Too sick to work Syrian migrant – now wants to bring 12 more children and 2 more wives to Europe – This is the future of the EU – But the UK can escape armageddon – Vote Brexit

 

 

 

 

Bowl of prunes

In another seemingly top EU priority, the meddling European lawmakers made it illegal for prunes to be sold as a superfood that fights bowel problems

 

 

 

The demography of Northern European nations, (including the UK) is changing with increasing speed due primarily to the uncontrolled inward acceptance of  massive numbers of  migrants and loosely termed refugee’s  from Southern, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan Pakistan and other Middle Eastern nations.

Demographic change is now firmly at the forefront of political discussion and is the subject of political debate in many EU developed countries.

There is the added future difficulty that migrant families are much larger than those of the bulk of  EU Northern European nations which have birth rates below the replacement level of 2.1 children per woman.

What is also frustrating for the electorates of the EU are the demands (supported by threats of financial punishment for transgressors) of faceless and unelected EU bureaucrats for larger and larger pots of money to be sent to Brussels to be used to bail out Southern and Eastern Europe and the very real prospect of  Turkey forcing their membership on the EU through blackmail using the migrant crisis as the weapon of successful intent.
An additional 80 million potential Turkish benefit claimants further stripping the Northern EU countries finances is not acceptable. The UK is best out of it.

 

 

 

Syrian asylumseeker and Danish flag

Syrian Migrant misses his children

 

 

 

Friday May 27 2016: Too sick to work migrant’ now wants to bring 12 MORE children and 2 more wives to Europe

A Syrian migrant who arrived in Europe with his wife and eight children has now been given approval to bring over twelve more kids and another two wives.

Politicians in Denmark have condemned the asylum seeker policy which will allow Daham Al Hasan to rake in thousands in benefits once his huge family is reunited. The 47-year-old fled war-torn Syria two years ago with a wife and eight children before arriving in Denmark. The unemployed migrant, who claims to be too sick to work, has now been granted family reunification for his remaining 12 children and two wives who are still in Syria.

Outraged officials have raised concerns about the policy and suggested the Syrian man is exploiting the country’s welfare system. Integration spokesperson for the Conservatives, Naser Khader, said: “It is highly problematic that a Syrian refugee can be allowed to call himself sick to avoid working and learning Danish, so he can support… 20 children.” The politician added it should not be possible for someone who does not intend to work to be given such vast sums and called for Denmark to implement an upper limit for the number of children a person can claim contributions for. He said: “We need to save and it can’t be right that a man, who has not contributed, is granted hundreds of thousands in child support.”

Following the criticism directed towards him, the Syrian migrant insisted he is still too sick to work. Al Hasan told local media: “I don’t only have psychological problems, but also physical [problems]. I have a pain in my back and legs.” The migrant also said the pain was so overwhelming that he could not learn Danish yet. The anger comes after it was revealed five Syrian migrants are suing the Danish Government and foreign minister over a strict new asylum policy. It stated that family reunification for asylum seekers would take up-to three years, prompting the Syrians to claim it was breaching their human rights. Full story here: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/674203/sick-work-migrant-bring-12-MORE-children-2-MORE-wives-Europe-Denmark-Syria

 

 

Migrants

Where are all the female migrants?

 

 
Sunday May 29 2016: MPs demand Syrian migrant DNA tested to stop him bringing his 20 children to Europe

A Syrian migrant who claims he is too sick to work could be DNA tested in a bid to try and stop him bringing over his 20 children and three wives to Europe. Daham Al Hasan outraged the public by claiming denying his sprawling family access to Europe and its welfare system was breaching his human rights. This didn’t stop the 47-year-old making comments that he did not agree with Western culture.

Furious politicians have now demanded the Syrian migrant undergoes a DNA test to prove they are blood-related before they are able to settle in Denmark.

Liberal Eva Kjer Hansen said: “The way he talks about Danish society, and his perception of rights, is extremely provocative. “I think think DNA testing should be considered to be certain that they are his children.”

Danish People’s Party’s Marie Krarup also wants the family to be DNA tested. She said: “I want those children DNA tested. And I think that only children from one of the three mothers, the mother who is already in Denmark, should be reunited. The other children should not be here. “I basically think that the family reunification rules are wrong. It should not be have been possible for him to take the children here.”
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/674694/MPs-demand-Syrian-migrant-DNA-TESTED-stop-bringing-20-children-Europe
Citizens commented:

Are you people serious! For the love of God! Polygamy is illegal in Europe…is it not?…then why allow foreigners to break the law, have 3 wives, then grant them legal entry and then add insult to injury by actually giving them a benefit to enable them to continue to break the law?! No westerners are allowed to marry more than one woman in their country (and they are forbidden to marry foreigners in their country too). Why are you granting immigrants far more leniency than your own citizens? Your government & immigration laws are ridiculously one-eyed, one sided and discriminative!

All of the reasons given for not wanting the refugees are exactly the same as anywhere else except that some of us are not given the choice.

Increased crime, Language difficulties, No jobs, special classes needed for their children, encouraging others to make the journey, sexual molestation.

500 refugees, were deposited in Middlesbrough, last week with no warning – Just turned up at a school, where mums were picking up their children. Middlesbrough is a deprived area of the UK, where unemployment is high. Teesside has been repeatedly let down by various governments over the years; the coal mining industry (Destroyed by Thatcher), the ship-building industry (Swan Hunter), the steel industry, (Tata and the Redcar blast furnaces) and now, even if the newly arrived freeloaders wanted to work, there is no work. It would be so nice if the people of Middlesbrough were asked what they wanted. I can see civil unrest on the horizon.

 

 

Man talking and crowd of people

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said countries that fail to show “solidarity” by taking in their fair share of migrants who have arrived on European shores will also be hit with fines of €250,000 (£191,000) per refugee.

 

 

 

 

Monday 14 March 2016: New Bombshell for EU: Danish politicians demand referendum after voter shift on union

More EU turmoil is looming with more than 33% of Danes signalling they would vote to leave Brussels if a referendum was held tomorrow.

The figure of 33 per cent represents a major shift towards joining growing animosity towards the union when compared to only 25 per cent wanting to leave in 2013.The calls for independence from the red-tape loving bureaucrats comes as The People’s Movement Against the EU has demanded the government holds a referendum in the country.

