UK Rejects International Court of Justice Opinion on the Chagos Islands 884

In parliament, Alan Duncan for the government has just rejected yesterday’s stunning result at the International Court of Justice, where British occupation of the Chagos Islands was found unlawful by a majority of 13 to 1, with all the judges from EU countries amongst those finding against the UK.

This represents a serious escalation in the UK’s rejection of multilateralism and international law and a move towards joining the US model of exceptionalism, standing outside the rule of international law. As such, it is arguably the most significant foreign policy development for generations. In the Iraq war, while Britain launched war without UN Security Council authority, it did so on a tenuous argument that it had Security Council authority from earlier resolutions. The UK was therefore not outright rejecting the international system. On Chagos it is now simply denying the authority of the International Court of Justice; this is utterly unprecedented.

Duncan put forward two arguments. Firstly that the ICJ opinion was “only” advisory to the General Assembly. Secondly, he argued that the ICJ had no jurisdiction as the case was a bilateral dispute with Mauritius (and thus could only go before the ICJ with UK consent, which is not given).

But here Duncan is – against all British precedent and past policy – defying a ruling of the ICJ. The British government argued strenuously in the present case against ICJ jurisdiction, on just the grounds Duncan cited. The ICJ considered the UK’s arguments, together with arguments from 32 other states and from the African Union. The ICJ ruled that it did have jurisdiction, because this was not a bilateral dispute but part of the UN ordained process of decolonisation.

The International Court of Justice’s ruling on this point is given at length in paras 83 to 91 of its Opinion. This is perhaps the key section:

88. The Court therefore concludes that the opinion has been requested on the matter of decolonization which is of particular concern to the United Nations. The issues raised by the request are located in the broader frame of reference of decolonization, including the General Assembly’s role therein, from which those issues are inseparable (Western Sahara, Advisory Opinion, I.C.J. Reports 1975, p. 26, para. 38; Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Advisory Opinion, I.C.J. Reports 2004 (I), p. 159, para. 50).
89. Moreover, the Court observes that there may be differences of views on legal questions in advisory proceedings (Legal Consequences for States of the Continued Presence of South Africa in Namibia (South West Africa) notwithstanding Security Council Resolution 276 (1970), Advisory Opinion, I.C.J. Reports 1971, p. 24, para. 34). However, the fact that the Court may have to pronounce on legal issues on which divergent views have been expressed by Mauritius and the United Kingdom does not mean that, by replying to the request, the Court is dealing with a bilateral dispute.
90. In these circumstances, the Court does not consider that to give the opinion requested would have the effect of circumventing the principle of consent by a State to the judicial settlement of its dispute with another State. The Court therefore cannot, in the exercise of its discretion, decline to give the opinion on that ground.
91. In light of the foregoing, the Court concludes that there are no compelling reasons for it to decline to give the opinion requested by the General Assembly.

As stated at para 183, that the court did have jurisdiction was agreed unanimously, with even the US judge (the sole dissenter on the main question) in accord. For the British government to reject the ICJ’s unanimous ruling on jurisdiction, and quote that in parliament as the reason for not following the ICJ Opinion, is an astonishing abrogation of international law by the UK. It really is unprecedented. The repudiation of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention over Julian Assange pointed the direction the UK is drifting, but that body does not have the prestige of the International Court of Justice.

The International Court of Justice represents the absolute pinnacle of, and embodies the principle of, international law. In 176 decisions, such as Nigeria vs Cameroon or Malaysia vs Indonesia, potentially disastrous conflicts have been averted by the states’ agreement to abide by the rule of law. The UK’s current attack on the ICJ is a truly disastrous new development.

I have taken it for granted that you know that the reason the UK refuses to decolonise the Chagos Islands is to provide an airbase for the US military on Diego Garcia. If Brexit goes ahead, the Chagos Islands will also lead to a major foreign policy disagreement between the UK and US on one side, and the EU on the other. The EU will be truly shocked by British repudiation of the ICJ.

I have studied the entire and lengthy ICJ Opinion on the Chagos Islands, together with its associated papers, and I will write further on this shortly.


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884 thoughts on “UK Rejects International Court of Justice Opinion on the Chagos Islands

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  • Sharp Ears

    Squelching the truth.

    This is the current UK Parliament website page for Lord Reid of Cardowan. Note that a Register of Interests is included.

    Note that there is no Register of Interests shown on the so called Beta page.

    Only the parliamentary roles are shown.

    There is more white space than fact on the new super improved page.

      • Sharp Ears

        This was the response to ‘Provide Feedback’:

        ‘Survey Closed
        The feedback form is temporarily closed while we review our survey questions. Thank you for your interest. ‘

        If I remember, I will try again later.

  • michael norton

    On Radio 4 this morning they were discussing U.K./Russian relations and if they might improve after Brexit has happened, also keeping in mind the anniverary of the Novichok attack on the family Skripal.
    One of the guests was Hamish de Bretton Gordon, who clearly stated that Yulia Skripal is imprisoned in the U.K.
    and she might be flown to the U.S.A. for her safe keeping away from the Russians.

    It is the first time I have heard it said that Yulia is imprisoned.

    He only said it once and the interviewer did not question HDG on that point or mention that word.
    I expect that utterance is the truth.

  • Blunderbuss

    Watch out! Tom Watson has appointed himself Antisemite Finder General. I suspect his next step will be to appoint himself Party Leader and then change the party’s name to Labour Friends of Israel Party.

  • OAH

    This surely reflects the abject vassaldom of the UK to US interests. Shameful as is, on a different scale, the Canadian decision to extraite Meng Wangzhou to the US. When and how can this come to an end?

    • Dungroanin

      When the neocon deepshits run out of rope!

      Not long now – Trudeau a scion of the cabal.

      That is the history that needs to be writ large, of the chancers and murderous robber barons that have been driving the racist anglo imperialist agenda.

      Their end is nigh, they know it, they always have a long term plan, when one fails theres another.

