Saturday, 26 May 2018

State of Policing. Or Police State?

Britain Aping Israel on the back of Zionist-Inspired Terrorism?

When did the British public agree to this fundamental change in the philosophy and practice of British policing?

Peter Hitchens takes a swipe at the "swaggering gunmen" here:

"I was brought up in a country which was actively proud that its police were not armed. Now I am told that rural police are to be armed on the excuse that this will guard our shires against terrorism. It is a pretext. It just means that, like everywhere else, our police will routinely have firearms. This will be the end of Britain as it was."

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Friday, 25 May 2018


Australia and the Netherlands have declared their intention to hold the Russian Federation responsible for its role in the downing of the plane.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:
I would like once again to offer my condolences to the families and friends of those so tragically killed by the downing of flight MH17 on 17 July 2014, and to thank the Joint Investigation Team for its painstaking work. It is vital that this work continues towards prosecution. The 298 people, including 10 British nationals, who lost their lives in such horrific circumstances, deserve justice.
Earlier investigations, by both the Joint Investigation Team and the Dutch Safety Board, concluded that the aircraft was brought down by a Russian-made Buk missile system, launched from within territory held by Russian-backed separatist groups. Thanks to the thorough and professional work of the investigators, we now know that that missile belonged to the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Military Brigade of the Russian army.
The Kremlin believes it can act with impunity. The Russian Government must now answer for its actions in relation to the downing of MH17. The UK fully supports Australia and the Netherlands in their request to the Russian Federation to accept state responsibility, and to cooperate with them in their efforts to deliver justice for the victims of this tragedy.
Instead of seeking to undermine the investigation through the deluge of disinformation we have seen from Russia about MH17 in the past, the Russian Federation must fulfil its obligations under UN Security Council resolution 2166 to provide any requested assistance to the investigation. To do otherwise would be a violation of the UN’s resolution, and to deny the families the justice they seek for their loved ones.
This is an egregious example of the Kremlin’s disregard for innocent life. The international community has witnessed this irresponsible and destabilising pattern of behaviour in Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, in its fomenting of conflict in eastern Ukraine which has led to the death of over 10,300 people, and in its shielding of President Assad’s brutal regime as he uses chemical weapons against his own people.
The UK will continue to offer its full support to the efforts of the Joint Investigation Team, the Dutch and Australian authorities and other grieving nations to deliver accountability for this terrible act and justice for all those who died.

Derek Thomas, MP (St Ives) on Syrian bombing and National Planning Framework (NPF) with replies.

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"Targeted action taken to degrade and destroy the capacity of the Syrian dictator to use chemical weapons." 

Dear Tim,

Thank you for writing to me about the targeted action taken to degrade and destroy the capacity of the Syrian dictator to use chemical weapons.

I understand the concern about the use of force and the dangers of escalation but I believe the Prime Minister was right to take the action that she did.

Sadly we know that inaction in the face of the use of chemical weapons has consequences. We have witnessed a significant escalation in the use of these horrific weapons use, now including their deployment by Russia on the streets of Britain. Chemical weapons pose a real and terrible threat to us all and it was absolutely necessary to make it clear that their use will no longer go unpunished.

The chemical weapons Convention came into force in 1997 - building on the 1925 Geneva protocol which banned the use of chemical and biological weapons in war.

The chemical weapons Convention went further in aiming to eliminate a whole category of weapons of mass destruction by prohibiting the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention, transfer or use of chemical weapons by state parties.

These weapons present a grave threat to all humanity; their effects are particularly horrific and indiscriminate. Liquids droplets of nerve agents can be readily absorbed through the skin and will potentially affect anyone coming into contact with them. They can be transferred to others giving first-aid unless suitably protected and can be persistent in the environment, continuing the threat for days or in some cases weeks as is now demonstrated by ongoing traces of nerve agent in Salisbury.

They not only target their intended victims but create further casualties in a way designed to spread maximum distress and to degrade the resources emergency services. Those who die do so in the most distressing manner.

