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Can Potty Mouthed Ruth Davidson Really be a Sunday School Teacher? or Leader of the Straight laced Tory Party?

 

 

 

 

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Ruth Davidson’s rose covered route from her humble home in Fife to the Holyrood Parliament a place she had no desire to be. Her destiny is as yet unfulfilled but she intends to get to Westminster, by any means.

 

 

 

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February 2010: Ruth Davidson, an ex BBC journalist who finished well down the field at the 2009 by-election in Glasgow North East was shortlisted for the Ultra-Safe Bromsgrove Worcestershire, England seat. But lost out to: Sajid Javid – Businessman and entrepreneur with family connections to the West Midlands.

http://conservativehome.blogs.com/goldlist/2010/01/the-six-names-in-the-frame-for-bromsgrove-the-first-to-be-chosen-under-the-byelection-rules.html

 

 

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May 2010: Davidson returned to Scotland still determined to win a seat at Westminster and subsequently stood once more for the Glasgow North East seat, but could only finish 4th. Facing the prospect of an extended period of unemployment having to potentially wait another 5 years until the next GE she contracted to work as an office manager for the Scottish Tory Party leader Annabel Goldie. Not for Davidson the Scottish Parliament which she held in some contempt believing it to be a very poor imitation of Westminster which she had set her heart on gaining admission to.

 

 

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June 2010 – March 2011: David Cameron, David Mundell and Andrew Fulton, ( supposedly retired senior MI5 officer) and recently appointed Party chairman in Scotland, selected Davidson for the role of party leader in Scotland. In the course of a secret meeting she reluctantly accepted the role which for her was a less attractive option. Over a period of months in 2010-2011 the Party in Scotland was brutally culled removing any obstacle to the coronation of the anointed Ruth. There were many bruising battles but eventually not long before the 2011 Scottish elections.

 

 

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25 March 2011: The Scottish Tory party was plunged into pre–election turmoil last night when key donors were reported to have withdrawn their support from the party after the unwarranted sacking of Malcolm Macaskill

Senior party sources claimed last night that wealthy donors – believed to include Tom Coakley, a former footballer turned millionaire property developer and John McGlynn, an airport car park magnate – had told officials they would no longer contribute to party funds after Malcolm Macaskill, a Glasgow businessman and justice of the peace, was removed from the top slot on the Tories’ Glasgow list by Andrew Fulton, the party chairman.

Mr Macaskill, who was virtually guaranteed a seat in the Holyrood elections on May 5, was kicked out by Mr Fulton, a former MI5 official. who made no mention of the reason for the dismissal, merely saying Mr Macaskill had been dropped “following discussions between the candidate and the party’s candidates’ board”. He then offered his thanks to Mr Macaskill for his service and announced that Ruth Davidson, a close aide of Annabelle Goldie and a former BBC producer, would be placed at number one on the list.

There was undisguised anger from Mr Macaskill’s supporters at his treatment last night. One senior party figure said “This is outrageous. Malcolm has served the Conservatives loyally for over 30 years and is treated like this.” Mr Macaskill was responsible for recruiting several wealthy donors, including Mr Coakley, a former professional footballer with Dundee FC who subsequently made his fortune buying and selling property in London’s Mayfair. Estimated to be worth £70 million, Mr Coakley announced two months ago that he would donate £100,000 per year for the next 10 years to Scottish Tory coffers.

However, a senior Tory with close links to the situation said last night: “Mr Coakley is furious and he has told the Tories that he will no longer be making any donations.” The same source said Mr McGlynn, whose companies own airport car parks all over Europe, and who also donates funds to the party, may also withhold future donations. Last night, Mr McGlynn said “This is outrageous. to penalise someone in this way is completely wrong.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/8406040/Scottish-Tories-in-turmoil-after-top-candidate-sacked.html

 

 

 

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6 November 2011: Scotland’s youngest ever Queens Counsel Paul McBride speaks out – Tory MSPs are “dysfunctional” and “moronic”

In a stinging rebuke to the Conservatives, high profile supporter Paul McBride QC quit the party today. Mr McBride branded Holyrood’s Tory MSPs as “the most moronic, dysfunctional, introspective bunch of MSPs I’ve ever seen. They have no interest in the people of Scotland. Their only interest is their careers. I’m joining the 87 per cent of the population who don’t agree with a word they say.”

It was also clear that he lacks confidence in Ms Davidson’s ability to turn around the party’s fortunes. He said: “All they have done is replace one very nice woman, under whom the party declined, with another woman, who probably isn’t as nice, is going to get less votes and is supported by only two out of her 15 MSP colleagues.”

http://www.newsnet.scot/nns-archive/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3606:paul-mcbride-tory-msps-are-qdysfunctionalq-and-qmoronicq&catid=1:scottish-politics&Itemid=9

 

 

 

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24 January 2012: An Interview with Ruth Davidson

Young, not posh and not especially wealthy, Ruth Davidson is a new breed of Tory. But does she have the steel to do battle with Salmond over independence and stay true to herself?

She is a petite, gamine woman with short, dark hair whose manner is what might be called focus-group-affable, all practised smiles and little self-deprecating jokes, until she is asked a question she does not like, for example – as we shall see – about being gay, at which point out comes a basilisk glare. Michael Forsyth, meaning it as a great compliment, once said Davidson had the balls of Margaret Thatcher, and there are times during this interview when one can see what he means.

Davidson lives in the most affluent part of the West End of Glasgow. The flat, forms part of what at one time would have been a very grand house indeed. It is still pretty grand, all original wood panelling and cornicing, but decorated with some unorthodox touches. You wonder what the rich merchant or Victorian industrialist who once lived here might have made of the Banksy and Jasper John prints on the walls, or of the pool table (albeit covered with good Tory blue baize) in the front room. The place, indeed, could be read as a decent working metaphor for what Davidson’s leadership brings to the Scottish Conservatives: a veneer of modernity and a layer of liberalism laid over an oak-solid base of old-fashioned values.

Davidson, agrees that churches should not be compelled to carry out same-sex ceremonies. But for herself – a gay woman of faith – wouldn’t she like to get married in the place she worships? It’s not such a simple question,” she says. “I support same-sex marriage. I want to see the bill that is brought before parliament because it will have to be very thoughtfully written in order to make sure there aren’t huge parts of Scottish civic society that are alienated.”

How, I ask, did you reconcile your sexuality with your faith? Was that a difficult thing to do? Suddenly, I get the basilisk glare. “I’m hoping this entire interview isn’t going to be about my sexuality.” she said. I’ve only asked you three questions about it out of a number so far, I tell her, and I’m trying to relate it to matters in the public sphere. These are issues that are swirling around Scotland, and so I think it is valid to ask. She relied, “sure. As long as you understand I don’t read an awful lot about other political leaders’ religious faith in magazine articles. I wonder if they get asked the same questions. Or about their sexuality.”

But Davidson is the first openly gay leader of a mainstream political party in the UK. That in itself is noteworthy. Moreover, she leads a party which, rightly or wrongly, has often been perceived as homophobic. “I’m not sure whether that is the public perception,” she says. “We have more gay MPs at Westminster than Labour and the Liberal Democrats combined. The party has just elected me as their leader in Scotland. I think you are asserting that people think the Tories are homophobic. I’m not entirely sure that’s true.” OK. But will she answer my question about reconciling her faith and sexuality? She sighs heavily. “There are questions that you ask yourself. I think that I can reconcile and have reconciled my sexuality with my faith.”

And what were the questions you asked yourself? “Let’s move on.” she retorted.

We do. I ask about Paul McBride, the QC who quit the Conservatives shortly after Davidson succeeded Annabel Goldie to the leadership, saying, “All they have done is replace one very nice woman, under whom the party declined, with another woman, who probably isn’t as nice, is going to get less votes and is supported by only two out of her 15 MSP colleagues.”

And McBride is not the only high-profile supporter to have jumped ship. Only the day before, it emerged that Sir Jack Harvie, who had raised around £16 million for the Scottish Conservatives, has decided to stand down. Both losses are damaging, but McBride’s comments felt personal. How hurtful did Davidson find them? “Paul is a man of strong opinions and he’s entitled to those opinions,” is all she will say on the matter, which is about as far from answering the question as you can get.

That’s the really disappointing thing about Davidson. She gives the impression of being a breath of fresh air, but there’s something decidedly stale and politics-as-usual about such evasiveness. She may have Lady Gaga on her iPod and a Wii Fit beneath the telly, but she will need to demonstrate real substance, charisma and radical change if she is ever to tempt the Scottish voters to end their love affair with the SNP or to prevent them from returning to the arms of Labour.

