The New World Order – Part Four – Britain Now A Client State of The USA – Labour Politician Speaks Out

 

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown – Labour MP – Ex British American Project member

The venerable John Pilger wrote about the British American Project (BAP), an Anglo-American network set up by the Right in the US in 1983. Alumni include the arch strategist, Mr Powell, (he of Tony Blair infamy) and several New Labour ministers, Tory top boys, business leaders and powerful media people – Paxman, Evans and Naughtie among them. Many US Masters (and Mistresses) of the universe are also members.

Pilger’s view is that the BAP is modern-day freemasonry but without the silly rituals, dark secrets, and deep misogyny. It seeks to preserve the rapacious power and wealth of the Anglo-American alliance. It draws in future power merchants and trailblazers, and gets them to commit to nuclear weaponry and world domination. Journalist members keep guard and stop the public from finding out about the suspect club.

So here’s the story of how I got involved with BAP, what it was then, what is has since become, its influence, good and bad, and why I no longer attend the annual junkets.

 

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It was 1988 and I worked for the brilliant New Society magazine, my first proper media job, scary and exhilarating. I had come to journalism late.

An invitation arrived from Chatham House to a posh lunch, to possibly get to go to the US with other young Turks of this land. I must have eaten well enough with the baffling cutlery for I was among the chosen. A nobody like me, I thought, to join the somebodies. I was flattered.

It was off to St Louis, and oh my world, how posh was theirs! How we were dined and wined and how terribly hard it all was, and what a good thing I had gained entry, to go and put up a fight against the fat complacency of Reaganites and Thatcherites.

The neocons were then at the toddler stage, noisy but not yet fully formed. The British side was dominated by white men while the US ensured gender and race balance.

The debates were hard and mostly won by the Right from both sides. We argued about US arrogance, Israel, royalty and republicanism. There are some uplifting memories. An American delegate who looked like William Hurt was delightfully attentive and I brushed off a lecherous Thatcherite minister who invited me to be his mistress in exchange for the use of his Knightsbridge flat.

I attended six gatherings (I think) and was glad to, mainly because it gave me insights into the workings of power. Jonathan Powell, the silent operator, who stood and watched and said nothing unless it was privately to this general or that senator.

Vanessa Gilmore, a dynamic US judge from Texas, networked and intervened so efficiently it dwarfed us all. Police chiefs hobnobbing. And so on.

So why did I stop going? Because I became increasingly queasy about this special relationship, because of Iraq, because New Labour has, without public consultation, made the UK into a client state of the USA.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/yasmin-alibhai-brown/yasmin-alibhaibrown-this-unhealthy-strain-of-leftwing-mccarthyism-796804.html

 

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Gordon Brown – Indoctrinated by the US – Then Planted in the Heart Of British Politics – He is Still Promoting Its Agenda in Scotland and is Intent on Undermining the Scottish NHS Preparing It for the US Marketeers.

 

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The British American Project – Searching for the Successor Generation – The US Embassy’s International Visitor Program Gordon Brown and the Labour Party in the 1980s

The IV Program (US Embassy’s International Visitor Program) is a subtle exercise that trades heavily on America’s considerable cultural and social capital, in other words its soft power.

The altruistic aspect of providing the trip is always balanced with the intention of some kind of return.

An invitation offered at the start of a young, talented politician’s career can pay off later if, as expected, that politician rises through the ranks in the following years.

An IV trip has the potential; thanks to the extra information sources or contacts it can provide, to be career enhancing, particularly for those in the media or academics but also for MPs.

It is not a case of undue influence but of pragmatically attempting to establish favourable, constructive relations early on with someone expected to achieve greater influence in the future.

 

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In 1984 the IVP showed the first signs of this approach, with an invitation offered to Gordon Brown.

Selection of candidates for the IVP was not easy due to the lack of talent available within the Labour Party.

Indeed comment was made that the majority of the 209 Labour MPs in the Commons after the 1983 election were, distinctly unimpressive.

Of the party’s 32 new MPs, Gordon Brown certainly stood out as among the pick of the intake.

