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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.



822 thoughts on “Gordon Brown

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  • Mary

    Apparently Regev has been on Radio 4 yet again. Thankfully I missed it. This from Medialens.


    Re: Humphrys: Iran’s ‘nuclear weapons programme’.
    Posted by Si on September 26, 2013, 8:30 am.

    Yes, disgraceful – Humphry’s interview with Mark Regev was a joke. Regev was also allowed to lie about Iran’s aggressive intent with its ‘intercontinental missiles’ hidden under a mountain and how Iran fails to honour UN resolutions by preventing IAEA inspections. Regev kept mentioning Iran’s ‘charm offensive’ and its ‘smiling face in New York’ – he insisted that it’s seeking talks as a smokescreen for developing its weapons and that just last week it threatened to ‘obliterate’ Israel. The whole point of allowing Regev such airtime with no Iranian voice to counter the lies and distortions appears to have been for the purpose of putting Iran beyond the pale. The irony of Regev accusing Iran of using talks as a cover for creating facts on the ground was lost on Humphrys.

    Fwiw I’ll be calling the complaints line.

    –Previous Message–
    : He’s just said it again.
    : BBC complaints line: 03700 100222


    Following Iranian President Rouhani’s speech to the UN on Tuesday night, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described Mr Rouhani’s speech as cynical. Azadeh Moaveni, an Iranian/American journalist and writer, gauges the last few days at the UN meeting and Israeli government spokesman, Mark Regev, gives his analysis.


  • BrianFujisan

    Man! it’s a Mission to keep up aroon here when one is busy elsewhere

    Macky @ 23rd @ 11;17 am

    Thanks for you’re thoughts, and input on that – Juvenile wouls indeed be they more accurate description – Shame really

    kool Kofi Awoonor Poem, it may well be in diffrent context but i liked this section – As to this day i take my Ladies to the coast for wee campfires – keeps me close to nature

    My people, I have been somewhere
    If I turn here, the rain beats me
    If I turn there the sun burns me
    The firewood of this world
    Is for only those who can take heart
    That is why not all can gather it.

    Phil @ 23rd 3;15 pm

    ” is that you Sofia ”

    i kinda thought that myself

    Nevermind @ 22nd 12;51 pm

    Hope you are well. Yes seen many collisions with the Dojo matts Lol, Knock the air out ya on occasion, had some bumps with the odd missplaced Bokken to, as well as dodging brocken fragments, we sometimes have the Live Katana’s out too, and they can be This sharp –



    OMG, that wee chimp being handed an Ak 47, WHAT T F, you just coul Not make it up

    Alcanon @ 21st 2;55 am

    Do you have a name for the Scientist who has said Ft3 could hit, i was trying to dig something up on his comments,

    I’m still worried about your rock’s due date wrg all thats going on in Femma 3 –

    FEMA purchase orders for over $14.2 million for MREs and heater meals to be delivered to Region III by October 1st.
    FEMA purchase orders for 22 million pouches of emergency water to be delivered to region III by October 1st.
    FEMA purchase orders for $13.6 million for MREs and heater meals to be delivered to Austin by October 1st.
    Nine-week training course for UN Peacekeepers in CONUS to learn Urban Warfare, English, and US weapons systems beginning 4th week of July for 386,000 troops to be completed by October 1st. $11 million in antibiotics to be delivered to FEMA region III by October 1st ordered by CDC.
    World Health Organization held second emergency meeting in its history to discuss MERS Coronavirus. Determined a vaccine MUST be in place by October 1st.
    2800 MRAPs must be delivered to DHS by October 1st. No leave will be allowed for US military from September 28th thru November 5th. NORCOMM yearly training for civil unrest suspended until September 27th. To be performed in northeast coastal areas. Date for release of QE3 report moved to October 16th.
    All DHS agents MUST qualify with sidearm, shotgun and AR 15 by September 28th. No mention of yearly less lethal qualification. Sporadic testing of GPS and Communications satellites is coordinated for the first time with a testing date of September 29th.
    POTUS mandates to FEMA and DHS concerning support for metropolitan communities dealing with the extreme climate change MUST be complete by October 1st. These mandates were issued during the last three weeks. Over 300 school systems in the US have determined they need three-day kits for each school AND three-day kits for each student to take with them. All deliveries are scheduled for the month of September.
    All National Guard units will complete riot control and disaster assistance training during this years annual two week training. All units MUST have their training complete by September 30th.

