"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Showing posts with label BP. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BP. Show all posts

Monday, 21 February 2011

Blood For Resources

I'm cheating a bit this morning - I posted these photos of Gadaffi being feted by the internationalistas last September.

This post isn't intended to condone or excuse the questionable dealings with Libya  (I'm with Kampfner on this one); it's intended to highlight the hypocrisy of other nations pointing the finger. Who remembers this record US/Saudi arms deal?  To paraphrase Cameron: They're all in it together.

US/UN 'condemn' UK
US accuses UK
Kampfner article: UK always happy to oblige

The EU

Friday, 2 July 2010

The 4th Estate

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow

I don't know why I like the prose of Shakespeare; I just do.  On a very superficial reading the quote above could cast The Times as 'fools' for introducing their paywall.  I'll miss it  because it was my favourite newspaper and I've been reduced to trawling the Independent, the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Daily Mail for daily 'news'.  One good thing to come out of it is that I've realised how much I don't want to read the Daily Mail, ever again.

It isn't just the headlines, which smack of sensationalism and usually have no bearing on the content of the article, it's the comments too.  Prior to the election most of the comments seemed to be quite sensible - along the lines of 'Labour Out', 'Brown's a mong', etc but since the coalition has been in govt the tenor of the comments has changed.  They're either bewailing the loss of Brown, raging against the coalition or just downright argumentative.  And quite a few want to bring back capital punishment!

Gypsies on your land?   Hang'em.
Do you have an MP?  Hang'em.
Traffic warden given you a ticket?  Hang'em.
Squirrels ate your canary?  Hang'em.

It has to be said that some of the comments are funny and show that the English sense of humour hasn't died (as Clegg now knows).  Fat people and lifestyles of 'slebs' I've never heard of seem to be quite prominent too.  The DM is always telling people how not to behave and what not to eat whilst simultaneously promoting it.  They hold people up for ridicule - nothing escapes their telephoto lens and probably the best reason for giving up on the DM is that I now know who Christine Bleakley and Lady Gaga are.  Sad to say but I've also seen Frank Lampard's pecs and Wayne and Collette's Caribbean hideaway.

This is what you've missed from today's DM:

Trench warfare
Comment: "Gordon Brown would not have allowed this. Shame on the coalition."
Comment: "This is a good idea. If some parents won't feed their kids properly then they should be forced to do it."

On the other hand, perhaps I'm being too harsh; sometimes they report what other newspapers won't.

What's happened to London?
More sensationalism for every failed 'Bond'

The DM isn't alone in this tendency to sensationalise.  In other papers today:

Big print: Actors attack girls' school that wanted gay scenes cut.  Small print:  it was gay rape
Big print: Brits are all fat, doped up and ugly.  Small print: Life expectancy continues to rise
Big print: 'Leading watchdog' says "tear your teabags".  Small print: You're drinking glue

Here's a headline to remind us that we're not alone:
Kissing in cars, feeding stray cats & building sandcastles all banned in Italy

I'll save the serious stuff:
Blair was warned of long-term damage to our Armed Forces
John Yates is a prat
Blair's buddy Browne bears more blame than Hayward, and
Wythenshawe Hospital for another day.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

By The Pricking Of My Thumbs

Something wicked this way comes:

Muammar Gaddafi: "You were on the table in all commercial, oil and gas agreements that we supervised in that period. You were on the table in all British interests when it came to Libya, and I personally supervised this matter. Also, during the visits of the previous prime minister, Tony Blair.”

Saif Gaddafi: “Frankly, we did a lot of work, secret and public, which involved all parties and took years. The work was constant to get your release.”

Mandelson: "The idea that the British government and the Libyan government would sit down and somehow barter over the freedom or the life of this Libyan prisoner and make it form part of some business deal .... it's not only wrong, it's completely implausible and actually quite offensive,"

Brown: "There was no conspiracy, no cover-up, no double-dealing, no deal on oil, no attempt to instruct Scottish ministers, no private assurances by me to Colonel Gaddafi."

Straw:  "Yes, [it was] a very big part of that. I'm unapologetic about that … Libya was a rogue state."We wanted to bring it back into the fold. And yes, that included trade because trade is an essential part of it and subsequently there was the BP deal."
More here.