A US Embassy telegram from early 1984 described how Brown was;

“already being seen as a leading light among the new members. He is an articulate, hard working and dedicated MP who is likely to go places within his party .  As he has never been to the US the IV Program will give him an ideal opportunity to learn first-hand about the US political system and meet his American counterparts early in his career, which could have immense value to both sides of the Atlantic”.

Brown’s programme in the United States was dominated by three issues:

1.  The American political process at federal and state levels.

2. US defense policy, and regional and urban redevelopment schemes.

3. Defense policy and NATO missile deployment at the Departments of State and Defense.

 

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On redevelopment questions, the Embassy was aware that Brown’s constituency of Dunfermline East was suffering from high unemployment and was also deeply involved in the miners’ strike.

This was the background to his visit to Pittsburgh to view its urban renewal schemes, and his meetings with union officials.

But, the main focus was on the apparatus of the political parties.

Brown was interested in the organization, fundraising, campaigning and the role of political action committees in both major parties.

Brown was definitely fascinated by the United States.

While he went back at every opportunity in subsequent years, it was his IV trip that initially opened the door.

Reference: Searching for  the Successor Generation – Public Diplomacy- The US Embassy International Visitor Programme and the Labour party in the 1980’s

 

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Truth and Respect – Words Anathema to the BBC – The British American Project Decides the Agenda

 

 

 

 

British – American Project for a Successor Generation (BAP)

An American-funded network which promotes American interests among British political opinion formers in support of the foreign policies of the United States of America

The BAP journalistic membership includes senior BBC journalists and leading figures from The Independent, The Economist and  News International. What better for the international status quo than a well-heeled freemasonry of politicians and journalists setting the news agenda?

Other members come from a wide variety of backgrounds and include rising stars from the world of business, government, the voluntary sector, the media and the armed forces.

Scotland had no chance of winning a Yes vote in the referendum. Can anyone remember any of the under-noted media presenters voicing even a morsel of support???

 

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They Even Held A Meeting In Edinburgh During The Referendum campaign

The next event was in April in the midst of the Scottish Referendum where we debated “Scotland’s place in the World”.

Chaired by Jim Naughtie, (presenter of BBC’s Today programme) the discussion covered what an independent Scotland would mean for the transatlantic relationship and how far the Special Relationship automatically extends.

The panellists included, representatives from all political parties, journalists, business and civil society and succeeded in conveying a real understanding of the complexities of the issues involved.

http://www.britishamericanproject.org/essentialrelationship.asp

 

 

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British American Project Members

 

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Evan Davis. Recently appointed anchor of “Newsnight” . Took over from Jeremy Paxman.

Davis began work as an economist at the Institute of Fiscal Studies, and while there he was seconded to help officials work on early development of the Community Charge system of local government taxation (better known as the Poll Tax).

As the BBC’s economics editor, Davis was responsible for reporting and analysing economic developments on a range of programmes on BBC radio and television. He also had a role in shaping the extensive BBC coverage of economics across all the corporation’s outputs, including online.

He is a member of the British-American Project

 

 

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Jeremy Paxman senior member of the British American Project (BAP).

From the safe confines of the Newsnight studio, Jeremy Paxman introduced his Russell Brand interview in archetypal world-weary mode like some kind of venerable patrician inviting a precocious, innocent upstart to join an exalted circle, just for a few moments. The trivial diversion to the topic of Paxman’s beard meant that Brand’s question, ‘Well how come I feel so cross with you?’ was left hanging in mid-air.

This is the point where Brand could, and should, have gone on the offensive about Paxman’s privileged position as a supposed fearless interrogator of power, the BBC man’s connection with the British-American Project once described as a ‘Trojan horse for US foreign policy’, and then extending to a critique of the BBC itself. There is no shortage of examples of BBC propaganda that could have been raised.

 

 

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Jane Hill. Senior Political reporter and newsreader.

Hill is openly Lesbian. She lives in North London with her partner Sara, a camera operator. They have entered into a civil partnership.

She is a member of the British American Project, an organisation which exists to promote Anglo-American relations.   The organisation has been criticised for its links to the military establishment and neocon politicians.

 

 

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Senior BBC producer (Newcastle) Murphy Cobbing. (left)

 She is the current BAP treasurer.

