Gordon Brown

by craig on September 19, 2013 7:44 pm in Uncategorized

I have a guilty political secret.  I do not detest Gordon Brown.  That is such an unfashionable opinion that I don’t really expect any comments at all to agree with it.  And yes, I do realise that he went along with the Iraq War and all the other horrors of the Blair era. Interestingly, I don’t remember the question of what Gordon Brown really thought about Iraq ever being discussed; he deserves condemnation for having not tried to stop it, and perhaps he was indeed an enthusiast.  And I am well aware that the Private Finance Initiative is a terrible disaster, and that he oversaw creeping privatisation in the health services, and – worst of all – the introduction of tuition fees.

And yet I cannot dislike him.  Probably because I just know too many people who have  known him through decades, who are themselves good people, and who like him.  Around Edinburgh and Fife you will find it hard to find people who actually know him who share the hatred and contempt he seems to arouse among the political and media classes of London.

As a general rule I do not like or dislike people according to their politics, but rather according to the sincerity of their political beliefs and the goodwill with which they hold them.  I am sure Anders Breivik is sincere in his political beliefs, but those are lacking in goodwill. Sincerity is not enough – humanity and inclusiveness are also important.

There are one nation Tories who seem to me perfectly decent people, genuinely trying to do good.  I don’t hate them because their political conclusions on the best way to do good are different to mine.  Gordon Brown I put rather in the same category – I feel he was trying to do good for ordinary people, he just got it wrong.

Blair is in a whole different category again – insincere, absolutely focused on attaining personal power, and with a Messianic belief that what is good for him must be good for the World.  The Guardian is publishing some emails around the Blair Brown rivalry this week.  I don’t care and won’t read them.  But while I see Blair as quite properly damned for eternity to the seventh pit of hell, I don’t think Brown deserves anything worse than North Queensferry.

I have been in Ghana the last 20 days living in a house with no internet connection and working (extremely hard) in an office with virtually no internet connection – not enough to load WordPress.  I hope to get more chance to blog shortly.

 

 

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  1. That’s a bit like ‘He slid his opponent’s throat…, politely.’ This also doesn’t reflect W’s solid reasoning of ‘You’re either with or against US in the fight against tremor!’ Yes, never ever underestimate your opponent, but embrace him like a brother? Only after his humiliating defeat has turned him into an equal. Brown hasn’t shown any remorse after his loss [mainly because he hasn’t got an emotional clue, imo], so go and sit with the rest of the losers in that prospering hall of shame around the corner.

  2. It’s unfashionable, certainly, but I’ve always rather thought the same. He’s possibly a flawed man, very probably not the right sort of person to be PM. But a bad man? Not at all. In fact, one of his major problems was that he cared very deeply and personally about the problems facing people in the country, and simply couldn’t cope with it all.

    Recall his repeated, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry… I’m so sorry” to the bereaved mother of one of our soldiers in Iraq, which she’d taped for the tabloid filth when he telephoned her to give his condolences. He was clearly besides himself with genuine remorse that his government’s policies had caused her grief.

    An inability to delegate seemed another of his flaws. Problems were coming in by the minute, and he became overwhelmed. Blair seemed to rise above it all, secure in the knowledge that everything he’d done was by definition for the best possible motives, so he was therefore blameless for anything that resulted. Brown was entirely the opposite in that regard – he agonised over everything, and it pretty much destroyed him.

  3. Come on, Someone – we went over that a few years ago. It’s utter nonsense.

  4. Hi Craig, good stuff and good to see you on top form!

    “That is such an unfashionable opinion that I don’t really expect any comments at all to agree with it. 

    Sadly, during your absence, Jon has taken it upon himself to ban Habbabkuk, whose unfashionable opinions were, by the testament of many here who profoundly disagreed with his views, refreshing to the lazy consesus of Mary, Komodo, Fedup, et al, that so frequently prevails during your periods of absence.

    Our good mod Jon has given “English Knight” every conceivable chance, and still he is allowed to post his openly anti-Semitic diatribes here, whilst Habbabkuk remains banned for one single contravention, the context leading up to which Jon deliberately ignores.

    I would therefore ask of you to reinstate Habbabkuk forthwith.

  5. Glenn_uk: “An inability to delegate seemed another of his flaws.”

    Especially after the recent historic vote in Parliament, I’m still rather glad that it was Brown’s protege Miliband that was elected to lead the Labour Party, rather than Blair’s.

  6. Villager: I knew Ed Miliband leaned toward the Brown camp rather than the Blairites, and that David M was definitely Blair’s stooge, but I didn’t know that Ed Miliband was actually a protege of Brown. Interesting, thanks.

  7. How to have your cake and eat it…
    a.k.a.
    Opening an Internet access business in Ghana

  8. Mr Murray, thank you for that.

    It seemed to me that Gordon Brown was (and is) intellectually streets ahead of Tony Blair. So much so that he knew enough to realise just how much he still didn’t know. As a result this led to indecision whereas Blair, with his simplistic outlook on life, had no such uncertainties.

    What a shame that, after eventually becoming PM, he didn’t feel able to purge the Blairites from his government and give a fresh start and a change of direction

  9. “As a general rule I do not like or dislike people according to their politics, but rather according to the sincerity of their political beliefs and the goodwill with which they hold them. I am sure Anders Breivik is sincere in his political beliefs, but those are lacking in goodwill. Sincerity is not enough – humanity and inclusiveness are also important.”

    Good to know Craig, and good also to know that you are keeping well.

    Spoken like a true diplomat and i don’t mean that euphemistically. More in the sense of a resounding balance of a holistic attitude of mind.

    While i know you believe in that “inclusiveness”, assuming goodwill, utterly and completely, unfortunately in your absence your Moderator does not seem to have been applying the same philosophy here consistently. One regular commenter, who consistently received an extraordinary amount of abuse over the last ten months, Habbabkuk for his contrarian views was handed, without warning, the extreme decision of a ‘ban’. As recently as yesterday, well after the event, Jon recorded a snark referring to some others as a “tricycling triumvirate” in his rather overzealous sense of camaraderie with the many. If i recollect correctly, you once confided that you had never actually enforced a ban, even though you had on a couple of *very rare* occasions suggested so.

    In summary, I might put Jon “rather in the same category – I feel he was trying to do good for ordinary people, he just got it wrong.” I would urge you to review this extreme decision in the longer-term, holistic interests of your blog.

  10. Glenn, i’m no expert but it is an impression i have held. Wiki states “As Prime Minister, Gordon Brown appointed Miliband as Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 28 June 2007. He was subsequently promoted to the new post of Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, a position he held from 3 October 2008 to 11 May 2010.”

    So perhaps there’s something there in a wider sense?

  11. cynicalHighlander

    19 Sep, 2013 - 8:57 pm

    I will disagree with you Craig on this one when one repeatedly goes back to his ubringing to support his assertion of morality shows his inability to act in this way. Look how he has tried to get attention on the Dalgetty Bay radiation problems since he left high office even though this problem has been known about when hew was in government and did sweet nothing about it, nothing more than an attention seeker.

  12. Oh dear, the trolls, aka Moaning Minnies, are back and crying to Daddy. It has been so refreshingly peaceful on the other thread.

  13. I don’t hate (or detest) Brown either. But then – unusually! – I don’t hate Blair. I almost feel sorry for the useless little prick. He’s ruined the life chances of countless people in this country before you even start to count the ones overseas he’s maimed and killed, and for what? A few years with his millions, the sprog at Yale (or Harvard or wherever it was), the poppet at the Sorebum and nothing to shag but Cherie! You can’t seriously believe it was worth it. Shortly, he’ll have to face the music as we all must. I’m glad I’ve got my karma and not his.

    As for his mate, the best Chancellor we’ve ever had, he’s just a run-of-the-mill politician with an over-blown idea of his own ability – nothing unusual there; chuck a stick at Westminster and you’ll hit six of the useless buggers. Otherwise, he’s probably a decent enough bloke. What it is about the political profession which seems to pre-select for prats, tossers, megalomaniacs and homicidal kleptocrats, I don’t know, but we’re the real fools – we keep electing them. Look what followed the dynamic duo: Clegg, Cameron and Verybland! Everybody looking forward to the next election? Choose away!