And for all that she has given herself a decade to revive the Tories, she will have to work quicker than that if she is to win the argument over Scottish independence. No doubt it means a lot to her – “I feel 100 per cent Scottish but I feel British too, and I don’t like the idea that Alex Salmond gets to take that away from me” – but does she really, truly have what it takes to stop him?

“It feels like I’m doing the job I’m supposed to be doing,” she says. That may be so, and a sense of personal destiny – though she would disavow that phrase – will serve her well during the months and years ahead. But, having met Ruth Davidson, or at least the part she is willing to show, I am not convinced she is the leader destined to help the Tories get over their blues. Perhaps no one is.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/interview-ruth-davidson-politician-1-2071896

 

 

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10 August 2012: Ruth Davidson Castigates lazy Scottish Electorate for living off handouts from Westminster

Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party claimed that nearly 90 percent of Scots households are currently “living off state’s patronage,” reports.

At a Tory conference on Monday, Davidson cited that only about 283,080 households in Scotland – 12 percent of the total number – pay more in taxes than what they receive in public services from the state. In addition, due to the dominance of the public sector in Scottish life, she said that state spending now represents at least one-half of Scotland’s wealth.

“It is staggering that public sector expenditure makes up a full 50 percent of Scotland’s GDP and only 12 percent of households are net contributors, where the taxes they pay outweigh the benefits they receive through public spending,” she thundered.

“The rotten system of patronage, which denies so many people real choices in their lives, has created a corrosive sense of entitlement which suits its political gang masters.”

Referring to the exalted 12 percent who are “responsible for generating Scotland’s wealth,” she rhetorically asked: “I wonder how many of them work on public sector contracts.”

Citing data from the Office for National Statistics, Davidson said that the average Scottish household uses £14,151 more in public services every year than it pays out in taxes. Even middle-income Scots, she noted, consume £20,000 more in state spending than they pay out.

Only Scotland’s wealthy, that is, those who account for the top 10 percent of earners, pay £17,205 more in tax than they receive in public services.

She also alleged that over-dependence on the public trough has created a generation of Scots who are hopelessly loyal to the Labour and Scottish National Party, at the expense of the Tories.

“If the gang master state is the only provider people can see for their housing, education and employment, it’s no surprise those who seek to break the stranglehold find barriers in their way,” she declared.

However, the Telegraph reported that on the whole Scotland paid 9.6 percent of the United Kingdom’s total tax bill, while accounting for only 9.3 percent of British public spending.

http://www.ibtimes.com/scotlands-mitt-romney-moment-tory-chief-claims-90-scots-dependent-state-welfare-842993

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
April 30, 2016: The Tory Party cannot find a candidate to face up to disabled voters paying the price for benefit cuts.

Shameless Ruth Davidson claimed she was too busy to defend brutal Tory cuts to disabled Scots. The Conservatives were the only party to dodge an election hustings organised by the Glasgow Disability Alliance in the city yesterday. More than 300 people had turned up desperate to be given some kind of explanation for changes to benefits that have left them struggling to survive. Booing rang out across the room after a message was read out claiming Tory candidate Thomas Haddow had pulled out and that none of his colleagues were available as a replacement.

But party leader Davidson did have time to have fun on a trip to Loch Katrine in the Trossachs, where she posed for pictures on a steamship. Make no mistake, Davidson’s endless fooling around at photo-ops and ‘jolly head girl’ mugging for the camera are only there to disguise the brutal reality. Remove the clown’s make-up and you’ll find the cynical face of a politician who stands for the same unjust and downright cruel policies as her English counterparts.

So there we have it; Tory leader Davidson stands accused of acting the clown for the cameras – disguising the axe-woman hovering behind. Opponents say she is desperate to keep the focus on her jolly public persona to avoid the brutal policies of her Party being scrutinised. And while she plays the fool on the back of a buffalo or on a steamship, ordinary Scots are left counting the cost of Tory rule. Neutral financial analysts say the Scottish government has been left with a £2 billion financial deficit black hole caused by Westminster cuts under Cameron and Osborne. One eminent think tank are of the view that benefits cuts will cost Scottish claimants in excess of £600 million each year by 2020.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/spineless-ruth-davidson-refuses-defend-7865388

 

 

 

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The Eye of the Beholder – Can you believe the BBC and the Newspapers – I think not!!

 

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The eye of the beholder

A few weeks back the Western press gave extensive coverage of the slaughter of innocents in the middle East conflicts. Pictures 1 and 2 were published depicting a young boy apparently slaughtered by forces in opposition to the West.

But a few days later the true facts of the situation surfaced on the internet in the form of picture 3. Another example providing support to the increasing views of a less gullible Western public that the US and UK administrations are selling the electorate a sick puppy.

 

 

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BBC Forced to Publicly Admit Orchestrating UK – USA and French Governments Fake News Campaigns Against Syria – And They Acted in Association With the Oscar Winning !!! White Helmets

 

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BBC Forced To Admit Syrian Chemical Attacks Were Staged For Western Media TV Coverage

BBC Syria producer, Riam Dalati stated that video coverage of people treated after an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Syrian city of Douma had been fabricated.

An independent journalist commented: “this is a damage limitation operation. Two Guardian newspaper journalist’s, James Harkin and Simon Tisdall both wrote that the incidents had been staged and the OPCW report that followed an investigation stated that organic phosphates, including sarin alleged in the widely screened Western media, BBC report, had not been used.

But the BBC has claimed its much delayed investigations are still on-going and there remains some doubt it will formally confirm producer Dalati’s previous statements.

It is also noteworthy that the Daily Telegraph website, on its timeline of alleged chemical weapon attacks inside Syria, still insists that sarin was used in Douma.

The Western media and BBC, anti-Syria campaigns provided an excuse for unlawful Cruise Missile and other air-attacks on so-called “chemical manufacturing bases” and Syrian civilians.

Yet again the USA, UK and France, under the umbrella of NATO, repeatedly violated international law in attacking a sovereign nation for no justifiable reason.

Also dammed are the British created, “Oscar” winning, trained, financed and supported “White Helmets” who, time and time again staged spurious “fake news”, chemical attack reports serving the UK, USA and French military in their intent to bring about regime change inside Syria.

Questions need also to be asked about the British government intent in involving “Amnesty International” and “Human Rights Watch”, providing the organisations with copious reports, all falsely criminalizing the Syrian government using tainted information supplied by the “White Helmets”.

 

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Riam Dalati  BBC Syria Producer |

Truth is @James__Harkin got the basics right in terms of #Douma‘s “propaganda” value.
The ATTACK DID HAPPEN, Sarin wasn’t used, but we’ll have to wait for @OPCW to prove Chlorine or otherwise.
However, everything else around the attack was manufactured for maximum effect. https://t.co/abRvSIMV1L

— Riam Dalati (@Dalatrm) 13 февраля 2019 г.

 

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https://sputniknews.com/world/201902141072424992-bbc-douma-no-chemical-waepons/

‘They may be jihadists but they’re our jihadists’: White Helmets’ UK resettlement policy attacked

The UK has provided asylum to members of the western-backed White Helmets group, that operated in Jihadists-held areas in Syria.

The move has prompted dire warnings about who exactly Britain might be admitting.

Critics of the move have raised doubts around the White Helmets’ legitimacy as a human rights organisation, accusing them of containing within their ranks jihadists who are now set to be welcomed to Britain.

There are those such as UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt who has heaped praise on the organization – which is funded heavily by the UK government – claiming Saturday night’s evacuation carried out by Israel was “fantastic news” as the White Helmets were the “bravest of the brave.”

The White Helmets were, on many occasions the first to provide footage from the sites of alleged chemical attacks and the purported aftermath in Syria, including the Khan Shaykhun and Douma incidents.

The self-styled volunteer first-responders operated in militant-held areas of Syria, and its members were repeatedly photographed and filmed fraternizing with jihadists, including those linked to Al-Qaeda.

Witnesses of the alleged chemical attack in Douma, including 11-year-old Hassan Diab and hospital staff, told reporters at The Hague in April that the White Helmets video that was used as a pretext for a US-led strike on Syria was, in fact, staged.. (RT/UK)

 

 

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Inside the Shadowy PR Firm That’s Lobbying for Regime Change in Syria – Posing as a non-political solidarity organization, the “Syria Campaign” leverages local partners and media contacts to push the U.S. into toppling another Middle Eastern government.

The shadowy “Syria Campaign” which is behind the regime change war being waged against President Assad and his government was initially founded and is sustained by Ayman Asfari, the CEO of the British oil and gas supply company Petrofac Limited.