This was not an isolated incident. In April 2017 in the rebel held town of Khan Shaykhun in north-western Syria there was well documented use of the highly lethal nerve agent, sarin and this was confirmed following a UN led investigation. The leadership panel of the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons sent a letter to the UN Secretary General summarising in its conclusions that it was confident that the Syrian Arab Republic was responsible for the release of sarin during the attack. The conclusions of the Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic to the human rights council of the UN in September 2017 make for the most distressing reading. The commission documented 25 incidents of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic between March 2013 and March 2017 of which 20 were perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians.

Those who claim that we must wait for proof from inspectors should read these reports and watch the footage of the aftermath of these atrocities. Whilst we would all prefer action to be sanctioned at the United Nations, this has been repeatedly blocked by Russia using its veto. To insist on a UN resolution would be in effect to hand this decision to Russia and take no action at all.

No one should think this is a distant situation, far from our shores. The deliberate use of a Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury was not an isolated attack, Alexander Litvinyenko was murdered in Britain on the orders of the Kremlin using a lethal radioactive poison in 2006.

I support the humanitarian action to protect civilians in Syria from further use of chemical weapons. I also feel this sends a strong signal to Russia about their own use of these horrific weapons.

Finally, would you be willing to allow me to use your email address to send a newsletter regarding the work I am doing on behalf of West Cornwall and Scilly from time to time? There is an option to unsubscribe should you wish to at any time.

Yours sincerely,

Derek Thomas
Member of Parliament for West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (St Ives)

Derek Thomas, MP.

Dear Derek,

Thank you for this letter regarding the recent American/British/French bombing raids on Syria.

No one doubts the pernicious nature of chemical weapons. It has been apparent since Britain and Germany developed and used them in the First World War. The problem arises in determining when they are deployed now, what they are, and who is responsible. 

Unfortunately there is clear evidence that Western Government, often working covertly, to undeclared objectives, cannot be trusted when it comes to describing events or apportioning blame. Also vis a vis Israel in particular - but we could also think of other 'hot spot'examples - it demonstrates bias and partisanship to an almost disgusting extent. There could be no more glaring example of this than failing to condemn Israel for the recent massacre of unarmed Palestinians or the use of phosphorous bombs and gas against Gaza civilians including children, that has also caused multiple deaths.

I am sorry to say you show a quite naive appreciation of the last Gouta incident, based on images that witnesses have declared were false. Even were gas of some description employed in a pocket, it is far more likely it was deployed by the western-backed mercenaries who were facing defeat, as a propaganda exercise. East Gouta has now been cleared of them, both by military defeat and negotiated evacuation and we shall see if chemical attacks continue after they are gone. Assad's regime is no angel, but he travels freely in the country without armed guards it would appear, and is welcomed back when Al Qaida affililiated terrorists are removed, which is something not achieved by Western leaders even. This must show something. The whole Syria narrative is biased and unreliable.

Now as to the recent attacks on specified chemical weapons targets, you must be able to see how ludicrous it was. Leaving aside the fact that Syrias weapons were destroyed under American supervision five or six years ago, it is clear they were deserted and free of chemicals, or the West itself would have been guilty of the very war crime it was objecting to. Despite costing half a billion pounds of hard earned currency, it proved only that America and its allies could do it and in the process brought us dangerously close to a nuclear holocaust. It was nothing more than Trump grandstanding and gesture politics, in which Britian meekly and illegally tagged along to avoid Macron getting the prized 'special relationship'.

There is no part of the West's policy to the Middle East that has not been discriminatory or a disaster. Britain could and still can, stand up for international law, justice and decency but it blatantly fails to do so. Shame on the Conservative Party. Shame on the Government. Shame on us.

Yours sincerely,

Tim Veater.

"National Planning Framework (NPPF)."

Dear Tim,

Thank you very much for contacting me about the consultation into the National Planning Framework (NPPF).

I am happy to report that changes are being proposed to the NPPF which will strengthen environmental protections to take account of the 25 Year Environmental Plan, published in February. This includes additional policy on strengthening existing networks of wildlife habitats, taking air quality fully into account, clarifying development in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as areas of Heritage Coast.

The Framework also strengthens protection for ancient woodland and other irreplaceable habitats.