The cross-party campaign platform argues after 40 years as members of the 28-strong block, it was time to give the next generation of Danes a vote. It has now launched a petition to force the government’s hand on the issue.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/652222/EU-Danish-politicians-demand-referendum-voter-shift-Brussels

 

 

 

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/659745/Islamic-beliefs-repressive-women-gays-freedom-Muslims-really-think-Channel-4-research

 

Muslim protestors in London

 

 

June 2016: Germany to scrap ‘cultural immunity’ and will no longer allow migrants to have multiple marriages or child brides

  • Some migrants arrive in Germany with more than one wife, it is reported
  • Officials have been urged to stop ‘turning a blind eye’ to the practice
  • They must also clamp down on underage marriages, justice minister said

Germany will no longer allow migrants to have multiple wives or child brides, the justice minister has said. Heiko Maas told the press that no one has the ‘right to place their cultural values or religious beliefs above our laws’.

There has been increased concern over polygamous marriages in the wake of a rise in the number of migrants arriving in Germany, many from Muslim countries. While polygamy is already banned in Germany, many officials ‘turn a blind eye’ to migrants who arrive in the country with more than one wife, the newspaper reports. This is also true of forced and underage marriages.

Mr Maas told the tabloid: ‘We need to look very carefully. Forced marriages, we can not tolerate, and certainly not when underage girls are involved. He added: ‘Everyone must abide by rules and laws, whether they grew up here or are new. The law is equal for all.’ Referring to migrants arriving with underage brides, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees told local media: ‘If the wife is underage, the youth authorities are alerted and they decide if the family stays together or not.’

It comes as a new academic study by researchers at the University of Leipzig found that nearly 34 per cent of people quizzed thought Germany is ‘dangerously overpopulated by foreigners.’  Overall 12 per cent think Germans are by nature ‘superior’ to other people – a central plank of the ideology of Adolf Hitler and the original Nazis.

Other findings included four out of every ten people thinking Muslims should be prohibited from immigrating to the country and half of respondents in a survey of 2,240 people saying they feel like ‘foreigners in their own country.’

Thirty per cent claimed Germany had been ‘infiltrated by too many foreigners in a dangerous way.’ And three out of every five Germans believe migrants who have arrived in the country seeking sanctuary from war and terror are bogus. ‘There has been no increase in extreme right attitudes, but in comparison with a study from two years ago people who have far-right attitudes are more prepared to use violence to achieve their aims,’ said Dr Oliver Decker, one of the report’s authors.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3643411/Germany-scrap-cultural-immunity-no-longer-allow-migrants-multiple-marriages-child-brides.html#ixzz4BphhWaRX

Growing resentment: Protesters carry signs saying 'refugees not welcome' during a march earlier this year

Growing resentment: Protesters carry signs saying ‘refugees not welcome’ during a march.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Tory Party at Play – Massive Expense Claims – Recovering the Cost of Overnight lovenest Accommodation – Blackmail – Illicit sex – suicides and Other Unsavoury Events

 

 

 

 

 
Illicit sex and the Tory Party are no strangers.

The recent furore, (without foundation) created by the right wing press in Scotland, (namely “The Herald” and “The Scottish Daily Mail”) over two SNP MP’s (both legally separated from their wives), their dalliances with an attractive actress/model and alleged inappropriate submission of overnight accommodation expense claims pales into insignificance when compared with very recent, sparsely reported scandals within the Tory Party.

In the process of the scandal, to which I refer and give notice of below, the office of David Cameron is brought into disrepute through the activities of a key Tory activist. We have: Massive expense claims, recovering the cost of overnight, “lovenest” accommodation, Blackmail, illicit sex, orgies, suicide and other unsavoury happenings

https://caltonjock.com/2016/04/04/police-investigating-undeclared-battlebus-2015-general-election-expenses-in-up-to-forty-tory-marginals-cameron-claims-oversight-mark-casanova-clarkes-hoodoo-keeps-haunting-the-tories/

 

 

 

 

 

 
16 November 2015: Pressure mounts on Tory cabinet minister as sex and blackmail scandal deepens

The Conservative Party’s 46-year-old deputy chairman, Robert Halfon has admitted to a 6 month affair with the chair of the party’s youth wing, Conservative Future chair Alexandra Paterson, 16 years his junior. And in an astonishing twist, he claimed the affair only came to light after one of the Prime Minister’s election aides tried to blackmail them.

Halfon, who has a long-term partner, began the affair with the 29-year-old activist and member of Conservative Future in November 2014. When questioned he said “What I did was wrong, and I feel ashamed. I am not proud of myself. The most important thing to me is to repair my relationship with my partner”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/pressure-mounts-tory-cabinet-minister-6842086

 

 

Robert Halfon 46yo and  29yo Conservative Future chair Alexandra Paterson had an affair and were blackmailed by ???

 

 

 

22 November 2015: The scandal surrounding a Conservative aide expelled from the party deepened last night with claims he blackmailed a colleague over a sex tape.

Mark Clarke was ejected from the party earlier this week amid accusations of bullying and blackmail. The bullying allegations against him emerged following the suicide of 21-year-old Tory activist Elliott Johnson.

According to the “Mail on Sunday” Clarke made a copy of a sex film one of his Tory rivals was tricked into performing on the internet. The video was then posted to Facebook, which the rival claims was done by Mr Clarke after demanding – but being refused – a blackmail sum of £2,500. Clarke denied the allegation, along with all previous allegations. But he had previously admitted he tried to expose the film in the media to prevent such scams happening in future. Meanwhile, the Sunday Times claimed two other young Tory activists have attempted suicide since the death of Mr Johnson as a result of bullying in the party.

The paper also reported that party vice-chairman Robert Halfon claimed more than £30,000 in expenses for stays at the prestigious East India Club, where it has emerged he was conducting his affair with 29 year old, Conservative Future chair Alexandra Paterson .

Halfon confessed to the affair, with a much younger member of his staff after also accusing Mr Clarke of blackmail. It was claimed that Mr Clarke had planned to photograph Halfon and his lover leaving the East India Club, where they met.

 

Sex, suicide and chilling threats… the scandal engulfing the PM’s chum.

 

Armageddon at Faslane – That’s Fine By Me Says Jackie Baillie – Dumbartonshire – Early May 2017 would be a good time to send a message to the Labour Party That It Isn’t Fine – Get Them Out

 

 

 

I have great admiration for the 13,413 Dumbarton voters who on 5 May 2016 supported the SNP candidate, Gail Robertson.  So close to defeating Jackie Baillie who enjoyed a pyrrhic  victory by 106 votes.

