The Killings of Tony Blair 1732

Tonight I am appearing at a panel discussion following the screening of the long-awaited film by George Galloway, The Killings of Tony Blair. I shall have the dubious pleasure of debating with John McTernan, who has never lacked brass neck but does deserve some credit for appearing to represent the forces of darkness before what I imagine will be a very hostile audience. The other panel members are Michael Mansfield and Lauren Booth.


The film has been predictably lambasted by the mainstream media. But it does include some very essential first hand evidence – myself apart, two other British Ambassadors tell what they themselves witnessed, as do Cabinet members. Noam Chomsky adds some important perceptions. This cannot just be dismissed by cries of “Oh look! George Galloway’s in a hat!! Remember when he was on Big Brother!!” The mainstream media’s response to this film has been unanimously puerile.

The Blair-loving Guardian gave the film two stars and called it “sanctimonious”. If one cannot express moral condemnation of a man who forced through an aggressive war, directly killing hundreds of thousands and destabilising both the Middle East and communities in Europe, and who then went on to make multiple millions of pounds promoting vicious dictatorships, then are we to suspend the very idea of ethics itself?

The Guardian subscribes to the world view propounded weekly by Nick Cohen, that to appear on an Iranian government TV channel is a far greater sin than to promote a war which killed and maimed countless thousands of small children. None of the many contributors appeared in the film under a mistaken belief that George Galloway is perfect. That George (whom I first met in Dundee in 1977) is not perfect in no way detracts from the evidence stated against Tony Blair. On Iraq, George was both right and brave. I would add that I did not for one moment consider refusing to take part on the grounds that George is a unionist.

Getting cinema screenings for an independent documentary film is extremely difficult. This is what is available so far.

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I assume there are plans to make it available on wider platforms later.

The Killing$ Of Tony Blair – Official Trailer from The Killing of Tony Blair – Film on Vimeo.

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      • Republicofscotland

        Thank you for the link Alan, I missed that one, I wonder if they have a Delilah, or a Tom Jones option, where the sirens screech, “Why why why.” ?

      • Republicofscotland

        Sputnik, verses the Ministry of Truth aka the BBC, Edinburgh just became a far more interesting place to live, maybe we’ll see them at the Fringe festival, both should be good for a laugh. ?

        Though I guess Sputnik will be on the Scottish independence side, I’m beginning to warm to them already.

        I see you linked to the Herald, a anti-independence news rag, though the Sunday version is a pro-independence paper. I wonder what John Mennons would make of his Glasgow advertiser, the longest running national broadsheet in the world, founded a few hours after the US declared independence, in 1873.

        • Ba'al Zevul

          I could have linked to the Sun, couldn’t I?

          In fact I went for the Herald because it wasn’t as anti-independence as the rest of the mainstream. And yes, if the intention is to destabilise the UK (and it is), playing the Celtic harp is a logical move. Shouldn’t be too much of a problem funding the next indieref, should it? But be careful what you wish for, is all I will say.

          • Alcyone

            Glamour girls? They’re going to have to do a lot better than that to be eye-catching or to bend ears.

            In fact, I have an issue with RT’s aesthetics. What is it with these Russkies, can’t they smarten up? I feel sorry for the Moscow girls, many of whom are naturally beautiful and curvaceous.

          • Ba'al Zevul

            A bit late but I get there in the end. US independence was in 1776. The Glasgow Herald came along in 1783. If history teaches us anything it is that we learn nothing from history, eh?

            I hope the SNP’s next manifesto is less careless with the facts.

            Alcyone, I’ll set Cherie Blair and her empowered wimmin on you.

          • Republicofscotland

            I should’ve clarified Michael, the Herald newspaper was founded when American independence was won, and not declared, the Treaty of Versailles was signed, in 1873.

            So you’re quite correct.

            My apologies.

