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Friday, 31 January 2014

Tony Blair Backs Egypt's Military Government

 
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/tony-blair-gives-backing-to-egyptian-military-coup-criticises-brotherhood-and-calls-for-international-community-to-support-leadership-9096547.html



Former PM Lends Support To Egypt's Regime Despite Crackdown





Tony Blair:war monger, liar, hypocrite and cheat




On the 7th July 2013, I wrote,
"Blair. Middle East "Peace Envoy", former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, ally of Clinton, "close friend" of Bush. Blair's other credentials which should feature prominently on his CV include war monger, liar, hypocrite and cheat, who still seeks to lecture the world under the dangerous delusion that he and he alone has all the answers to all the problems, and that the rest of us should defer to his superior knowledge and wisdom. In seeking to justify and defend what the whole world knows to be a coup, Blair shamelessly demonstrates his contempt for democracy unless such democracy conforms to his warped view of what a democratic society should be.The hypocrisy of the man is breathtaking."
This was in response to an Article in the Observer, where Blair was arguing that the "Egyptian army had no choice over move to topple Morsi" . Since then, nothing has changed, except to say that "Team Blair" has probably made another few £million in donations, fees and contributions.
With today's story that Tony Blair Backs Egypt's Military Government Despite Human Rights Crackdown, it should be abundantly clear to everyone that his entire political life has been one long opportunistic journey for the advancement of Tony Blair at the expense of all opposition, criticism or principle.
Before the end of this year no doubt, we shall have news coverage of Tony Blair in Cairo, embracing "President"Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and receiving another fee for the Blair Foundation.

It was only a matter of time.

 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/01/un-no-substantive-results-syria-talks-2014130684576878.html


US accuses Syria of stalling on chemical plan



 Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel urges Syria to intensify removal



 
It was only a matter of time.
Sooner or later the Americans would have to start the "Syria is stalling", or "Syria must comply with its obligations" or "Syria is in defiance of the International community" or some other hysterical rhetoric pouring out of Washington. We have heard it all before in some context or other. The invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan were preceded by the "International Community", otherwise known as the United States and the United Kingdom, trying to convince a skeptical world that "the bad guys" were at it again and that they must be punished. I have previously argued that it has always been the American and British objective to attack Syria and bring about yet another regime change.
Ambassador Robert Mikulak's statement on Thursday, was only the opening salvo in what will become a tirade of ever increasingly hostile rhetoric against Syria, attempting to convince us all that there is no option but intervention.

Extradition from the United States,is very unlikely.

 http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/30/amanda-knox-found-guilty-of-murder_n_4697705.html?utm_hp_ref=uk



Amanda Knox Found Guilty Of Murder In Florence Retrial



Amanda Knox
 I'm definitely not going back willingfully. They'll have to catch me and pull me back, kicking and screaming into a prison I don't deserve to be in."   Amanda Knox.




The Americans do not extradite any of their citizens to another country. All "Extradition Treaties" that America has with any other country in the world,only operate in one direction.
In other words, if "Uncle Sam" wants you, no matter who you are or where you live, your government will fall over backward to appease the American "justice" system and pack you off to "the Land of the Free".
Stephen Murphy's suggestion of an International Arrest Warrant (see comment in main article), may be an answer, but as things stand at the moment, Amanda Knox can feel smugly confident that the Italian authorities will never see her again.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

U-Turn by CPS in the case of stealing food from supermarket waste bins.

 http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/29/cps-iceland-bins_n_4688853.html?utm_hp_ref=uk



'Iceland Three' Will Not Face Charges For Taking Food From Supermarket Bins




cps iceland bins
Iceland Foods
 

Yesterday, the Crown Prosecution Service said that the prosecution would continue as there was "significant public interest in prosecuting these three individuals".
Clearly the "significant public interest" lasted less than 24 hours, which probably results from "the public" criticism, outrage and ridicule of the stupidity of the CPS bringing these charges in the first place.
Someone at the CPS obviously spent a great deal of time rummaging through old legislation to find an obscure section of the 1824 Vagrancy Act under which to propose a prosecution. They would have been better employed reading "How to obtain common sense and how to apply it to your decision making".


