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The End of British Law – They’re All In It Together.

UK Legalises Retrospective Law Enforcement

UK leaders

UK leaders – No wonder they’re all smiling

No wonder they’re all smiling

In an astonishing move, HM Government has now enacted a law that allows any government (because it’s now part of case law) to sentence someone for breaking a law that didn’t exist at the time they “committed” an “offence“.

Worst of all, our dear labour Party let HM Gov do it!

Pardon?

Yes. You heard right.    (On the other hand, that’s consistent with my leaving the party some time ago.)

Just suppose that ten years ago, as part of your employment expenses, you were allowed to “flip” your expenses onto your work “home” and back again, yet a few years later this became illegal and you could be imprisoned.   I’m talking about the MP’s Expenses scandal of course, famous for its duck island, moat and second homes a mere hoppity-skip from the main home.   See MPs’ expenses: How Cabinet ministers have made tens of thousands ‘flipping’ their homes.

So what was “allowed” (as they thinly described it) is now “not allowed”.  Legality curiously disappears in this “allowing” farrago, yet some things were and are illegal yet hardly anyone was sent to the clink.  Just a few token stooges.

Workfare

So much for our privileged elite.

Not so good if you’re struggling in this artificially enforced time of economic restraint, wholly created by a roulette-based banking and investment class that shares the revolving door world with our politicians.

Because Iain Duncan Smith’s retrospective workfare legislation has just changed centuries of British law by making a law retrospective.

Now set in case law, the precedent has now been set for any law to be so applied.  You can now be penalised for something that was legal when you did it, but isn’t legal now.  That’s what it means.  Forget (for the moment) the injustice done to thousands of poor folks, fooled and misled into being stripped of their benefits.

The bigger picture is far worse and will have far reaching consequences.

This is really the ghastliest abomination from a whole series of actions where the freedom of the individual has been sequentially stripped over the past  decade or so.  No wonder they’re all smiling.  On top of this they’ve now gagged the press with whom they previously had such a nice cosy relationship.   They’ve made it so that if someone wins a libel case, they still have to pay all legal expenses!

Terrorism

Of course, terrorism (or the perception of terrorism through the western filter screen) is at the route of it.  The silent majority have let leaders do and say anything for so long that they’ve become accustomed to being scared and placid for so long that they can’t tell right from wrong anymore.   But consider this:

It’s always been illegal to trade with certain proscribed countries, organisations or individuals, (call them COI) at a given moment.  But it wasn’t always so.  At another moment, the list is different.

The precedent now makes it illegal for anyone to have traded with certain proscribed COI in the past even though they weren’t on the proscribed list years ago!  This is the bonkers conclusion to this daft legislation.  You can dream up any amount of scenarios.  All bonkers but now, apparently, all legal.

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Megrahi and Calley Compared and Contrasted

Who?  Who Are Megrahi and Calley

  1. Megrahi: the only person convicted over the Lockerbie bombing

    Megrahi: only person convicted over the Lockerbie bombing

    Megrahi is a Libyan, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering 270 people by blowing up a 747 over Lockerbie in Scotland – but released early after 8 years (but 10 years in prison) and sent to Libya to die of cancer.

  2. William Laws Calley - convicted American war criminal

    William Calley - convicted American war criminal

    Calley is an American, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment on 22 sample charges of  murdering over 500 people by shooting, beatings, torture, mutilation and sexual abuse in Vietnam – but released early after 3 years and has so far lived quietly for over 35 years.

Further similarities and differences exist.

    1988: wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 in a field in Lockerbie, Scotland.

    1988: wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 in a field in Lockerbie, Scotland.

  1. Megrahi has always said he was innocent and was convicted on one piece of clothing evidence and the say-so of a disgruntled acquaintance in Malta.
      Moammar Gadhafi - Libyan Dictator

      Moammar Gadhafi - Libyan Dictator

    • It’s been suggested that people at the highest level in Libya organised the plane bombing.  Gadhafi has always remained aloof, grunted and ambiguously farted.
    • The evidence could have easily have been tampered with as it remained for many months in disputed, easily corruptible circumstances.
  2. My Lai massacre

    My Lai massacre

  3. Lt Calley admitted the murders but always claimed he was acting under orders.  This higher command, Ernest Medina, has always disputed this.  Medina too, was tried.  His trial lasted 60 mins and he was acquitted of all charges.  Nevertheless, this ‘innocent’ man’s career was over.

