84 thoughts on “Something to Read in the Meantime

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  • Je

    Mary – 5000 sounds a lot, but when you divide it by the number of towns and cities…

  • Arbed

    Off Topic. I would’ve posted this on the DTR thread where Craig sends birthday greetings to Julian Assange or the Anna Ardin is a Liar one, but the comments there seem to be closed now.

    Latest Assange v Sweden news

    The Will She, Won’t She game by the Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny, who promised the Swedish Supreme Court back in March that she was finally going to question Assange in London, continues. The statute of limitations runs out on most of the sex allegations against Assange on 18 August. Latest news is that the appointment agreed for the long-awaited interrogation on 17 Jun – cancelled by Ny at the last minute – turns out to have been nothing more than a PR stunt gone wrong. Apparently, she’d deliberately sent her formal application to Ecuador to use their embassy too late for them to process it but had tipped off a tabloid paparazzi about the time of the supposedly secret interrogation so he’d be there outside the embassy in Hans Crescent to capture the moment her deputy prosecutor Ingrid Isgren was turned away at the door.

    And booked herself on holiday from the following day to 8 July, though her spokesman claimed yesterday she’s still on holiday and there “unavailable for comment”.

    Details here: http://wiseupaction.info/2015/07/16/sweden-fails-to-call-another-chapter-in-the-pre-trial-punishment-of-julian-assange/

    Ecuador’s press release: https://archive.is/i3Cwv

    Assange’s press release: https://justice4assange.com/Prosecutor-cancels-Assange-meeting.html

    The Swedes are getting fed up with her and want her gone:

    http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/kolumnister/staffanheimerson/article21167579.ab

  • nevermind

    ” Blackburn has a large ethnic population and records show that a significant number of them have been found guilty of voter fraud. I don’t believe the same can be said of Argyll & Bute.”

    records show individuals who have committed electoral fraud, it is a ‘significant’ number of local Labour supporters and officers of the council who look aside when it happens who are committing the fraud. Nothing to do with ethnicity at all.

    The electoral Commission is a fraud because it has no objective means to check voting regulations in progress,i.e during election, even when fraud is alleged and happening, when they are called to investigate it they declare their ‘full confidence in the officers of the council’ and forget about it.

    The occasions and fraud you talk of are the cases they could not ignore.
    As for Argyll& Bute which was expected to have a small but clear Yes majority, returned a solid 70% no vote, the price to pay for not watching ballot boxes.

    There is nothing to stop council checking all postal votes, so I question why only the minimum was done in an election of such an importance, whatever you may say.

  • fred

    “There is nothing to stop council checking all postal votes, so I question why only the minimum was done in an election of such an importance, whatever you may say.”

    Because only the minimum needed to be done. If irregularities are found in the random 20% sample then they check all of them, if not there is no need to.

    Westminster didn’t make the rules for the referendum, that was done by the Scottish government in the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013. Westminster didn’t run the referendum, the Scottish government chose the CEO of Edinburgh City Council to administer it and it was she who appointed the officers in the different regions. If you have problems with the way the referendum was run then they are the ones to take them to. If you have evidence of voter fraud then take them to the police. Otherwise what you are doing is attempting to undermine democracy.

  • nevermind

    “Otherwise what you are doing is attempting to undermine democracy.”

    What are you on about now, you are pathetic Fred, you have never lived in a democratic system before you entered Scotland, so how can I undermine it? As luck will have it you have a proportional vote for Holyrood.

    When you are able to proudly vote in one fair proportional system in the UK, you can talk of ‘democracy’. Sadly the unionist parties don’t want to give the English a referendum on a fair vote, not very unionist at all, more like dictatorial.

    You are supporting and are for a unionist exploitation of Scotland, from the word go, to clad it in the mantle of democracy is nothing but obscene.

    Scotland, electing its politicians in a fair proportional manner, is ruled by unionists who got elected in a GE to Westminster with 23% of an unfair disproportional vote, and who are perpetuating this twitter existence to suit themselves alone, nothing ‘demos’ about that at all.