But her victory was achieved at great cost to the party she purports to support. Her stance also further confirmed the deep divisions within the Labour Party in Scotland. The shaky truce between, “New Labour” supporters and the Corbyn team is now  well exposed and unfortunately the further demise of the Labour Party will continue for some time yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26 October 1999: Minister Jackie Baillie Backs Scrapping Trident

A Minister in the Scottish Executive has admitted publicly to being in favour of scrapping Trident, it was confirmed last night as the Opposition SNP moved to exploit Government concern at the controversial judgement of a Greenock sheriff who ruled that Trident was illegal.

In the wake of Sheriff Gimblett’s ruling that the nuclear deterrent based on the Clyde contravened the law as viewed by the International Court, the Opposition SNP last night asked if ministerial collective responsibility in Scotland applied to reserved as well as devolved areas.

Ms Jackie Baillie, Deputy Minister for Communities, replied to a CND questionnaire posted on the Internet before the Scottish Parliament elections saying she supported the scrapping of Trident. (Highbeam)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
27 February 2007: The Pork-Barrel Component of Trident

I suspect there is only one job Jackie Baillie is anxious to protect at the moment. Mrs Baillie has put on a bravura performance pretending to be concerned with employment while actually defending Scotland’s place as a humble cog in the US military industrial machine and her own interest in the pork-barrel arrangements which flow there from.

Trident is about the British taxpayer subsidising the US defence industry and providing, gratis, an ICBM submarine squadron to the US Navy.

The pork-barrel part is that impoverished / Labour – dominated (same thing, really) areas like Mrs Baillie’s constituency (20% of households living in poverty) get very few relatively well- paid, ferociously subsidised defence jobs. (Highbeam)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19 October 2007: Reasons to be cynical

Jackie Baillie has tabled a question at Holyrood about the cost of the summit “Scotland Without Nuclear Weapons” convened by the Scottish Government. Her concerns, (related to the cost of the hire of a hall and some sandwiches) is in stark contrast to her support of political policies forcing the Scottish taxpayer to fork out billions of pounds being the nations share of the Trident renewal programme. This new charge being, added to the billions already paid for Trident system. Ms Baillie has become Scotland’s most vociferous supporter of nuclear weapons, no doubt in the hope of continuing to save her political skin as MSP for Faslane.  (Highbeam)  comment: But she said she was anti-Trident ?

 

 

 

 

 

Jackie is “New Labour” to the core

 

 

 

 

28 October 2012: Jackie Baillie Trident job loss claims challenged by official MoD figures

Claims by Labour MSP Jackie Baillie that the Trident nuclear weapons system sustains 11,000 Scottish jobs have been called into question following a Freedom of Information request by Scottish CND. Figures obtained from the Ministry of Defence by the nuclear disarmament group show that the total number of jobs directly linked to Trident is a mere 520. According to official figures only 159 are employed by the Ministry of Defence and 361 are employed by contractors.

Labour MSP Jackie Baillie has been a regular critic of the SNP’s policy over the siting of nuclear weapons on the Clyde. Ms Baillie has repeatedly claimed that having Trident creates 11,000 jobs, with thousands more set to be generated through plans to expand the naval base. Speaking on her official Labour party website, Ms Bailie said: “There are over 11,000 jobs dependent on the base.

The SNP would remove Trident, devastating our local economy and turning Helensburgh into a ghost town.” Ms Baillie also claimed that the renewal of the nuclear weapons system and the expansion of the base would create thousands more jobs and added: “The SNP also fail to acknowledge that almost 3,000 new jobs will be created with the impending expansion of the base. These too would be jeopardised by the SNP plans to scrap Trident.”

Dismissing his Labour opponent’s claim as nonsense, SNP MSP, Bill Kidd, said: “Trident is, in reality, a jobs-destroyer, and attempts to justify the presence of weapons of mass destruction on the Clyde in terms of jobs is the worst kind of nonsense, as Jackie Baillie knows only too well.” (http://newsnet.scot/2012/10/baillie-trident-jobs-claim-challenged-by-official-mod-figures/)

 

 

Scottish Referendum: Baillie and her Unionist Tory colleague Jackson Carlaw at Better Together fundraising event in Gartocharn, January 2014

 

 

 

 
19 November 2015: First Minister Holds Shameful Jackie Baillie to Account

You need to look no further than Labour’s Jackie Baillie to see why the people of Scotland have rejected this unionist party in their droves. Baillie shamelessly prodded Nicola Sturgeon by saying “She hopes the FM will eventually agree with Labour in restoring the cuts to tax credits”. When asked in a recent interview how Labour would pay for restoring the cuts, her answer was ridiculous gibberish that insulted the intelligence of every Scot.

The hypocrisy of Baillie is breathtaking…as the First Minister pointed out, Labour voted with the Tories against devolving tax credits and voted for spending £167 Billion on “independent” Trident nuclear missiles, that we can’t use without America’s permission, while children go hungry and homeless. Needless to say, the First Minister held her to account in no uncertain terms and exposes her shameful hypocrisy. Video and report here: : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKkX9TXYDIU http://atrueindependentscotland.com/first-minister-holds-shameful-jackie-baillie-to-account/

 

 

 

 

 
22 April 2016: Jackie Baillie Goes Rogue on Labour with support for Trident Nuclear Weapons Upgrade

The Labour politician currently MSP for the Dumbarton constituency is standing for re-election. She is also at the top of the party’s West of Scotland regional list. But questions are being raised about her suitability as a Party (list) candidate after she publicly vowed to defy the Party’s official policy on Trident.

In refusing to back her party’s manifesto commitment opposing the renewal of the nuclear weapons system she provided support to the GMB union who represent defence and shipyard workers at Faslane and also voted to retain Trident. Their representative also rebuked the conference stating that the debate was a nonsense and utter indulgence and the GMB was standing against “Alice in Wonderland politics.”

Baillie, whose Dumbarton constituency includes the naval base, said: “Faslane is the biggest single-site employer in Scotland. More than a quarter of West Dunbartonshire’s full-time workforce are employed there in good quality, well-paid jobs.” She then hit out at the SNP, who want to move the Trident submarines from the Clyde, describing their stance as “nimbyism on a national scale and “the worst kind of gesture politics”. Baillie’s husband Stephen, a high ranking officer with the GMB union did not contribute to the debate but was no doubt pleased with his wife’s contribution.

