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Tony Blair: The Jerk. A Blockbuster Movie Not Coming To A Cinema Near You

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I am notorious for my disdain for bad language but I am prepared to make an exception in response to Tony Blair’s intervention in Brexit today.

However, no obscenity, no insult, no words can adequately express my contempt for this man.  It would be better if he were to creep off into obscurity, never to be heard of again.  I don’t care if he’s made himself rich, I don’t begrudge him that but he should abandon any attempt to be part of our national discourse any further.  He is odious, repellent and utterly deluded.

He certainly isn’t worth descending to language that matches his behaviour and I won’t demean myself by doing so.

‘Who will rid us of this turbulent prat?’

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February 17, 2017 at 1:43 pm

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Vote For Independence On 23rd June. Vote For The Broad, Sunlit Uplands.

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The stitch-up between big business, politicians, civil servants and bankers should be crystal clear to anyone with eyes and ears. It is vital to the future of our children and grandchildren that we vote to leave the EU in a month’s time. The alternative is that we subsume ourselves forever under the yoke of transnational business, self-serving, corrupt governments intent on widening the divide between ‘us’ and ‘them’.

Intelligent people, including, to my amazement, fellow members of the Liberal Democrats, are intent on relinquishing all principles of liberalism and democracy – and for what?

All the Project Fear scaremongering, the ganging-up of the CBI, the Bank of England and all the rest of the establishment flunkies, reveals exactly what is going on.  Just as we were lied to and deceived over the need for war in Iraq, we are being led by deception and falsehood into an ever-closer union that will fill the pockets and enhance the power of corporate political interests.

This referendum is not about the economy.  It is about much bigger and more important principles of self-determination, democracy and freedom.  I believe that such principles will also, in the end, bring us more prosperity.

Leaving the EU is most important for our children.  Young people themselves must vote for opportunity.  Be for Europe but not the EU.  Be for co-operation but without a straightjacket. Be ourselves

The political elite wants it. The parasite outsourcing companies that suck up billions in taxpayers’ money want it. The civil servants in 28 countries want it. When you see David Cameron, Harriet Harman, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, George Osborne, Michael Heseltine all want it, ask yourself why?

It’s a stitch-up!  You’re being lied to, intimidated and deceived.  Independence Day is 23rd June.  Make sure you make the right choice.

George Galloway Talks More Sense On Syria Than Anyone Else. Where Is A Credible British Leader?

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George Galloway on the Sunday Politics

George Galloway on the Sunday Politics

On this morning’s BBC politics-fest the most credible views on Syria I heard were from George Galloway.  He was balanced, intelligent, rational and focused on the issue rather than his personal advancement.

Corbyn is a pacifist, whatever he says and that is an untenable position for a leader.  I agree with him about the futility of bombing in Syria and that it will create rather than solve problems for us at home in the UK. However, I think he is incredible and incompetent. His confusion about the use of deadly force against marauding terrorists was unforgiveable.  He won’t last much longer.

Michael Fallon is a bumptious, Tory fool, better suited to life as a provincial solicitor than as defence minister.  Dr Liam Fox would be more use caring for patients than as a warmongering, hard right authoritarian disguised as a friendly GP. Cameron is a liar about there being 70,000 soldiers on the ground ready to support action against Daesh/ISIS, just like Blair was a liar about Saddam Hussein able to launch a WMD attack in 45 minutes.  I’m afraid I think his principal motivation is that he wants to be at the ‘top table’ with Obama and Hollande and he feels left out.  It’s a pathetic reason but I fear it’s true.  It’s his personal prestige he’s most concerned about.

I can see no argument at all that bombing in Syria will make us safer, the reverse is the truth.  The story about British forces having greater precision bombing capability with our Brimstone missiles is propaganda.  I believe that the US, France, Russia and all modern military powers have at least equivalent if not better capability.

Dropping bombsThe most convincing argument I can see for bombing in Syria is that our ally, France, has asked for our assistance.  I would be more ready to support such action if we were prepared to do the job properly and that means putting in our own ground forces.

