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I would have invaded anyway.



Tony Blair admits: I would have invaded Iraq anyway
WMD were not vital for war says ex-PM ahead of appearance at Chilcot inquiry


Riazat Butt and Richard Norton-Taylor - Guardian 12/12/2009


Hmmm.
Isn’t that what he did!
Anyway

Neither America nor the UK would have risked those troops if they
really thought Sadam had those chemical weapons.


He might now be worth
‘loads of money’
following in the footsteps of his
Political Mother
But the country is broke,
debt ridden,
with millions facing an uncertain future.

He achieved the
American Dream
But
We will pay dearly.

PS
and
Gordon

was his
Market Cheerleader

Return to Boom
and
Bust

No?

That's OK then?




Huge rise in birth defects in Falluja
Iraqi former battle zone sees abnormal clusters of infant tumours and deformities

Martin Chulov - Guardian 13/11/2009






Falluja's babies: The difficulties of pinning the blame

Denis Campbell - Guardian 13/11/2009


US forces 'used chemical weapons' during assault on city of Fallujah

Peter Popham - The Independent 08/11/2005

The Hidden Massacre of Fallujah



Toxic warfare & Birth Defects: Iraqi doc shows ugly truth

dinazina - Daily Kos - 23/02/2005

Nothing depleted about 'depleted uranium'
Disturbing photos of children

Abel Bult-Ito - Global Research Ca- 22/02/2006

Agent Orange


Agent Orange devastates generations of Vietnamese

World Focus 15/01/2009

About face and only 0.05%



Gordon Brown backs radical plan to transform global banking system
A long-time supporter of a financial transactions tax says the prime minister has finally realised that the taxpayer should no longer foot the bill for banking crises and also suffer their fallout


Will Hutton - Observer 08/11/2009




Brown, a tax convert? Hard to believe, but let's hope so
A Tobin transaction tax would be a bold, sensible, social democratic move – so it's a shock to hear the prime minister backing it


Polly Toynbee - Guardian 10/11/2009

Scrappage creates demand




These snobs are blind to the one economic policy that works
The scrappage scheme should go far beyond cars, but politicians, in thrall to bankers, fixate on credit and neglect demand

Simon Jenkins - 27/10/2009

Indictable?



Making this ruthless liar EU president is a crazy plan. But I'll be backing Blair
If the man who waged an unprovoked war in Iraq gets this job, it could be the chance to hold him to account for his crimes.

George Monbiot - Guardian 26/10/2009

But the fact that he’s got away with it must make him a good candidate. Isn’t this largely the mark of Statesman?




The Secret Downing Street Memo

David Manning - The Times 01/05/2005


or

The War Criminals Vote
Blair or Karadzic for EU President?
Eamonn McCann - Counterpunch 29/10/2009



Adam Crozier £3million - Postal workers £18,000



Faced with such an attack, it would be folly not to strike
Postal workers have been left with little option. The real madness lies with those itching to pick a fight before an election

Seumas Milne - Guardian 21/10/2009


Aren’t we all just ‘
beyond anger’ that the owner Lord Mandelson has allowed this to happen.

Intellectually bewildering?




Sorry, David, if you roll back the state, you invite disaster
David Cameron is wrong to declare we need a more hands-off approach. That's what got us into this recession in the first place


Will Hutton - Observer 11/09/2009

Seems to confirm the idea that there really isn’t anything there.

There's nothing there




Steve Bell on David Cameron: 'There's nothing much in there'
The Guardian cartoonist explains why he draws the Tory leader as a jellyfish


Steve Bell and Hildegunn Soldal - Guardian 09/10/2009

It's the market's failure!




The cuts agenda is a brilliant diversion from the real crisis
Cameron has managed to switch the agenda from market failure to public debt. If that sticks, it's a recipe for a Tory landslide

Seamus Milne - Guardian 16/09/2009


Although one does wonder if that’s been true since Tony took over. John Smith had that gravitas but I’m not sure that others have or even had.






Executive pay keeps rising, Guardian survey finds
Full and part-time directors of FTSE 100 shared between them more than £1bn


Julia Finch and Simon Bowers - Guardian 14/09/2009


When did you ever get a 10% annual pay rise????


