One for Theresa ‘Hostile Environment’ May’s scrapbook

“Kurdish refugee who fled to Britain from war in Iran wins mathematics’ highest honour”

The Guardian 2nd August 2018 p3


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John Kenneth Galbraith’s Wealth and Poverty (1963)

“The modern conservative… not even especially modern… is engaged… in one of man’s oldest, best financed, most applauded, and, on the whole, least successful exercises in moral philosophy. That is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness….Social Security is viewed with alarm by those who have the comfortable cushion of an inherited income.”

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State Sponsored Kidnapping: Britain, Israel and the USA

1 Britain: Conscientious Objectors1

The British army was a volunteer force in 1914 until the war lost its popularity. The actuality of slaughter reduced the numbers of men volunteering. The government passed the Military Service Act in January 1916 to ensure that losses were replaced by a secure supply of men. Men were conscripted into the armed forces as a legal duty. A clause in the Act offered appeals against conscription, which were held in local tribunals. Tribunal members usually regarded an appeal as a sign of cowardice. The Military Service Act created a new crime: conscientious objection.

Conscientious objectors were imprisoned and subjected to a savage regime. This was intended to break their will and force them to accept conscription. British authorities soon felt this was insufficient. A programme of kidnapping was introduced. Men already in custody were taken to France. Once there, refusal to fight was reclassified as mutiny.

Following a court martial they were sentenced to death, which was usually commuted to ten year’s hard labour. The court martial offered a fig-leaf of legitimacy to a criminal act.

2 Israel: Adolf Eichmann2

The Holocaust was the outcome of the Nazi programme for slaughtering the Jewish population of Europe. Adolf Eichmann was one of its principal managers. He was chillingly efficient. The destruction of the Jewish community in Hungary in 1944 was the culminating act of his gruesome career. Once the Nazi regime was crushed, Eichmann went on the run recognising that his actions would be reclassified as crimes. After a few years in Germany he followed the well-trodden SS route to Argentina.

The aftermath of the war brought the Nuremberg Trials for Nazi war criminals and many executions. To the disappointment of the Israeli state the desire to punish Nazis evaporated with the passage of time. Eichmann’s blatant presence in Argentina and his principal role in the Holocaust made him a target for the Israelis. They sent elite Mossad agents there to kidnap Eichmann and bring him to Israel for trial.

However legitimate the trial looked it was actually a coup de theatre. Israel had no jurisdiction over Eichmann. Israel hadn’t even existed during Eichmann’s SS career and he was a German national living in Argentina. Their jurisdiction over him was based on national myth. The trial offered a fig-leaf of legitimacy to a criminal act.

3 The USA: Extraordinary rendition3

The US military hoovered up a large number of alleged combatants in Afghanistan. Many were brutally questioned there but a large number, loosely called the ‘worst of the worst’, were flown to Guantanamo Bay prison camp. There they were tortured. The US spin on torture, which is illegal, is to brand it as enhanced interrogation techniques. The justification is that Taliban secrets could be revealed thereby protecting US military lives.

Interestingly the USA was provoked into extraordinary rendition by a desire to get justice (revenge?) for the 9/11 atrocity. They’ve poured millions of dollars into Guantanamo Bay – at the maximum 775 detainees – but gained no significant military intelligence. Yet as of summer 2018, 40 men remain illegally detained. Unlike the British and Israeli examples, the USA used kidnapping without an over-arching plan.

There have been no trials notwithstanding the purpose built courtrooms and there isn’t a fig-leaf to conceal their illegal action.