  14. “It has been so refreshingly peaceful on the other thread.”

    Zionists, freemasons, Jewish trickery, Auschwitz denial, and your own Kabbalah bracelets.

    And that on page 12 alone.

    Yes, refreshingly peaceful, Mary!

  15. On Gordon Brown, the Zionost, at the time of Cast Lead.

    ‘Gordon Brown, a self declared Zionist responded by deliberately inverting the facts about the massacre. “I am deeply concerned by continuing missile strikes from Gaza on Israel and by Israel’s response today,”

    Notice how Brown reverses the sequence of events. In reality the Palestinians were besieged, illegally by Israel. The Israelis stopped even basic humanitarian supplies entering Gaza. The Palestinians responded with crude missiles.

    MPACUK have long championed the cause of the Palestinians. People will not be occupied without resisting with force. The Palestinians will never be stopped for their quest for justice. NOW IS THE TIME TO FIGHT.

    When the General election comes ask yourselves how friendly is Gordon Brown to the Muslims? Also make sure you know and understand what the racist ideology Zionism is and what threat it constitutes to Muslims. Gordon Brown admits being a Zionist, he should be held to account for his racism.’

    http://www.mpacuk.org/content/view/5188/103/

    Also a patron of the JNF. No words.

    Brown takes on JNF role
    By Daniella Peled

    The Jewish Chronicle, 27/07/2007

    “In a speech to Labour Friends of Israel in April, he [British Prime Minister Gordon Brown] recounted how his late father, a Church of Scotland minister, had taught him about ‘the trials and tribulations of the Jewish people, about the enormous suffering and loss during the Holocaust, as well as the extraordinary struggle he described to me of people to create this magnificent homeland’ ”

    JNF UK, one of Anglo-Jewry’s leading charities, has secured Gordon Brown as its latest patron, the JC can reveal.

    The Prime Minister accepted the role following an invitation from JNF UK president Gail Seal, who wrote conveying her good wishes the day after he took office.

    In a letter to Mrs Seal, the PM responded that “your congratulations and good wishes are very much appreciated” and that he was “delighted to accept your offer to become a patron of JNF UK”.

    A spokesman for Mr Brown told the JC: “The Prime Minister supports a number of charities and has agreed to become a patron of the Jewish National Fund UK in order to encourage their work to promote charitable projects for everyone who lives in Israel.”

    Mrs Seal said she was “very proud that Gordon Brown has agreed to become patron of JNF UK. This will enhance what is already a close relationship with the UK Jewish community, and help us progress in our tremendously successful campaign to bring new communities to the Negev.”

    The PM joins other JNF UK patrons including Tony Blair, the Conservative leader, David Cameron, as well as Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, who is said to be a close friend of Mr Brown.

    JNF UK raises £15 million a year, intended to promote “exclusively charitable projects in Israel”. Its fundraising events range from London-Israel plane rallies to the Green Sunday “telethon”.

    The charity has faced its share of controversy. Currently, it risks being dragged into a storm surrounding a proposed Israeli law which would restrict the sale of JNF-owned land to non-Jews. The bill passed its preliminary reading in the Knesset last week.

    /..
    http://www.radioislam.org/islam/english/jewishp/britain/gordon_brown_in_jewish_chronicle.htm#jnf

  16. Yes Anon. WHY was Kanye West wearing a Kabbalah bracelet?

  17. Don’t know why Gordon Brown was the target of the Murdoch smears? The fact that he was getting slated and constantly snipped at, should be a clue that he was not playing the game as per his instructions.

    However Brown played the game nonetheless, he should have his reasons, and perhaps one day we will get to know why?

  18. “WHY was Kanye West wearing a Kabbalah bracelet?”

    I don’t know, Mary. Perhaps you can inform us of what relevance this has to his whoring himself out to the Kazakh regime?

  19. @Richard,

    The problem is the system of electing officials. It selects defective personality types.

    Far better to do what the Athenians did. Except for the few positions demanding real leadership ability or expertise (those can still be elected or appointed,) choose at random (by lot) from the whole body of citizens for all jobs (like legislative jobs) that do not demand particular talents). Then the personality types chosen will be no worse than the average in a population.

  20. “It has been so refreshingly peaceful on the other thread.”

    If that is so, perhaps it is a bubble encompassing a lot of one-hand clapping and head-nodding? Surely that is not the real world, wish it were, where human consciousness itself is very divided? If one is looking for peace per se, perhaps one should go and meditate in the Himalayas?

  21. I have this same guilty secret. History will hopefully treat him fairly. He has his flaws, but he is more sympathetic than most.

  22. Fedup: I rather think Murdoch had done a deal with Cameron. Brown was suspicious of Murdoch, did not like Blair’s fawning acceptance of him as kingmaker, and was inclined to block his further expansion into UK broadcasting. Having taken the Murdoch shilling, Cameron enjoyed favourable coverage, while Brown could do nothing right whatsoever.

    Things that Brown did do right – including a substantial arresting of the global financial meltdown – earned him no credit whatsoever. On the contrary, he was blamed for the global downturn, as if it had happened to Britain in isolation.

    I don’t think a party has yet won a British election with the Murdoch media empire opposing it.

  23. Unlike you Craig, I have not met anyone who knows Gordon Brown, but I think he is a good man. Unfortunately not the stuff that PMs are made of that’s for sure. I don’t feel guilty about this view however, in fact I’m proud to stick my head above the parapet and speak out in support of Gordon Brown against so many mindless critics who don’t recognise sincerity when it’s staring them in the face.

  24. Nice words about a yes sayer with a dark past, Craig, good to hear you are alive and well. a friend of ( diverting British foreign affairs) Israel. but with what is building up now, despite desperate Osborne’s attempt at housing bubble 3, its very likely that Labour gets a majority next time, leaving the Lib dems in Limbo and a smattering of UKIP MP’s in Parliament.

    And absolutely nothing will change!.

    Gnash, more kayne West.

    Saw his performance on Jools Holland and compared to the kings of Leon, his act of ball scratching was over hyped, stereotype, middle of the road hip-hop.

  25. Anon, there’s been no anti-Jewish material posted from Krishnamurky as far as I’ve seen. If you wish to give a time/date reference, I’ll look into it, as usual.

    Mary, I don’t think there’s anything untoward about West wearing a Kabbalah bracelet. It’s seems de rigueur for celebrities of various stripes to do this for a bit – Madonna did so many years back (and how I came by that useless piece of knowledge I’ll never know). I should think there is little explanation for his glossing the regime in Kazakhstan other than money and ignorance.

    As for Brown, I’m in two minds. He certainly had some self-awareness, just as Blair had a total absence of it, and with that self-knowledge came not a little self-doubt. But the infighting at the time requires two tango-dancers, so – amateur psychology alert – I’m inclined to see sociopathic traits in the pair of them.

    I concede that a politician in any recent Labour cabinet has their work cut out – in a party that is meant to represent the Left, they have all the forces of capitalism pitted against them. There are always positions on which a progressive minister will have to give way – the question is how much does one have to give way before one has become part of the machine they’re raging against? One of Iraq, tuition fees, PFI, the dismantling of the NHS or swinging to the far Right on immigration might be understandable, just. But all of the above? How can we explain someone “just trying to do the right thing for ordinary people” if they got all of those wrong, even if we accept that modern politics requires horse-trading?

    Richard, Blair will retire in a sea of luxury – probably literally, given his fondness for oligarch’s yachts. He’ll likely keep on insisting we need to bomb Iran, or whoever else his preference for humanitarianism decides to select next. But he’s rather been sidelined, hasn’t he? I think aside from his international Middle East Envoy duties (ahem) his only role in the Labour Party is to keep the Millenium Dome clean, or some other white elephant project. In a sense, neoliberalism has rather washed its hands of him, and if he gets a million quid every year for grinning at some board meetings, the establishment will be more than happy. The one thing that is most unlikely to happen – much to Blair’s own disbelief, I’d warrant – is that he can come back into politics in a meaningful way. I’m not sure it should be possible to refer to his shameful record in such an abstract way, but his brand is rather tarnished.