  • Vivian O'Blivion

    Israeli born Professor of History, Ilan Pappe was on BBC radio Shortbread this morning, on the topic of the Labour Party, antisemitism sham. Ilan demolished the anti-Zionism equals antisemitism false supposition and correctly identified the agenda behind its promotion. It may be some time before Ilan is allowed to grace our airwaves again.

    • Vivian O'Blivion

      Democratic, Representative Ilhan Omar continues to take flak, this time from Democratic, Representative Eliot Engel. She is accused of issuing a “vile antsemitic slur”. So, what did she actually say. Ilhan suggested that pro-Israeli activists and law makers showed “allegiance to a foreign power”.

      • N_

        At one meeting a few years ago, attended by Kenneth O’Keefe (survivor of the flotilla massacre) and I think also by Jenny Tonge, the organised Z__nist thugs who were disrupting it accused one of the speakers of anti-Semitism for addressing them as “you”.

        Gotta realise that Z__nists have no morals in relation to outsiders. No commitment to the truth, only total cynicism and “whatever works”. They are utter and complete racists who think people in other ethnic groups are no better than shit that they scrape off their boots.

        They are as bereft of human morality as their gentile counterparts the neo-Nazi “14 worders” are, any day of the week. Their ideology is practically the same if you change the ethnic name and the flag.

        For what it’s worth, these thugs’ real view of the victims of the German mass murder programme is not all what they present it to outsiders as.

        Many features of “mass” epoch capitalism have been the opposite of how they appear for some time. But never before have so many such features been recognised as such by so few.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Really only relevant, Clark, to speak of the evidence of America’s airborne system of making quakes with lacrosse laser satellites, the Boeing X-37Bsh, and HAARP. when talking about North Korea allegedly conducting nuclear tests.

  • Sharp Ears

    No wonder that UK Universities are in trouble. eg University of Surrey where most of the undergraduates are from the Far East and the Vice Chancellor, Max Lu, is being paid £305,000 plus accommodation. His predecessor SIR Christopher Snowden went to Southampton University and is paid a staggering total of £697,000.

    Surrey University makes £15m cuts and offers redundancy to all staff
    1 March 2019

    ‘Mr Lu said: “Some of the main financial challenges include reduced income due to Brexit and an ever more competitive student recruitment environment, significantly increasing pension costs and a national review of tuition fee levels.”

    A government-commissioned review, led by Philip Augar, is expected to recommend a reduction in tuition fees to £7,500.’

    So fewer students and less income. They are waking up to the realities.

    • Charles Bostock

      I think we’ve had all of this on a very recent thread, haven’t we.

      We’ve had the suggestion that the universities are in trouble because of the ‘huge’ salaries paid to their Voce Chancellors. In reply, people said that if those salaries were halved that would represent but a drop in the ocean of an average university’s expenditure and do nothing to improve its financial position.

      Are we dogs, that we have to return to our vomit so soon?

      • Sharp Ears

        Repeating –

        ‘‘Mr Lu said: “Some of the main financial challenges include reduced income due to Brexit and an ever more competitive student recruitment environment, significantly increasing pension costs and a national review of tuition fee levels.”

        A government-commissioned review, led by Philip Augar, is expected to recommend a reduction in tuition fees to £7,500.’

      • Laguerre

        Ridiculous to isolate VC’s salaries as the only problem. It’s a symptom. Universities used to operate on a rather vague financial system, where the point was teaching and research. Now it is isn’t, it’s making a buck.

        • Charles Bostock

          “Ridiculous to isolate VC’s salaries as the only problem.”

          Happy to agree with Laguerre again. Why oh why do some posters keep returning to the subject of VC’ s pay?

          • giyane

            The vomit topic normally refers to USUKIS suffering blowback from its own stupidity in using terrorist proxies.

            Brexit is however relevant because UK students will take EU subsidies to study abroad instead of here.

            Theresa May’s racist Brexit will not affect her Tory echelons except to assist them turn their illgotten wealth into political power.

            Disgusting Tory cynicism at its most insincere

    • Clark

      Thank you RoS, very revealing article.

      This is what I’ve been banging on about; conspiracy theorists moderate their language to make it more acceptable to the public. Here we see them in each other’s company saying what they really think.

      • Republicofscotland

        I think we both know Clark, that a fair amount of Tory councillors and MP’s are under their public facade hiding their real feelings, which are predominantly against foreigners entering or living in the UK.

        Brexit has really brought that to the fore, a real division into which camp you fall into anti or pro foreigners has sprung up particularly in social media.

        However, the focus has mostly featured on anti-Semitism, pushed by the pro-Tory media, whilst the likes the plight of EU and Muslim citizens, especially with Brexit in mind has taken a back seat.

        • Clark

          Really very similar to a lot of the conspiracy stuff we get on this site:

          “…the New World Order via the UN, set about replacing the indigenous white population of Europe (white supremacy) would be replaced…
          May is just yet another puppet (muppet?) doing the bidding of the NWO – the Rothschild’s, Rockerfeller’s, Soros etc…”

          • Republicofscotland

            “the New World Order via the UN, set about replacing the indigenous white population of Europe (white supremacy) would be replaced…”

            The reality of the above Clark is that the US and its willing coalition forces, have caused the exodus to Europe of mainly refugees, with their very aggressive foreign policies, of hunting down fabricated terrorists or removing once friendly dictators to asset strip their countries, whilst spouting the nonsense that they’re bringing peace and democray to those countries.

            In the process they completely destroy a country’s infrastructure deliberately in my opinion. This allows for US/British etc, construction firms to further bump up the costs of rebuilding the country. Meanwhile those poor folk that manage to survive the military onslaught, a feat in itself must flee.

            The bottom line is we allow our governments to reek havoc abroad, then some rail bitterly when refugees arrive on our shores. Our anger must be directed towards our governments they caused the carnage and mass exodus, in order to line their corporate buddies pockets.

          • Tony

            Clark’s rejection of conspiracies would be touching if it weren’t so naive. He argues that conspiracies require the active participation of many, many people. But they only really require the participation of a few people at the top of the chain: those few people skew the evidence, and everybody below works with the evidence with which they are provided. Anybody querying the data gets bullied/drowned out, or very occasionnally when needs must, David Kelly’d.