  • Mark Golding

    Why the Royal family including Queen Elizabeth II the highest authority in the British Establishment, embraces Nazism.

    The Carl Schmitt doctrine expounds or spells out in no uncertain terms that the state needs enemies e.g. IS/ISIS/ISIL and must ‘fabricate lies for the many’ while it’s leaders ‘embrace the darkness’ which is the fact that those who are fit to rule are those who realise there is no morality and that there is only one ‘natural right’ — the right of the superior to rule over the inferior.

    This doctrine, accepted by former Prime minister Tony Blair, was the primary reason for his disclosure at the Sept 2006 Labour party conference, where he said quote “I have come to realise that caring in politics isn’t really about caring” unquote – Tony Blair 2006

    This is the principal reason why Blair acts with impunity and also why Jeremy Corbyn’s rise towards Party leader, if not stopped by propaganda, will leave him in the greatest danger of foul play.

  • fred

    “What are you on about now, you are pathetic Fred, ”

    What I an talking about is the facts. The rules for the referendum were made by the Scottish government, the referendum was administered by the Scottish government any problems you have with the referendum take them to the Scottish government.

    It’s easy enough isn’t it?

  • cm-org.uk

    “Why I am Convinced that Anna Ardin is a Liar” thread:

    comments had timed out and closed automatically. Now reopened.

  • John Spencer-Davis

    Mark Golding
    26/07/15 12:24pm

    My brother Peter is of the firm belief that as and when independently-minded politicians attain real power, or look like doing so, a quiet interview is had with them by someone within the Establishment in which it’s explained that they had better conform to certain political constraints or they will be killed or otherwise ruined.

    I never used to believe it. But I am beginning to wonder. I think that someone of the calibre and beliefs of Jeremy Corbyn might be in real danger if he looked like becoming Prime Minister.

    Kind regards,

    John

  • fedup

    The smell of democracy and the budding flowers of self rule are afoot!

    Stop the fucking elections; we are not winning and the left wingers, extremist poopy pants Corbyn could win these. Screams Harman from a top of her lungs!

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    My brother Peter is of the firm belief that as and when independently-minded politicians attain real power, or look like doing so, a quiet interview is had with them by someone within the Establishment

    Peter is a pretty shrewd chap, he is right believe it or not. If all the safe guards fail and the rouge individual manages to get near the levers of power, then the operation containment/kill the bastard kicks in!

  • Republicofscotland

    “The SNP had enough sense to distance himself from him.

    Did he file his spending return to the Electoral Commission yet?”
    _________________________________

    Oh….. so now the SNP are sensible.

    As for your second point, tell you what, when you find out how Better Together, were allowed to receive £500,000 quid from Ian Taylor, owner and CEO of Vitoil, who had dealing with Arkan, a Serbian warlord and slaughterer of innocent women and children, then I find out for you.

    In 1996 Vitol paid $1 million to the Serbian paramilitary leader Arkan to settle a score over a secret oil deal to supply Slobodan Milosevic’s Serbia with fuel. Ian Taylor’s director, Bob Finch, used Arkan as a ‘fixer’ after the oil deal in the former Yugoslavia collapsed. Arkan was assassinated in 2000.

    Arkan was indicted by the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague for crimes against humanity. According to The Obverver – which names Ian Taylor in its investigation into Arkan – “his brutality was well documented” when the meeting with Vitol’s representative took place.

    Arkan’s paramilitaries – ‘the tigers’ – were notorious for massacring 250 patients and staff in a hospital and for genocide, rape and random executions and a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

    – See more at: http://nationalcollective.com/2013/04/07/dirty-money-the-tory-millionaire-bankrolling-better-together/#sthash.9yOD0ii4.dpuf

  • Republicofscotland

    Re my previous comment, the “Deal in the Desert” when the British government coveted Colonel Gaddafi oilfields, has similarities, to my last comment.

    To see a British Prime Minister shake hands with a murderous dictator, and Western puppet leader over a BP oil deal shows you just how corrupt and devious the political heart of London was and still is.