The Times also has this:
Richard Paniguian: “There have been high-level political interventions, often behind the scenes, in places like Libya, Oman, India and Algeria,” the head of UKTI DSO said. “The key here is consistent support over time, delivered at key points in a campaign.”

The behind-the-scenes manoevrings have also paved the way for British arms sales to Libya. Arms sales?   To Libya?  I despair at the collective loss of marbles displayed by the British establishment.  It should be noted though that: "Mr Straw’s office said that it had no record of such contact, even though the firm has strong links to his Blackburn constituency."

March 2004 Tony Blair visits Libya to seal its re-entry into the international community. Shell signs oil exploration contract. EU lifts arms exports ban later.
May 2007 Blair visits again and agrees prisoner transfer plan. BP signs near-billion-dollar oil deal with Libya.
October-December 2007 Jack Straw is lobbied by BP over prisoner deal; decides he cannot exempt al-Megrahi because of UK’s “overwhelming interests”.
May 2008 Libya ratifies BP deal.
May 2009 Libya applies for al-Megrahi’s transfer.
August 2009 Scottish government rejects application for transfer, citing decade-old deal betwen UK and US that he serve sentence in Britain. Instead, it releases him on compassionate grounds.

Whatever it is that's going on it isn't for the benefit of the people, nor is it in the long-term interests of peace and stability in the world.

Friday, 4 September 2009

A Thousand Words In A Few Photos

This news item is the mark of the nutjob they're all tripping over themselves to shake hands with and clinch lucrative oil deals: Gaddafi to propose Switzerland break-up to UN on 23rd of this month.  It's laughably pathetic.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

al-Megrahi Backlash Continues

The fiasco surrounding the release of al-Megrahi continues on both sides of the Atlantic and the people are now being conflated with politicians. An editorial in the New York Daily News says:
"It is Gordon Brown who has given grounds to believe that today's British are a cowardly, unprincipled, amoral and duplicitous lot .  Because he is all of those."
They're half right: Brown is cowardly, unprincipled, amoral and duplicitous but I think it's overkill to tar a whole nation with the same brush.

The editorial continues:
"Can he remain in power having been revealed as at least complicit in an atrocious miscarriage of justice and breach of faith? That will be up to the Brits, but on this side of the Atlantic it is inconceivable that an elected official would have a snowball's chance after sanctioning an oil-for-terrorist deal.

"Surely Brown can hardly survive the revelation that his government assured Libya that the prime minister did not want the Lockerbie bomber to die in prison... As for the "special relationship" between the US and Britain, the storied alliance built on the resolve of World War II and carried on through Thatcher and Blair, through Iraq and Afghanistan: It is, in a word, gone.

"Brown's maneuverings to get into the good graces of Libyan mass murderer Moammar Khadafy broke the bond between America and the Blessed Plot beyond his ability to repair it. That work will fall to someone else, someone who values human life more than commercial expediency, someone who is stalwart rather than a sneak, someone true to his pronouncements."
I think the bond between America and Britain goes back much further than WW2; it reaches back to the Pilgrims and the Mayflower and nothing, not even our unscrupulous Prime Minister, can break that bond, though, God knows, the Labour left have always done their best.

Elsewhere in the same paper, they're running a poll which makes unpleasant reading:

Do you believe the Anglo-American alliance will survive the latest political storm?
Yes. The bond between the two nations is strong = 48%
No. What Gordon Brown did was unforgivable = 52%

Brown, his government and the Labour Party have long been a national liability and now we're being painted as international pariahs, ready to sell our collective soul to the devil in exchange for lucrative business contracts.
Further links:
A photo of al-Megrahi in hospital with oxygen mask, nasal tube and glasses, apparently only hours from death.
Gaddafi is told "not to exult" at UN meeting in 3 weeks' time
The Wall Street Journal has a less emotional response.
Finally, this video from Fox News:

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Brown Can't Avoid Lockerbie/Libya

This is going to run and run.  Clegg & Cameron won't let it drop and neither will the msm.  Ollie at The Red Rag has added his own thoughts to the Sky video below but I don't think the US administration will come out of this smelling of roses either.  I'm being asked to believe that the Americans knew nothing about it and didn't give a nod and a wink to al-Megrahi's release and  I just don't buy it.
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