    Daily testing of the Emergency Broadcast System to begin on September 25th and run thru October 2nd.
    Eastern-based Coast Guard units to perform massive group training, usually performed in the Gulf, in the Virginia and Delaware areas. This is a 10-day training mission to begin September 26th.
    Documentation Sources:







    – See more at: http://govtslaves.info/fema-region-3-preparing-october-suprise/#sthash.MV2Or7XS.dpuf

  • John Goss

    UK, US and Israel investigators have gone to the Nairobi Shopping mall to help with the investigation. I think back to the Lockerbie bombing and recall that US investigators were first on the scene and that the FBI put together the case against two innocent men, one being Abdelbaset al Megrahi, who died of cancer having spent many years in prison for a crime he was not involved in. Still no independent investigation, and they are as much looking for the bomber as they are looking for the team that murdered Princess Diana.


  • Emmpey

    “UK, US and Israel investigators have gone to the Nairobi Shopping mall to help with the investigation.”

    US and Israeli forces were active in the Mall, surprisingly (not) little mention of this in the MSM. Now we hear the terrorists flew in from US, Holland and elsewhere in the West- what about these no-fly lists? What about suspicous activities? What about email an phone intercepts?

    If they can prevent Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) from flying because he is on a no-fly list how come they can let a bunch of terrorists fly freely? Why would ‘disgruntled’ Somalis living in the US fly all the way around the planet to attack the ‘infidel’ when surely an attack on US soil would be worth immeasurably more to them?

    Answer: It’s a steaming crock of shit.

    The US is preparing for another self-inflicted disaster; all this stockpiling of ammo and food, the millions of body bags, the FEMA camps, the increasingly desperate efforts to disarm the population, making it illegal to grow food and collect rainwater. its all poining in the direction of war between the state and it’s population. Just look at how rapidly they are militarising the police – it’s now very difficult to tell the difference between a SWAT team and US Army infantry. SWAT teams have been deployed against civilians for the most menial of misdemeanours. and the police are openly brutalising the population. This is all going one way.

  • John Goss

    Emmpey I suspect you’re right. The plan is to control Africa as decided at the Bilderberg meeting at the Grove Hotel, Watford earlier this year. Creating a false flag is easy these days with all the practice they’ve had. Somalia is the target for a foothold which is why they called everyone with a UK passport home at the end of January. Governments, and their controllers, the bankers, have no scruples about killing and maiming, and can see nothing but the bottom line of a fictitious balance sheet.

  • anon


    “Why is this discredited war criminal being asked for his views? I hope they are not paying him.

    If a video is produced, I will link to it.”

    Good job you don’t do irony!

  • anon

    @John Goss

    Of the 112 countries which have signed up to ban the use of evil cluster bombs which kill children, the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia are not among them.

    And neither are any of the BRIC countries, the Palestinian Authorities, Hamas (despite being involved in the Lebanese Govt who have signed the convention), Syria, Pakistan, Venezuela etc. Russia was also a major user of white phosphorus against civilians in the Chechenya. So why the emphasis on the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia?

  • anon

    Murky – please note it is Blair rather than Bliar and that terrorist are most definitely a cancer. If you don’t think his views should be publicised then you might wish to stop doing so yourself let alone promising links. Do you get some validation for your own views by indulging in 5 minute hate sessions and getting others to do so? Otherwise why bother? I very much doubt that your information will change the position of any one with more than limited intelligence whatever their initial views, in either direction.

  • Mary

    Didn’t they (BT) do well!

    Country being ‘ripped off’ over rural broadband, claims MP
    British Telecom is “ripping off the country” over the delivery of broadband to homes in the countryside, a senior MP has claimed.

    ‘Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme Mrs Hodge said: “Too many people will not be able to access super-fast broadband because BT will have failed to deliver it to them and the taxpayer has been ripped off with £1.2bn going to the shareholders of BT.” ‘

    And didn’t he!

    Lord Livingston of Parkhead’s £9m BT farewell

    ’15 July 2013
    Ian Paul Livingston, Esquire, having been created Baron Livingston of Parkhead, of Parkhead in the City of Glasgow, was introduced and took the oath, supported by Lord Reid of Cardowan and Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.’

    Nice company he keeps. That’s Green ex Chair HSBC, money launderers and funders of cluster bomb manufacturers, and John Reid ex B.Liar minister and now chair of a security and terrrr think tank at UCL.

