Friday, 20 November 2015

British subtext of the Paris attacks

My local newspaper - The Abergele and Rhyl Journal -  carries the headline "Paris attacks should lead to rethink on police funding, says crime tzar".

One should not underestimate the danger that an 'arse-licking' free local newspaper can do.  I wouldn't mind betting that most of you reading this would struggle to find the village of Abergele on a map.  Yet the 'usual suspects' are using world events, which are an irrelevance to this little village, to manipulate public opinion in order to further their own (financial) ends.

Free local papers exist purely to sell advertising; it is the local butcher and the local plumber who keep them afloat financially - plus, of course, all the very profitable public notices posted by the local councils.  Their sole source of "news" is from the unfortunates in the local courts and the publicity handouts from the very many public bodies: police, council, local MPs, fire department, schools...the list goes on.

The "news" therefore falls into two categories: (1) the snotty-nosed 'little' people (2) kept in place by the brave and honest great-and-the-good, as employed by the state.

The local "crime tzar" was intended to be, according to "call me Dave" Cameron, the Police and Crime Commissioner.  He is supposed to earn his fat salary by holding the police to account on behalf of the citizen.  That plan didn't last long, did it?  Holed up, as he is, in the local police fortress (who or what are they afraid of?) it was not going to be long before he 'went native' and changed sides.   He is no longer the arbiter of police action; he has become another state-funded cheerleader for a bigger, more expensive, more powerful state.

Under the banner of "Paris has changed everything" he has contrived to get two articles into the paper on pages 4 and 10.  The subtext is hardly subtle: "we are all in danger now, so tell me how much bigger and more powerful you want the police to be.  Money should be no object.  In fact it is churlish of you to ask how much extra tax you will have to pay".
"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose." as the French say.

CRIMAX  - the United Kingdom of Alcatraz.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Sex, crime and the State

The Conservative Party continues to repeat the mantra "crime is falling" - and yet the prisons are full to bursting with thousands of single cells having bunks installed in order to make them two man cells.

The next excuse they trot out, which somewhat contradicts their first statement, is that the reason for the increasing prison population is the number of new "sex crimes" committed.  Have people suddenly discovered "sex crime" or has the government moved the goal posts?

I ask because D J. Neil Fox is on trial for kissing a girl 20 years ago.  The prosecution claims he "forced his tongue into her mouth".  She was 15 at the time.  One has some sympathy with the girl until she admits "I asked him for a kiss?".

Another woman, a work colleague, complains that he “touched my breasts”.  The age-old rebuke to that, surely, is that you slap his face.  You don’t wait 15 years and then complain to the police.

The current ‘fashion’ for prosecuting celebrities is a smoke screen for the really serious failings of all the government agencies over past years when huge numbers of small children were grotesquely sexually abused by the civil servants who were supposed to be looking after them.  The councils did nothing, the government inspectors did nothing, the police did nothing, the press did nothing; meanwhile the politicians, Special Branch, MI5 and the legal profession, who themselves were mired up to the elbows in dirty deeds all conspired to keep a lid on it.

Friday, 16 October 2015

A warning from America

A 17 year old teenager - a white-skinned one for a change - has been shot dead by a traffic policeman in Michigan.

The boy, Deven Guildford, had done nothing wrong.

He had been asked to show is driving licence and insurance documents, neither of which he had on him.  The officer then forcibly dragged the lad from his car and ordered him to lie on the road - which he did.  The policeman then tried to handcuff his hands behind his back, which Deven resisted.

He was then shot with a taser.  Presumably, and not unreasonably, Deven reacted violently, prompting the policeman to shoot him dead.

The policeforce, of course, following an 'investigation' found the officer behaved correctly.

The lawyers working for the family to try to obtain some retrospective justice report that the teenager's fatal shooting represents a "disturbing trend of demanding 100 per cent compliance with police authority, coupled with zero tolerance of risk of harm to police officers," and "a disturbing trend of demanding 100 per cent compliance with police authority, coupled with zero tolerance of risk of harm to police officers."

As if to justify their actions, the police report into the killing noted that the teenager's body contained traces of cannabis, as though that was relevant.

Hugh Davis, another attorney representing the family puts the blame on the militarization of police in the U.S.
He told CNN that it has gotten to the point where "you can't question an officer" or else they will respond with 'violence'.

The curent buzzword in British law enforcement circles is also "compliance" as though it is the duty of every person to "comply and obey" any instruction given by a civil servant.  Thier argument is always the same - comply now and if you object complain later.  But who do you complain to?  A toothless "watchdog" staffed by more salaried and pensioned civil servants.

In Britain we don't overtly kill citizens who argue with authority we just lock them up - hence one of the highest prison populations per capita in Europe.

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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Mark Graham

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.