A Change of Political Climate 169

I just watched a recording of Westminster yesterday where Tory Minister Amber Rudd announced the government was rapidly dropping the subsidy for solar energy down to zero. Yet the government has just agreed to pay to the nuclear industry a subsidy that will dwarf, in real terms, all the subsidies ever given to the coal and renewable industries combined, and what is more will be paid to the Chinese and the French. I am lost for words.

Nor am I in any way pleased to be proved instantly correct, that Western governments view terrorist incidents like that in Paris primarily as a means to enhance their power and social control. The French government has immediately seized on the pretext to ban all demonstrations at the forthcoming climate change summit in Paris. Yet they have not banned gatherings of large crowds generically, for example at football matches.

Cameron’s announcement of 15% budget and staff increases for the security services was made immediately after the Paris attacks, but was plainly not something thought up in a few hours. The plans for mass surveillance had already been announced, and would have to be staffed. This kind of sickening political opportunism is the true disrespect to the innocent dead.

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169 thoughts on “A Change of Political Climate

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  • Kempe

    ” In 1999, after high winds twice interrupted Hunterston’s own power supply from the grid, and diesel generators and pumps could not be started, the whole station and with it much of the west of Scotland, and the Clyde were almost lost. An employee’s car and a set of jump leads were all that prevented meltdown. Diesel was requisitioned under armed escort from surrounding petrol stations to run emergency cooling pumps. ”

    Where are you getting all this rubbish from?


  • Republicofscotland

    “You are forgetting the unwritten (but strictly adhered to) law of inverse universality”


    I’m only aware of it in the sense of Newton’s gravitational pull of similar sized bodies, which could be rehashed, to, similar corrupt bodies.

    Of course the establishment mouthpieces in here, you know who you will scream, it’s all inductive reasoning, I prefer to see it as deductive reasoning, others will see it as abductive reasoning, a form of Occam’s Razor.

  • Mary

    Fedup Ref Pollard

    The BiBiCee sounds pleased about the release of course.

    Their Ms Knell has access to Bibi’s slimy cabinet of killers and warmongers.

    ‘End of a saga: Yolande Knell, BBC News, Jerusalem

    In Israel, Jonathan Pollard has many supporters who joyfully welcome his release. He’s widely perceived as having been harshly punished for providing information critical to national security.

    For years, a Free Pollard campaign has lobbied to try to secure the release of the former intelligence analyst. It has prepared piles of letters of encouragement from members of the public for him to read now that he is out of jail.

    The Pollard saga has been a long-time strain on relations with Israel’s closest ally and there is relief that it is over. However, the cabinet was instructed not to talk about the ex-spy too soon for fear of upsetting Washington.’


    How much more Israel friendly can the state broadcaster be?

    Bibi does look rather pleased here.

    Disagreements Behind Them, Obama And Netanyahu Get Down To Business

  • Mary

    The scribblers and pundits have moved on from matters in Paris to Bamako in Mali. They feed on death and disaster.

  • YouKnowMyName

    The excellent news about the +15% rise in budget for the spooks comes at the time when they have to start finding WHICH top-cop is whistleblowing about the 44% cuts over the decade in generic home-office/UK Police funds. According to the FT (paywalled) but they shared a bit with google:

    High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others. . .

    Proposed budget cuts to Britain’s police forces may “reduce very significantly” their ability to cope with a Paris-style terrorist attack, according to a memo written by a senior police officer to Theresa May, home secretary.
    The document, prepared after last week’s attacks in Paris, says that further cuts would leave Britain’s “surge capacity” — the ability to mobilise large numbers of police units at different locations after a serious attack — greatly reduced, according to a leak of the letter. . .

  • Mary

    Thanks Fedup. Will the horror ever end?

    This man has seen too much of it in his work as a writer, photographer and film maker. I was reading this earlier. He is tormented.

    In the Darkness of Night I Hear the Screams and Relive the Horrors of “the West” Gone Mad
    by Andre Vltchek / November 20th, 2015

    It sometimes happens in the middle of a dark night, when I don’t expect it, when I think that I am sound asleep but am not, or when perhaps I really am but not completely. I don’t know. All that I witnessed and overheard, all that I thought I forgot but couldn’t, all that I tried so desperately to forget comes back, first in spasms, then in full force.

    I often think that the West went mad. Totally, irreversibly! It turned into a monster itself, and it keeps manufacturing new, smaller but equally toxic brutes all over the world. It rolls, smashing all that stands on its way. And I am not sure whether it still could be stopped.

    Those horrid US military bases on Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands… those Israeli occupation forces choking the Syrian Golan Heights, those helicopter gunships firing at civilian vehicles in Gaza… bombed and burned villages near Mosul, Iraq… images of people slaughtered by pro-Western terrorists in Iran… men who were tortured savagely, and whose wives and daughters were brutally raped in “India-administered” Kashmir, clinging to each other desperately, whispering their stories in some godforsaken villages near the border with Pakistan.


    He is Russian, aged 52, and now lives in Asia and Africa.

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Looking at deep, structural geo-politics, in the context of the systemic shift in economic power towards the East, I think that Europe is becoming unstable again.