  26. I am so not with it! I had to search who West is. (the only West I know is Adam aka ye Olde Batman)

    I remember Nicholas Soames aka the wardrobe with a key sticking out, was trying to be with it, and was on the telly going on about listening to Dido ( I had to search for that one too).

    ===

    Glenn_uk, very true, but also a lot had to do with bLiar and his team of hit men who were exacting revenge on Brown.

  27. “Blair is in a whole different category again.” You can say that again! So I will.

    “Blair is in a whole different category again.”

  28. Hi Jon!

    “Anon, there’s been no anti-Jewish material posted from Krishnamurky as far as I’ve seen. If you wish to give a time/date reference, I’ll look into it, as usual.”

    Always happy to oblige.

    Krishnamurky 29 Aug, 2013 – 6:13 am: “Really the only way the Synagogue of Satans chosen delusions may be cured is a long course of rib-cage anorexia, preferably on an open top cattle car.”

    [Mod/Jon: thanks; two items excised from that date]

  29. Davide Simonetti

    19 Sep, 2013 - 10:21 pm

    I agree with you on this Craig. I felt Gordon’s heart was in the right place but he was clumsy, unfortunate and yes, wrong. I hate Blair and everything he did I pitied Gordon.

  30. New thread. Same old concerns.

    Drumbeats drumbeats, still chuntering away in the background…

    Nato/US is upping the force threat, just a notch; Putin is saying we can’t be “100 per cent certain” the CW can be removed from Syria. The chess continues. Putin thinks Syria is still on the menu; and with the shooting down of their “test” missile, the US wonders if Russia might actually fight back.

    And everyone knows Iran is next if Syria does get “liberated” by the decaying petrodollar empire.

  31. Sorry, jjust realised you wrote that crap for legal reasons.

  32. I am not obsessed by neocon wars.

    I am not obsessed by neocon wars.

    I am not…

  33. Good to hear you are well, and working Away

    I was often of two minds on Brown, he looked relieved big time to be walking out of that street with his family. Off course not before much carnage was done in Iraq – i firmly believe he was Genuinely Sorry, So sorry to grieving uk parent – But in the Real world – there was hell on Earth being heaped upon Irag, Still is compared to pr-western intervention, in both wars, which included the sanctions that caused the Iraqi infanticde….THAT Was Real

  34. When Brown was managing the national economy I was somewhat skeptical about his ‘endogenous growth theory’, and also his worship of the ‘British Housing Market'(1/5 conditions against joining Euro). Much social housing was demolished during the 2001-2008 period of Labour government in order to stimulate the private property market.

  35. Presenting Gordon Brown:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/8649308.stm

    Departing Mr Brown told this women, “Very nice to meet you, very nice to meet you.”

    Overheard after the ‘encounter’ Mr Brown called this widowed pensioner, a ‘bigoted women’- he continued, “I mean it’s just ridiculous.”

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/8649042.stm

    Is that goodwill; is that veracity; is that sincerity? No it is NOT.

    These ‘zombies’ represent us, yet they steal from us, force suicides through financial stress and eviction and create wars which murder innocent civilians and children.

    Why do we indulge them? How can we justify these surrogates for our lives who are experts at nothing except prattle and enacting laws to control us?

    Of course the answer is the system; the corpocracy which our leaders serve, by which they are manipulated, fingered by gluttony, greed and delusions of power.

  36. resident dissident

    19 Sep, 2013 - 10:40 pm

    Mary may have found it refreshing but I totally agree with Anon about how the last thread became little short of a sewer without the antiseptic cleansing element provided by dissenting elements. We have had John Goss making constant references to the Rothchilds ruling the world based on an analysis by a notorius anti-semite who bases his case on Protools of Zion type logic and to which this blog still includes a link, we have had Holocaust denial in buckets full by the likes of Daniel Rich and joy of joy Mary returned (despite of her promise not to do so until all dissident elements had been banned) to have a go at those who enjoy cycling and want to watch their heroes and got up to her old tricks of conflating anti zionism with a bit of petty anti semitism (the other side of this coin is those who try to conflate criticism of Israel and support of the Palestinian cause with anti- semitism – but many here fail to realise how they in fact just provide support to that attitude by their behaviour) . We also had a pretty thinly veiled attack on the first Iranian politician for a long time who has tried to improve human rights in that poor benighted country.

    Whichever of the contributors here who decided to post on the Stormfront forum asking their fellow racists and fascists to come here and attack Habbakkuk and support Mary must know be looking at the last thread with some degree of pride – and how hamfisted moderation actually assisted their efforts (although I know Jon well enough by now to know that was not his intention).

    On the subject of Holocaust denial, perhaps Craig should consider what he said on the subject a while back:

    “I have met people who were in the death camps, and people who liberated them. I view people who deny that the industrialised murder happened as cranky, and I don’t think disputes over precise numbers are of much importance.

    But neither do I think holocaust denial should be a crime. It should be met with ridicule and social sanction, not with prison. From reports Honsik seems a nasty bit of work, whose holocaust denial is motivated by Nazi sympathy. But he is given a spurious glamour by his imprisonment, and more attention than he deserves.”

    Perhaps he might then wish to consider where has been the ridicule and social sanction for its occurence on his own blog – especially when the one poster who would have been most likely to offer a swift rebuttal was removed by the near constant pressure on the moderator by those who while on the whole not being Holocaust deniers do rather like to downplay its relevance and importance.

  37. resident dissident

    19 Sep, 2013 - 10:47 pm

    Jon

    Could I suggest that you look at the Rothschilds link provided and referred to ad nauseam by John Goss – I would appreciate your views on whether you find the page referred to overtly anti-semitic or not. The link I provided will provide further elucidation on the views of its author Daryl Bradford Smith.

  38. Monday, September 2, 2013

    Hodge Blames Gordon For Vodafone Tax Dodge

    Margaret Hodge isn’t wasting any opportunity to bleat about the £84 billion Vodafone/Verizon deal today:

    “We must demand reassurance that HMRC has thoroughly examined this proposition to ensure British taxpayers get their rightful share of this massive profit. If there’s a flaw in legislation it has to be urgently addressed by Treasury ministers. I don’t understand how anyone can justify such a massive windfall without handing a fair share to the Exchequer. If this is an instance in which Vodafone has simply played the system then clearly they themselves have an obligation to UK consumers, on whom they depend for their business, to do the right thing.”

    Flaws in legislation, you say? Well the two companies are exploiting the so-called “Substantial Shareholder Exemption” loophole to legally dodge the tax, the very same loophole used by Guardian Media Group when it sold Autotrader. SSE is a corporation tax exemption for businesses disposing of a substantial shareholding in a part of their business. The idea is that businesses should be able to restructure their businesses without having to worry about chargeable gains implications. And who was it introduced by? One Gordon Brown…

    ~~

    Only one flaw there from Mrs ‘Enver’ Hodge. She voted for it.

    PS Gordo exempted himself from the Syria debate. Where was he? Politically convenient perhaps.

    http://order-order.com/tag/gordon-brown/

    Labourites absent from both votes on 29 August 2013
    Ian Austin (Labour)
    Robert Blackman-Woods (Labour)
    Hazel Blears (Labour)
    Paul Blomfield (Labour)
    Gordon Brown (Labour)
    Richard Burden (Labour)
    Sarah Champion (Labour)
    Michael Connarty (Labour)
    Rosie Cooper (Labour)
    David Crausby (Labour)
    John Cryer (Labour)
    Ian Davidson (Labour )
    Yvonne Fovargue (Labour)
    Lilian Greenwood (Labour)
    Peter Hain (Labour)
    David Hanson (Labour)
    David Heyes (Labour)
    Sharon Hodgson (Labour)
    Diana Johnson (Labour)
    Barbara Keeley (Labour)
    Andrew Love (Labour )
    Siobhain McDonagh (Labour)
    Austin Mitchell (Labour)
    Yasmin Qureshi (Labour)
    Emma Reynolds (Labour)
    Dame Joan Ruddock (Labour)
    Angela Smith (Labour)
    John Spellar (Labour)
    Karl Turner (Labour)
    Shaun Woodward (Labour)

    From his entry on TWFU. His constituents in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath must be thrilled.

