Outage 176

Apologies for the outage, which was purely technical and non-sinister and to do with the domain name expiring yesterday, but having to be renewed the Friday before because yesterday was a public holiday in San Francisco. I am dashinng off to Madrid today to give a talk there. Am seething with outrage about Babar Ahmad and at George Osborne; please express some outrage for me on those topics till I get time to do so!!

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  • Mary

    Gideon is a sadomasochist. He so enjoyed saying we had to have some more pain.

    Pity Babar Ahmad and the four other BRITISH men. May their God help them through their terrible ordeal. I felt sorry too for Mr. Ahmad’s father. Such a gentle man. Heartbreaking.

  • Mary

    The vultures carry on as normal.

    Banking giant Barclays has agreed to buy savings and mortgage business ING Direct UK in a deal that will see it add another 1.5 million customers.

    The acquisition will boost Barclays’ savings business by £10.9 billion and its mortgage book by £5.6 billion.

    Barclays, which will also take on around 750 ING Direct employees, said it would honour existing terms and conditions for ING Direct customers.


  • Komodo

    Median full-time gross annual earnings 0f 18-21 age group (both sexes) in 2011: £14,445.


    Annual wage of Level 1 Private in the Army (current): £17,265


    In 2010, single corporals and below were charged between £5.11 and £14.84 p.w. for accommodation: living in barracks they paid £28.91 for food (waived on exercise or deployed under field conditions). A married private lucky enough to get a three-bedroomed house in Married Quarters would have paid between £18.90 and £64.71 p.w. for the privilege. He would not pay the full Council Tax on this.

    Yes, I entirely agree that someone volunteering to go and get shot at for his country is entitled to generous treatment – perhaps more generous treatment than this. But in most parts of the country you won’t get a three-bed – or a one-bed – let for £65 pw or anything like it, and unless you are particularly fond of lentils, £29 makes for a pretty miserable diet.

    So let us by all means hand the FSA fines to the Army (final destination actually unspecified – is it really going to support the wounded?) Let’s abandon our pretence of an equal and just society, in which the age of majority is 18 and all citizens have an equal, if parsimonious bite, of the cherry, and force our newly enfranchised citizens to sleep on their parents’ or friends’ sofas* until such time as it is possible to find employment. Or until the next financial crash, when the bar will be raised further. Let us not on any account use the FSA fines to right the gigantic wrongs inflicted by corporate fraudsters on the economy at large.

    *With their permission. Squatting is now a criminal offence.

  • DtP

    Whey hey – thought you’d been tapped by Billy Hague’s bunch of Jimmy Savile worshippers – hadn’t really considered you chucking a cup of tea over the server in an act of clumsyness. Bravo! Now then guys ‘n’ girls, let’s cover up for the widespread peado ring at the BBC. Did Jimmy Savile know Leon Britten – we should be told?

  • willyrobinson

    Re: Babar Ahmed, the ECHR’s attude was pretty disturbing.
    Sadhbh Walshe’s piece is very good:
    I hadn’t heard of SAMS before, for example. The biggest diasppointment though was her comment below the line: ‘I spoke with length with Gareth Peirce, the lawyer involved in the case and she explained her shock that the court (ECHR) would not even allow the defense to present rebuttal evidence. As far as she was concerned they were not given a seat at the table, something she said was a first for her.’

  • John Goss

    WillyRobinson, I thought that too. The European Court of Human Rights used to be a check against nation-state abuse of its citizens. Now it seems compliant with the nation state. I suspect Zionist money being behind this change in function. It is disturbing. Gareth Peirce is a great lawyer, but even a great lawyer cannot win a case she cannot present. I posted this link earlier to her America’s non-compliance article in London Review of Books but for those who missed it her it is again.


  • technicolour

    Just posted this on previous thread: seems pretty weedy, but I am shaking my fist at the heavens too, if that helps:

    Oh good, we’re back. The only place I know where anyone is actively showing concern about shipping people who have not been tried or found guilty off to another country where a brutal show trial, and/or endless isolation, awaits them.

    How many people are the US holding in lifelong isolation? (I know of at least one person, after the so-called 9/11 trials; will look) Can one get a more refined form of barbarism?

