Thursday, 1 October 2015

A law a day keeps the bogeyman at bay

The politburo at the People’s Republic of Conwy is set to introduce new laws requiring taxi drivers to spy on passengers.

In a bout of ‘me tooism’ councillors in my local borough have decided that the failures of police and council officials in Rotherham, which led to the widespread sexual abuse of young girls, presents a good excuse to broaden their empire and inflict further intrusive measures on the local population.

In Rotherham any number of laws already existed mandating the various government agencies to act when children were deemed to be in harm’s way.  All of the authorities concerned chose to ignore the laws and look the other way.

Conwy Council has decided that if government officials are not prepared to obey existing laws it must be the case that more are required – and they are the men and women to write them!

So, because the police and council officials have been inept in the past – in a town on the other side of the country – Conwy councillors have decided that they will introduce new local byelaws requiring taxi drivers to take an extra special interest in their passengers.  The councillors have not yet decided how intrusive this new interest might be but you can bet your bottom dollar that a fair number of ordinary citizens whom taxi drivers deem to be ‘acting a little odd’, or maybe unprepared to answer questions to the satisfaction of the driver, are going to get a follow-up visit from the police.

On a not entirely unrelated issue, my local paper reports that a woman whose partner (nobody has a ‘husband’ anymore) grew cannabis has been dragged into court and is to be sent on a ‘thinking skills course’.  She was also fired from her job.  I seem to recall that, about two years ago, a young trainee barrister was arrested for possession of cocaine.  The judge presiding reassured the young man that his conviction would not prevent him entering the bar and in no way would be  a blight on his career.

“It’s the rich wot gets the pleasure, it’s the poor what gets the blame.  Isn’t it a bloomin’shame.”

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Cannabis Man

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Politics and cannabis

In the four US states that have already legalised the possession, cultivation and sale of cannabis the industry is already worth in excess of $2.7 billion.  By the end of 2016 it is projected to be worth as much as $6 billion dollars.

Imagine, therefore, how much money (and tax revenue) would be involved if all 50 states legalised the weed.  This subject is already on the ballot paper in 2016 in Nevada, Ohio, Maine, Arizona and Florida.

Not surprisingly the issue is being raised by lobby groups in the run-up to the next presidential election.  The hopes of the cannabis lobby rest on Democratic front-runner, Hilary Clinton as no Republican hopeful is prepared to go near the pro-cannabis lobby.

Individuals and the burgeoning cannabis trade associations are already lobbying hard, if discreetly.  Oregon’s Cannabis Political Action Committee has raised over $160,000  and sent two dozen lobbyists to Capitol Hill  to buttonhole lawmakers on their regulatory issues – principally changing federal law to allow the industry access to the banking sector.  Currently cannabis retail is a cash-only business.

President Obama has admitted he smoked cannabis and has experimented with cocaine in his earlier life and though his administration has tacitly aided the cannabis industry, in recent months he has let it be known that he has ‘bigger fish to fry’ – hence the interest now in Hilary Clinton – and there are some indications that she is prepared to soften her earlier anti-drugs stance.  She is said to be ‘sympathetic’

Her pragmatism on the subject is no doubt swayed by the potential size of the new industry with its wealth and job creation potential.  “It is an embedded part of the economy,” says National Cannabis Industry Association director Aaron Smith. “Voters rely on the industry to maintain public schools, and the exposure to the industry has shown voters not only that revenue is being generated, but that that it is good for the community as well. Tourism is up. Crime is down. Everyone in these states knows someone who would lose their job if legalization ended,”

Given that where the Americans go, the British follow 10 or 20 years later, it is time the British authorities began planning their retreat from the dishonest and vicious policies adopted since the Blair regime introduced new 14 year jail sentences for growers.  Most of the politicians in The House of Commons have admitted smoking cannabis (or worse). Not only do they remain free from imprisonment they continue to support laws that damage their constituents.

A change is now required to head off what yet may turn out to be a significant breakdown in social cohesion if, over a relatively short period of time, hundreds of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens are turned into ‘criminals’ just because of political hypocrisy and the desire of the Establishment to make a fast buck from the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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Friday, 14 August 2015

How the government rigs criminal trials in Britain

You might imagine it was a covert and highly complex task - making sure the prosecution has the upper hand in any trial.  In truth, it could not be simpler because, over the years, each time a government prosecutor has lost an argument in court, our government subtly changes the law.

