.
    It strikes me as being extremely remiss of the spooks to kill someone when they could capture and torture them for months using the latest brain toys,trying to find out the extent of their network and bakckers.
    I’d imagine in the case of Osama bin Laden,after months of torture and,ahenm,brain-probing as to who his network and funders for 911 were the spooks are tired of Osama repeatedly moan -thru the waterboarding and torture- “Bush”.

  63. Everybody Andhis Brother

    25 Mar, 2012 - 3:46 am

    Scottish independence is already yielding dividends. The lies of warring states are being exposed.

    Hopeful as I was, I never expected so much from simple self-determination. Mister Murray, it’s a privilege to recognize a Scot in bad odor as one of the founding fathers of the world. I’ll get some malt oisce and drink to you tomorrow.


  65. Thanks for finding that piece by Ms Roy. Although long, it is excellent.
    On the Wikipedia page for Mukesh Ambani, the main subject of that article, it says he is … a member of the board of directors of Bank of America Corporation and a present member of the international advisory board of the Council on Foreign Relations.


    Enough said.

    Incidentally Writerman had mentioned it earlier but there was no link.
    ‘writerman 24 Mar, 2012 – 8:34 am
    Dear Craig,

    There’s an interesting article by the novelist, activist, and writer, A. Roy about Indian capitalism and the vast disparity of wealth there, that Osborne seems intent on introducing back in the UK.’

  66. I bet that when Cameron and co. sing ‘Jerusalem’, they give the line ‘In England’s green and pleasant land’ extra oomph.
    What hypocrites. Having tried and failed (so far) to flog off our forests and woods, they are now setting about the destruction of the Green Belt.
    The developers’ friends.

  67. Yesterday I was driving down the M5 at 06.20 in the morning and I overtook the coach which was crawling up a slope belching blue smoke as if the head gasket was gone.
    Possibly the driver was making for the Frankley Services to get his passengers out of harm’s way, but the engine must have seized exactly at a point where there was a footbridge and where there was no hard shoulder a few hundres metres short of the Services slipway.
    With hindsight he would have been better to have pulled over before the bridge. With hindsight I was going much too fast myself for the foggy conditions. One never thinks there will be a stationary object in the way. If I had been two minutes later I might have run straight into the coach which was sprawled right across the carriageway.
    Many Muslims are bussed to horticultural sites around the country to earn a living on the land for all our benefit.
    But when disaster strikes as on this occasion we believe in Allah’s control over our destinies.
    Indeed we belong to God and to Him is our return.

  68. Hi Craig — o/t — I did transcripts of your briefly missing ICD youtubes and sent them as attachments to you at the ru e-mail address. Hope you get them, hope they’re wanted.

  69. Guano Noted. You were lucky. You draw attention to the hidden world of the poor. Travelling on a crap bus, no limos for those workers going to a gang master’s packing shed for the minimum wage.

    When Cameron’s friends take over the road system, they will appropriate all the hard shoulders for extra lanes or widening. What then? Crash after crash?

  70. We do so agree.
    She’s not the only one who wishes that……..

  71. Fink returns to lead treasurer role


    Tory peer Lord Fink is to replace Peter Cruddas as the party’s principal treasurer, it has been announced.

    Hedge fund millionaire Lord Fink previously held the role until earlier this month, when it was taken over by Mr Cruddas.

    A Conservative Party spokesman said: “In the light of the resignation of Peter Cruddas yesterday, Lord Fink has agreed to return as the party’s principal treasurer, the role he stepped down from at the beginning of March. Michael Farmer will continue to support Stanley Fink as a co-treasurer.

    “We are grateful to Stanley for agreeing to this and we believe that this will ensure that the treasurers’ department will continue to operate to the highest possible standards under his stewardship.”

    Hmmmm. Lord Fink…some cosy connections here.

  72. Now I am wondering….Murdoch’s Times broke the Cruddas story. Is the old bastard getting his own back for something Cameron did or didn’t do for him? Has Rebekah been thrown to thw wolves at last? How much deeper does this go?