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Diane Coyle. is an economist and former advisor to the UK Treasury.  She is Vice-Chairman of the BBC Trust, the governing body of the BBC

Long time member of the BAP. Joined at same time as Mandelson and Naughtie

 

 

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Rona Fairhead.  Chair of the BBC trust. 2014

Very close friend of Chancellor George Osborne and Lord Stevenson, (a key figure in the BAP network and in the 2008 banking collapse.)

A former executive at Pearson, she was appointed BBC Trust chair in 2014 and has since run into a series of controversies that have weakened her position.

In the aftermath of the tax avoidance scandal involving HSBC, where Fairhead is a non-executive director, Margaret Hodge, chair of the public accounts committee,  called for her to go. Harriet Harman, the acting leader of the Labour party, has also said BBC Trust independence appears to be lacking.

 

 

 

Senior Political Commentator/Presenter. James Naughtie. A VIP of the (BAP)

James Naughtie was born and brought up in Milltown of Rothiemay near Huntly Aberdeenshire. He is a Fellow of the British-American Project

In July 2015 he announced, via the BBC, that in early 2016 he would retire from regular presenting duties on the “Today” programme and would, instead, be its ‘Special Correspondent’ with ‘responsibility for charting the course of the constitutional changes at the heart of the UK political debate’. The notorious Nick Robinson has been parachuted in taking over the “Today” programme.

 

 

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Laura Kuenssberg. BBC Political Editor BBC News..

BAP has a very impressive list of alumni which includes Ed Miliband MP, the Executive Editor of the Economist Daniel Franklin and the Higher Education Minister David Willetts MP.

As well as their annual conference BAP organise a number of high profile events during the year. A recent BAP event featured the Chief Political Correspondent of BBC News Laura Kuenssberg.

 

 

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Sarah Smith BBC political presenter

Sarah is the daughter of the late John Smith, ( Bilderberger)  and former leader of the Labour party.

Her sister is married to Malcolm,  son of Labour Party royalty, Lord George Robertson ex-NATO Secretary General, UK Defence Secretary and founding figure of the British American Project

Those familiar with BBC Scotland bias will be aware that much of the criticism is because it is riddled with figures connected to the labour party in Scotland.

The mistress of  the delivery of  rehearsed written questions Sarah is incapable of intelligent response when answers are clearly codswallop.

She is also too entrenched in the British establishment to be able to give any non-unionist politician a fair hearing.

 

 

 

The New World Order – Part one – Sleepwalking to Disaster

 

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The New World Order Is Decided

Gordon Brown 10 November 2008 “As America stands at its own dawn of hope, so let that hope be fulfilled through a pact with the wider world to lead and shape the 21st century as the century of a truly global society.”

 

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The New World Order – The dogma that Drives the labour Party

 

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Gordon Brown and His Vision Of A new World Order

The CIA Call The Tune And The Labour Party Dances To It – Scotland Sold For American Gold – But To The Deep Pockets Of The Party Not The Public

 

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The Isle of Iona

Close followers of the Scottish political scene will have noted recurring links between the Labour Party and the Isle of Iona.

John Smith, Labour Party Leader (dec)is buried there. His widow is Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill, is a political figure of note in her own right.

One of John Smiths daughters, Sarah was married there. Another daughter married Labour Lord Robertson’s son on the Isle of Islay.

The Reverend Douglas N Alexander, a long time member of the Iona Community and lifetime friend of John Smith conducted all of the events.

 

 

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Reverend George Macleod

The charismatic founder of the Iona Community was the Reverend George MacLeod, who once stood as Labour candidate in a rectorial election for Glasgow University.

The Iona Community and was regarded by some in the Kirk as a Jesuitical conspiracy pushing the Kirk simultaneously towards Catholicism and Communism.

Consequently Iona Community members found the doors of many parishes in Scotland closed to them: they were seen as dangerous men. Divinity students contemplating joining the Community were warned about their career prospects. MacLeod never made excuses for his involvement in politics, citing Knox and the Covenanters as precedents. He once said:

“If churchmen are not politically involved, you soon get the spectacle of RCs and Communists dominating our trade unions – as now they do,” he wrote in reply to one critic. “As to Labour choice, it is not a bad thing to introduce the Faith into Labour policies, which, left to secularists, could indeed veer into Communism … What matters even more is the continuance of democracy as a living cause in our midst and not the Labour, or any other party, in permanent ascendancy. But to achieve this Christians must be involved.”

