David Cameron’s Libya, Syria, pig scandals, fellow Conservative reveals

This video from Britain says about itself:

Twitter reacts to Lord Ashcroft’s Cameron biography excerpts

21 September 2015

Lord Ashcroft‘s biography on PM David Cameron have caused a stir after portions were printed in the Daily Mail today. One particular allegation has caught the imagination of Twitter users, causing a small meltdown overnight.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

David Cameron accused of ‘doing an Iraq‘ in Libya as general and White House official condemn ‘incompetent’ PM’s actions

A source at the White House claims they were ‘f****ed over’ on Libya and Syria

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

Tuesday 22 September 2015

David Cameron’s actions over Libya have been condemned by a former Tory chairman as “doing an Iraq” while his decisions on both Syria and Libya left the White House feeling “f****ed over”, according to revelations made in a new book.

Former Tory chairman Michael Ancram made the comparison between Mr Cameron’s actions in Libya and Tony Blair’s in Iraq, in a new unofficial biography of the Prime Minister entitled Call Me Dave and written by former Tory donor Lord Ashcroft. The book is being serialised in the Daily Mail, where the claims have been published.

Mr Ancram tells the authors – Lord Ashcroft and journalist Isabel Oakeshott – that Mr Cameron’s decisions over Libya have left the country “ungovernable… with vast amounts of weapons from Gaddafi’s arsenal moved south of the border, arming Boko Haram.”

A senior American government insider allegedly said the White House felt “f****ed over” by Mr Cameron on both Libya and Syria, while General Sir David Richards allegedly told the Prime Minister that being in the Combined Cadet Force at Eton did not make him qualified enough to make decisions over complex military operations and the tactics employed in them.

One White House insider is quoted as saying: “It was one of those astonishing displays of incompetence that sort of leaves you wondering about how, you know, have we all got this far?”

The revelation of Mr Cameron’s apparently poor handling of Syria and Libya follows Lord Ashcroft’s extraordinary allegations that the Prime Minister reportedly “inserted a private part of his anatomy” into the mouth of a dead pig and that he smoked cannabis while studying at Oxford University.

In an unauthorised biography of the Prime Minister entitled ‘Call Me Dave’ and serialised in the Daily Mail it is alleged that an anonymous MP knew of a photograph of the incident with the pig’s head, which is claimed to have taken place during a notorious Piers Gaveston Society event although the anonymous MP adds that it could have been a case of mistaken identity and that he had not seen any evidence himself.

The book has been written by ex-Conservative party treasurer Lord Ashcroft, who has donated millions to the party in the past.

It is also alleged that Mr Cameron knew in 2009 of Lord Ashcroft’s “non dom” status – a year earlier than the Prime Minister had previously said to have known. The revelation that Lord Ashcroft did not pay UK tax on his overseas earnings was made in March 2010. At the time the Prime Minister said he had only known of the situation for a month.

The Prime Minister and the Tory peer fell out after the general election when Lord Ashcroft failed to be given a top position in the Coalition government in 2010, though he claims the work is “not about settling scores”.

The book has been co-written by journalist Isabel Oakeshott, who also denied the book was written out of revenge. She told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One: “If this was just a revenge job, Lord Ashcroft and I could have published it ahead of the election.”

British politicians are obsessed with bombing the Middle East, says Afghanistan veteran MP. Clive Lewis says launching airstrikes in Syria is a ‘knee-jerk reaction’: here.

“Today, nearly 2.4 million Libyans need humanitarian aid”: here.

No to refugees, yes to refugee-causing wars, British government says

This video says about itself:

Iraqi refugees mark six years of war in poverty – 21 March 2009

Six years on from the Iraq war millions of its citizens are marking the anniversary as refugees in another country.

There are around 700 thousand Iraqi refugees in Jordan. Most are poor and destitute as they do not have the right to work. Even if the security situation is improving in Iraq they can not afford to go home.

Al Jazeera’s Nisreen El Shamayleh reports on what life is like for some of them.

By Luke James in Britain:

David Cameron: only military can solve humanitarian crisis

Thursday 10th September 2015

DAVID CAMERON claimed yesterday that Britain must use “hard military force” to solve the escalating humanitarian crisis in the Middle East.

The Tory Prime Minister’s chest-beating suggests that a second vote seeking Parliament’s permission to bomb Syria is imminent — he lost the first in 2013.

His comments at Prime Minister’s questions (PMQs) come just two days after he revealed that he had authorised a drone strike in Syria that killed two British jihadists.

Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards warned: “This reckless rhetoric should sound alarm bells for all those committed to ending, not intensifying, this brutal conflict.”