          • Clark

            Tony, I laid out the difference between a conspiracy theory such as Twin Tower demolition theory, global warming is a hoax, and all vapour trails are chemtrails, versus genuine suspicion of a conspiracy, such as concocted WMDs in Iraq, here:


            In fact I’ve been going on about it for months or even years. Something like “global warming is a hoax” is a massive problem for your theory, because the data is collected and collated by literally thousands of people. Likewise “MMR causes autism” – the counter-evidence comes from the standard GP databases that any of tens of thousands of researchers can inspect. The collapses of the Twin Towers has to be one of the most photographed and videoed events ever.

            Something like the alleged murder of Dr Kelly does fit your description and would be relatively easy to cover up.

            You’d best change your apparent notion that I’m a sheeple. I’m not.

          • philw

            Clark –
            I certainly dont think you’re a “sheeple” (god I hate that neologism). I do think your thinking over ‘conspiracy theories’ is confused though.

            ‘Conspiracy theory’ and ‘conspiracy theorists’ are meaningless phrases beyond the ‘Boo. I dont like what you’re saying’ level.

            ALL accounts attempting to explain the Skripal poisonings are theories, and they ALL involve accusations of conspiracies. And evidently there was a conspiracy, maybe more than one. We just dont know what they are.

            We have to treat each story on its merits. Sometimes people are putting forward theories in bad faith, sometimes they are looking for evidence to fit their prejudices (such as the anti-semitic ones), and these need to be called out. But calling people ‘conspiracy theorists’ or trying to distinguish a category of ‘genuine’ concerns does not help.

            There are all sorts of theories over 911, from the batshit crazy to the quite plausible. ‘Conspiracy theorist’ is the ya-boo response from those who wish to close down any examination of the official narrative. Lockerbie always seemed to me to be most likely an Iranian operation in revenge for the downing of their passenger airliner. At the time it suited the US to blame the Libyans and anyone who suggested otherwise was denounced as a ‘conspiracy theorist’.
            Now the pendulum swings, and as it suits the US to blame Iran there are more stories about how it may not have been Libya.

            How about we stick to pointing out the particular absurdities in people’s arguments, and the agendas behind them, rather than throwing insults like ‘conspiracy theorist’?

          • Clark

            philw, by your reasoning:

            Someone calls Margaret Thatcher a ‘fascist’; therefore ‘fascist’ is a meaningless term and there are no such people as fascists.

            Someone calls Trump supporters ‘misogynists’, therefore ‘misogynist’ is a meaningless term and there are no such people as misogynists.

            Someone calls Muslims ‘terrorists’ therefore ‘terrorists’ is a meaningless term and there are no such people as terrorists.


            I can assume you’re a conspiracy theorist? I laid out the difference between use of the term, and the term used as a smear, here:


            I’m really sick of repeating this. Yes I’m familiar with Lockerbie (sigh; I used it as an example answering this very same objection elsewhere); glaringly, it was a deliberate, politically motivated miscarriage of justice.

          • Clark

            philw, the term “conspiracy theory” is another convention of language. I agree it’s not a very good one. But I can’t think of anyone who claims that there’s never a secret conspiracy.

            I think the issues are whether the alleged conspiracy is central to the theory or not, and whether the alleged conspiracy has any limits, in power or membership. For instance there are dozens of ‘debunking’ sites. If someone has to claim that they’re all just “serving the conspiracy” or they’re just motivated by “cognitive dissonance”, they’re almost certainly promoting a conspiracy theory. When it gets to the point that challengers such as myself are being dismissed as dumb, compliant, unable to challenge an “official narrative”, or a secret agent for the alleged conspiracy, obviously the alleged conspiracy has overshadowed the evidence, so it’s a conspiracy theory.

      • N_

        The British army’s main forum site,, is well worth watching to get a handle on how the majority of opinion channellers in the army are convinced that the wars fought in Afghanistan and Iraq are part of the same war that will soon break out in Bradford and other cities in Britain. Yes, the army is Tory and deeply racist. Ideologically it is already primed for race war. Which is not to say that white British “chavs”, the hate-filled term by which they know many working class people, are on the list to be saved.

        There is another site too which is excellent for Torywatching purposes, far better than Guido, but I can’t mention it here.

    • Deb O'Nair

      “Imagine the outcry, if the comments were of a anti-Semitic nature.”

      Well, some of the comments are antisemitic. No outcry as yet. Perhaps Tom Watson would like to speak out about it, when he finds the time between doing TV interviews to destroy Labour.

    • Tony

      ROS, have you ever even been to Gibraltar? (I have, twice) It’s tiny. And the town is pretty-much on the border crossing with Spain. La Linea is a much nicer town by the way, should you ever feel the urge to visit that neck of the woods (but my advice is don’t bother)..

  • Republicofscotland

    Meanwhile those who got their palms greased on the farcical Garden Bridge proposal, will breathe a sigh of relief as no investigation will take place into the £53 million pounds loss of taxpayers money, with absolutely nothing to show for it. I suppose this fiasco makes Chris Grayling’s £33 million loss, look positively inspiring, well not quite.

  • Republicofscotland

    Now that we’ve mentioned the Frank Spencer…Hmmm Theresa, of the Tory government, Chris Grayling, for those of you not quite up to speed on his sheer incomptence. Here’s fourteenth of his best, or should I say worst blunders.

    Mr Grayling definitely possesses the Sadim Touch.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    I bas responding to what you, Clark, had quoted from me about the Aceh quake on the previous page.

  • glenn_nl

    For all the good it will do, here’s a petition to sign:

    “News reports say that Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has said “it would certainly help” if the Khan al-Ahmar village in Palestine which is home to over 180 people is demolished before the Israel’s April elections.

    Angela started a petition to save a school there that was created by an NGO to help educate hundreds of children. She says the demolition could happen at anytime and is urgently calling on people to add pressure to stop it.

    Angela says the situation is “more dangerous than ever.” Over 641,000 people have signed her petition. Will you join them by signing?