    • bevin

      Notice any difference between the North Atlantic and the eastern Pacific?
      China and Russia are doing what the US would be doing if there were three carrier groups and several hundred thousand troops, plus air force bases kicking around the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.
      The USA is trying to probe and provoke: playing games with nuclear weapons. If that’s OK with you, it isn’t with me. China’s case is a very sound one. It is really only being disputed because US puppets are doing what they are told to do and creating problems in the hope of tempting Russia and China into an arms race.
      The USA relies on permanent war to maintain the economic health of the crooked cabal running it. And the future of humanity is just another token thrown into the gambler’s pot.

    • RobG

      Quite right, the guy came from Somalia, and anyone coming from that war torn country (which used to be carved-up between the British and the Italians) might well be suffering from mental illness. Despite what our psychopathic leaders and their minions tell us, humans aren’t well suited to war. Every single day, for example, at least 20 US veterans commit suicide…

      And every single day in London there’s lots of stabbings and shootings, so why concentrate so heavily on what happened in Russell Square?

      Oh yeah, it’s the twerrorists, innit.

      Quick! quick! get back in the cupboard under the stairs! and don’t forget your gas mask, because as well as the twerrorists, evil Assad and Putin will soon be dropping chemical weapons on you. DA, DA, DAH!

      When you’ve finished that particular comic I shall give you another one, because you appear to be someone who readily absorbs childish fiction.

      • Habbabkuk

        “And every single day in London there’s lots of stabbings and shootings, so why concentrate so heavily on what happened in Russell Square?”

        “Every day”? “Lots”?

        A slight exaggeration, surely?

        Many of the stabbings and shootings that do occur are the result of gang warfare in South London and the place, victims and assailant might explain why this event got a fair bit of attention.

  • Republicofscotland

    According to this report a huge American airforce plane has been used to deliver a shit load of money (physical money) to Iran.

    “The Iranians demanded the return of $400 million the government of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi deposited into a Pentagon trust fund 36 years ago to purchase US fighter jets, US officials told the Journal.”

    “US officials have refuted claims the money was sent to secure the release of the four Americans, however.”

    The total amount is $1.7 billin dollars.

    • John Goss

      I think Professor Efraim Inbar has a case since you cannot fully destroy ISIS, DAESH or whatever label it operates under anyway. It is like the many-headed Hydra.It will reappear in another form. Of course the Yanks have been funding it from the start and I realise that this is western propaganda to keep the plot going. They want Muslims killing Muslims to leave space for creating an unholy apartheid state of greater Israel. Most Muslims are appalled by ISIS who as well as beheadings, crucifixions and other abominable malpractices have been burying their soldiers alive for not wanting to fight for them once the novelty of being an ISIS hero wears off.

  • michael norton

    Francois Flanby Hollande you make me sick you podgy American would-be-president,
    how many puddings can eat at one sitting?

    Nice attack erodes Francois Flanby Hollande’s last source of popularity

    The FRENCH President’s uncertain response to terrorism strips him of his only electoral asset!
    The terrorist attack in Nice may have eliminated President François Hollande’s already slim chances of re-election by damaging his standing as France’s commander-in-chief — the only field in which he had seemed to live up to voters’ expectations.
    Before the Riviera slaughter, the most unpopular president of the fifth republic had risen to the challenge of two mass-casualty Islamist assaults. Struggling to rekindle growth in the eurozone’s second-largest economy, grappling with high unemployment, ridiculed for his messy domestic life, he had at least shown resolve in the fight against terrorism — ordering air strikes against Isis strongholds in Syria and Iraq, extending powers of the intelligence agencies and declaring a state of emergency.

    In January 2015, after French-born extremists killed Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, police officers and clients of a Jewish supermarket in Paris, Mr Hollande led a huge march through Paris flanked by world leaders. In November, after 130 died in a series of suicide attacks in Paris, his speech to the lower and upper houses of parliament brought a standing ovation.

    This time, the abiding image is that of Manuel Valls, the prime minister, being booed by an angry crowd on Nice’s promenade where a radicalised truck driver killed 84 pedestrians celebrating Bastille Day. With 10 months to go to the presidential elections, the opposition swiftly attacked the government for failing to protect the French.