    Has spoken in 3 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs.
    Has received answers to 15 written questions in the last year — average amongst MPs.
    http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/10068/gordon_brown/kirkcaldy_and_cowdenbeath#hansard

  39. Nearly a full house of trolls now. I knew the ‘peace’ would not last.

    I see RD is taking over from Habbabkuk in chanelling me and is even bringing up the Stormfront smear thing again. Could he leave me out of his tripe please.

    btw who was it who was involved in the Stormfront smear? Any ideas?

  40. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    19 Sep, 2013 - 11:32 pm

    Christ. Is this thread going to hell in a handbasket too?

  41. Considering the last ten months of crap fest, it appears that again the keyboard warriors are filing in to register their dismay about the “antis….”, and reconsideration of the “decision” of the Mod. This line of attack has been over and again exercised elsewhere, with the resultants attained status of the sacred cow that even the mere mention of the certain words are not considered “tropes” and clear and present cases of “antis……”.

    Firstly is it now mandate that we must all “Love” the _ews? Is it against the law to be indifferent or choose the don’t care option? Secondly in a post Christian UK WTF has this new article has to do with the not so dearly departed disruptive tosser, who had the temerity to come back and join in as though he was not thrown out on his ears, or the perceived incidents of “antis…”?

    Why do we have to be subject to this kind of systemic attack and stay silent?

    This is to register our dissatisfaction with these meddlesome whine merchants who have nothing of any value to add, other than whine, moan, and complains, in the way of making acceptable the inhumane and dastardly practices of a bunch of ziofuckwits, by suppressing any kind of dissent.

    Why do these delicate “special” lot don’t fuck off and read somewhere else which is not as “hostile” to their delicate supremacist disposition? Why do we have to put up with them Mod? (Just to balance things out a bit, you realise)

  42. Ben Franklin : I’m surprised it lasted that long mate!

  43. Funny how those who claim to be against censorship constantly want others to STFU, using constipating logic, based on tribal ingredients and it’s all about ‘them’ never the ‘other.’ I’d rather prefer the sound of no hands yakking.

    @ Glenn_uk,

    Given Murderer Murdock’s Kingmaker proportions in the UK the following ‘Why the US media ignored Murdoch’s brazen bid to hijack the presidency’ might not come as a real surprise.

    I don’t see Brown as the epithet of evil, but in the cutthroat environment of bloody politics you’d better be a shark and not a gullible guppy.

    @ Resident Dissident,

    Fair warning: this is strike 2.

  44. Damian McBride’s book is being serialized. S**t to hit the fan.

    The McPoison papers: Confessions of rogue spin doctor Damian McBride
    As Gordon Brown’s communications chief, he smeared and span with a savagery that eventually saw him drummed out of politics. Now he has written a tell-all memoir. James Cusick gets a preview

    Thursday 19 September 2013

    Related
    Blairites fight back with release of Damian aides’ emails
    Senior Labour MP, George Mudie, blasts Ed Miliband and warns of 2015 poll defeat
    Damian McBride’s poison pen looms over Ed Miliband as memoirs of Gordon Brown’s former spin-doctor set to be published
    Heeeere’s Tony! Blair’s plan to ‘re-engage’ with British politics
    Ed unveils Labour’s ‘new’ signing

    Over the past few weeks Gordon Brown has telephoned some of his former aides and told them he’s now worried about “the book”. The assurances he’s been offered – that “everyone gets f***ed over except you, Sarah [Brown], Ed [Balls] and Damian himself of course” – haven’t been enough to calm the former prime minister down. The serialisation this weekend of Power Trip, the first insider account of life inside Brown’s Treasury and Downing Street courts, is expected to confirm his worst fear: that he made a mistake last year when he discussed with McBride, his former spin doctor, just who merited being attacked now that he was away from frontline politics.

    Those who have known both men also expect the book to re-open old wounds, spark consequential revenge, and to engender retribution – according to a still-loyal Brownite – “worthy of Machiavelli and Don f***ing Corleone”.

    /..
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/the-mcpoison-papers-confessions-of-rogue-spin-doctor-damian-mcbride-8827726.html

  45. “Sincerity is not enough – humanity and inclusiveness are also important.”

    I’m sorry but Gordon Brown fails right there, as he has unforgivable blood on his hands; all those that turn a blind eye to this because he meant to do the right thing, especially on domestic issues, are in effect saying that a few pennies here & there for the poor here, etc, is so much more important than the lives of foreigners over there, and this acceptance of “meaning to do the right thing”, is exactly what Blair believes absolves him from his monstrous foreign policy crimes.

    Brown had the power to stop Blair in his tracks right upto the last footsteps on that infamous march to war, he may not have prevented Bush going alone, but his resignation would have certainly put Blair in a very difficult if not impossible position to go with the Yanks. He should have followed Robin Cook’s example, as he must have realised that he had the power to possibly avert a war & the inevitably resulting mass killing & suffering, instead as Chancellor he gave the obliging financial green light & political go ahead by stating “”I told [Tony Blair] I would not – and this was right at the beginning – try to rule out any military option on the grounds of cost. Quite the opposite. He should feel free, because this was the right course of action, to discuss the military option that was best for our country and the one that would yield the best results”, and of course even in hindsight, he still defends this Crime Against Humanity, with this infamous quote, “”I think it was the right decision and made for the right reasons.”

    Not one of your best Post Craig.

  46. Dead right Macky. He wrote and signed the cheques for Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Quite a telling photo of the twisted pair in this Mail article announcing McBride’s book launch timed to coincide with the party conference.

    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/03/28/article-0-0AFD8941000005DC-351_634x400.jpg

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2300524/Damian-McBride-publish-explosive-memoir-revealing-New-Labours-darkest-secrets.html

    What a bunch. I always felt that many of the NuLabour lot had something on each other – a kind of mutual blackmail.

  47. Resident Dissident: “”especially when the one poster who would have been most likely to offer a swift rebuttal was removed”

    Was removed after making yet another grossly offensive remark, and after a full ten months of vile filled trolling, & bullying, & sock-puppeting ,etc, etc. On any other Blog, he would have been banned in a matter of days, not MONTHS !

    It is obvious that the Contrarians here, consider him as their ablest champion, which really is actually an own-goal type sorrowful indictment; surely it’s not beyond RD, or any of the other Contrarians, to “offer a swift rebuttal” whenever he/they feel that it is warranted, and preferably without the characteristic venomous abuse of the rightly banned Troll.

  48. Staging the Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

    Just listen to the Wanky Moon; “there is evidence that a relatively large scale attack”. The numbers of dead Syrians are not even one hours worth of murder in Iraq or Afghanistan.

  49. Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    20 Sep, 2013 - 12:34 am

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24170129

    Greenpeace has been stalking and Putin filed a restraining order.

  50. @ Macky,

    Q: Not one of your best Post Craig.

    R: I don’t know about better or lesser, but I appreciate any wo/man who is honest about his/her feelings/thinking/emotions/ideas/etc. The truth really doesn’t hurt; lies do. I can disagree with a man’s thoughts, but never his heart.

  51. Correction: I realized that in the previous thread I mentioned I wanted to write a book. I should have mentioned the correct time line: I was trying to find out what had happened to one half of my family when I came across so many inconsistencies [I grew up with the horrors of soap and lampshades], that I decided to pen it all down [but in the end never did]. My apologies.

  52. Deffo a Pattern here, On how best to Disrupt the threads / Blog

    As RD has immediately Just done on this thread

    Here’s Robert Fisk’s Spanner in the works Re whom the Moral ones are

    Robert Fisk on Christian Zionism:

    “Having once been sustained by the progressive left, Israel now draws its principal support from right-wing conservatism of a particularly unpleasant kind. Christian evangelicals believe that all Jews will die if they do not convert to Christianity on the coming of the Messiah. And right-wing racists in Europe – the most prominent of them being Dutch – are welcome in Israel, while the likes of Noam Chomsky and Norman Finkelstein are not”.

