The Labour party after abstaining wants to make amendments at the Committee Stage. Make amendments, my god they stay away from the vote so Starmer can lie his way out of it by saying that he did not vote against it, HE JUST DIDN’T VOTE. Yet he has the audacity to want to table amendments.
If you take the cowards way out then you lose any opportunity to put forth amendments, and I hope they kick any idea he has into the long grass.
All of this coming from a man of who took on cases from Phil Shiner when they were hounding our military on trumped up charges tells me all I need to know about Fence Sitting Starmer. He has no regard for the military, none whatsoever.
I don’t like Corbyn and his band of deplorables, but at least they voted. Against it as you would expect from the MPs whose sympathies are with the IRA, Hama’s and ISIS. They have always voted against this country and it is embarrassing they are in the commons. However, they voted which is far more than Starmer
He is smoke and mirrors and I am surprised his backside is not sore from the amount of fence sitting he does. He flip flops everywhere and tough decision maker….oh pleaseeeee.
Disgraceful spectacle by him and the Labour party.
Major Robert Campbell has had a 17 year witch hunt brought to an end at last.
He was thrown to the wolves based on lies and accusations and the MOD was not there to protect him at any point.
Thankfully Baroness Hallett who is a Judge has finally ruled and cleared him of any wrong doing…but why did it take 17 years?
Her Honour ruled that the allegations of the supposed drowning of a 19 year old was based on lies, collusion and possible conspiracy and should this be the case then those former Police men who run the Witch Finding Unit IHAT should be investigated.
Major Campbell was investigated on the bogus claim that he forced a 19 year old suspected looter Saeed Radhi Shabran Wawi Al-Bazooni 19 into a river at gun point in Basra, May 2003.
This young person knew the law regarding looting and Her Honour has ruled that he in all probability he jumped into the river and that Major Campbell and 2 NCOs jumped into to try and save him and the thanks they get….their lives ruined for 17 years. Shame on the MOD.
The eyewitnesses who lets face it were not friends of the British Army put in what can only be false reports and the MOD as usual instead of fighting it on behalf of the soldiers actually paid £100,000 to the family of the dead man. Nice bit of pay off when you can get it. I hope they are now going to get that money back.
Major Campbells case was part of the 4,000 claims brought by the disgraced former lawyer Phil Shiner and his Public Interest Lawyers, and all of these have collapsed and lets not forget Mr Shiner actually passed some of these claims to one Keir Starmer. Is he going to explain that at any point?
It is now time to sue the MOD for Major Campbell as those who sit behind a desk and do nothing must be held accountable for ruining the lives of good, honest, loyal men who went to fight an illegal war because those who sit in parliament believed Blair and his sexed up dossier of total lies.
The fact Starmer abstained tells me all I need to know about what the Labour party think of the British Armed Forces. Oh, I have read quote after quote from Generals who say this law is wrong, but they are safe in their nice places to live and like Blackadder says some 30 miles behind enemy lines and with the drinks cabinet. It is often men like Major Campbell who is at the front of the war and they must be protected from lies and false claims.
I am hopeful the bill passes and never again will such brave individuals as Major Campbell be chased by ambulance chasing lawyers who want a profit more than justice, and lawyers that do must be struck off and made to pay damages and passing all your houses etc to your family must not be allowed to stand in law such as Shiner did. He still owes £700,000 and he has no morals whatsoever.
The IHAT team was never fit for purpose and the search for the truth seemed to take a back seat, and Major Campbell now needs to sue the former Directors too. This is no different than the mob at the Witch Trials of the 15th and 16th century as they too were deemed guilty despite the evidence being made up.
Iraq Historic Allegations Team (daily mail)
The Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) was set up by the Government in March 2010 to investigate allegations of abuse and torture by British soldiers in Iraq. The inquiry was established in November 2010 after 146 Iraqi men said they had been tortured. The unit is led by retired senior civilian police detective, Mark Warwick, and is made up of Royal Navy Police officers and ex-civilian police detectives and will soon be up to its full complement of 145 staff.
In January 2013 G4S subsidiary G4S Policing Solutions lost its contract to provide 40 former police officers for the inquiry, and was replaced by Police Skills, a subsidiary of Red Snapper Group, who will provide 100 former detectives. In a judicial review the Court of Appeal ruled in November 2011 that the involvement of the General Police Duties branch of the Royal Military Police (RMP) ‘substantially compromised’ the inquiry because members of the unit had participated in detentions in Iraq.
The armed forces minister, Nick Harvey, responded by announcing in March 2012 that the RMP staff would be reassigned and replaced by Royal Navy Police personnel by 1 April 2012. Lawyers representing people alleging that they have been tortured applied for another judicial review in May 2012 to examine the claim that the Royal Navy Police are not sufficiently independent since they also took part in interrogations, and that abuses were so systemic and widespread that only a public inquiry will satisfy the UK’s human rights obligations.
The case started on January 29, 2013 and a judgement was handed down by Mr Justice Silber on May 24, 2013. In this judgement it was stated that IHAT has now been structured in such a way that it can independently carry out its investigative and prosecutorial functions. It also ruled that the decision of the Secretary of State to refuse to order an overarching public enquiry could not be called into question and said more should be done to address wider systemic issues.
