Later Today In London - Some Of The Left's 'Big-Guns' Are All Set To Celebrate A 'Night Of Conscience' ...
Shown centre picture, is Flight Lt Malcolm Kendall-Smith of the Royal Air Force, before being sentenced to serve eight months in prison for refusing to return to Iraq to continue participating in Blair & Bush's ongoing illegal warmongering and wanton destruction of that country's life, limb and property.
In addition to his enforced incarceration, Flight Lt Kendall-Smith was simultaneously stuck with a judicial demand that he cough up completely crippling, court costs -- amounting to a staggering £20,000.
But to their eternal credit, many much 'bigger' men [and women] than either Tony Blair or indeed any others from his creepy bunch of crony-buddies could ever hope to be, have banded together in a most admirable attempt to help out this unlikely, uniformed hero.
And thanks to Craig Murray -- something about whom we show immediately below, in italics -- and his timely heads -up, we're now more than happy to be able to help share some ever-so-heartening news in more detail.
Craig Murray - Writer and broadcaster
As Britain's outspoken Ambassador to the Central Asian Republic of Uzbekistan, Craig Murray helped expose vicious human rights abuses by the US-funded regime of Islam Karimov. He is now a prominent critic of Western policy in the region.
But to get back to This Old Brit's main task of today, please take the time to take a good look at this -- paying particular attention to the list of names -- because, believe us when we say we're certainly citing some 'big guns' here.
The courage and integrity of two lieutenants who refused to fight an illegal war in Iraq, Malcolm Kendall-Smith in Britain and Ehren Watada in the USA, will be celebrated at A NIGHT OF CONSCIENCE at St James' Church in London's Piccadilly on Wednesday 28 June, when Tony Benn will introduce comedians Mark Thomas and Mark Steel, composer Michael Nyman, film director Ken Loach, playwright David Edgar, actors Simon Callow and Janet Suzman, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, singer Ed Harcourt and many more.
Also joining A NIGHT OF CONSCIENCE from the USA will be Eric Seitz, Ehren Watada's lawyer and himself an anti-war activist who has handled thousands of court martial cases.
Both This Old Brit and Richard sincerely wish it were possible for them to show some more tangible sorts of support, as opposed to simply blogging about this.
Sadly and frustratingly though, due to so many different sets of personal circumstances combining to make any more active roles entirely impossible -- we honestly and truly can't.
Still, since it's long been our firm shared belief that half a loaf is always better than none, we're doing all we can to help spread word of what some pretty special others do plan to do, later on today.
So, sidle across right now to the Stop The War Coalition site to see some more on the subject of tonight's super-special, collective celebration of 'A Night Of Conscience'.