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Saturday, 25 October 2014

United States foreign policy, is part of the problem, not the solution.


Putin says US 'throwing its might' is to blame for almost all the world's major conflicts

President Vladimir Putin
Whether we like Putin or not, we cannot escape the reality that he is absolutely right.
Viet Nam, Grenada, Panama, Chile, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, and numerous other places together with countless covert operations against democratic (and non democratic) governments and countries around the world provide compelling evidence that American foreign policy since 1945 is based upon a policy of intervention, which itself causes global instability.
The "shoulder to shoulder, pro America, the United States can do no wrong", lobby will no doubt respond to the comments coming out of Sochi, with the usual hysterical anti Russian, but predominately anti Putin, rhetoric, as if shouting insults and personal abuse somehow convinces everyone that their arguments are right. Nothing in fact could be further from the truth. The record of American interventions under successive administrations since 1945, The paradox of course is that the results of intervention frequently produce even more chaos and instability in the areas where it was supposed to "spread peace and democracy". Witness the current situation in Iraq, the deteriorating campaign against Islamic State, and the ongoing but now discredited "war on terror".
American foreign policy, driven by neocons and the neoconservative agenda, have produced global instability and will continue to do so.
It is unfortunate that the reality is, and will remain, obscured by the propaganda and constant diversions of the western media and deferential western governments.   

Friday, 24 October 2014

The "top of the agenda". Well, it is top for today anyway.

Ed Miliband: immigration is at top of Labour’s agenda


Ed Miliband: Another career politician.



The hypocrisy of career politicians is breathtaking.
 It is not possible to have more than one subject "at the top" of any agenda.
One day it is the NHS at the top, then the economy and the national debt, then education etc.
It seems that the item at "the top of agenda" can vary on a day to day basis, dependent upon which subject the political party perceives to be the most popular with the British people at the time. Echo's of the SDP back in the 1980's.
No wonder that politicians generally are despised and not trusted, by the British people who are in any case disillusioned with the political process.
YouGov reports today that the next general election could result in a "dead heat" with party being able to form any sort of coalition with others.In the light of the evidence of the last 5 years, perhaps a minority government might not be a bad option.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The effect of inflation on spending a penny.

 Traveling by coach in the United Kingdom

Coach travel UK

 If, for any reason, you need to travel by coach in the United Kingdom, and the route happens to take
in Bristol as a stop over or change, there are some important points that you will need to be aware of.
In my case, it was travelling last Sunday,(12th October) as a passenger with National Express from Dorchester to Swansea in Wales, with changes at Bristol and Cardiff. The journey had a duration of some 6 hours, including changes and some minor diversions to obscure pick up points along the way.
A lengthy time traveling, which would in any circumstances require "comfort breaks" even with the provision of toilet facilities on the coach. As it so happens, the "facilities" on the first coach were in fact blocked and therefore unusable. This must have been even more inconvenient, (no pun intended) for those traveling with this coach to its ultimate destination, which was in fact Blackpool, some distance away up the M6.
On reaching Bristol, there was the usual scramble for the station facilities, particularly as a number of coaches had arrived at the same time, spilling their cargo's of human travellers into an already crowded concorse, (and I thought that this was Sunday!) Eventually, we reached a turnstile, rather similar to those which used to be found at the gates of football grounds (perhaps the builders of the Bristol bus station has managed to secure a job lot of turnstiles at a knock down price during the construction work) to be confronted by a sign which demanded a 20p entry fee and moreover, would only accept 20p coins as a means of entry. After obtaining the necessary coinage, by the purchase of a Bounty Bar and a Crunchie, I gained entry to the convenience.
If the management of these bus stations are compelled to charge extortionate prices for the use of their amenities within the station, they might at least ensure that the facilities are clean and usable. The Bristol facilities are dirty, uncleaned and when seraching for toilet paper to wipe hands after discovering that the hand driers did not work, found that all of the WC's in the cubilcle were blocked. All of them. Not just blocked but overfolwing with paper and other matter. 
Not un naturally, I obtained a complaint form from the station office and indicated that I was not very happy with the situation. Bizzarely, he said that they have received lots of complaints about the state of the loo's from many users. Weird that nothing has been done to resolve the problem.

If by chance you travel on to Swansea, the charge is 30p!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Trying to hang on, at any cost.