A report published last year by union umbrella group the STUC and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament stated just 520 civilian jobs at HMNB Clyde are “directly reliant on Trident”, 132 of which are held by workers from Argyll and Bute and 178 by staff from West Dunbartonshire. The STUC, which calls for the establishment of a Defence Diversification Agency, says alternative roles can be found or created.

At the STUC congress in Dundee this week, Jane Carolan of Unison said her union has a “proud record of defending quality employment”, but argued replacing Trident would be “catastrophic”. She said Government figures show no jobs would be lost for 15 years, adding: “For the cost of Trident we could have 100,000 more firefighters, 120,000 nurses, 120,000 teachers. It is a gross misallocation of taxpayers money, our money, where there are so many more vital and constructive ways in which it could be spent.”

South of Scotland region Labour MSP Claudia Beamish told delegates there was a firm commitment to protect defence workers’ jobs regardless of Trident renewal.

Speaking for the locals a councillor said:  “Night and day, the Ministry of Defence is transporting nuclear material through our streets. Jackie Baillie’s view has nothing to do with local jobs, it is to do with her protecting her own job. Her argument has always been the local economy is so reliant on it, but the Helensburgh economy has almost collapsed. It has empty shops. It is a fallacy.”

SNP Dumbarton candidate Gail Robertson, who is also standing on the regional list, said: “I don’t think Jackie Baillie can justify being a list candidate for Labour given what we are hearing about their manifesto. They are campaigning in opposite directions.”  (http://www.thenational.scot/politics/jackie-baillie-goes-rogue-on-labour-with-support-for-trident.16655)

 

 

 

 

 

 
2016 Scottish Elections – Jackie Baillie edges out SNP in closest race for Dumbarton seat

Labour: Jackie Baillie     13,522       40.2      -3.8%
SNP: Gail Robertson      13,413       39.9     +1.6%
Majority:                              109                      0.3%

 

Jackie Baillie said: “I’m so proud they’ve put their faith in me again and I will work my socks off for the next five years to repay that trust.”

 

Gail Robertson said: “I’m delighted at least that we managed to get it to the closest result we’ve ever seen in this constituency.”http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/jackie-baillie-edges-out-snp-7908968

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking news: Turkey: a disintegrating ally and imaginary friend

 

 

Erdoğan at the World Humanitarian Summit

President Erdoğan

 

 

 

 

24 May 2016: Turkey threatens to block EU migration deal without visa-free travel

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has warned the European Union that Turkey would block laws related to the landmark deal to stem the flow of migrants to Europe if Ankara was not granted its key demand of visa-free travel within the bloc.

At the close of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey’s president said: “If that is not what will happen … no decision and no law in the framework of the readmission agreement will come out of the parliament of the Turkish republic.”

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel warned after talks with Erdoğan on Monday that the target of the end of this month to agree visa-free travel for Turks was unlikely to be met.

The agreement, which is already being implemented, saw Turkey pledge to work to stop migrants cross the Aegean to Europe and also readmit migrants who crossed illegally.

EU officials have hailed the success of the deal, but Ankara has grown increasingly uneasy about the bloc’s wariness to grant it the visa-free travel to the passport-free Schengen area it was offered in return.

Erdoğan also complained about the EU’s wariness in handing over to Turkey a promise of €3bn followed by another €3bn to help Syrian refugees.

“Turkey is not asking for favours – what we want is honesty,” Erdoğan said in an angry tirade that overshadowed the end of the summit.

“Turkey is supposed to fulfil criteria? What criteria are these I ask you?”

EU leaders are insisting that Turkey abides by 72 conditions before the visa exemption takes place, with a demand to change counter-terror laws proving particularly contentious.

The EU wants Ankara to narrow its definition of terror to stop prosecuting academics and journalists for publishing “terror propaganda”.

Turkey has refused to do so, pointing out it is in the midst of a campaign against Kurdish militants.

Erdoğan complained Latin American countries were not asked such strict conditions as Turkey to be given visa-free travel.

“Turkey, on the other hand, is a candidate countries so why are you asking for these conditions, all these question marks?” he said.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/24/turkey–eu-migration-deal-visa-free-travel-recep-tayyip-erdogan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The EU Refugee & Migrant Crisis

Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, recently agreed a EU deal with Turkey on Syrian migrants. This entailed Turkey closing it’s doors to an ever increasing flood of migrants and also accepting a return to Turkey of any such refugees or migrants deemed to be unacceptable to the EU. A forceful President Erdoğan (realising he held all the important negotiating cards) demanded (and got) visa-free travel for Turks, loadsa financial support, (measured in billions) accelerated EU accession talks and for Brussels to ignore human rights abuses in return for his cooperation. David Cameron signed up to the agreement.

The deal apparently applies within the “Schengen Area” of the EU only. This is the area including 26 European countries that abolished passport and any other type of border controls at their mutual borders. The area functions therefore as a single country for international travel purposes, with a common visa policy. The UK and Ireland are not signatories to the agreement.

But without controls Turkey will probably, at some future date, flood the EU with millions of it’s own disaffected citizens as it rapidly abandons, (in favour of an “Islamist” agenda) any remaining pretence of maintaining its “Secular” status, and other safeguards, written into the nations constitution by the founding father of modern Turkey “Mustafa Kemal Ataturk”. More info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_the_Schengen_

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 March 2016: Turkey: a disintegrating ally and imaginary friend

The knee-jerk response of Turkey’s leaders to a suicide bombing in Ankara that killed 37 people and injured more than 100 suggests that Turkey’s Islamic strongman president, Erdoğan and his neo-Islamist party are fresh out of ideas about how to halt what looks increasingly like Turkey’s slide into chaos. Once-dependable Turkey seems in danger of implosion. Under Erdoğan, Turkey is the west’s disintegrating ally and Europe’s imaginary friend.

Erdoğan claimed the bombing provided further evidence of Turkey’s life-or-death national struggle against shadowy forces bent on victimising and destroying Turkey. But this is the message he uses to win elections, rally nationalists and de-legitimise opponents: “Our state will never give up using its right of self-defence in the face of all kinds of terror threats. All of our security forces, with its soldiers, police and village guards, have been conducting a determined struggle against terror organisations at the cost of their lives,” Erdoğan said, ignoring the fact that Sunday’s victims were civilians. Officials, without evidence pinned the blame, predictably, on the Kurdistan Workers party (PKK).