  • Republicofscotland

    British soldiers involved in the 1972 Bloody Sunday killings, will find out on the 14th of March if they’re to be prosecuted.

    “Thirteen people were shot dead by British paratroopers when they opened fire on civil rights protesters on the streets of Derry in January 1972. A 14th died four months later in hospital.”

    “The PPS team is assessing evidence against 17 British Parachute Regiment veterans.”

    Most of the men are now aged 70 or over.

        • BrianFujisan

          Indeed Clark, Cheers.

          Yes Professor McNaught has done Great work, I had a Brief Communication with them, And Know that they Sought, and Welcomed input from the wider Independence movement.. Well done.

          • pete

            I find it hard to understand how Blockchain could possibly be useful in producing a constitution. Essential to the working of a functioning blockchain is having sufficient nodes to guarantee its security, because of the 51% problem, explained here:
            anyone able to control 51% of the nodes controls the ledger, a problem lies too with the software, it would need to be perfect, not a single flaw, as Ethereum found out to their cost, see:
            Of course the larger the ledger gets the more energy it consumes as every computer node has a copy of the whole ledger, updated every time an alteration is made, protected by an complex algorithm that each computer has to calculate to verify each alteration. The process is a fantastic waste of electrical energy.
            Blockchain needs a lot more work

          • Ascot2

            Pete, I take your point regarding the slowness of the Bitcoin transaction rate ( < 10 transactions per sec ) being a problem as far as its use for a high volume application, such as for regular administrative use for a large population. But the technology is new, and there are multiple projects to improve that rate ( like Bitcoin Lightning ) and other blockchain based offerings (like Ripple – speed 1500 transactions per sec ). So getting Scotland ready for the national use of blockchain technology makes good sense.
            Regarding Etherium, I think that early problems can be expected in any new technology, and furthermore the way that its problems were handled was a great example of the resilience of it's underpinning structure. Etherium owners voted democratically that Etherium should fork, leaving Etherium Classic owners to run their version. Etherium Classic "coins" are now valued at around $5 while the forked version is worth around $150.

    • Paul Barbara

      @ Republicofscotland March 2, 2019 at 17:43
      ‘…Most of the men are now aged 70 or over…’. Yes, unlike their victims, they have lived to a ripe old age, protected by the State prosecution system.

    • N_

      14 March, huh? Perhaps one or two former Paras who are in poor health will be chosen and then charged – with charges to be dropped later – as part of a payment to the Irish government for agreeing to a clause in the tweaked EU withdrawal deal permitting “technological border checks”.

      That sounds like it. But at least there will be an excuse to show some footage of violence during the Troubles close to news items about the “new, improved” backstop.

      • N_

        To recap:

        Tue 12 March – Date by which Theresa May has promised to hold a “meaningful vote” in the Commons on whether they ratify whatever shape “the Deal” is taking at that time

        Wed 13 March – If the answer the day before is “No”, this is the date on which the Commons will vote on whether to support “No Deal”

        Thu 14 March – If both answers are “No”, this is the date on which the Commons will vote on whether Britgov should request an extension to the “default No Deal date” of Fri 29 March

        Thu 14 March – Paras who murdered people in Derry on Bloody Sunday in 1972 will learn whether they will be charged

        Get your leprechaun dolls out, because the mid-March theme in British politics is going to be…Ireland!

  • Jack

    Video of the senseless violence going on every day is clearly a sign that the state has lost the power. Even the security guard dont dare to do anything, who would?
    his is also the type of behavior that are one of the reasons for pro-Brexit voters.
    If people are afraid of racism today, they have no idea what the real racism will look tommorow like if this behavior is not acknowledge and stopped.

    • N_

      Agreed about what the daily presentation of real-life senseless violence in Britain is pointing towards.

      But on the notion of “state”…

      …there are those in the state who are loving the way this is going and who are helping it on its way.

      One of the characteristics of successful fascism has often been that you have a violent movement that is formally outside of the state but which acts in support of the state, and which cooperates with some who are already powerful in state structures, especially the structures of state violence.

      Nowadays we cannot rightly call the CIA’s megacorporation Facebook a structure that is essentially outside the state.

  • Chemical Britain

    Fresh from his lovely trip to Pakistan, why has Craig been silent about the Pakistan India tensions which have been reported throughout the world?

    • Anon1

      Because weapons are only bad when we supply them, rather than Russia or China, and nuclear weapons are only bad when we have them.

      Also, the vast number of human rights concerns in Pakistan ought to have provided ample material for a self-styled human rights activist?

      • Sharp Ears

        Israel have supplied fighter jets and weaponry including smart bombs to India.

        is difficult to see how Zionist nationalism will not leach into Hindu nationalism when Israel is supplying so many weapons to India
        Israel is playing a big role in India’s escalating conflict with Pakistan
        Signing up to the ‘war on terror’ – especially ‘Islamist terror’ – may seem natural for two states built on colonial partition whose security is threatened by Muslim neighbours
        Robert Fisk 2 days ago

        • Charles Bostock

          “Israel is playing a big role in India’s escalating conflict with Pakistan”

          Sure! If it wouldn’t be for the unfortunate fact of the dates, some people would no doubt be accusing Israel of being behind the million-odd deaths that accompanied partition.

          Million-odd deaths : 1947
          Creation of Israel : 1948/9;


          • Ian

            Which is irrelevant to the material fact of Israel selling arms to India, whilst encouraging the same ethno nationalism which has led Israel to commit so many atrocities.

          • Deb O'Nair

            Straw man ‘argument’. I put the word argument in quotes because I don’t believe that incessant trolling and shilling, while engaging in obfuscation, omission and misrepresentation is a form of argument

          • jeffleb

            ”Creation of Israel : 1948/9;”

            Nice one Charles.

            So before the ”creation of Israle”, what was the area known as?

            And why do you refer to black women as ‘young girls’?

          • Charles Bostock


            If I were a woman of 37 (white or black, it’s your choice!) and someone called me a young girl I think I would be quite flattered actually.