Take, for instance Mr  Navinder Singh Sarao who lives with his parents in North London.  He has been accused by the American FBI of singlehandedly crashing the Dow Jones stock market index - a feat that a number of experts have said is impossible, and if it were somehow possible, it should not be.

The Americans want him extradited and, no doubt locked up for a thousand years, because they do, after all rule the world and are able to pluck anyone off the planet and drop them into one of their high security jails.  Their British poodles are, as ever, going along with it and immediately had him imprisoned.  To ensure he stayed there the British government set the bail ridiculously high at £5,000,000 and simultaneously froze his assets so he did not have the money to pay it.

This has become the latest ruse to ensure ordinary people cannot win against a government stitch up.  They restrain all assets so that a defendant cannot use his own money to hire a decent lawyer.  The legal representatives then provided - by the government - are the monkeys who are prepared to work for the peanuts on offer under the much-reduced and so-called 'legal aid' system.

Mr Sarao has complained that he cannot explain the complex issues of the (legal) trading he undertook from an interview room in Wandsworth prison, and even if he could, the 'experts' being suggested - again those who will work for peanuts - are not of a caliber who would understand.

The criminal 'justice' system in Britain has become a game of roulette - a game of chance in which the odds are stacked against the player 30 to 1.  Your only hope of winning is if the jury decide that they feel some considerable sympathy towards the accused and are prepared to defy the government-appointed team of lawyers.  The 'presumption of innocence' argument has long gone out of the window because the government spin machine that has run night and day for hundreds of years has convinced the general public that if a man (or woman) is in court it must be because they have done something wrong.

Let us just remember how the odds are stacked up: the judge - paid by the state; the prosecution team - paid by the state; the police and civil investigators - paid by the state; the government spin apparatus - controlled by the state; the BBC - licensed by the state; the newspapers - firmly anchored in the Establishment.

If you manage to win and walk free from a British court it can only be by fluke.
Mark Graham 

Thursday, 13 August 2015

August is traditionally the silly season

The British Transport Police don't get to see too much excitement.  Occasionally they arrest a passenger for traveling without a valid ticket or, as happened last month, they arrest someone for plugging their laptop into an electrical socket reserved for the cleaning staff.

So it's no surprise that every once in a while they feel the need to strut their stuff to show that they are 'real policemen'.  Today they closed Kings Cross Rail station, one of the busiest in London, and frightened the shit out of the commuting public by staging a Hollywood style armed 'drug bust' on one of the platforms.

Reports say that they have arrested a man carrying a 'Class B' substance - in all probability this will turn out to be a few ounces of weed.

It's all about generating the right kind of propaganda; convincing a gullible public that we really do need all these uniformed officials and, in keeping with modern hype, that they should now all be armed to the teeth with the latest weaponry.  Keep in mind during all of this that our government's own scientists say that if alcohol were to be invented today, under the present risk system, it would be rated as a 'Class A' drug.  So we now have the situation where a small army of machine gun carrying paramilitary police arrest a man for possessing the equivalent of a couple of bottles of beer.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Police state - noose tightens

Some years ago our government made landlords legally responsible for investigating the incomes of their tenants by introducing new 'money laundering' laws.  This year our government is making landlords legally responsible for vetting tenants to ensure they have work permits and the right to live in the UK.  Not surprisingly this is leading to accusations of racial discrimination.  People with darker skin and funny accents are being asked many more intrusive questions than English people.

Today it emerges that police in London smashed the windows of a (legally) parked van because it had a sticker on the side which said "Iran is Great".

The owner of the vehicle, Cristian Florin Ivan, was with his family in the Science Museum at the time.  When he returned and discovered the vandalised vehicle he assumed he had been robbed.  Only when he reported it to the local police was he advised that they had called the bomb squad in order to gain access to the van.  It never occurred to the police that the least they should have done was leave a note.  They certainly would have done so had the vehicle been illegally parked.  Neither is there is any suggestion that the police might reimburse the family for the damage they unnecessarily caused.  Will it be an offence in future to utter the words "Iran is Great" or "Syria is not that bad" or what about "Actually the French are rather polite"?  We are going to need a list of adjectives we may safely use with each country.

Meanwhile Derbyshire police have interrogated a 13 year old boy who was seen carrying a spade down his street.  The 'misfit' in question was doing some gardening for a neighbour.