Following his usual script, Erdoğan authorised retaliatory air-strikes on PKK targets in northern Iraq, another example of how the Turkish leader lashes out under pressure. It is a dangerous reflex. Last year, Erdoğan ordered the shooting down of a Russian warplane that briefly entered Turkish airspace from Syria. Bilateral relations have been dreadful ever since.

Security forces also intensified operations in ethnic Kurdish areas of southern and south-eastern Turkey that have killed hundreds of people and displaced tens of thousands since last year. Curfews and martial law, backed up by tanks, were imposed on Monday on Yüksekova and Şırnak, near the Iraq border, and Nusaybin, close to Syria.

Turkey’s internal Kurdish problem is only one of the challenges that Erdoğan’s confrontational approach appears to exacerbate. Turkey is at war, on and off, with Syrian Kurdish militias fighting Isis in northern Syria. Ankara fears they may try to create a separate political entity linked to the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq and even Turkey itself.

Signs of societal disintegration may also be seen in Erdoğan’s manipulation of the judiciary, repeated threats to prosecute pro-Kurdish MPs and politicians, curbs on media freedom and independent journalism, unchecked corruption, and his attempt to enact a new constitution giving him Vladimir Putin-style presidential powers.

The main opposition Republican People’s party leader said Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) would stop at nothing to stay in power. “Turkey is step by step sliding towards an authoritarian regime … The AKP is currently in a position that it may do everything not to leave power, including [committing] political murder,” he said.

Erdoğan’s for-me-or-against-me stance increasingly pits Turkey against long time allies. The migrant deal, which the UN and aid agencies say is probably illegal, is just the latest flashpoint. Last autumn, when visiting Brussels, he angrily threatened to flood Europe with refugees unless the EU bowed to his cash demands. He often mocks and berates the EU, once calling it an elitist, Islamophobic Christian club. He flatly rejects European criticism of increasingly worrying media controls and human rights abuses.

Erdoğan has also fallen foul of the Obama administration over how best to fight Isis and his cross-border shelling of Syrian Kurdish militias, who Washington regards as useful allies against the jihadis and the Damascus regime.

In a recent interview, Barack Obama described Erdoğan as a failure and an authoritarian. When Turkey shot down the Russian warplane, the US was almost as alarmed as Moscow, especially when Erdoğan called for Nato backup.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/14/erdogan-key-turkey-future-dependable-eu-partner-refugees

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 May 2016: President Erdoğan crack down on any opposition to Islamic rule

A brawl erupted in Turkey’s parliament over proposed changes to the constitution. Lawmakers at a constitutional commission meeting were discussing a government-backed proposal to remove parliamentary immunity from MPs when the fight broke out.

The legislation is seen by some as yet another sign of growing authoritarianism in Turkey

In recent years, Erdogan’s government has cracked down hard on freedom of speech and freedom of the press, arresting journalists on charges of terrorism and espionage for criticizing the government, issuing media blackouts in the wake of terror attacks, and frequently shutting down social media platforms like Twitter during times of political crisis, raising concerns over growing authoritarianism in the country.

“In the past year and a half, government prosecutors have opened almost 2,000 cases against Turks for insulting the Turkish president,” notes Uri Friedman in the Atlantic. “One Turkish man lodged a legal complaint against his wife for cursing Erdogan in their own home. Another went on trial for comparing Erdogan to Gollum from The Lord of the Rings.” Some analysts see the government’s latest moves against the pro-Kurdish opposition politicians as further evidence of a return to the authoritarian days of Turkey’s past.

http://www.vox.com/2016/5/3/11571436/turkey-parliament-fight

 

 

2 May 2016: A brawl erupted in Turkey’s parliament over proposed changes to the constitution

 

Published on 13 Sep 2015: Turkish and Kurdish activists faced off at Zentrum Kreuzberg in Kottbusser Tor, Berlin.
Published on 11 Sep 2015: Clashes erupted in Frankfurt between Turkish nationalists and pro-Kurdish protesters as riot police struggled to keep the groups apart, Thursday. Rival groups reportedly attacked each other with knives, screw-drivers and bottles. The violence resulted in multiple injuries and 50 arrests.

 

 

 

Published on 28 Oct 2015: 162,700 new migrants entered the Bavarian region of Germany so far this month. 170,000 new migrants entered Bavaria last month. This is the future progressive immigration policies are bringing to Europe.

 

Published on 4 Apr 2016:  Night In Cologne: The New Year’s Eve celebrations that changed Germany’s attitude to refugees
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Unmasked – TheTory Lord What Won the Referendum for Westminster. We didn’t Stand a Chance

 

Sir Martin Rifkind

 

 

 

Rifkind was born in Edinburgh (1946) to a Jewish family that emigrated to Britain in the 1890s from Lithuania. Among his cousins are Leon and Samuel Brittan. He was educated at George Watson’s College and the University of Edinburgh where he studied law before taking a postgraduate degree in political science.

He was called to the Scottish Bar in 1970 and practised full-time as an Advocate until 1974. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1985 and a member of the Privy Council in 1986. From 1970 to 1974 he was a member of Edinburgh City Council.

 

 


1986: Rifkind promoted into the Tory cabinet as Secretary of State for Scotland.

One of Rifkind’s most difficult challenges was the demand from the public for the abolition of the domestic rates system. He supported the introduction of the Community Charge, or poll tax, which the Cabinet had approved shortly before his appointment. He also agreed with the decision, that the new tax should be introduced a year earlier in Scotland than in England because of the political necessity to end the domestic rates. Rifkind subsequently accepted that the poll tax had been a major mistake by the Government.

 

 

 

 

 

1992: Secretary of State for Defence

Rifkind was appointed Secretary of State for Defence after the 1992 general election. Although he had no military background he was a firm believer in strong defence and armed forces with a global capability.

In 1994 he was faced with Treasury demands for major cuts in the Defence budget. In order to protect the fighting capability of the armed forces he negotiated a settlement with the Treasury whereby he would deliver savings greater than they were demanding but that he would be allowed to keep the additional savings and use them for the purchase of new military equipment for each of the three Services. Some his proposals, particularly in regard to defence medical services were, in later years, subjected to heavy criticism.(1)

With some of the additional savings that had been found Rifkind was able to secure the agreement of the United States to British purchase of cruise missiles. The United Kingdom was, at that time, the only country to which the Americans were willing to sell cruise missiles.