    And

    As Tony Greenstein has written in The Guardian,

    Like the boy who cried wolf, the charge of “anti-semitism” has been made so often against critics of Zionism and the Israeli state that people now have difficulty recognising the genuine article.

    So absurd has the situation become that the allegation of anti-semitism is even made when Jews disagree among themselves. That is why the suggestion by Alvin Rosenfield that “anti-Zionism is the form that much of today’s anti-semitism takes” needs to be taken with a large pinch of salt.

    One of the consequences of this abuse of the term “anti-semitism” is to devalue the currency. It renders it almost meaningless because people assume that allegations of anti-semitism are merely the last-ditch resort of those who are incapable of defending the Apartheid Wall that separates the people of the West Bank from their land, the bulldozing of civilian houses, the wanton destruction of olive groves and crops, to say nothing of the theft of their land.

    Anti-semitism today is not a mainstream form of racism. It is asylum seekers, Muslims and black people who face stop-and-search, control orders and racial profiling, not Jewish people.

  53. BrianFujisan

    20 Sep, 2013 - 1:04 am

    Daniel

    Would it be too late now, that would make for soul searching reading and add to historical accounts, though i can see how re-visiting those Memories could be too painful.

  54. Daniel Rich: “The truth really doesn’t hurt; lies do. I can disagree with a man’s thoughts, but never his heart.”

    Yes it’s impossible to argue with what others feels in their, or in your own, heart, the feelings exist as solid & as true as any indisputable fact, & it’s always right to appreciate & value honesty, so you will not disagree with me either when I tell you that both my heart & my head are telling me that this particular piece of truth, namely that Craig “cannot dislike” Brown, on the strength of an inverse sort of guilt by association, & regardless as to whetever Brown was “an enthusiast” for the attack on Iraq or not, hurts my own high regard for himself, even whilst appreciating his frank honesty.

  55. You may have hear about this ‘neo-Nazi’ murder in Greece;

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24158845

    It moved one Greek comic strip artist to pen this;

    https://scontent-b-cdg.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/1240119_397613397030763_298598121_n.jpg

  56. @ Macky,

    If what you say is what you honestly believe in, who am I to judge you?

    Syrian news: Islamist rebels declare war on non-Islamist rebels, seize border town + Syrian government says war has reached stalemate.

    Does anyone see light at the end of this barbarically dark tunnel?

  57. @ BrainFujisan,

    It’s always easier to look at things in hindsight and comment, but I sometimes wonder what I was thinking when I ran over a frozen lake, knowing the ice was to thin, only to prove I was a cool guy [and, of course, I went through it]? But that act endangered mostly myself, because I got [luckily] out on my own. I think Macky expressed it perfectly when s/he said:

    ““…meaning to do the right thing”, is exactly what Blair believes absolves him from his monstrous foreign policy crimes.

    Brown had the power to stop Blair in his tracks right upto the last footsteps on that infamous march to war, he may not have prevented Bush going alone, but his resignation would have certainly put Blair in a very difficult if not impossible position to go with the Yanks.”

    Blair really seems to think God guided him [as a lawyer, who can argue with the ‘Big Boss?’], whereas Brown should have done the courageous thing and resign. He is not guilty by association, but by his inaction to stop the wrongdoing or stop being part of it.

    In have to admit though, that I say this as a layman. I don’t personally know what it feels like to be PM of a country.

  58. No time now to ponder on the flaws or merits of Gordon Brown. He may be a guy with some kind of heart but he served and he too messed up

    Very possible staged filming of chemical attack in Syria: Children in video ‘moved between locations’

    http://21stcenturywire.com/2013/09/19/staged-filming-of-chemical-attack-in-syria-children-in-video-moved-between-locations/

    On another fairly relevant note, Resident dissident fails the basic human decency exam by the flawed referral to a singular holocaust. As a human race we should be sickened and angered by all holocausts, whether it be the horrible and deliberate starving of up to 10 million Ukrainians by the Russian/Jewish Bolshevicks, the 20 million Russians killed under Stalin, the tens of millions of Chinese killed under communist China,the 30 million murdered under the British Raj in India or the millions of Jews, Gypsies and others murdered by the German sociopaths in the European holocaust of world war 2

  59. “If what you say is what you honestly believe in, who am I to judge you?”

    Just to clarify Daniel, I’m not asking or expecting you to judge my sincerity, neither am I judging Craig’s sincerity, rather I’m judging on both the rational & moral level, that with which he is being sincere about.

    Oops ! Way past my bedtime, so that my last post for tonight/morning, goodnight one & all !

  60. I can’t believe how off topic the comments are. Surely the issue is nominating a precinct of Queensferry as a way station to Hell?

  61. mommy issues

    20 Sep, 2013 - 4:54 am

    I can just hear the strategy sessions at hasbara HQ: “Whining, that’s what we need – that will arouse all the antisemites! You know how antisemites hate whiners!”

  62. You’ve got to be joking. Is this a xmas card list article or is brown coming out for yes?

    I remember the loss of the labour party to the workers. The runaway excesses of the financial services. And of course as you even acknowledge, brown, as the second most powerful politician in the uk, kept stum throughout the iraq war. But that’s ok because you have some pals who are his pal and he’s not as bad as blair.

  63. I definitely do not agree with you Craig. Perhaps money wasn’t Brown’s prime mover but there definitely were Messianic similarities to Blair. He saved the world remember from economic ruin.Supported every war.His economic acumen was maxing someone elses Credit Card out for popularity.
    People in Kirkcaldy still like him, because he filled the yard at Rosyth for 10 years and he supports Raith Rovers.If a monkey wore a Labour rosette in Kdy, he’d be elected too.
    His speeches were constantly peppered with ” New World Order” references.No idea what their heads are filled with at Bilderberg meetings , but GB was a true disciple of handing real Govt. to the faceless few.
    The world is better off without him, and North Queensferry would be too.

  64. And yes, I do realise that he went along with the Iraq War

    I think he went along with the Iraq War not just because he would have been out of government if he hadn’t, but also because it was believed at the time by those in government that it would be “successful.” Apparently Brown was concerned about Blair being able to wallow in the victory!

    Brown may lack the polished delusion hypocrisy of Blair, but he ended up as a failed Machiavellian politician peddling authoritarianism, the virtues of capitalism and a foul version of British chauvinism.

  65. My guess is that Blair got out because his financial mates had told him the shit was inevitably going to hit the fan*. Brown was dropped right in it. Was Brown flawed? Sure. Who isn’t, in some way? And did he have any autonomy at all, at the end of the day? Agree with Craig.

    *Note that sense of dedication to the national interest for which Blair is justly unknown…

  66. Are we talking about Brown because the media is?
    Are blogs steering themselves? by their amplification of MSM issues, in many times decided on long before they go to print? or are they thinking for themselves.

    Craig does not seem to have noticed that three super power navies are facing each other in the eastern Med. and that a single gulf of Tonkin exercise could set off a chain of ‘mishaps’?

    Gordon Brown, in 17 auctions, sold 398tons of gold at a throw away price and he did not make much fuss when in 2006 the financial regulations bill was wiped off the agenda, because Blair thought its really not necessary.

    I think that both of these steps make him a party political hand raiser who can be ruthless, to his own party and believes, as Phil pointed out, as well as in ignorance to that of a wider public, remember, 2 million of us spent a day telling him so marching against the Iraq war.

    I can’t warm to any of the party politicians anymore and prefer a random selection process of representatives, no need for an ineffective and useless electoral commission, no need for voting at all, or election expenses, doorstep lies, media hypes and dependent propaganda from the BBc, or pumped up appearances of x or y leader, just a hat full of NI numbers and a blindfold.

