Greeneland exists

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Grahame Greene's Our Man in Havana tells the story of James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman living in Batista's Cuba, who is recruited to work for the British Secret Service. He has no information so simply makes it up. He says he has a network of informants and sends a circuit diagram of a vacuum cleaner claiming that this is the plan of a secret military site. The service sends extra staff to Cuba to help Wormold. When the deception is finally revealed, rather than admit they were taken in by his invented sketch, and afraid that their agency would lose all credibility with others if the affair were exposed, the top officers of the service assign Wormold to headquarters and decorate him with an OBE.

Could it be that there are several Wormolds operating in our security and anti-terrorism services? We have West Midlands police charging the Channel 4 Dispatches programme for inciting religious hatred because they filmed vitriolic Islamic preachers being very rude about gays, non-believers and immodest women. See here.

An Austrian tourist was made to delete photos of red London buses from his camera under terrorism legislation see here. Bob Quick holds a sheet of paper saying Top Secret report on terrorists just nicely for the cameras. Dramatic footage of Pakistani students being wrestled to the ground and being held in headlocks on university premises are on the news, and then, two weeks later an alleged major terrorist cell is simply released without charge.

The Wood Green ricin plot refers to a 2002 bio-terrorism alleged plot on the London Underground railway system, in which ricin poison would have been manufactured and used for an attack. It was believed the attack had connections with Al-Qaeda. Police arrested seven suspects on 5 January 2003. Porton Down laboratory, which analysed the material and equipment seized from a flat in Wood Green, said that a residue of ricin had been found when it had not. This fact was initially misreported to other government departments as well as to the public, who only became aware of this in 2005. Reporting restrictions were in place before the public's perceptions could be corrected.

The alleged existence of ricin and "the UK poison cell" in January 2003 would subsequently play a part of Colin Powell's presentation as rationale for war against Iraq.
2004 police brutality2004 police brutality
Ian Tomlinson dies of a heart attack at the G20 and paramedics are pelted with bottles as they try to save him. Then we are told that he has died of internal injuries and bottle throwing is not mentioned again.

Nick Hardwick, chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said that officers had "an absolute obligation" to have visible identification and failure to do so would be a disciplinary offence. This is the same Nick Hardwick doing the same job whose IPCC investigated the 2004 Countryside Alliance rally in 2004. Many participants were severely beaten. Two years later there was finally an official inquiry and charges were brought against seven police officers. In the event, the policemen all walked free. The inquiry established that officers [b]deliberately concealed their badges and identities.[b/] But its chief conclusion is only a suggestion that, after future punch-ups, police batons should be retained for forensic analysis. And that is that.
This is also the same Chairman Nick Hardwick whose commission found police had contravened health and safety legislation when they killed Jean Charles de Menezes.

£5 million is somehow spent trying to convict shadow Home Secretary Damian Green and he was told he could spend the rest of his life in jail! Lots of money is spent trying to convict Nick Griffin of being rude to Muslims. Geert Wilders is refused entry to Britain but Ken Livingstone embraces Yusuf Al-Qaradawi who praises Palestinian suicide bombers.

Greeneland exists in reality in 21st century Britain.