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Those files again

It’s incredible how some people manage to leave lots of files around for people to find that
will convict them of war crimes and how others seem to manage to hide them.

This morning’s Observer had front page coverage

Muammar Gaddafi war crimes files revealed
Rebels find documents implicating Libyan leader in war crimes, and hold them for International Criminal Court investigators

Chris Stephen - Observer 18th June 2011

Just to take one quote

The order, from Youssef Ahmed Basheer Abu Hajar, states bluntly: "It is absolutely forbidden for supply cars, fuel and other services to enter the city of Misrata from all gates and checkpoints."

Presumably it would not be reasonable to compare this type of activity to say
the sanctions imposed on Iraq in the years before the Iraq invasion


Israel’s embargo on Palestine


Exactly what did happen in Faluja?

We just don't trust you!

We don’t trust you

And who would???

You say we can’t afford it.

The pensions are gold plated.

People working for the private sector.

They don’t get as good as this.

Well, there’s the rub.

So we have to be treated as badly as they are??

Or perhaps...........?

and lest we forget

Odd how little Francis Maude talks about rhodium-plated pensions
The irresponsibility of public sector workers has been laid bare by an MP who really knows about taxpayer-funded excess

And so to a mere taster of their perks. Just 15 years' work could build up a pension of £24,000, a recent FT assessment noted, whereas private sector employees would have to amass £700,000 to generate the same income when they retire at 65. Taxpayers contribute three times more to this group's pensions than its members do themselves. And should they die, their spouses receive a lump sum of four times their annual salary, and an annual income of five-eighths of their pension.

When they return to the gold plated delights of an average £3-4000 pension we might begin to take this seriously. Although for fifteen years work it would be a lot less I suspect.

Marina Hyde - Guardian 17/06/2011

or those 100 CEO’s snaffle145 x times the median wage. and have the pensions to go with it.

A pretty poor push!?

‘A pretty poor push’
G20 police officer tells Tomlinson inquest: 'I was amazed he fell'
PC Simon Harwood says he gave newspaper seller 'a very poor push' to move him away from police line during G20 protests

Sam Jones and Paul Lewis - Guardian 05/04/2011

‘The fuckers got me’

Ian Tomlinson's last words revealed at G20 inquest
'The fuckers got me' said newspaper seller as he collapsed after being knocked down by riot policeman, court hears

Paul Lewis - Guardian 07/04/2011


This is defiantly obstructing a police line.

Ian Tomlinson inquest hears barrister accuse G20 officer of lying on oath
PC Simon Harwood back-tracks on claim that Ian Tomlinson had been acting 'defiantly' at G20 protests

Sam Jones and Paul Lewis - Guardian 06/04/2011


To be unBritish

It is unBritish to want a fairer voting system
So says the PM who has no parliamentary mandate.
Reminding us of the
‘miserable little compromise’
Nicholas Clegg
was forced to make
for a
‘miserable bit of power’

An old British Trick

"Suddenly you're not helping somebody into sustainable employment,
which is what you're employed to do,"
he said.
"You're looking for ways to trick your customers into 'not looking for work’.”
That should be unBritish
But no
I've seen dyslexic customers given written job searches,
and when they don't produce them –
what a surprise – they're sanctioned.

John Domokos - Guardian 01/04/11)

And to crown it all
Feminism is the
‘single biggest factor’
for the lack of social mobility.
So says David Willets
The Universities Minister

Helene Mulholland - Guardian 01/04/11)

They really want to turn the clock back these people.
So we can all doff and curtsy.

But perhaps its just April Fool


Anyone for tea blobs??

The things we do.

Suddenly, there was a monstrous explosion: "a thundering, fulminating sound," says Abuelaish, that penetrated his body, almost as if it were coming from within him. There was a blinding flash, and then it was pitch dark. Dust everywhere, the struggle to breathe, the sound of a child screaming: these are the things he remembers, and always will. In the next few moments, it dawned on him that a shell had hit his daughters' bedroom. He ran towards it. "I saw everything," he says. "My children in parts. A decapitated head. And Shatha in front of me, with her eye on her cheek." The room was now a heaped mess of school books, dolls and body parts. Mayar, Aya, and his niece, Noor, were dead, their limbs strewn about the place as carelessly as their toys. Shatha was bleeding profusely from her hand, one finger hanging by a thread. Then came a second blast. This took Bessan. Ghaida, his brother Atta's daughter, who had run up the stairs from their apartment towards the noise, lay on the floor, wounds all over her body. Abuelaish looked at all this, and inside him, something stirred. A desire to fight pushed his shock, which should have been so paralysing, out of the way with unexpected force. "I thought: what can I do? And I started moving, fast. I thought of Shatha. I didn't want her to be blind, to lose her fingers. I didn't want that. Then I looked at my son. He has lost his sisters. Now what is he going to do? How can I protect him? Is he going to be an extremist, to be crazy, to hate the world?" These thoughts, he insists, are not retrospective. Truly. His brain was working overtime. "I started to think. What can I do for those who are living?"

Gaza doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish: '"We saved lives," I told the children. "Your sisters' blood wasn't wasted'''
Two years ago, Israeli shells fell on Dr Abuelaish's family home in Gaza, killing three of his young daughters and their cousin. The horror was caught live on Israeli TV when the doctor phoned his broadcaster friend. Amazingly, the loss did not embitter Izzeldin Abuelaish. Instead he decided his girls' deaths must not be in vain – and slowly he has turned his family tragedy into a force for peace

Rachel Cooke - Observer 16/01/2011

Is this a glimmer?


Maurice Glasman – the peer plotting Labour's new strategy from his flat
Labour insiders think Glasman could provide the intellectual basis for an assault on David Cameron's 'big society'

Toby Helm & Julian Coman - Observer 16/01/2011

Burning the deadwood of Parliament

A nice warm fire
On a cold winter’s day
An acrid tang
of smouldering
parliamentary deadwood.

Save our forests
from a fire sale.

Forest of Dean protesters fight big woodland selloff
More than 3,000 people at rally pledge to defend 'the people's' trees from what they fear will be corporate land grab

John Vidal - Guardian 03/01/11

Forest of Dean selloff angers locals
More than 3,000 people at rally pledge to defend 'the people's' trees in the area between the rivers Severn and Wye from what they fear will be corporate land grab • Forest of Dean protesters fight big woodland selloff
Watch the Houses of Parliament Burn