Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Michael Fallon must ‘Cease and Desist’

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is turning a dangerous course on Russia. Barely a month goes by where he doesn’t strike up a threat, lambast Russian policy, or urge the incoming Trump Administration to act ever more belligerently towards Russia. In fact, Fallon, once the very epitome of a soulless Westminster suit, is now beginning to look more like a spurned lover or infatuated stalker rather than Her Majesty’s dignified principal Secretary for Defence.

Appearing increasingly agitated, this bizarre Westminster prowler has in the space of only a few months indulged in some astonishing outbursts. This December, he blurted that the UK must not treat Russia as an ‘equal’.  In November, he pleaded with America to ‘stand up to Russia’ and has since issued oversized overzealous threats to Donald Trump himself. Fallon has seized upon any media opportunity to repeatedly showcase NATO as the only military force capable of pursuing Russian military might. 

Is Fallon suffering delusions of grandeur?

You might have been mistaken for thinking that Fallon was representing one of the world’s super powers rather than an ailing imperial power suffering prolonged economic hardship and mismanagement. The UK is suffering a striking, aging discontent public with an apparent funding black hole when it comes to basic public services. Yet this hasn’t deterred Fallon. He’s happy to force a confrontation with Russia on credit, on our behalf.

To make matters even worse the good old British media have shrink-wrapped Fallon’s frenzied sound bursts as ‘common sense pearls of wisdom’.  They’ve assisted in jousting the ‘wild Russian behemoth’ rather than scrutinising his crazed outbursts and holding him to account, as perhaps they should.

Is Fallon acting in the interests of the people of the UK, in the interests of peace and stability or is he sabre rattling on behalf of NATO and the by-gone old-world order?

Fallon has a history of blindly supporting military aggression overseas and represents the very worst of British foreign policy. Simply, he must ‘cease and desist’ from his swivel eyed and obsessive attacks on the more serious world power of Russia if we are to enter 2017 with some hope for peace and stability in the world. 

Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Curious Absence of the MP for Norwich South

Clive Lewis, Labour MP for Norwich South, was curiously absent during the vote calling for the UK to stop backing the Saudi bombing of Yemen.

Evidence had been uncovered to suggest British made cluster bombs have been used by the Saudi Regime in the Yemen. Bombs have been dropped on schools and now the UN has put the death toll at over 10,000.

On the issue of arms sales to Saudi Arabia Lewis was of previous good character - attending protests against arming the violent head chopping oil rich state.  

Lewis claims had he been present at the vote he would have supported the Labour Leadership's three-line whip.

But he wasn't and he didn't. 
And now Lewis is refusing to answer questions as to why he missed the vote. 

One list suggests Lewis was 'ill'.  

If Lewis is genuinely so unwell that he is unable to attend such a significant vote why hasn't he or his office released any kind of statement?  The public are rightly sympathetic to genuine illness.
Lewis isn't responding to direct questions on his absence either but instead has now begun disseminating fairly obsequious social media posts on the matter - removing himself from any kind of culpability.

How ill do you have to be to miss a vote that could potentially save the massacre of civilians? 

In the 1970's the terminally ill Labour MP Alfred Broughton was wheeled down from hospital into parliament in order to vote on a far more trivial matter.

Lewis' absence is curious.  His selective responses are curious also. 

In September he distanced himself from the Labour grassroots by performing a staggering u-turn and appearing to support renewing Trident's WMDs. His speech at the Party Conference, although amended, undermined the Labour Leadership in a manner more befitting of the Blairite clique. 

Was Clive Lewis exacting his revenge on the Labour Leadership at the expense of Yemeni civilian population?