  73. Thanks Komodo. They can always rely on Fink.
    Listen to Paul Mason speaking to the useless drip Sir Christoper Kelly Committee on Standards ib Public Life on Broadcasting House this morning. Kelly does not speak of the complete lack of morals in this unpleasant affair, merely of the dangers of individuals funding parties. He even chuckled. He advocates public funding of course.
    No rules broken. No laws broken. No money changed hands. The whole segment indicates that Whitewash Mason sees this as a close shave for the Tories but carry on boys making sure to keep it all under cover.
    . 6′ 45″ secs in

    Friends of Israel lobbies and party funding by UK/Israel dual passport holders were not mentioned of course.
    Better stick to Newsnight Mason.

  74. JC are boasting that Fink will be joined by three new Jewish peers in the House of Lords, Monroe Palmer treasurer of the Liberal Democrats and ardent Friend of Israel, Michael Grade of Channel 4 and ITV and a Jonathan Kestenbaum of the UJIA.
    |I said the other dau that the Star of David was missing from the new window in Westminster Hall.

  75. Hidari on Medialens has produced this list.
    Amid the ‘concern’ for cash for access…..
    Posted by Hidari on March 25, 2012, 1:06 pm
    Amid the media’s oh-so-sincere concern about ‘cash for access’, remember that this (below) is all perfectly legal and, indeed, is the oil on which our ‘democracy’ runs.
    ‘The Front Bench Club
    Annual membership: £5,000
    Chairman: The Hon Nicholas Soames MP
    For those with a deep interest in politics and current affairs who want to make a serious contribution to our Party. Members have the opportunity to meet and debate with MPs at a series of political lunches and receptions held throughout the year. Members will also be invited to all Team 2000 club events and other social events.

    The Renaissance Forum
    Annual membership: £10,000 Chairman: James Stewart
    For our closest supporters to enjoy dinners and political debate with eminent speakers from the world of business and politics. Members are invited to all Team 2000 events.

    Treasurers’ Group
    Annual membership: £25,000
    The Treasurers’ Group is aimed at substantial financial supporters with a keen interest in politics. Members are invited to join senior figures from the Conservative Party at dinners, lunches, drinks receptions, election result events and important campaign launches.
    The Leader’s Group
    Annual membership: £50,000 Chairman: Howard Leigh
    The Leader’s Group is the premier supporter Group of the Conservative Party. Members are invited to join David Cameron and other senior figures from the Conservative Party at dinners, post-PMQ lunches, drinks receptions, election result events and important campaign launches.’

  76. You might like to pay special attention to the last three paragraphs and comments below the article.

  77. Vronsky at 11.50 – Yes it all does seem a little bit Monty Python – we go round like farts in a colander don’t we.

    I try and resist considering the “darkly attractive” alternatives (and they are attractive) because not to would be to drop to the level of those whose activities and attitudes I despise.

    As Komodo says you can find out stuff here not always published in the mainstream press, and for me there are some knowledgeable and thoughtful contributors whose insights are worth reading.

    And who knows – perhaps there are those out there who may have practical and acceptable answers to “What can we do?” Without wishing to be condemned as a God botherer (Kom) I would recommend the parable of the mustard seed.

  78. Abdul Jarndyce

    25 Mar, 2012 - 6:03 pm

    The secret report that could have cleared the ‘Lockerbie bomber’:

  79. SCCRC Statement of Reasons


  80. Abdul Jarndyce

    25 Mar, 2012 - 6:35 pm

    Reported 40,000 on pro-Palestine march in Morocco:

  81. Tom that link did not seem to work. I have it as this
    10.55 Mb

  82. The publication by The Sunday Herald of the SCCRC report on Megrahi may be significant. Clearly the Scottish Crown Office thinks so, as they have been desperately leaking their own agenda to the right wing press. But I say ‘may be significant’ because already the signs are that the Scottish legal establishment intends to just deny, deny, deny and ride the thing out. Salmond has been declaring his belief that the release of the report is a good thing, an expression that might have been a tad more convincing if he had said so before the Sunday Herald printed the stuff anyway.
    Salmond was anxious to point out that most of Megrahi’s claims of grounds for appeal were dismissed, ignoring that legally having just one validates the appeal. The SCCRC conceded Megrahi six justifications for appeal, not one.
    I’m always (as you know) of the view that things are better in Scotland and we don’t roll over for the bastards as easily as you feckless lot dahn sarf, but the SNP’s repetitive fumbling of this issue is depressing. What have the CIA got on Salmond that he can’t do the obviously decent thing? And what next?