Today Baljit Ubhey from the Crown Prosecution Service said: "This case has been reviewed by a senior lawyer and it has been decided that a prosecution is not required in the public interest. While the decision to charge was taken by the Metropolitan Police Service, a subsequent review of the case by the CPS did not give due weight to the public interest factors tending against prosecution. "In reconsidering this case, we have had particular regard to the seriousness of the alleged offence and the level of harm done. Both of these factors weigh against a prosecution".











Wednesday, 29 January 2014

The heinous crime of stealing food from supermarket waste bins.

 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/men-charged-with-stealing-food-from-iceland-supermarket-bins-9091967.html



Men charged with stealing food from Iceland supermarket bins




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Contents of a bin outside a village shop in Sussex






Put on trial, charged under the 1824 Vagrancy Act, for "stealing" £33 of food from waste bins behind a supermarket.
The Crown Prosecution Service said that the prosecution would continue as there was "significant public interest in prosecuting these three individuals".
Perhaps the CPS should be informed that there is "significant public interest" in prosecuting a number of bankers, who fiddle interest rates, embezzle £millions, grow fat and rich on their ill gotten bonuses and other "perks" and benefit from "Golden Handshakes" when exposed.
The public can be excused for believing that in today's sick capitalist system, stealing £33 worth of food from the waste bins of a supermarket, is a significantly greater crime than stealing £millions from banks customers and public funds.


Food waste




It is outrageous and scandalous that supermarkets, shops, farms and parts of the fishing industry some forced by government regulation, some by accident and some by design, waste thousands of tons of food each year. As more and more people, the figure today is almost one million in this country, are forced to rely on the Foodbank charities to provide family meals every day, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury and hundreds of other smaller supermarket chains and shops, discard into their waste bins, every day, enough food to feed thousands of people living at or below the "bread line". 
In this, the 21st Century, people are starving while perfectly edible food is thrown away by organisations who frequently boast profits in excess of £ billions. It is an outrage which history will judge and history will find us lacking.



Tuesday, 28 January 2014

The dying throes of a party which once put priciple ahead of personal advantage.


 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-lib-dems-declarewar-on-the-rich-with-raidson-pensions-and-property-in-2015-manifesto-9089203.html



Lib Dems declare war on the rich in 2015 manifesto





 
During the last four and a bit years, the LibDems have been enthusiastic allies of the Tories in the "war" against ordinary people in this country. The poor, the sick, the disabled, the benefit claimants, have had state support cut savagely as the LibDems trooped through the lobby in support of their "Coalition partners".
Working people too have been attacked with reductions in working credits, wage and salary freezes, conditions and pension restrictions and the vast majority of people in the United Kingdom, have been adversely affected by the relentless increases in the price of gas, electricity, water and all the other essentials of everyday life in this country. It is not coincidental that in the four years of the ConDem coalition, the number of people reliant on Foodbanks has increased from less than 200,000 to almost one million and is increasing every month. The LibDems are part of the government clique and must take their full share of responsibility for the resulting iniquity.
Clegg, Cable, and the other 55 LibDem MPs, have been ardent supporters of Conservative ambitions to dismantle the welfare state and the continuing drive to privatise business and industries, to encourage corporate greed as the prime motivation for economic activity at the expense of the people of this country.
In view of their track record it is questionable whether the LibDems will be able to form a government, or even whether they will have sufficient members elected to have any influence or involvement in any government emerging after the neat election.
We are witnessing that Cable's comments regarding the LibDems “declaration of war” to be contained in their next manifesto, are nothing more than the dying throes of a once principled and credible political party.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Cameron vows to cut red tape

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/crazy-rules-dreamt-up-by-whitehall-bureaucrats-are-to-be-scrapped-david-cameron-to-announce-at-fsb-conference-9087100.html


 The Government is to dispose of or change thousands of "crazy" rules affecting businesses




David Cameron to announce at FSB conference

 