    ‘Rt Hon Lord Reid of Cardowan PhD

    Before leaving Parliament in 2010 after after 23 years as an MP, Dr John Reid had served at the highest levels of government, including as Home Secretary, Secretary of State for Defence, Health, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, and as Leader of the House of Commons. He is a leading thinker on security and resilience and regularly publishes articles and comments on these issues in media throughout the world. He established the ISRS in 2008.

    B.Liar spoke at its launch and was jeered by the students.

  • Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    “A Special National Intelligence Estimate dated Sept. 15, 1983, lists Syria as a “major recipient of Soviet CW [Chemical Weapons] assistance.” Both “Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union provided the chemical agents, delivery systems, and training that flowed to Syria.” “As long as this support is forthcoming,” the 1983 document continues,” there is no need for Syria to develop an indigenous capability to produce CW agents or materiel, and none has been identified.”

    Soviet support was also mentioned, though with less details, in another intelligence estimate dated Feb. 2, 1982. That report muses about the U.S.S.R.’s motivation for exporting chemical weapons to Syria and other countries. The Kremlin saw gas as useful for allies fighting against insurgencies: For the countries that had actually used it in combat – Kampuchea, Laos, Afghanistan and Yemen – the authors conclude that the Soviet Union saw it as a way of “breaking the will and resistance of stubborn guerrilla forces operating from relatively inaccessible protected sanctuaries.”

    The 1982 report goes on to say: “The Soviets probably reasoned that attainment of these objectives – as quickly and cheap as possible – justified use of chemical weapons and outweighed a small risk of exposure and international condemnation.” Last week, German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that intelligence sources in the country are convinced blueprints for four of the five Syrian poison gas plants came from Moscow.”


  • Mary

    Enough said. She has had to go where the money is. The fact that they have recently been *fined is obviously irrelevant to her.

    ‘Stephanie Flanders to leave the BBC
    Stephanie Flanders has been with the BBC for 11 years.
    The BBC’s economics editor Stephanie Flanders is leaving the BBC to join JP Morgan Asset Management.

    She has been with the BBC for 11 years, five in her current position.’

    * JPMorgan Fined £570m Over London Whale Loss – Sky News
    19 Sep 2013 – UK and US regulators slap huge financial penalties on the US bank for a £3.7bn trading loss that originated in London.

  • mike

    “The White Widow is a danger to the world,” says Interpol.

    Who writes this shit – Stan Lee?

    We have always been at war with Eastasia (and we certainly don’t provide them with chemical weapons)

  • oddie

    Interpol does not link White Widow with Mall attack…but BBC & MSM/Reuters do. suggestions she was involved came same time the Brit was detained – Reminder: abdulrazak sharif ahmed seen at around 18secs in vehicle in video below. Brit is definitely NOT Somali & if our foreign AQ were the attackers, their pale skin & female garb could have been mistaken for white woman!

    Youtube: Ten Suspects Arrested For Questioning Over Westgate Attack

    Standard: From BBC: Interpol issues Red Notice for arrest of Samantha Lewthwaite at Kenya’s request
    An Interpol statement said the 29-year-old was “wanted by Kenya on charges of being in possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011″…
    Interpol did not link the warrant to the Nairobi attack, but it comes after much speculation linking Ms Lewthwaite to events at the Westgate complex…

    Reuters: Kenya widens mall attack probe, alert for UK ‘White Widow’
    Interpol issued a wanted persons alert at Kenya’s request on Thursday for a British woman who has been cited by British police as a possible suspect in the attack on a Nairobi shopping mall that killed at least 72 people…
    Interpol’s “red alert” cites the previous 2011 plot…
    But Kenya’s government and Western officials have cautioned that they cannot confirm the reports she was involved, or even that there were any women participants in the raid…
    Experts say the insecure border has allowed Kenyan sympathizers of al Shabaab to cross into Somalia for training…

    Reuters, like NYT the other day, are determined to keep pushing idea the attackers came in from Somalia, when it would appear they flew into Kenya from further afield.

