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08 November 2006

Meanwhile, Back In Blair's (Bent?) Big-Brother-Britain ...




As interested as almost all the world appears to be about what's been unfolding across the Atlantic in America, here in Blair's Big-Brother-Britain, a busy bunch of British bobbies have been much more bothered by some fairly stinky, fishy-business goings on, quite considerably closer to home.

Perhaps, in a hi-tech, 21st century society, such as our 'great new world - war is peace,' Orwellian United Kingdom has become, it is now perfectly possible to produce smoke without the need for a fire first. Though we'll all have to wait till it clears, to see.

Five ministers in honours probe

Police investigating cash-for-honours allegations have asked up to five Cabinet ministers for interviews.

Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt has confirmed that she is among them.

Ex-Cabinet minister Alan Milburn has already been interviewed.

According to one minister, police said they wanted "to learn about the way the honours system normally works".

Police are investigating whether donors received honours in return for cash. All involved deny wrong-doing.

It now appears that many, if not all, of the members of the Cabinet at around the time of the 2005 general election, apart from Tony Blair, have received letters from or been contacted in some other way by detectives.

Look at more of the low-down, via this link.

And for those who haven't been following - or are finding out for the first time, from us - here's a huge helping hand from the boys at the 'beeb'.

Honours Probe:

An at-a-glance guide to the purchase-a-peerage affair.

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11 Comments:

Blogger enigma4ever said...

Holy Shit Richard...it is unraveling on both sides of the ocean at the same time- I didn't think that was possible....Much love and hugs mate...when I get off that friggin' no FLy list I am coming to give you a hug and share a pint- is it a deal ?

3:10 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

The Counter-coup has begun.

By Colin Buchanan


Of course, too, there's that small matter of a large sea of oil. The Empire needs it to keep afloat

11:07 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

One starts to understand why James Baker's report's recomendations were held over till after the elections. Was he deal-making during his sojourn? You can bet on it.


from Wayne Madsen-

"On October 24, WMR wrote the following:

"There is something afoot, in a very Shakespearean way, in the White House. Preparing for a post-election massacre of the GOP and the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld as Defense Secretary, two factions are emerging within the White House. One is the neo-con faction surrounding potential scapegoat Vice President Dick Cheney. This faction includes Cheney's own staffers and his and Rumsfeld's sympathizers in the Pentagon, National Security Council, State Department, and media and think tanks. The other is the faction coalescing around the other potential scapegoat -- George W. Bush. This is the most interesting faction as it consists of George H. W. Bush and his closest friends -- James Baker III, Lee Hamilton, former CIA Director Robert Gates, Alan Simpson, Sandra Day O'Connor, and other past luminaries of the George H. W. Bush administration."

Bush's choice to replace Rumsfeld is one of his new inner-circle advisers, Robert Gates. The circling of the wagons in the pending Bush-Cheney battle has begun. Many neocons, including Richard Perle and Ken Adelman, sensing that Cheney and the neocon cause is in trouble, have recently backed down from their early cheerleading for the Iraq war."

Could Pumphead Cheney be next?

From A Tiny Revolution

"Time To Prove Dick Cheney Right For The First Time In His Entire Life

Rumsfeld out.

Let's now remember this section from Bob Woodward's book State of Denial:

[Andrew] Card kept pushing, at one point raising the possibility of change at the Pentagon with Vice President Cheney.

No, Cheney said, he was predisposed to recommend that the president keep Rumsfeld right where he was. Card was not surprised.

In private conversations with Bush, Cheney said Rumsfeld's departure, no matter how it might be spun, would be seen only as an expression of doubt and hesitation on the war. It would give the war critics great heart and momentum, he confided to an aide, and soon they would be after him and then the president. He virtually insisted that Rumsfeld stay."

11:41 am  
Anonymous kiwi said...

For House of Bush and House of Blair, now read House of Cards. And about time.

I bet Blair's madly rushing about making plenty of phone calls. "Gizza job," type calls. Maybe even started sending out the begging letters already.

I hope neither of them, in spite of all their ill gotten gains, have any luck -- ever.

1:29 pm  
Anonymous Charles said...

It's interesting that Blair's silence on all this (and the US elections) has been just about absolutely deafening.

2:50 pm  
Blogger bootlian said...

The Lords? Ha. Don't make me laugh. Some Honourable gents sit there don't they. Archer, for example. A convicted criminal. What a fine example they set to we peasants.

You can't become a member of the lower house (Commons) if you're a convicted criminal - but you CAN join the UPPER house (Lords). And whatever you do, you can REMAIN there. What sick joke. What a sick state we're in.

Things had gotten already gotten bad enough - then along came Blair - and it's been all down hill ever since.

5:25 pm  
Anonymous xxx said...

Whether any of them are guilty or not you can bet they'll walk. Jailtime for these people? No way. Jail is for jerks. For 'little people' like me ~ and you.

7:59 pm  
Anonymous Rex said...

Steal a little, you get a cell -- steal a lot, you get a palace .

'Twas ever thus.

11:02 pm  
Anonymous Griffon said...

Our Long National Nightmare Has Just Begun

Like Cornered Rats, GOP Losers More Dangerous Than Ever

By Ted Rall

2:21 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the ranch in Paraguay is ready!

10:31 am  
Blogger D.F. Facti said...

Hi, Richard!

We are slightly relieved over here. At least the Xian loonies have been tempered for the moment and warantless wiretaps are likely to be disallowed.

Dear God, with all the damage that's been done - we'll be digging out of this hole for a long time to come.

Maybe the Borgias will dispose of Darth Cheney.

Wreckage as far as the eye can see ...

2:45 pm  

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