I don’t want war but Daesh/ISIS is a evil ideology just like Nazism and we need to destroy it.  I think we need to put a substantial force of highly trained professional soldiers on the ground and expect that we will take many casualties but that we will root out the terrorists house by house, room by room until the job is properly done and that includes removing Assad. Thereafter, we need to be ready to stay there for at least a decade until civil society is restored.  This is why we have a military and if we don’t use it as necessary then why do we bother?

I am more convinced every day that the election result this year was a disaster for Britain.  Cameron is an oily, self-serving creep with no integrity, no backbone and interested only in advancing his own interests. The Tory frontbench is composed mainly of toady yes men (and women) who fail to achieve the intellectual and moral qualities that we should expect from ministers.  Personally I blame the Tory dominated press and all those weak, flip flopping voters who turned on the Liberal Democrats.  Another coalition would have set Britain on the right course.  That we now have a government with a mandate from just 24% of the electorate is absolute proof that British democracy has failed.

I fear that the outcome of all this will be more half measures.  Then there will be another terrorist outrage, quite probably in the UK, possibly even in America. Then we’ll have more handwringing and the endless cycle of political posturing with no one having the courage to act will resume.

We have no moral justification for our conduct in the Middle East when we support Israel which is the most dangerous terrorist state, responsible for creating much of the hatred amongst followers of Islam and perpetrator of outrages every bit as heinous as Assad, Daesh/ISIS, Al Quaeda, Hussein or Gaddafi.

Let’s either do the job properly or let’s get out of the Middle East entirely.

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November 29, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Straw And Blair. Rifkind And Cameron. New Labour And The Bullingdon Club.

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Resign immediately Jack Straw. Go away, in shame. Remove yourself from public life. Wait until the Chilcot report comes out when, perhaps, if there is any justice, you will be put in front of a court.

This is the sham, the deceit that was New Labour. Straw and his chum Blair are the personification of corrupt, privileged Britain. They are also charged as fraudsters and war criminals.

And take the disgraced knight Rifkind with you. He of the arrogance that breeds a Cameron to sit atop the Westminster elite. Nothing to offer except their sense of superiority and a life dedicated to self-service.

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Rifkind

Revolution is brewing in the United Kingdom. Government’s contempt for Parliament. The subversion of Magna Carta by a Lord Chancellor who disgraces the title. The ever-widening gap between rich and just-managing. The contempt for the electorate by the Westminster elite is returned with interest.

I fervently hope that in the General Election of 2015, the British people seize control and change our nation for the better with a dramatic verdict.  We need another Conservative Liberal coalition but with the Tories severely hobbled and a strong showing from the minor parties.  We need some healthy debate, dissent and disrespect for the old ways.  We need some UKIP MPs, some Greenies and some Welsh and Scottish nationalists.

Let’s make it a gentle revolution but we need riddance of the old guard.  We need new hope and a new standard of integrity from our politicians.

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February 23, 2015 at 10:34 pm

Ol’ Tone Sets The Standard

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I’m certainly no Labour party supporter and I don’t believe ol’ Tone is a perfect human being but he makes Cameron, Osborne and Clegg look like the useless muppets they really are.

Tony Blair is a class act and British politics is diminished by his absence.

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May 28, 2012 at 9:43 am

“War On Drugs Has Failed, Say Former Heads Of MI5, CPS And BBC”, The Daily Telegraph, 21st March 2011

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The “war on drugs” has failed and should be abandoned in favour of evidence-based policies that treat addiction as a health problem, according to prominent public figures including former heads of MI5 and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Drug availability and use has increased with up to 250 million people worldwide using narcotics such as cannabis, cocaine and heroin

Leading peers – including prominent Tories – say that despite governments worldwide drawing up tough laws against dealers and users over the past 50 years, illegal drugs have become more accessible.

Vast amounts of money have been wasted on unsuccessful crackdowns, while criminals have made fortunes importing drugs into this country.

The increasing use of the most harmful drugs such as heroin has also led to “enormous health problems”, according to the group.

The MPs and members of the House of Lords, who have formed a new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform, are calling for new policies to be drawn up on the basis of scientific evidence.