  • oddie


    Standard: MPs decide to investigate Westgate after meeting Kenya’s Spy Chief
    The MPs who had planned to have the meeting open to the public, suddenly
    decided to have behind closed doors. They even tied a chain around the door
    to ensure that only committee members were allowed into the meeting venue
    which was the Small Dining room at the Main Parliament building in Nairobi.
    The spy chief was shielded from the media and smuggled into the meeting room
    through the restaurant. He had arrived at Parliament buildings with a full
    team of top bosses at the NIS, but when the Senior Deputy Clerk Michael
    Sialai came to pick him for the meeting with MPs, the spy chief went in with
    just two people. The other bigshots were kept outside.
    The MPs said the NIS boss had asked to be excused to go back and keep an eye
    on the on-going forensic investigations at the Westgate mall…
    The quest for a public meeting came just a day after Nairobi Senator Mike
    Sonko told the Senate that he had filed reports of prior attacks with the
    police but nothing had been done…

  • oddie

    hope this woman is safe!

    Two NIS officers who did not want their identities revealed yesterday told the Star that their organisation had given advance warning of the attack to Inspector General of Police Service David Kimaiyo and Criminal Investigations Department director Ndegwa Muhoro…
    It has also emerged that a policewoman has recorded a statement after her brother who works for the NIS warned her not to visit Westgate on Saturday because of an impending attack. The NIS officer is being sought for interrogation.
    The pregnant policewoman regularly went window shopping in Westgate on Saturdays.
    “She has told police that her brother who is a NIS officer warned her not to visit Westgate that Saturday because she would not be able to run with her bulging tummy,” a senior officer involved in the investigation said yesterday.
    The policewoman was picked up from her home on Tuesday night and taken to CID headquarters on Kiambu road where she was interrogated for four hours before being allowed to go home…

  • NR

    Seymour Hersh on the media and the NSA and “… the death of Osama bin Laden. “Nothing’s been done about that story, it’s one big lie, not one word of it is true…”:

    The Daily Mail, India TV and News.com.au all had stories on outrageous torture by terrorists at Kenya mall. Now it’s picked up by:

    Independent admits it’s unverified, except similar stories told by survivors. Last paras say Kenyan security service had foreknowledge of attack, govt. discounted, but security service told their relatives to stay away.

  • BrianFujisan



    Was reading about that earlier.

    there was also an exchange between Medialens and Glen Greenwald on Twitter over that piece. and you know what, a breath of fresh air to read that by Hersh.

  • oddie

    first we had the confirmed Brit, Abdulrazak Sharif Ahmed, detained at the airport 23 Sept (15 seconds in) heading to Turkey

    now this:

    27 Sept: ThePeople Kenya: Remains of Westgate
    Meanwhile, police intensified the hunt for the terrorist links, arresting a Turkish national yesterday in connection with the tragedy, as the heat turned on the Director General of the National Intelligence Service Major General Michael Gichangi…
    The Turkish man being held at an unknown location is under probe by US, British and Israeli agencies over his alleged link to the attack. Police sources told The People the man was arrested as he attempted to flee from his apartment located just 100 metres from the ill-fated mall…
    “He came to the country three years ago, disguising himself as a businessman and is the one many suspects in police custody have been mentioning, as detectives try to piece together the puzzle of the terror attack,” said a police source. “He is the man police believe rented a shop at the Westgate mall suspected to have been used by the terror gang as armoury to launch the attacks,” said the source…


  • Old Labour

    “Blair is in a whole different category again – insincere, absolutely focused on attaining personal power, and with a Messianic belief…”

    and he was from the day when he became leader of the Labour Party and was the reason why after a lifetime of voting Labour I refrained from that day since.

    Now we have weasel Miliband continuing the “we love Israel” policies and toadying up to the Zionist money men and Labour has become a sham and an insult to the concept of Socialism.

    I trust that those of you who voted for Blair / abolition of clause 4 etc occasionally wake up and reflect on the cataclysmic consequences of your stupidity.

  • Mary

    B.Liar’s Jewish friends like Levy could not attend Euan’s wedding because it took place on Yom Kippur.

    In the same Telegraph diary piece, we learn that Werritty was at the launch party for Fox’s new book.

    ‘Tide is turning

    George Osborne clearly hopes that the economic revival will be retail-led. The Chancellor attended the launch of Dr Liam Fox’s book, Rising Tides, and was keen to buy a copy.

    “This will help to stimulate the economy,” he said. The party was also attended by Adam Werritty, whose close working relationship with Fox led to the defence secretary’s resignation.’


  • Mary

    and it appears that Werritty has got married.