    “Even before Nice, François Hollande was extremely weakened but now something is broken,” said Jérôme Fourquet, head of political studies at Ifop, a pollster. “One of the last aspects of his personality that held him was his role as commander-in-chief and now he seems out of his depth there too.”

    Nice is testing French resilience to terrorism as never before: it was the third big attack in 18 months, suggesting the threat is far from contained despite all the security measures; it took terrorism beyond the capital to the provinces; and this time senior citizens and children were targets — another step in the scale of horror.

    But the government’s response has been less than assured. Mr Hollande’s decision to extend the state of emergency, which only hours earlier he said was no longer needed, made him look incoherent, Mr Fourquet says. Mr Valls has given repeated warnings of more deadly attacks to come, but the government has not come up with any additional substantial security measures. Meanwhile, Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister, has become embroiled in claims, which he denies, that his office tried to cover up details of the police operation in Nice on the night of the attack.
    “The French understand some attacks are difficult to avert but they don’t accept that the government refuses to step up its reaction,” Mr Fourquet says. “The issue is that the left seems to have reached its limit in the trade-off between individual liberties and security.”

    That places the government at odds with French voters: eight out of 10 would accept restrictions on civil liberties to better combat homegrown terrorism, according to an Ifop survey released two days after the Nice slaughter. Two-thirds of those polled said they did not trust the government in dealing with the threat.

    The centre right and the far right have seized on mounting public scepticism. Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right Front National party, has suggested expelling foreign-born criminals, shutting mosques with suspected links with radical Islamists and tightening criteria for naturalisation and refugee status.

    And so on.

    He is history

  • Alan

    Update on CHILCOT INQUIRY – ANSWER FOR IRAQ (This Just arrived in my inbox)

    Dear Donor,

    As the Daily Mail reported this morning, we are so pleased to tell you that we have reached our funding target of £150,000.

    This will allow our legal team to carry out the work necessary to determine whether those criticised by Chilcot acted not only wrongfully but unlawfully and can be brought to trial to face justice.

    We are amazed and humbled by your and the public’s generosity. The support you have shown us and the Families means so very much to us. Thank you.

    We shall keep you updated as we progress.

    With gratitude

    Roger Bacon & Reg Keys

    Yes! One step closer to justice.

  • RobG

    Quote: ” It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society”.

    The police state is now being rolled out before our eyes, quite plainly, yet there’s barely a murmur of dissent.

    Beam me up, Scotty.

    • michael norton

      No need to panic

      Austria steps up security after ‘terror threats’ against police stations

      Austrian authorities are increasing security measures after receiving emailed “terror threats” towards police stations, adding that there was “no need to panic,” the Local reports. The time for the supposed attacks mentioned in the message – Thursday morning – “has now passed,” Interior Ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck told AFP. He confirmed a report by Die Presse daily on its website that the email had made specific mention of Islamic extremists being behind the threats. The email, sent to several police stations, came from an encrypted address that has been used “several times in the past” for threats, officials said.
      from Russia Today.

      lots are in panic.

    • Alan

      I love the way that you ensure, on the michael norton blog, that the last three comments are always by michael norton. Firstly, why doesn’t CM tell you to p***-off, and secondly wtf don’t you have the guts to go to a blogging site and make your own blog?

      Please don’t think I am being impolite. It’s just until today I hadn’t observed how you operate.

    • Brianfujisan

      Cos it’s too nice a word that murdering bastard.. Maybe Bliarshites would do

      But you are correct Ba’al couldn’t have seen that one coming WtF

    • Alan

      Oh sh*t, ain’t that just the truth? ROFL

      A bit like that “Cones Hotline” that nobody could ever get an answer from.

    • Rob Royston

      Maybe you need to open your mind. Gaelic is my first language, I work mostly in other countries now but I always manage to figure out what their signs mean.

      • Alan


        The official language of the UK is English. This applies whether you are “Anglo-Saxon” or a Filipina, such as my 2nd wife. Why is it that only you of the “Gaelic” persuasion think that you have “special” rights?

