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Brian Coleman’s Diatribe

Brian Coleman – possibly known entirely for his sexual assault in May and his subsequent expulsion from the Tory party – wrote a soul-crushing 6,000 word diatribe in which he embarks upon a verbal crusade against a number of other Councillors. A few of my personal favourites are below: 

Cllr Rowan Quigley Turner – “Decided to add his wife’s surname to his when he got married (against advise) which makes him sound like a snob or a poof or even worst a feminist”

Cllr Bridget Perry – “Brighter than she looks”

Cllr Stephen Sowerberry – “Engaged to a very nice girl he met on the Internet .”

Cllr Reuben Thompstone – “Recently married a nice girl from Nigeria he met on the Internet.”

Cllr Lisa Rutter – “always looks a million dollars despite being no spring chicken”

Besides already being a complete pariah, he decided to nonetheless publish the post knowing that he has until May 2014 before being excommunicated. Council leader Richard Cornelius responded: “It’s all very unnecessary but I’m never surprised by anything Brian does these days.” 

I prefer Gary Coleman to Brian. 

 

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George Osborne: Disabled Parking

I rarely show support for the Tory party as I am a Labour supporter (not New Labour. Labour.) However, I find the recent “scandal” of Osborne parking in a disabled bay somewhat pedantic, tedious, and puerile. Indeed, it comes at a dreadful time after he has just made substantial cuts to the welfare system – and has gone on to criticise it more after the Phillpotts incident – but it detracts away from any real issues at hand. It’s a mistake and one we have probably all made. Rather than criticising the fact he’s parked in a disabled bay, let’s criticise his ineffective policies; let’s criticise Iain Duncan Smith for being … well. 

You only have to take a look at the papers which are reporting the incident, and the level of “journalism” which follows it to see that this isn’t a scandal at all, and that there are much bigger things to be concerned about. It’s a cheap assault and one which lacks any substance or dignity. 

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North Korea: Nuclear War

Kim Jong-un, the egocentric megalomaniac, has recently declared nuclear war against South Korea and, consequently, America and all those who wish to support America. The nation then went one step further in restarting recent nuclear power facilities which could be running within a year, thus leading to a major international crisis as the North Korea threat now moves from idle to substantial. 

One of the primary concerns with North Korea was whether the bellicose rhetoric would be followed by action, and it certainly has done. Recently releasing the statement on the state controlled news network, Rodong Sinmun, a spokesperson said: 

The on-going do-or-die battle is a just and patriotic war to settle accounts with the U.S. and the south Korean puppet forces with arms of Songun, not with words.

 

Which is obviously a huge cause for concern. North Korea have argued that this aggression has been born out of a response to the increasing military presence of the American’s in the South. Indeed, America have been running drills, but with the recent activity from the North it is somewhat justified. It seems, therefore, that much of this military aggression does, in fact, derive from Kim Jong-Un’s desire to prove himself to a cabinet. A new leader with a huge – albeit propagated – legacy to fulfil, he has to in some way prove himself. Certainly, his recent actions will have amounted to much commendation from his cabinet, and with the yearly “financial figures” being released, it seems that Kim is doing pretty well in the role. 

America’s response is commendable, however. Yes, a military presence has increased and they have released a statement formerly stating that they would defend the South as much as possible; but one should not neglect the truly diplomatic response they have taken to the issue. For instance, in Libya, Syria, Egypt, and Israel, throwing money and weaponry appeared to be the logical foreign policy; yet, in circumstances such as these, it appears they are taking a much more tentative approach – much unlike, for instance, the Cuban Missile Crisis. 

North Korea went on to offer the promise that: 

Whether it is the five islands of the West Sea, the areas along the Military Demarcation Line or other regions where the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean warmongers make a military provocation, that will develop into an all-out war and a nuclear war, not just confined to a local war. There is no doubt about it.

 

It appears that the threat is extremely serious and imminent. Unlike other shallow and idle threats, it appears that this one holds much weight and the presumed nature of Kim Jong-Un’s personality has only lived up to expectations. 

It seems rather illogical for North Korea to attack South Korea, however, considering  that a reported 38% of its exports is to the southern peninsula. A state of M.A.D seems to have been engaged and, as Ban Ki-Moon rightly asserts, the threat has “gone too far.” 