Current Status

When Calley was released by the soon-to-be-disgraced Republican President Nixon, many in the US and elsewhere were outraged and shocked.  Calley was hidden from view and eventually forgotten about, except for his recent admission that he’s ‘sorry every day’ – see news link.

Along with a whole charade of political shenanigans including the notable damning silence from prime Minister Brown, Megrahi has been released to Libyan custody who immediately paraded him as a Terry Waite-like hero.  The custody thing is a blur.  He will die soon.  Megrahi’s public statement on his release bears detailed reading.  If he is telling the truth, his words are those of a patient, honourable man, restraining himself against the unjust forces of the world.

  • He bears no ill-will to the Scottish people, medical and prison staff.
  • For the victims’ relatives of the bombing, he expresses sincere sympathy.
  • For his trial, he expresses disillusionment at the failings of a supposedly fair system.  I’ve studied his face in Amsterdam and elsewhere.  This is genuine.
  • Now these are his actual words:
  • I cannot find words in my language or yours that give proper expression to the desolation I have felt. This horrible ordeal is not ended by my return to Libya.

    It may never end for me until I die. Perhaps the only liberation for me will be death.

    And I say in the clearest possible terms, which I hope every person in every land will hear: all of this I have had to endure for something that I did not do.

    The remaining days of my life are being lived under the shadow of the wrongness of my conviction.

He finishes by saying,

I say goodbye to Scotland and shall not return. My time here has been very unhappy and I do not leave a piece of myself. But to the country’s people I offer my gratitude and best wishes.

Conclusion

V for vendettaThese are not the words of a lying man.  He is a disillusioned patsy, a fall-guy for bigger forces.  This is the likely reason for his release.  It’s as if there’s an un-written code that everyone knows but dare not admit – but it must be enacted to equalise the communal guilt of an informed nation that suspects a gross injustice.

V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

Gadhafi, on the other hand, is laughing up his sleeve.  And the rabid right in the USA just use his release as fuel for their strident cries for battle.  The real power in the USA just sit tight, saving that fuel for another day, when another mass of innocents are mown down for profit in the hills of Pakistan.

Calley, exams failure of the US schools system, is right to think on his actions every day, and to think how truly lucky he is to be alive.  Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori, ha ha.

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What’s So Special About July 16th?

Crikey! I Never Realised!

Maybe certain days have relevance above their station and mere numerical nomenclature?  Who knows.  So read on.  See what happened today!

622 AD  – The Hijra of Muhammad

The Name Muhammad written in Classic Calligraphy

The Name Muhammad written in Classic Calligraphy

Muhammad runs away from Mecca to escape persecution.  From this point forward, huge swathes of the globe took up Islam, Islamic empires spread across, Africa, Asia and half of Europe; the legacy of which self-evidently exists today.  Okay, there’s huge argument about this, but some people take this as the day.  Personally, I don’t know enough about it, but I need something to match the post’s title, and other writers do take this as the day.  Wikipedia says this, and who am I to argue?

The Muslim dates are in the Islamic calendar extended back in time. The Western dates are in the Julian calendar. The lunar year is about 300/309 solar year. The Hijra is celebrated annually on 8 Rabi’ I, about 66 days after 1 Muharram, the first day of the Muslim year. Many writers confuse the first day of the year of the Hijra with the Hijra itself, erroneously stating that the Hijra occurred on 1 Muharram AH 1 or 16 July 622.

All dates given above may have occurred about 89 days (three lunar months) earlier. The Muslim dates may be those recorded in the original Arabic calendar and their month names may not have been changed to account for the (probably three) intercalary months inserted during the next nine years until intercalary months were prohibited during the year of Muhammad’s last Hajj (AH 10).

1260 AD – Nichiren Expounds “On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land”

Nichiren statue in Japan

Nichiren statue in Japan

Speaking to 13th century feudal Japan, Nichiren the monk said that the calamities and disasters befalling the people were all due to incorrect lifestyles.  He insisted that all people were equal and free, that they should pay heed to people who were obviously skilled in their chosen field, and that they should do their best in the limited lifetime available.