And in America

Has The Economy Been Pulled Back From The Brink?
Who Is Recovering?


One is reminded of the title of that movie, "There will be blood." Rather than show contrition or compassion for its own victims, Wall Street is hoping to jack up its salaries and bonuses to pre-2007 levels. The men at the top are oblivious to the pain they helped cause. They are getting away with the crime of our time.
Danny Schecter - ZNet Commentaries 17/09/2009

Public self harm?





Slashing the national debt can wait. First we must invest, invest, invest

Will Hutton - Observer 13/09/2009

Middle-East peace process?



US takes on Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran's nuclear programme in one massive gamble
Washington's plan to link two intractable problems raises international hopes of deal to restart the Middle East peace process

Julian Borger & Ewen Macaskil - Guardian 25/08/2009

Surely the US have done a huge amount to thwart any kind of peace in the Middle - East for a long time.
They have supported Israel in all it’s endeavours - land grabs, settlements, building walls, providing them with arms and nuclear weapons over the last 50 years or so.
How does conflating these two issues help the situation when Israel’s only contribution
seems to be a ‘freeze’ on further annexation and development?

It was put more forcefully in this article by
Peter Beaumont - Guardian

US peace plan gives Israel too much
The Middle East talks look like an act of grand displacement unless Obama stops giving Israel an unequal say

‘It may be early days in the hammering out of the details of a new US-sponsored plan to broker a resumption of Middle East peace talks, but what are clearly visible are the operating assumptions. At their very heart, the reporting in this paper suggests, is what the government of Binyamin Netanyahu has always wanted: a link between Iran's nuclear programme and a very partial freeze on settlement building, offered in exchange for opening up an even more partial track of a peace process whose focus would be on the West Bank.’

The Three No’s of Binyamin Netanyahu
As prime minister from 1996-1999, Netanyahu emphasised a policy of
"Three No's":
no withdrawal from Golan Heights,
no discussion of the status of Jerusalem,
no negotiations under any preconditions.


But Jonathan Freedland - Guardian 25/08/2009
seems to be closer to the mark.
Peace plans come and go. Obama may have to try a wholly new approach
Unless talks address the core, existential issues of 1948, optimism about a new Middle East effort is likely to fade fast

‘This will require an entirely new approach. Not a reliance solely on mechanistic formulas, land swaps and compensation packages, but a deep, even emotional engagement with the sources of the conflict. It will mean Israelis finally acknowledging the plight of the refugees created by the birth of the state of Israel, and Palestinians finally deciding whether they can accept a Jewish state. That last move will have to be done without jeopardising the place of those Palestinians who live inside Israel as citizens, or asking Palestinians to reject the entire narrative of their recent history. But something like it will have to be done.’


Failed




Big health flexes its lobbying muscle. Democracy quivers
In finance as in health, public interest is tamed by unaccountable corporate interest. It was meant to be the other way round


Peter Wilby - Guardian 14/08/2009

'premature conclusions'




Police memos reveal IPCC haste to declare Ian Tomlinson death an accident

Paul Lewis - Guardian 07/08/09

Never to be believed again!



He wasn’t dressed in black!

He wasn’t caught up with other protesters!

Yes he fell to the ground.

But there’s certainly evidence that the police were involved in his death!

'Don't be tough on us'





Of course bankers stuff their pockets and put profits first. The scandal is that ministers have sacrificed jobs to let them


Seamas Milne - Guardian 05/08/09

'Banana Republic



Don't let the defeatists and cynics talk down Britain's need for speed
Our lack of high-speed railways is humiliating. In this key capability, Britain is a banana republic


WIll Hutton - Observer 02/08/2009

Collective greed!



This is how we let the credit crunch happen, Ma'am ...

Heather Stewart - Observer 26/07/2009

So there we have it. Our brightest and best failed us completely.
This is the sum total of our education system, a lack of imagination.
Thoughtlessness for others on a grand scale.
But did they fail themselves?
Did they walk away with ‘loadsofmoney’?

and thus a defence of

‘a psychology of denial’
‘found clever ways to spread risk throughout the financial markets’

‘but economics as a profession has not been discredited by the scale of the crisis’

Tell that to all the people who are suffering and going to suffer for years to come.