Nick Clegg makes case for power sharing role in future coalitions

Nick Clegg

 Clegg and the LibDems making their grubby little bid for another coalition.
It seems that these political opportunists will go to any lengths and make any promise necessary to hang on to their seats around the cabinet table, their ministerial cars (and other perks of the job) and of course their over inflated ministerial salaries.When it comes to hypocrisy and self interest, the LibDems have few equals.

Herbert Asquith

My grandfather, a life long Liberal since before World War 1, must be spinning in his grave. Thankfully he did not witness the duplicitous behaviour of the LibDems over the past five years and even before, since the "marriage" of Liberals and SDP.  

Sunday, 28 September 2014

In the wake of President Mahmoud Abbas address to UN, a voice of reality from amongst the vitriolic responses.

 Israel’s criticism of Abbas’ speech is the rhetoric of despair

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses UN General Assembly

One Israeli newspaper at least is prepared to think the unthinkable and speak the unspeakable truth, that  Israel and the Israeli leadership are wrong.

"The government is now grasping at Abbas’ statements as if it were grasping at a life raft. But leaning on Abbas’ speech reflects nothing but fear and weak leadership. Israel has neither an answer nor a strategy for the diplomatic elements in Abbas’ address."
Haaretz: Sunday, September 28, 2014 Tishrei 4, 5775

The longer that Israel resists the inevitable establishment of a Palestinian State, based on the 1967 borders, then the more they will become isolated and marginalised around the world.

Creating a monster and making a bad situation even worse.

It's started, but do we know what we're doing?

David Cameron, far left, and Barack Obama, far right, vote in a United Nations Security Council meeting
Cameron and Obama at United Nations


A contrived "threat", manufactured, exaggerated and hysterically hyped up to suit the hidden agenda of Washington and London to attack Syria via Iraq and ultimately overthrow Bashar al-Assad.
"It's started, but do we know what we're doing?" The answer is "No. We have no idea what we are doing. We only know that al-Assad must go and this might be one avenue to help us get rid of him,"
IS or ISIL or what ever other label you may choose to put on them, is an organisation now controlling in excess of 5 million people, thousands of square miles of territory, significant infrastructure and an industrial and commercial capability which would be envied by many countries around the world. It is also an organisation which until quite recently, was armed, financed and trained by the "west" as part of their burning desire to become involved in the Syrian civil war on the side firstly of the Free Syrian Army, and then as the FSA fragmented with which ever splinter group or groups, offered the best possibilities of overthrowing the government in Damascus.However, the governments in London and Washington, were thwarted in their reprehensible ambitions, by the combination of hostile politicians and the strength of public opinion against and involvement in Syria, in their own countries. Clearly, the Americans. followed by the French and British, had to find an alternative means of achieving their ends.
Now, some three years on, the "west" has found the perfect means of gaining entry to Syria via the "back door" using Islamic State as the bogey man to justify intervention. Having created the myth of the "threat to the world" the excesses of IS (as reported and magnified by media and television) and the video's of executions, have apparently, shifted opinion, albeit reluctantly, towards some form of military option ostensibly against Islamic State. The "leaders" of the west however, have something very different in mind.

No matter what the politicians say, military experts are among the doubters.

Western involvement in the Middle East has been a catalouge of errors, missed opportunities and  disastrous interference for almost 90 years, with each intervention particularly over the past 20 years, being more and more catastrophic for the area and specifically for the civilian populations.
The west has created a Frankenstein monster and is now using it to their own short term advantage.
In reality of course, this latest involvement is only making a bad situation, infinitely worse.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Is Gordon Brown seeking to become leader of the Labour Party, again?

Vote secures glorious future for GB (Gordon Brown, that is)

Gordon Brown vows 'powers will be delivered'

Brown seems to be jockeying for some sort of position within the Labour Party, perhaps even usurping Miliband and installing himself as leader!
It does sound rather conceited of the man to assume that he, as a backbench MP, is in a position to
"make sure that these promises that have been made will be upheld." and that the " the timetable we set out will be delivered."
Ed Miliband addresses supporters in Manchester

He may have resigned as Leader of the Labour Party, and lost an election as Prime Minister, but he has certainly managed to hang on to the delusions of grandeur which drove him, Blair, Mandelson and Campbell in their mission to destroy the Labour Party.

Is it conceivable that Brown will be granted a second bite at the cherry?