    And even the German voting system, complicated but fair, is too expensive, favouring large parties that poll over 5%, but nevertheless a dream compared to FPTP, AV,or AV plus.
    http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-election-system-explained-a-923243.html

  67. Are blogs steering themselves? by their amplification of MSM issues, in many times decided on long before they go to print? or are they thinking for themselves.

    Good point. Agree.

  68. Only slightly O/T:

    Blair claims not to be offshore.
    Someone registered two companies – Windrush Ltd and Firerush Ltd – in Gibraltar in Sept 2010. The details are held by Gibraltar Companies House.

    These nowhere appear in the rather patchy accounts of Blair’s complex financial structure, which contains at least ten UK companies in two functional groups, Windrush and Firerush. There is no UK Windrush/Firerush Ltd – where named, the companies are W/F Ventures Ltd/LP/LLP. The name Firerush is unique to Blair’s consortium. Blair’s non W/F companies are nominee shells, staffed by Bircham Dyson Bell staff/nominees. BDB specialises in nominee accounts.

    Gibraltar has a flat tax rate of 10%.

    I find this interesting. Neither the Guardian nor the Mail does.

  69. “*Note that sense of dedication to the national interest for which Blair is justly unknown…”

    Did Brown really think that attacking Iraq was in our best national interest ? Was he unaware of either the bogus “debate” when the decision had already been made long before, or of the fraudulent “sexing-up” the case for war ?

  70. Does Craig post provocatively to stimulate debate?

    Doon with the Broons!

    http://www.tomandnev.co.uk/comicscripts.htm

  71. Brown as an avowed Zionist presumably approves of this daily horror endured by the Palestinians and B.Liar as the risible Quartet Representative presides over it.

    Wednesday 18 September 2013

    Israeli Army prevents families (made homeless by its destruction of their homes) from erecting tents donated by the International Red Cross

    Gaza incursion: Israeli Army bulldozes crops

    Israeli Army position opens fire on Gaza refugee camp farmland

    Israeli forces, firing stun and tear gas grenades at schoolchildren, seize and hold 12-year-old boy

    Israeli Army orders resident to destroy his own home

    Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in 3 villages

    2 attacks – 10 raids including home invasions

    3 acts of agricultural/economic sabotage

    6 taken prisoner – 9 detained – 105 restrictions of movement

    http://palestine.org.nz/phrc/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1716&Itemid=43

    This too from Defence for Children International about one of the Daddies taken from his family. A story repeated thousands of times. Terrible.

    http://www.dci-palestine.org/documents/short-film-about-zeina

  72. Did Brown really think that attacking Iraq was in our best national interest ? Was he unaware of either the bogus “debate” when the decision had already been made long before, or of the fraudulent “sexing-up” the case for war ?

    I have no idea. He didn’t share with me. And I didn’t say he did. But he’s not a technical specialist, and like 412 other MP’S, took the crap intelligence he was being served to be genuine caviar. Probably encouraged by Blair working overtime in the bullshit department. Y’know (TM) Gordon, think of the benefit to the Exchequer of those lucrative oil contracts when it’s all over by Christmas?…..

  73. The results of judging these two buggers for their personal or political morals, truthfulness or effectiveness as national leaders will always be partial. Over their lives and careers (so far), the record of each has, on different issues, made me feel admiration and sympathy as well as anger, contempt and despair. Let’s reserve hatred for what people have done (or failed to do) and leave it to God and history to judge them as individuals (including as spouses, parents and friends). However different Gods and perspectives will always assign them shifting places in schemas like Dante’s. (Some might regard North Queensferry as Purgatory but for devotees of the Forth Bridge, it’s close to Paradise.)

    The most instructive way to compare them is as politicians and as Labour party colleagues. Think what their government could have achieved if it had been able to combine Brown’s determination to improve the lives of the downtrodden and disadvantaged and his attention to fiscal detail with Blair’s ability to sense the public mood and use it to political advantage; and to persuade colleagues not to become bogged down by the weight of inherited dogma. Think, then, of the short-term successes they were able to achieve despite their personal chemistry (at times catalytic, more often toxic): electoral victories, minimum wage, devolution, low inflation and unemployment, a settlement in Northern Ireland. But think, next, of the opportunities missed: to create greater social cohesion; to tackle the structural weakness in providing public services, especially health, welfare and education; to find a safe pathway through the minefields of immigration and climate change; to reform the Constitution; to move decisively away from traditional myths in our relations with Europe, the USA and the Commonwealth.

    They were, in their way, political giants. We’ll never have politicians without flaws – but can we please have ones without such big ones?

  74. Despite the claim that Hague is capable of doing any good at all, an interesting article:
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/peteroborne/100236865/tony-blair-nearly-destroyed-the-foreign-office-william-hague-is-rebuilding-it/

    Does this fit with your experience, Craig?

  75. I like Brown. Always have. I think he is sincere, and sincerely wanted to do good things, but that he was fundamentally wrong about the means of achieving good things. Essentially, I think the means make the end, and so his infatuation with neoliberalism and the idea that private entrepreneurs could be harnessed via their greed to serve the greater good could only end in disaster. I think my tendency to take his side is more because he was so horrifically demonised by Bliarites, who had the cheek to accuse him of “psychological failings”. Well, we all have them. But to lambast Brown for his while ignoring Bliar’s blatant messiah complex and total dishonesty just takes the biscuit. The after effects are hobbling Miliband and turning him into a nonentity. If only we had New Zealand’s Cunliffe, who is an out social democrat who wants New Zealand to occupy the moral highground occupied by the Nordic countries in the Northern Hemisphere (though Norway’s disgraceful U turn on immigration and their social fund this week suggests the moral highground will soon be vacant). I will also always like Brown for calling a bigot a bigot, instead of ignoring the racism currently being courted by mainstream parties as they seek to ostracise and persecute immigrants in the name of the “traditional working class”. I’m traditional working class. Assuming I am also a racist disguising my bigotry as an objection to immigrants taking “British jobs” insults me. Brown may have been browbeaten by spin doctors into coining that repellent phrase, but I won’t be. I still know that, under the political-reptilian skin, he is as disgusted as I am by the BNP/UKIP tendency.

  76. deepgreenpuddock

    20 Sep, 2013 - 9:59 am

    I have to say that I have personal and family contacts in Kirkcaldy in the sixties and I was aware of GB (although I had no contact with him ). My brother met him and plenty of people I knew moved in the same social circles. I have a very clear idea of the GB social and formative influences of his early life.
    I also remember well his early career and his campaign to become a (post graduate) student rector of Edinburgh University, rather a novel idea at the time-when it was customary for a well known wag, clown or personality to be elected, supported by a group of goofing students with funny hats.
    I also remember the kinds of political circles he inhabited then and the speeches he made-some of them still on record. The curiosity of these is that they are so distant in tone and content from anything he did subsequently, and it is very difficult to not think that he was involved in a game, both of words and ideas that, regardless of the vehemence and apparent logic of his previous comments, now, with hindsight, reveal no connection to a deeper sincerity.
    It is perfectly palpable now that he was on a quest of self-aggrandisement. It seems painfully clear now that his aim was history and his fantasy was that young people like him, in later generations would read his name in the history books to come.
    Re-constructing him and his motivations and previous thoughts is possibly chancy-and why hold people to account for their early life ideas and actions and hold them to standards when context is so important.
    However there are clues. Sincerity is important. It is sometimes impossible to maintain some degree of consistency as circumstances change, however it is essential that someone such as Brown shows the logic of the progression of his ideas. Somehow he managed to go from leftist firebrand and speechifier to Brigth young thing within Labour, to deep thinker, to protector of the left agenda in a Labour party that had compromised nearly all its principles ‘to make it electable’. nulabour was exactly that. An unprincipled quest for electoral success, exploiting the tribal affiliations of generations, publicly appealing to such people in terms they approved of while privately an entirely different dialogue was going on.
    Some clues. Some years ago I listened to Brown waxing lyrically about his love of Raith Rovers as a child.attending the Starks park. However there was something that realy just did not ring true. Brown attended a school where football was simply not played. Rugby was the sport and Brown did indeed play rugby. The atttitude to football was that it was played by junior secondaries. It seems highly improbable, knowing what i know of the culture of his social cohort at that time, that he was sneaking away to watch Raith Rovers instead of heading off to watch Kirkcaldy senior rugby club
    ( it was a decent team then) at Beveridge park. That is where his friends would have gone.
    There is also the basic reality that Starks park-like most football grounds of the time, were less than salubrious. Beaten earth terraces. People pissing where they stood( on the people in front), drunkenness, bottles flying, fighting.
    Certainly, I, with parents with much less of a social position to maintain (a minister was a figure of some social importance in (smallish) town Scotland of the time), would have had something to say if I had wanted to go to Starks park
    ( and that was when I lived two doors away from the Raith Trainer, who was friend of my dad. It was dangerous, unpleasant and socially questionable.