        They do tell me that Americans also have speshull rights. Gee, it must be so great to be “speshull”

        • Alan

          Oh heck, it appears that I am “speshull” too:

          “In the field of human rights, growing attention has been devoted to the rights of persons belonging to specific groups, often called “vulnerable groups”. People belonging to these groups have certain common characteristics or are in a situation that have been shown to make these people more vulnerable to discrimination. They are especially “vulnerable”, because these grounds for discrimination have been overlooked or insufficiently addressed in general human rights instruments. New instruments are therefore needed to protect and promote the rights of these people, focussing on specific characteristics and situations, such as age, gender, social situation etc. These groups include indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities, refugees, migrant workers, women, children, people with HIV/AIDS, persons with disabilities and older persons.”

          Oh heck, it looks like I am “speshull” for about six different reasons. Oh wow, and all this time I didn’t think I had any speshull rights ar all.

      • Alan

        So were you too lazy to learn English?

        You know what? I once lived in a country where the young people were prepared to die rather than learn in a language other than English. They said that English was an “International Language”. Now do tell me, would you call Gaelic an international language?

        • lysias

          Scots Gaelic is really the fourth dialect of what is called Irish in Ireland. And there are those who call the Irish language “Gaelic”. My mother and her aunt, who were native speakers of Irish from Kerry and who spoke it when they didn’t want us children to know what they were saying, called it “Gaelic”. It is called Gaelic (Gaeilge) in Irish. So what is really the same language is also spoken in Ireland.

          Manx on the Isle of Man, before it went extinct, was another dialect of Gaelic.

          And there are speakers of Scots Gaelic in Nova Scotia in Canada. A veterinarian whom I have met in New Jersey grew up as a native speaker of Scots Gaelic in Nova Scotia.

          • Alan

            Ok, so would you be able to have a conversation on advance Quantum Mechanics in Gaelic? I think not! Which is exactly the reason those aforementioned were rioting on the streets and demanding that they be taught in English.

            There is just no way you are going to turn Gaelic into a 21st century language.

          • Alan

            Yes, and I am equally sure my grandfather spake good Gaelic but in the real world he needed to be speaking English, otherwise he could not have charmed my grandmother with his BS, despite him kissing the Blarney stone before leaving Ireland. You people do sure talk a load of crap.

          • Rob Royston

            Alan, I would not be able to have a conversation on advance Quantum Mechanics in Gaelic or in any language, but I am sure that two Gaelic speakers who understood the subject would be able to.
            Lysias, As the Celts moved from Ireland to the west of Scotland the language is from the same source. There is a music program on the radio where one presenter speaks in Scots Gaelic and the other speaks in Irish Gaelic, I can only follow small amounts of what the Irish presenter says. The presenters understand each other perfectly but you have to learn the other language as you would any language.
            I have heard that speakers from the far South of Ireland and the Northern parts of Scotland find it easier to understand each other. This may have been caused by the influence of Ulster.

        • glenn_uk

          Alan: Plants and animals are classified in Latin, because it seemed more sensible to have an international language to facilitate communication. Even bacteria and viruses are always classified this way, not in English.

          Gaelic – and Welsh for that matter – is no more an “international language” than English – it just depends on where you are, and how fluent you happen to be.

          One thinks in different ways, it could be argued that any particular language restricts the ability to express thoughts, or even produce them in the first place. Having even the faintest grasp of another language will surely expand the ability to think.

          • michael norton

            Snout in many troughs Neil Kinnock would like us to stay in the European Empire
            because his entire family have made an absolute killing out of it ( us)

        • nevermind

          Its an Imperical language, Alan, nothing to do with internationalism. Internationalists learn to speak any lingo, they don’t expect others to conform to theirs.