Asfari is worth $1.2 billion and owns about 20% of the shares of his company, which employs near to 20,000 staff and has a turnover of around $7.5 billion annually. Through his Asfari Foundation, he has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to “The Syria Campaign” and secured a seat for his wife, Sawsan, on its board of directors.

Other very rich Syrian exiles routinely add their own significant financial contributions to the campaign. In the current year significant contributions have been received from The Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Annual income to the fund varies between 1.5 -3.0 billion

He is also a top financial and political supporter of the Syrian National Coalition, the largest government-in-exile group set up after the Syrian revolt began. A group determined to remove Assad, replacing him with one of its own. In London, his place of residence, Asfari has been a major donor to former British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative Party.

In May 2016, Cameron keynoted a fundraiser for the “Hands Up for Syria Appeal”, a charity heavily supported by Asfari that sponsors education for Syrian children living in refugee camps. Cameron was an unusual choice for the event given his staunch resistance to accepting unaccompanied Syrian children who have fled to Europe. However, Asfari supports Cameron’s exclusionary policy.

Asfari enjoys close relations with the Obama administration and has visited the White House many times since the start of the “Syria Campaign” until recently meeting with Philip Gordon, Obama’s Middle East policy adviser.  Gordon was, at the outset, a keen supporter of Asfari and the “Syria Campaign” but after leaving the admistration he urged Obama to give up on the mission to overthrow President Assad.  In September 2015 in a lengthy article for “Politico” he wrote, “There is now virtually no chance that an opposition military ‘victory’ will lead to stable or peaceful governance in Syria in the foreseeable future and near certainty that pursuing one will only lead to many more years of vicious civil war.” Asfari was livid and attacked Gordon accusing him of being fanciful and unrealistic.

 

 

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September 2016: The bombing of Allepo

Demonstrators gathered in city squares across the West for a “weekend of action” to “stop the bombs” raining down from Syrian government and Russian warplanes on rebel-held eastern Aleppo. Thousands joined the protests, holding signs that read “Topple Assad” and declaring, “Enough With Assad.”  Few participants knew that the actions were organized under the auspices of an opposition-funded public relations company called the “Syria Campaign.”

By partnering with local groups like the Syrian civil defence workers popularly known as the “White Helmets”, and through a vast network of connections in media and centres of political influence, the “Syria Campaign” has played a crucial role in disseminating images and stories of the horrors visited this month on eastern Aleppo. The group operates freely within the Obama administration in Washington and has the power to mobilize thousands of demonstrators into the streets.

The “Syria Campaign” presents itself as an impartial, non-political voice for ordinary Syrian citizens that is dedicated to civilian protection. The “Syria Campaign” strategy director James Sadri said “We see ourselves as a solidarity organization. We’re not being paid by anybody to pursue a particular line. We feel like we’ve done a really good job about finding out who the front-line activists, doctors, humanitarians are and trying to get their word out to the international community.”

But behind the lofty rhetoric about solidarity and the images of heroic rescuers rushing in to save lives is an agenda that aligns closely with the forces from Riyadh to Washington clamouring for regime change.

Indeed, the “Syria Campaign” has been pushing for a no-fly zone in Syria that would require at least “70,000 American servicemen” to enforce, according to a Pentagon assessment, along with the destruction of government infrastructure and military installations. There is no record of a no-fly zone being imposed without regime change following —which is exactly what the “Syria Campaign” and its partners want.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a recent hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee said “For us to control all the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war against Syria and Russia. That’s a pretty fundamental decision that certainly I’m not going to make.”

While the military brass in Washington is reluctant to apply the full force of its air-power to enforce a no fly zone (N.F.Z.), the “Syria Campaign” is capitalizing on the outrage inspired by the bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo to intensify the drumbeat for greater U.S. military involvement.

The “Syria Campaign” has been careful to cloak interventionism in the liberal-friendly language of human rights, casting Western military action as “the best way to support Syrian refugees,” and packaging a no-fly zone — along with so-called safe zones and no bombing zones, which would also require Western military enforcement — as a “way to protect civilians and defeat ISIS.”

 

 

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The White Helmets

Among the campaign’s most prominent vehicles for promoting military intervention is a self-proclaimed “unarmed and impartial” civil defence group known as the “White Helmets.”

Footage of the “White Helmets” saving civilians trapped in the rubble of buildings bombed by the Syrian government and its Russian ally has become ubiquitous in coverage of the crisis. Having claimed to have saved tens of thousands of lives, the group has become a leading resource for journalists and human rights groups seeking information inside the war theatre, from casualty figures to details on the kind of bombs that are falling.

But like the “Syria Campaign”, the “White Helmets” are anything but impartial. Indeed, the group was founded in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Office of Transitional Initiatives, an explicitly political wing of the agency that has funded efforts at political subversion in Cuba and Venezuela.

USAID is the “White Helmets” principal funder, committing at least $23 million to the group since 2013. This money was part of $340 million budgeted by USAID for “supporting activities that pursue a peaceful transition to a democratic and stable Syria” — or establishing a parallel governing structure that could fill the power vacuum once Bashar Al-Assad was removed.

Thanks to an aggressive public relations push by the “Syria Campaign”, the “White Helmets” have been nominated for the Nobel Prize, and have already been awarded the “alternative Nobel” known as the “Right Livelihood Award.” At the same time, the “White Helmets” are pushing for a NFZ in public appearances and on a website created by the “Syria Campaign.”

The “Syria Campaign” has garnered endorsements for the “White Helmets” from a host of Hollywood celebrities and with fundraising and “outreach” performed by the “Syria Campaign”, the “White Helmets” have become the stars of a slickly produced Netflix documentary vehicle that has received hype from media outlets across the West.

 

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Targeting the UN and aid convoys

September 2016: An aid convoy organized by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs came under attack on its way to the rebel-held countryside of West Aleppo.

The “White Helmets” pinned blame squarely on the Syrian and Russian governments. Indeed, a “White Helmets” member was among the first to appear on camera at the scene of the attack, declaring in English that “the regime helicopters targeted this place with four barrel [bombs].”

The “White Helmets” also produced one of the major pieces of evidence Western journalists have relied on to implicate Russia and the Syrian government in the attack: a photograph supposedly depicting the tail fragment of a Russian-made fragmentation bomb. (This account remains unconfirmed by both the UN and SARC, and no evidence of barrel bombs has been produced).

Ironically, the “White Helmets” have also figured prominently in the “Syria Campaign’s” push to undermine the UN’s humanitarian work inside Syria. For months, the “Syria Campaign” has painted the UN as a stooge of Bashar Al-Assad for coordinating its aid deliveries with the Syrian government, as it has done with governments in conflict zones around the world.

A Westerner who operates as a politically neutral humanitarian NGO in Damascus offered me a withering assessment of the “Syria Campaign’s” attacks on the UN. The source accused the “Syria Campaign” of “dividing and polarizing the community” along political lines.

Significantly, a few days before the aid convoy attack prompted the UN to suspend much of its work inside Syria, the “Syria Campaign” spurred 73 aid organizations operating in rebel-held territory, including the “White Helmets,” to suspend their cooperation with the UN aid program.

The Western press widely reported that, “The decision to withdraw from the Whole of Syria programme, in which organisations share information to help the delivery of aid, means in practice the UN will lose sight of what is happening throughout the north of Syria and in opposition-held areas of the country, where the NGOs do most of their work.”

Despite the “Syria Campaign’s” influence on the international media stage, details on the outfit’s inner workings are difficult to come by. the “Syria Campaign” is registered in England as a private company called the “Voices Project” at an address shared by 91 other companies. Aside from Asfari, most of the Syria Campaign’s donors are anonymous.

Looming over this opaque operation are questions about the “Syrian Campaign’s” connections to “Avaaz”, a global public relations outfit that played an instrumental role in generating support for a no-fly zone in Libya, and the “Syria Campaign’s” founding by “Purpose,” another PR firm spun out of “Avaaz.”

But, a careful examination of the origins and operation of the “Syria Campaign” raises doubts about the organisation’s and its supporter’s self created image as an authentic voice for Syrian civilians, and should invite serious questions about the agenda of its partner organizations as well.

 

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Avaaz – Purpose – Syrian Voices – Syrian Campaign – The Voices Project –  All interlinked smokescreen organisations

Best known for its work on liberal social issues, the New York – and London-based public relations firm “Purpose” promises to deliver creatively executed campaigns that produce either a “behaviour change,” “perception change,” “policy change” or “infrastructure change.”