  83. boniface goncourt

    25 Mar, 2012 - 7:38 pm


    “But when disaster strikes as on this occasion we believe in Allah’s control over our destinies. Indeed we belong to God and to Him is our return.”

    So if ‘allah’ gets bored being cooped up in the right hemisphere of
    your brain, he does a coach crash and kills a whole bunch of people, for kicks? It’s just as well he and his bruv ‘yahweh’ are
    imaginary products of psychopathic vanity. If those twunts really existed, things would be even worse than they are!

    BTW Guano you seem to be a legal UK resident. When settling in a secular, modern society, why not take advantage of it, and in courtesy to your hosts, cleanse yourself of backward superstition?

  84. Vronsky – Did you hear that St Theresa of May is threatening border controls and checks if Scotland becomes independent?!
    Scottish independence: ‘Border checks’ warning from home secretary
    Home Secretary Theresa May says border checks are a possibility
    Scotland’s Future
    STUC backs SNP referendum terms
    Watchdog makes voting age warning
    Scots ‘Yes’ campaign set for May
    UK’s future addressed in speeches
    An independent Scotland could face the prospect of checks at its border with England, Home Secretary Theresa May has ++warned++.
    It comes after a conference speech when Ms May claimed independence could lead to mass immigration problems.
    Afterwards, the home secretary said she envisaged “some sort of border check” if Scotland joined the European Schengen common travel area.
    The SNP dismissed Ms May’s comments as “scaremongering nonsense”.
    Ms May called for clarity on the issue as part of the independence debate.
    The Scottish government has said it wants to hold the referendum on independence in autumn 2014.
    At the Scottish Conservative party conference in Troon on Saturday, the home secretary highlighted the danger of joining Europe’s Schengen area, which allows free movement of people within a number of EU countries.

    “An independent Scotland will be part of the common travel area which already exists within and between the UK and Ireland” Pete Wishart
    SNP Home Office Affairs spokesman

    She said: “Joining Europe’s borderless Schengen area could open Scotland’s border up to mass immigration.”

  85. Was watching David Davis (don’t dislike him though i generally disagree with him) on Question Time on Thursday explaining that the problem was that in some parts of the country public sector workers got 18 to 20% more pay than their equivalents in the private sector. The fact that many bank executives are getting hundreds of times the average wage, some of them funding it from bail-outs from taxpayers on average or low wages, doesn’t bother the Conservatives, but anyone in the public sector being paid slightly more than someone in the private sector, that is unfair and must be changed as far as they’re concerned.

    The only good thing about this budget is that it will have lost the Conservative party a lot of votes. That won’t make up for all the people made to suffer between now and the next election though – and Cameron seems ot be hoping for another Falklands War rather than negotiating resource sharing on any oil and gas revenues from the Falklands’ waters with the Argentinians (i’m sure Kirchner is using the Falklands as a distraction from Argentine economic problems and unemployment too, just as with Thatcher and the Argentine junta in 1982 – i doubt an elected Argentinian government will be as reckless as the military regime were though – they’ll stick to economic sanctions rather than war)

  86. Boniface Goncourt
    Your kind of anti-religious tripe is the best justification for the existence of Islamist fundamentalist politics.
    Without your type of nihilistic ignorance they would find it hard to gain a foothold among the stressed Muslim youth.
    Here’s some of their unholy activities in Syria, in alliance with USUKIS governments.
    Have you ever thought that your toxic atheism was benefiting these mad mullahs, whom our government supports and whom we ordinary Muslims despise?
    I am clear in my own mind that as a former Christian Englishman I am merely continuing in the religious tradition of this country by joining Islam, while the rest of English society has swung off the road down the folly of atheism.
    I presume you use ‘hosts’ about the UK in the same sense as a naturalist would about fleas. I live here, and I benefit from the umbrella of safety that the UK provides for its own citizens, but I disassociate myself from 99% of what my government, rabid Tories or New Liebour variety, tries to do in domestic or foreign policy.
    So, naturalists observe, a flea
    Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
    And these have smaller still to bite ’em;
    And so proceed ad infinitum.
    Jonathan Swift: Poetry, a Rhapsody.]
    I don’t know why you want to bite me.
    Assalamu ‘alaykum

  87. Why the story of Megrahi surfaces now?
    Gaddafi dead and gone,
    Libya occupied and under new management,
    Panam passengers’ next of kin paid off, and the lawyers fees charged,
    Megrahi jailed and pound of flesh extracted for the benefit of the dog and pony revenge show,
    Why would this story need to remain alive?
    What is the reason for keeping the story current?
    Those who have followed the story of the Megrahi and his conviction for years have known about the Kangaroo court that sent him down based on contrived “evidence”. The witnesses testifying were either; paid off, coerced, etc.
    This story is doing the rounds and the relevant dossier getting released from a “known” shop front, What are these bastards up to now? Anyone any ideas?

