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tom_berney
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tom_berney
"These are the time that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman* .... particularly of those languishing in the network of Blair condoned American torture camps around the globe.

People often complain about their helplessness (or hopelessness) in changing political situations. Many have died or suffered for trying, but next month the British people have a rare opportunity to change a disastrous situation with a simple stroke of a pencil. Our Prime Minister has tied us to the coat tails of a regime which has become a stench in the nostrils of the world. He maintains our troops in a murderous quagmire. He has failed to utter any public word of protest about even British citizens being tortured and denied basic human rights in American custody. He has reduced our Foreign Policy to a simple rubber stamp for George Bush.

Fortunately he is presently on the ropes. A humiliating defeat for Labour in the European and local elections would probably hammer the final nail in his coffin. His removal from office (following Aznar's) might also help to remove Bush.

Some moral issues transcend normal party politics. I believe this is one of them. Blair must go! His removal would be a salutary message for his successors. Doing it now might even give the Labour Party an opportunity to restore some of its lost conscience in time for the next General Election. A few less Labour seats in the toothless European Parliament should be a small price to pay for even the most pink dyed member of the NL Preservation society.

So anyone who cares about our country's reputation, or the Labour Party's soul, or most of all believes that common decency and legality should guide our government's actions should vote in the forthcoming elections but should:

VOTE ANYBODY BUT LABOUR.

*(Quote is from Tom Paine, The Crisis Papers)

Regards,

Tom Berney
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tom_berney
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tom_berney
Daily Mirror Pictures

The Mirror pictures certainly look phoney. Even if they are accurate 'reconstructions' it was reprehensible to publish them without thorough verification. However, as Alex Salmond almost said in Newnight tonight - it is remarkable that our Government lied us into a hopeless illegal war; alienated our European allies prior to it; tied us inextricably to an ally whose brutality has made us a stink in the nostrils of the world; destroyed our credibility as an independent nation and yet the only people required to resign are in the BBC and the Daily Mirror.

IMO the Mirror's biggest crime is allowing Bliar another convenient Kelly style diversion from the main issue.
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tom_berney
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tom_berney
The recent revelations have been so awful that it is difficult to know what to say.

There seems to be no doubt that torture has been a a deliberate policy of the coalition in Iraq. It also seems clear that if the photos had not been published the public would have remained in complete ignorance of it and it would probably have continued. Bush/Blair loyalists as usual try to present the issue through a distorting lens. "Publishing the pictures will inflame opinion in Iraq!" they cry. Do they really think the people being tortured and their relatives don't already know about it?? Iraqis have been complaining about abuse since it started.

Bush/Blair's only real worry was inflaming US and British opinion. Blair is STILL trying to conceal the evidence about British abuses and STILL toadying to Bush. What on Earth will it take to shake him? George has already referred to the kind of people who were hired to set up the Liberator's torture chambers. This kind of story gives it all an awful inevitability.

http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040524&s=frosch

"In 1997 a 29-year-old schizophrenic inmate named Michael Valent was stripped naked and strapped to a restraining chair by Utah prison staff because he refused to take a pillowcase off his head. Shortly after he was released some sixteen hours later, Valent collapsed and died from a blood clot that blocked an artery to his heart.
The chilling incident made national news not only because it happened to be videotaped but also because Valent's family successfully sued the State of Utah and forced it to stop using the device. Director of the Utah Department of Corrections, Lane McCotter, who was named in the suit and defended use of the chair, resigned in the ensuing firestorm."

And now Mr McCotter has a job advising the US Army. Incredible!
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tom_berney
Have a look at the Guardian article I've posted on Tom's Journal (see link on right).
Is the world's only superpower really that insane? Extract follows:


"So here we have a major political constituency - representing much of the current president's core vote - in the most powerful nation on Earth, which is actively seeking to provoke a new world war. Its members see the invasion of Iraq as a warm-up act, as Revelation (9:14-15) maintains that four angels "which are bound in the great river Euphrates" will be released "to slay the third part of men". They batter down the doors of the White House as soon as its support for Israel wavers: when Bush asked Ariel Sharon to pull his tanks out of Jenin in 2002, he received 100,000 angry emails from Christian fundamentalists, and never mentioned the matter again."

Regards,
Tom
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peterharvey
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peterharvey
This is from Zapatero's speech as candidate for the Prime Ministership on Thursday, and it is exactly what the vast majority of the Spanish people wanted to hear. I wonder whether any British pro-European will be as forthright in the Great Debate that is about to start there.

"It is time to recover a consensus that should never have been broken. A consensus that, in this order, must leave clear a convinced commitment to Europe; must set Latin-America and the Mediterranean as our preferred centres of attention; must maintain with the United States a relationship of countries that are partners and friends, based on reciprocal loyalty and frankness … In this framework, the European Constitution represents a milestone in the process of peace, liberty, progress and welfare that we Europeans have been working to establish and develop for fifty years now. Convinced that what is good for Europe is good for Spain, the government will do everything in its power to ensure that the projected European Constitution is approved before the Irish Presidency ends [on 30 June] and can be signed in Madrid in homage to the victims of the bombings of 11 March, as all the European States are expecting.

"Morocco demands and deserves special attention and relations that seek profound understanding. I shall make this clear to the Moroccan authorities in the visit that I shall make in the next few days."

Peter
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peterharvey
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peterharvey
Spain now has a new government. For a description of the democratic constitutional process involved click on comments below.

Peter
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tom_berney
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tom_berney
Tony Blair is off to America again to help George Bush's election campaign. Apparently Blair did not even make the usual courtesy call to Kerry when he won the primaries, in case it offended Bush. (see continuation in the following comment)
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g_matthews
Last Wednesday a convicted fraudster persuaded the French shareholders, who are now a majority of shareholders in Eurotunnel, to vote to oust the existing board, and put in the nominee of the crook Nicolas Miguet.

This seems to have been fueled by nationalism and ignorance. Miguet promised them a rise in the share price from the present less than 50 cents to 2 Euros. As the real probability is a fall to zero, accelerated by the know-nothings appointed to the board this is breath taking even by the corrupt standards of French politics. Miguet apparently has connections with the far right, though I have never seen these spelled out, and has convictions for fraud in share dealing. His nominee for Chairman has accusations of tax laundering when he was head of a small bank.

Probably they will find they have office but no power as the holders of the debt will probably replace them with more competent people - maybe even putting back the original board which was very competent (it wasn't them who incurred the debt, and they were doing their best to pay it off).
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peterharvey
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peterharvey
Click on comment below for my thoughts on the recent news about Gibraltar. What news about Gibraltar? Precisely.

Peter
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