Monthly Archives: October 2012
The Telegraph report today that eBay have said that the lack of a universal 4G service in the UK will cost the UK economy £120 million.
Another Christmas without a universal 4G service will cost the UK economy £120 million in lost sales, according to a study.
Slow connection speeds are set to pose a barrier for many consumers wanting to shop via their mobile phones, and a nationwide roll-out of 4G would have boosted sales from £373 million to £493 million, the report by online auction site eBay claims
Is this the same eBay that avoids paying it’s fair share of tax in the UK ?
From the BBC
US auction site eBay has paid only £1.2m in tax in the UK, according to an investigation by the Sunday Times.
The newspaper said that its tax bill in 2010 comes despite eBay’s UK subsidiaries generating sales of £800m.
The auction site – which also owns PayPal – responded that it “complies fully with all applicable tax laws”.
Am I the only one who thinks that the tax avoiding eBay are hypocrites ?
They want those that do pay their fair share of tax to foot the bill for the 4G rollout so that they can make more profit while paying as little as possible themselves.
On this day, the 31st October, exactly 495 years ago, in 1517, a German monk in his mid thirties left his accomodation in the early morning, wrapped against the dawn cold in his woollen cowl he briskly walked towards the castle church in Wittenberg. On arrival he withdew from the folds of his habit a hammer, some nails, and a document and he proceded to nail the document to the church door. The monk’s name was Martin Luther, the document would become known as the 95 theses, and those hammer blows would reverberate down the centuries.
Before we set about examining the question within the title, it seems appropriate that we should look first at the situation which prompted Martin Luther to write the 95 theses. The terms ‘catholic’ and ‘protestant’, today, seem to me to define religious, almost tribal, allegiance but the word ‘catholic’ comes from the Greek word καθολικός meaning ‘univeral’ and it was first used in the second century AD. The word ‘protestant’ literally means protester and only came into use after the events described in the opening paragraph.
As the church increased in power so it attracted the ambitious and corrupt. Luther was particularly enraged by the selling of indulgences. He felt that the sale of indulgences was a gross violation of the original intention of confession and penance, and that Christians were being falsely told that they could find absolution through the purchase of indulgences.
Today, almost 500 years later the central banks and financial elites are similarly corrupt. Capitalism has been undermined.
Isn’t it time that we had a new Reformation ?
As we approach the quincentenary of this momentous event, shouldn’t we be demanding wholesale reform ?
And what do you think should be in a new 95 theses ?
To fully appreciate Arundells [the name of Heath’s home] you really have to have visited Cathedral Close in Salisbury, in my view one of the most beautiful, idyllic, and thus exclusive places to live in the entire UK. The aerial photograph below only gives a small indication of how breathtaking Cathedral Close, which is medieval walled and a restricted area, literally in the shadow of Salisbury Cathedral, truly is. Cathedral Close is a Mecca for tourists visiting the Cathedral itself, Stonehenge, Old Sarum, many museums, and the beautiful City of Salisbury.
But, according to a very trusted source, Ted Heath was not always a good neighbour. He often complained about the noise especially while the Salisbury Festival was on.
Now, you can believe that this decision taken by ‘The trustees of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation’ is designed to pre-empt an impending scandal, the equivalent of Savile’s family sending his headstone to the landfill before the the incensed public had a chance to deface it, or you might, like my source, believe that this is a rehashing of old news by The Mail.
When you think about it, both scenarios are intriguing.
It seems to me that The Mail are trying to send the public a message.
Are you getting it yet ?
Today, emboldened by public outrage, the Savile revelations, and Tom Watson MP’s question at PMQs, The Mail on Sunday carries the allegations that former MP and aide to Margaret Thatcher, Sir Peter Morrison, was implicated in the North Wales Paedophile cover-up.
A former Tory Minister last night made incendiary claims that one of Margaret Thatcher’s closest aides was implicated in one of the most harrowing child abuse scandals of recent times.
Rod Richards, a former Conservative MP and ex-leader of the Welsh Tories, made the shocking allegation that he had seen evidence linking Sir Peter Morrison to the North Wales children’s homes case, in which up to 650 children in 40 homes were sexually, physically and emotionally abused over 20 years.
Mr Richards also linked a second leading Tory grandee – now dead – to the scandals at homes including Bryn Estyn and Bryn Alyn Hall, both near Wrexham.
Believe me when I tell you that this is a huge can of worms for the UK Government. So much so that Sir Ronald Waterhouse QC imposed an injunction on the press from telling the public the truth. That is the reason why the ‘second Tory grandee’ despite being named by Rod Richards has not been named by the Mail because there is a specific injunction against the press naming him, even though he is now dead and can’t sue for libel.
PUBLIC FIGURES NAMED IN PAEDOPHILE RING
Guadian, October 15th, 1997
Policemen, social workers and prominent public figures have been accused of belonging to a paedophile ring which indulged in a relentless campaign of physical and sexual abuse in children’s homes in North Wales.
The names of the alleged members of the ring have been given by witnesses in public sessions of the North Wales Child Abuse Tribunal, but they have been suppressed by the tribunal’s chairman, Sir Ronald Waterhouse QC, who has threatened the media with High Court proceedings if they print them.
