Belatedly the mainstream media seem to have realised that there is something wrong in the state of GB. We have a discussion on immigration in the Spectator here which tells us, something we had all known- namely that we have a huge hidden unemployment figures,( using a technique copied and refined from Mrs Thatcher), that most of the 3 million new jobs created under Nulabour have gone to immigrants and foreign workers and that the cost benefit ratio is minimal if not negative. The article says that the taboo on discussing immigration is only just being lifted.
Our Attorney General backs trials in absentia, see here and has no truck with civil liberties.
There is one case where this might be a good idea. The Sunday Times has undertaken a sting operation on a seemingly corrupt EU official see here and so we have lots of evidence. The article accuses Fritz-Harald Wenig, who has been one of the most powerful men in the European commission for the last 10 years, of passing information to undercover reporters posing as lobbyists for a Chinese businessman who wanted to know about secretive anti-dumping investigations.
We could try Herr Wenig in absentia and then extradite him to Germany. Otherwise OLAF will take years to investigate the case and then probably just give the chap a warning.
No hope for peace. John McCain says the US could be in Iraq for the next hundred years, has resisted any timetable for withdrawal and says that victory in Iraq is a necessary precursor to success in Afghanistan.
Barack Obama wants to withdraw US troops from Iraq within the next 16 months and send them all to Afghanistan for as long as it takes. Senator Obama says:
“When John McCain said we could just muddle through in Afghanistan, I argued for more resources and more troops to finish the fight against the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11,”... “And I made clear that we must take out Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants if we have them in our sights.”
Our Chancellor, Alistair Darling, see right, has got himself into a spot of bother and all because of what he said in the Guardian, see HERE. Normally very generous to Nulabour heavies, the paper was rewarded with a quote or two which may in time, so we are told, come back to haunt him. But why? Was what Darling said a remark too far or is it the endorsement of what the man-in-the-street, 'our man', had known for ages? Namely that the UK economy is not in rude health now and it could get worse. If it is the latter then what we are not told, is why Darling lags behind 'our man' in terms of perception and speaking out; is Darling afraid and if so of what? If it is the former, a remark too far and so the classic gaffe, then 'our man' will wonder if Darling's honesty will cost him his job. After all 'our man' is worried about keeping his job, so why not have doubts about Darling keeping his job too? The chances are that those remarks are not one man's moment of madness and will not be forgotten. So how do other countries and their politicians square this circle, speak out or keep quiet?