It could lead to calls for the British government to decriminalise drugs, or at least for the police and Crown Prosecution Service not to jail people for possession of small amounts of banned substances.

Their intervention could receive a sympathetic audience in Whitehall, where ministers and civil servants are trying to cut the numbers and cost of the prison population. The Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke, has already announced plans to help offenders kick drug habits rather than keeping them behind bars.

The former Labour government changed its mind repeatedly on the risks posed by cannabis use and was criticised for sacking its chief drug adviser, Prof David Nutt, when he claimed that ecstasy and LSD were less dangerous than alcohol.

The chairman of the new group, Baroness Meacher – who is also chairman of an NHS trust – told The Daily Telegraph: “Criminalising drug users has been an expensive catastrophe for individuals and communities.

“In the UK the time has come for a review of our 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act. I call on our Government to heed the advice of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime that drug addiction should be recognised as a health problem and not punished.

“We have the example of other countries to follow. The best is Portugal which has decriminalised drug use for 10 years. Portugal still has one of the lowest drug addiction rates in Europe, the trend of young people’s drug addiction is falling in Portugal against an upward trend in the surrounding countries, and the Portuguese prison population has fallen over time.”

Lord Lawson, who was Chancellor of the Exchequer between 1983 and 1989, said: “I have no doubt that the present policy is a disaster.

“This is an important issue, which I have thought about for many years. But I still don’t know what the right answer is – I have joined the APPG in the hope that it may help us to find the right answer.”

Other high-profile figures in the group include Baroness Manningham-Buller, who served as Director General of MI5, the security service, between 2002 and 2007; Lord Birt, the former Director-General of the BBC who went on to become a “blue-sky thinker” for Tony Blair; Lord Macdonald of River Glaven, until recently the Director of Public Prosecutions; and Lord Walton of Detchant, a former president of the British Medical Association and the General Medical Council.

Current MPs on the group include Peter Bottomley, who served as a junior minister under Margaret Thatcher; Mike Weatherley, the newly elected Tory MP for Hove and Portslade; and Julian Huppert, the Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge.

The group’s formation coincides with the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which paved the way for a war on drugs by describing addiction as a “serious evil”, attempting to limit production for medicinal and scientific uses only, and coordinating international action against traffickers.

The peers and MPs say that despite governments “pouring vast resources” into the attempt to control drug markets, availability and use has increased, with up to 250 million people worldwide using narcotics such as cannabis, cocaine and heroin in 2008.

By Martin Beckford, Health Correspondent

They believe the trade in illegal drugs makes more than £200 billion a year for criminals and terrorists, as well as destabilising entire nations such as Afghanistan and Mexico.

As a result, the all-party group is working with the Beckley Foundation, a charitable trust, to review current policies and scientific evidence in order to draw up proposed new ways to deal with the problem.

Paedophile Priests : It’s Our Fault (via The Mad Hatters)

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I confess defeat. I cannot find the words to express the contempt and disgust in which I hold the Pope and his vile church. I do not understand how any decent person (Tony Blair for one!) can possibly continue to support this wicked and evil cult.

Pedophile Priests : It's Our FaultIn his annual Christmas address to Bishops and Cardinals, Pope Benedict had a few words to say about the sexual abuse of children by priests that gained wide public attention during 2010. The ‘humiliation’ the RC church had suffered worldwide as a consequence of the actions of a minority of priests, he said, should be a spur for the church to re-examine it’s teachings that had allowed such abuse to go on for so long.

The sexual abuse of children by priests, however had to be seen in a wider societal context. It was part of the ‘sexual permissiveness’ of the ’70′s that had made child pornography, drug use, and sexual trafficking to some degree permissible.

Representatives of abuse victims have dismissed the Pope’s comments as “absolute nonsense” – as a further attempt by the Pope to evade full responsibility for the actions of pedophile priests and the failure of the Church to help and support the victims of abuse, choosing instead to protect the perpetrators rather than risk damage to the good name of the church should the crimes be exposed.

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December 21, 2010 at 11:46 am