  • willyrobinson

    Thanks for the link John. I’m not sure if it’s money or power behind this change, but it does appear that the court doesn’t want to be outside of the north atlantic consensus on security issues, (ie that governments should be given a free pass to do whatever they like) no matter how unjust that is. Courts all over the world have abnegated responsibility for cases regarding national security, and now the ECHR has followed suit. Bitterly disappointed.

  • Komodo

    Osborne: The Daily Wail explains why he’s not really fussed about chasing tax evaders:


    CQS is not operating illegally and there is no suggestion of wrongdoing. But the details have emerged just days after Mr Cameron hit out at comedian Jimmy Carr for using a tax avoidance scheme in Jersey.

    He described it as ‘morally wrong’ for Carr to pay just one per cent on his £3 million income.

    Chancellor George Osborne has branded tax avoidance as ‘morally repugnant’ – but he received £37,500 in donations from Mr Hintze and £1,254 in services from his company CQS, claim the newspaper.

    Mr Hintze – estimated to be worth £700million – is said to have donated over £1.2million and loaned the Tories another £2.5million since 2005.

    Also donated £100K to Atlantic Bridge.
    Where’s Werritty?

  • John Goss

    Technicolour, 25,000 is the population of Haverhill! They closed Alcatraz and built prisons of a much more disturbing nature.

    WillyRobinson, my main concern is that these 21st century measures of detainment without trial seem particularly targeted at Muslims. Theresa May is racist to the core. With her it’s all repatriation, deportation and extradition. And as Talha Ahsan has written she is ‘a feeble servant to her masters’ in the US.

  • DtP

    @John Goss – I think you’re overplaying it a bit to infer that Teresa May is racist because she wants these guys out of Britain when they had no business here in the first place – he ain’t from Croydon ya know? Why should my taxes be used to defend a guy that has nothing at all to do with Britain?

  • Jay


    This is old news now;

    When complete apathy has set in and our material existence has served its purpose, lets hope thats the emotions that we are left serve the common purpose for the greater humanity.
    Until the tolerance still holds most of us to heal.

    Why have the Liberals sold themselves out. They could easily have control of this Nation.

    Cleggs is a traitorous, either that or a bloody convincing spy.

  • Komodo

    Why should my taxes be used to defend a guy that has nothing at all to do with Britain?

    The people being deported are alleged to be supporters of brutal and uncivilised methods, and we claim to be guardians of freedom and democracy.

    Banging up suspects without trial and deporting them to a country where a lifetime of solitary confinement is the accepted norm sends the wrong message. Spectacularly.

  • DtP

    @Mary – I have it on ‘very good’ authority that Leon Britton would not be one’s first choice as Santa at a kiddies’ Chrimbo do! Apparently everybody knew.

  • Clark

    Craig wrote:

    “purely technical and non-sinister”

    which it was, but the accidental problem was a very similar fault as would be introduced deliberately to implement censorship. With a bit of community effort we could circumvent that:




  • Clark

    This site and blog were all up, running and connected, but the site’s entry in DNS, the great “Phone Book of the Internet” had been deleted.

    Users who added the following line to a file called “hosts” on their own computer were using this site as normal: ww w.craigmurray.org.uk

    (You need to remove the space between the second and third Ws. I put it there to stop WordPress displaying the URL as a link)

    That’s it; create your own local “phone book” entry. Here’s how to edit hosts


  • Komodo

    Could be, but would it be? Enforcement agencies shut down websites at the server, as far as I know: whether the IP is on a DNS or your hostfile doesn’t make any difference.

  • Komodo

    Addendum: you’ll prob. need Admin rights to do that on Windows, and Linux may need some tweaks to get it right. Incidentally if you ever telnet this server, it’s not using Port 23. Try 80.

  • Clark

    Komodo, that depends on where the server is. Craig moved to a server outside of the UK to avoid the UK libel law rubbish, for instance.

  • DtP

    @Komodo – I completely get where you’re coming from butit’s the process that’s wrong – a sort of return to Diploc trials or probably internment of the 70’s and 40’s. I don’t know if this guy is guilty or innocent and, mae culpa, i’m not too bothered. The enforced rationality being that if it saves 1 British life then that’s sufficient. We have built our laws around historical precepts that are simply irrelevant nowadays, that border controls are inept and that suicide bombers don’t care about targets are great threats to internal security. We’re so enforced into the globalized freedom of capital, movement, information flows that law, as we have it, simply hasn’t moved along. Politicains have no need to make it transparent, lawyers certainly don’t and judges only care about protecting themselves.

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