Handy that markets (men) can be gripped by herd psychology and bouts of irrationality’

_ankers!

Helicopters - Jelly Copters!






Government slaps down minister over shortage of helicopters
Gordon Brown has been forced to slap down minister Lord Malloch-Brown who admitted the British Army was short of helicopters to fight the war in Afghanistan.

Andrew Porter - The Daily Telegraph 23/07/2009

Malloch-Brown changes tack on helicopters for Afghanistan
Minister who claimed machines were scarce now says British troops have 'without doubt sufficient resources'

Richard Norton-Taylor - Guardian 22/07/2009


Jelly Copters - Steve Bell

I guess you couldn’t have got slapped much harder. Brown is so embarrassing!

And this from a few days earlier.




Bitter fallout as Brown and the generals caught in war games
The army insisted it had everything it needed to wage war in Afghanistan but, as more troops died, the simmering tensions between the army and No.10 finally became public.

Gaby Hinsliff - Observer 19/07/2009

You just can't say!



Even mathematicians run scared of our libel laws now
The people who could expose the City's folly are reluctant to speak out because of a hostile judiciary

Nick Cohen - Observer 19/07/2009

No more sports days!



A toxic culture of suspicion is souring our children's lives
Adults will find it hard to interact with young people if hysterical paranoia means they are all viewed as potential abusers


Henry Porter - Observer 19/07/2009

We've got to be fair!!!!!!!




Alistair Darling signals pay squeeze for public sector workers


Patrick Wintour - Guardian 05/07/2009

It sounds so good that word.
But the private sector caused this mess with a dollop of help from star struck New Labour politicians.
(New Labour - Laughably Conservative)
It’s a recession now and could be for some years to come.
But it started out with deregulation, speculation and the rise of ‘financial weapons of mass destruction’.
From which many people made an awful lot of money.
Now those who can least afford it will pay the price.

From Global Financial Crisis to Global Recession, Part I
Precipitating the fall
Jack Rasmus - March 2008
An American perspective. The people we emulate, ‘Our special relations?’ (Mad Uncle??)
Back to UK.


The clamour to cut public sector pay is based on myth
State incomes remain comparably low – calls for a freeze can't distract us from the real issue: outlandish executive pay

Polly Toynbee - Guardian 06/07/2009



The man who understands debt on this scale?




Hail the man who argues Britain should stop worrying about its debt

Will Hutton - Observer 05/07/2009

Public sector pensions attacked again.



Is there pensions apartheid? Well, if you're a nurse there is
False Tory outrage at fat-cat pubic sector benefits is a crude sleight of hand to divert voters' attention from the real wealth gap

Polly Toynbee - Guardian 03/07/2009

Business as usual



They could be heroes. Instead these bankers are pariahs
The City has reverted to its bad old habits;
Brown and Darling missed the radical moment in the weeks after the crash

Polly Toynbee - Guardian 23/06/2009

For them, isn’t it just a cycle, so what’s to learn. Perversely! More CRIMINALLY.

Fair Tips



Tip off: waiters still paid minimum wage out of your service charge
A new law is intended to stop restaurant bosses pocketing staff tips. But as Jamie Elliott reports, there may be no change

Jamie Elliot - Observer 07/06/2009

Will the MPs resign too?



Michael Martin: steady rise and abrupt fall of the boy from Anderston
Friends say they will not forget the MPs who hounded working-class Glaswegian from his parliamentary office

Nicholas Watt - Guardian 20/05/2009

Will those MPs who felt they had brought Parliament into disrepute and returned
expenses claims, now follow the speaker in resigning???

Which leads on to



The Speaker exits with revolution in the air. I say, bring it on
The great expenses fraud is a symptom of a larger disease. We need a new constitution, with the people as sovereign

Jonathan Freedland - Guardian 20/05/2009

Suppression Acts



As the political consensus collapses, now all dissenters face suppression
Peaceful protest - or 'domestic extremism' - is being put down with increasing violence by our police forces


George Monbiot - Guardian 18/05/2009

"I want to thank you all for what you are achieving."



