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The Desolation of Labour

by craig on Dec 1st 2015 in Uncategorized

It is universally accepted that the extremely vindictive terms of the Treaty of Versailles, and particularly the massive reparation payments, were a major factor in the rise of Hitler and the second world war. Nobody accuses you of defending Hitler, justifying Hitler or hating the UK if you state that. Yet the entire mainstream media […]

The 70,000 moderate rebels are mostly cavalry. On unicorns.

by craig on Nov 30th 2015 in Uncategorized


by craig on Nov 29th 2015 in Uncategorized

I think you can measure the death of democracy by the sheer audacity of the propaganda that government can get away with. Michael Fallon today on the Marr programme churned out the “70,000 moderate rebels” lie with a smooth bland face, and mentioned only the Free Syrian Army when pressed on who they were exactly. […]

Sex and Death

by craig on Nov 28th 2015 in Uncategorized

Having been sat the last three hours in a lounge at Stansted, with a Sky News screen in front of me, it has been fascinating to watch them six times cover the Grant Shapps resignation and never mention the word sex. It was all apparently just about “office bullying.” There has also been some pontification […]

The Charge of the Blairite Brigade

by craig on Nov 28th 2015 in Uncategorized

Supporting neo-con military attacks in the Middle East is one of two prime articles of faith of a Blairite. The second is not considering the massive increase in the wealth gap between rich and poor to be a problem. Both tenets of faith face a fundamental challenge from the beliefs of Jeremy Corbyn and the […]

Obama’s War on Truth

by craig on Nov 27th 2015 in Uncategorized

The four USAF military drone operators who recently blew the whistle and exposed the callousness and complete lack of concern for civilian casualties of the US drone assassination programme, (and received very little mainstream media exposure), yesterday found their bank accounts and credit cards all blocked by the US government. The effects of that on […]

Cameron Overreaches With “70,000” Claim Nobody Believes

by craig on Nov 26th 2015 in Uncategorized

Cameron is in serious trouble at Westminster after overreaching himself by the claim that there are 70,000 “moderate rebels” willing to take up the ground war with Isis. Quite literally not one single MP believes him. There are those who believe the lie is justified. But even they know it is a lie. There is […]

A Winter’s Tale: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

by craig on Nov 26th 2015 in Uncategorized

A Turkish jet shoots down a Russian jet. Parliament votes to send RAF jets into the mix. What could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately, things do go wrong. Cameron’s 70,000 “moderate rebels” prove either non-existent or crazed pro-Saudi Wahabbists. Mostly they are the very jihadists Russia is attacking, but we are supporting. In the fog of […]

Update: The Guardian’s Anti Corbyn Campaign Plumbs New Depths

by craig on Nov 26th 2015 in Uncategorized

Watching live, I too did not think that John McDonnell’s Chairman Mao joke was wise, because of the obvious misrepresentation to which it was open in the right wing press. But in fact while the openly right wing media all have a go, they all respect the basic tenets of journalism by fairly reflecting both […]

The Heart vs Accountancy

by craig on Nov 25th 2015 in Uncategorized

All those many of us who were deeply involved in the referendum campaign of 2014 will never forget the experience. It appeared a moment of new hope and new joy. Bliss it was on that dawn to be alive, but to be knocking on a bit was even better, because you had been waiting decades […]

British Values

by craig on Nov 25th 2015 in Uncategorized

George Osborne claims that by doubling the housing budget to £2billion per year, 400,000 new homes can be built over the next five years. That throws a rather lurid light on what could be done with the £175 billion admitted cost of Trident, if we lived in a society with less crazed values.

The Immaculate British

by craig on Nov 25th 2015 in Uncategorized

Lord Coe went to a great deal of trouble to make sure he turned up to the House of Lords to vote in favour of the tax credit cuts which would damage millions of ordinary people who struggle financially. Coe was Chairman of the Organising Committee for the London Olympics. At a salary of £365,000pa. […]

The Russian Plane Made Two Ten Second Transits of Turkish Territory

by craig on Nov 24th 2015 in Uncategorized

This is the official Turkish radar track of the Russian aircraft they shot down, in red. It briefly transited a tiny neck of Turkish land – less than two miles across where the Russian jet passed – twice. I calculate that each “incursion” over Turkish territory would have lasted about 10 seconds, assuming the plane […]

Legal Does Not Mean Wise

by craig on Nov 24th 2015 in Uncategorized

To bomb ISIS in Syria is now legal in international law, with authority granted by the Security Council. (I subscribe to the argument of my ex-boss Brian Barder on the interpretation of SCR 2249). Whether it is wise or not is a quite different question. Even John Simpson on the BBC yesterday admitted that many […]

Shoot to Kill and News Management

by craig on Nov 21st 2015 in Uncategorized

I did not believe the official story of Hasna Ait Buolacehn the moment I saw it. The official line was that she was a suicide bomber who blew herself up when the police stormed the apartment in St Denis where the alleged terrorist ringleader was hiding out. But that story seemed to me completely incompatible […]

Obnoxious Neo-Con Plagiarist Robert Webb Quits the Labour Party

by craig on Nov 20th 2015 in Uncategorized

Robert Webb might well have been the only person in the Labour Party well to the right of Liz Kendall. In 2005 He told the Guardian in an interview the person he most admired was Christopher Hitchens (at a time when Hitchens was the lead propagandist for the Iraq War) and Webb characterised opponents of […]

Independence By 2016!

by craig on Nov 20th 2015 in Uncategorized

The right to self-determination of the people of Scotland is not in dispute. That right is enshrined in Article 1.2 of the Charter of the United Nations. Which peoples qualify to benefit from that right is a frequent subject of dispute, but the case of Scotland has been conclusively conceded by the government of the […]

A Change of Political Climate

by craig on Nov 19th 2015 in Uncategorized

I just watched a recording of Westminster yesterday where Tory Minister Amber Rudd announced the government was rapidly dropping the subsidy for solar energy down to zero. Yet the government has just agreed to pay to the nuclear industry a subsidy that will dwarf, in real terms, all the subsidies ever given to the coal […]

Thrashing Not Swimming

by craig on Nov 18th 2015 in Uncategorized

David Cameron relies on the complicity of mainstream media and the gullibility and disinterest of the British public to get away with an extraordinary switch. Two years ago he was strongly urging military action in Syria against the forces of President Assad. Now he urges military action against the enemies of President Assad. That includes […]

Open Letter to President Ahtisaari Re Jim Murphy

by craig on Nov 8th 2015 in Uncategorized

Dear President Ahtisaari, I had the pleasure of meeting you on a number of occasions over the years, including when I was British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, and I recall your genuine concern for democracy and human rights in a region where they are sadly neglected. Like a great many people in Scotland I was shocked […]

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