  88. “Anyone any ideas?”
    Megrahi served the purpose of demonising Libya/Gaddafi, mission accomplished, now lets find him innocent so we can blame some other nation for the Pan Am 103 crash, so who`s left to point the finger at, to demonise in the publics minds, so we can attack them, let me see…who do we want to invade next, “Anyone any ideas?”.

  89. “Scottish independence: ‘Border checks’ warning from home secretary”
    Mary, its far worse then that
    What are they going to come up with next ?…If the Martians send an invading army to Scotland and the Martian tripods start to singe sporrans with their death rays don`t expect England to help out.

  90. boniface goncourt

    25 Mar, 2012 - 11:27 pm

    LESSON 1

    GODBANGER: The universe was created by a beardy guy who got killed then came back to life and rode up into the clouds on a donkey! Give me your money.

    ME: I don’t believe you.

    GODBANGER: You speak anti-religious tripe!

    LESSON 2

    GODBANGER: I got smack, blow, toot, meth, crack, crank, E, meowmeow! Give me your money.

    ME: Nah, that stuff is bad for you.

    GODBANGER: You speak toxic atheism!

  91. boniface goncourt

    26 Mar, 2012 - 2:21 am

    “An elderly woman who suffered a fall was left lying on the floor at a care home for up to ten minutes because a senior nurse was praying, an inquest heard. Abdul Bhutto, an agency nurse, told junior staff they would have to wait until he finished before
    he would attend to 87-year-old Dorothy Griffiths, who died nine days later. Mrs Griffiths, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, was left on the floor while the Muslim nurse continued to pray on his mat. Eventually he arrived and examined the pensioner before telling carers to put her back to bed. She was later found unresponsive and was taken to hospital. Mrs Griffiths had cut her head and gashed her hip when she fell from her bed during the night and was found on the floor when staff rushed to her room after hearing a loud bang. A carer went to the care home’s office for help to lift her but Mr Bhutto, who was in charge, said they would have to wait until he had finished his prayers.”

    Those moderate muslims! Don’t you just love them?

  92. A Pretentious Fool.

  93. @mary
    Yes – it’s confusing. At one and the same time we are going to be suffocated by draconian new border controls, while simultaneously overrun by uncontrolled immigration.
    I was once approached to stand as a councillor but found the idea unappealing until I discovered that as a councillor I could decide how taxi drivers should dress. Fortunately for the taxi drivers I was never elected. But I hope I get to choose the border guards’ uniforms.

  94. What a waste of a donated heart to this ageing evil warmonger. See how many Americans are on the waiting list.
    Dick Cheney Gets New Heart
    Former Vice President Recovering After Undergoing Surgery

  95. Duncan:
    “…the problem was that in some parts of the country public sector workers got 18 to 20% more pay than their equivalents in the private sector. The fact that many bank executives are getting hundreds of times the average wage, some of them funding it from bail-outs from taxpayers on average or low wages, doesn’t bother the Conservatives, but anyone in the public sector being paid slightly more than someone in the private sector, that is unfair and must be changed as far as they’re concerned.”
    You are forgetting that bankers and corporate directors generally are essential to the economy. In order to recruit the best we must pay top whack, otherwise the talent will go abroad, a pestilence will descend on the land, and we will all die.
    On the other hand, labour units must be hired at the minimum possible price in order to maximise profits for the directors and shareholders, and it is deeply unfair that the public sector should attempt to recruit the best labour units for itself by offering more money. The public sector should content itself with cheap, unqualified and useless labour units because THE MARKETS (praise and glory) are not (yet) allowed to make a profit out of it. Anyway, most of these labour units live north of Watford and are not really human at all.
    Rose: the mustard seed analogy is apt. But as a non-godbotherer I prefer poppy seed…smaller, more prolific, and you sow it in winter…

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