Monday, April 25, 2011

A Gentle Bike Ride

Had a bit of a ride / walk from Woolwich across the river and into the former docks. It was a chance to try out my new camera. My breathing was still not too good at this point and i was slightly worried whether I'd make it, but i did. A couple of days after this I went back to my doctor and got my asthma diagnosis.

Monday, April 11, 2011

eloquent post on blame for Brown for financil crisis

whomightyoube 14 minutes ago
Yes I can remember all those Tory MPs crying out for more regulation in the City of London. The deluge of articles in the national newspapers warning of impending doom. That famous speech by David Cameron "Please stop these greedy bankers before they gamble away all our money". Gordon Brown is saying now that he could have done something about it and in that sense he made mistakes. He would not have had any support from the Tory party for the required action and, if he is guilty of anything, it is believing, like most others, the dogmatic 1980's Thatcherite idoelogy of deregulation. How many times did we hear form the Tories in power that the city should self regulate ? Building Societies would never have got into such a mess because they are only allowed to lend what they have as deposits. Thatcher laid the seeds of destruction by permitting demutualisation, again based on greed. The supposed advantage was that the newly created banks would be able to borrow on the international money markets. That was the reason why they failed when the international money dried up. The root of the current financial mess is America which fraudulently sold of its huge toxic loans to the rest of the world. The British and Dutch legal action against Iceland should be redirected against the US.

We now have a Tory Government, propped up by the Liberal Democrats drunk on the prospect of electoral reform, that is ideologically opposed to public services in any form, rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of dismantling the health service with the excuse that they have to reduce the deficit left by the previous government.

great CJE website

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Abolish War Public Meeting

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 At 06:30:00 PM
Duration: 2 Hours

Welfare or Warfare public meeting

on the Global Day of Action on military spending

Friends House, Euston Rd, London NW1,

Husna Ahmed, Faith Regen Foundation
John Hilary, War on Want
Kate Hudson, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Vijay Mehta, Uniting for Peace
Stuart Parkinson, Scientists for Global Responsibility

Sue Gilmurray, Movement for the Abolition of War

Organised by Movement for the Abolition of War

Contact Info:

banking firewalls

stop the war and pilger

more links again

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Disturbing insight into Germans at war:,1518,755385,00.html

Green news sheet

anti-arms / war news-sheet

interesting Youtube channel

latest links

Sexy signer

I hate doing this - using my blog for base purposes - but I think this woman is really really sexy...

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

So now we have the truth

PC "Harwood also accepted that he had not given Tomlinson any warning before pushing him and told the court that he believed that he was entitled, as a police officer, to strike someone even if he had judged them not to pose a threat."
So he thought he could hit anyone he liked for no good reason?
Makes sense - it is my experience when protesting.
I wonder if he is alone, I suspect not. In fact I know not.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

PC Simon Harwood - Lying Bastard

Ian Tomlinson inquest – live updates | UK news |

I urge you to read the whole thing, but I've included a couple of key moments below:

Proceedings have finished for today – but not before another significant development.

Questioned by the assistant deputy coroner, Judge Peter Thornton QC, Harwood has accepted that the account of events he put in his notebook two weeks after the protests was incorrect.

These relate to Harwood's explanation of the aftermath of his attempt to arrest a protester for daubing graffiti, when he said he came under attack from hundreds of protesters and was in fear for his life. Video cast doubt over that, and Thornton specifically went through the list.

Harwood: At the time I wrote this, I thought I fell to the floor.
Thornton: Do you now accept that this is not correct?
Harwood: Yes
Thornton: That you lost your baton – that is not correct?
Harwood: Yes
Thornton: That you received a blow to the head – that is not correct?
Harwood: Yes
Thornton: And that there were violent and dangerous confrontations – that is not correct?
Harwood: Yes.
Thornton: And you were struck by a missile – that is not correct?
Harwood: Yes.

Thornton then asked how Harwood got all this wrong when he wrote the statement on 16 April, more than two weeks after the protests.

Harwood said: "Because at the time that is what I believed happened, from the information I had, that is what I believed happened to me there."

Another alleged discrepancy in Harwood's evidence. He said that, when arresting the suspect, the suspect "ran into the door". The footage shows Harwood ahead of the suspect, apparently dragging him.

Ryder: You're ahead of him? But he has run into the door has he?
Harwood: ... I don't know, you'll have to ask him.
Ryder: From the video, can you see him running into the door?
Harwood: He has gone and hit the door, collided with the door, yes.
Ryder: Do you understand the word 'run', PC Harwood?

The exchange goes on in this fashion for several minutes, with Harwood seemingly reluctant to accept that the protester did not actually run into the door.

Ryder suggests the police officer is willing to "be evasive and lie" even when the footage is being played to the court. "We can all see as well, PC Harwood, that is the problem," he states.

The man doing the graffiti was just a few metres from a crowd which, according to Harwood's notebook, had been acting very violently toward a police cordon.

The jury has been shown footage of the carrier Harwood said it had been too difficult to get to. Ryder points out that it was surrounded by other police officers.

The jury is also shown footage of the crowd at the time Harwood said they had been throwing missiles. There were no missiles being thrown in the footage.

Ryder: Is this the point where they are throwing missiles at the cordon?

Harwood: From the footage, it doesn't seem so.

Harwood added that the missiles may have been thrown at another time