            Seriously though, you seem quite obsessed with the good congresswoman. Is it the idea of congress that gets you going?

  • Sharp Ears

    Trump is pleasing the Zionists by downgrading the US mission to Palestine.

    ‘The United States is expected to move ahead with a downgrade of its mission to the Palestinians on Monday by merging its Jerusalem consulate with the embassy to Israel, a US official said.

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday said the announcement to merge the two offices in October was intended to improve “efficiency and effectiveness” and did not constitute a change in policy.

    But Palestinian leaders have seen the decision as yet another move against them by US President Donald Trump’s administration, which they froze contact with after his 2017 decision recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.’
    36 mins ago

      • defo

        Sadly they’re not the only one’s.M.
        If you watch this, all will become clear.
        The links between the City of London, Offshore trusts ala Panama papers, the accountancy World, HMRC,the HoC…

        I don’t like hyperbole, but this is Red pill stuff.
        It will change the way you see things
        Excellent film, which reveals just what we’re up against.

        The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire

  • Frank

    The international court of justice has found the British occupation of the Chagos Islands is unlawful by a panel of judges by a majority of 13/1, the judges that voted against the UK are from the EU.
    After we leave the EU, the EU commission intend to block us from from using the military segment of the Galileo global navigation system, a system that carries our significant investment both finically and intellectually.
    The system is totally dependent on a ground station the UK controls in Diego Garcia [This happens to be one of the Islands in the Chagos group of Islands, that are part of the ICJs Judgment].
    Therefore this judgment is politicly motivated to further the EU commissions agenda to weaken the United Kingdom After we leave the EU.

    • Ian

      It is motivated by the EU’s entirely justifiable concern that we will renege on agreements and share data with the US, as we have done before. Especially as we are now moving closer into the US orbit and will be even more dependent on them, but with of course far less say than we had in Europe.

  • John Goss

    I don’t think we will see the dissenters, or the Bellingcat false-flag supporters commenting on this. Russia Today reported almost 12 months ago there was no chemical weapons attack in Ghouta. Doctors at the hospital said there was no chemical weapons attack. Robert Fisk said there was no chemical weapons attack. There was no chemical weapons attack.

    The US bombed Syria with 100 plus missiles over this White Helmets’ false-flag.

    Furthermore it took the OPCW twelve months to reach this conclusion (which all reasonable people who had been following the story knew anyway). Why? With the samples provided by our experts regarding the Skripals (who actually ingested fentanyl) and samples taken from the Dawn Sturgess murder scene and perfume bottle it only took a couple of months. Pep[le are going to have to seriously ask questions. This false-flag nonsense, like the Corbyn anti-whatsit campaign, needs to challenged. Human rights are vanishing before our eyes.

    • Dungroanin

      John et al.
      Given the anniversary and Hamish (you’ll have had your novichok then?) Bretton Gordons slipping the ‘prisoner’ tag on the Skripals, I read somewhere.

      Have you read the article, by Michael Antony

      I got to it via the latest SitRep on Russia at Col Langs blog, which is always a refreshing read

      Antony does indeed present a compelling narrative of the events, he surmises:-

      “The official narrative about the Skripals has been shot full of holes by various dissident commentators in the alternative media. That always begs the question: well, so what really happened? The above alternative narrative, combining both the known facts and speculations to cover the gaps where the facts are still missing, should allow the reader to judge its overall plausibility, compared to the official one. To prove an alternative narrative to the criminal’s story, a prosecutor does not need to establish every single event in the chain, many of which will remain unknown. He only needs to prove that certain key events in the criminal’s narrative are contrary to the known facts, and that these facts are compatible with the alternative narrative. The key facts in this case are the state of the Nina Ricci perfume bottle, clearly never opened after it was laced with novichok and repackaged, and therefore never used to spray novichok anywhere; the impossibility of a deadly nerve agent having a three hour delay in its effects and then affecting two very different people at the same moment; the unlikelihood of a senior army nurse allowing her daughter to touch victims of a nerve agent; the unlikelihood novichok was used (rather than an opiate), given the lack of any effect on the first responders, and the fact Sergeant Bailey’s children were allowed to approach him without wearing hazmat suits, which the nurses, however, wore.”

      It does explain how the potus seems to have survivalbility against the combined DS efforts against his lack of trousers! And how he was able to fire his first sec of state with inpunity by twitter, mid-flight! Obviously being implicated.

      Unless the Skripals are presented to the world in the coming days and cqn be freely questioned it does appear that Sergei was rushing to enjoy his last dinner at his fav eatery before heading to the airport with his newly delivered passport by the happy couriers after having discovered and dumped the poisoned perfume bottle meant for his daughter – who was probably supposed to have used it in the house!

      Beat that Le Carre! Smiley the privatised bumbling circus master.

      • Sharp Ears

        Now we have Dawn Sturgess’s son writing to President Putin. It’s year tomorrow when she died. The Mirror carry on with it.

        Novichok victim’s son writes emotional letter to Putin pleading for suspects to face justice
        EXCLUSIVE: Ewan Hope, son of Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess, is fighting for justice for his mum, saying he has received no support of contact from the Government

        ‘Sergei and Yulia were later found slumped on a park bench. They spent months in hospital but survived.
        They remain under MI5 guard at great expense. And pictures yesterday showed a Ministry of Defence official laying flowers on a family grave in Salisbury on the Skripals’ behalf – because it is too dangerous for them to step out in public.’ !!!

        • Stonky

          Novichok victim’s son writes emotional letter to Putin pleading for suspects to face justice…

          I wonder if anybody has pointed out to the unfortunate son that the ‘suspects’ oddly have not been charged with Dawn’s murder, despite the facts that Dawn is actually dead, and that our peerless sleuths have produced more or less incontrovertible evidence of whodunnit in the form of a direct link between the ‘novichok’ that was used to kill her and traces of ‘novichok’ found in the suspects’ hotel room.