High stakes, low finance
Will Hutton traces the banking crisis back to the Big Bang

Will Hutton - Guardian 02/05/2009

Speech by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, to Mansion House

The Speech on blinkx

"Governments know nothing of this subject,.....'






Number cruncher who foresaw financial crash
Paul Wilmott feels vindicated after warning banks not to believe their mathematical models

Elena Moya - Guardian 01/05/2009

No more whistleblowing



To sack a nurse for exposing cruelty is a farcical injustice
Margaret Haywood is the wrong person to punish for this NHS failure. The message to every would-be whistleblower is clear

Jenni Russell - Guardian 28/04/2009

Support for whistleblowing Nurse struck off by NMC



Nursing and Midwifery Council







Swine Flu



Four-year-old could hold key in search for source of swine flu outbreak
Case confirmed in village in south-eastern Mexico where 60% of residents fell ill

Jo Tuckman & Robert Booth - Guardian 27/04/2009

The swine flu crisis lays bare the meat industry's monstrous power
The Mexico swine flu outbreak should alert us to a highly globalised industry with global political clout

Mike Davis Guardian 27/04/2009

Interestingly the Print Edition had this title

These vast excremental hells are the Bernie Madoffs of disease control
The swine flu outbreak shows the futility of our early-warning systems - and the meat industry’s monstrous global power


'Apparently we're on high alert. Nobody alerted me'


‘Today is one of those days when family doctors want to retire to a darkened room and put an ice pack on their head. Over breakfast, I saw the newspaper headline: "Swine flu deaths spark worldwide health alert".
I have not been "alerted". None of my partners has been "alerted" either. There is a general assumption that GPs will already have received definitive guidance from on high. No such guidance has arrived.’

Dr John Crippen - Guardian 28/04/2009



‘Swine flu’ : the realities

Swine flu
The present state of preparedness for a pandemic caused by pigs, birds and other animals is wholly inadequate and if a pandemic happened today, hundreds of millions would undoubtedly perish.
Pigs are one of the closest matches to humans. That is why we use their organs for human transplantation operations. Therefore the mutation from pig influenza to human influenza, is probably the most dangerous of all due to the nearness of match.
The link between pig and human influenza has been known for a long time. Two important studies are Evolutionary pathways of N2 neuraminidases of swine and human influenza A Virus: origin of the neuraminidase genes of two reassortants (H1N2) isolate from pigs by Kuniaki Nerome et al, National Institute of Health, Japan – Journal of General Virology (1991), 72, 693-698 and Ito T, Couceiro JN, Kelm S, et al. Molecular basis for the generation in pigs of influenza A viruses with pandemic potential. J Virol 1998; 72:736773.
The problem with the present strategy is that it is predominantly targeted and dependent upon at a drug cure which is a totally false strategy. There are two main reasons for this.
1. Flu viruses are constantly remodelling themselves and where when a new strain occurs, like the present state in Mexico, it will take 6 months to develop a drug to combat it. It has to be noted that the Spanish flu that killed between 20 million and 100 million nearly 100 years ago (there is no definitive statistic in this respect as in 1918 the analysis was rudimentary, but where modern pandemic statisticians estimate that it was somewhere between the two huge figures), did its worst in the first 26 weeks. Therefore an antidote would be a fools way of solving the problem. 2. Distribution of any new antidote would be a problem of enormous proportions and all affected would be dead by the time it got to them.
Therefore the present strategy is futile.
But unfortunately now again, Tamiflu is in 99% of flu types, not resistant against the viruses.
I cite several points of information that confirm this fact. (i) HONG KONG (Reuters) -- A strain of the H5N1 avian influenza virus that may unleash the next global flu pandemic is showing resistance to Tamiflu, the antiviral drug that countries around the world are now stockpiling to fend off the looming threat. Experts in Hong Kong said on Friday [30 Sep 2005] that the human H5N1 strain which surfaced in northern Viet Nam this year had proved to be resistant to Tamiflu, a powerful antiviral drug. – Reuters, 30 September 2005 (ii) U.S. health authorities (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) alerted doctors Friday that a prevalent strain of the flu is resistant to Roche Holding AG's Tamiflu antiviral drug – Wall Street Jourmnal: Health (December 19,2008). (iii) Virtually all the dominant strain of flu in the United States this season is resistant to the leading antiviral drug Tamiflu…This season, 99 percent do… If a Tamiflu-resistant strain is suspected, the disease control agency suggests using a similar drug, Relenza. But Relenza is harder to take; it is a powder that must be inhaled and can cause lung spasms, and it is not recommended for children under 7…Relenza, made by GlaxoSmithKline, is known generically as zanamivir. Tamiflu, made by Roche, is known generically as oseltamivir… – The New York Times: Health (January 8, 2009). (iv) Tamiflu found to be 99% ineffective against primary flu strain – USA Today (January 8, 2009).
There are only two modern-day drugs supposed to save human life from any pandemic. These are Relenza and Tamiflu as stated above. But both are ineffective (more-or-less totally ineffective in the case of Tamiflu) in certain areas when dealing with new strains. Unfortunately zanamivir (Relenza) is less active against influenza A/N2 neuraminidases (found in Pigs etc). For zanamivir is inhibitory for only certain influenza A neuraminidase variants but not A/N2 neuraminidases. Therefore Relenza does not perform at all well against Swine flu.
There are also terriible side-effects with Tamiflu –
http://209.85.229.132/search?q=cache:uNFhMaU3GLEJ:www.topix.com/forum/drug/tamiflu/
T5T8TK967U6DPFEL8+usa+today+tamilflu+april+2009&cd=8&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