The changes have been made after I, together with Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow, met with Housing Minister Dominic Raab who has also agreed to meet with representatives of Wildlife Trusts to discuss these issues.

If the Government is serious about its commitment to leaving the environment in a better state than the one it inherited, there needs to be a coherent, joined-up approach across all policy areas.

I am very grateful to constituents such as yourself who have raised these legitimate concerns with me.

The revised Framework strengthens environmental protections in a number of ways, including by requiring local authorities to improve biodiversity, improve air quality and increase protection for ancient woodland.

There is no doubt that the Government faces huge challenges to provide the housing we all seek and deserve but it should not be at the expense of our environment which is so special to us.

I agree with all the ambitions outlined by the Campaign to Protect Rural England and I will continue to lobby Government to ensure that we have a Planning Framework that protects our unique environment as well as providing the housing that many people need and deserve.

Finally, would you be willing to allow me to use your email address to send a newsletter regarding the work I am doing on behalf of West Cornwall and Scilly from time to time? There is an option to unsubscribe should you wish to at any time.

Yours sincerely,

Derek Thomas
Member of Parliament for West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (St Ives)

Dear Derek, 

Thank you for this. I am pleased you support "strengthened environmental protections". I just wonder how you reconcile this with your support for a new heliport in Penzance, which for me and thousands of others, will do the exact opposite? 

Yours sincerely,

Tim Veater. 

P.S. I append a letter I recently sent to the Cornishman on the subject.

Dear Editor,

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The news from the BBC today (21.5.2018) that the Isles of Scilly Council (IoSC) tried to prevent the first flight of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company (IoSSCo) helicopter landing at St Mary's Airport on its inaugural flight, is but the latest twist in this long-running saga. 

The reason given was the operation had not been subjected to a noise assessment, as had the planned Penzance proposal. This is somewhat ironic as the said report by acoustic experts "WYG", published at the end of Jan. this year, is not without its faults and limitations.

In view of the fact that it was commissioned and presumably paid for by the Tresco Estate, it cannot be viewed as independent and unaffected by bias. In fact it admits as much by stating, 

"This report presents the findings of a noise assessment undertaken in support of a full planning application for the development of a proposed heliport on land to the north of Jelbert Way, Penzance."

In these circumstances its conclusion that, 

"despite a nominal increase in noise levels, it is considered that the effect of maximum of 17 aircraft departures and approaches during the daytime will not create a significant adverse impact." 

and "the proposed development is not expected to have an adverse impact on health or quality of life."

should be treated with extreme caution. I can agree with neither of these assertions.

The "WYG" Report is so full of detailed measurements it is very hard for the layman to make any sense of them. (Perhaps that was the idea!) However one thing is clear, the helicopter, particularly when landing and taking off is very noisy, and this cannot fail to have an intrusive and detrimental impact, particularly where background noise is low. 

Noises above 85 dBA lead to permanent hearing loss. It is also proven to be associated with increased stress, illness and premature death. It is therefore not to be taken lightly. The report admits the helicopter creates 104.1 dBA @ 10 m. This obviously declines with distance but will still be 8.4 dBA  above background levels at best and much more where background levels are lower.
(It should be noted that the decibel scale is logarithmic there is a doubling of pressure every three dBA. This means that at 10 m the noise generated is more than 64 times that at which deafness is caused!) We are not told whether the reference measurements were taken when the helicopter was fully laden. I suspect not.

Seventeen flights a day between the hours of 7.30 am and 7.30 pm are envisaged, that is 34 movements in all, seven days a week, so not even respite on a Sunday! This really is unacceptible.

As we have come to expect, the Cornwall Council appears to be in favour of all and any development, whatever the cost to environment or quality of life. There have been thousands of public submissions, overwhelmingly in support but these come almost exclusively from well-heeled tourists who do not live in the area. The first duty of the Council is to protect the environment and well-being of rate-paying residents.

Besides lacking credibility by virtue of association, the "WYG" report is limited to noise and does not consider all the other safety, pollution, amenity and visual impacts of the proposal. Cornwall Council would be very unwise to rely on it in any regard in its decision making. It is obvious that this application cries out for a thorough and independent Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) which as far as I am aware has not been carried out.