      • Brianfujisan

        Gawd, i envy you Rob, I tried to learn once, but the teacher was way too soft spoken, and quiet for me,

        To hear those singers at the Mod,.and Highland, islands.. and Know what they are saying,

        my ex wife and i once went to the Park Bar ( Glasgow) whilst the Mod was on.. at Closing time the girls were all sitting on the kerb singing ..i shall never forget such beauty of Gaelic …Right there on the Street

      • fred

        But the point is that only a very small percentage of the people of Scotland can speak Gaelic, 1.1% in the 2011 census. Scotland’s roads are in an appalling state, we try to get holiday makers to come from the rest of the UK and other countries to tour Scotland and they go away with broken springs on their cars.

        • glenn_uk

          It’s not just Scotland, Fred. I don’t know where you live, but you’re damned lucky if your road is in decent shape. Take a look at this, chiefly concerned with England and Wales:

          You think they’ve got it bad in Scotland?

          • fred

            I know the state of the roads here has been steadily deteriorating since 2007 and have got dramatically worse in the last two years. The reasons are both the Scottish government controlling councils by starving them of money and an increase in very heavy traffic on roads not designed for heavy loads.

            This year Highland Council has had to make £29 million pounds worth of cuts making 400 council workers redundant including many of the workers who mend the roads.


            At a time when 40% of the roads are in a poor condition and deteriorating faster than any other rural region in Scotland.


          • Ba'al Zevul

            But Highland’s roads always were crap. You could tell when you’d crossed from Highland into Strathclyde by the feel alone. Similarly, even further back, when crossing from Ross to Sutherland. Anyway, hasn’t anyone who is anyone up there got a Land Rover – vintage 1960, regulated to 40mph and running on red diesel? You want luxury?

          • fred

            No, the quality of the roads used to be good compared to down south. We didn’t have utilities under them, power and phone lines were overhead water ran alongside and there are no sewerage or gas pipes which meant people didn’t have to be constantly digging holes in them. The roads had ditches along them which were cleaned out every few years, they have now been filled with hard core which has become clogged so when it rains the roads flood. Apart from most roads being single track with passing places I’d have rated them as some of the best in Britain, far better than the patchwork roads they drive on in the north of England.

            They can only skimp on essential maintenance to fund their pet Nationalist projects for so long before everything, like the Forth Bridge, starts falling apart.

          • Ba'al Zevul

            I think distance is lending enchantment to your view, Fred. The features you list are very largely the result of the cost of burying services in solid rock, or in unstable peat. A parsimonious government would leave that alone, and the last I saw, they had. I’ll take your word on the ditches, but during the English monsoon (aka summer) I’ve been stopped by flooding several times. No roadside ditches, and a very slow response from the farmer whose lousy field drainage was responsible. I do agree that the relatively tiny – compared to the multiple inter-village routes in Middle England – road network in the Highlands should be easy enough to maintain, but I fail to see how the replacement Forth Road Bridge can be avoided, strategically speaking. Another long-overdue network improvement is the dualling of the Perth-Inverness section of the horrible A9, ignored for decades, and now under way. On any profit and loss account, I have no difficulty in seeing why these should be prioritised over Scrabster’s potholes.

    • Ba'al Zevul

      You know you’ve got an internationalist government when there’s no money to mend the roads period.

    • Republicofscotland

      Yes Rob, three chairwomen three resignations, the inquiry into child sex abuse is a career killer for anyone stupid enough to chair it. I’d imagine all kinds of imfamous names have come onto the radar as perpetrators, in vile acts.

      Those people will have powerful friends in high places, no one is going to stick their neck out, and see the truth revealed and the inquiry completed.

      They should give the job to someone not connected to the establishment, someone who’ll see it all the way through, and as they say, publish and be damned.

      The job itself is a money spinner.

      “In July last year it was revealed Justice Goddard was receiving a salary of £360,000, an annual rental allowance of £110,000 and £12,000 a year to cover utilities, while panel members were each receiving £565 a day”

  • Winkletoe

    This blog been closed down? Anyone know whether the blogger is even still alive?

      • Squonk

        The tweet on Aug 1st was Craig himself. The later Catholic Orangemen of Togo tweet was an admin tweet from the archives which go out occasionally when Craig is away.

