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Sunday, 30 August 2009

Blood For Oil

From The Sunday Times: The British government decided it was “in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom” to make Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, eligible for return to Libya, leaked ministerial letters reveal.

Gordon Brown’s government made the decision after discussions between Libya and BP over a multi-million-pound oil exploration deal had hit difficulties. These were resolved soon afterwards.

Last week: “The idea that the British government and the Libyan government would sit down and somehow barter over the freedom or the life of this Libyan prisoner and make it form part of some business deal...it’s not only wrong, it’s completely implausible and actually quite offensive.”

This week: Brown Lloyd James, a public relations firm with offices in London and New York, has opened an office in Tripoli. It is reported to have placed articles by Colonel Gadaffi in American newspapers. The firm would not comment last week.

One of the firm’s founders is Peter Brown, an old friend of Mandelson who has stayed with Brown on the Caribbean island of St Barts. Mandelson said this weekend that he 'could not recollect' discussing Libya with anyone from Brown Lloyd James.

It is inevitable that the high-powered and wealthy figures who mix with Saif Gadaffi also pass through Mandelson’s orbit. Mutual associates include Lord Rothschild, his son Nat, and the Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, whose company Rusal has interests in Libya.

To Deripaska and Nat Rothschild, Saif Gadaffi is an invaluable business contact. They were invited to his 37th birthday party in Montenegro, where they are both investors in a new marina development.  There's also news that Gadaffi Jnr is moving his expanding media empire to London as he capitalises on growing trade ties with Britain plus he's recently bought a £10m house in Hampstead.

Of course, the government is saying that none of the above matters since, technically, al-Megrahi was released on 'compassionate' grounds and not part of a prisoner transfer deal. I'm sure I'm not alone in finding that statement 'actually quite offensive.' Once again the government has tried to hide behind semantics & failed - and they really do expect us to swallow this guff.

The Labour Party was founded on a principle of subterfuge and that's been part of its core policy - it's congenitally incapable of speaking the truth or treating the voters with respect. Meanwhile, over in America, Powerline says this horse-trading has made the case for the return of the death penalty

UPDATE: I don't mind anyone taking my words/thoughts from the blog but at least give me a h/t - thanks.  (You know who you are!)


  1. Libya and BP???? Oh no. Say it isn't so.

  2. Surprise, surprise Opie, who'd have thought it? ;)

  3. Good morning GV. More lies. It'll be interesting to see the correspondence between MacAskill and the lot in Westminster. Hopefully we'll be able to read that before the debate on Wednesday.

  4. "Overwhelming Interests of The Rothschilds". Blair's and Labours's gift to their pals.

  5. Harold Wilson said 'A week is a long time in politics'. It certainly is: it can change something that is 'offensive' into something that is 'academic'.

  6. PS. I read the Powerline post.

    Western politicians cannot be trusted


    Restoration of the death penalty.

    This is just ludicrous. If politicians cannot be trusted then the thing to do is change the system so that there really is more transparency and accountability.

    Each minister, for example, might be accompanied by a person who records what is said and done, at all times, no exceptions. Information then to be freely available to anyione. On those very, very few occasions where national security really is at stake, that can be decided by a truly independent tribunal, along with a timescaale by which it must be examined again.

    Politicians seem to think it is clever to wheeler-deal in secret negotiations with each other. It isn't: it's just fucking pathetic ego-stroking bollocks [sorry, GV, just feel strongly about it!].

  7. All those cctv cameras that help to solve one crime in a thousand could be relocated inside the HoC - those with integral speakers & microphones get my vote. The BBC would then finally perform a public service by live broadcasting it 24/7 on BBC3.

    Bearing in mind that many people doubted al-Megrahi's guilt in the first place, the restoration of cap punishment would have made no difference to his case. Also there was too much back-scratching and vested interests.

    Swear away - I don't care anymore. I get more offended whenever Brown says 'it's the right thing to do' or Mandelson takes us for fools.


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