Blair’s Mein Kampf

Mr Blair has written a biography. I have no intention of buying it. Mr Blair is publicising his book under strict conditions. He will not write a dedication for a reader; I am sure that he does not want to talk or associate with mere mortals. I do not know what the rules are about shaking hand with some of his adoring public. Continue reading

A modern mask of anarchy

I like poetry, but I am not particularly fond of the Romantic Poets or of one of their most famous people Percy Bysshe Shelley. Shelly lived for only thirty years, dying fashionably young. He wrote one poem called the Mask of Anarchy about the Peterloo Massacre, in Manchester. The poem speaks against those that Shelly thought were responsible for the deaths of people in a very fledging trade union movement, who were mistakenly and unnecessarily killed by soldiers.

These days we have progressed; we can kill far more people than we could two hundred years ago, more efficiently and with greater carelessness. That set me wondering whether I could adapt Shelley’s work for the modern era. Continue reading

Mr Blair’s Charitable Gift

Mr Blair has, through a spokesman, announced that he will donate the profits and advance payments that arise from his memoirs to the British Legion, who will use the money towards a rehabilitation centre for badly wounded and damaged soldiers. The gift is stated to be £4 million but, I believe after taking into account the tax that Mr Blair would have paid had he not made the gift, the loss to Mr Blair is £2 million, still an immense sum. Continue reading

Manningham Buller, Chilcot and reasons for the war against Iraq

The Chilcot Inquiry rumbles on and almost lost in the news was the rather important evidence given by the former head of MI5, Ms Manningham-Buller on 20th July. She said that going to war in Iraq increased the terror threat in the United Kingdom, she had to ask for her budget to be doubled to meet the increased terror threat, the war had “radicalised” young Muslims and opened the door for Osama Bin Laden to operate in Iraq. All this was made known to Mr Blair at the time and it actually should not come as a surprise to anyone. Continue reading

Putting soldiers on trial

The publication of the report by Lord Saville into the events of 30th January 1072 in Northern Ireland, in which 14 innocent civilians exercising their right to protest peacefully were killed, comes on a day when the deaths of two more British soldiers in Helmund were reported. The two events show the dilemma that soldiers face. Continue reading

BP and their environmental record

After the hurricane came the plague of oil. Accidents will happen, but they seem to happen far too frequently in the oil industry and in the coal industry. BP, proudly “beyond petroleum” has shown us just how far beyond petroleum BP now lies. World oil production is about sixty three million barrels a day but today it seems that 5,000 barrels a day are leaking into the Gulf of Mexico from a BP facility. An oil slick threatens the coast of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi and not just threatens wildlife and sea plants but will also almost certainly decimate the fishing industry at a time when fish should be spawning, rather than dying from unrefined oil seeping into their gills and suffocating them. Continue reading

Goldman Sachs – your dedicated financial advisor

The world is slowly beginning to understand that if you allow a key industry or service to be controlled by a handful of enterprises, they will compete against the public interest rather than compete against each other. In the United Kingdom there are a handful of energy companies selling precisely the same products at virtually the same prices. The differences between them do not make a market. Continue reading