For many years it has been an offence to carry a knife but, as usual with 'government types' the temptation to push the envelope is ever present.  Is it that the possession in public of all gardening implements is suspect or is it a 'youth' issue.  As with the purchase of 'sharp objects' and certain chemicals, are we now looking at a revised list of what kids are allowed to do?  For good the measure, the lad was also advised by the police not to go knocking on doors asking if he could do any odd jobs.  There was a time when such actions were considered laudable.

There is nothing the heavy hand of the state cannot pervert and then criminalise.


Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Ex-Prime Minister linked to Jersey child abuse case

A lawyer representing abuse victims on the island of Jersey has said it was widely believed that Edward Heath was “implicated” in child sex abuse on the island – but that making a solid case against him was “like pinning down a jellyfish”.

Police in Jersey have confirmed that Sir Edward “does feature” in an ongoing inquiry into decades of abuse on the Crown dependency, making them one of five forces investigating allegations against the former Tory Prime Minister.

Leah McGrath Goodman, a respected US journalist with Newsweek, has said she was banned from the UK for two years after she tried to investigate allegations of abuse surrounding Sir Edward in 2011. The UK Border Agency has said her ban was unrelated to her work, according to the Daily Mail.

A financial reporter, she was researching Jersey’s function as a tax haven when, she says, she heard about the growing scandal and the island’s “culture where people were much more likely to look the other way”.

She told Sky News: "[Police officers investigating claims at the children's home] had heard the rumours and I know a few of the senior members of the police believed that [Sir Edward] was at it.

Among those who regularly visited the Haut de la Garenne home was the now-disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile.  “Jimmy Savile often stayed in the same hotel as Ted Heath,” McGrath Goodman told the dpa news agency, adding that both men were alleged to have taken children from Haut de la Garenne.

In the bleak days of March 2008, the world’s media gathered outside Haut de la Garenne, a forbidding and isolated former workhouse and children’s home on Jersey. Police were digging for possible human remains and other evidence after almost 200 former residents of the home alleged abuse, including torture and rape, by staff and visitors over many years, with claims that some youngsters had “disappeared”.

Allegations against Savile and other famous and powerful people were made during the 2008 inquiry. Another alleged abuser was the actor Wilfrid Brambell, the “dirty old man” of Steptoe and Son fame. One of two boys whom he abused in a back room at the Jersey Opera House in the Seventies was from Haut de la Garenne.

Savile chose his victims with great care; vulnerable and often troubled youngsters many in care homes. If they complained they were labelled troublemakers, or brutally put down. We know from court cases and statements made during the 2008 inquiry that children in Jersey care homes were 'loaned out’ to members of the yachting fraternity and other prominent citizens on the pretence of recreational trips but during which they were savagely abused and often raped.

When these children complained they were beaten and locked in cellars at Haut de la Garenne, which the Jersey authorities denied existed in 2008, but which can still be seen on YouTube footage.

A dig at the home was discredited, supposedly having found nothing, but the investigators admit that at least three human bone fragments were found and children’s teeth, from between 10 and 65 children of all ages.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Ex-prime minister 'fingered'

Edward Heath, British Prime Minister in 1970, has these week been 'outed' in connection with the investigation into the sexual abuse of young boys by senior Establishment figures which took place throughout the seventies and eighties.

While it is pleasing to see, at last, that these perverted and nasty men in high places are - belatedly - being investigated, there is a danger that this over-exuberance on the part of the police to compensate for past inadequacies may lead to a dilution of the real issues, which are that a cabal of politicians and civil servants set up an organisation to ritually sexually abuse and possibly murder young boys.

The investigation and naming of Ted Heath centres on his alleged closet homosexuality.  In the mid 1950s he was, apparently, warned by the police for hanging around a men's public lavatory and in the mid sixties it is claimed he picked up a young hitchhiker and asked him to stay the night at his London flat.  The complainant alleges he was 12 years old at the time but there is no suggestion that he was coerced.

It would be unfortunate if the naming and shaming of one or two celebrities were to detract from the investigation and reporting of the really vile going on that occurred.  Picking up a young hitchhiker is not really in the same league as ritually torturing children.

Nor, for that matter, is it quite as serious as what Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson may have been up to.  The CIA has always believed he was a Soviet spy.  When is that story going to be told?

The Boy Who Listened to Rocks

You could get away with almost anything in the 1970s.