Rifkind also reformed the Reserve Forces and initiated the policy review which led to the TA and other Reservists being able to be used in operations abroad without the need for full mobilization of the whole Territorial Army as had been needed in the past.(2)

 
(1). He decimated the Royal Army Medical Corps, Royal Dental Corps and supporting services achieving significant financial savings, (Which he used to purchase Cruise Missiles from the US.) He then transferred medical and dental care of the forces to the NHS. This created major difficulties in the provision of effective treatment and after-care of wounded members of the forces returned to the UK from Iraq and Afgahistan.

(2). He forward plans well in advance of any future threats to the UK. Had he not made the change the Iraq and Afghanistan wars would not have been possible. The UK “Reservist” forces were extensively used in combat and support provision in both wars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1996: Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs-including MI6

In the final years of the Major administration Rifkind was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 1998: Rifkind calls for pact to block nationalists

Rifkind called for the formation of a cross- party movement to protect the Union and prevent the SNP taking power. The former foreign secretary’s comments are the first clear indication that the Tory party north of the Border believes that Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats can make common cause in attempting to halt the rise of the SNP.

He said: “I think there will be a need for a non-party movement in Scotland to support the Union. There is a powerful Scottish benefit in staying in the Union; it’s very important that we identify common ground.”

Rifkind, the Scottish party’s president, also accused Labour of exploiting “nationalist language” during its spell in opposition: “The genie is out of the bottle and, like all genies, once they are out of the bottle they are difficult to put back in. https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-18594617.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

2003: Former foreign minister Martin Rifkind cashes in on Iraq crisis

A private security company headed by former Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind is making millions from a contract to protect Foreign Office staff working in Iraq, it emerged last night. ArmorGroup, the biggest ‘mercenary’ security firm working in Iraq, is one of two companies that have raked in a total of £15m between them for providing round-the-clock cover in the treacherous environment of post-war Iraq during the past year. Rifkind, the Tory candidate in Kensington and Chelsea, sparked protests from political opponents last month when he took over the chairmanship of ArmorGroup, which has 700 employees in Iraq.

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has admitted they are paying the company – along with Control Risks – £ 50,000 every day to protect its bureaucrats stationed in Iraq, amid mounting concerns about the safety of civilians in the war-torn country. The huge fee was described as a “miniscule amount” by one government official last night. But furious MPs condemned the outlay as “appalling value for money”, and claimed the government should not be ploughing money into a controversial industry that is making huge profits as part of the reconstruction effort in Iraq. http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/former-foreign-minister-cashes-in-on-iraq-crisis-1-1394339

2007: Andrew Fulton (formerly MI6) became the first high-profile former spy to join a listed British company when he was appointed as an adviser to the Armor Group, a firm that provides security services to national governments and large corporations. Its non-executive chairman is the Tory grandee Sir Malcolm Rifkind.
(1). The Armor Group, has more than 9,000 employees in 50 locations, (including 500 Gurkha’s and other ex UK and US military) providing security services in 38 countries. It says its work is to ” identify, reduce and resolve exceptional risks in complex, sometimes hostile, environments”. A company spokesman said most of its British employees in Iraq were former soldiers “all of whom had seen active service” Its Chairman is Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the former Conservative foreign and defence secretary.

 

 

 

 

December 2003: The PFI pioneer: Rifkind, the father of the Private Finance Initiative

After losing the Edinburgh Pentlands seat Rifkind became more involved in his increasingly varied business interests. His previous work at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a giant in the corporate finance advice world, took him back to the fold of the private finance initiative, a concept that he helped create as a cabinet minister. Rifkind has been working with PwC in its operations in Central and Eastern Europe for some time. And his political background made him a natural choice to join the firm’s new European corporate finance board as an adviser on privatisation. He appeared happy to be out of the political world, for now at least. “It’s very exciting indeed, having been involved in the very start of the whole process here in the UK, to come back to it now,” he says. https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-112357533.html

 

 

 

 

 

 
2008: Growing support for the SNP in Scotland triggers activation of secret MI5 anti nationalist working group. This is a proposition “offered by myself” as a basis for reasoning, without any assumption of its truth. (1).

In 2008 the growth in nationalist support in Scotland alarmed the US and Westminster. The Labour Party was in meltdown and it was entirely possible an SNP government would be in place at Holyrood in 2009. This would bring with it calls for Scottish independence and a referendum. There were also on-going problems within the Scottish Tory Party, which had suffered yet another bad election defeat. Voices within the Party in Scotland had begun to raise the spectre of a split from Westminster control so that the Party in Scotland would revert to its former Unionist Party status forming its own distinctly Scottish policies whilst retaining a more hands off relationship with the Conservative Party at Westminster. The long prepared (anti-nationalist strategy), designed to deal with these potential problems was put in place.

Fulton, (a close colleague of Rikind’s for many years) was identified as the most effective “agent for change” available and it was agreed he would apply himself and his extensive resources to the tasks of completing a root and branch reorganisation of the party in Scotland, removing any person, (no matter how senior) who did not fully commit to Westminster Conservative Party ideals. He would also design a long term strategy undermining the SNP government ensuring any referendum for independence would fail. It was believed that the SNP would fall apart in the aftermath of a failure to gain independence.
(1) Suhaylsaadi: Fulton is a major player in the military corporate nexus. He has been placed in an overtly political position because the UK government is extremely worried about Scottish secession. He is there to coordinate the destabilisation of the SNP government. Golf and capuccinos are just distractions, he is a very dangerous individual. http://lockerbiecase.blogspot.co.uk/2008/03/andrew-fulton-is-he-professor.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2008: Former spy in line for top Scottish Tory job

Former high ranking MI6 intelligence officer, Prof Andrew Fulton (1). A spy who served behind the Iron Curtain at the height of the Cold War is in line to become chairman of the Scottish Conservative Party in a surprise move agreed by David Cameron and Annabel Goldie, the Scottish leader. Fulton, whose last posting was “head of station” in Washington, has emerged as one of the favourites for the post that fell vacant when Peter Duncan, the former MP for Dumfries, stood down last summer.

The appointment of the former intelligence officer, will be seen as an attempt by senior Tories to inject fresh blood and new thinking into the Scottish party, which has struggled to recover from its 1997 wipe-out when it lost all its Scottish MPs.

Last year, he became the first high-profile former spy to join a listed British company when he was appointed as an adviser to the Armor Group (2), a firm that provides security services to national governments and large corporations. Its non-executive chairman is the Tory grandee Sir Malcolm Rifkind.

