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Tortures, inquiries, complicity, and Miliband

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South Shields MP David Miliband scrubbed down by “Brillo”

I still have huge misgivings and suspicions around British complicity in using intelligence gleaned during medieval torture sessions as part of the Blair/Bush T.W.A.T. (The War Against Terror). I’ve just watched some of Friday’s “This Week” where “Brillo” (Andrew Neill) gives David Milliband, the former Foreign Secretary and South Shields MP a good scrubbing over the allegations and the lack of a full and independent inquiry into the role of our intelligence services  and the Foreign Office’s attempts to suppress evidence due to be put before the courts whilst under Miliband’s leadership.

It was a reasonably good performance from our MP but three words that he uttered early in the encounter stick in my mind:

“It is conceivable”

He dealt with the questions as you would expect a veteran politician to deal with them, and as you would expect a contender for Labour’s leadership to handle them – admit to nothing, put it all off until the thirteen cases have been through the courts, wait until any further evidence presents itself in the courts, and have a new set of answers (if necessary) prepared by then for the eventuality. It is of course “conceivable” that Miliband’s position may be weakened further if fresh allegations and new evidence manages to see the light of day, but even now, after this competent political performance I was left feeling a bit like The Master of the Rolls, not fully trusting the statements of either Miliband or the Foreign Office regarding our role in these murky and muddied waters.

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Written by curly

July 10, 2010 at 1:30 pm

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  1. Given the available evidence, it is conceivable that Miliband is thoroughly dishonest in his handling of the torture issue. Considering the plight of the Chagos Islanders, it’s not inconceivable that he is a sociopath too.

    Since the election we’ve had news of cuts and redundancies in the region and many people in South Shields are going to have a very tough time of it. Yet Miliband has had very little to say about it, busy as he us with his leadership bid.

    But he can laugh any criticism off as there’s plenty of people in South Shields who have no problem with such a man representing them, and will happily vote for him despite his record.


    July 10, 2010 at 3:45 pm

  2. it might run in the family. Did not Milliband’s Grandfather execute white Russians?


    July 11, 2010 at 3:53 am

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