The brothers do like a punch-up

It’s been far too long before we have seen some form of justice – too bloody long 😦

David Hencke

-tony-mcsweeney Tony McSweeney: A paedophile priest. Pic Credit:rapevictimsofthecatholicchurch.files.wordpress.com

While the latest horrors over Jimmy Savile dominated the headlines,a Roman Catholic priest became the first person to be convicted as a paedophile under the Met Police’s Operation Fernbridge.

The investigation into both the notorious Elm Guest House and a Richmond Council children’s home, Grafton Close, saw Father Tony McSweeney convicted on a specimen charge of indecent assault and three charges of making indecent images of children on his computer. He was cleared of three other charges of indecent assault.

The trial would have been much bigger if not for the death of his co-accused John Stingemore had not died just before facing prosecution. Stingemore,as my colleague Tim Wood who reported the trial for Exaroshows, was portrayed by McSweeney as a paedophile. and it emerged in court that Stingemore had already been convicted as paedophile for the sexual assault of Peter Borshin, a…

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Just when the US was on the brink of sending real arms to Ukraine, Putin agrees to and ‘arranges’ a cease fire. Some see this as Obama forcing the Russian warlord’s hand by threatening proper support of Poroshenko’s Government.

There is some truth in that because Vlad may want a pause in the continuation of this one-sided war, it allows him to carry on bringing in heavy armaments onto his neighbours territory, plus all the supporting logistics needed for his 9000 ‘ghost’ troops there. He has full authority over the borders where his rebels have ceased control. But Ukraine gets nothing to defend itself. What sort of agreement is that – it’s a capitulation in a 1930’s way.

The cease-fire will not last long, just long enough for the Ukrainian troops who are encircled to be destroyed and for the Russian President to organise sham elections in his Novorossiya.

The return of all rebel held territory to Ukraine at the end of 2015 (part of the new Minsk agreement) will never happen, it would be a betrayal of what Putin wants – which is a return to the CCCP Empire.

The agreement is an attempt by some NATO countries to be seen to do something, but they will just have to sit and hope that the man who has lied and broken agreements before will somehow this time submit to a change in behaviour – absolutely no chance.

The little ex KGB meddling wheeler-dealer will continue to lie to the world.  The Russian people – who have been under the yoke of leaders like him for generations – know nothing else. Their sons will continue to die in Ukraine with no acknowledgement of what they have been ordered to do.

As usual the weakness of Democracies to make unpalatable decisions when opposed by a Dictator are fully exposed here, and history will condemn both sides.

The anti-Assad rebels must be wondering what just happened. After years of staying their military might – or actually arming the original Syrian rebels – and being blocked by Russia in the UN (so ‘we can’t do anything’)  the US is now doing something.

Far too late of course, and albeit there was never an easy solution, but the US just did actually do something. And it’s happened so fast in political terms following the ISIS beheading of Americans.

No the rebels didn’t get any ‘no fly zones’, a useful consistent supply of modern weapons when they needed them, protected refugee safe-haven areas; just tents and food when it could be got to them in a neighbouring land.

So which of these messages is being sent.

1. Assad is untouchable, and the now likely winner in his 180,000 death civil war

2. Revenge is what sparks the US into belligerence, forget the global policeman complex

3. The US doesn’t need UN specific approval – only when it suits them in a ‘wait and see’ mode

4. Obama’s hand wringing is over, ‘I’ve tried to keep out of this stuff, and see what’s happened’

Maybe now that aerial warfare has started in Syria, Obama can convince himself the US could destroy Assad’s air-power and thus finally aid the collection of rebels on the ground. You can bet he would take that to the Security Council though, and you can bet again that Putin and ilk would veto it.

It may of course be far to late for that, and a likely scenario is that the air strikes will achieve some success and then will stop. ISIS will then push-on, defeat the rebels and sit for years in a deadly stand-off with Assad, while the civilians suffer from both sides brutality.

“If in doubt, gifts shall not be offered or accepted. Football officials are expected to be aware of the importance of their duties and concomitant obligations and responsibilities” – Fifa’s ethics committee orders representatives from the 32 World Cup nations to return the £16,000 watches they were all given in a gift bag from Brazilian FA suits.

From Fiver

And in the Guardian itself: Greg Dyke says he had no idea World Cup gift watch was worth £16,000

•The FA chairman thought present was of little value and put it aside
• ‘It was the fourth watch I’ve had since I started doing this job’

The Pistorious trial and the misjudgement by the trial Judge Masipa highlights the position women play in Society. Yes there are a few more women in business at the top, but as a reality check read this blog.


When women are killed, we remain just as dead as any man in similar circumstances. It cannot be argued that we have not really died, that the bullet that went through our skull didn’t really hurt us. Our death is an objective truth. It’s just the years leading up to it – all those experiences, thoughts and feelings – that can never quite be verified. For how does one know whether a life has validity unless it was lived by a man?

A man’s story belongs to him. He is more than “just the women”. As Judge Thokozile Masipa said of Oscar Pistorius, not guilty of murder despite firing four shots through a locked bathroom door, “the accused is the only person who can say what his state of mind was at the time he fired the shots that killed the deceased”. His experiences are inviolable. And…

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