As the Syrian conflict entered its third year, this company was ready to effect a regime change. In February 2014, “Purpose,” placed job adverts seeking “two interns to join the team at “Purpose” to help launch a new movement for Syria.” and third intern for the PR firm’s new “Syrian Voices” project. “together with Syrians in the diaspora and NGO partners,”

The sales pitch said, “Purpose” is building a movement that will amplify the voices of moderate, non-violent Syrians and mobilize people in the Middle East and around the world to call for specific changes in the political and humanitarian situation in the region.” The post-holder would be based in London reporting “to a Strategist based primarily in London, working closely with “Purpose” teams in both London and New York.

“Purpose” founder Jeremy Heimans drafted articles of association for the “Syria Campaign’s” parent company “The Voices Project”, and registered the company at 3 Bull Lane, St. Ives Cambridgeshire, England. It was one of 91 private limited companies listed at the address. An explanation has not yet been forthcoming explaining why the “Syria Campaign” had chosen the location or why it was registered as a private company.

“Purpose” Europe director Tim Dixon was appointed to the “Syria Campaign’s” board of directors. So was John Jackson, a “Purpose” strategist who previously co-directed the Burma Campaign U.K. that lobbied the EU for sanctions against that country’s ruling regime. Anna Nolan became the “Syria Campaign’s” project director, even as she remained listed as the strategy director at “Purpose.”

In summary; the job adverts for its “Syrian Voices” project boasted that “Purpose” grew out of some of the most impactful new models for social change” including “the now 30 million strong action network “avaaz.org.”

The “Syria Campaign’s” founder, “Purpose” co-founder Jeremy Heimans, was also one of the original founders of “Avaaz”. In an interview with Forbes magazine he said, “I co-founded Avaaz and “Get Up”, [the Australian activist group] which inspired the creation of “Purpose.”

 

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Enforcement of a No Fly Zone – Exposed – The “Syria Campaign’s” ties to “Avaaz”

In 2011, “Avaaz” introduced a public campaign for a no-fly zone in Libya and delivered a petition with 1,202,940 signatures to the UN supporting Western intervention.

John Hilary, executive director of “War On Want,” the U.K.’s leading anti-poverty and anti-war charity, warned at the time, “Little do most of these generally well-meaning activists know, they are strengthening the hands of those western governments desperate to reassert their interests in north Africa… Clearly a no-fly zone makes foreign intervention sound rather humanitarian—putting the emphasis on stopping bombing, even though it could well lead to an escalation of violence.”

John Hilary’s dire warning was fulfilled after the NATO-enforced no-fly zone prompted the ousting of former President Moamar Qaddafi. Months later, Qaddafi was sexually assaulted and beaten to death in the road by a mob of fanatics. The Islamic State and an assortment of militias filled the void left in the Jamahiriya government’s wake. The political catastrophe should have been serious enough to call future interventions of this nature into question. Yet Libya’s legacy failed to deter “Avaaz” from introducing a new campaign for another no-fly zone; this time in Syria.

“To some a no-fly zone could conjure up images of George W. Bush’s foreign policy and illegal Western interventions. This is a different thing,” “Avaaz” insisted in a communique defending its support for a new no-fly zone in Syria. The “Syria Campaign’s” support for a no-fly zone was being proposed as the product of a “deep listening process” involving the polling of Syrian civilians in rebel-held territories and refugees outside the country. “Avaaz”. was a “solidarity organization,” not a public relations firm, and if and when a no-fly zone would be imposed over Syrian skies, it would be different than those seen in past conflicts.

http://www.alternet.org/world/inside-shadowy-pr-firm-thats-driving-western-opinion-towards-regime-change-syria

 

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Scotland Will Rise and Be a Nation again – There will be a Full Sturgeon Moon in August 2018 – If the Portents are favourable Nicola Sturgeon may well elect to ask Scotland to decide once more. This time we need to get it right.

 

 

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The Next Scottish Independence referendum.

There are some who think that another referendum is inevitable and will be sparked by the negative outcomes of Brexit negotiations within the next 2 years. If this is to be the case then activists within the pro-independence movement would be wise to start an independence dialogue now. The fight for independence should be directed through the SNP government and wider party but those with views and opinions will need to be heard so that all aspects of the campaign are to be covered. l have compiled a small list for starters encompassing matters that the “yes” campaign were remiss on last time. I am sure others will be able to expand on it

 

 

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1. “Yes” campaign must not rely over much on emotion. Facts win arguments. The “Scottish” card should only be played at time when it can assist the campaign achieving a target.

2. Currency adoption, financial and stock market control systems should be clarified and accepted by the electorate in a sustained campaign set in motion well before a referendum.

3. Insurance, savings, pensions, (addressing the faster ageing population of Scotland) individual and corporate taxation and associated regulatory and consumer protection should be well presented and achievable.

4. A document should be produced by the Scottish government and circulated in the last weeks of the campaign, to every registered voter setting out in a “Q & A” format pertaining to policies such as: media (including newsprint) mail, telephone, the NHS, crime: (organised and ad-hoc), security: encompassing terrorism, defence, foreign policy, (NATO, EU,etc.) and/or any other threats to society.

5. Any negative impact on the imbalance of trade in goods and services, (with England, Wales & N Ireland) and its effect on employment should be researched and remedial measures explained.

6. Whilst the campaign is political and MP’s, MSP’s and pro-independence activists need to be assured and confident in their roles attention needs to be given to the appointment of a highly effective media team well able to counter any attacks (including negative campaign tricks) from the “no” camp.

7. The “yes” campaign will need to gather a substantial “fighting fund” and early attention should be given to this.

8. Focus in the early stages of the campaign should ensure the electorate are reminded of the many unfulfilled pledges of the, “three amigos” and their pipsqueak supporters.

 

 

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bbc – Sex – drugs – parties – orgies – chemsex – Meow Meow – Can it really be that £110,000 of licence fee compulsory contributions funds this???

 

 

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The BBC and Drugs

The BBC is the world’s largest broadcaster. It is funded by a compulsory annual TV licence fee. BBC output includes TV, radio, websites and magazines. Its reputation has been badly tarnished in recent years by a series of high-profile controversies involving drugs and sex scandals. In Scotland licence fee payers are disenchanted with the corporation, whose news and current affairs programming is heavily biased towards broadcasting state controlled media which, (before the advent of the much wider broadcast media now enjoyed by the public) was accepted by gullible viewers as fact. Those day’s have gone but the BBC and Whitehall will not relinquish the corporation’s strict control of news and current affairs output which ensures a universal “one message one source” the UK state insists upon retaining.

But all is not well in the corporation. In London and the South East of England a significant number of highly paid salaried staff, together with presenters and producers have been exposed, (with some justice) of being involved in the designer drugs scene, routinely purchasing and consuming cocaine, methamphetamine, mephedrone (meow meow). In recent times ‘chemsex’ orgies are becoming increasingly prevalent, particularly in the L.G.B.T. scene and the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases is growing daily.

Scotland needs to operate it’s own media, free from the BBC which is morphing into something akin to Sodom. Scots should not look back. Facilitating the breakaway requires independence and gaining it will challenge those who voted “Yes” in 2014 to get out and convert the doubters to the cause.

 

 

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BBC Annual Income and Expenditure

5.0bn: Total income all sources (rough split 80/20, Licence fee charges and other income).

3.7bn: Total annual outlay (salaries, pension liabilities, other costs, including freelancers and agency staff) = 74%

1.3bn. Programme production and distribution costs = 26%

Total 5.0bn

Average annual total staffing numbers (all sources) 23,000. Assume approximately 65% of BBC staff and others on the payroll are based in London and the South East of England.

Assume annual gross salary and other related costs each employee $50k. Total cost £65 x 9200 = £552k

Assume 25% of gross salary outlay of 20% of staff (primarily based in London and the South East of England) is spent by employee’s purchasing and consuming designer drugs socially and on the “Chemsex” party circuit .

Annual spend by bbc staff and associates of (UK taxpayers annual compulsory contribution to the BBC (licence fee) = £110K

http://www.bbc.co.uk/annualreport/2014/executive/finances/licence_fee.html

 

 

Sarah Graham: 'Off-the-wall' TV and radio stars may be high on cocaine, says former BBC producer

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21 October 2009: Former BBC producer reveals TV executives were praised for cocaine use

Television executives who take cocaine are often praised for their ‘off-the-wall’ brilliance instead of reprimanded, according to former BBC producer Sarah Graham, who has worked for Children’s BBC, Radio 5, and Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast. She said drug use remained rife in the industry and was not isolated to workers in their 20s.

Giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee, (chaired by Keith Vaz) she said the erratic behaviour of many broadcast stars is not the sign of creative genius but of addiction to illegal substances. Speaking yesterday, she said she was offered cocaine on her first day at the BBC on a night out with co-workers, sparking a nine-year habit which included using crack and heroin.

Miss Graham, 40, now a drugs counsellor, said: ‘I was working at the BBC and pretty much the first night working on a show my producer and presenter took me to a Soho media watering hole and I was asked if I’d like to go to the toilet and do some cocaine.’ She added: ‘As your addiction progresses, certain behaviour that would not be tolerated in a normal job can be spun as part of your creative genius or extraordinary personality.’   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1221850/Former-BBC-producer-reveals-TV-executives-PRAISED-cocaine-use.html

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5 March 2010: BBC logs 300 disciplinary cases of which only 9 involved drink or drugs

Critics have claimed that a relatively low number of cases relating to alcohol dependence and substance abuse showed that BBC management were “ignorant” in recognising an alleged “cocaine culture” within the corporation. The figures, disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act, show that 87 cases – were logged in the “behaviour/conduct” category, compared to 42 for absence, 12 for bullying and harassment, 22 for conflicts of interest and eight for poor timekeeping. But there were only nine cases in the alcohol dependence/substance abuse – a number, a former producer dismissed as “too low” to represent the true picture.

Sarah Graham, a former BBC producer of children’s programmes told the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, chaired by Keith Vaz last year that she had been offered cocaine on her first day at work at the corporation. She said yesterday: “I am not surprised by the low figures, because BBC management are not skilled in recognising any employees who may be suffering from drug abuse or dependency. “There is a covert tolerance of cocaine abuse across the BBC and other media organisations. Because of the ignorance of cocaine abuse, a lot of the symptoms of cocaine abuse are regarded as ‘creative genius’.”

The figures are from April 2006 when the BBC first began to list disciplinary proceedings in a central database to February 2010. They cover more than 17,000 BBC employees, but do not include staff of subsidiaries such BBC World, BBC Worldwide and the World Service Trust. A BBC spokesman said: “The BBC makes clear the standards of behaviour expected of our employees. We take all allegations of misconduct seriously and where necessary will take disciplinary action. We never comment on individual disciplinary matters.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/7370670/BBC-logs-300-disciplinary-cases-including-bullying-and-drug-abuse.html

 

 

 

BBC staff openly smoked marijuana at the corporation’s headquarters during the 1960s and 70s and Play School presenters even went on-air stoned, former stars have disclosed.

Rick Jones and Lionel Morton, presenters of Play School, got stoned before filming the children’s programme, it is claimed.

As well as drugs, the BBC was apparently also a hot bed of sex with staff “bonking all over the place”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 May 2012: Sex, drugs and the BBC’s 70s heyday

At the time it was the broadcasting heart of Britain – the place where comedies, dramas and light entertainment shows watched by tens of millions were made. Yet according to a new documentary we now find that the corridors of BBC Television Centre in the Seventies were a miasma of marijuana smoke, its dressing rooms a hotbed of sex and the club room a haven for drunken parties. It was its own universe sealed off from the humdrum world, where dramas, comedies and eccentric behaviour were tolerated and possibly encouraged on set and off.

A former BBC presenter said many of the acts that were seen on the BBC’s pop shows at the time were also under the influence when they appeared on screen. “Of course they smoked,” she says, “and they didn’t smoke ordinary cigarettes.” This attitude of liberal tolerance extended beyond drugs to include sexual shenanigans throughout the building. Former female Dr Who assistants revealed that the dressing rooms were home to mini-orgies and people were bonking all over the BBC. http://www.express.co.uk/expressyourself/318214/Sex-drugs-and-the-BBC-s-70s-heyday

 

 

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1 July 2012: Former Leeds University graduate and BBC North American business correspondent Richard Quest is caught with drugs and a sex toy in New York Central Park

One of US news channel CNN’s most high-profile faces, he was arrested after being found in New York’s Central Park at 3.40am with another man. The park closes at 1am. He told police: “I’ve got some meth in my pocket.” They found he had the stimulant methamphetamine in his jacket and a sex toy in his shoe. A rope was looped around his neck and privates under his clothes. A qualified lawyer, Quest spent most of the day in jail then walked free from court after he agreed to six months of drug counselling. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/cnn-reporter-richard-quest-caught-974866

 

 

 

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10 April 2014: Many MPs, staff and hangers-on work, drink and sleep together and the cycle is fuelled by the availability of cheap alcohol

Britain’s 900-year-old seat of government, the historic Palace of Westminster is home to a subculture of booze-fuelled revelling that puts many a university campus to shame. Long accused of inhabiting a “bubble” removed from the outside world, many MPs, parliamentary staff and political hangers-on not only work together but socialise, drink, and sleep together too. It is a lifestyle pattern made even easier by the cheap alcohol offered in parliament’s taxpayer-subsidised bars.

It was in this environment, as well as the haunts of nearby Soho, that the Tory deputy speaker Nigel Evans fell into the trap of what his defence barrister called “drunken over-familiarity” with researchers at the heart of Westminster’s thriving gay scene. “Parliament is a very easy place to be openly gay,” one Westminster researcher said. “And there are also MPs who are publicly heterosexual but covertly gay, some of whom make passes at men in parliament.” Double standards did not only apply to gay MPs masquerading as straight, he said, but also to senior politicians who were publicly happily married but who had a predatory approach to young female staff.

Another researcher reeled off a list of “infamously sleazy” MPs from all parties that women in his social circle actively avoided. “It’s not just the odd remark, it’s the wandering hands as well,” he said. “Some seem attracted to the power thing or think it’s part of getting on in a party, so it’s definitely not the case that the advances are always unwanted.”

Drinking hangouts have spread to nearby Whitehall pubs and some of the parliamentary gay scene has expanded to Soho. For researchers, the heart of much of the shenanigans is the cheap booze available at the Sports and Social Club. This is still home to a rowdy Thursday karaoke night after the bosses have returned to their constituencies.

There is also a steady stream of free beer and wine provided by lobbyists at receptions in the Commons and Lords, says one staffer, with the most raucous nights ending up in the nearby Players Bar. “You could have free drink every night of the week if you wanted to gatecrash all the parties. Many do,” he said. “You can criticise the researchers for taking advantage, but if you didn’t network with colleagues you’d be dead. It’s part of the job.”  https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/apr/10/nigel-evans-alcohol-drinking-westminster

 

 

 

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10 April 2014: Henry Hendron a barrister friend of Nigel Evans allegedly jeopardised the trial committing a very serious contempt of court posting an “irresponsible” blog on the Internet.

Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC said the online comments had caused at least one of the alleged victims to consider pulling out of the trial. Although the comments – claiming to be news from “Camp Nigel” – were taken down, the court heard that they had been tweeted and retweeted on the eve of the trial. Evans own QC Peter Wright described it as “irresponsible and jeopardised the trial process.” The judge reported him to the Attorney General Dominic Grieve, saying “this is a prima facie contempt of court and it could influence jurors too. This is a very serious contempt.” http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/nigel-evans-barrister-friend-jeopardised-trial-with-online-blog-9251762.html

 

 

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16 Nov 2014: Snorting Coke With The BBC

The programme takes a wry look at some of the most highly publicised cases of BBC TV and radio celebrities caught using drugs and examines the attitude of the media towards their behaviour, their subsequent fall from grace and, in some cases, their rehabilitation. Frank Bough, Johnnie Walker, Richard Bacon and Angus Deayton are the stars featured as the circumstances surrounding their dismissal from the BBC are examined. Along with their cocaine use, Frank, Johnnie and Angus were caught in various sexually compromising positions, raising questions about the connection between drugs and sex.

The programme looks at the reaction of the BBC, their colleagues and the press to what happened, asking if their response was at times an over-reaction, or if there were inconsistencies in the way that they were dealt with. The programme also considers the issue of whether the BBC should have a consistent workplace policy on drug taking by its employees, or whether each case should be assessed individually on its own merits.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAeG48H51xI

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20 May 2015: BBC presenter Paul Ross ‘is living apart from his wife’ nine months after his drug-fuelled gay romps were revealed

The wife of TV host Paul Ross has moved out of the home she shared with her husband almost a year after it was exposed he was in a homosexual affair with a man he met at a dogging hotspot. Ross – older brother of chat show favourite Jonathan – last year confessed to wife Jackie that he was having a drug-fuelled fling with former English teacher Barry Oliver. The dad-of-five snorted lethal mephedrone as often as six times a day, and was even photographed snorting the drug, which is more commonly known as meow meow, off his 57-year-old lover’s face.

