"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Thursday, 1 July 2010

A Quick Round-up

Just a quick round-up of news this morning because it's going to be a busy day.

Blair 1: Be sure your sin will find you out Secret documents have been released to the Iraq Inquiry after Sir Gus O’Donnell, the head of the civil service, ruled that they raised “unprecedented” matters of public interest. They show that in the months running up to the war, Lord Goldsmith repeatedly made clear that he had concerns about the legality of an invasion.

Blair 2: Awarded the Liberty Medal "...the Liberty Medal reflects the values of the U.S. Constitution – a belief in justice, fairness, self-governance, and a balance between individual rights and communal responsibility; in the power of people to effectuate [sic] change; and in resolving issues through deliberation, compromise, and respect for diverse viewpoints."

Further calls for Dominic Grieve to re-open investigation into death of Dr David Kelly as former colleague says he was "too weak to cut his own wrist".  Had she testified at the Hutton Inquiry, Miss Pedersen would have revealed that in the months leading up to his death Dr Kelly was unable to use his right hand for basic tasks requiring any strength such as slicing food because of a painful elbow injury.

UK company admits bribery in toxic fuel additive.  Senior Iraqi oil ministry officials are accused of taking British bribes throughout the UK-US occupation, up until 2008.

Liam Fox speaks out on Afghanistan strategy  Fox also claimed that Afghanistan could be plunged into civil war and terrorists could even gain control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal.

Brown's book - how I saved the world  Former PM holed up in Kirkcaldy writing definitive guide to credit crunch and his part in it.

Health Minister who called Speaker Bercow "a stupid, sanctimonious dwarf" apologises - to dwarves.

MPs threaten to torpedo IPSA  by refusing to sign off the budget and demanding further information before  approving funding.  One MP at the back of the Hall was heard to shout "bxxxxxxx".

The French invent a new crime of psychological violence.  PM Fillon said it would allow the authorities to deal with "the most insidious situations, which don't leave a mark to the naked eye but can mutilate the victim's inner self."

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