Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Funnily enough Sir Iain Dale has thus far not posted the following re the Tory Candidate Liz Truss whose candidacy has been referred back to her local Committee because she did not disclose an affair she had had some while back.
Some, including Dave (2) Davis take the view that it was none of the Tory selectors' business.
I wonder if he makes any point about Ms Truss' civil liberties, as he had been wont to refer to such at the slightest provocation I recall. While propriety is in question various matters of interest arise relating to these gents. Did Davis refer to the roles of Sir Iain Dale and Derek Conway in his leadership bid a while back? I recall that Conway, who is to go at the general election because of the scandal he caused, and Davis shared a donor, and that, when this was mooted in the press Davis recalled that a letter he had written to the PM some way back had not been replied to and felt he should draw the matter to the nation's attention. Loudly. So that the matter of the donor dropped out of sight like a ring into a fire. Mr Conway no longer is referred to in WIKI in his leadership campaign role for Mr Davis..
Old chums, eh?
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
- I gather Chameleon and his "Cheap at any Price" Shadow Ministers are calling on Baroness Scotland
- to walk . . or be sacked.
- Now it was David Chameleon himself who asked fellow Bullingdon Boris Johnson to stand in the "Open Primary" London Conservatives used to select the celebrity to become their candidate in the PR stunt London's third mayoral election became.
- He has the greatest faith in Bojo. Bojo has had to sack 3 Deputy Mayors for various reasons: suspected racist blethering, very big fiddle of expenses with the plod banging on the door AND . . .
- Appx day 2 of Bojo's mayoralcy he took Ray Lewis on. No checks, no pack drill squire . . . When the press & etc found that he had lied about being a magistrate & etc and was suspected of financial shennanigans WHO WALKED?
- Bojo still Bozo i/c my city . . . . .
- Looking to recruit a Deputy Mayor to restore Red Ken would be wise . . .
- Those conservative commentators who feared Bojo's example would put people off voting for "call me Dave" will likely be proved right in time.
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Monday, 24 August 2009
Here is the full text of Mr Megrahi's statement, taken from the BBC News website:
I am obviously very relieved to be leaving my prison cell at last and returning to Libya, my homeland.
I would like to first of all take the opportunity to extend my gratitude to the many people of Scotland, and elsewhere, who have sent me their good wishes.
I bear no ill will to the people of Scotland; indeed, it is one of my regrets that I have been unable to experience any meaningful aspect of Scottish life, or to see your country.
To the staff in HM Prison Greenock, and before that at HM Prison Barlinnie, I wish to express thanks for the kindness that they were able to show me.
For those who assisted in my medical and nursing care; who tried to make my time here as comfortable as possible, I am of course grateful.
My legal team has worked tirelessly on my behalf; I wish to thank Advocates Margaret Scott QC, Jamie Gilchrist QC, Shelagh McCall and Martin Richardson together with the team at Taylor & Kelly, for all of their gallant efforts in my bid to clear my name.
I know they share, in no small measure, my disappointment about the abandonment of my appeal.
Many people, including the relatives of those who died in, and over, Lockerbie, are, I know, upset that my appeal has come to an end; that nothing more can be done about the circumstances surrounding the Lockerbie bombing.
I share their frustration. I had most to gain and nothing to lose about the whole truth coming out - until my diagnosis of cancer.
To those victims' relatives who can bear to hear me say this: they continue to have my sincere sympathy for the unimaginable loss that they have suffered.
To those who bear me ill will, I do not return that to you.
And, lastly, I must turn to my conviction and imprisonment.
To be incarcerated in a far off land, completely alien to my way of life and culture has been not only been a shock but also a most profound dislocation for me personally and for my whole family.
I have had many burdens to overcome during my incarceration.
I had to sit through a trial which I had been persuaded to attend on the basis that it would have been scrupulously fair.
In my second, most recent, appeal I disputed such a description.
I had to endure a verdict being issued at the conclusion of that trial which is now characterised by my lawyers, and the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, as unreasonable.
To me, and to other right thinking people back at home in Libya, and in the international community, it is nothing short of a disgrace.
As a result of my surrender, and that judgment of the Court, I had to spend over 10 years in prison.
I cannot find words in my language or yours that give proper expression to the desolation I have felt. This horrible ordeal is not ended by my return to Libya.
It may never end for me until I die. Perhaps the only liberation for me will be death.
And I say in the clearest possible terms, which I hope every person in every land will hear: all of this I have had to endure for something that I did not do.
The remaining days of my life are being lived under the shadow of the wrongness of my conviction.
I have been faced with an appalling choice: to risk dying in prison in the hope that my name is cleared posthumously or to return home still carrying the weight of the guilty verdict, which will never now be lifted.
The choice which I made is a matter of sorrow, disappointment and anger, which I fear I will never overcome.
I say goodbye to Scotland and shall not return. My time here has been very unhappy and I do not leave a piece of myself. But to the country's people I offer my gratitude and best wishes.
Clegg cannot keep out of anywhere he imagines there is an act to participate in. Desperate.
He is not alone, Martin Kettle of the Tory Guardian is another. And John Redwood, desperately trying to convince that he is more active than Chameleon.
Al-Megrahi was tried in Scottish jurisdiction, or he would not have been tried at all: had Jack Straw or Gordon Brown taken the decision from the hands of the Scot Nat Justice Minister Clegg and Kettle would have made the welkin ring, harshly.
If the Scots in whose jurisdiction al-Megrahi was incarcerated decided to exercise mercy, then, not only were they right but no-one has the right to insist otherwise. And doing what is right in the face of all sorts of American led hypocrisy , past and present, remains right. Obama, to his credit has not led the american song and dance, simply disagreed with the decision.
And there is no good reason for HMG to enter into the matter, expressing what inevitably would be different opinions. No need to form one. Quite right to support the Scottish, as they have. Fraternal.
Brown may very well await any sort of thank you from the principal scunner Salmond of course.
I hope Scots fighting in Afghanistan will make their feelings about any economic boycott known.
As I have repeatedly suggested it is the contradictions over Health policy and much else which makes Cameron's Party losers.
It is plain that in government Hannan, Carswell and perhaps a majority of new entry MPs would be against the commitments Cameron has uttered.
Now still more tories are saying there must be cuts in the NHS, while Cameron has unequivocally insisted he would bring year on year increases.
Ergo, if elected he will be forced into resignation, as soon as there is a crisis presented in the Billionaire media in a convincing way, so that his promises are ditched with him . . . . If he can get elected, as he rightly fears he may not, according to Tim Montgomerie, who should know.
Osborne or Johnson or some more capable scunner like Hannan (pictured) would then do the Billionaires' bidding: cut expenditure on all but security, cut taxes, sell assets below market value. No pursuit of Billionaires into their tax havens. Oh, he might get to play at "localism" too . . .