When Was Iraq A Better Place?

The Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War of 2003 will now not report its findings until 2016. That, of course, is quite disgraceful. The great and the good who were concerned in promoting the Iraq War desire the war to be treated as history rather than current affairs. The longer the inquiry lasts the less possibility there is of any key people in the decision making ever being called to account for their actions or face any proceedings that justice may require. Continue reading

Mr Bush and his water board

Mr Bush has written his book. In the grand tradition of underpaid public servants this former President of the United States is publicising his book by having parts of it serialised in newspapers. His Presidency in my view was characterised by cowardice and bullying. He allowed himself to be hidden from sight when the Twin Towers were blown up, until he was advised that it was safe to emerge. This is not the action of a brave man. He also punished Iraq for something that Iraq did not do, claiming that Iraq was involved in the Twin Towers and owned threatening but unspecified weapons of mass destruction. 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

Do we really believe in Climate Change?

I have called this series of posts “Ideas for the Environment” because the starting point for all environmental protection and preservation has to be from ideas.  We are making a mess of our children’s inheritance and are self negligent trustees of what we administer for future generations. Continue reading

We pay members of Parliament to solve problems, not to smear people

Politics is a strange world and I do not understand it. Somewhat naively, I had believed what politicians told me when they said that they had entered politics for public service. These days you do see many poor politicians. I suppose that you may enter a job in order to serve and get a great deal of money for it. The two things are not directly inconsistent but they are bed mates that lie uneasy together. Continue reading

The great persuader and climate change policies

Someone who consults for JP Morgan Chase and Co and also for the Zurich Insurance Group is trying to persuade countries like China to drastically cut their carbon emissions. You may ask what JP Morgan Chase & Co and the Zurich Insurance Group have done themselves to cut carbon emissions; the answer is not very much.

When you understand that the consultant in question is none other than Tony Blair you might be even more puzzled.Mr Blair was Prime Minister for ten years and during that time he had plenty of opportunities to legislate for the UK to cut carbon emissions. He did nothing of the sort. Although during his period of leadership the UK’s carbon emissions did fall marginally, the fall was really due to Mrs Thatcher’s fight with the coal mining unions Continue reading