MacLeod’s manifesto was received warmly by the Alexander family and others deemed to become dominant UK political figures. MacLeod, was their “hero.”

His experiences of war persuaded him to the view that Nuclear weapons were a blight on mankind and should be banned. It followed that membership of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament was a must for followers of his doctrine. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_MacLeod

 

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The Iona Community & Glasgow University Set

Douglas Alexander (senior) joined the labour party whilst studying at Glasgow University in the early 60’s and enjoyed a lifetime friendship with many members of the University (Labour Party) clique. The environment in which the Reverend Douglas N Alexander’s children and the children of other members of the community were nurtured was heavily politicised in favour of socialist policies. He had two children:

Wendy. Sponsored and mentored by the British American Project (BAP), she enjoyed a rapid rise to fame at the start of the devolved Scottish Parlament. She was responsible for the introduction of a number of progressive policies. She took time out to enjoy life with her newly born twins but returned to politics not long after. The early death of Gordon Dewar resulted in some turmoil in the Party and a number of leadership campaigns culminated in Wendy making a bid for the leadership. She failed and retired once more from politics taking up a career in education.

Douglas. Sponsored and mentored by the British American Project (BAP), he was elected to Westminster and gained rapid promotion to high office in the Labour Party.

 

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The Glasgow University Clique

* Donald Dewar (dec) Married Alison Mary McNair. She took up a relationship with his friend, Derry Irvine. They divorced in 1973. They had two children, Iain, who became an artist and Marian, now a Senior Civil Servant with the European Commission.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Dewar

 

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* Baron Derry Irvine, (lord Chancellor with New Labour). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derry_Irvine,_Baron_Irvine_of_Lairg .

His son Alastair took up body-building during his late teens and became a professional personal trainer in a joint business with a former soft porn model, Carole Caplin. The business failed.

Alistair went off to America and lived the high life for a time becoming a crack cocaine addict. He was imprisoned in the US for stalking an ex girlfriend and threatening to shoot her boyfriend. he is now a reformed character having given up drugs.   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1436489/Irvines-stalker-son-ordered-to-pay-770000.html

It was Alistair who introduced his bisexual friends, Dwina Murphy-Gibb (wife of the Late Robin Gibb) and Carole Caplin to Cherie Blair.  http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2002/dec/06/uk.cherieblair

 

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Tony and Cherie Blair (nee Booth) were given vital pupillage (practical traineeship in law) by Derry Irvine assisting them to become Lawyers. At their wedding he dubbed himself “Cupid QC” for having introduced them.

Not long after the unexpected death of John Smith king-maker, Derry Irvine, in conversation told Peter Mandelson, head of Labour Party strategy that Tony would need to be the next Labour Party leader. Peter Mandelson then made it happen. Much to the chagrin of Gordon Brown PhD and all the other hopefuls for the Labour Party crown.

 

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* John Smith (dec) leader of the UK Labour Party. Smith and friend Denis Healey (Founder Member) were members of the Steering Committee of the influential Bilderberg Group. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/1994/may/13/obituaries.past http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Smith_28 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bilderberg_Group http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/12/john-smith-labour-britain-prime-minister He had three daughters:

 

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Eldest daughter Sarah is a radio and television news reporter with BBC Scotland having joined in Spring 2014 for the run-up to the independence Referendum on 18 September 2014. Smith has covered many important news stories in he career. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Smith_%28news_reporter%29

Daughter Jane is the head of events at Napier University in Edinburgh. She married Malcolm Robertson, (son of John Robertson) head of Scottish public affairs for the British Airports Authority (BAA).