Largely, he was ignored, and so half the country starved because of self-interest and malice.

And this is exactly the place where we find ourselves now across the globe.  We live on a world of limited resource, where many people choose to live their life by stealing from others, either as individuals or nations.  Nichiren’s words have as much relevance now as they ever did.  Here’s part of the writing:

I have pondered the matter carefully with what limited resources I possess, and have looked a little at the scriptures for an answer. The people of today all turn their backs upon what is right; to a person, they give their allegiance to evil. This is the reason that the benevolent deities have abandoned the nation and departed together, that sages leave and do not return. And in their stead devils and demons come, and disasters and calamities occur. I cannot keep silent on this matter. I cannot suppress my fears. – WND, page 7, “On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land”

Daisaku Ikeda has some similar words about today;  he says:

The powerful may appear great, but in reality they are not.  Greatest of all are the ordinary people.  If those in power lead lives of idle luxury it is because the people are silent.  We have to speak out.  With impassioned words, we need to resolutely attack abuses of power that cause people suffering.  This is fighting on the side of justice.  It is wrong to remain silent when  confronting injustice.  Doing so is tantamount to supporting and condoning evil.

I’ve quoted the above as a direct statement to those companies like Pacific Webworks, people like Jesse Willms and the misguided people of Utah who have misinterpreted their US constitution of freedom and capitalism as a freedom to steal from the needy as a means of amassing capital, all hiding under the umbrella “that it’s god’s work”.  If capitalism doesn’t serve the people, then it has no purpose.

Nichiren’s Buddhism is now growing at a phenomenal rate.  The time of change is now.

1918 AD –  Tzar Nicholas II of Russia and his family are killed by a Bolshevik firing squad at Ekaterinburg, Siberia.

Tsar Nicholas II and Family

Tsar Nicholas II and Family

One of the final acts of the Russian revolution occurred with the attempted elimination of all of the monarchy and any aspirants thereto.  This act changed history for the 20th century, it’s consequences evident even now by a powerful Russian people, proud of their history, somewhat ambivalent about the exact direction that leadership and authority should take.

On the night of 16/17 July 1918, the royal family was awakened around 2:00 am, told to dress, and led down into a half-basement room at the back of the Ipatiev house; the pretext for this move was the family’s safety – that anti-Bolshevik forces were approaching Ekaterinberg, and the house might be fired upon.

The executioners drew revolvers and the shooting began. Nicholas was the first to die; Yurovsky shot him multiple times in the head and chest. Anastasia, Tatiana, Olga, and Maria survived the first hail of bullets; the sisters were wearing over 1.3 kilograms of diamonds and precious gems sewn into their clothing, which provided some initial protection from the bullets and bayonets. They were stabbed with bayonets and then shot at close range in the head.

1945 AD – The world’s first atomic weapon is Exploded

Trinity Goes Boom

Trinity Goes Boom

Trinity, the first bomb is tested by the US at Alamogordo Air Base in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  Within a month, two more bombs had been dropped on Japan, effectively ending World War 2.  We, especially in the West, are living this legacy still.  It can be argued that the threat of total devastation (the theory of MAD) has made nations with the bomb more proactive in reasoned discussion and less likely to take arms against each other.  The converse is that the weapons will one day be used again and it’ll be the end of the world as we know it…

Tyger, tyger, burning bright

Tyger, tyger, burning bright

Unlike Oppenheimer, who had his own bit of Indian prose in mind, whenever I see the Trinity picture I hear William Blake.  It’s a beautiful picture, just as the bomb goes off.  What fearful symmetry?  In that split second, we see all that was and all that will be.

Tyger, tyger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

1969 AD – Man on The Moon

Apollo11 Launch

Apollo11 Launch

On this day, mankind set off to stand on a different celestial body.  Four days later, we’d done it.

Less than four centuries earlier, over much of our planet, you could be burned or stoned to death for even suggesting that the possibility existed that a “creation of god” could be imperfect or blemished, like the moon is.

Such is the progress we’ve made, yet even now, such events are like a dream within a dream.   The misogynist, nationalist, creationist forces are at work, attempting to roll back the clock to a time when they ruled the roost, and their hypocritical word was god .