    • Squonk

      Craig is away attending to his mother who is ill.

      He occasionally tweets from his phone but otherwise has limited internet access.

      • Brianfujisan

        Thank you for the info Sqounk.. Best wishes to Craig and All the Familiy

        Hope you are well too

  • lysias

    Cornwall has been classified as having a subtropical climate – putting it on a par with parts of Africa, Mexico and Brazil.

    When my father, who was from County Cavan right next to the border with Northern Ireland, visited my mother’s native county of Kerry in the South, he was struck by the presence of such subtropical vegetation as fuchsia. That was decades ago. I wonder how much warmer Kerry has gotten. Valentia Island off the Ring of Kerry does have Glanleam Subtropical Garden.

  • Brianfujisan

    michael norton
    August 3, 2016 at 23:48

    ” BBC propaganda machine winds its neck in.”

    I wonder how long that will last Michael.. BbC ( British brainwashing Champions ) are right up there with the bliar war criminals..and Cameron war criminals.. They get away with it every time.. Marr, Paxman, Wark, ect..and then millions Die

    but this is a very good piece from STWC –

    It is fair to say that the British government succeeded in its efforts. As media watchdog Medialens has outlined after looking at the Guardian’s reporting of Blair’s speech to parliament prior to the vote that resulted in MPs authorising war on Iraq: “When it mattered, the Guardian took Blair seriously, respectfully, offering not a word of criticism of anything he had actually said. The Guardian could have joined the millions of people in the UK and across the world excoriating Blair for waging a needless, illegal and immoral war of aggression without even the fig leaf of United Nations support. It could have denounced yet another superpower assault on a country already devastated by war and 12 years of US-UK-led sanctions; a country that represented precisely zero threat to the West.”…

    Medialens also offered a damning analysis of the BBC’s reporting, citing the following academic study of its performance: “In 2003, a Cardiff University report found that the BBC ‘displayed the most “pro-war” agenda of any broadcaster’ on the Iraq invasion….

    In Iraq, the cost of the media’s dereliction of duty includes a level of responsibility for the millions of people killed, and those left without fathers, mothers, sons and daughters –

    And then the Very same thing happened with Syria. and the next war, ( which could be the last ) ..

    And also always the Bias against Palestine, as Israel conduct three Massacres in Five years..

    And also the Protecting of Pedophiles

    And also the Climate, Fukushima,

    And Clintons Crimes.. Makes one Dizzy.

    I was outside bbcS in Glasgow protesting over Gaza ( op Protective Edge ).. then again over the child abuse cover up’s.

    Gaza protest bbcS –

      • nevermind

        not to forget Yemen, Saudi Arabias fifty beheadings/week, or the military suppression and torture, under our advice, of the Bahraini population. Its such a shame isn’t it RD?

        • Brianfujisan

          Yes Nevermind..I Know I could Have Went On..And On… But i wantet to get to the fact ..That Because of Craig and youreself i would never have found this Blog

        • Resident Dissident

          Yes it is, as is the inability of many to walk around without opening both their eyes.

        • Resident Dissident

          One doesn’t have to choose between liking Hamas and Netanyahu’s lot – it is possible to dislike both.

    • michael norton

      last evening I started watching BBC2 Newsnight, it was about SYRIA
      It started as it meant to go on, it was all the fault of the Syrian government and Russia, they have just done the chemical bombing, they had doctors who knew this.
      i turned it off after a while.
      I heard nothing about who is funding the antagonists or why they are being funded.
      It was appalling propaganda,
      expect something BIG to happen soon.

    • Geoffrey

      Thanks Alan,long but worth watching. Only an “American” would be allowed to say what she does very eloquently.

  • bevin

    Anyone with the leisure to do so is urged to read this article which explains the origins not only of the Cold War but of the serial aggressions of the United States and its armed poodles. It explains why we are on the verge of war with Russia and China and how decades of official lies have poisoned public opinion and turned democracy into a blank cheque signing ritual for the oligarchs.

    • Republicofscotland

      Thank you Bevin for the link.