          People of a suspicious nature might start to wonder whether the authorities would rather avoid any risk that someday some courtroom lawyer, however reluctantly, starts asking specific questions about the placement of charity bins in Salisbury, and the collection schedules for these bins, and how a bottle of ‘novichok’ that was thrown in a bin in March was still there in June…

          • LeeJ

            I believe she died of a heart attack.An important point not noted anywhere. I suspect that the conclusion that a drug addict dying from such a cause does not fit the official narrative.

    • michael norton

      yesterday morning On Radio 4 they were discussing U.K./Russian relations and if they might improve after Brexit has happened, also keeping in mind the anniverary of the Novichok attack on the family Skripal.
      One of the guests was Hamish de Bretton Gordon, who clearly stated that Yulia Skripal is imprisoned in the U.K.
      and she might be flown to the U.S.A. for her safe keeping away from the Russians.

      It is the first time I have heard it said that Yulia is imprisoned.

      He only said it once and the interviewer did not question HDG on that point or mention that word.

      It is time for someone to apply to the Home Secretary via a lawyer using habeas corpus

      • John Goss

        “It is the first time I have heard it said that Yulia is imprisoned.”

        Some of us have been saying it for a long time. Not only is she imprisoned (if she is still alive) she is not allowed visitors.

      • Tom Welsh

        “On Radio 4 they were discussing U.K./Russian relations…”


        Right after their long earnest discussion of flying whales, transparent concrete, and honest financiers.

      • Republicofscotland

        Thank you Michael for that, I’m sure most of us thought that but its nice to have it confirmed. We haven’t heard a peep for Yulia or her father.

        Maybe they’ll be headed for Guantanamo bay, then after a long while who knows.

      • Tom

        Gordon was very evasive on that and other points – and Webbo was a good chap and didn’t press him.

      • Blissex

        «clearly stated that Yulia Skripal is imprisoned in the U.K.»
        My best guess is that to make money Skripal was doing a black trade in dangerous stuff using his contacts with various criminal gangs (either from his GRU job or from his years in russian prison) and that J Skripal was his courier. The Salisbury story was probably that od a mishandled delivery, where the Skripals were not careful enough. Probably currently the Skripals are imprisoned in an MI5 “black site” for trading in banned substances with foreign gangsters.

        «It is time for someone to apply to the Home Secretary via a lawyer using habeas corpus»
        They probably did a deal with the security services under which they are going to do less prison time that they would do if sentenced by a court, so not in their interest.

        • John Goss

          I’m afraid the theory falls at the first fence. What everybody needs to do to challenge the “official” narrative is to get back to the beginning. The ill thought out Novichok/Blame Russia story came after Yulia and Sergei Skripal were rushed into hospital. The doctors found them to have been suffering from Fentanyl poisoning. There never was any organophosphate nerve agent. Porton Down must have supplied this to the OPCW.

          • Blissex

            «The doctors found them to have been suffering from Fentanyl poisoning.»

            Fentanyl is a widely black-market traded dangerous substance… But the reports don’t make clear it was specifically Fentanyl, just that it was not a nerve agent.
            Which dangerous substance it was is probably known only to the doctors and government insiders.

          • Mary Paul

            I recall hearing the original reports which said that a couple had been found collapsed, believed to be suffering from Fentanyl poisoning, in Salisbury town centre. It was pretty soon after claimed to be a novichok agent. Even my sister, who bought the recent Panorama account, expresses great scepticism that the local hopsital would have even thought to test for nerve agents so quickly.

          • John Goss

            With all due respect Mary Paul these reports were from medical professionals who, if you click the link, were virtually forced to remove it after about a month – hence the disclaimer at the bottom. I am sure that those who deal with fentanyl poisoning on a regular basis knew what they were dealing with. There was no nerve agent. If there had been Salisbury would have been in lockdown. And there would have been more than two victims.

      • Blissex

        «Hamish de Bretton Gordon, who clearly stated that Yulia Skripal is imprisoned in the U.K.»

        Repeated the same on Twitter:
        “#Skripol’s prisoners in their new home”

        With a photo of the roof of their previous home being removed because of “radioactive” contamination :-).

        «she might be flown to the U.S.A. for her safe keeping away from the Russians.»
        In her recorded phone onversation with her relative she said clearly that she hoped to go back to Russia, I doubt because of she really liked the smell of the new “Novichok” perfume :-).

        Sometimes I suspect that the “Novichok” conspiracy theory pushed by the Conservative party is deliberately ridiculous, to function as a kind of “loyalty test”, e.g. as in the Early Day Motion 1071 by the “centrist” party.

      • Ingwe

        And the dishonest Hamish further stated in the R4 programme yesterday that OPCW had reported that nerve agents had been used in Syria. Humphries,as usual, just let this lie pass, being so ignorant and uninformed himself. Looking forward to his overdue retirement.

    • Sharp Ears

      The Policy Institute at Kings College are critical of RT’s coverage of events.

      RT criticized for Skripals coverage, questioning narratives & stories on political dysfunction
      RT provided extensive coverage of the Skripal poisonings by exploring a number of theories, is critical of NATO, and writes stories about Western political dysfunction, a report from King’s College London (KCL) has found.

      Membership of the TPI include Wee Duggie, Margaret Hodge, David Willetts, Lord Robertson!, Charles Clarke, Fiona McTaggart, Gillian Shephard et al. Dozens of them on six pages. Who’s financing the outfit?

      • Republicofscotland


        A right bunch of charlatans. ?

        George Robertson was the Secretary General for Nato from 1999 to 2004, Robertson has received numerous honours (including a total of 12 Honorary doctorates from various universities). In addition, he is a Senior Counsellor at The Cohen Group, a consulting firm in Washington D.C. that provides advice and assistance in marketing and regulatory affairs.

      • Deb O'Nair

        “RT criticized for Skripals coverage, questioning narratives & stories on political dysfunction”

        Which is why so many people watch RT. Perhaps if the idiots in charge of British news media had a brain they would recognise that there is a public appetite to question those in power and authority, which anyone should expect of a so called free press, instead of deferring and grovelling to them.