    A paean of praise from Liam Fox for best friend Adam Werritty

    Still best buddies? Liam Fox and Adam Werritty, right (Picture: PA)
    11 September 2013

    The Londoner played Where’s Werritty? last night at the launch of Liam Fox’s political history book, Rising Tides. Adam Werritty, the former defence secretary’s best friend, best man and unofficial adviser — and the lobbyist who triggered his resignation in 2011 — does receive a mention on the final page of the tome.

    Giving him an acknowledgement in advance of thank-yous for his parents, siblings and wife, he writes: “My thanks to Adam, whose contributions for this book are as valued as his loyalty and friendship, along with the terrific support of his wife, Lucy.”

    And a man looking suspiciously like Werritty stood among the guests at the London Film Museum in County Hall as the leading Tory Right-winger spoke.

    Dr Fox, whose research included interviews with Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and Tony Blair, said: “Blair told me that he had in fact smacked his children when they were younger. But only because he genuinely believed they had weapons of mass destruction.”


  • oddie

    BBC are running behind Kenyan media, that’s for sure:

    28 Sept – BBC: Kenya cabinet was ‘warned of Westgate style attack’
    Briefings were given to the ministers “informing them of increasing threat of terrorism and of plans to launch simultaneous attacks in Nairobi and Mombasa around September 13 and 20, 2013”, Kenya’s Daily Nation quotes counter-terrorism reports as saying.
    The warnings were first made in January, according to the newspaper, and again from the beginning of September…
    A dossier from the National Intelligence Service – amounting to more than 8,000 pages according to Kenya’s Standard newspaper – also suggests the Israelis issued warnings that buildings owned by its citizens could be attacked between 4 and 28 September…
    Government figures said to have received the intelligence briefings include Treasury Minister Julius Rotich, Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku, Foreign Affairs Minister Amina Mohammed, Defence Minister Raychelle Omamo and Kenya Defence Forces chief Julius Karangi…

    28 Sept – Standard: Uhuru reads the Riot Act on people he accuses of creating ‘a parallel centre of power’
    Although his official title is Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Kimemia has been performing duties of the powerful office of the Head of Public Service.
    But he won’t perform that role any more. That job has been assigned to former Treasury PS Joseph Kinyua…
    The President is said to have seethed with rage after it emerged that some senior officials in Harambee House, the former Office of the President, were issuing unauthorised instructions over the Westgate Mall attack…
    It also emerged that Kimemia chaired the National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) meeting where the National Intelligence Service (NIS) says it provided information on the impending attack at the mall. “He is secretary to the Cabinet and only God knows in what capacity he was chairing that meeting,” said a close Uhuru ally at Harambee House…
    “The information on the Westgate attack was given but it did not go anywhere. The NIS had informed them what vehicles the Al-Shabaab would use and at what time they would attack. Kimaiyo was also said to have been there and that is why NIS keeps saying they gave information to top officials at OP and police,” said our source…

  • oddie

    28 Sept – Nation Kenya: Assault mastermind said to be a Kenyan, 50, associated with ex-Qaeda leader Fazul
    The mastermind of the Westgate shopping mall terrorist attack is suspected to be a 50-year-old Kenyan man who is an associate of the late Al-Qaeda leader Fazul Abdullah, the Sunday Nation has established.
    Abu Sandheere, whose parents were a Maasai and a European, is thought to have escaped moments after the assault started on Saturday.
    “He escorted the attackers to the mall and then left as people were fleeing. He then travelled to the border and crossed to Somalia,” said an intelligence source…
    Sandheere, said to be the regional Al-Qaeda man in charge of intelligence, logistics and special operations, escaped from Westgate with two other unidentified terrorists.
    The reports describe the man as tall and light-skinned with perforated ears lobes. He is also described as being “extremely sharp”…
    Kenyan security agencies also say Sandheere is well educated, having studied at an institution only identified as Al-Azhar.
    We could not independently establish whether he studied at Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, or Al-Azar, which is also a religious site in the city. The head of Al-Qaeda, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, is an Egyptian…
    The planning of the attack reportedly started nine months ago when the terrorists hired a shop at the Westgate Mall…
    The squad members are said to have entered Kenya disguised as refugees and registered at Hagadera refugee camp where they were helped by a Mr Ahmed Bishar and an Amniyat (Al-Shabaab intelligence network) which operates both in Kenya and Somalia.
    The squad is said to have received forged refugee documents in early September in preparation for their entry into the refugee camp in Kenya and later to their intended destinations in Nairobi and Mombasa…

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