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I Am the Evidence

By Andy Wightman There is a programme on Radio 4 called The Unbelievable Truth in which panellists compete to see how many nuggets of truth they are able to hide among their lies and as an example of the Alice in Wonderland world in which Donald Trump inhabits, consider this:

“I am considered a world-class expert in tourism. When you ask, “Where is the expert and where is the evidence?” I say: I am the evidence.” (col 1344)

Following the appearance of Donald Trump and Trump organisation Executive Vice-President, George Sorial, at the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee of the Scottish Parliament on 25 April 2012, I can confirm that he repeated 3 of the 10 lies documented here and added one more. The Official Report of the Committee meeting is available here and the (Col xxxx) references are to column numbers from the report.

Lie 7

“I have invested tens of millions of pounds in my site on the North Sea coast.” (col 1342)

“Tens of millions” means at least £20 million. From the published accounts of Trump International Golf Club Scotland Ltd. to 31 December 2010, only £6,455,690 has been invested in addition to the £6,917,850 capital to acquire the land.

Lie 8

“By the time that I bought the land, I did not think that the wind farm would happen.” (col 1344)

“I felt confident by the time that I bought the land that the wind farm would not happen.” (col 1344)

“By the time that I bought, I felt secure and I felt secure for a period of time.” (col 1345-36)

As revealed in the 21 February 2006 “deal killer” email, Scottish Development International (SDI) were telling the Scottish Executive that their “client” was “about to conclude a deal within the next few days” and was seeking “an authoritative view as quickly as possible from the Scottish Executive on the wind farm proposal”. Donald Trump had acquired the bulk of Menie Estate for £4.498 million a month previously on 27 January 2006.

SDI can only have obtained these reported views from the Trump Organisation and I have today asked SDI to confirm the source of their information. But as things stand, Donald Trump misled the Committee by saying that by the time he had bought the land, he was confident that the EOWDC project “would not happen” if a month later he was desperately seeking assurances.

Under questioning by Patrick Harvie MSP, George Sorial reacted angrily to this allegation.....

Continue Reading http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2012/04/28/i-am-the-evidence/#more-6046
Posted by MichaelMcGuire | Tue May 1, 2012, 09:50 AM (8 replies)

Serco. The Biggest Company You've Never Heard Of...

Posted by MichaelMcGuire | Tue May 1, 2012, 09:41 AM (0 replies)

The Thirty Year Occupation!

This year sees the thirtieth anniversary of the Peace Camp outside Faslane Nuclear Submarine Base on the Gare Loch.

Campsie Socialists and some comrades from Renfrewshire SSP, visited the camp on Saturday 14th April.
Posted by MichaelMcGuire | Tue May 1, 2012, 09:37 AM (2 replies)


Posted by MichaelMcGuire | Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:49 AM (0 replies)

Freedom Come-All-Ye

Lorraine McIntosh - Freedom Come All Ye

In English, it would mean:
Rough the wind in the clear day's dawning
Blows the clouds head over heels over the bay
But there's more than a rough wind blowing
Through the Great Glen of the world today
It's a thought that would make our rats
All those rogues that go boldly fresh and gay
Take the road to seek other pastures
With their ill-ploys to sport and play

No more will our handsome youths
March to war when our braggarts arrogantly crow
Nor small children from pithead and village
Mourn the ships sailing down the Broomielaw
Broken families in lands we've harried
Will curse Scotland the Brave no more, no more
Black and white to each other married
Make the vile barracks of their masters bare

So come all you at home with freedom
Never heed what the hooded crows croak for Doom
In your house all the children of Adam
Will find bread, whisky and painted room
When Maclean meets with his friends in Springburn
All those roses and wild cherries will turn to bloom
And the black boy over there from far Nyanga
Knocks the cruel gallows of the burghers down.
Posted by MichaelMcGuire | Sun Apr 29, 2012, 04:27 AM (0 replies)

Will Self: London thinks only of itself. The rest of the country is just there to be bled dry

In conversation with John Gray a couple of months ago, the subject of Britain's future came up, and the philosopher opined that: "London will become a sort of Singapore, I think, a wealthy island of urbanity surrounded by impoverished satrapies." I found myself without any hesitation acceding to this dystopian vision, and with every successive week the Coalition's policies – acting as a turbocharger on the impact of international capital flows – only seem to be bringing this intensely divisive state of affairs closer.

