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Savile Country

  • June 30, 2014
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The more we learn about the horrendous crimes committted by the creature that was Sir James Wilson Vincent Savile, the more it becomes clear that the former ‘national treasure’ was one of the most prolific and psychopathic sexual predators in British history – a man without a shred of pity, compassion or human empathy.   Last week Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ‘apologized’ for these crimes and said that they should   ‘shake this house and the country to the core’.

Somehow I suspect that both the house and the country will remain resolutely unshaken.  ...

The Former Friends of Tony Blair

  • June 19, 2014
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Tony Blair’s latest self-aggrandizing and bloodthirsty pronouncements on Iraq have not surprisingly been greeted with a storm of ridicule, contempt, and disgust across a wide spectrum of   political opinion.   Boris Johnson, Clare Short, Malcolm Rifkind, Christopher Meyer and even John Prescott have all joined in the chorus of condemnation.   Johnson says...

Iraq Implodes

  • June 15, 2014
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The startling advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in Iraq are the most dramatic and visible success that the transnational jihad movement has achieved since its intitial emergence in the war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the early 80s.     Since the end of that war, one...

Ofsted: Gove’s Trojan Horse

  • June 11, 2014
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For some time now it has been clear that Ofsted functions as the political instrument of central government.   Until recently this instrumentalization was mostly manifest in general terms; for governments intent on scapegoating teachers for the many failings of British society, Ofsted’s inquisitorial inspection system constituted a useful blunt instrument for intimidating and bullying...

Spiking the Homeless

  • June 09, 2014
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Many years ago back in the early 1980s, I lived in New York.   One of the many novelties that I was exposed to during those three and half years was the persistent evidence of   homelessness.     At that time tramps   and homeless people weren’t particularly visible in the UK, even in...

The friends of Jimmy Savile

  • June 03, 2014
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It is now clear that the freakish peroxide conman Jimmy Savile was one of the nastiest and most vicious paedophiles in British history.     At present, according to new research commissioned from the NSPCC by BBC’s Panorama,   there are more than 500 reports of abuse against him, and that figure is almost certainly...

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