In 2016 Martin Jerrold, managing director of the Red Snapper Group was called as a witness to an oral evidence session by a parliament select committee. A subsequent Daily Telegraph article highlighted the profits made by the company which has contracts worth £4.8million a year and its apparent ineffectiveness in that over its six years of existence it has yet to produce a single successful prosecution. Its 127 staff can be paid through limited companies potentially reducing tax.
In 2017, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced that the investigations would be shut down within months after MPs called it an ‘unmitigated failure.’ According to the Defence Committee report, IHAT had taken up over 3,500 allegations of abuse despite most not having any credible evidence. The report found failings in the conduct of investigations and concluded that those being investigated had suffered unacceptable stress, had their lives put on hold and careers damaged.
I hope Major Campbell can now find the peace he craves and for me such a man is still a hero and we were very lucky to have him, and shame on the MOD for the witch hunt, and this Overseas Bill has my full support as never again should our Armed Forces be subject to falsehoods, lies and ruination of careers. Someone now needs to pay for the abuse the brave service personnel have been through.
The government is going to ban something that has my full support and that is the trading of fur.
It is outrageous in this day and age when you can get a brilliant waterproof coat for the day, or a faux fur for the night that some person decided that they just have to have several animals skinned to wear their fur.
I am not a new age warrior nor a hippy type person but I do find it disgusting that there is a £200 million pound a year trade in the torture and death of animals just to wear a coat…..Do you really need to show that you are the bottom of the food chain to actually do that.
I quite agree that those who do it are named and shamed after all they have never once thought of the poor animal murdered for it. Disgusting.
The British Fur Trade of course will try to fight the bill but with 80% of the public backing the ban they should just quietly count their money and shut up shop.
DEFRA is expected to launch a consultation paper and Lord Goldsmith met with the Executive Director of the Anti Fur Organisation, Humane Society International in May to I guess start the proceedings to ban this. It will still be imported in Northern Ireland and that definitely needs to stop as fur is murder, and when we are supposed to be civilised so can we really justify to anyone the need to wear an animal that has been killed just for its skin?
It is obscene and it needs to be banned in its entirety. The fact that the PMs partner is against the trade fur might just at long last see it banned for good.
Talking to a person who works at Ikea and I have never seen them more stressed. There is over crowding at the best of times and I myself have lost the will to live when I step foot in there as you cannot find your way out for hours, and the item I want is always in the warehouse after having to walk through the whole store….and is that item that is missing all its vowels really desperately needed?
Anyway I asked them what was up as the worried lines were getting more and more by each day and it was explained to me that there is very little social distancing going on, and a lot of people are not wearing masks and this is making people feel nervous.
I know that some are exempt but not all and I don’t buy it that all those who don’t wear one should actually be exempt, as Mr Points of Sue wears a mask when we go out and he has the equivalent of one working lung, and the number of times we have had looks due to his coughing, but that coughing is sadly the effect of his lung condition and we sometimes have to explain that, but it is good that people are being vigilant. If you are on air then yes but you can breathe quite happily through the washable masks (and there are some fabulous very funny ones out there), and surely for your sake you should wear one as there are no doubts there will be coughs, sneezes etc because people just do not think. Sadly, that is who we are…..the only downside is that my glasses get steamed up but that is nuisance I can put up with.
Anyway, they continued that there are that many people in there it is making them think twice about actually going in some days……their words not mine.
I sympathised and said I very rarely go in at the best of times as I cannot stand the crowds (and there are a lot of them) and that was before the virus……so my advice is if you are going, then aim to get there for 10am and do your shopping in quick time, and not on the weekend and take a mask and copious amounts of hand gel as all those people can only be akin to a football match without the chanting.
I have a feeling that life is not going to get back to normal for a considerable amount of time so come on Ikea do your bit for the health of your workers as I do know that despite the nerves the staff will turn up as jobs are becoming hard to find in this day and age, and maybe restricting the numbers could help as their health matters too.
Don’t get me wrong I like the Queen, Phillip, Charles, Camilla, William, Catherine, Anne, Edward and Sophie….the rest of them I would not give them the time of day…..and I do believe especially in the light of the last parliament that the Queen and Co really are the best to show off when our political elite play at being morons, but seriously a tax bail out??
The Royal Family will be hoping to get a tax rebate because their finances have taken a hit in this Covid 19 pandemic, but then so has everybody else and they do have billions in a property empire and jewels that we can only dream about….so why not flog a couple of things.
Their travel bill cost us over £5million last year, and that does not include the cost of Buckingham Palace some £368 million and Her Majesty is not planning to return there, and Prince Charles says he will not live there when King…..so what a waste of money. Like the majority of you I had to pay for the improvements on my home and I live in mine so will the Government now pick up that bill?
We read extensively how they have taken private jets here, there and everywhere and wear clothes worth millions over the years and surely it has to stop.
I agree we pay for the Queen as Head of State but come on….really the rest of them? Charles has been bailing out his stroppy son the other side of the pond and has put up the cost of rates, rents etc at his Duchy of Cornwall to pay for the extravagant lifestyle his sons live. That cannot be right? People have to find that extra money to pay for luxury for a few.
The Royals get richer by ducking death bed duties, some of which have crippled other aristocrats and they just put everything as belonging to the Monarch, but if you are lucky enough to own a house that has tripled in value then I owe, I owe its off to the taxman you will go.
We have come a long way from the doffing of the cap to our supposed betters and when we are told to tighten our belts, then maybe so should the Monarchy and show that they understand what the country is going through……but they won’t and that is a PR disaster waiting to happen.