Youngest daughter Catherine is an advocate practicing in Scotland. She studied History and Law at Glasgow University gaining an MA (Hons) and LLB and later gained her Diploma in Legal Practice at Strathclyde University. She practiced as a solicitor in private practice in Scotland for a number of years prior to becoming an advocate. http://www.arnotmanderson.co.uk/advocate/catherine-smith/

* Elizabeth Margaret Smith (nee Bennett), Married the late John Smith. She is the Lords Chair of The Labour Friends of Israel. A fluent Russian speaker, she is also a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee, which provides parliamentary oversight of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6, (GCHQ) and the Security Service (MI5). She is an advisory council member of the foreign-policy think-tank, the Foreign Policy Centre. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Smith,_Baroness_Smith_of_Gilmorehill

 

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* Baroness Margaret Ramsay,(MI6 agent) and foreign policy advisor for the late John Smith. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meta_Ramsay,_Baroness_Ramsay_of_Cartvale

Another example of infiltration into the Labour Party MI6 officer Margaret “Meta” Ramsay had been elected President of the Scottish Union of Students.

In 1962, she became associate secretary of the CIA-front the International Student Conference at Leiden, Holland.

From 1965 to 1967, she was secretary of the Fund for International Student Co-operation, which was later identified as another recipient of CIA funds.

She became an active member of the Labour Party, attending conferences where party officials were “unaware” of her intelligence connections.

In August 1992, she was appointed to the position of foreign policy adviser to her university friend, Labour leader John Smith. As well as raising a few eyebrows, this appointment begged the question: What was the leader of the Labour Party doing employing a known high-ranking MI6 agent in such a senior position?

A fluent Russian speaker, she has been involved with the American backed and funded “Institute for Jewish Policy Research” and the “Zionist Labour Friends of Israel.”

 

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* Sir Menzies Campbell, (former leader of the UK Liberal Democrat Party). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menzies_Campbell

 

 

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James Stuart Gordon (Baron Gordon of Strathblane). Closest friend at university and best man at John Smith’s wedding.

James was Chairman of the secretive, “Glasgow Common Purpose” organization and in a chequered career has been the holder of many influential posts in the Scottish Media, business and Public bodies. A staunch Labour Party supporter throughout his lifetime. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Gordon,_Baron_Gordon_of_Strathblane

 

 

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John Vincent (Vince) Cable, Secretary of State For Business, Innovation and Skills since 2010 Although not at university with him Vince Cable was active in the Labour Party, and was Special Advisor to John Smith in 1978 when he was Industry Secretary in the Labour Government. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Cable

 

 

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The Rise to Power – The Piper Decides the Price

Labour politicians, including Donald Dewar, John Smith, Gordon Brown, George Foulkes, George Robertson and the late Robin Cook were precisely the types the intelligence services longed to see take control of the Labour party and it is believed that contemporaries and acquaintances of these leading Scottish Labour figures took active roles in organisations sponsored and endorsed by MI6 and the CIA. Sunday Times, 15 June 2003.

 

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Elizabeth Smith (John Smith’s widow) was approached. So was Margaret ‘Meta’ Ramsay, President of the Scottish National Union of Students between 1959 and 1961, who worked at the Fund for International Student Co-operation (FISC) where the organiser was George Foulkes:

“In 1969 the Radical Student Alliance published a pamphlet alleging that FISC was a CIA front. That was denied, but in 1969 Ramsay joined MI6. She was a specialist in the Scandinavian states.”

Some people in the intelligence community claim that a firm called Hakluyt had been started by MI6 officers to carry out “deniable” operations. It was disturbing to read that the late John Smith’s widow had been given a job with Hakluyt. A smoking gun if ever there was one. Hakluyt being an MI6 company it is difficult not to conclude that Mrs Smith had been placed there for purposes of surveillance. There was speculation after John’s death that he had been poisoned. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakluyt_%26_Company

 

 

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The Americans meantime had been cultivating Blair, Mandelson and Brown since the eighties, and Blair was too promising, and manipulable, for them to pass up. Meta Ramsey must have ‘failed’ John.

 

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When John Smith became leader of the Labour Party he was a member of the steering committee of the Bilderberg Group: the steering committee, the inner core. He got Gordon Brown invited to the 1991 meeting, incidentally…

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Who was John Smith? Genial, whiskey-drinking Scots lawyer from the traditional Labour right. But also life-long chums with a senior MI6 officer, now Baroness Ramsay. Lady Smith, his widow, is now on the board of Hakluyt, a MI6 front company.

