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Aaronovitch Blusters to a Well of Silence

by craig on Jul 27th 2015 in Uncategorized

Why Rupert Murdoch considers it worth his while to pay David Aaronovitch a large six figure sum for such puerile antics as tweeting that I am insane, is a conjecture I find difficult to resolve. Today this exchange occurred on twitter: David Aaronovitch: This suggestion that if elected Corbyn could be quickly ousted is utter […]

Going Mainstream

by craig on Jul 27th 2015 in Uncategorized

For a decade, this blog has argued that democracy in the UK is dysfunctional because an entrenched party system offers no real choice. The major parties offer political programmes which are virtually indistinguishable. As I put it in lectures, if the range of possible political programmes were placed on a linear scale from 1 to […]

Mob Morality Again

by craig on Jul 26th 2015 in Uncategorized

Nobody has more contempt than me for the House of Lords or for cronies of Tony Blair. But I shall not join in the pillorying of John Sewel over his private life. If he wants to take cocaine and spend time with prostitutes that is entirely his own business. Britain’s periodic outcries over private morality […]

Something to Read in the Meantime

by craig on Jul 25th 2015 in Uncategorized

I have returned after a stressful and hard-working, though ultimately successful, period in Ghana, in serious need of recuperation. I very much enjoyed reading this from the Belfast Telegraph.

Embarrassing Pasts

by craig on Jul 19th 2015 in Uncategorized

It says a huge amount about the confidence of the royal family, that they feel able to respond to their Nazi home movie with nothing other than outrage that anybody should see it. They make no denial they were giving Nazi salutes, no statement that the royal family did not support the Nazis. Of course […]

Doune the Rabbit Hole

by craig on Jul 17th 2015 in Uncategorized

This year’s Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival will be at the Cardross Estate near Port of Menteith again from 21-3 August. As our long-term readers know, while there is no formal link between this blog and Doune the Rabbit Hole, and the festival has no political view, the general tone, tenor and atmosphere of the […]

The Mainstream Discovers Mhairi Black

by craig on Jul 15th 2015 in Uncategorized

Having spoken alongside Mhairi at a few meetings, and much admired her, it is rather strange to find her in danger of becoming an object of cult veneration. Just as with Nicola Sturgeon, it seems the shock of seeing the coherent and intelligent articulation of views outside the narrow consensus manufactured by the corporate media […]

Iran Breakthrough

by craig on Jul 14th 2015 in Uncategorized

I am really very pleased at the agreement reached with Iran. Coming as it does against a background of widespread and Western exacerbated Sunni/Shia conflict, it is one of very few hopeful recent international developments. Liberalisation of Iranian society continues to go forward at an achingly slow pace. The human rights situation, role of the […]

The Embargo on the Truth About the Iranian Arms Embargo

by craig on Jul 13th 2015 in Uncategorized

The corporate media in both the UK and US are attempting to portray the Iranian desire to have the arms embargo lifted, as a new and extraneous demand that could torpedo the nuclear deal. This is an entirely false portrayal. The issue has been included in the talks since, quite literally, the very first Iranian […]

Taking the Paracetamol

by craig on Jul 13th 2015 in Uncategorized

When I was a student, an appalling toothache on a Sunday led me to take too much paracetamol. I didn’t take vastly too much, and only two tablets at a time, but over 24 hours about twice the recommended dose. I am pretty certain it would have done me no harm, but I was sharing […]

The SNP’s New MPs

by craig on Jul 12th 2015 in Uncategorized

There is a good and balanced article in the Guardian on the SNP MPs by Carole Cadwalladr. Thank goodness Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks must have been unavailable. I am struck that of those she chose to interview, Tommy Sheppard (my MP), Mhairi Black, Chris Law, Michelle Thomson, John Nicolson, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh are all people […]

Same as the Old Boss – Alexis Tsipras

by craig on Jul 11th 2015 in Uncategorized

Meet the New Boss. Same as the Old Boss. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Alexis Tsipras, and we do get fooled again. If you will forgive me I should like to crow a little about the accuracy of my predictions on Greece in the last week or so. Now comes the bit where they […]

The Attraction of EVEL

by craig on Jul 9th 2015 in Uncategorized

George Osborne has just proved that absolutely anybody can outflank the modern Labour Party to the left. Given that Labour were pledged to at least match Tory benefit cuts, Osborne’s raising of the minimum wage for over 25s, and tempering of the excesses of non-doms and buy to let landlords, make him look like Leon […]

Zionism is Bullshit

by craig on Jul 8th 2015 in Uncategorized

Zionism is bullshit. Three thousand years ago my Celtic ancestors were casting sacred swords into the lakes of Switzerland. Can I go back and claim Switzerland? No. Of course not. It’s nonsense. I am rather proud of that critique, which still seems to me a short and elegant refutation of the basis of Zionism. I […]

The Spiral of Despair

by craig on Jul 7th 2015 in Uncategorized

If somebody wishes to be a ghazi, I should much prefer them to do it in Tikrit rather than in Peterborough or Penicuik. To that extent I agree with Bob Quick. The periodic media scares about Sunni families going to Syria to “join ISIS” are very peculiar. We appear, with no public debate, to have […]

Bail-Out or Sell-Out?

by craig on Jul 6th 2015 in Uncategorized

The resignation of the Greek Finance Minister is the clearest possible indication that my last posting was correct and that Greece is ready to climb down in negotiations, in exchange for any sliver of a fig-leaf. The “Troika” is very keen that there will be another bail-out because of course the money goes to the […]

Beware Greeks Bearing Rifts

by craig on Jul 3rd 2015 in Uncategorized

So far as I can follow, the Greek electorate now have the choice between voting Yes and agreeing to the IMF austerity package, and voting No and having their leaders agree to any “face-saving” variation, however miniscule, before accepting the IMF austerity package. You can be quite sure that the international elite will thoroughly humiliate […]

Wha Wad Be A Traitor Knave?

by craig on Jul 1st 2015 in Uncategorized

I was called a traitor by a Conservative MEP in a committee meeting of the European Parliament to which I was giving eyewitness evidence on the UK’s complicity in torture and extraordinary rendition. Doubtless that is recorded in the minutes of the meeting, which means I am marked down on a forest of European Parliament […]

Kirsty’s Story

by craigmurray.org.uk on Jun 30th 2015 in Uncategorized

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Destruction of Evidence

by craig on Jun 29th 2015 in Uncategorized

This Greville Janner interview has simply disappeared from the website of the Holocaust Educational Trust, “founding patron” Greville Janner, and from other such websites which used to host it. I can only now find it on my own blog and on a few places which copied it from my blog. It is an important interview […]

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