Since time immemorial, (well it certainly seems like it), politicians of all political persuasions have been promising to "cut the red tape and get businesses moving". A very laudable proposition which is always well received by the press and media.
The problem with this pompous posturing, is that as fast as the scissors or shears or whatever are slashing away at the tangled undergrowth and roots of the "red tape", some faceless Whitehall civil servant is frantically scribbling away with his quill putting into "Whitehall speak" written word, the latest spouting of his Ministers whim, dogma, pet theory or harebrained scheme to modernise or reform the system. This of course leads to two results.
Namely, the creation of more red tape to replace the red tape being slashed at the other end of the building and the growth of a feeling of cynical scepticism among people who wonder if the politician actually realises that it is back to square one........again.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Butter is best

 http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/butter-is-back-margarine-giant-admits-defeat-in-the-battle-of-the-spreads-9085486.html



Butter is back: Margarine giant admits defeat in the battle of the spreads 

 

 

Breakfast

 


The thought of a crumpet or bread with your fish and chips or even a crusty roll with the chicken soup, without the necessary 1/4 inch  of butter spread evenly across the surface (right up to the edge of course)is too awful to contemplate. Margarine of any description, even the ones where "you wont believe its not butter", has never been on my shopping list.
For many years, some doctors, medical bodies, various "old wives", experts, pundits and others have been peddling the line that butter with its saturated fats, cholesterol, calories etc etc, is very bad for us and should be avoided. The consumption of butter, was responsible for  heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol levels in the body, clogging of the arteries and all sorts of other "nasties" that the "healthy eating" lobby, aided, abetted and perhaps even funded by the manufacturers of numerous margarine alternatives could convince us of.
It has always seemed odd to me that a naturally occurring product, consisting of  butterfat, milk proteins and water, and produced by churning fresh or fermented cream or milk could be so bad for us, whereas margarine an artificially produced substance consisting of plant oils, margaric acids, some animal fats, dyes, emulsifiers and other chemical cocktails, can be of any beneficial effect on our health. Where butter has been produced and consumed for centuries, fist as a "cottage industry" (where the best butter is still to be obtained) and in later years as a part of the £ multi million food production industry, margarine is a relative newcomer to the scene having been invented less than 150 years ago.
The "anti butter brigade" has attempted all sorts of scare mongering tactics and horror stories to persuade us to convert to their artificial product and often thrown in the inducement that this or that brand tastes "just like butter", or you cant believe its not butter" or even "eight out of ten people could not tell the difference." Ironically, it has always seemed to me that if you cant tell the difference, you may as well have the real thing.
As it is Sunday morning, I think a couple of crumpets may go down very well for breakfast. With loads of butter of course.













Thursday, 23 January 2014

The hidden agenda of Kerry, Hague and the "Opposition Coalition".

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/22/syria-peace-talks-assad-future


Syria peace talks: John Kerry leads calls for removal of President Bashar al-Assad



U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, talks to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prior to the Syrian peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. The peace talks in the Swiss city of Montreux marked the first time the opposition and the Syrian government will sit down face to face since their dispute began in March 2011. (AP Photo/Arnd Wiegmann, pool)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


 
The arrogance of Kerry and to only a slightly lesser extent Hague, demonstrating the hypocrisy and duplicity of the "Western Powers" in their continued campaign to find any excuse to attack Syria, no matter what the people of the United States or United Kingdom may say. At yesterday's (Wednesday 22nd January 2014) opening speeches to what has been described as "Geneva 11", and at news conferences later in the day, Kerry launched astonishing attacks on the so called "Assad Regime" in speeches full of rhetoric, unsubstantiated allegations and distorted history.
It is indeed ironic that, after the uncompromising speech from Walid Muallem Syria's foreign minister, criticising the Western Powers for supporting with arms and finance the terrorism of the rebel groups, the US State Department should condem what it called Muallem's "inflammatory rhetoric". The irony of their own hypocrisy is frequently lost on American "spokes persons".
Having already succeeded in forcing Bank Ki-moon and the United Nations to withdraw an invitation to Iran to attend this conference, it was clearly evident that Britain and the United States felt confident that their support for the "Syrian Opposition" aided by Saudi Arabia and some other Gulf States, would be warmly received in the conference hall and by the worlds media and that consequently the Syrian government delegation would somehow be pressurised even further. The stimulation of public opinion in the west towards supporting intervention in Syria has increased with the publication of photographs and a report detailing atrocities allegedly carried out by the Syrian government. There are of course no allegations of atrocities alleged to have been carried out by "opposition forces", as that would not suit the intentions of the west. The propaganda campaign on television and in the media, will no doubt intensify over the coming days and weeks with the objective of galvanising public opinion in support of intervention. 



Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem


Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem, despite an interruption from Bank Ki-moon and audible mutterings from other delegates, argued that  “The West claims to fight terrorism publicly while they feed it secretly. Syrians here in this hall [who] participated in all that has happened, they implemented, facilitated the bloodshed and all at the expense of the Syrian people they claim to represent”. and in a remark addressed directly to the Opposition delegation added “If you want to speak in the name of the Syrian people, you should not be traitors to the Syrian people or agents in the pay of enemies of the Syrian people.” 
There is clearly a chasm between the Syrian government delegation and the western backed rebel opposition. Kerry and the west are interested only in the removal of Bashar al-Assad and in finding some justification for military intervention to achieve that objective, while at the same time, Damascus seek to address what they see as the spreading threat of terrorism in Syria and the region generally. The position of President Al Assad is not on the agenda.
It is difficult to see how these two diametrically opposed positions can ever be reconciled.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Edwina Currie is the latest Tory to join in the demeaning of Foodbank users and the charities providing the facility.


Former Tory MP Edwina Currie has provoked outrage by saying that ­people who use food banks waste their money on ­tattoos and dog food.






Former Tory MP Edwina Currie



 

Edwina Currie, former junior cabinet minister, former MP, former lover of a nondescript parliamentary whip who became prime minister, crawling out from the depths of obscurity, to demonstrate that in all of her 67 years she has learned little if anything of reality in the United Kingdom. The gross generalisations pouring out of this politician turned author confirm a lack of understanding about how and why many people today, are forced into reliance on food banks and other charities for their day to day existence. With patronising comments, poorly constructed remarks and simplistic, meaningless “examples” M/s Currie or Cohen or Jones or whatever she happens to be calling herself this week, should absorb a few simple facts.
Firstly, people reliant of Foodbanks are in many instances working people who, due to government policies, particularly wage freezes and tax credit restrictions, now find themselves unable to support their families. This is not a problem of their own making and not the result of failing to “put a little bit of money to one side”. M/s Currie joins the other out of touch Tories who think that all people are fortunate enough to have high salaries and access to bottomless expense accounts.
Secondly, in less than two years, the number of people in this country reliant on Foodbanks and other charities has risen from less than 200,000 in 2012 to almost 1 million now and the prediction is that this figure will continue to grow at an ever increasing rate. Government policies and the continuing drive for more and more austerity and “welfare reforms” have condemned hundreds of thousands of people to poverty in real terms.
The comment that they are all popping off for another tattoo and a tin of dog food is crass and patronising in the extreme and ranks with remarks from Liam walker, Rupert Charles Ponsonby, Baron Freud, Iain Duncan-Smith and others which demean and patronise ordinary people.
It seems that the policy of creating division is now an accepted and encouraged tactic for diverting attention from the economic and social wasteland being created by this wretched government, orchestrating divisions within society setting one group against another.
Currie's contribution to the debate on this scandalous situation, is neither welcome nor accurate. She demonstrates her ignorance of the subject and her complete disregard for the people trapped in the poverty created by her friends in government.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Miliband following Blair to complete the destruction of the Labour Party

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/miliband-plans-to-cut-off-the-hand-that-fed-him-with-ambitious-plan-to-rob-trade-unions-of-their-onethird-share-of-labour-leadership-vote-9065436.html


Miliband ready to abolish the electoral college in which unions, MPs and party members currently have 33 per cent of the voting power.



cynicism and hypocrisy


 
Miliband going down "Blair Street" thinking that the Trade Union movement have nothing to do with the Labour Party.
Miliband minor should remember what Blair and Miliband major and all the other anti union "Labour" MP's attempted to forget in pursuit of the populist vote. The Trade Union Congress formed the Labour Party. It was the Trade Union Congress together with the Labour Party (in 1945 at least) who took on the employers and the ruling establishment.
I have argued before and repeat now, that the TUC and all affiliated organisations should dump the Labour Party and create a Party from the representatives of working people and their families, the sick, the disabled, the unemployed and the other disadvantaged groups within our society. A new party may not win elections, but at least they would not be tainted with the self serving, unprincipled cynicism and hypocrisy of today's Labour party, who are responsible for the continuing betrayal of working people.