The 58-year-old met ex teacher Barry Oliver in 2013 after attending a well-known dogging site (at the Thicket roundabout in Maidenhead) near his home to watch other couples have sex. When his affair was exposed, he attributed it to financial stress brought on by a sizeable tax bill which left him needing some sort of ‘escape’. He also admitted that he and his wife hadn’t had sex for a year. Upon first meeting Mr Oliver, Ross had sex with him in bushes. They then began a year-long affair, which saw Ross attending his lover’s home before he started his daily breakfast radio show. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3095012/BBC-presenter-Paul-Ross-living-apart-wife-nine-months-drug-fuelled-gay-romps-revealed.html

 

 

 

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28 October 2015: ‘Cocaine on sale at BBC’

Sensational claims that a drug dealer is delivering to BBC staff at their desks have been made by Beeb veteran Alan Dedicoat. On a tape, passed to The Sun, he is heard telling a man that the peddler regularly sells ecstasy and cocaine. Dedicoat, 60 — the announcer on Strictly Come Dancing — is also recorded claiming that certain members of BBC security staff were “in on it”.

He says: “The police can do nothing about the fact that he’s delivering desk to desk.” Asked about drugs, he adds: “Well, they are recreational items of interest, I think you’ll find, that’s the way we categorise them.” Dedicoat is heard claiming the dealer would visit the unspecified offices “monthly,” and says: “It’s everywhere, isn’t it?”

When quizzed on how many of the staff would buy from the seller, Dedicoat responds: “Erm, at least 50 per cent.” Asked if the drugs included cocaine and party drugs, he replies: “Yes, Es for the lower grades, then whoever can afford it — goes up. It’s the business we’re in . . . ”

Dedicoat’s unidentified companion says it sounds like drugs are “rife” at the BBC, to which he replies: “You say rife like it’s horrible and wrong. “He only comes in because it stops him being intercepted by the police.”  Dedicoat made no suggestion he had bought or taken drugs himself, nor did he specify where or when the alleged crimes took place. The recording is believed to have been made at his home in Wales.

Dedicoat has worked for the BBC for 36 years — including as a Radio 2 newsreader and as TV’s voice of the National Lottery draw. He is a regular at Broadcasting House, West London, nearby Western House, where Radio 2 is based, and Elstree studios, Herts. Dedicoat last night tried to gag The Sun from reporting his taped claims. But a High Court judge threw out the injunction bid and allowed us to publish.

In a statement, Dedicoat said: “There is no truth to what I said. I was foolishly embellishing upon rumours I was aware of dating from 20 or 30 years ago in relation to the commercial radio sector. “I have no personal knowledge of these matters and have absolutely no reason to believe that the activities referred to in the edited extract of this covertly-recorded conversation take place or have ever taken place at the BBC.”    https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/90463/cocaine-on-sale-at-bbc/

 

 

 

BBC producer: BBC executive producer Alexander Parkin had sold the lawyer £1,000 worth of designer drugs

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9 March 2016: BBC producer admits supplying ‘meow meow’ at a “Chemsex” orgy after a barrister’s boyfriend died of an overdose.

Alexander Parkin, 40, appeared in the dock with top barrister Henry Hendron, 35, who denies supplying drugs. Hendron’s boyfriend, waiter Miguel Jimenez, 18, died from an overdose at London’s Temple, the buildings housing the country’s top legal chambers.

Hendron, (seen as one of the rising stars of the legal circuit) was represented by his brother Richard Hendron, denied two counts of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs. He further denied two counts of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply and two counts of possession of controlled drugs.

Parkin admitted two counts of supplying controlled drugs to another. His solicitor, defending Parkin, said: ‘He is 40-years-old, he’s an executive producer at the BBC, he has one caution for possession of Mephedrone – there’s clearly a background to the abuse of narcotics.’ Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3483923/BBC-executive-producer-supplied-meow-meow-drugs-death-party.html

A previous conviction for drug possession but he still attracts a very highly paid job with the BBC!!!

 

 

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8 April 2016: Why didn’t BBC mention its drug dealing executive in ‘chemsex’ story?

The BBC was under fire last night for interviewing celebrity barrister Henry Hendron who supplied the drugs that killed his teenage boyfriend, and not mentioning that he bought them from a Corporation executive.

Hendron, 35, was given a key interview slot on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. But despite an extended interview and a follow-up piece on ‘chemsex’ drug use in the gay community, the journalists did not mention that BBC executive producer Alexander Parkin had sold the lawyer £1,000 worth of designer drugs.

The BBC also faced censure for discussing sexual habits and drug use on the morning radio show, when many families would have been eating breakfast together. Yesterday, a spokesman for Media watch UK, which campaigns for a safer media, criticised the BBC. ‘We know that drug use is bad because it’s illegal – it’s hard to know what kind of message the BBC is trying to put across over the breakfast table,’ he said. ‘Listeners could have been forgiven for getting confused as they heard a man who has pleaded guilty to supplying drugs that killed his teenage boyfriend that were originally supplied by a BBC producer describing his illegal drug use as a “nice experience” and saying how upset he was at being treated as a criminal. “There’s certainly a judgement issue to be looked at here – it’s one thing raising awareness of the effects of drug use, quite another to be giving a platform at breakfast time to a drug dealer who could shortly be facing prison.”

Hendron described his arrest as ‘traumatic’ and saying he had been “treated like a criminal” admitted supplying the drugs that killed Mr Jimenez. He had bought £1,000 of designer drugs from Parkin, 41, to sell on to revellers at a ‘chemsex’ party at his flat at his legal chambers. The ‘chemsex’ phenomenon sweeping the gay community, involves participants taking drugs for up at a week at a time and having sex with multiple partners.

Hendron pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing drugs with intent to supply and will be sentenced on May 3. Parkin also faces jail after admitting two counts of supplying controlled drugs.

A viewers Comment:

The BBC lost its ability to provide rational, balanced and impartial reporting a long time ago, so this kind of conduct should come as no surprise to anyone. Charter renewal is fast approaching but our spineless government will cave in as usual because it suits their purpose to do so. And the BBC Trust, an organisation that is supposed to hold the broadcaster to account, went native from the day it was set up. Both organisations are totally unfit, something that has become increasingly obvious to most of us.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3529256/Why-didn-t-BBC-mention-drug-dealing-executive-chemsex-story-Corporation-fire-interview-barrister-supplied-drugs-killed-boyfriend.html

 

 

 

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A UK General Election is Closer than you think – Time then to analyse just how the Tory Party won in 2015 against all the odds – Scotland needs to learn fast

 

 

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Scotland – Look to the future but reflect on the recent past

There is every chance the Tory government will call a General Election just as soon as they have completed boundary changes reducing the number of seats at Westminster from 650 to 600. The change will favour the Tory Party greatly and might well result in a permanent Tory government at Westminster. The Scottish electorate, recently confirmed to be the queens subjects living in a region of the UK might be forced by circumstance to change their allegiance’s from SNP to Tory if Scotland is to continue to receive more from the Westminster purse than it contributes. The alternative is independence.

I have added an analysis of the UK 2015 General Election. It was compiled for consumption by the Russian public so in that regard it’s content reflects events as they occurred rather than the usual heavily biased reports issued through the government and right wing press of the UK.  There are clearly political strategy lessons needing to be learned if Scots are to be able to look forward with confidence to the future.

 

 

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The 2015 UK General Election – Summary of a report prepared for the Russian Public Consumption

The report researchers and authors focused both on the national election campaign and the fight for marginal constituencies which determines the outcome of the general battle between the British parties for the majority in Parliament. Particular attention was given to analysing the political methodology and strategies used by all parties.

 

 

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Main results and general trends

The first-past-the-post voting system favours parties with strong regional bases. The Conservatives have complete control of the South-East of England, Labour dominate London constituencies, SNP managed to capture whole of Scotland. National parties that struggled to find a regional base – UKIP, Greens and Lib Dems – underperformed in the 2015 General election. Thus, regional fragmentation of British political system became even more pronounced. Moderate left voters in the North of England moved to Labour from Lib. Dems due to their right shift in the coalition government with the Conservatives. Former Lib. Dem protest voters moved to UKIP and Green party.