    I could not imagine his going regularly to watch on saturday afternoons. Simply unbelievable in a well ordered genteel manse of the time, where the priority was sober reflection and academic excellence. GB almost certainly spent some of his saturdays doing his homework-his sunday was very much ‘the church’ and family commitments to that.
    When i heard him fabricate this world on television – his deep connection to the working classes, his connection to that great working class pursuit-football- I knew he was lying and dissembling.
    He was simply creating a myth that would meet with some approval or build credibility within the ‘nulabour party, that, having abandoned all principle to socialism and commitment to the ‘working class’ , had a great need to create a compensatory attachment to the signs of down to earth working class life, football being one of those ‘signs’. So we had a succession of Nulabour figures falling over themselves to reveal their tribal connection and deep love of, some less than successful minor footie team. It was necessary to attach t some small club as by then, ‘big ‘ football had long since passed over to the big players in the entertainment/media world-such as Murdoch.
    The contradictions here are massive.
    I remember very well Brown’s early speeches and writings on global strategy and colonialism and imperialism and the nature of exploitative capitalism. There can be not the slightest doubt that Brown has a deep, exceptional, understanding of historical events and movements related to the current world and has a close detailed understanding of the processes that lead to such evens as the election of GW Bush ad his drive to war. He will have been completely aware of the deeper background of these events.
    What we have to realise is that the great contradiction of power is exactly the one that Brown reveals so well due to his inherent personal weakness and insincerity. It is somehow-for everyone- a moral matter- and choices are deeply revealing. ( Obama’s feebleness and role as a mouthpiece has recently been revealed over Syria).

    Brown made an announcement very soon after much of the Blair +Blair cabinet decision making had been made to go to war. Brown announced he would make some billions of cash available from the contingency fund for the purpose of waging the war. Despite his knowledge and deeper understanding of ‘events’ and full awareness of contradictory analyses that predicted accurately the outcome, he was able to endorse the project fully. Despite ample opportunity he has never once expressed regret, regardless of the overwhelming evidence that the war was ill-conceived, fraudulently evidenced, catastrophically executed and profoundly illegal. He has at all times remained a stalwart cover for Blair, despite the appearance that they are in some kind of ‘opposition’. that factional fighting is actually simply further evidence of his failings-to indulge in that petty performance for power simply confirms the nature of the man. Why would anyone indulge themselves in tis way-when the reality is that behind that internal factionalism and point scoring, are decisions that afflict millions.
    I could talk about the PFI disgrace. I could talk about the ‘election’ fiasco in his first year of power when he misunderstood a matter of principle for a matter of strategy.
    That is the summation of the person. He is, behind that manse derived presbyterian propriety , and his no doubt, private urbanity erudition, a very weak man, who is a moral failure at every level who has sought power for the simple sake of it, and, unhappily for him-was successful in his fantasy.

  77. Some might regard North Queensferry as Purgatory but for devotees of the Forth Bridge, it’s close to Paradise.

    Just got a mental picture of approaching North Q from the Fife side, and seeing the hills across the Forth dusted with snow. Shit, why did I LEAVE? *sob*

  78. O/T Is the civil war and the fighting petering out? If so, praise be.

    Breaking News BBC
    Rebels agree truce in Syrian town New
    After days of fighting, two rebel groups, the Free Syrian Army and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, agree a ceasefire in the town of Azaz.

  79. Hope you are right Mary, it is a pre condition for the Russian plan to work.
    What seems vital is that this lull is not being used by chemical Prince Bandar and his CIA compliants to re-arm the various factions.

    Further, the vast fire power assembled in the Med. a potential flashpoint in its own right, should be dispersing, ship for ship, tit for tat, their omni presence and stand off will get tedious after a while, boredom sets in and ideas of ‘what happens if’ come to mind.

  80. Breakthrough in US/Iranian relation?

    “ranian President Hassan Rouhani’s comments that his government would never develop nuclear weapons were welcomed by US Secretary of State John Kerry with the caveat that “everything needs to be put to the test”, and lauded by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. To Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the pledge was an attempt to deceive the world. LINK.

    OK, shelve it.

    @ Jon.

    They want your scalp. I’ve got your back.

  81. Good summary and analysis there Deep Green. Glad you mentioned the PFI construct which, from small beginnings under Major, went big time under his and Blair’s watch. How many hundreds of £millions are we in debt for hospitals and schools alone? Yet it continues under the ConDems. Surrey CC have given a PFI contract to Skanska to replace and maintain all the county’s street lighting. Just one small example.

    Anyway I have both Blair and Brown down as power hungry types with psychopathic tendencies.

    Glad we don’t have to see that jaw grimace of Brown’s and his left hand squaring up his papers, both of which mannerisms used to really annoy me.

  82. Lets hope so Mary.

    Deepgreenpuddock

    Very insightful Info in all that,

    It would seem by you’re thoughts – that Brown was an international expert, on the whole shebang machinery, almost up there with the likes of Pilger, and Chomsky, if that is true, Oh Deary me, and Wtf

  83. “Syria”

    http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monographs/2008/RAND_MG738.pdf

    “Special Report: Syria intervention plans fueled by oil interests, not chemical weapon concerns”

    http://www.nafeezahmed.com/

  84. Daniel: “@ Jon.

    They want your scalp. I’ve got your back.”

    That’s not what this is about. This is what is at stake here:

    “Blog Information

    This excellent blog from a former ambassador is worth a visit,regardless of which end of the political spectrum you come from.

    Filled with revealing information about any number of things, Craig’s contacts in the government and security services give him access to data other bloggers can only dream of.

    It looks good, and we enjoyed the clear, easy-to-read writing style. All in all, an excellent blog.”

    extract from: http://www.politics.co.uk/reference/craig-murray

    Keep it simple, but not that simple.

  85. Brilliant and informative post at 9:59am today, Deepgreenpuddock, thanks. It could be written up into an article and published somewhere.

  86. Craig/Jon:

    Let’s ask the Margaret_Brennan_question: Is there anything that Habbabkuk can do for the silencing “ban” to be rescinded?

  87. Second Suhayl. Thnaks for your insights Deepgreenpuddock. Very thought-provoking about the phenomena of human failings and the dynamics of power.

  88. “I do not detest Gordon Brown.”

    Not even when he was defrauding British taxpayers of £5bn worth of gold for his banker bosses? Not just selling 395 tonnes of British taxpayers gold but telling the markets beforehand *how much* he was selling and thereby *guaranteeing* that the lowest price possible would be paid. And we are led to believe that he is intelligent?

    A thouroughly mendacious man the equal of Blair, but without the media skills. Blair/Brown are idealogical twins, you can not seperate them – that’s why their animosity towards each other is purely a matter of personalities and not policy and was mostly driven by Brown to distance himself from the Blair premiership that he unquestioningly supported for over a decade.

    His time as PM shows the scale of his ineptitude in so many areas, the fact that this man harbourd ambitions to be PM for so long but so quickly proved he was fucking useless sums up his crushing ego to a tee.

  89. You’re absolutely right, Craig …. nobody agrees with you.

    I’ll concede this much … the media hounded him out of office with as much co-ordinated spin as they used to keep Bliar in office, so we can conclude he was less compliant to the puppet masters’ wishes. But, however he justified it to himself, by the time he reached Downing St., he had already sold his soul over Iraq, and as I struggle to pay the inflated cost of our local PFI school over the next 30 years, I won’t forgive or forget what he did to try and stay there.