Further reading:


 http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/it-is-time-for-divorce.html

 http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/labour-loosing-more-members.html

 http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/time-to-start-again.html




Thursday, 16 January 2014

Threats and blackmail from a multinational company

 http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/15/ford-cars-eu_n_4602115.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

 Car Giant Ford Warns Britain Not To Leave European Union



Ford Motors.

 


I may not be alone in becoming very hacked off with some multinational company or other or this bank or that bank or all the other business organisations warning us not to leave the European Union. Who actually runs this country?
Whether the people of the United Kingdom are pro Europe or anti Europe, remains to be seen but it is certainly not the place of some fat cat business executive on his or her over inflated salary and raking in the annual six figure (or even plus) bonus to attempt to dictate whether or no this country leaves the EU.

The duplicity of the "Western Powers" and Israels nuclear bomb.

 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/15/truth-israels-secret-nuclear-arsenal


 Israel has been stealing nuclear secrets and covertly making bombs since the 1950s. 

 

Israel has been stealing nuclear secrets and covertly making bombs since the 1950s. And western governments, including Britain and the US, turn a blind eye. But how can we expect Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions if the Israelis won't come clean?

 



 Nuclear Reactor for Atomic Bombs in Dimona


 
"But how can we expect Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions if the Israelis won't come clean?"

That quote says it all.
The hypocrisy of the "Western Powers" (for that read United States and Great Britain), on any matter even remotely critical of Israel, is nauseating.
The way in which a "blind eye" has been turned towards Israels nuclear development is repugnant enough, but coupled with open  assistance together with the covert cooperation given to Israel with the  research of its programme, people may question the motives of successive American and British administrations since the 1950's and continuing today, in respect of Israels nuclear capability.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

A grotesque attempt to legitimise a coup.

 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/14/egypt-vote-constitution-deadly-violence


 

Egypt government holds vote on new constitution amid deadly violence

 



The next President of Egypt ?Abdel Fatah al-Sisi

 

It was always the "Wests" preferred option that Mubarak should remain in power with the backing of SCAF and Tantawi. It was only when Washington and London realised that the vast majority of Egyptian people were opposed to Mubarak remaining as President, and continued demonstrations could lead to a completely destabilised Egypt, with a distinct possibility for civil war, that the West changed horses, dumped Mubarak and SCAF and looked for another partner for their agenda in Egypt. An acceptable candidate was found in the form of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and "front man", Interim President Adly Mansour.
The fly in the ointment was the subsequent elections where Mohammed Morsi was elected as President.
We now have the grotesque situation, where al-Sisi, after organising and carrying out of the coup in July last year, crushing by decree, imprisonment or bullet any opposition to the military junta, organises a "referendum" to vote on yet another "Draft Constitution" which effectively endorses the coup, accepts military rule and paves the way for Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to become the next President of Egypt. Any effective opposition to this sham has been silenced, removed or has disappeared into the jails of the country.
The "Show Trials", particularly of Morsi. will continue, the phoney legality of the junta will be "legitimised" with sham referenda and elections, and the west will be satisfied with their new Egyptian ally.
On the 25th June 2012, I commented in "New Agenda" that,

The next few weeks or even months will be crucial in determining what path Egypt will follow. Mohammed Moussa, 30, a translator, said ”Morsi is president in name only, there are more battles to come".
We have not yet concluded the Egyptian revolution.


The same comment is just as true eighteen months later.

Further reading:
"The Egyptian people are the losers"
http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/the-egyptian-people-are-losers.html

"A recipe for bloodshed on a massive scale"
http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/a-recipe-for-bloodshed-on-massive-scale.html