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Iraq war “made the world a safer place”

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Tony Blair, and policemen “armed to the teeth”

And he stood there, Tony Blair, he stood there, well, he sat there, and he made that little church-and-steeple out of his fingers and he said the Iraq war had “made the world a safer place”. Really? Really? If it’s so much safer, how come we need all these hired gunmen that we didn’t need before?

Victoria Coren writing in The Guardian, excellent article on the T.W.A.T. – The War Against Terror – and how it really has altered the British way of life (you know, the British way of life that we would never allow the terrorists to alter.)

Read it and understand why we are so fortunate to live in South Shields.

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Written by curly

February 8, 2010 at 5:53 pm

So, we cannot buy as many anti-terror measures in Pakistan as we would like.

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It’s just another symptom of a bankrupt government.

What is it with all of the political hand wringing today?

Government ministers and opposition spokesmen and women all seem to be crying crocodile tears over the fact that we cannot get good value for our pounds in Pakistan. Well we can squarely lay the blame for the demise of our national currency at the door of Gordon Brown who has ruined our economy after thirteen years of unfettered spending and borrowing, and we can sneer at the apparent disjointed messages given by Brown and Baroness Kinnock respectively. Glenda bemoans the fact that Foreign Office budgets are under tight restraint, while Gordon says that:

the “crucible of terrorism” on the Afghan-Pakistan border remained the “number one security threat to the West”

Which is all rather odd considering that the Americans regard the UK as posing the worst Al Qaeda led threat in the western world. Perhaps we’d be better off spending what little money we have left on supporting our own Muslim communities in battling the radicalising of their religion, thus preventing large numbers of Britons heading off to Yemen or Somalia (for that is where the top intelligence people believe the most dangerous training camps have emerged recently).

With al-Qaeda’s leadership under intense pressure from Nato and Pakistani security forces, there are reports that scores of British activists are now travelling to Yemen and Somalia to attend al-Qaeda training camps and receive instructions for carrying out terror attacks against Western targets.

“The level of al-Qaeda activity in Britain is becoming a major source of concern,” said a senior State Department official. “The organisation’s ability to use Britain as a base to plot terror attacks constitutes a serious threat to the security of Britain and other Western countries.”

Unfortunately, we saddled ourselves with Tony Blair in 1997 who decided, for reasons still being investigated by Chilcott, to take us into a couple of wars riding along as George Bush’s partner. Blair, without realising, made Britain a target for Islamic fundamentalists by his actions and even threatens the security of the vast majority of decent average moderate British Muslims as they are psychologically profiled and generally demonised by other sections of society. After another of his Acts of Parliament strengthened the “no win no fee conditional arrangements” we find we cannot even freely talk about terror and it’s consequences in this country, freedom of speech has been seriously curtailed under Labour, and in another consequence of T.W.A.T. (The War Against Terror) we find our police forces spending their time fighting against photographers instead of misguided Islamic radicals.

All these damaging consequences arising from the so called War Against Terror are symptoms of a government bankrupt financially, strategically, and morally, they no longer command authority, are totally muddle headed, and have long passed their sell by date.

Problem is our next government is unlikely to change much in the way that we formulate our foreign policies and hang on to the shirt tails of the USA, President Obama has had a year in The White House, a year that he promised would bring “change”, there has been precious little of it, he promised he would end the war in Afghanistan, yet he has decided to do that by sending even more American troops there, and he promised to bring the troops home from Iraq within 16 months, time is fast running out on that one too. He promised to close Guantanamo Bay, yet it is still operating as his deadline looms.

Perhaps, just perhaps, with a more independent foreign policy and with a Prime Minister able to stand up to an American President, we may be able to divert more of our resources internally and not have to worry so much about the threats from abroad. Perhaps, just perhaps, with British involvement in Afghanistan brought to an end, our security at home may be much improved.

We must live in hope.

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Written by curly

January 21, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Times journo prevented from taking photograph

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No photography

Stop!

Picture by Sam Coates

Sam was on a public road in London, John Adam Street, parallel to the Strand, where a production team were filming Peter Morgan’s latest work “The Special Relationship”. They intend to make it look like Downing Street and when Sam tried to take a snap of the scene he was threatened with the police.

Not remotely similar to my experience 16 months ago?

Of course it is, and we should all cry “Stop!” before the interfering busy bodies in society ensure that nothing of our age is recorded for future generations to enjoy.

Ironically, seeing as they were making another film about Tony and Cherie Blair and their relationships with American Presidents, the incident (if filmed) would have added a touch of realism and reminded future generations of the way in which NuLabour have relentlessly removed civil liberties from our island population since the inception of the TWAT (The War Against Terror) under the urging of G. W. Bush.

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Written by curly

July 30, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Arrested for being almost six feet tall.

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Chatham High Street photographer arrested

This is an outrage not dissimilar to this, and it illustrates perfectly how we have meekly allowed our freedoms and rights to be stolen by the Blair/Brown regime in the interests of TWAT (The War Against Terror) . I cannot believe that a policewoman can assert that she felt threatened by a man with a camera because he was 5’11” and only 12 stone in weight, despite her being assisted by a number of other officers and plain clothed unidentified individuals.

Just when, exactly, are some police officers and council employees going to thoroughly understand that amateur photography is a hobby and that it provides us with a social documentary of the life and times that we live in, something which future generationes will pore over with interest?  What surprises me is that so few people with mobile phones glued to their ears are stopped and searched by police under counter terrorism legislation to ascertain if the phone is capable of detonating an IED (improvised explosive device) – no, no, it’s always the poor guy with an SLR camera who gets stopped and searched.

I hope Alex gets full redress, a full apology, and some form of compensation, I note that he says he’s been stopped a dozen times in his area, I’m lucky to have only been stopped once, and it isn’t a pleasant experience.

Obviously the Met’s advice hasn’t percolated a few miles down the road to Kent yet.

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Written by curly

July 16, 2009 at 9:31 am

Who is your friend?

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The government wants to know

Millions of Britons who use social networking sites such as Facebook could soon have their every move monitored by the Government and saved on a “Big Brother” database.

Something tells me that NuLabour are becoming increasingly paranoid over the terrorist threat, apart from giving three hours of training to 60000 civilian watchdogs to combat the threat they now plan to find out who your friends are, who you are following, who you send private messages to, who is in your address book, and whereabouts in South Shields you send you send your stuff from, whether it’s at home, an internet cafe, or via a wifi hotspot. They may as well install a CCTV camera in every living room to see what we are getting up to and to monitor our keystrokes.

Have they no concept of privacy, personal freedom, liberty, and respect for the individual?

How long before it comes to this and the knock on the door from “Jackboot” Jacqui’s private army? We are a nation under surveillance.

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Written by curly

March 25, 2009 at 12:44 pm

The War Against Terror

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Effective policing?

Via Centre Right

Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 allows the police to stop and search people.  In 2008:

  • Number of people stopped nationwide by British Transport Police using section 44: 160,000
  • Number of people stopped in London by the Metropolitan Police using section. 44: 200,000
  • Number of people amongst the 360,000 stopped under section. 44 and found to have any terrorist material or links: 0

Probably another case of “being seen to be doing something”

Question – I wonder which sections of the community were most vulnerable to a stop and search?

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Written by curly

February 9, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Posted in Big Brother, Blogging, Crime, Freedom, liberty

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