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24th August 2016: Listening to Owen Smith debate with John Humphreys on BBC Radio 4 this morning was a sobering experience.

Owen Smith wants the EU final negotiation results to be put to the Country and Parliament.

Humphreys went for him hammer and tong….a thing he often does and I admire him for it, but this time I detected a bit of anger a bit of something else….maybe a touch of his Brexit soul….maybe I’m wrong.

However I support Owen Smith in his stance on the referendum and the Governments determination to force a Brexit at all costs.

Humphreys battered him with Democracy and likened Smith’s stance to re-running Parliamentary Elections every time the result doesn’t suit someone.

That is a bogus argument of course….Parliamentary Elections are for a few years only and misbehaving governments can be kicked out at any time.

What is facing the country is the unknown, the last referendum result on Europe lasted for around 40 years, and so may this. In a changing world you need to get these things right and information based on red bus slogans is simply not enough.

This Brexit is not like anything the UK has done before, we don’t know the outcome (there are many, many surprises around the corner), this government may start negotiations and not finish them, etc etc.

Many Brexit voters are muttering about being mislead…..this must now be put right….because another 40 years on the end of a bad decision could be disastrous.

Let’s negotiate the best deal we can and put all that information to the British people and Parliament to accept or reject.


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24th June 2016 – Britain chose Leave and defeated the Remain camp by 52% to 48% in the referendum yesterday, with the results being announced this morning.

It was Human Instinct vs Common Sense and the animal instinct won.

The rhetoric from Nigel Farage in grossly divisive this morning “a victory for decent people”, what the hell does that mean? The other 48% are indecent?

His view of Britain is not that of decent people and there lies the trap the 58% have fallen for.

Farage says it is “Independence Day”, the problem is he has won Independence from our biggest trading partner. We stand or fall on our trading results….how is that any victory.

The younger generation have been let down badly by this vote and there futures have been sold cheaply on instinct alone. This is not a General Election where if you make a voting mistake it can be put right five years down the line. We are stuck with this idiocy and those who could not cast a vote yesterday will probably pay for it during their working lives.

Not a thing to do in the modern world, we have so much in common with our neighbours it defies belief that this generation should make such a momentous decision without knowing the consequences.

The Treaty of Lisbon allows two years to negotiate an exit and this can be extended as each EU member has to debate and pass the negotiations. It took Greenland three years and that was a very uncomplicated case.  Today marks the start of years of uncertainty and disruption and no one can foretell the outcome. What a prospect for us and all of Europe.

But they may also stick to the two years and say “enough is enough, take it or leave it”.

As we step into the unknown with a deeply divided Nation, let us hope this is not the break-up of the EU beginning, which is a force for good and a staunch supporter of peace.

We have left it behind and risked a dismantling of the UK.


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Even more imaginative was Michael Oren, ex-Israeli ambassador to the US, on Channel 4 News. He explained that Hamas was to blame for all this death, because “toasters and refrigerators have been booby-trapped”.


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The Slog.

The bigger the State, the bigger the lies

Now that all the Old Bailey verdicts are in, myriad slippery vipers are wriggling out of the shadows in relation to the Hackgate trial. Among these are the deletion of ALL emails from Rebekah Brooks’ time at the NotW – a staggering 41 million of them – the removal of her pc’s hard-drive (which was then “lost”), the questionable nature of her Dubai holiday “ignorance” of the Milly Dowler affair (she emailed, texted and rang the office several times during her absence), crucial evidence of previous use of blagging experts and hackers withheld from the jury – being ruled not relevant to the charges Brooks faced…and further to my point in yesterday’s Slogpost, no, the jury did not see the tape of her admitting paying money to police officers for information.

It seems to me increasingly here that Rebekah Brooks faced exactly…

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The brutality involved with so called ‘honour killings’ makes my skin crawl.
I wonder at the misfortune of sharing a planet where ideas such as this and those who perpetrate it exist. Just staggering.
Not to mention those who use it for evil of their own making.

UK Criminal Law Blog

Manchester Evening News Manchester Evening News


On 4th June 2014 Ahmed Al-Khatib was found guilty of murdering Rania Alayed, his wife. He was sentenced to the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment with a minimum term of 20 years. His brother, Muhaned Al Khatib, was cleared of murder but sentenced to 3 years for Perverting the Course of Justice which he had previously admitted. This related to the hiding of Ms Alayed’s body.

A third brother, Hussain Al-Khatib, was found guilty of Perverting the Course of Justice and sentenced to 4 years in prison. This also related to the disposal of the body (which has still not been found).

The Prosecution alleged that the motive for the killing was a concern that Ms Alayed was “becoming ‘too Westernised’ for her controlling husband’s liking.” We don’t have the sentencing remarks, so we don’t know whether this was accepted by the Judge.

What  we do…

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Putin (and Hitler for that matter) have a one eyed view when it comes to self determination and suffering, a good example of this is the current objection to acknowledging war crimes that need to be investigated while they are happening and to pursue  them at the ICC. This from the New York Times…..

Written by SOMINI SENGUPTAMAY 22, 2014 – New York Times

UNITED NATIONS — Beheadings, torture, aerial bombardments of schools and hospitals: The war in Syria, raging for more than three years with no sign of relief, represents the very excesses of war that the International Criminal Court was designed to take on.

Nevertheless, the court will not take on war crimes in Syria, not anytime soon anyway. China and Russia voted Thursday against a Security Council resolution that would have empowered the world tribunal to go after perpetrators of crimes against humanity in Syria.

Before the vote, the United Nations deputy secretary general, Jan Eliasson, issued a poignant rebuke. “If members of the Council continue to be unable to agree on a measure that could provide some accountability for the ongoing crimes,” he said, “the credibility of this body and the entire organization will continue to suffer.”

Now those who demand accountability for war criminals in Syria will have to prepare other options, potentially including ones outside of the International Criminal Court. One option could be setting up a special tribunal, which American officials have privately suggested in the past. Another could involve plucking war-crime suspects from Syria when they travel abroad — to go shopping or attend a child’s college graduation, for instance — to be tried under universal jurisdiction laws. A third could involve a General Assembly resolution under a provision called Uniting for Peace, which can be invoked when the Security Council is believed to have failed to do its job in maintaining peace and security.

“In the face of mounting crimes, and 150,000 dead, the international community must think creatively about how to ensure accountability in Syria — with or without the Council,” Beth Van Schaack, a law professor at Santa Clara University and a former special adviser to the State Department, wrote Thursday on a legal blog called Just Security.

None of these options would be easy, legal scholars and diplomats have said. Each would face considerable diplomatic and legal hurdles. Supporters of the world court say that this is precisely the kind of war that it was set up for, and that it would be a waste of time and money to create something else.




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The Shooting Party

I’d like to draw attention to a recent article by George Monbiot on a bit of hypocrisy engineered by the current government. That being the distinction drawn between the general population and others – who for reasons only they think are reasonable – who shoot and hunt.



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