I fear how far such rhetoric could go; not only the action side of things, but the implications on other nations. With Chinese officials condemning the actions anonymously, and Russia siding with America, it appears that support seems relatively strong. However, the recent military aid to Israel could cause hostility from Iran meaning they could, in theory, support North Korea. On the contrary, this is all outrageous speculation and relies on a number of outlandish factors. 

The possibility of the weapons being utilised is obvious unpredictable but also unlikely. I think it’s just ongoing shadow boxing and will be suppressed in coming months by both condemnation of the international community and, perhaps, insurgency. 

 

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Israel: The New “White Man’s Burden”

Obama, in a recent visit to Israel, declared a solemn obligation to the safety and security of Israel as a nation. As much as I respect Obama and support him and his policies, I find the nature of his support to Israel somewhat precarious. Indeed, the Palestine/Israel conflict is something that needs to be addressed and ameliorated,  however I find issue in doing this by providing military assistance of anywhere up to an assumed £132 million – especially with such large debts. 

However, the issue doesn’t solely concern economical factors for me. America has a large industry and has illustrated signs of growth under the Obama administration. What I do find difficult to comprehend is this, perhaps false, ideology of equality that Obama preaches in his own country regarding race, sex, and age, but then when in Israel he clearly defines his agenda and support for one nation. Instead of finding a resolution he’s evidently supporting an aggressive and hostile regime – I’m not suggesting that if he supported Palestine, he wouldn’t be supporting a belligerent regime, I just think aid and funding can be offered in other areas such as rebuilding infrastructure. 

Moreover, I can’t understand Obama arguing against the Second Amendment – the right to bear arms – which endangers hundreds of citizens – I must clear up that I strongly disagree with the Second Amendment. He argues that a safer nature will be available if weapons are correctly and effectively managed and organised. Schools would be safer, streets would be safer, whole areas ridden with gun violence would be safer. Yet he contradicts and undermines his own argument by providing arms through the guise of aid to aggressive, war-ridden nations. The same was seen in Syria and Libya and it only exasperated deteriorating political conditions. 

This leads me to question Obama as an individual; are there ulterior motives in his leadership? Is he the libertarian American longs for? Or does he just conform to a long line of militaristic Presidents intent upon expanding America beyond it’s already conquered lands. Another country bound by economic pressure of America would benefit the American’s massively and I wonder if Obama’s front is beginning to wear thin in his second term. 

On the contrary, one might argue that Obama is simply trying to contain the mess which was created by previous administrations and that the effects are irreversible; however I think we have seen that this is not the case from the sheer magnitude of the money he has contributed. I fear the creation of another Al-Qaeda based group operating within Israel and Palestine. 

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Redefinition of the British Political System

I think it’s hard to really define our country as a democracy any more due to the nature of parliament. Although we see parties under the banner of Labour, Conservative, or Liberal Democrats, they’re essentially one amalgamation of common beliefs, those being: we’re a predominantly financial country that trades not in material goods, but relies wholly on a strong (or currently weak) financial center i.e. London.

Indeed, when the City was performing well, Blair hailed its performance and was a bulwark for the City. Now, however, we attack them and are willing to bludgeon the bankers that lost all our money – when it was the years of deregulation that allowed such a thing to happen. I am a strong supporter of Labour but I’m also a strong supporter of holding those accountable for allowing such disasters to happen – of course I blame the Conservative government, too, for becoming extremely reliant on and tied to the American economy and its financial sector. It’s a long-winded argument. 

Nonetheless, and perhaps too late on the matter, after the degradation of Britain’s AAA rating, Milliband (and Labour) had countless opportunities to land attacks on Osborne for his austerity plans and the route he’s taken so far. But, in typical Milliband style, instead of taking the opportunity to berate him with abuse and demand answers for reasons we’ve lost the AAA rating, Labour offered nothing and instead squabbled among themselves and offered no coherent alternative for what is happening. Ed Balls predicted that something along the lines of this car crash would happen and if he had stuck to that script then Labour would have had a clear stance in Parliament, but instead they remain ambiguous. The Tories, however, have made their stance perfectly clear which is to stick to the current austerity plan or cut harder and faster. Perhaps an approach similar to World War Two needs to be adopted which encourages an increase in demand and an answer to heavy unemployment. On the contrary, nobody is going to listen to Labour because they hit the poor end of 13 years of governing. 

