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November 26, 2009


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Paul Flynn

Thanks KayTie. I am trying to get the Indy and the Guardian interested in this. No luck so far.
The story is available exclusively on this site. The really interesting part of the story was the private meeting of the committee. Sadly that has to remmain private.

Kay Tie

"You're always at your best when you're kicking over-privileged backsides, Paul. Keep it up :)"

It's not the privilege, it's what you do with it, surely?


You're always at your best when you're kicking over-privileged backsides, Paul. Keep it up :)

Paul Flynn

I'm curious that no media notice has yet been taken of the PASC cross-examination of Lord Lang. There was no press people at the meeting and Today in Parliament did not pick it up. The meeting is first of the pre-appointment hearings where serious doubts were raised about a person's suitability. Perhaps the significance will be understood when the decision is published at 4.00 o'clock this afternoon. It's a bigger sleaze story that duck houses or bathplugs.

Paul Flynn

Thanks Huw. I remember you raised a similar one before. I thought th details were different. I'll Remove it.

Paul Flynn

Thanks Huw. I have not come across this particular scam before. Your advice is very useful.


Paul, the warning about the PDS scam is late
4 years late now.

It did exist in 2005 and it was stopped.

It is always a good idea when getting friendly or helpful warnings by email from anyone, friend or otherwise to check them against hoax sites such as snopes.com

PhonePayPlus (them what used to be ICSTIS)
have this to say about it

PhonepayPlus, the phone-paid services regulator, is aware that a chain e-mail about an alleged postal scam is being circulated on the internet. The email refers to the Royal Mail, Trading Standards and ICSTIS (PhonepayPlus' former name).

PhonepayPlus appreciates that recipients of the email may want to find out more information about the alleged scam and has therefore issued the following statement:

The chain email refers to a service (operating on 0906 6611911) that was shut down by PhonepayPlus (then ICSTIS) in December 2005.
PhonepayPlus subsequently fined the company that was operating the service, Studio Telecom (based in Belize), £10,000.
The service is NO LONGER running and has NOT been running since December 2005.
You do NOT need to contact PhonepayPlus, or the Royal Mail, about this service as it was stopped almost four years ago.
If you receive a copy of the email warning you about the alleged scam, please do NOT forward it to others. Instead, please forward this statement from PhonepayPlus.
If you receive a delivery card through your letterbox which you do not believe is genuine and which asks you to dial a premium rate number, you can contact PhonepayPlus on 0800 500 212 (Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm) for further guidance.
Please go to http://www.phonepayplus.org.uk/output/FAQ.aspx for useful information about how to recognise phone-paid services and understand what they cost, and some simple tips to help you enjoy using services with confidence.
For more detailed information about PhonepayPlus’ work, please visit www.phonepayplus.org.uk.


Yes the bombshells are exploding in the Iraq Inquiry, but I am unable to understand why so many people are shocked by the revelations. Any discerning observer of the tragedy unfolding prior to the war, would be unconvinced by the lies falling from the mouth of Tony Blair. Andrew Gilligan outlined some of the facts which confirmed our suspicions, almost two weeks ago, in his article published in the Sunday Telegraph.

We are all aware of the results of such disastrous actions, of the lives lost and the current situation in Iraq, and we hope that all the facts will be revealed, as we have been advised that this will not be a "white -wash". Despite the fact that this inquiry is urgently needed, its purpose, couched in the usual phrase of learning lessons from the inquiry, is to say the least, inadequate.

My question to you is when will the guilty parties be punished for their wrong doings? What in fact follows this inquiry, because if it does not lead to some form of justice, then we are lost as a nation.

The public feels strongly that we have a two tier justice system, and that politicians are exempt from the laws that apply to the general public. I could write a book about the misdemeanours that are swept under the carpet, that we are supposed to forget about. How many corrupt M.P's will actually be prosecuted for the expenses scandal? What of Harriet Harman ? Where does the responsibility of the MOD end, when the troops they have recruited, trained and command are accused of war crimes?

Our standing in the world has plummeted since this government took up office. We have become a the laughing stock of the world. Can you imagine the comments world wide relating to an Attorney General, who breaks the law she created, paid a fine and will head the"Name And Shame" list she instituted.
Thank you Baroness Scotland.

Keep on with your good work Paul, keep asking the awkward questions.

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