    • John Goss

      Although the so-called Douma nerve-agent attack has been shown to be false by the OPCW (what else could they say?) loyal sites like Wikipedia still carry the same nonsense as before.,_Syria

      It still says that the chlorine cylinder staged by the White Helmets was dropped by helicopter. When I first saw the photograph it made me laugh. Anybody who’s ever rolled round, for example, an oxy-acetylene cylinder knows just how heavy those things are. For it to be nestled cosily on waht looks like a child’s bed beggars belief.

      Get wise people.

      • Deb O'Nair

        The video I saw made a point of showing the hole and the exposed rebar in a reinforced concrete ceiling that the cylinder made, before panning down to the cylinder lying on the bed in near perfect condition. Ridiculous nonsense served up by FCO propagandists to an unquestioning media for an unthinking audience.

    • Michael McNulty

      Another thing they hope we forget is shortly after Syria claimed their bombs had hit a cache of ISIS chlorine the US did the very same thing, but their bombing raid released a cloud of gas said to have killed 160 -180 people. The story was reported in the Israel National News but I don’t remember it being mentioned in our media.

    • Blissex

      «Human rights are vanishing before our eyes.»

      Gavin Williamson as minister of defense has proudly boasted in the “Daily Telegraph” that in regular meetings at the ministry he has secretly sentenced to death hundreds of UK citizens suspected of being future criminals, and ordered their assassination by MoD/MI6 death squads. This was celebrated by the press.

      People deemed to hold “extremist” political or religious opinions are subject to mandatory re-reducation, or if merely “radical” to “voluntary” re-education (the alternative being blacklisted from every job).

      • Deb O'Nair

        “People deemed to hold “extremist” political or religious opinions”

        Which is practically every person that does not agree with the government. Witness the use of anti-terror legislation to spy on peaceful protesters, who are categorised as ‘extremists’ by the cops in order to justify the use of such laws.

  • Hieroglyph

    It all depends on how you view the UN. Personally: a good idea, now utterly corrupted. Ditto the EU.

    The problem with the UN, which people appear to dismiss, is that nobody ever elected any of them. Even the EU has elected candidates, of a kind. So this is an entirely different conceptual model from what we have in the UK and Australia, which is of course a democratic system based on separation of powers. The UN doubtless has it’s own separation of powers in its internal structure, but it’s probably obscure, and ignored anyway. So their judicial body is entirely removed from even the slightest oversight. Ah!, but it’s an international body to sponsor peace and cooperation; it works differently. Well, true. It appears to be a dictatorship, where unelected commissars rule the roost, and where corruption is endemic; so not that differently after all. And it’s involved with child sex trafficking, allegedly, which it’s esteemed international courts might want to look at first.

    This is not a rant against the UN, or only a little. It’s more a structural problem. Countries ignore what they want to, and adopt what they want to, that’s just how it works. The poor countries get to taste some NATO enforcement, and the richer countries get off scot free. Can’t hardly blame our Government, nobody will do jack about their position. And I’d note, this is the same whether I agree with the ICJ or not. I’ve no doubt their ruling is, on this occasion, based on sound well-informed legal principles. Othertimes, not so much.

    • michael norton

      The whereabouts of Sergei and Yulia Skripal remain unknown since they left Salisbury Hospital last May after recovering from the poisoning. Moscow said that the United Kingdom special services have been holding the Russian citizens by force, as diplomats are being denied access to them.

      So Mr. Putin understands that Yulia, a Russian citizen is being held. illegally by British secret agents.

      Could Mr. Putin apply to the British courts for Yulia to be released?

  • Sharp Ears

    I have just switched Marr on. A big mistake. A tanned (or is it make up?) BLiar appears holding forth on Brexit. Another referendum he says. He does not want us out of the EU. All the same hand gestures are there and the staccato speech pattern. The psychopath won’t lie down or go away.

    • Michael McNulty

      More people want to see Blair tried for war crimes than want to leave the EU.

      • Jo1

        Well apparently people out here don’t count. Watson and his mob aren’t interested. Watson has other plans, clearly.

        Have you noticed no one’s saying much about his antics this week? Despite the fact he’s got to be breaking Party rules all over the place? Know why? They’ll be scared to open their mouths for fear of being labelled AS.

        • Blunderbuss

          How long before the “international community” declare Corbyn’s election invalid and appoint Watson as leader of the Labour Party?

          • Ingwe

            It was disappointing that at the LP annual conference Corbyn voted against mandatory reslection of MPs. Now he’s reaping what he sows. Watson and the Blairites will regain control of the Labour Party. The PLP must be controlled by the members and the constituencies. If the LP MPs don’t like the policies approved by the membership, they should eff off and go and join the other anti-democrats like Chuckup, Hodge, Berger et al.
            And this morning, on Radio 4 was the awful Maureen Lipman banging on about anti-semitism; as if we care what this actor, whose career zenith was a stereotyped Jewish mama series of adds for BT back in the eighties, thinks. Why is her poxy opinion of any interest to anyone? FFS!

  • Republicofscotland

    The EU is empirical forcing countless laws upon poor Britain, or is it?

    “According to the commons library just 4,514 out of 34,105 laws have been influenced by the EU, of which just 72 of them were forced on us against our will.”

    “They included regulations such as making sure food labels say if Aspartine is present, which has been linked to cancer, headaches and seizures, and banning carcinogenic residue in meat.”

    “Others include making airlines compensate passengers for delayed or cancelled flights and making sure additives in mineral water are safe and labels are honest.”

    “The full list, courtesy of Jim Grace, can be seen in his Tweets here (or see the full list which we have transcribed below):”

    • Deb O'Nair

      “Taking back control of our laws” is on of the big three lies of the leave campaign. The other two are “Taking back control of our money” and “Taking back control of our borders”. These things have never been under the control of the EU, by any stretch of the imagination.

    • FranzB

      re aspartine – there is something called aspartame, which Donald Rumsfeld got a licence for in 1977. See

      From this article:-

      “This vast study, conducted by the Italian-based European Ramazzini Foundation, demonstrated that aspartame caused a significant increase in lymphomas and leukaemias, malignant tumours of the kidneys in female rats and malignant tumours of peripheral and cranial nerves in male rats. These tumours occurred at doses that were well below the acceptable daily intake recommended by the regulatory authorities in the EU and US.”