In her final PMQs as acting Labour leader, Harriet Harman used all six of her questions to ask about the government’s meagre response to the refugee crisis.

Mr Cameron said: “We can do all we can as a moral, humanitarian nation by taking people and spending money on aid and helping in refugee camps.”

But he added: “Assad has to go, Isil (an acronym for Islamic State) has to go.

“And some of that will require not just spending money, not just aid, not just diplomacy, but it will on occasion require hard military force.”

However, opposition parties united later to table a motion demanding that the government do more to “provide sanctuary to our fellow human beings.”

It called on the Prime Minister to increase the number of refugees Britain will take from 20,000, including refugees already in Europe.

“Considering that the refugee crisis we are witnessing is a direct result of military action in the Middle East by Western governments, further action will only heighten human misery in the region,” Mr Edwards added.

During PMQs, Green MP Caroline Lucas raised the role of British arms sales in creating instability in the region.

Speaking as the world’s biggest annual arms fair began in London, Ms Lucas asked: “Is it not time for the government to recognise the link between arms sales and the terrible tragedy that we see unfolding around us?”

‘David Cameron plans for illegal British bombing of Syria’

This video from London, England is calleed Protest against war in Syria – US Embassy 03-09-2013 Jeremy Corbyn and Kate Hudson.

By Luke James in Britain:

PM will ‘exploit Labour row to win support for Syria attack’

Monday 10th July 2015

DAVID CAMERON is planning to take advantage of Labour’s leadership turmoil to win Parliament’s support for bombing in Syria, Andy Burnham warned yesterday.

MPs have already blocked bombing plans once, but Mr Burnham believes the Tory PM is planning to call a second vote within days following the election of the new Labour leader.

The Labour leadership candidate said it would be “disrespectful” to the public to try to ambush the opposition.

“The message I would just send back to Cameron at this stage is: Treat us with respect because it’s not about the Labour Party,” he told the Huffington Post.

“The opposition is the country in this, we’ve got to test what they are saying on behalf of the country.

“And if they try to bounce the opposition into this they are not treating the country with respect.”

The result of Labour’s leadership election will be revealed at a special conference on Saturday September 12 — five days before MPs are due to sit again on September 17. However there have been suggestions Mr Cameron is preparing to recall Parliament.

Mr Burnham said he would not rule out support for bombing if he becomes leader, but suggested it would be illegal.

British pilots have already been secretly embedded on US bombing missions in Iraq and Syria.

Now the government is under pressure to investigate claims the raids have claimed the lives of 459 civilians, including more than 100 children.

SNP foreign affairs spokesman Alex Salmond said: “The government’s behaviour in this matter is entirely unacceptable — effectively participating in a bombing campaign by stealth. We now need an investigation into these new findings on civilian deaths and we need it urgently.”

UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement in parliament Monday that he had authorised the extra-judicial killings of British citizens in Syria raises issues of fundamental importance: here.

The dirty secret about the Obama administration’s “regime change” strategy in Syria is that it amounts to a de facto alliance with Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front which is driving toward a possible victory with direct and indirect aid from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel: here.

The road to war is paved with a thousand lies. A fresh fib was tossed on the lie-cluttered warpath to Syria, when it was announced that the U.S. and Turkey would create a “safe zone” inside of Syria — supposedly to be aimed against ISIS: here.

David Cameron defeat on legalizing fox hunting?

This May 2015 video from Britain says about itself:

Doodle Time (David Cameron, fox hunting ban) • Timelapse, Illustration

David Cameron defeat on legalizing fox hunting? See here.

See also here.

Keep the Ban on Fox Hunting: petition here.

Rupert Murdoch’s phone hacking trial again

This video from Britain says about itself:

PHONE HACKING: ‘We thought Milly Dowler was alive’

21 November 2011

Bob and Sally Dowler tell the Leveson Inquiry that journalists at the News of the World gave them false hope after their daughter went missing. Report by Sam Datta-Paulin.

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

Coulson‘s perjury trial continues

Tuesday 26th May 2015

THE trial of David Cameron’s former spin doctor Andy Coulson continued yesterday as the court was told how the one-time News of the World editor knew that the source of voicemail messages was from phone hacking.

Mr Coulson is back in court after being accused of lying under oath in 2010, during the perjury trial of former socialist MSP Tommy Sheridan.

News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck told Edinburgh High Court how Mr Coulson knew that the paper’s coverage of the Milly Dowler murder used hacked messages.

According to Mr Thurlbeck, the editor was “not initially” aware that News of the World private investigator Glenn Mulcaire was on the case.

