"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 Sgt John MacAleese. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sgt John MacAleese. Show all posts

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Blast From The Past

Quite literally. This is in memory of Sgt John MacAleese who led the SAS team that ended the siege at the Iranian Embassy thirty-one years ago.  I'm sure it wasn't the only brave act he did in his life but it's the only one the BBC have captured on film.



The video is age-restricted by YouTube but there are many more shorter clips and longer documentaries if you want to delve. I chose this one because it also shows the change in delivery of BBC News over thirty years.

Daily Telegraph obituary

As an aside, I can't see this happening today. No recent Prime Minister has had the bottle and the BBC has become an interpreter of news rather than a reporter.



Sgt MacAleese comforts his family as his son's body passes through Wootton Bassett in 2009.

Sunday Round-up

The Sunday papers seem to be doing a re-run of April Fool's Day today and, as usual, it's read-the-small-print time.

Potential recruits to the EDL are being targeted by security forces in the same way as those under the influence of Islamic extremism.

Zil lanes revealed for Olympics 2012.
  • Along the Olympic routes all non-Olympic traffic, including private cars, lorries, buses and taxis, will have to use the bus lane. The outside lane will be reserved for Olympic officials.
  • Transport chiefs will remove pedestrian crossings along the route to make way for the VIP lanes.
  • Right turns will be banned on junctions on the route to ensure traffic does not hold up the Olympic dignitaries.
The DfID lose millions on the currency markets. Conservatives still blaming Labour.

Want an interest-free loan? Become an MP.

Group of doctors won't give up on judicial challenge on government refusal to hold Dr David Kelly inquest.

The future of the Union: Scottish writers give their opinions. 'I want Scotland to be Scottish through and through. I hate to hear English accents in the shops there'.

Housing development companies are sitting on land to await changes to the Planning laws. Much of it is on Green Belt and currently lacks planning permission.

Energy companies buy US mobile radar systems to overcome military objections to wind farms.

Fail. Labour's plan of attack on Cameron - to label him "right-wing". Are they deaf and blind as well as daft.

Nothing here we didn't already know - but Cameron apparently had no idea of the scale when he made his so-called 'pledge'. New pumps for petrol stations:

'Already, the sheer volume of new rules from the EU has forced David Cameron to abandon his plan to make departments scrap a regulation every time they want to introduce a new one.'
Financial meltdown is a "beneficial crisis":
It might come as a surprise, then, after such turmoil in the financial world and the ugly riots in the streets of Athens, to realise that in the eyes of those Eurocrats who inhabit the Brussels bubble, things are going pretty well.

That’s because the present euro crisis is an inevitable consequence of a deliberate choice. For them it is all part of a greater long-term project: a ‘beneficial crisis’ that will help hasten their ultimate goal of a federal European state.
The Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders Bill will be debated next month and promises tougher measures against convicts.

£1m benefit fraudster & illegal immigrant can't be deported back to Nigeria because of his Human Rights.

Smith's husband in touting for work row as his 'Consultancy' offers to work for MPs.

Smith's consultancy work includes one-to-one mentoring and should be reported under the Trades Description Act for also offering: "witty, thoughtful and intelligent after dinner speeches”.

Curiosity stirred and questions raised about Mandelson's business dealings as he does a Blair.

Supermarket managers to be sent into potential riot areas to provide guidance & assistance.

Finding it hard to feel sympathy for this one: Rioters targeted by other prisoners

Rubber bullets used on French revellers in Spain but the article still blames the Brits.

America Live updates on Irene.

One liners:
No chat please, we're nurses
Health & Safety hits Windsor Castle
Infantilism and emotional claptrap
Welsh: "an appalling and moribund monkey language, which hasn't had a new noun since the Middle Ages"
£80 fine for "attack" with foam string

******
Sgt John McAleese, RIP

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