To reintroduce this noisy operation to a residential area of over 20,00 people with even less stringent controls than formerly, would in my view, be nothing short of reckless and negligent!

Yours sincerely,

Tim Veater

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Israeli airstrike hits boat at Gaza port preparing to meet aid flotilla 

Monday, 21 May 2018

The World according to the BBC?

What the BBC defines as "News" on 21st May, 2018.

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What the BBC defines as "News" on 21st May, 2018.

OK. What does BBC consider NEWS today? 1. Deaths Grenfell Tower. Hearing tributes to 72 killed. (Concentrating on deaths NOT causes or responsibility) 2. Rail disruption. Shortage of drivers. New timetable chaos. 3. National security at risk because RUSSIAN corruption. Clamp down on Russia visas costing £2 million. 4. Hawaii eruption lava and toxic gas 5. British woman detained in IRAN. 6. Grenfell again. 7. Chelsea Flower Show. 8. Ariana Grande one year anniversary of Manchester attack. Another child death. Another concert in 2018. Pleading to camera for support for victims of future attacks! 9. Italian politics - who will be new PM? (Little known lawyer?) Russia and illegal immigrants. 10. Venezuela election/economic crisis. 11. Mrs May - computer AI algorithms to prevent cancer deaths. 12. Chelsea flower show (happy story to end) "Distraction to reduce stress!" 13. 25 month elephant pregnancy. 14. Weather. 15. Repeat Grenfell.

So death, death and disaster, plus bad Russians, Iranians and Venezuelans. No hidden agenda there then.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

The Wedding. Which Wedding?

Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
Let me not to the marriage of true minds 
Admit impediments. Love is not love 
Which alters when it alteration finds, 
Or bends with the remover to remove. 
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark 
That looks on tempests and is never shaken; 
It is the star to every wand'ring bark, 
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. 
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks 
Within his bending sickle's compass come; 
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, 
But bears it out even to the edge of doom. 
If this be error and upon me prov'd, 
I never writ, nor no man ever lov'd.

As Richard Morrison helpfully pointed out in the Times, had Ted Heath not modernised and secularised the calender, today would have been 'Whit Saturday'. 'Spring Bank Holiday' doesn't have the same ring or resonance about it somehow.

'Whitson' was/is a Christian festival on the seventh Sunday after Easter but is also buried deep in Judaic history representing fifty days after the Passover. For Christians it celebrates the New Testament account of the Holy Spirit descending on the disciples, and so for many represents the very beginning of of their faith.

Etymologically, the name comes from 'White Sunday' reflecting in part a feature of spring, filled with white blossom, and its links to the Pagan festival of 'Beltane', a commemoration of the return of the sun and time of planting and regeneration; of festivity, music and dancing around the Maypole.

So we see how the modern calender builds on and incorporates these ancient events and belief systems, that today are largely lost to the public imagination, but resurface where ceremony and ritual imposes itself, in which the Royal Family and nation of course excels. 

Is it then any coincidence that the current very symbolic Royal Wedding, between Megan Markle and Harry Windsor, now created the 'Duke and Duchess of Sussex', fell on 'Whit Saturday'? It is not hard to detect the visual allusions in dress and floral displays, particularly the spectacular arrangement around the west door of St George's Chapel as shown in the image above.

There is no doubt that the British have a way of pulling off this type of event, and however cynical or republican we may be, it is hard not to be impressed by the spectacle and precision displayed. 

It would be hard to imagine without the concept of Monarchy, or Monarchy without it. In the British context the two are inseparable. The one is justified and enhanced by the other. Ceremony is the practical manifestation of ethereal belief, which though increasingly unacknowledged, underpins human activity.

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But more impressive is the apparent love and affection shown between the two individuals involved. Without it, as St Paul stated, it would have been merely a 'sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal'. Amidst all the pomp and ceremony, this was a personal manifestation of the love between two humans. The eyes are the 'windows on the soul', and if these eyes said anything, it was that the feelings were genuine and deep. 

