Greenstock Gagged ...
Sir Jeremy Greenstock, pictured above, is a man who has been variously described by the British media as having "impeccable integrity" and of being "a highly credible source" as well as being "one of Britain's most senior former diplomats". And rightly so, says This Old Brit.
Because, surely it was the possession of such admirable attributes as his integrity, seniority, experience, conscience and plain common decency, which helped elevate him to his present important position. Which is -- for the benefit of those unfamiliar with this 'pillar of the community' example of the archetypical 'best of British' breed -- director of the foreign policy think tank, The Ditchley Foundation.
It was, then, in such an eminent and respected capacity that Sir Jeremy was recently earmarked for a series of eagerly awaited public-speaking engagements -- including a sought after platform at next month's acclaimed Edinburgh Book Festival, in Scotland.
Sir Jeremy also just happens to be, British Prime Minister Tony Blair's former UK ambassador to the UN. Indeed, he actually held this prestigious post during the pre 2003 Iraq invasion and war period. Moreover, he was also Prime Minister Blair's special envoy to Iraq in the aftermath of the aforementioned acts of Anglo-American aggression.
However, as this headline from a joint piece from the pens of Peter Beaumont and Martin Bright in today's Observer shows -- everything changed, last night.
Then, the article goes on to explain why such an Orwellian '1984' form of censorship has been imposed.
No 10 blocks envoy's book on Iraq
Martin Bright and Peter Beaumont
Sunday July 17, 2005 - The Observer
A controversial fly-on-the wall account of the Iraq war by one of Britain's most senior former diplomats has been blocked by Downing Street and the Foreign Office.
The decision to block the book until Greenstock removes substantial passages will be interpreted as an attempt by ministers to avoid further embarrassing disclosures over the conduct of the war and its aftermath from a highly credible source.Britain? A free country? With free speech? Unfortunately, for a long time now such old fashioned perceptions have been serially shown to be simply farcical, falsehoods.
Here's your next tasty teaser from today's Observer.
'I think some people are really quite surprised that someone like Sir Jeremy has done this,' said one source. 'In particular the way he has quoted private conversations with the Prime Minister.' Greenstock is also thought to be scathing about Bremer and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.And for your final taster.
Greenstock describes the American decision to go to war as 'politically illegitimate' ...Ready for the rest of today's revelations? Then hit the link below.