John Smith also took on an advisor – Ed Balls, a Financial Times leader writer – an ideologist for globalisation, in effect – who learned some of his economics at Harvard . Like other Labour personnel, including Yvette Cooper MP, whom Balls later married, and David Miliband, head of Blair’s policy unit, Balls had spent a year in America as a Kennedy Scholar.

 

 

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Virtually all of Labour people have some connection to America and American money…Tony Blair took the US government’s free tour of the States in 1986 and told his hosts that while officially a member of CND he supported the nuclear deterrent. He joined the CIA front, Labour Friends of Israel in 1983.

 

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While Shadow Home Secretary in 1994 Tony Blair took an Israeli government freebie holiday in Israel. On his return the number two at the Israeli embassy in London introduced him to Michael Levy – now Lord Levy – one of the top fund-raisers for Jewish charities.

 

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The Labour Party And A Promise Betrayed – A Scottish Parliament with Full Home Rule – Scots Never Forget Those Who Renege On A Promise

 

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1999: A Promise Betrayed- A Scottish Parliament with Full Home Rule

New Labour under the leadership of Tony Blair fell under the spell of the USA and Press baron Murdoch. The lurch to the right brought with it new thinking about Scottish devolution, to which he had been forced against his will, to commit to by John Smith politicians within the new government as part of the leadership campaign. The difference agreed to by Blair was the emphasis to be placed on Scottish devolution and the amount of powers to be transferred to it.

Donald Dewar, good friend of John Smith and keen supporter of Scottish Home Rule reluctantly agreed to devolution with minimum powers with a promise that, over time the authority of the new parliament would be expanded to full home rule effectively creating a UK federal State with a central governing body taking charge of concerns with an external bias. He died before the commitment would be honoured. New Labour reneged on their commitment.

Scot’s have long memories and provided with the opportunity through the ballot box removed the Labour Party from power over Scottish political affairs and on 7 May 2015 the rout will be complete with the rejection of the Labour Party in Scotland.

It could all have been so different. Had John Smith lived Scotland would have benefitted from full Home Rule and the Labour Party would have retained the trust of the Scottish electorate.

 

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April 2014: John Smith – Scotland’s lost leader

In a remarkably prescient 1992 speech at Strathclyde University John Smith questioned the nature of British democracy, warning that people were losing faith in the democratic process; arguing government had become remote and overly centralised.

He objected to the clawing of power back to the centre, the stifling of voices of dissent and the closing down of channels of open and accountable government.

He argued that democracy needed reform and the process of centralisation needed to be reversed and he wanted to restore people’s faith in their system of government.

Key to that reform was, he believed, the conscious devolution of power to the nations and regions of the UK, and the first step was the establishment of a Scottish Parliament, effectively committing the Labour Party to establish that parliament as the “settled will” of the Scottish people.

Smith was a convert to devolution in the Seventies, not because he saw it as a means of killing “nationalism stone dead” or to buy time for a Labour government, but because he saw it as a means of addressing a democratic deficit, bringing politicians closer to the people and making them more accountable for their actions.

While administrative powers were increasingly ceded by Whitehall to the Scottish Office, answerable only to the secretary of state, there was no corresponding devolution of political control over Scottish affairs to the Scottish people over areas of policy that had a direct impact on the lives of Scots. That had to change.

A Scottish Parliament, he believed, was essential to the democratic governance of “our nation”, by which he meant the United Kingdom not just Scotland and in Smith’s view “unfinished business”. Devolution was in the interests of the UK, not just Scotland, and a key part of the democratic renewal of the British constitution and its civil institutions.

It would be a parliament to legislate on matters unique to Scotland but with a government in Westminster to address the wider concerns of the UK as a whole. Mike Elrick:  Press Officer to Labour leader John Smith

 

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Red Tories In Scotland Increasing Distribution Of Leaflet’s Full Of Lies – Lying Liebour Needs Exposing

 

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Murphy at it again with his GE leaflet lies. These need to be challenged in public so that Scots attention is drawn to the misinformation policy of the Red Tory Party

 

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February 2013: The Living Wage

The living wage, designed to reflect the actual cost of living, is paid voluntarily by some employers. The SNP Scottish government has guaranteed the living wage to its own staff and says it would like to extend its application. EU employment law does not provide for a universal living wage.