Both these drugs have to taken within 48hrs of infection, but where the prerequisite is that the host body has to be strong against infections at the time of the start of the dosage. After 48 hours, both are useless according to medical scientsist working at the coal-face around the world. Therefore the question is, how does anyone identify that they have flu quick enough and get a dose within 48 hours ? For symtoms can take several days to raise their ugly head.

From Betty Senior in the comments to Mike Davis’s Article

And from the NHS Blog Doctor
Pointing to an Article in the Independent
Donald Rumsfeld makes $5m killing on bird flu drug
Geoffrey lean and Jonathan Owen - The Independent 12/03/2006

So he makes money from a drug that is ineffective. Wonderful life.



A fairer nation!



Britain's no longer a world power, so let's be a better, fairer nation

Will Hutton - Observer 26/04/2009

Well they had the chance to do that over the last ten years

After the lie of the free lunch comes a real political choice
The pretence of building a Swedish society on US tax rates is over. But we can still avoid savage cuts – if we pay for it

‘OECD countries with the biggest states and highest taxes are among the most ­successful economically and socially.’
‘During Margaret Thatcher's time, the basic rate of tax was 33%. Brown has cut it to 20%: Labour MPs who whooped with glee each time he cut it should hang their heads in shame. As each 1p brings in £4bn, it means Brown levied some £50bn every year less in income tax than Mrs T, a staggering sum.’
Polly Toynbee - Guardian 26/04/2009


Policing as usual!



Printing Police Lies

Monbiot.com 21/04/2009



Memories of the miners' strike
A miner, a miner's wife, a coal board negotiator and an MP share their recollections

Patrick Barkham 07/04/2009


Police removal of ID numbers 'unacceptable', says top watchdog
Chief inspector of constabulary tells MPs that removal of police ID numbers during protests must stop, after G20 complaints

Stephen Bates - Guardian 21/04/2009

Then as now perhaps “illegal” might be better?

Headlines smooth the way!



G20 officer could face a charge of killing as post-mortem shows protester did NOT suffer a heart attack

But he wasn’t a protester! He was just going home from work.

“Mr Tomlinson, a
heavy drinker,’
Charlotte Gill - The Mail 17/04/2009

'Bleeding killed G20 riot man'

But he wasn’t a riot man! He was just going home from work.

Anthony France - The Sun 17/04/2009

Beaten G20 man Ian Tomlinson ‘died of internal bleeding’

But he wasn’t a G20 protester! He was just going home from work.