The news this week that Newham council believes the Government's cap on housing benefit will result in the exodus of tens of thousands of the poor to urban centres as far north as Walsall is only – in my view – the continuation by other, more vicious means of the sort of "class cleansing" introduced by the New Labour regime's Pathfinder Scheme. Then the idea was that the brave new provincial cities would be made over in London's image: cloned retail and artists' quartiers paid for by an ever-bulging property asset bubble, while the less desirable would be rehoused using the profits. But, since 2007, this bubble has plangently popped – everywhere, that is, but in the capital itself.

Such noises that Cameron et al make about the regions now are hedged round on the one hand by constitutional worries, and on the other subjected to the Orwellian sing-song chant: "Public sector bad! Private sector good!" Obviously, given that the provinces – especially the North – are to a greater extent dependent on public sector funding means, ipso facto, that they are first in line for the chop – or would be, if they hadn't already been at the head of the queue since the late 1970s. True, you can find pockets of deprivation in London and the Southeast with intergenerational unemployment stretching back to the Thatcherite Götterdämmerung unleashed on manufacturing industry – but they are nothing like the entire districts of terminal desuetude you find in the Midlands, the North, and even such bosky cabinet ministerial holidaying spots as Cornwall.

Of course, the suspicion that London is sucking the lifeblood out of the rest of the country is nothing new – you can find medieval authorities aghast at the Great Wen's metastasising – but, in recent years, there has come a sinister new alignment of forces: the inertial dirigisme of central government has become allied to the dark star of the City of London, so that the political class find their institutional prejudices insistently reinforced by what they deem "economic realities". Naturally, they act to head off this riving apart of the country, and the creation of new mayoralties is part of this. However, as ever in politics: if you want to know where power really lies, follow the revenue. The tax base of the new city governance is no bigger than the piffling amount that has traditionally been allocated to local government – leaving all these municipal popinjays firmly under the control of Westminster.......

Posted by MichaelMcGuire | Sat Apr 28, 2012, 07:11 PM (2 replies)

Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah 'worse than Hiroshima'

The shocking rates of infant mortality and cancer in Iraqi city raise new questions about battle

Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study.Iraqi doctors in Fallujah have complained since 2005 of being overwhelmed by the number of babies with serious birth defects, ranging from a girl born with two heads to paralysis of the lower limbs. They said they were also seeing far more cancers than they did before the battle for Fallujah between US troops and insurgents.

Their claims have been supported by a survey showing a four-fold increase in all cancers and a 12-fold increase in childhood cancer in under-14s. Infant mortality in the city is more than four times higher than in neighbouring Jordan and eight times higher than in Kuwait.Dr Chris Busby, a visiting professor at the University of Ulster and one of the authors of the survey of 4,800 individuals in Fallujah, said it is difficult to pin down the exact cause of the cancers and birth defects. He added that "to produce an effect like this, some very major mutagenic exposure must have occurred in 2004 when the attacks happened".

US Marines first besieged and bombarded Fallujah, 30 miles west of Baghdad, in April 2004 after four employees of the American security company Blackwater were killed and their bodies burned. After an eight-month stand-off, the Marines stormed the city in November using artillery and aerial bombing against rebel positions. US forces later admitted that they had employed white phosphorus as well as other munitions.

In the assault US commanders largely treated Fallujah as a free-fire zone to try to reduce casualties among their own troops. British officers were appalled by the lack of concern for civilian casualties. "During preparatory operations in the November 2004 Fallujah clearance operation, on one night over 40 155mm artillery rounds were fired into a small sector of the city," recalled Brigadier Nigel Aylwin-Foster, a British commander serving with the American forces in Baghdad.

Posted by MichaelMcGuire | Sat Apr 28, 2012, 10:04 AM (34 replies)

Tourism is up 9% 2010/2011 and spending by tourists up 14%.