The Guardian today publishes for the first time detailed evidence about the alleged ring, which is said to have been based in Wrexham, and to have infiltrated local children’s homes over a 20 year period.
Witnesses claim that members of the ring used their connections with police and social services to conceal their activities. All of the accused have denied the allegations.
Those named to the tribunal include: A man who bears the same surname as a prominent Conservative supporter. Two witnesses have told the tribunal of a rich and powerful man who belonged to the alleged ring.
The son of an influential peer who admitted to police that he had been having sex with an under-age boy from one of the homes. Despite his admission, he was never prosecuted.
A powerful public official who has previously been cleared of abuse. Six witnesses have given separate accounts to the tribunal of his alleged rape of young boys. Another has reported him attending parties in Wrexham which were supplied with boys from a children’s home.
Two social workers and two police officers, one of whom was accused of abuse on four separate occasions and exonerated each time, another of whom has since been jailed in another part of the country for gross indecency with a child.
More than a dozen other local men, including an executive with a local authority, a senior probation officer and a director of a major company.
All those named as members of the alleged ring have denied the charges, either in evidence to the tribunal or through their lawyers.
When the tribunal was established last year, it had been assumed that the press could report its proceedings, using the laws of privilege which allow them to name names from court cases and public hearings without fear of libel actions.
However, Sir Ronald then ruled that the media could not report the name of any living person who was accused or likely to be accused of abusing children in the North Wales homes unless they had previously been convicted of such an offence.
Since then he has extended his ruling twice: he has granted anonymity to one man who died 16 years ago and to another who has twice been convicted of sexually assaulting boys from a North Wales home.
Sir Ronald has argued that his ruling will encourage alleged paedophiles to come froward and give honest evidence without fear of retribution. Critics say this is unnecessary, since he has the power to compel witnesses to attend, and that those who have come forward have done so to deny the allegations and not to make a clean breast of their alleged offences.
One lawyer who has been involved with the tribunal said he feared that the anonymity ruling was actively discouraging witnesses. “Newspaper readers may well have information of potential value to this tribunal. They may themselves have been the victims of abuse, or they may have worked with the alleged abusers. But if the press is not allowed to inform them of the names of those against whom allegations are made, they will not learn that their information is important. So they will not come forward.”
The tribunal was ordered by the last Conservative Secretary of State for Wales, William Hague, after Clwyd county council decided not to publish the report of an independent inquiry into allegations of abuse in its children’s homes. The tribunal, which has been hearing witnesses for eight months, is expected to continue to take evidence until January.
Source – Here
But with the Foreign Secretary implicated by his role as the former Welsh Secretary, will the full horrible truth finally come out or will, as I suspect, the potential consequences be so incendiary that the cover-up will continue, albeit with one or two worms escaping from the can ?
What I can say is that there will be a number of prominent people, including at least one sitting MP, a peer of the realm, and members of the Bar and Judiciary implicated in the scandal and subsequent cover-up who will be extremely concerned at the turn the public mood has taken and the Government’s apparent inability to keep a lid on it all by keeping it contained to TV celebrities.
Understand that the press have known the names of those implicated since the Waterhouse cover-up. They have been muzzled and they don’t like it and now , perhaps, they see there is an opportunity to finally reveal the truth.
In the year following the Waterhouse report, 140 compensation claims were settled with victims of the abuse.
Remember, that Tom Watson MP has explicitly said that he was not alluding to Sir Peter Morrison when he spoke of an aide to a former Prime Minister implicated during the Peter Righton investigation. Source [that is an altogether different can of worms. Information on that can be found here.]
All of those implicated in the North Wales scandal happen to be Tories and so you may rightly ask why the Labour Party haven’t exposed those who were implicated……………or you might ask instead what the Tories have on Labour Party politicians because the only thing that has kept the lid on all of this is mutually assured destruction.
The modus operandi of the foot soldiers of establishment cover-up always blame and discredit the victims but right now the public have more sympathy and a greater understanding of how child abuse can go on and effect an individual in later life. Yes, after being abused from a young age some of these boys from care homes went on to become rent boys, took drugs, and have criminal records. This is hardly surprising considering they were buggered, abused, and passed around from pillar to post until they left the care home system and then dumped on the street, and yet the consequences of their abuse is then used to show that these are not ‘trusted’ witnesses.
I just hope that the public remain understanding and sympathetic to the victim’s position.
Who is Derek Laud ?
Laud is a long standing family friend of Samantha Cameron’s family and a personal friend of David Cameron and attended their wedding at Ginge, in Oxfordshire. He has a wide circle of friends in the celebrity, political and business communities.
During his career, Laud has contributed to speeches for several well-known Conservatives, including Margaret Thatcher………..
……………….Laud has a wide circle of friends in the Conservative Party. The list of Tory friends with whom he is known to go on holiday and socialise with is illustrious, and includes Lord McAlpine, Peter Lilley and Michael Portillo……
……. In 2001, he provided an alibi for his friends Neil and Christine Hamilton when they were falsely accused by Nadine Milroy-Sloan of sexual assault.
Update: There are a lot of people coming to this story today, and long before an interesting tweet today. This post was not put up without reason, why not go to home page for my latest thoughts.