‘The masked policeman caught on film hitting and pushing a man who later died at the G20 protests has been questioned on suspicion of manslaughter.’
‘Video footage and photographs showed Mr Tomlinson,
who was not a protester,’

Sean O’Neill & Adam Fresco - The Times 17/04/2009

G20 OFFICER FACES MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE.

A policeman who pushed over G20 bystander Ian Tomlinson could be jailed for unlawful killing.

A G20 bystander or someone going home from work during a G20 protest?

John Twomey - The Express 18/04/2009


G20 death: Met police officer may face manslaughter charge
• Officer may face manslaughter charge • Ian Tomlinson 'died from internal bleeding' • We were badly misled by police, say family

Paul Lewis - The Guardian 18/04/2009


The acceptability of being a protester.

A protester
A G20 Man
A G20 riot man
G20 Bystander
G20 Death

Unwell man, trying to get home from work, attacked by police at G20 protests.
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Unnumbered policeman strikes - twice.

New footage emerges of alleged G20 police misconduct
A policeman is seen striking a woman with his baton at a memorial protest for Ian Tomlinson on April 2

Paul Lewis & Lawrence Topham - Guardian 14/04/2009



G20 woman protester shocked by policeman's 'slap'
IPCC to investigate incident but protester yet to make formal complaint

Paul Lewis & Ben Quinn - Guardian 15/04/2009

Pre-emptive policing



PennEnergy



Shami Chakrabarti was target in police search

Rachel Sylvester & Alice Thomson - The Times 18/04/2009

6.5%



It is a national disgrace that in 2009 rape almost always goes unpunished
Today's measures can have little impact in the face of a culture that systematically neglects victims of sexual assault


Libby Brooks - Guardian 15/04/2009

Managing another death.



G20 assault: how Metropolitan police tried to manage a death
• No mention of riot squad attack in initial account • Video forces watchdog to consider inquiry demand

Sandra Laville & Paul Lewis Guardian 09/04/2009

And in reality




No provocation - Just a random attack.


Remember another death.

Blair Peach & Ian Tomlinson, Another Police Murder

Ten Percent - 06/04/2009


1980: Peach death was 'misadventure'




Marina Hyde - Guardian 11/04/2009

A New World Order is Emerging








Does anyone remember this?







Well, actually we didn’t handle that housing bubble very well.

and from the
Mansion House Speech of 2004, quoting Churchill

“The ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year.
And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen.”


National Security V National Embarassment





Interview: Mohammed's lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith



Binyam Mohamed's harrowing journey: Karachi to Morocco,
to CIA cell and then Guantánamo


Richard Norton-Taylor - Guardian 27/03/2009

We don't do rendition or condone torture!





UK apology over rendition flights

BBC 21/02/2009








UN report condemns Britain over torture cases
UK hid illegal acts and breached basic human rights of detainees in US rendition programme, report finds

Richard Norton-Taylor - Guardian 09/03/2009



How is the child intelligent??

Focus on fact is stifling schools, warns top head
Dickensian teaching and the tyranny of league tables must be swept away, says Seldon

Caroline Davies - Observer 08/03/2009


Talking-Therapy-Services

While it’s good to see a widespread recognition of the problems
caused when people can no longer earn a living for themselves,
and yes I’m sure it’s “Good to Talk!’
Oops!
Wasn’t this an advert for some phone company.



It’s likely to be the case that individuals have no control of the way out of this mess.

It’s Global and Systemic!

WIll Governments, Regulators and Casino Capitalism which caused the mess

be able to do enough for individual potential solutions to have an effect?

Victims of recession to get free therapy
• State aid planned to fight job anxiety

Toby Helm - Observer 08/03/2009

From a more spiritual perspective, the potential solutions perhaps include a change of direction.



Patience and trust - the new economic foundations
In a lecture entitled Ethics, Economics and Global Justice which was given on Saturday in Cardiff, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, called for patience from governments, firms and individuals to renew the trust fractured by the economic crisis

Rowan Williams - Guardian 09/03//2009

But we may well be swamped before these arguments have any sway.