      Watching the neferious actions of the great satan (consecutive US governments) one has to draw the conclusion that the Monroe Doctrine, in which the US promises, not to interfere in internal concerns of European countries or their colonies, is not worth the paper it was written on.

      Yet any nation interfering in the internal concerns of any South American nation, will be seen as a hostile act against the US.

      Unsurprisingly the Great Satan, has shown virtually nothing but hostility towards South American nations.

      I’d imagine post WWII, Russia could’ve been a great ally to Europe and Britain, if not for the meddling of the US, and its “we have the bomb, fear us” policy.

      I suppose that’s why the US is still, the highest spending nation with regards to the military, to reinforce the mind set laid down during Truman’s presidency, and the atomic age, of we have the bomb, which translates to now, we have the firepower, fear us.

      • bevin

        “Russia could’ve been a great ally to Europe and Britain…”
        This was what GDH Cole, the great historian hoped for – An Intelligent Man’s Guide to the Post-War World (1947)- and it was the original “Third Way” in Labour Party policies.
        Much more significantly it was also the great hope of the Russians,particularly of people like Ilya Ehrenburg, who in his novel The Thaw suggested that such an opening would, by ending Russia’s long encirclement, lead to the opening up and democratisation of the Soviet Union.
        It made him unpopular with the Stalinists but also with the West’s own Cold Warriors who wanted nothing less than peace and co-existence in Europe.
        As a piece of utterly useless information Ehrenburg’s Uncle or great Uncle emigrated to Arizona where he entered into a partnership with another Jewish refugee from Russia, Goldwater, and started a retail partnership which led to the founding of a large Department Store. It was a son of that Goldwater for whose Presidential campaign Hillary Clinton, the daughter of a Welsh Pharmacist, first entered politics.
        (Caveat: this is all from memory. It may be wrong, but it can be used for conversational purposes.)

  • Republicofscotland

    The timing of Shami Chakrabarti’s proposed peerage is coming into question.

    The former director of civil liberties group Liberty chaired an independent inquiry into anti-Semitism in Labour, whose conclusion in June that Labour was not “overrun” by anti-Semitism was contested by some.

    However, not everyone connected with the inquiry is happy.

    Some Jewish groups have questioned her peerage, so soon after she chaired an inquiry into anti-Semitism in Labour.


    Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said her report’s credibility now “lies in tatters” after she accepted the peerage.

    “Those given peerages are entitled to sit in the Lords for life. They must be approved by the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
    Opposition leaders can nominate peers on several occasions, including at the end of each Parliament in what is known as the dissolution honours list but also when a prime minister leaves office.”

    “Ms Chakrabarti was Mr Corbyn’s only nomination as part of David Cameron’s resignation list – which also saw peerages for 13 Conservatives and two civil servants.”

    • John Goss

      Thanks Bevin. I saw it on Russia Today, one of the few TV stations worth watching. But to view it on the blog you linked it informs me I would need a plug in to play the video. One way of making sure the masses don’t get to know what an apartheid state Israel is, stealing Palestinian land, keeping the best parts for themselves and segregating the real owners into deprived ghettos. Shame.

      It is one of the reasons I will continue to work for justice in that part of the world. Tomorrow I start my sponsored cycle-ride from Sheffield to Derby to Birmingham to Shenstone finishing at the drone-engine factory UAV Engines Limited. There is still time to sponsor me should anyone else wish to do so. Thanks to all who have already sponsored me.

  • michael norton

    The police have uncovered what is believed to be a significant dissident republican arms hide in County Armagh.

    Major firearms and munitions were discovered during an ongoing two-day search operation on the outskirts of Lurgan.

    Det Supt Karen Baxter said they believed one of the finds was a “fully constructed explosive device”.

    “These items were in the advanced stages of readiness and some were ready to be used,” she said.

    She said it was a “significant and key” find that had saved lives.

    The hide was discovered in a wooded area near a derelict house.

    Other items found were homemade explosives, improvised mortars and launchers, a number of pipe bombs and three firearms.