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UK Enters Ecuadorian Embassy, says anonymous source

astonished by private confirmation from within the FCO that the UK government has indeed decided – after immense pressure from the Obama administration – to enter the Ecuadorean Embassy and seize Julian Assange.

This will be, beyond any argument, a blatant breach of the Vienna Convention of 1961, to which the UK is one of the original parties and which encodes the centuries – arguably millennia – of practice which have enabled diplomatic relations to function. The Vienna Convention is the most subscribed single international treaty in the world.

The provisions of the Vienna Convention on the status of diplomatic premises are expressed in deliberately absolute terms. There is no modification or qualification elsewhere in the treaty.

Article 22

1.The premises of the mission shall be inviolable. The agents of the receiving State may not enter
them, except with the consent of the head of the mission.
2.The receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises
of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the
mission or impairment of its dignity.
3.The premises of the mission, their furnishings and other property thereon and the means of
transport of the mission shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution.

Not even the Chinese government tried to enter the US Embassy to arrest the Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen. Even during the decades of the Cold War, defectors or dissidents were never seized from each other’s embassies. Murder in Samarkand relates in detail my attempts in the British Embassy to help Uzbek dissidents. This terrible breach of international law will result in British Embassies being subject to raids and harassment worldwide.

The government’s calculation is that, unlike Ecuador, Britain is a strong enough power to deter such intrusions. This is yet another symptom of the “might is right” principle in international relations, in the era of the neo-conservative abandonment of the idea of the rule of international law.

The British Government bases its argument on domestic British legislation. But the domestic legislation of a country cannot counter its obligations in international law, unless it chooses to withdraw from them. If the government does not wish to follow the obligations imposed on it by the Vienna Convention, it has the right to resile from it – which would leave British diplomats with no protection worldwide.

I hope to have more information soon on the threats used by the US administration. William Hague had been supporting the move against the concerted advice of his own officials; Ken Clarke has been opposing the move against the advice of his. I gather the decision to act has been taken in Number 10.

There appears to have been no input of any kind from the Liberal Democrats. That opens a wider question – there appears to be no “liberal” impact now in any question of coalition policy. It is amazing how government salaries and privileges and ministerial limousines are worth far more than any belief to these people. I cannot now conceive how I was a member of that party for over thirty years, deluded into a genuine belief that they had principles.

 

Article courtesy of Craig Murray 

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Auf wiedersehen, au revoir, adios: Greece to leave the Euro

In what looks to be a predictable turn of events, Greece have given up on the unlikely prospect of yet another bail out and are considering leaving the Euro. Cause for concern began to grow and large investors have began withdrawing from Greek banks and moving to much more stable banks within the Euro zone, having detrimental effects on Greece. Lack of confidence within the financial stability can cause Greece to have no choice but to live up to predictions, or request another bail out, which seems highly unlikely. Monday saw €800 million pulled from Greek banks Monday — nearly $1 billion in U.S. dollars, and €72 billion pulled from Greek banks since January 2010 alone.

Analysts began to fear that a “bank run” was on the horizon. Bank runs take place when large groups of customers withdraw their holdings from banking institutions, fearing that the bank will soon be insolvent. As more people withdraw from the bank, the likelihood of insolvency increases, further increasing the number of customers who withdraw. Essentially, closure transforms from a possibility to self-fulfilling prophecy.

The saying: “It’s all gone a bit Greek”, which I may or may not have made up, comes to mind. I feel sorry for the Greek people, but not for their poor politicians. This is a quintessential example of PPP.

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Israeli dangerous, but we’ll go in anyway!

America, the war mongering psychopaths they already are, have taken to dizzy new heights by entering Israel. 9000 troops are entering Israel without much media attention and are suspected of attacking Tehran; however, the American’s have obviously said they’re not going to do that and it’s all for some military testing. Haven’t we heard that before? Yeah, they also said they weren’t going to fight in Vietnam, they were just going to send some military advisers over! And they also said Iraq had WMD’s but has anyone found any of them? I thought not!