In a recent statement Nicola Sturgeon said “We don’t disagree with the objective of making payment of the living wage a mandatory requirement of public contracts. We’re the first Scottish government to adopt the living wage for all of our employers and we encourage all other employers, public private, third sector, to pay their staff the living wage.”

The Chair of the Scottish Living Wage Campaign Peter Kelly said “With the problem of in-work poverty continuing to increase, the Scottish Government’s continued support for the Living Wage must be congratulated. Today’s announcement will ensure that some of the lowest paid workers in the public sector will receive a wage increase that will provide real help in these difficult times. We look forward to working with the Scottish Government to ensure that more employees across Scotland can get the benefit of the living wage.”
http://wayback.archive-it.org/3011/20130201193655/http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/11/Livingwage051112#

 

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May 2014: Zero Hours Contracts

The SNP government position: “Zero-hours contracts are not always appropriate and present many people on benefits with real challenges in managing their income. While the UK government is encouraging the use of zero hours contracts, the Scottish SNP Government has been looking at options available to tackle the issue within its limited powers. As employment policy is reserved to Westminster, this is yet another example of how we can do things differently, and better, with independence.”
http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2014/may/jobseekers-forced-work-zero-hours-contracts

February 2015: Press release from Jim Murphy announced that Scottish Labour will abolish exploitative zero hours contracts and make work pay for Scottish families.

He said “In this May’s election, Scotland can choose to end the scandal of exploitative zero hour contracts by sending Scottish Labour MPs to kick out the Tories and form a UK Labour Government. There are 84,000 proud Scots who are too often forced into zero hour contracts. Too many are left worried about whether they will have enough work and wages to be able to put food on the table from one week to the next. Many are blocked from getting credit they can afford and turn to extortionate pay day loans. It’s no way to treat people who want to work hard and get on in life. When working families prosper Scotland prospers, when people have decent pay and conditions they spend more and Scotland’s economy grows. That’s the way to build a fairer Scotland. Too many Scots who want to work rather than be on benefit are caught in a cycle of poverty pay. They have no idea what they will earn from one week to the next. In 2015 too many Scots are still exploited for their labour. I am determined to change that once and for all. In May we can replace the Tories with a Labour Government who will ban exploitative zero hour contracts. The SNP had their chance to ban zero hour contracts last year and they let people down. It’s time to bin these exploitative contracts once and for all.” https://www.politicshome.com/document/press-release/murphy-%E2%80%93-%E2%80%9Cwe-will-call-time-zero-hour-contracts-make-work-pay%E2%80%9D

April 2015: Ed Miliband pledged that workers on zero-hours contracts will have the right to regular employment after 12 weeks. The policy, will be included in Labour’s election manifesto. So Murphy is at it again. Employment rights are not delegated to the Scottish Parliament as such he will need to conform to the will of the English Labour party.
https://www.politicshome.com/economy-and-work/articles/story/labour-crack-down-zero-hour-contracts

 

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March 2015: Rent Controls

Rent controls were in place from 1915-1989 in the UK after legislation was passed in the House of Commons in response to the Glasgow rent strike of 1915. Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government got rid of the controls in 1989.

Since that time, private rent prices have skyrocketed, and campaigners say a cap on rents would save billions in housing benefit payments which, they argue, is effectively a subsidy for landlords.

Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish Government is consulting on the introduction of rent controls to address high prices in the private-rented sector in Scotland.

During a questions session after her lecture at the London School of Economics (LSE), she was asked by a member of the audience about what the Scottish Government would do to tackle “the housing crisis” in Scotland, and specifically whether she would consider the introduction of rent controls, which is a cap on the prices landlords can set rents at.

She replied the most fundamental issue was “to build more houses”, adding that the Scottish Government scrapped the right-to-buy scheme because it didn’t make any sense to lose that investment into social housing.

She further added that the government “were consulting” on the issue of rent controls, saying that there was a “strong argument for it. But, she stated it must be balanced with a need for “a good and high quality supply of private sector housing.” https://commonspace.scot/articles/731/scottish-government-considering-introduction-of-rent-controls-first-minister-says

 

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