      Patrick Cockburn covered Rumsfeld’s part in putting aspartame into the food chain in his book on Rumsfeld.

      • Mary Paul

        I happen to have a sensitivity to aspartame and cannot take it in any form – it brings on a migraine style headache, almost 8 hours to the minute afterwards and this lasts 24 hours and nothing will relieve it. (I only found out when I commented to a diabetic friend that I was plagued by terrible headaches and could not work out what was causing them. He pointed to the bottle of Sainsbury’s fruit-flavoured mineral water I had been consuming. It said “contains natural fruit flavouring” on the front. “Look and see if it contains aspartame”. And indeed, the ingredients on the back included aspartame. I was desperate by then and started avoiding anything containing it.

        It worked almost at once and the headaches stopped. However it took a while to realise how widespread its use is. Once for example I had a bad aspartame headache when I had been carefully avoiding it for a while, I thought back to what I had eaten or drunk in the previous 10 hours and realised that 8 hours earlier I had drunk a spritzer in the pub, and it must have been in the lemonade. Nowadays I read all the labels. Not only is is present in soft drinks but also in a lot of medicines. On another occasion I was about to buy some soluble aspirin, when I looked at the contents list on the leaflet and saw they contained aspartame. The circumstances on which Rumsfeld got it on to the list of additives approved by the FDA in the USA are murky in the extreme.

        Since I gave up aspartame the headaches have gone. I am not allergic or sensitive to any other sweeteners just aspartame. A few years ago a professor in Scotland announced that he had done research into it and found no evidence of dangerous side effects. I wrote to him and said I was so certain that it did affect me adversely that I was happy to travel to Scotland and undergo blind tests, at my own expense, to demonstrate this. He wrote back and said that he was in fact planning an addendum to his published research saying that in a small minority of susceptible people it could trigger severe headaches.

        I have not seen its side effects mentioned on any of the drinks or medicines which contain it. It is present is LemSip for example and many capsule medicines. It is in nearly all soft drinks. Pepsi Max which Mr Paul happily drinks with without getting a headache, contains it, so it does not affect everybody the same way. Meanwhile it has such a bad rep in the USA they are thinking of renaming it.

    • nevermind


      The Friends of Israel are a toxic influence on our representative system and it should be made clear by the electoral commission that elected representatives have a first and foremost duty to serve their representatives by being friends to all foreign countries, including those we do not get on with currently, for various, some say scripalous reasons.

      Israels currently zionist Government, not to forget the helpers, our news murdcockery and MSM, as well as the BibiCe are destroying the Labour party because they can’t dispose of a straight dealing socialist with long term convictions, however much they are trying.

      What will they try next, poison?, fenestration, a car accident, an accidental push down the stairs?, or outright assassination?

      • MJ

        Also the FoI is registered as an Unincorporated Association and consequently is not required to publish accounts. Similarly the TIG is not required to declare its funding because it is not a political party. As a single-issue pressure group it may never become a political party so its funding will never be known.

        • Deb O'Nair

          Yes, and despite the various monikers of the UK Israel lobby, the CFoI, LFoI and LDFoI, they have absolutely no formal connection to UK political parties and are all closely linked to the Israeli embassy. The proof of this is that Joan Ryan remains the chairwoman of the LFoI and she is not in the Labour party. The names are intended to mislead.

  • Sharp Ears

    I was looking to see what the hero of the Clutha Pub crash was doing.

    ‘Jim Murphy is on the Political Council of the Henry Jackson Society, a neo-conservative transatlantic think tank named in honour of Cold War anti-communist US Senator Henry M. Jackson. The society advocates an interventionist foreign policy by both non-military and military methods.’
    ‘In November 2016, Murphy took up an employed position as an adviser to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.’

    ‘In August 2018, Murphy paid for a full-page advert in the Jewish Telegraph in which he criticised Jeremy Corbyn for what he claimed was the party’s failure to root out anti-semitism. The article, which appeared on page three of the paper under the headline “In sorrow and anger – an apology”, accused Corbyn and his top team of being “intellectually arrogant, emotionally inept and politically maladroit”.’

    What a swine.

    I cannot see anything more recent that these 2013 links to him on the HJS.
    Perhaps they have chucked him like that outfit he went to when Craig was writing about him.

    Jim Murphy, Torture Apologist – Craig Murray
    13 Dec 2014 – The far right CIA funded Henry Jackson Society, Vice President Jim Murphy, officially supports torture. Here is the odious Douglas Murray …

    Open Letter to President Ahtisaari Re Jim Murphy – Craig Murray…/open-letter-to-president-ahtisaari-re-jim-murphy/
    8 Nov 2015 – Like a great many people in Scotland I was shocked that CMI is employing Jim Murphy. Of course, in a democracy there are always losers as …

    Jim Murphy and Dougie Alexander – Craig Murray
    8 May 2015 – 58 thoughts on “Jim Murphy and Dougie Alexander” …. The same mistake was repeated in Scotland with Manipulative Murphy (Vice President …

    Tories Back Jim Murphy – Craig Murray
    1 May 2015 – During the course of this campaign, a quarter of Tories in East Renfrewshire have switched to voting Labour to back Jim Murphy against the …

    He will probably attend this talk at the HJS from an ex member of Shin Bet, Mr Yaakov Peri, on A Strategic Assessment of Israel’s Frontiers’! Look at the hard face and read the biog. Imagine the crueltty that he has been responsible for enacting on Palestinian prisoners.

    • Blunderbuss

      @Sharp Ears

      One of your links led me to this, which is interesting. Fairness is no longer required.

      “The fairness doctrine of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, was a policy that required the holders of broadcast licenses both to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was—in the FCC’s view—honest, equitable, and balanced. The FCC eliminated the policy in 1987 and removed the rule that implemented the policy from the Federal Register in August 2011.”

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