    A Node, he say:

    “Not by his sincerity and his goodwill shall a man be judged, but by his actions.”

  90. Daniel Rich Thanks for the links. I believe that anyone wishing to read McBride’s garbage will have to buy the printed edition of the Mail.

    Wonder how many pieces of silver he has received?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2426071/Poison-heart-Labour-Book-reveals-Browns-spin-doctor-ran-smear-campaigns-No10-destroyed-ministers-careers-hacked-secret-Cabinet-files.html

    As I said before, what a bunch! To think we endured 13 years of them and now we have the ConDems, many of whom very expert at opening food banks. 9 of them below in fact, the others Labourites inc one G. Brown Esq.

    The pride of Britain
    Posted on July 31, 2013 by Rev. Stuart Campbell

    It’s very rare, viewers, that we get so angry in the course of writing a post that we have to stop. But when we ran a picture last night of Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP, opening a foodbank with a cretinous smile on his face as if being a member of the government of a modern industrial nation in need of foodbanks was something to be happy about, a reader suggested making a gallery of similar images

    /..

    http://wingsoverscotland.com/the-pride-of-britain/

  91. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me…,anyone?

    Sorry for the bandwidth:

    Villager – 15 Sep, 2013 – 5:00 pm

    Juteman @ 10h12, Anon @ 8h48 and Resident Dissident @ 15h26 you’ve nailed it on the head! This is what passes for moderation here and its roots lie well before the 10 months Jon alluded to in his speech.

    Foul language and abuse is okay here as long as it is deployed by pro-Palestine single-issue one-trick ponies. Google “ziofuckwits” for yourself, see what comes up. I encourage EVERYONE including lurkers to satisfy themselves and click on the link below to see a distinguished example of how illustrious this blog has become under Jon the Moderator’s watch:
    https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&tab=nw#filter=0&hl=en&q=ziofuckwits&safe=off

    As long-time, balanced commenter here, Glenn_uk has said before, this Moderator is not fit-for-purpose. Though we all recognise that its the best Craig’s got.

    Jon admits that he has no context on George Galloway’s remarks (!!!!!). And then He “goes out on a bit of a limb” (????):
    “So, I’m going out on a bit of a limb, but I think 10 months of putting up with pointless whataboutery and spite is probably enough. It’s either that, or resign both moderation and technical button-pushing, frankly.”

    Yes Jon, i think you are a confused man, by your own admission. And confusion can only breed more confusion, which is what we are seeing. Take some responsibility.

    I am disgusted and shocked by your actions especially since:
    (a) you gave *no* warning to an intelligent, rational, generally respectful, eloquent and undoubtedly witty regular commenter,
    (b) you were, and if you weren’t you should have been, in reasonable doubt about the point that Habbabkuk was making and even how he was making it, and
    (c) you *failed* to take into account that Habbabkuk has had more abuse hurled upon him in these last 10 months than any other commenter has had *and endured* gracefully, probably in the history of this blog. He was the first, that i saw, to suggest here that unparliamentary language should be discouraged.

    Accordingly, i think you should do the right thing and retract that rarely-used ban immediately, forthwith. Your decision is an ill-considered (by your own admission), knee-jerk, irresponsible use of your ‘power’.

    Else, if you can’t see your mistake, then do the other right thing and go. This time not “on a bit of a limb”, but in grace.

    But if you decide to stay, you can rest fully assured that Macky & Co. will not any further be calling your ill-considered, loose-cannon moderation “shambolic. For, you have done their bidding.

    Well done chaps and chapesses, fantastic, now we see when your Revolution comes, how you will silence the intelligentsia in the guise of “whataboutery” and moans of “spite”. Enjoy your head-nodding, one-hand clapping echo chamber! For in the real world out here, life is good(!), and with President Obama stopping wars, early in his second-term, imho it is set to be even better!

    La vita e bella!
    ****************$

    PS Craig, look out, the zealots are taking over The Revolution!

    emphasize = mine

  92. “The Palestinians responded with crude missiles.”

    Many of which were fired by dubious ‘militias’ (aka Israeli backed stooges) against the direct orders of Hamas, only after Israel began it assault did Hamas let loose with it’s Katyushas – and promptly started hitting Israeli population centres, unlike the earlier rockets which landed harmlessly. The manufactured casus belli has been in constant use since the Roman era.

  93. Res. Diss….

    Whichever of the contributors here who decided to post on the Stormfront forum asking their fellow racists and fascists to come here and attack Habbakkuk…

    That’s something of an accusation. Link please, as I wouldn’t want to search Stormfront without a gas mask.

    Or did you make that up?

  94. Deepgreenpuddock:”a very weak man, who is a moral failure at every level who has sought power for the simple sake of it, and, unhappily for him-was successful in his fantasy.”

    Thank you for that long Post,and I agree with your summing-up of Gordon Brown.

    Komodo: “I have no idea. He didn’t share with me. And I didn’t say he did”

    No you didn’t, as I misread your comments as to pertaining to Brown instead of Blair, yet you do say that you agree with Craig, presumably on Gordon Brown, so in that case we can agree to differ.

    Villager: “Is there anything that Habbabkuk can do for the silencing “ban” to be rescinded?”

    You really have no shame; and neither any of the other Contrarians begging for the reinstatement of one of the most offensive, disruptive & most blatant of trolls in the history of this Blog; it speaks volumes that this obnoxious character is the apparently the best proponent of your views, & that you people are now running around like headless chickens. Beyond pathetic !

  95. The cover is red with a photo of Miliband E, Balls and Brown with McBride in the middle. A British version of mafiosi.

    Power Trip: A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin by Damian McBride (25 Sep 2013)
    £20.00 £13.20 Hardcover prime
    Available for pre-order. This item will be released on 25 September 2013.
    £11.88 Kindle Edition

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Power-Trip-Decade-Policy-Plots/dp/1849545960/ref=sr_1_1/278-9788371-5614663?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1379675804&sr=1-1&keywords=damian+mcbride

    How will Miliband E deal with this matter at the conference starting Sunday in Brighton for four days?
    http://www.labour.org.uk/annual_conference_2013

    Meanwhile, we have no Parliament sitting. Both houses are in ‘recess’ until 8 October.
    http://services.parliament.uk/calendar/Lords/MainChamber/events.html#!/calendar/Commons/MainChamber/2013/9/20/events.html

  96. As for the debate over nominating North Queensferry as a circle of Hell, I should point out I spent much of my youth living in South Queensferry. North Queensferry is actually where Brown lives.

  97. O/T Obomber and his cohort are really losing the plot.

    Venezuelan president denied travel through US airspace – Caracas
    September 19, 2013 23:25

    Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua told media that an aircraft carrying President Nicolas Maduro was denied a path over Puerto Rico’s airspace.

    President Maduro’s flight, which was to depart for China, was forced to find an alternate flight path according to Jaua, who denounced the act as “an act of aggression.”

    “We have received the information from American officials that we have been denied travel over its airspace,” Jaua said, speaking to reporters during an official meeting with his South African counterpart.

    “We denounce this as yet another aggression on the part of North American imperialism against the government of the Bolivarian Republic,” he added.

    “No one can deny airspace to a plane carrying a president on an international state visit.”

    There is “no valid argument” for denying travel through American airspace, Jaua said, adding that he expected the US to rectify the situation.

    President Maduro was due to arrive in Beijing this weekend for bilateral talks with the Chinese government. Jaua was adamant that the Venezuelan leader would reach his destination, regardless of any perceived interference.

    Though the US has yet to issue an official response, the latest incident will likely add to already strained relations between the two countries.

    In July, the Venezuelan president announced that his government was halting attempts to improve relations with the US. The move was in response to comments made by the newly appointed US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, who told a Senate committee that her new role would include challenging the “crackdown on civil society” abroad, including in Venezuela.

    /..

    http://rt.com/news/maduro-plane-us-airspace-102/

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