Total number of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan = 243
The previous Chief Scientist Dr David King has confirmed that Tony Blair gagged him. I recall his giving evidence to PASC about four years. He was more alarming than anyone else on Global Warming. An image that shocked was the height of the Thames would rise up Big Ben if the Greenland ice fields melted. We pressed him about Blair’s reaction to his entirely sensible statement that Global warming was a greater threat than terrorism. 52 British lives had been destroyed by terrorism in the previous decade. 7 billion humans were under threat from the melting ice.
He evaded our questions then. This morning on Radio Four he confessed that when Bush complained about the comparison, our British lapdog PM bit our Chief Scientist. Science was mugged.
If only we could become an independent nation with our own foreign policy.
If you thought our House of Commons Foreign Affairs ministers were lack lustre, have a look at the war slaughter apologists in the House of Lords.
A lumbering giant named Lord Brett burbled and bumbled his way through questions on Afghanistan on BBC Parliament today. Not once did he approach adequacy in his answers. Asked how much of the fertilizers supplied to Afghans have been used to make I.E.D. bombs, he answered ‘None’. How can he know that?
Fertilizers are the raw materials for these home-made bombs that are killing our soldiers. We are giving away lorry loads of the stuff to persuade Afghans to grow wheat not poppies. It is certain that we are the main source of supply. In trying to solve the drug problem, we are feeding the home bomb making factories.
This abysmal reply left the Lords and Ladies gasping in dis-belief. They should have been relieved. It was his only answer that could be fully understood.
A ‘Back the Ban’ campaign is being launched on Boxing Day – the old centre of the fox hunting calendar - by Hilary Benn and a host of celebrities including Tony Robinson and Patrick Stewart.
This Boxing Day is the fifth since the Bill to ban hunting with dogs was passed. The ban has already resulted in dozens of prosecutions. None of the forecast dire effects on rural communities has happened
But the Hunting Act is under threat as pro-hunt activists prepare to spend thousands of pounds in backing Tory candidates committed to bringing back the cruel sport.
The Tory’s animal welfare spokesperson has made it clear that if elected they will bring back hunting with dogs. And they have said they will do it soon after being elected if they win the General Election.
The Tory stance is in spite of both overwhelming public support for the ban and the many other priorities of the British public. According to a recent Ipsos Mori poll, three quarters of the population do not want hunting with dogs to be made legal again. The same poll showed that 72% of the rural population wants to keep the ban in place. I have told my local press:
For David Cameron, getting the Act repealed is a top priority. He used to hunt, until his PR advisers told him not to; he talked about hunting in his first ever speech to Parliament; and he has said that if he becomes Prime Minister he will get rid of the hunting ban as soon as possible.
Like the vast majority of people in Newport I think that barbaric act of letting dogs tear foxes to pieces with their teeth shouldn’t return to our countryside.
Hilary Benn, Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said:
“If you think the Tories have changed, their views on fox hunting with dogs make it absolutely clear that their priorities haven’t. They know the public doesn’t agree with them on this, but they are determined to go ahead if they are given the chance. That’s why we need to continue to campaign to stop this barbaric ‘sport’ from returning to our land and to join www.backtheban.com “.
1. David Cameron’s maiden speech is Hansard, 28 June 2001, Col. 869: https://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/cm200102/cmhansrd/vo010628/debtext/10628-30.htm
2. For more information on the Ipsos Mori poll published 5 October 2009