He was unmasked as a former spy in 2000 when he was forced to step down as a member of the Lockerbie Trial Briefing Unit which provided media briefings on the trial in Holland of the two Libyans accused of the Lockerbie bombing. His cover was blown soon after he was included in a list of 116 MI6 officers published on the internet by a disaffected agent in 1999. The revelation raised concerns that he may have been in a position to influence the way the Lockerbie trial was being reported to ensure the minimum of criticism of the British and American intelligence services.

In his MI6 days, Fulton reportedly had been posted in East Berlin, Saigon, and New York. He had served as “head of station” in Washington, D.C., and at the peak of his career he was the sixth-most powerful official in the organization. In 1992, Fulton became the security officer who headed up European operations: “He was one of the MI6 chiefs handed the plans to kill Serb President Slobodan Milosevic.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/1578128/Former-spy-in-line-for-top-Scottish-Tory-job.html

(1). About Spymaster – Andrew Fulton: Born in Glasgow in 1944, Andrew Fulton grew up on the Isle of Bute and attended Rothesay Academy Rothesay. He went on to study Law at the Glasgow University, graduating MA, LLB (1962–1967). Career history:

Diplomat: HM Diplomatic Service: (MI6) July 1968 – January 1999 (30 years 7 months): postings in Saigon, Rome, East Berlin, Oslo, the United Nations in New York and finally Washington DC.

President, (Founding Chairman): Scottish North American Business Council, (part of the British American Business network): January 1999 – Present (17 years 4 months)

Chairman: Global Scot World Wide Network (GPW): January 2001 – Present (16 years 4 months): global leaders in business intelligence, corporate investigations, dispute resolution, support and political risk management.

Senior Non Executive Director, IndigoVision: January 2011 – Present (5 years 4 months): United Kingdom based company engaged in the design, development, manufacture and sale of networked video security systems. The Company’s segments include Europe, the Middle East and Africa; North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Its cameras, encoders, network video recorders and software are designed both internally and with technology partners and manufactured in Asia and Europe. The Company’s end to end Internet protocol (IP) video security systems allow full motion video to be transmitted around the world, in real time, with digital quality and security, over local or other area networks, wireless links or the Internet, using market compression technology to minimize the usage of network bandwidth.

Senior adviser (All-Party Parliamentary MENA* Group at Westminster): 2013 – Present: *The term MENA is an English-language acronym referring to an extensive region, extending from Morocco to Iran, including all Middle Eastern and Maghreb countries. Fulton is the senior intelligence person advising the most senior political group in Westminster on all matters. Https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MENA

 

 

 

 

 

June 2009: Is Andrew Fulton, Tory Chairman still an MI6 Spy or Asset?

Let’s remember the Tories, in particular MI6 Station Chief, currently Chairman of the Tories in Scotland, Andrew Fulton. Fulton is also involved in the Scottish North American Business Council and listed as an advisor to various organisations involved in intelligence matters.

Fulton was placed in the Glasgow University Lockerbie Briefing Unit until his cover was blown. His title of Visiting Professor was allowed to be given to him by then Glasgow University Principal Graeme Davis, Davis was also a member of the Scottish North American Business Council (SNABC)(1). The unusual thing about Fulton’s Professorship was that he had never worked in the legal profession in any capacity, had never taught classes and did no research at Glasgow University. So how was he suitable to be a Visiting Professor of Law? It is probable that Graham Davis permitted MI6 to plant Fulton in the Media unit.

The American ambassador Philip Lader was also a member of the (SNABC) at the same time. So this may have been used as a front organisation to allow Fulton and Lader to meet without drawing attention to them and talk about Lockerbie and how to handle the press to steer them away from the Americans.

http://glasgowunihumanrights.blogspot.co.uk/2009/06/is-andrew-fulton-tory-chairman-still.html
(1). The (SNABC) is a little known but well connected atlanticist body aimed at fostering closer relations between business in Scotland and the US. It is the Scottish chapter of the British-American Business Council. It has interesting intelligence connections. The current Chairman is former MI6 man Andrew Fulton, who was exposed as having been a former MI6 agent whilst working inside Glasgow University based Lockerbie Commission. The former US ambassador to the UK Philip Lader (also chair of the board of spin conglomerate WPP) is also on board. The Council retains Media House International for PR and its executive chairman Jack Irvine is a former board member.

http://powerbase.info/index.php/Scottish_North_American_Business_Council

 

 

 

 
October 2009: Fools Believe in James Bond

There is of course a very long history of ‘ex’ (but are they really ever, ‘ex’?) intelligence officers and associated assets moving into overt, democratic politics. Apart from Paddy Ashdown, it also has been alleged that Andrew Fulton, Margaret (‘Meta’) Ramsey and Pauline Neville-Jones were SIS officers, to name but three of the more prominent contemporary figures who hold or have held key positions of influence/ gatekeeping in major political parties and national institutions (eg. the BBC).

This is concerning, but hardly unexpected. Frankly, I am surprised that anyone would be at all surprised that a similar trajectory may apply in the case of Rory Stewart; to anyone with eyes and ears, it’s been rather obvious for some time. I’m not sure he’s a neocon, more an old-style British imeperialistic adventurer a la Richard Burton, T. E. Lawrence, etc. – though in the end the difference may be somewhat academic.

I guess these differences among the elite relate to how best to manage an empire. He’s an excellent writer, as many know, and on a personal level, even though it’s likely that if we got down to it, we would disagree on many things, particularly as regards wealth distribution, militarism and imperialism, at the risk of sounding hopelessly naive, I have to say that he has always been very decent, generous and affable to me.

Good ‘people skills’, perhaps, but, as Marlon Brando suggested, which of us doesn’t dissemble to some extent. I know this has nothing to do with the geo-political angle, however, and I think the matter which Craig has raised points to deeper issues in relation to the hard state, social control, imperialism and British politics.

Another, quite separate, issue, is the recrudescence of the public school elite in control-room of the Conservative Party following their relative deposition by during the Heath-Thatcher period. This is one of the reasons, I suspect, why David Davis was edged out, resigned and made that stand over detention.