This along with large investments in the year 2010/2011 in renewables. Furthermore

"The research, commissioned by VisitScotland, shows:

+83 per cent of respondents in Scotland and 80 per cent of UK respondents stated their decision to holiday in the UK would not be affected by the presence of a wind farm

+80 per cent of respondents in Scotland and 81 per cent of UK respondents either disagreed with or neither agreed nor disagreed that wind farms spoil the look of the Scottish countryside

+46% of respondents said that they would be interested in visiting a visitor centre at a wind farm"


Posted by MichaelMcGuire | Thu Apr 26, 2012, 05:26 PM (0 replies)

Could the UN connection have cost Willie MacRae his life?

By James Wilkie

I agree with David Thomson's remarks (17 April) on the death of Willie MacRae in April 1985. Of course he was investigated by MI5 and the other intelligence agencies because of his successful campaign against government nuclear plans, but there is another virtually unknown factor in the case – his very active membership of the Scotland-UN committee, where he was one of its two legal advisers. This is where the tie-up with his close confidant John McGill (FSA Scot) of Kilmarnock began to attract the attention of MI5 or whatever.

John McGill is an extremely energetic organiser, ex-SNP at the time, and was the founder, secretary and leading light in Scotland-UN at the height of its international diplomatic activities, to the severe embarrassment of Margaret Thatcher's regime in London. After her so-called 'repeal' of the 1979 Scotland Act, when the referendum had ended with a perfectly adequate majority and a perfect orgy of government corruption, Scotland-UN was formed to take the Scottish case to the United Nations and the international community generally. This it did to no small effect in the course of a relentless, no-holds-barred 18-year diplomatic war that it waged in the major international institutions all round the world.

For example, one of its successes, in the early 1980s, was its destruction of a Thatcherite attempt at a 'final solution of the Scottish question' by obtaining a declaration from the Council of Europe in Strasbourg that there was no demand for devolution within the UK. Scotland-UN killed that with a diplomatic offensive that went to the government of every CoE member state. That must have stung in Downing Street, and it was still a current issue in 1985. Thatcher had no answer to it, as can be seen from her replies to Dennis Canavan's relevant questions at Westminster. She could only bluff.

He drove straight to the police with large-calibre bullet holes in his car,
but despite an ostensibly comprehensive forensic examination there
have been no leads to this day.

The campaign continued within the United Nations at its Geneva and New York headquarters. We circulated every UN member government with a dossier on the Scottish situation, we 'brainwashed' US President Reagan in Washington as well as the members of Congress on Capitol Hill. We brought a UN special committee in Paris openly onto Scotland's side on the Stone of Destiny issue, in order to force its return. And, of course, we never let up the pressure on the European institutions, especially the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, which particularly angered Thatcher.

So there was good reason for the assassination attempts, first of all on John McGill, who was the target of an unsuccessful murder attempt on the A77 on the way to Kilmarnock. He drove straight to the police with large-calibre bullet holes in his car, but despite an ostensibly comprehensive forensic examination there have been no leads to this day.

This is a major part of the background to the death of Willie MacRae a few days later. No doubt the immediate need was to get the nuclear plans out of his possession, but within the overall context of his nationalist activities there is little doubt that he had overstepped certain bounds, and that some establishment figure, possibly in Downing Street itself, may have put the devout question, 'Will nobody rid me of this troublesome lawyer?'.

Action was taken against other Scotland-UN committee members at home and abroad, but mostly in the form of character assassination, interference with employment and university studies, public harassment, opening mail and phone tapping, etc. (there was still no general email system). I myself felt the full brunt of it only after the start of Scotland-UN's most successful action at the Council of Europe from 1993 onwards, which resulted in the establishment of the present devolved system. By then it was not MI5 or any government body that was responsible for the illegal repression, but the Labour Party leadership, who determinedly tried, with no success, to kill home rule for Scotland and Wales, before being forced to implement it with the international diplomatic corps breathing down their necks.

Source Scottish Review
Posted by MichaelMcGuire | Tue Apr 24, 2012, 09:02 AM (0 replies)

James Connolly

Reading on J Connolly
Posted by MichaelMcGuire | Mon Apr 23, 2012, 02:54 PM (2 replies)
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