It’s not been a secret that tensions between the two have been significantly high recently, and as soon as Iran “hijacked” the American drone, a constant backfire of words and arguments has resulted in this. Many have speculated the escapade but nobody expected it to happen so soon.

Apparently, the two countries are going to hold a missile olympics to see who has the bigger bullets and then presumably fire them at each other. The concern isn’t with the missiles being fired as this was confirmed a long while ago, what is the major issue is the fact it takes 9000 American troops to do so. That’s a lot of people in Israel and could be perceived as an act of imperialism and a threat to the nations national defence (or so they’ll say) and that could end up in all out war. New command posts will begin to be in operation throughout Israel and it seems inevitable for it all to eventually kick off.

The only problem is, there’s a bit of the Cuban missile crisis going on. Personally I think it’s only a matter of time before someone presses the big red button that says “Apocalyspe Now!” (ooh, war movie reference related to Vietnam).

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Piss off, Daily Mail.

That goes to their brainless readers, too. The Daily Mail have, once again, become pricks over the New Year. A time of celebration and good-will and the Daily Mail comes along and drags us all back to the underworld of reality. Why am I so angry? Because the Daily Mail, in all their hypocrisy, have written an article and complained about the pre-watershed exposure of Lara Pulver. Now, let’s just get one thing absolutely clear here, you have a page 3 model page, full of exploitation of the female body, to any reader that comes along and see’s it. The paper thrives upon celebrity “news” and attempts to have an input on politics and current affairs by giving half-educated opinions on whatever they feel like. The paper consistently complains about the downfall of the British public when it only has itself to blame for feeding the masses utter shit that it spews from its metaphorical mouth. The irony here is the fact that the paper plastered an image of the beautiful Lara Pulver across the page of the newspaper which can be viewed both online and in print. Pot, meet the fucking kettle. The Daily Mail has managed to once again piss everyone off in its utter hypocrisy, how it manages to maintain readership I have NO idea – it’s probably due to it’s page 3 models (which, of course, they no doubt condemn).

Although this contradicts my title of “PPPolitics” and this is not necessarily political, I will be adding another post later on about something political. I haven’t gone soft!

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Don’t worry. Keep your head up. It’ll be okay.

Apparently so, anyway. This is what Labour’s new policy seems to be, it doesn’t have too much to it. What Labour have suggested is “remain optimistic”, which is pretty obvious considering it probably couldn’t get that much worse. What Milliband should have probably said was “We’re close to rock bottom, really. It could get a little bit bumpier, double dip, few recessionary measures handled by that Etonian and his best mates in their ‘light-handed manner’, EU issues, but nothing we’ve not had to deal with; three more years to go and we might just get me to sort things out”.

Oh, Eddie, how I love your charismatic approach to serious issues. I myself am a strong Labour supporter. I do, in fact, hope at the General Election of 2015 that Milliband finds his voice and does something great and pulls a trick out of the bag, or at least Cameron to gets into a limousine and calls someone from Bradford a peasant (I can dream!). At the same time, I also hope good ol’ Eddie stops being such a tool and starts working things out properly. I hope he realises his manifesto isn’t that great, Ball’s and His ideas are on par with Cameron’s and Osborne’s and he can continue to slate Cameron as much as he likes but until he finds some sort of better alternative I suggest he does what the rest of us are having to do and deal with it.

Being completely honest, I can already predict some extent of the speech. It’ll go along the lines of Him saying we need to help the squeezed middle class and encourage public spending. He’ll target the public sector and defend them to his death bed because, after all, he’s a socialist (in the New Labour sense) and that’s what we do. Sadly, however, he’ll fall into the “tax and spend” trap which never really solves anything. Cameron tried encouraging public spending earlier last year and it really didn’t do much for the economy.

What I suggest is he edges on the debt relief side of things (providing Cameron doesn’t already use this). It was around the ’80’s when a lot of money was given to Sudan and over the years after changing interest rates, the debt rose to £678 million. Sudan have asked for debt relief, now if Britain essentially say “okay, you don’t owe us it, providing this contributes towards the target of spending 0.7 per cent of the national income”. That could effectively help Britain “cancel out” some of our debt and get us on track for targets.

We’ll see what 2012 has to offer for us, but I suspect internationally it’s going to be rather interesting.

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