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Come in Mr Peace Envoy: your time is up

  • March 18, 2015
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Rumours abound of the Right Dishonourable Anthony Blair’s imminent departure from his position as the Quartet’s Peace Envoy.     The Chosen One has occupied that position since the powers-that-be gave it to him in 2007, at the behest of his mate George W. Bush.   It’s highly unlikely that Bush did this because he believed Blair would bring peace, let alone justice, to the ‘Israeli-Palestinian conflict’, and there is little evidence that Blair has brought either over the last eight years.

We know that he persuaded Israel to open some checkpoints at one time...

It’s raining threats, hallelujah

  • March 11, 2015
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One of the great things about living in a democratic society is that we don’t have propaganda.   That is something that authoritarian regimes like Russia and Iran do.   They have stations like RT and Press tv which do nothing but mindlessly and uncritically promote the agenda of their respective regimes.

Here in the free...

After Cage: 10 Steps to prevent ‘radicalization’

  • March 09, 2015
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I’m grateful to the British media and political establishment for the typically rigorous, balanced, and honest debate that has taken place over the last week, which has now enlightened me about the true objectives of the Muslim advocacy organization Cage.   I now understand that Cage’s purpose was not to defend Muslims who may have...

Alistair Campbell’s winners

  • March 02, 2015
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There is a story some years back, it might have been in one of Nick Cohen’s books, that   Peter Mandelson and various New Labour luminaries attended a politicians-meet-businessmen functions, where they were reportedly so wide-eyed and awestruck by   by the presence of Sky executives that one of the execs contemptuously dubbed them  ...

Solidarity with Cage

  • February 28, 2015
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What do the British media and government do, when presented with the possibility that the transformation of a British Muslim into the latest ‘face of terror’ may have been partly due to his treatment at the hands of the security forces?     Essentially 4 things: a) Completely ignore any evidence that might support such...

Farage in Rotherham

  • February 07, 2015
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The Jay and Casey reports on the Rotherham sexual abuse scandal make grim and horrific reading.     They describe a vicious pattern of   rape, sexual abuse and blackmail of young white girls by men of mostly Pakistani origins; the manipulation of vulnerable and dysfunctional teenagers by corrupt sugar daddies without a trace of...

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