Scientists to issue stark warning over dramatic new sea level figures
Rising sea levels pose a far bigger eco threat than previously thought. This week's climate change conference in Copenhagen will sound an alarm over new floodings - enough to swamp Bangladesh, Florida, the Norfolk Broads and the Thames estuary

Robin Mckie - Observer 08/03/2009


Still the ‘naysayers are alive and well.




Czech leader joins meeting of climate change deniers
• US convention aimed at escalating confrontation • Klaus to attack 'arrogant, unscrupulous ideology'

Suzanne Goldberg - Guardian 09/08/2009





And for a Psychological approach to the problem of Climate change deniers.
Perhaps a bit of CBT is needed here?
Forget the causes recognize the problems.






Undermining democratic decision making?

Straw vetoes publication of cabinet Iraq war minutes
Justice secretary refuses to comply with information tribunal's order to release minutes of two meetings

Andrew Sparrow - Guardian 24/02/2009


Mr Straw’s Commons Statement


Silobreaker on this topic


But one suspects that democratic decision making is more under threat
when someone who was Foreign Secretary at the time of this decision is in a position to veto these minutes being made public.



Iraq Cabinet minutes: 'Jack Straw should not be his own judge'

Gary Slapper -Times 25/02/2009


Do you remember how rattled he was when he was interviewed on Radio 4?

Privacy and dodgy algorithms





Fight against terror 'spells end of privacy'

Former security chief warns searching personal data will 'break moral rules'

Alan Travis Guardian 25/02/2009





Spying on 60 million people doesn't add up

Ben Goldacre - Guardian 28/02/2009



Defiant Convention

Guardian Editorial 28/02/2009




February 28th 2009

The Convention of Modern Liberty
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Convention of Modern Liberty
Voices from the crowd.


Professor Anthony Grayling


Tony Benn




A recipe for creating terrorists





Rimington is right. This is a recipe for creating terrorists

New Labour's sins in the war on terror are catching up with it, but ministers want to shift blame on to the Muslim community


Seumas Milne - Guardian 19/02/2009

The death of confidentiality!




A quote from the BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum in an interview with the Guardian.






This was one of the better canons of the Hippocratic Oath.

All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or in daily commerce with men,
which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and will never reveal.”

SubjectCitizen - humble and obedient servant!




I name this site QE2.0 ... Queen unveils new web home
Stephen Bates - Guardian 13/02/2009

The official website of the British Monarchy

Invited to apologise!






The ‘naughty children’. This hackneyed phrase seems to be all that is needed.
Now all they need to be is sent to bed without any tea!








They still don’t get it. - Colleagues, shareholders, customers. They even had the temerity to imply they served communities!
Their decisions are in the process of decimating lives and communities.
Likely for many years to come.


Sorry just doesn’t do it.

One of them (
Sir James Crosby) became a Government adviser.

Booing Davos Man is a start, but the crisis runs much deeper.
Seumas Milne - Guardian 12/02/2009



Steve Bell - We’re sorry say bankers. Well sort of.

It’s got to be bigger than the Angel of the North.
But a 50m horse!
So tall that a man would be the size of a hoof.
Still the ‘horse whisperer’ says ‘
this man is a genius
But the
competition wasn’t up to much.
Perhaps if it had been ‘Invicta’

The truth about the financial crisis



Why we’re in the mess we are.
Will Hutton Observer - 01/02/2009

Which ties in to
Global recovery rests on a fresh US approach to China
Martin Jacques - Guardian 13/02/2009

It's time to tell America some home truths, Prime Minister
At home, Mr Brown is getting his economic policies at home right. Now he must persuade others, especially the US, they can work for all
Will Hutton - Observer 01/03/2009

An open letter to Hazel Blears.




Just what exactly do you stand for,
Hazel Blears - except election?

The minister claims to have political guts, but the only principle her
voting record shows is slavish obedience

George Monbiot Guardian 10/02/2009

The Blears - Monbiot war of words continued in the
letters page
12/02/2009


Try the David Blunkett Policy Maker

Fertile minds need feeding



Fertile minds need feeding
Are schools stifling creativity? Ken Robinson tells
Jessica Shepherd why learning should be good for the soul.

A TED Talk




Politics is broken, so what do we do?



Politics is broken, so what do we do? We leave it to the politicians.

George Monbiot

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