    Roll on Scottish independence.

  • Mary

    ‘If wet, in the village hall.’ Sounds like Mainwaring and co in Warmington on Sea.

    ‘American-Estonian military exercises cancelled due to rain

    “Scheduled for Wednesday joint exercises of paratroopers of the U.S. army and Estonian paramilitary militia “Kaitseliit” (“Defence Union”) were postponed due to rainy and windy weather, reported the press service of “Kaitseliit”.

    It is expected that the exercises will be held on Thursday. During practice the skills of jumping with a parachute from a helicopter Black Hawk UH60 will be perfected. The exercises will be attended by 80 soldiers from the “Destined” company of the second battalion, 503rd infantry regiment, 173rd airborne brigade of the U.S. army and 30 members of “Kaitseliit”.

    “If we can all work together to conduct this operation, it will strengthen our collaboration and cooperation in Europe as a whole”, — said the commander of “Destined” company captain Matthew McCarthy.

    If they can, it will. And if they can’t?” ‘

    http://fortruss.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/american-estonian-military-exercises.html

  • Mary

    Came across this. True?

    24 July 2015 at 3:42pm

    Lord Janner due to appear in court next month

    Leicestershire Police say the former Leicester MP will now face trial.
    Photo: ITV News Central

    Former Leicester MP Lord Greville Janner is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on 7 August in relation to allegations of historic child sexual abuse.

    Leicestershire police launched an investigation into historic abuse two years ago.

    They declared last month that criminal proceedings are now active in relation to Lord Janner.

    He denies all the allegations.

    Last updated Fri 24 Jul 2015

    http://www.itv.com/news/central/2015-07-24/lord-janner-due-to-appear-in-court-next-month/

  • John Spencer-Davis

    Mary
    3:28 pm

    I would imagine that the Court will be making a determination as to whether or not Janner is fit to plead.

    If he is found unfit to plead, as I should think is virtually certain, presumably the Court will order a trial of fact.

    Kind regards,

    John

  • fred

    “As for your second point, tell you what, when you find out how Better Together, were allowed to receive £500,000 quid from Ian Taylor, owner and CEO of Vitoil, who had dealing with Arkan, a Serbian warlord and slaughterer of innocent women and children, then I find out for you.”

    I’ll take that as a no then.

  • Republicofscotland

    “I’ll take that as a no then.”
    ______________________

    You can take it anyway you like.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    To see a British Prime Minister shake hands with a murderous dictator, and Western puppet leader over a BP oil deal shows you just how corrupt and devious the political heart of London was and still is.

    Here’s another:

    (Cameron and Aliyev)

    https://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/President+Azerbaijan+Ilham+Aliyev+Visits+London+Gy_WzdUGKfIl.jpg

    Another (Brown and Aliyev)

    https://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Ilham+Aliyev+Gordon+Brown+Meets+Ilham+Heydar+FXNyefiXqnrl.jpg

    One for you, Ben and Lysias:

    https://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Barack+Obama+Ilham+Aliyev+Obama+Attends+Meetings+TnAUqkSQ1Cxl.jpg

    And it would be unfair to exclude Goss –

    http://static.ann.az/file/pic/xeber/2015-05/1432698278_aliyev-putin.jpg

    PS, the European Azerbaijan Society, invented by Aliyev’s henchman, Heydarov, funds the Labour Progress Group as well as being very supportive of some Tories happy to ignore the country’s abysmal human rights record and invest there. Trebles all round!

  • doug scorgie

    Becky Cohen
    25 Jul, 2015 – 1:22 pm

    “I still think the biggest setback for the left in this country will go down as the defeat of Ed Miliband.”
    …………………………………………………………………

    Ed Miliband “left wing”???

  • John M

    It’s a nice piece, word for word what was published earlier in the Independent, written by and credited to Mark Steel. Very disappointing that another paper should publish verbatim and not credit the author. Possibly an accidental omission but if I were Mark Steel I’d be pretty annoyed.

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