At the same time, UK voters continue to drift away from the Labour party and from the Conservatives. The big-two continue to lose ground in terms of vote share to non-mainstream and non-national challengers. The vote for minor parties after 2015 campaign is extremely high – 24, 6%. Small parties’ rise hit Labour and Lib Dems the hardest. SNP and the Green Party preyed on the former centre-left electorate. However, apart from SNP smaller parties are yet to make a breakthrough in terms of seats. Tactical voting is still widely practised: some potential voters of the smaller parties do not vote for them hoping to make an impact on future government’s composition by voting for the big-two.

Electorate is still skewed towards older, wealthier and whiter voters. White retirees’ are disciplined voters and thus have disproportionate say in determining political outcomes in the UK. On the other hand, the 2015 General election highlighted a significant increase in the influence of ethnic and religious minorities on electoral outcomes, even though the vast majority of voters still identifies themselves as White British (82%). Increasing power of minority voters affects London the most, because over 40% of voters in the capital belong to ethnic minorities. In 2015, Muslim voters had direct influence on the outcomes in 25% of English, Welsh and Scottish constituencies (159 of 632). At the same time interviewed experts believe that the role of the minorities is unlikely to be such a significant factor as it is in the US because they are fairly symmetrically distributed between the key parties – Sikhs and Hindus tend to support the Conservatives, natives of African and Muslim countries – the Labour.

The growing influence on the outcome of the elections of immigrants from countries with relatively weak parliamentary traditions leads to an increase in the number of violations and fraud. Serious and systemic problem with voting by mail has been revealed on the eve of the election, cause voting by mail is a fragile institute based largely on trust. Fraud is unlikely to seriously affect the outcome. But still greater growth of such cases during local elections can probably force the UK government to reform the system of voting by mail, and even prohibit it again.

2011 fixed-term parliaments act that set 5 year fixed terms for the House of Commons MPs and drastically restricted the possibility of the parliament’s early dissolution changed the nature of electoral campaigns. It gave the parties an opportunity to build a long-term political strategy. In particular, the Conservatives took advantage of this to prepare in advance detailed database of voters, which allowed them to campaign with great precision both on the ground, in the constituencies, and in the air, on the national level.

 

 

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Political Strategies

The Conservatives won the fight for the elite support. To be more precise, the Labour Party did not partake in it at all. They were pretty sure of their victory (over several years prior to the campaign, they were in the lead according to the national polls). The vast majority of the representatives of big business has made a bet on the Tories, who supposedly have provided economic growth and stabilization of the public finances. The Labour Party was not able or did not want to challenge this narrative. Even though the coalition government’s macroeconomic record is rather unsatisfactory compared to Britain’s post-WWII governments.
Nevertheless, the Conservatives advantage in elite support did not create an unbridgeable gap between them and their adversaries in terms of campaign finance. In the UK, election expenses are severely limited by law and there is a ban on direct political advertising on TV and radio. Public funding (tied to the results of previous elections) and support of trades unions provided Labour’s campaign with solid financial basis. However, good relations with media-owners gave Tories an upper hand in creating and spreading important narratives. The press overwhelmingly supported the Conservatives. Due to neutrality of the TV and the radio, privately-owned newspapers are free to formulate and control electoral agenda in the UK. TV traditionally followed the newspapers in the coverage of major events, and Labour’s attempt to give an alternative interpretation in the social media failed. As a result, the Conservative narratives dominated the media agenda for 5 out of 6 weeks of the short campaign.
The Conservatives managed to put the economic development and the public finance stability into the centre of the campaign debates. The Conservatives in the opinion of the elites and the population outplayed the Labour Party on this field. Media described a possible rise to power of the Labour Party as the inevitable chaos for the UK economy.
The Conservatives managed to survive throughout the campaign chosen content line due to the consolidated and well-structured work of their HQ. One-man management style became possible due to the good relations between the party leaders and also because of high level of trust towards campaign general manager Lynton Crosby. Labour’s HQ lacked coherent command structure and thus failed to articulate uniform and clear grass-roots strategy and overall national narrative.
Labour campaign attacked the Conservatives as “the party of the establishment”. That, on the one hand, strengthen the sympathy of the elites to the Tories, on the other hand, inflated in the public eyes a threat of “a class war” in case the Labour Party won the election.
Labour had an advantage in terms of the ground war – they had more activists and direct contacts with households. But they were impaired by several factors. Volunteers lacked professionalism in dealing with the voters (it is forbidden to pay for this work by law). Party’s resources were thinly spread among hundreds of constituencies, instead of being concentrated on crucial ones. As well as that, Labour voter data bases were of poor quality. At the same time the Conservatives created detailed databases, which were continuously updated and improved throughout the campaign. Tories chose a 40/40 strategy (to protect 40 marginal constituencies, to win 40 new ones). Volunteer activists received special training and were deployed strategically across these key constituencies. Targeted mailing lists and contacts through the Internet including social networks assisted activists in crafting individual messages for key groups of voter, like middle-aged mothers and military veterans.

Coalition Government with the Liberal Democrats has been recognized within the Conservative Party as a failure. Therefore, the Tories have relied on getting the majority or even the minority Government in the hung Parliament. This strategy allowed Tories to target the disaffected electorate of their coalition partners – Liberal Democrats. Tory credited all the economic achievements of the government for themselves, and any unfulfilled promises were explained by the Lib Dem resistance. Former Lib. Dem. electorate was mostly divided between the Labour party and Conservatives (20% went to the Tories, 24% to the Labour), but not in the proportion that the Labour Party had planned (they hoped to capture two-thirds of the Liberal Democrat votes). In terms of seats, it looked even more painful for the Labour Party. Liberal Democrats lost 27 seats to the Tories and only 12 to Labour.
In Scotland Labour and Lib. Dem.’s were hit by association with toxic brand of the Conservative Party, because in 2014 Scottish independence referendum, all national parties campaigned for the preservation of the region as part of the UK together. Thus traditionally strong Scottish Labour was damaged beyond repair. This, along with successes of nationalist regional government, helped Scottish National Party to concentrate in their hands the vast majority of parliamentary seats in Westminster from Scotland (56 of 59). SNP is a unique phenomenon, because it operates as a classic mid-20th. century mass party in the 21st. century.
The rise of the SNP was a trump-card for the Conservative campaign. Conservatives made tactical voting work in their favours by offering voters a choice between a stable conservative government and ‘a coalition of chaos between left Labour and even more left SNP. Tories managed to re-attract English Nationalist vote that gravitated towards UKIP. Hence they divided Labour core vote in Scotland, but consolidated their electoral base in England. Conservatives tried to exploit the image of ‘Red Ed’ – a weak, infantile politician, who isn’t up to the prime-ministerial role along with the image of future destructive pressure from aggressive left populists from the SNP. Control over agenda allowed conservatives “to glue” Labour to the SNP. The counter argument from the Labour Party about the possibility of a coalition of conservatives and the UKIP had no such effect, because none of the analysts, despite the growing number of supporters of this party, did not forecast more than four seats for the UKIP. Eventually the UKIP won just 1 seat.
The growing popularity of UKIP, which won the third largest share of popular vote in 2015, did not translate into parliamentary seats, because the party lacks concentrated regional base and large groups of potential UKIP electorate chose to vote tactically for Conservative Government and against the possibility of Labour-SNP coalition. It is worth noting reckless attitude of the Labour Party to the UKIP – they saw them only as a spoiler of the Conservative Party, but later learned that Farage likewise takes away their own voices.
The increased financial support for the “Green party” creates an additional burden on the electorate of Lib. Dem and Labour. Some observers believe it favoured of the Conservatives.
Prime Minister David Cameron won the leadership contest against Ed Miliband. His personal rating and rating as a potential Prime Minister exceeded ranking of Conservative party, while Miliband’s personal rating was lower than Labour party rating. The negative campaign against Miliband began long before the election, and it only intensified during the actual campaign. With this campaign, Conservatives mainly targeted former Liberal Democrat voters and wavering middle class, concentrated in the marginal constituencies of England’s South. Positive dynamic of Ed Miliband’s rating during the short-campaign were not enough to give him any advantage, because this dynamic as driven by traditional left-wing electorate. These groups were concentrated in Labour safe seats and thus could hardly help the Labour party expand in the marginal constituencies.
The chosen TV debate format favoured Conservatives. David Cameron managed to avoid direct confrontation with Ed Miliband, who was inter-mixed with six other vocal opposition politicians. Two head to head Q&A sessions put Cameron forward as a better communicator with clear positioning. At the same time, the seven leaders’ debates format were extremely well for SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon. She outflanked Miliband from the left and thus strengthened nationalists’ electoral credentials in Scotland. Such turn of events also created a sense of anxiety among English
voters and supported Conservative “coalition of chaos” narrative.
National opinion polls got the trends wrong. They showed Conservatives and Labour going head to head until the polling day, and also highlighted high probability of a coalition government. The probable cause of the mistakes was an incorrect methodology for surveys (focus on nationwide sample instead the focus on the marginal constituencies, refusal to use candidate names in polling etc.). Conservative closed polls conducted by Crosby’s team proved to be more accurate. However, Tories did not publish the results, because uncertainty, predicted by the national polls, increased the likelihood of tactical voting for the Conservative party by the undecided voters.