He added that Mr Coulson only knew of Mr Mulcaire’s involvement “when Glenn came back with voicemails.”

When asked by prosecutors whether Mr Coulson ordered the recordings be taken to the police, Mr Thurlbeck said: “The short answer is no.

“I explained [to Mr Coulson] there was a source, a police source, who was revealing to us, via Glenn, the existence of these voicemails and content of them.

“I didn’t have to explain who Glenn was.”

Asked whether the decision not to go to the police was “ultimately made by Andy Coulson,” Mr Thurlbeck replied “yes.”

He added: “He trusted the source because he trusted me.”

The Prime Minister’s former director of communications previously stated he did not know of the involvement of News of the World reporters with Mr Mulcaire until the investigator’s arrest in 2006.

News of the World news editor ‘used hand signal’ to tell Andy Coulson of phone hacking. Former news editor of defunct tabloid tells court that hacking was ‘systematic’ at paper and Coulson knew about it when he was editor: here.

Cameron’s fox hunting plans stopped by Scottish nationalists?

This video from Britain says about itself:

Illegal Fox Hunt by Cameron’s local hunt

18 December 2012

Anti fox-hunt protesters filmed this footage of a hunt in Oxfordshire in which a fox is chased by hounds and killed. Members of the Heythrop hunt, Richard Sumner and Julian Barnfield, admitted illegally hunting a fox on land in the Cotswolds after the footage was passed to the RSPCA for investigation. They were due to be sentenced on Monday. David Cameron has previously ridden with the Heythrop hunt.

From Common Space in Scotland:

SNP could make voting U-turn and oppose Tory fox hunting plans

Angus Robertson says that party will consider voting against repeal after “massive lobbying” campaign

18 May 2015

Liam O’Hare

THE NEW team of SNP MP’s at Westminster could be set to vote against a repeal of the fox hunting ban, despite an earlier commitment to not vote on the issue.

Writing in the Guardian earlier this year, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon explicity ruled out voting on foxhunting, as part of the SNP’s policy to not vote on matters that do not impact on Scotland.

In the article on 8 February 2015, Sturgeon said: “The SNP have a longstanding position of not voting on matters that purely affect England – such as foxhunting south of the border, for example – and we stand by that.”

However this position could now be reversed with group leader at Westminster Angus Robertson saying that the 56 SNP MPs would be looking “very, very closely” at the legislation after the party has been contacted by people opposing the plans.

Scotland banned hunting with dogs in 2002, followed by England and Wales two years later.

The Conservatives have pledged to hold a House of Commons vote on repealing the ban, with Tory MP Simon Hart saying it could take place within months.

Speaking on Sky News’ Murnaghan show, Robertson insisted that the SNP would not make a decision until they had seen the legislation.

“The SNP has of course opposed fox hunting and it’s with SNP votes that now no longer continues in Scotland,” he said.

“There’s a massive lobbying operation going to try and ensure that the ban is not repealed in the rest of the UK.

“SNP MPs still have to consider the legislation, which we haven’t seen. We need to see it, but of course we will be looking at that closely.

“You do of course understand that the UK Government imposes its will on Scotland without any significant legitimacy whatsoever, so we’re having legislation foisted on Scotland with only one MP.

“So we have to look at all of the issues coming forward in this new parliament following the independence referendum on its merits and we’ll be doing that when we see the legislation that is proposed by the government.”

The SNP is now by far the third largest party at Westminster and it has claimed that it will provide the “effective opposition” to the Conservative government.

The party has traditionally not voted on “devolved” issues at Westminster, but this position was rolled back during the General Election campaign, with Nicola Sturgeon suggesting that the party may vote on issues such as the privatisation of the NHS.

Robertson says that the party will listen to those who “care passionately” about the issue before making a decision on whether to vote against the repeal of the fox-hunting ban.

“We have to look at all of the opportunities we have to exercise our voice and our vote at Westminster and we will be doing it on the basis of seeing the proposals that are actually made and then making up our mind.

“There are a lot of people who care passionately about this issue and I understand why. Many of them have been getting in touch in recent days and I would like to assure them that we will be looking at the case they’re making very, very closely and will do so on the basis of the legislation when its proposed.”

Among those calling for the SNP to vote against fox hunting is the Labour party.

“The barbarism of fox hunting is clear for all to see,” said Labour’s environment spokeswoman at Holyrood, Sarah Boyack.

“Scotland’s moral voice as part of the UK doesn’t end at Berwick-upon-Tweed and the SNP must make clear they will vote against any bill which would repeal the hunting ban.”

SNP considers voting to stop lifting of foxhunting ban: here.