Let us hope it was not just transitory theatre and very good acting. If the good will of those present at the ceremony, the thousands in the surrounding streets, and the two billion world wide, is any indication, this should be an enduring and committed relationship. It will certainly remain under the spotlight and scrutiny like no other.

The symbolism was not just Pagan, Judaic and Christian, calling down God's spirit to bless the union, it was in many ways modern and adventurously symbolic for the institution of Monarchy, bridging a gap between nation, class and culture. 

In a sense it confirms the sentiment that 'love conquers all' - can overcome all social and political obstacles. In a largely secular society fraught with division and disadvantage, it reaffirmed the power of love as the good black Episcopal Church Bishop Michael Curry rammed home in evangelical style.

Paradoxically in another sense, the event epitomises that very division and enshrined social  hierarchy. Is it to be considered aspirational and inclusive or elitist and exclusive? As Jordan Peterson, the Canadian psychologist has pointed out, hierarchy is inevitable in human society. 

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If so the British evolutionary model of an a-political powerless one, founded in a Christian theology, reliant wholly on the love and support of the people to sustain it, yet embodying centuries of human continuity and tradition, may be worth the disadvantages. The overt presence of the largely superfluous, heavily armed, police was an ominous reminder of the type of society, some dark forces would like us to become!

Speaking to the 'Supreme Govenor' of the Anglican Church in the confines of a 'Royal Pecular', one got the feeling that it may have been considered a little too long and a little too emotional. (I almost had flash-backs to John Knox preaching to King and Court in 1553!) Nevertheless who could disagree that above everything, the world is in desperate need of love between 'neighbours'? 

Let us hope this 'White Saturday' ceremony,  suffused as it was with love and kindness, and the union created by it, will be spread the aspiration. After all, we all know that human experience boils down eventually to a moral one - a battle between light and dark, between good and evil. Let us hope the couple remain on the right side throughout the remainder of their lives and are a force for reconciliation in this violent and divided world.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Not 'Killed' BBC, 'Murdered'!

Thousands of Israelies celebrate spontaneously the win of the Israeli singer Netta Barzilii at the Eurovision with her song Toy
Zionist spin? 
See also "for Trump's disregard for brown people".

As any fool knows (no offence intended) Israel has since 1948, been part of Europe (by adoption) despite killing and expelling the British (1) (besides hundreds of thousands of resident Palestinians that don't count of course). (2)

Americans love it too despite it killing them also. (3 and 4)

So I am sure we should all join in rejoicing it winning the Eurovision Song Contest (whilst it simultaneously carries out at least 70 bombing raids in Syria and Gaza!) as confirmation that the murdering state of israel is part of one big, happy, killing, western family.

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In 2014 the BBC had to deny this rumour on Twitter that Jeremy Bowen (quoted below) had been 'pulled' from Israel. This followed Israeli Government complaints about his reporting that contradicted Israeli propaganda that Hamas had used 'human shields'. Israel (as is their wont) used this to explain away the high number of civilian deaths, much as they are now spinning their right to 'defend themselves' from dangerous terrorists. (5) "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his military was acting in self-defence against Gaza's Islamist rulers, Hamas, who seek to destroy Israel. Israel's military said it had only fired at "targets of terrorist activity". (6)

The BBC reports yet another sixty - yes SIXTY - Palestinians "killed". Not sixty unarmed Palestinians shot dead in cold blood. Not brutally murdered, you notice. This besides literally thousands severely injured.

According to Jeremy Bowen "Sixty is a big number" and it's just a matter of two groups fighting over the same plot of land. 

No Jeremy it's more than that. 

It is a people protesting against repression and tyranny suffered with Western and Arab Nation complicity, for SEVENTY years. 

It is about Jewish immigrants stealing and damaging their property and subjecting them to economic strangulation and every sort of human rights insult and privation. 

It is about them being free to shoot dead their children on some pretext or other and to bomb neighbouring countries, all with a wink and a nod from the devious and immoral West. 

No other country in the world would be allowed to get away with this unjustified and horrendous massacre of civilians protesting against a barbaric regime and philosophy. 

Shame on Israel with its weasel words. Shame on the world. Shame on Trump. Shame on us.

For an alternative view on recent Israeli air attacks on Syria see: