The Inmates Are Running The Asylum In Belfast

Bad enough that Northern Ireland is governed by someone who came to Belfast displaying the most profoundly dangerous ignorance of the most violent post-war turmoil to blight these islands.

Or to quote NI Secretary, Karen Bradley: ‘I didn’t understand things like when elections are fought, for example, in Northern Ireland – people who are nationalists don’t vote for unionist parties and vice versa. So, the parties fight for election within their own community.’

But now the police force in Belfast is headed by a man who can say this about the possible impact of Brexit on NI: ‘During a press conference in Belfast, Simon Byrne painted a stark picture of a potential worst-case scenario of farms and agricultural businesses going bust and animals being culled, leading to potential unrest within communities.’

Really? The Troubles were caused by putting down cows?

Putting British Labour’s Anti-Semitism Claims Into Context

This piece by Palestine-based, UK journalist Jonathan Cook on the background and history of accusations of anti-semitism inside Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party – renewed this week following a BBC documentary made by John Ware – is well worth a read. It is all about Blairites, aided by elements in the media and British establishment, trying to remove Corbyn, he argues, using as their weapon the conflation of criticism of Israel’s behaviour towards the Palestinians with anti-semitism. You can download it here.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Links To British Royal Family And Its Money, And George ‘Good Friday’ Mitchell

An intriguing paragraph plucked from Vicky Ward’s 2003 profile of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in Vanity Fair:

Also on the list of admirers are former senator George Mitchell and a gaggle of distinguished scientists, most of whom Epstein has helped fund in recent years. They include Nobel Prize winners Gerald Edelman and Murray Gell-Mann, and mathematical biologist Martin Nowak. When these men describe Epstein, they talk about “energy” and “curiosity,” as well as a love for theoretical physics that they don’t ordinarily find in laymen. Gell-Mann rather sweetly mentions that “there are always pretty ladies around” when he goes to dinner chez Epstein, and he’s under the impression that Epstein’s clients include the Queen of England. Both Nowak and Dershowitz were thrilled to find themselves shaking the hand of a man named “Andrew” in Epstein’s house. “Andrew” turned out to be Prince Andrew, who subsequently arranged to sit in the back of Dershowitz’s law class.

Prince Andrew, Donald Trump And The Jeffrey Epstein Scandal

Below is a photograph of Prince Andrew alongside Virginia Giuffre, who later alleged in court documents that she was pressured by paedophile billionaire, Jeffrey Epstein into having sex with the British Royal in New York, London and a Caribbean island.

Giuffre, who was 16 years old at the time, was working in Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida when she was introduced to Jeffrey Epstein, who then made sexual advances towards her.

The other woman in the photograph is Epstein’s friend and assistant, Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell. She has been widely described in US newspaper reports as Epstein’s pimp.

Maxwell is said to have recruited Giuffre for Epstein’s use, and later loaned her out to the billionaire’s friends, including the eighth in line to the British throne.

You can read more about the story here.

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Jeffrey Epstein Scandal – The Bill Clinton Connection

Courtesy of the archives of the late and lamented internet magazine Gawker comes this story showing the links between convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and former US president Bill Clinton,

The two-term president, who is remembered in Ireland for his support for the  peace process, issued a statement yesterday, which you can read here, downplaying his association with Epstein, who earlier this week was arraigned in federal court in New York charged with underage sex offences.

Epstein’s friendships with some of America’s most powerful and wealthy men, not least of them Donald Trump, as well his association with foreign dignitaries like Prince Andrew, amid allegations that he entertained friends at sex parties on his Caribbean island, makes this a truly mouth-watering scandal.

Gawker’s Story On Epstein’s ‘Black Book’

Back in January 2015, the late, lamented online magazine Gawker published the contents of a little black book containing the names and contact details of friends of multi-billionaire and convicted paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein, who yesterday (Monday) was charged by US federal prosecutors in New York with sex offences involving girls as young as fourteen years old.

Rumours and reports, as yet unconfirmed, have linked Epstein with a sex ring of notable personalities, ranging from Donald Trump and Bill Clinton to Prince Andrew and former Israeli PM, Ehud Barak, who are alleged to have participated in sex parties with under-age girls on his Caribbean island.

Hence the interest in the black book unearthed by Gawker, an interest fueled by speculation that the US, and possibly the British Royal family may soon be pitched into a sensational sex scandal.

At the weekend, FBI agents and NYPD officers raided Epstein’s luxurious Manhattan mansion where, reportedly, they discovered countless photographs of under-age girls in various stage of undress. Epstein is alleged to have paid young girls to have sex with him and to recruit friends to his circle.

Epstein has now been charged with two sex offenses dating back to 2005 amid speculation that the charges and the net may widen to include other well-known names.

Not only is Trump a friend of Epstein’s with his own entry in the black book, but his Labour Secretary, Alex Acosta, a former prosecutor in Florida cut Epstein and extraordinarily lenient deal in 2008 on serious sex offences involving under-age girls.

Epstein was sentenced to a mere 13 months in a county jail and was allowed out of prison for 12 hours every day, Mon to Sat, an extraordinary arrangement which allowed him to continue his life as an investment banker.

Not only could Trump’s entry in Epstein’s black book embroil him in the scandal but he may also lose a key cabinet member,

Trump may not be the only member of the gliterati facing some sleepless nights. The Gawker black book story may give a clue about what other members of the international jet set will soon be checking their medicine cabinet for sleeping tablets.

Here is the Gawker story. Enjoy:

Guardian’s Links To British Intelligence Revealed

Many thanks to Lauren Alder for pointing me towards this expose of The Guardians post-Snowden, friendly relationship with British spydom. According to the report, The Guardian has accepted, for the past five years, a seat at the table of British spies and bureaucrats who decide which secrets must be kept hidden from public gaze. A far cry from the image the paper crafted at the time of the Snowden revelations.

You can read the article and various supporting tweets by Matt Kennard, here and here. His report, largely based on leaked British documents, suggests that The Guardian, which accepted a seat on the D-Notice committee that censors state secrets as long ago as 2014, has agreed with its new friends in Whitehall to pass on security advice, i.e. what stories not to report, to other outlets, including The New York Times.

By the way, here is a link to Matt Kennard’s Wikipedia profile.