I wasn’t surprised to come across this in yesterday’s Guardian…
The man whose claims of a VIP paedophile ring sparked a £2m Scotland Yard investigation targeting pillars of the establishment has been charged with 12 counts of lying to detectives and receiving £22,000 in compensation through fraud.The claims by “Nick”, made first in the media and then to detectives, led to the Metropolitan police’s disastrous Operation Midland investigation.
Do you honestly think the police would blow two million quid investigating the claims of one man? No, of course not: they did it because there’s a huge number of other witnesses and mountains of evidence. Unfortunately the bad cops outnumber the good cops. In a previous post, Spies, Lords and Predators, I go into some detail about police corruption and the cover-up of VIP paedophilia. In that post I mentioned an Australian 60 Minutes documentary in 2015 which heavily featured ‘Nick’. Over the years I’ve done a lot of research into all this and I’m of the opinion that some or all of what ‘Nick’ has said is true. Nick’s prosecution is yet another cover-up and sends a strong message to others who are contemplating blowing the whistle. I ended that post with a video testimony from John Wedger, a former detective constable in the Metropolitan Police now turned whistleblower. Wedger’s testimony gives a very good insight into how the police cover-up VIP paedophilia.
What a world, ay, and at the moment I’m half way through a three week course of powerful anti-biotics (but I don’t go on about it!) and am finding it hard to gather my thoughts. Where am I trying to go with this post..? Ah yes, corruption: back in 2005 the then Foreign Secretary Jack Straw gave evidence (under oath) to a Parliamentary Select Committee in which he said this:
“Unless we all start to believe in conspiracy theories and that the officials are lying, that I am lying, that behind this there is some kind of secret state which is in league with some dark forces in the United States, and also let me say, we believe that Secretary Rice is lying, there simply is no truth in the claims that the United Kingdom has been involved in rendition full stop, because we have not been, and so what on earth a judicial inquiry would start to do I have no idea. I do not think it would be justified.
Then last week we had this, more than 12 years after the above statement by Jack Straw:
The British Intelligence and Security Committee has released a report detailing how the British government and intelligence participated in and/or turned a blind eye to torture programs aimed at obtaining intelligence from ‘suspected’ terrorists. British intelligence and government personnel were complicit in or else willingly overlooked the inhumane treatment of these persons, who were being held and tortured without going through any due process, even while at least some of the persons who were enduring the harsh treatment and torture were British citizens. But British officials and top dogs manage to manipulate the process of discovery and accountability in such a way as to avoid being held to account.
One notable thing about the British Intelligence and Security Committee report is the way that prime minister Theresa May tried to thwart it, only allowing Committee members to question a handful of requested witnesses, and no one who was directly involved in rendition and torture was allowed before the Committee. This is the same Theresa May who when she was Home Secretary, as well as being the prime architect of the British police state, was also a prime mover in the cover-up of VIP paedophilia. And you wonder why she wears a toilet chain around her neck. Talking of which:
Consequences of American corporate influence over British welfare reforms
The demolition of the welfare state was first suggested in 1982 by the Conservative Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. Using neoliberal politics, every UK government since 1982 has covertly worked towards that goal. It is also the political thinking used as justification for the welfare reforms of the New Labour government, which introduced the use of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) for all out-of-work disability benefit claimants. Neoliberal politics also justified additional austerity measures introduced by the Coalition government since 2010, and the Conservative government(s) since 2015, which were destined to cause preventable harm when disregarding the human consequences. Much of this is known and in the public domain.
When I left school in 1980 there were more than 2 million people out of work. This was a year after Margaret Thatcher became prime minister. Thatcher was the start of the neo-con madness, a madness I’ve watched getting worse and worse over more than three decades now; such, that my country is now an unrecognisable hell hole for all except a small minority of the population. During Margaret Thatcher’s first term in office she was the most unpopular prime minister in modern British history, and it looked like the then Labour leader Michael Foot would walk the next general election; but then in 1982 the Argentinians invaded the Falkland Islands, and the rest, as they say, is history. In a way you can blame the Argentine military junta for zero hours contracts, ‘austerity’, the destruction of the NHS, and all the rest of it.
I’ll finish this somewhat rambling post with a video clip of prime minister Margaret Thatcher. I include this not to get into the rights or wrongs of Thatcher’s order to sink the General Belgrano (which resulted in the death of 323 mostly young Argentinian sailors), but more because it perhaps highlights how far we’ve sunk as a society: prime minister Thatcher is on live television here, being questioned at length by a highly critical member of the public. This sort of thing would never be allowed today. Incidentally, for those unfamiliar with the era and the culture, the presenter here is Sue Lawley who at the time was a very popular BBC news anchor. After presenting this Thatcher piece Sue Lawley was sacked and as far as I’m aware she never worked for the BBC again. Enjoy…