But for now, we can say that men bravely stood on the Moon.

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It is Better to Live a Single Day with Honour than to Live to 120 and Die in Disgrace

This is powerful stuff from 1277 in Japan…

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A Samurai

Introduction

A 55-year old Japanese monk writes a letter to a proud, hot-headed Samurai warrior who has the absolute right to cut his head off with but a moment’s notice, (swish!), almost without reason.

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Nichiren

The Samurai know all about honour and don’t like to be lectured by anyone, especially those that are considered inferior, like fish gutters….

The monk writing the letter, Nichiren, came from a fish-gutting family.  A bit like a Cullercoats fishwife from my part of the North-East of England..

This is part of the letter that the fish gutter wrote to the Samurai…

It is rare to be born a human being. The number of those endowed with human life is as small as the amount of earth one can place on a fingernail. Life as a human being is hard to sustain- as hard as it is for the dew to remain on the grass. But it is better to live a single day with honour than to live to 120 and die in disgrace. Live so that all the people of Kamakura will say in your praise that Nakatsukasa Saburo Saemon-no-jo is diligent in the service of his lord, in the service of Buddhism, and in his concern for other people. More valuable than treasures in a storehouse are the treasures of the body, and the treasures of the heart are the most valuable of all. From the time you read this letter on, strive to accumulate the treasures of the heart!  – Nichiren Daishonin, The Three Kinds of Treasure (WND 1, p851).  Written to Shijo Kingo on September 11, 1277

nichiren.jpgFrom the time that Nichiren decided to speak out for common-sense and against injustice, Nichiren was persecuted almost until the end of his life.  During this time, he transcribed his thoughts and wrote letters to people, much of which survives to this day in his hand, or as copies by his immediate associates.  Much of his work he wrote in an informal “peoples” script, not the educated hand-writing of the ruling classes.  This was so that his message could be heard and used by the masses, not hidden away as a secret to be guarded by an elite.

Nichiren.  A man from, and for, the people.

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Newcastle – Unique in the UK

I Have a Dream

I Have a Dream

This link details the arrival and speech of Martin Luther King in Newcastle in 1967. Newcastle was the only uni in the UK to honour him. No doubt, if Bridgwater had a uni, they would have done so first.

In his acceptance speech, Dr King said:

“Words are certainly inadequate for me to express my deep and genuine appreciation to the University of Newcastle for honouring me in such a significant way.

“I can assure you that you give me renewed courage and vigour to carry on in the struggle to make peace and justice a reality for all men and women all over the world.”

Gandi, King, Ikeda

Gandi, King, Ikeda

To get past injustice and hate, we all have to accept the bad things innate in all people and truly believe that there is an innate goodness in people as well, that just needs to be nurtured and released.

Within five months of Dr King’s Newcastle speech, the world had lost a great orator and tireless campaigner for peace, justice and universal suffrage to the assassin’s bullet…

In his acceptance speech Dr King mentioned the three great problems in the world at that time;

racism, poverty, war

Unfortunately, we are still combating these evils, and quite often they occur at the same time or feed from each other.

In this same speech, Dr King mentioned South Africa as one of the places where racism was rife – well fortunately time does move on. I remember that at the time it seemed to me that the state of affairs could never be overturned. And yet, look at the place now! Even though many pains exist and there is suffering on a large scale, the people have rolled the problems up and dealt with them. Instead of having a massive retributional blood bath which would have made Pol Pot look saintly, they had a series of debates (dialogues), where even the “bad” people were allowed to atone for their past and move on. Only a few absolute sadists and psychos were safely locked up. It seemed to be accepted that virtually everyone was caught up in the hate-filled atmosphere and enticed to do awful things – and so, they decided to sensibly move on.

Mandela Passport

Mandela Passport

That’s the genius of Nelson Mandela and why he is usually mentioned in the same sentence with Martin Luther King , Mahatma Gandhi and Daisaku Ikeda, and why they in turn have a roaming exhibition in their honour, “The Gandhi, King, Ikeda Exhibit”, dedicated to the virtues they eschew.

Gandi, King, Ikeda

Gandi, King, Ikeda

To get past injustice and hate, we all have to accept the bad things innate in all people and truly believe that there is an innate goodness in people as well, that just needs to be nurtured and released.

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