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2009/10/fools_believe_i/

 

 

 

 

July 2010: Veteran Rifkind to Lead MPs’ Watchdog

Former foreign secretary and defence secretary, Sir Malcolm Rifkind is perhaps the best-placed MP to chair the Commons committee on intelligence and security. For five years until 24 February 2015 he was responsible for the security service MI6. He fully supported NATO military intervention in Libya and supplying arms to the Libyan rebels. https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-230846010.html

 

 
July 2011: Top Scots Tories fire broadside at Ex MI6 Spy Andrew Fulton over denial of natural justice for Malcolm Macaskill

Ex MI6 Spy Andrew Fulton, isn’t the flavour of the month with senior Tory stalwarts with decades of service under their belt. They are rightly upset regarding the disgraceful treatment of Malcolm Macaskill who was removed as a candidate to make way for publicly unelectable Ruth Davidson. Davidson is now a Glasgow list MSP although she lives in Edinburgh. Full story here: Http://glasgowunihumanrights.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/top-scots-tories-fire-broadside-at-ex.html

 

 

 

 
November, 2011: Scottish Tories duly elect Andrew Fulton’s protégé as new leader. Job done Andrew Fulton returned to London

Order had been restored in Scotland. The threat of a Scottish  Unionist Party breakaway has been extinguished. Conservatives placed in all key posts. Unionists told to get on their bikes.

Reacting to the result, Davidson said  “This is the first time that our members have been asked to elect a leader for the whole party in Scotland and I’ve met our members from Selkirk to Shetland and all points in between. They’ve been engaged, they’ve been enthusiastic, they’ve been welcoming and they’re excited about our bright future too.”

 

 
August 2013: Rifkind advocated British military intervention in the Syrian civil war, subject to certain important caveats. He stated that the best response to proof of the Syrian Government’s use of chemical weapons against its own people would be United Nations Security Council approval of proportionate and limited military action, but that securing unanimity in the Council would be unlikely, given the near-certainty of a Russian veto.

He believed that, in such a case, if there were to be a broad international consensus for such military action, including among the nations of the Arab League, that the international community should not be ‘paralysed’ by a failure to act, and that the action should be used to target Syrian Government military sites.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_Rifkind

 

 

https://ianpace.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/huddersfield-daily-examiner-19184-dickens-dossier.jpg?h=434&w=590

 

 

 

 

The TruthNews website reported:

” Sir Malcolm Rifkind known as “Malcolm the poof” is chairman of the British parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), which oversees MI5, MI6 and GCHQ – the most important position in the UK intelligence community. The ISC reports first to the prime minister, who retains – and uses – the right to censor material in ISC reports before parliament views them”.

https://thecolemanexperience.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/leon-brittan-nick-clegg-malcolm-rifkind-william-hague-dolphin-square-missing-dossiers-and-the-vip-child-abuse-connection/

 

 

 

 

 
February 2015: Rifkind caught up in a Conflict of interest controversy

In early 2015 Rifkind had discussions with what he thought were representatives of a Chinese company that wanted to set up an advisory council. They turned out to be journalists for The Daily Telegraph and Channel 4 News who recorded the conversations. As a result, the party whip was suspended while the matter was investigated.

On 24 February 2015 Rifkind stepped down from his position as Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee while remaining on the Committee. Shortly afterwards he announced that he would not stand as a candidate for his constituency of Kensington at the 2015 General Election.

The former foreign secretary said it was “quite obvious” that allegations made following an undercover sting had “become an issue”. Rifkind said he had stepped aside as chair of the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) because he did not want the work of the committee to be “distracted”.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting of the ISC, he said: “I don’t think I did anything wrong. I may have made errors of judgment, but that’s a different matter.” In September 2015 the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and the Standards Committee of Parliament concluded after a seven-month investigation that there had been no impropriety by Rifkind. They severely criticised Channel 4 Dispatches and the Daily Telegraph for “distortion” and for “misleading the public”. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmselect/cmstandards/472/472.pdf

 

 

 

 
29 April 2016: Riddle deepens over Ruth Davidson and allegations of referendum election fraud
Police Scotland have revealed for the first time that only three people gave witness statements during their year-long probe into allegations of election fraud in the Scottish independence referendum and they were all “subjects of the investigation”. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who gave a statement after being interviewed by the police, has consistently insisted that she was spoken to by police merely as a ‘witness’. A spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives would only say in response to the latest development: “Ruth was only ever interviewed as a witness.”

Police say the three people were interviewed in connection with the investigation into allegations of electoral law breaches and had a “dual role” as both subjects of the investigation and as witnesses. Davidson was interviewed by police after the Crown Office instructed that there should be an investigation after she said on a television that postal vote “tallies” were being taken in the weeks before the referendum ballot closed at 10pm on September 18, 2014.

After a year-long probe, police announced that “no criminality has been uncovered”, but declined to explain the rationale for their assessment. Police made initial telephone contact with Davidson before interviewing her at her parliamentary offices in October, 2014. Party sources insisted at the time that Davidson was not the subject of the investigation. She has since said she had not attended any postal vote opening sessions adding that there were other people who “are mandated” to do that.
Police Scotland has now confirmed for the first time that “three individuals were spoken to as witnesses and as subjects of the investigation. Statements were only noted from the three individuals.” They confirmed that they were unable to elaborate the reasons for their conclusion at the end of the year-long probe as it could jeopardise any future legal proceedings “should further relevant information become known”. Police Scotland has declined to confirm the identities of the three.

Police Scotland added: “The requirement for secrecy in postal votes is set out under section 66 of the Representation of the People Act 1983. Whilst defining the offence this section also identifies who may commit the offence and what requires to be proved to establish that the crime is complete. Without these thresholds having been achieved a person who is investigated in relation to this offence cannot be said to have committed a crime.” Full story here: http://www.heraldscotland.com

/news/14464140.Riddle_deepens_over_Ruth_Davidson_and_allegations_of_referendum_election_fraud/?ref=mr&lp=1

Additional information: In video footage of Davidson talking about the ballot viewing sent to police, she says: “Postal votes are going to be enormously important in this campaign – about 18 per cent of the vote is going to come out of postal ballots and we have had people at every sample opening, around the country, over the last few weeks, while that’s been coming in. And we’ve been incredibly encouraged by the results.”

 

 

Later, referring to postal ballots, she said: “Different local authorities have had openings around the country”, adding, “there’s people in the room that have been sampling those ballot boxes that have been opened and have been taking tallies and the reports have been very positive for us”. Ms Davidson had previously hit out at criticism of her position in the police investigation in the wake of potentially defamatory assertions about her role on Twitter.
Information unless specified was sourced from: https://wikispooks.com & https://www.wikimedia.org/