    I suspect that Greece – NATO country – ultimately may end up under a state of emergency. The wars propagated by NATO (specifically though Turkey and the GCC) in Libya and Syria and the strike at Russia’s underbelly via Ukraine, all are right at Europe’s front door. These are not ‘wars in distant lands of which we know little’. How could they – those who have promulgated such policies – imagine that they would not ‘fall out’ in multiple ways right across Europe? To state the obvious, but hardly, banal, fact, the Syria situation is a regional – and by this, I mean a Mediterranean/European/’Near Eastern’ – catastrophe.

    I realise that there are other, possibly multiple conflicting, agendas. Just an observation.

  • Suhayl Saadi

    ‘Captagon’ is an amphetamine – ‘pep pills’ basically – it would help them stay awake and energised. Given intravenously… It’s kind of what Giyane’s been saying for some time, I think, that many of these Jihadist death squads are on drugs.

    So much for their f-ing stupid version of the religion. How anyone in Europe could be stupid enough to believe their crap and follow them… yet some clearly do.

  • Tony M

    Responding to Glenn https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2015/11/a-change-of-political-climate/comment-page-1/#comment-562406

    Your comment above suggest you missed a comment of mine:


    At the risk of repetition, I’ll quote:

    “What I meant then Glenn, was not that you were advancing claims of crisis actors etc. but that you were bewailing that everyone else was claiming crisis actors etc. were or even must be involved, when no one was making any such claims of this kind, not here anyway. …”

  • fedup

    I think, that many of these Jihadist death squads are on drugs.

    Firstly they are not jihadists, as you know for Jihad there is a need for a high ranking religious leader to declare the war on whatever, or to press for self improvement (Jihad is many things to many people). These mercenaries are Salafists (Wahhbists) and not a standard issue Muslim by a long shot! (you have jusdiced view of the Muslims because of your interaction with some of the most illiterate bunch of people who have been learning Islam as per deobandi themes that are in equivalence to the born again Christian evangelists, ie loony tunes) Hence the only way of correctly describing the Salafis/Wahhabist bunch wreaking havoc by classifying these as Saudis’ version of spetsnaz/special forces/foreign legion.

    However given the fact that, the West is busy killing oodles of Muslims everyday, it is more suited for the vassals in charge of the Western governments to bang on about “jihdists/Islamists” in the way of creating the two minutes hate needed for the continuation of the war on Mid East. This suits the banksters and zionist to boot, hence a happy all around coincidence of interests!!!!!

    Furthermore as these Wahhbist culprits who are fighting the “war” for less than honorable reasons they need to be induced to fight in a state of savage and frenzied stupor. Hence the introduction of the Captagon etc that is copiously and freely available in Syria and Iraq. The fact that Wahhabist Johnny is only interested in his nether regions having fun, and his pockets to be full of dollars, this has created a fluid situation in which these mercenaries are joining the group that pays the best daily rate, and has a most relaxed view of treating the “slave” females and young boys!!!!

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Yes, I agree with much of your analysis, Fedup (at midnight!).

    Well, Fedup, when I refer to them as ‘Salafist/Wahhabis’, I get attacked by people like Arsalan Goldberg for “insulting the Salafist community”. When I call then, ‘Islamists’, I get told that I am parroting neocon-speak.

    I do not have “a jaundiced view of Muslims”. I hate what these shits (Western stooges, paramilitary death sqauas a la Contras, Islamists, Jihadists, Salafists, Wahhabis, clerical fascists, whatever…) have done to Muslims and to Islam and to human beings as a whole.

    The truth is, we are all too hung up on words and perceived ‘offence’. Farnkly, Fedup, I don’t care who is offended by my words, not who else might chooose to use them. I am more interested – as I know you are too, since you are a decent person and we are on the same ‘side’ and clearly are ‘fed up’ and no doubt as angry as me – in actions.

    Best wsihes to you.

  • Pan


    Sorry, I was not at all clear about what I meant by the “law of inverse universality”.

    I was trying to say “the opposite of the law of universality” (oft-quoted by Chomsky).

    So the law of inverse universality would be the (unwritten) law that what applies to “Them, over there” (the little brown people, our ‘enemies’ etc.), namely International Law, does NOT apply to “Us”.

    (The law of universality says, basically, we should apply the same rules and standards to ourselves as we do to others).

  • fedup

    The truth is, we are all too hung up on words and perceived ‘offence’. Farnkly, Fedup,

    Suhayl it is not offence, frankly calling the little vermin anything you like is my own choice so long as it is strong and robust insults of course.

    The distinction I drew is based on Tony Hall – Lord Hall of Birkenhead – the Director-General of the beebeecee goes on record;

    a group of 120 British MPs wrote to Lord Hall, the director-general of the BBC, urging him to instruct his staff to use “Daesh” as well. Lord Hall said that would break BBC impartiality rules by giving viewers the impression that the BBC was explicitly supporting the group’s opponents.

    Note this is the state propaganda organ delivering it’s reluctance to join the opponents of Daesh!!!!

    Why do you think would that be the case?

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