All three examples are criminally amoral. In the British example, the barbaric cruelty was challenged immediately in parliament. The Israelis’ justification was revenge (thinly disguised as justice) with a self-serving announcement that they were righting historic wrongs. The USA’s use of extraordinary rendition has no Machiavellian, military, or political justification at all. What links all three is a use of the over-weaning power of the state, by politicians with a tragic sense of entitlement.-

1 Records of the local tribunals which heard appeals against conscription were destroyed after the first world war apart from two. This is the record on the only one in England. The clause in the Military Service Act January 1916 offering appeals to conscientious objectors was a sham as can be seen from the actuality see parliamentary debate here

2 A quick summary of Eichmann’s career and trial can be found here The provocation that Nazis in Argentina gave to the Israeli’s can be found here. Eichmann was only thinly disguised in exile and gave every impression of being proud of his role in the Holocaust.

3 Following the 9/11 attacks the USA retaliated against those they believed to be responsible. The Saudi perpetrators of 9/11 were based in Afghanistan, which the USA attacked. Their counter-attack was poorly conducted and failing when they resorted to extraordinary rendition. The USA hoped those they kidnapped would reveal Taliban secrets. For a brief summary see There were many governments implicated and none of those kidnapped were brought to the USA mainland but are kept in a base in Cuba: Guantanamo Bay prison camp. For a quick summary of British involvement go to For a list of detainees go to For courtroom see


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Jewish fathers and their sons

Rabbi, I brought him up in the faith, gave him a very expensive Bar Mitzvah and spent a fortune educating him. Then last week he tells me he’s decided to be a Christian. Rabbi, where did I go wrong?”

The rabbi strokes his beard and says, “Funny you should come to me. I too, brought up my son as a boy of faith, sent him to university, which cost a fortune and then he comes and tells me he’s a Christian.”

What did you do?” asked the man of the rabbi.

I turned to God for the answer,” replied the rabbi.

What did he say?” asked the man.

He said, “Funny you should come to me…”


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Book Review: A A Dhand ~ Girl Zero

The hackneyed British thriller genre featuring maverick Detective Inspectors is moved on by Dhand. Detective Inspector Harry Virdee is British-Asian brought up in Bradford where his father owned a corner shop. As a teenager Harry murdered a thief who was robbing his father’s shop. But Harry was the family star and his brother Ronnie took responsibility and the jail sentence. Harry went onto become a star police officer and Ronnie graduated as a drug ‘lord’.

The Virdee family was further rent apart by Harry’s apostate marriage to a Muslim (he’s Sikh). Nonetheless Harry and Ronnie are deeply entwined as brothers. The conflicts of the police officer and the criminal come to a head with Ronnie’s daughter Tara. She leaves home and becomes embroiled in the very murky criminal world of Bradford.

Bradford’s crime world is not only drugs but also teenage prostitution and (worse) child kidnapping. Both Asian-British and white British are involved. Sarah was one such. However she was resourceful and escaped to plan her revenge on the gangs which preyed on vulnerable women and girls. The pace of the book is unrelenting and the storyline is very strong. As fiction it’s brilliant, as an insight it’s even better

Why you should read this book: At every level it works and is a very good read indeed

Why you shouldn’t read this book: You may well dislike scenes where vulnerable children are exploited.

Buy it


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Chris Grayling: A Tory extremist

. Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Justice between 2012 and 2015, announced his populist plans to make prisons, already hideous tombs of violence, death and terror, ‘less lax’ and more ‘spartan’, introducing severe restrictions on prisoners’ ‘privileges’ – which famously included an unlawful ban on prisoners being sent books* – and displaying a bizarrely prurient obsession with stopping inmates having sex. It was not enough to deprive people of their liberty; their lives had to be made extra intolerable to satisfy the public’s perceived lust for blood.

The human cost has been horrific.

Barrister, The Secret. The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken (Kindle Locations 4239-4240)

*For a news item on this horrific piece of ideological dogma put in place by Grayling see


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Why football is better than discus throwing

“….you spin around with a special disc trying not to fall over. You chuck it as far as you can. The winner is whoever chucked it furthest.

And then what?’

No, that really is it.’”

O’Farrell, John. There’s Only Two David Beckhams (p. 147) Kindle Edition.


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