 

 

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The day after

After the win, the Conservatives started a campaign to broaden their base by absorbing parts of the electorate of their demoralized opponents. New Conservative rhetoric borrowed from their opponents’ manifestos. For instance, Tories try to rebrand themselves as the «real party of the working people.

If the Conservative party manages to broaden its base, the coming reduction of constituencies from 650 to 600, can lead to a transition from current two-party system to long-term Conservative Party domination.  http://www.minchenko.ru/netcat_files/File/UK/20 General Election 2015(1).pdf
Report prepared by Minchenco Consulting with the support and co-operation of the Moscow based non-commercial foundation “Institute of socio-economic and political researches” (ISEPR Foundation

 

 

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BBC Announce major changes – Labour Party consolidates control over television and radio media – Scotland’s supremo will run the show ensuring unbiased news and current affairs reporting (just as he has always done)

 

 

 

 

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Oor lovable wee ken to be the newly created – Director of Nations and Regions – howzat that for a title???

(The title is to be formally challenged  and shortened since presenters on “Pointless” and William Hague at the time of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow advised the UK viewing public that Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland were Regions NOT Nations.)

But I expect the Scottish television Region viewing public will be well pleased by the response of the BBC undertaking to honour the pledge to devolve television programming to the regions, (with special attention to Scotland). The corporation keeps its word and as before doesn’t dither before presenting the new way. I’ll bet Scots would be ecstatic except that the change means the onlything new will be the seat occupied by Wee Ken will be somewhere in England. Very possible faulty oops BBC Towers.

 

 

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But why cant we revert back to the successful format that was in place before?

A well respected and truly impartial journalist was asked if the perception that BBC Scotland was anti-SNP was, in his view, justified. “Put it this way,” he said. “It probably comes more naturally to them to attack the nationalists than to attack the union.” But how is this the case? A wee bit of history. From 1946 to 1991 media affairs in Scotland were subject to the moderating influence of the, BBC Scotland Controller who effectively reported to the, “Broadcasting Council for Scotland”, on which many distinguished Scot’s served over the years.

 

 

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Centralised control is not devolved programming

The way in which BBC Scotland is run at present, the quality of care it shows for the many good people who work for it, the standard of what it does, the public service in Scotland ethos it supposedly represents are some of the more important questions facing the Scottish nation but they cannot be successfully addressed within the control systems that prevail at the present time not those being proposed with the appointment of MacQuarrie.

The BBC will continue to fail Scotland. Mind control is the primary blockage since those at the centre will retain absolute control of media output:  The BBC is part of the glue that holds together the very idea of Britain. Take it away and the whole package will  start to fall apart and we will be left to wonder at the fragility of the paste. The BBC is how we talk to each other, where we go in the morning. We need to trust it and to feel a personal investment in it. Otherwise it’s lost – and part of us with it.

 

 

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MacQuarrie and his sidekick,Labour Party supporter of long standing bully boy Blackman refused to appear before  the Scottish Education and Culture Committee at Holyrood stating that the BBC in Scotland was not accountable to the Scottish Government. They were finally ordered to appear the the Chairman of the BBC Trust. They did so but stonewalled every question put to them. Boothman was later removed from his post as Head of News and Current Affairs.

 

 

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THE BIGGER THE LIE – Media Bias in the Scottish Independence Referendum:  Professor John Robertson produced a damming report exposing BBC biased reporting positively for the Better Together campaign and almost always negatively against  the Yes campaign.

 

 

 

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19 October 2015: BBC vows change as survey finds less than half of Scots think it is good at representing them

Ken MacQuarrie told MPs on Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee that the corporation is “concerned” about the finding and is working to understand it. But he dismissed claims that the BBC demonstrated “unconscious bias” during its coverage of last year’s Scottish independence referendum.

Questioned on research by Professor John Robertson, author of a University of the West of Scotland report on BBC and ITV coverage of the referendum, which concluded there was evidence of coverage “which seems likely to have damaged the Yes campaign”. MacQuarrie said he did not accept the suggestion that there was unconscious bias in the BBC’s coverage. He said: “We have engaged with Prof Robertson’s research. We have some criticisms of, if you like, some of the methodology that Professor Robertson used, but I think the important thing is that we are going to listen and do listen very carefully to our audience in terms of any aspects of dissatisfaction.”

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/13879732.BBC_chief_vows_change_as_survey_finds_less_than_half_of_Scots_think_it_is_good_at_representing_them/

 

 

 

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22 September 2016: BBC Scotland director Ken MacQuarrie, takes up new position as director of nations and regions

MacQuarrie will be responsible for bringing together and enhancing the BBC’s offer to the nations and regions of the UK and will sit on the BBC’s new Executive Committee.

The role was created by the director general, Tony Hall in July 2016 to ensure that the corporation represented the changing nature of the UK and the calls for more autonomy from individual nations.

MacQuarrie will take up the post with immediate effect and will be responsible for representing the voice of audiences outside London as well as taking on editorial responsibility for all of the content produced by the BBC’s nations and regions teams.

Announcing the news Hall said: “I am delighted to appoint Kenny to this important post. Reflecting the nations and serving them well is vital for the BBC and a key part of the new Charter. There is no one better than Kenny to get this right. He is a supremely able leader and manager and is hugely respected, not just within the BBC, but outside as well. I know he’s the right person to give the Nations and Regions a strong voice across the BBC.”

MacQuarrie added: “I’m looking forward to beginning this new role. I know how much audiences value the BBC reflecting their own communities. From the Isles of Scilly to Shetland there are some great stories to be told. We want to represent and report all corners of the UK and everybody should feel that the BBC offers something for them. I’ll enjoy championing our excellent nations and regions teams at the top table.”

http://www.thedrum.com/news/2016/09/22/bbc-scotland-director-ken-macquarrie-takes-up-new-position-director-nations-and

 

 

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MacQuarrie and his cohorts at BBC Scotland stitched up the broadcast media in Scotland in favour of the Labour party. If the new BBC board of management had been serious about devolving responsibility, with authority they would have removed the entire management team from Scotland, including MacQuarrie.

The next link accesses around a dozen articles posted by myself in the last 3 years. All detail the corruption and bias of the BBC in Scotland. If only it were possible to ask the EU to investigate and instruct Westminster to properly devolve the media.

https://caltonjock.com/2015/08/28/bbc-wages-total-war-against-scotlands-march-towards-independence-scotland-needs-a-media-free-of-westminster-oppressive-control-this-is-a-human-rights-issue/

 

 

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James Purnell

James Purnell:  To be director of BBC Radio without any idea how it works

 

 

 

23 August 2016: And the abuse continues – BBC warned not to promote former Labour Party minister Purnell to Director of BBC Radio post

Former Tory Party Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has urged the BBC to rethink reported plans to appoint a former Labour minister as its new director of radio. He told the Times of his “severe doubts” about Purnell’s suitability for the role, given his past political allegiances.

Purnell, currently the BBC’s head of strategy, has been tipped for promotion to a more senior role.  A BBC representative said: “We wouldn’t comment on speculation and do not think that holding public office should bar someone from having a career afterwards.” Purnell joined the BBC in 2010 after a career as a Labour cabinet minister under Gordon Brown, including a spell as Culture Secretary. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37164700

 

 

James Purnell is to succeed Helen Boaden as BBC director of radio.

 

 

 

 

30 September 2016: BBC confirms James Purnell as the new BBC radio chief

Former Labour culture secretary succeeds Helen Boaden, who is to retire after 33 years at the corporation. (Her links to the Newsnight and Jimmy Saville saga’s made her demise a likely event) His new role (£300K) will see him take charge of radio, education, arts, music, learning and children’s departments, confirming him as one of the leading internal candidates to potentially take over from director general Lord Hall when he stands down in the next two or three years.

The BBC is to look to appoint an experienced radio executive (£120-140K) under Purnell to run the operation day-to-day to make up for his lack of hands-on experience. With add ons- the cost to the licence fee holders of providing an executive to provide radio services will be win excess of £500K. A joke that isna’ funny.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/sep/30/bbc-james-purnell-radio-helen-boaden