    Det Sup Baxter said it was difficult to say how long the hide had been there, but during the search other hides in the area had been uncovered and other items found.

    The railway line between Lisburn in County Antrim and Portadown in County Armagh has been closed.

    I thought Tony Blair had sorted Northern Ireland

    • michael norton

      Kingsmills massacre: Man arrested in connection with murders
      It is the first arrest since police re-opened an inquiry into the killings in May.

      The 59-year-old is being held on suspicion of the 10 murders and the attempted murder of another man.

      The protestant workmen were shot dead by an IRA gang after their mini-bus was stopped near the village of Kingsmills.

      Those who were killed were travelling home from work in a textile factory when they were ambushed.
      n 11th man, Alan Black, survived despite being seriously injured.

      A Catholic man who had been on the bus was ordered to leave before the shootings.

      The investigation was reopened shortly after an inquest into the killings was launched, following a 13-year campaign by victims’ relatives.

    • Laguerre

      Right-wing rags with agendas apparently can always find “defectors” ready to do down their movement … or, they could be making it up.

  • bevin

    “When my father, who was from County Cavan right next to the border with Northern Ireland, visited my mother’s native county of Kerry in the South, he was struck by the presence of such subtropical vegetation as fuchsia. That was decades ago. I wonder how much warmer Kerry has gotten. ”

    Lysias, I remember it from my holiday in the Dingle Peninsula with friends from Cork (have you read The Tailor and Anstey?) The fuschias in the hedgerows.
    I think however that south west Ireland, dominated by the moderating Gulf Stream, is likely to get colder, not warmer in this era of Climate Change: the melting Arctic ice cap pushing the Gulf Stream south and putting Ireland, the UK and Norway back into the deep freeze which their high latitudes earn them.
    Pity that: it could mean the end of lots of the things we hold dear. But the good news is that the market is taking all these tough decisions for us. It may decide-it seems to have decided- that the best short term wager is against the survival of the planet.
    One day aliens, from far off in another galaxy, coming across the ruins of Earth will discover a computer- perhaps in London or New York, (but perhaps, and more appropriately, in Edinburgh where the religion of the market place was shaped into its modern form) in which it will be recorded that the banks were, in terms of accumulated capital, enormously rich when all life came to an end. And palm trees and fuschia were growing in Iqaluit.

    • lysias

      My mother was in fact from the Dingle Peninsula, from Lisdorgan five miles or so east of the town of Dingle.

      • Brianfujisan

        Rob FfS…Where did you get that… But thank you… I once told Craig His Angry voice is Good..Cheers rob 🙂

    • Paul Barbara

      Thanks for video.
      Was that Tom Watson in the bottom right-hand corner, who pops his head into the view periodically, particularly right near the end, when whoever it was gets up to go?

  • bevin

    RoS my reply to you is in moderation: let’s try again.

    “Russia could’ve been a great ally to Europe and Britain…”
    This was what GDH Cole, the great historian hoped for – An Intelligent Man’s Guide to the Post-War World (1947)- and it was the original “Third Way” in Labour Party policies.
    Much more significantly it was also the great hope of the Russians,particularly of people like Ilya Ehrenburg, who in his novel The Thaw suggested that such an opening would, by ending Russia’s long encirclement, lead to the opening up and democratisation of the Soviet Union.
    It made him unpopular with the Stalinists but also with the West’s own Cold Warriors who wanted nothing less than peace and co-existence in Europe.
    As a piece of utterly useless information Ehrenburg’s Uncle or great Uncle emigrated to Arizona where he entered into a partnership with another refugee from Europe, Goldwater, and started a retail partnership which led to the founding of a large Department Store. It was a son of that Goldwater for whose Presidential campaign Hillary Clinton, the daughter of a Welsh Pharmacist, first entered politics.
    (Caveat: this is all from memory. It may be wrong, but it can be used for conversational purposes.)

    • bevin

      “…who wanted nothing less than peace and co-existence in Europe.”
      By which I mean that they did not want it….Not that they insisted on it!

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