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What’s The Crack With Edward Leigh?

Edward Leigh, he of bright red face and hardline right-wing views, is an implacable opponent of equal (gay) marriage and opposed lowering the age of consent for gay males. Leigh is a Thatcherite to the core of his being and served as correspondence secretary to Th*thcer while she was leader of the opposition. In the Commons, he often speaks on matters of security. Like Julian Lewis, it would seem that he has no other interests apart from getting moist at the thought of nuclear weapons systems.

Leigh has been in the Commons since 1983 when he represented the seat of Gainsborough and Horncastle. Since 1997, he’s represented Gainsborough. He comes from landed gentry and is often referred to as “the viscount”. Leigh was knighted in 2013 for “public and political service”. When Th*tcher resigned in 1990, he and disgraced MP, Michael Brown tried to convince her to continue. They were both reported to have had tears in their eyes as they left Downing Street and returned to the Commons. Oddly, Brown was later outed as gay after the Cash for Questions scandal. Leigh is apparently opposed to gays.

When John Major won the 1992 General Election, Leigh was given a role in the Department for Trade and Industry but he was soon sacked for being one of the “bastards”, who opposed the Maastrict Treaty.

A couple of weeks ago, I came across this article in Pink News that claimed Leigh had met with a businessman, Duncan Breeze, who was convicted for the possession of indecent images of children in 2007. The original article, which appeared in the Sunday Mirror in November 2014, describes Breeze as a “consultant”.

Sir Edward Leigh, 64, hosted lunches inside Westminster for a businessman released from jail for making thousands of “sickening” images of children.

Consultant Duncan Breeze, 39, was entertained by Sir Edward, as recently as a few months ago.

Yesterday the veteran MP defended their relationship, insisting: “He has served his time. I believe in redemption.”

It’s ironic that Leigh should claim that he “believes in redemption” when he has called for tougher sentences in the past. It would appear that his call for toughness is selective, especially where his pals are concerned.

Breeze is described as a “lawyer turned panto actor” on this BBC page. The word ‘consultant’ can cover a number of activities. But what is he? A consultant, a pantomime actor or a businessman?

Jailing him, Judge Geoffrey Breen said: “Some of the images are particularly disgusting and sickening and it is not difficult to imagine the distress caused to the children in them.

“If it were not for people like you there would be no market for material of this kind.

“There is no doubt that you have achieved a great deal and that you are very talented and hard working.

“But it is difficult to see how you will ever be able to resume work in the entertainment industry.”

What’s so odd about this story is how quiet it went afterwards. It’s almost as if someone somewhere was trying to cover things up. Surely not?

 

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Aidan Burley and The Continuing Story of the Nazi Uniform

Two years ago, Aidan Burley, the MP for Cannock Chase was caught on camera at a stag party in France at which his friend, attired in an SS uniform toasted Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. For two years the Conservative Party has evaded questions over Burley’s conduct and suppressed its own report into his behaviour.

Yesterday, Political Scrapbook informed readers that the Burley case will finally go to court. The Tory Party report is, unfortunately, another matter and it would seem that the party is doing all it can to weasel its way out of the tight spot.

In the year leading up to the general election, we need to keep up the pressure on Cameron, otherwise he will continue to kick this incident into the long grass.  We can’t let them do that.

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Aidan Burley, Nazi Uniforms and the French Prosecutor’s Report: the silence is deafening

Nearly two years ago, Aidan Burley, the Tory MP for Cannock Chase was recorded on video at a stag night in which his mates are caught on camera wearing Nazi uniforms. In one scene, his chum toasts the Third Reich. We know the uniforms were hired by Burley (has anyone checked his expenses record to see if he used public money to hire these costumes?).

We were told that the French prosecutor’s report would be released for public viewing. Nearly two years later and there’s no sign of it.

The Huffington Post carried this story in February of this year.

The results of a Conservative Party disciplinary inquiry into an MP who attended a Nazi-themed stag party will not be published until French prosecutors have completed their own criminal investigation into the incident, the party said.

However the probe by senior officials is not believed to have concluded that Aidan Burley, who represents Cannock Chase, should have the Tory whip withdrawn.

A party spokesman said the in-house inquiry into Mr Burley’s role, ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron, had been completed but that its report, originally scheduled for publication this month, had been postponed.

“It would be inappropriate to release the report’s findings while French police are continuing their own investigations,” he said.

Does it really take this long for the French police to investigate the matter? This doesn’t sound right. Does David Cameron have something to hide? I would say he does.

Burley will stand again for the Tories in the 2015 election.

UPDATE 9/9/13 @ 1231

Burley may have been reselected as his constituency’s candidate but his tendency to cock things up will probably be his undoing. I found this in The Independent from last October:

He chairs the Trade Union Reform Campaign (TURC), which has a list of things they want to stop unions from being able to do. TURC invited Halfon, a serious and thoughtful character, to speak at one of their meetings, and were a little taken aback when he told them that their campaign was “ethically and politically wrong”. They should recognise unions as valuable community institutions and encourage Conservatives to get involved, he suggested.

My bold. Yes, a Tory… Rob Halfon said that. It would seem that even some of his fellow Tories find his ideas a little nutty.

Burley also appears to have a lack of understanding when it comes to Kurdistan. The leader of the Kurdistan Regional Government commented on yet another Burley faux pas:

Aidan Burley’s reported remarks about the Kurdish genocide illustrate the need to amplify understanding of what happened to the Iraqi Kurds for so many years. Britain did so much to protect the Kurds in 1991 and in 2003 and is perfectly placed to help lead the way in recognising the brutal realities of genocide. This does so much to help the Kurds to continue to overcome the past and build a prosperous peaceful and pluralist Iraq with the help of deeper and broader political commercial and cultural links with the UK. Mr Burley would be wise to apologise for making light of a genocidal campaign waged by a fascist regime. He could also show contrition by committing himself to supporting the cross party campaign spearheaded by his colleagues Nadhim Zahawi and Robert Halfon.

Zahawi is an Iraqi Kurd. A fact that went seemingly unnoticed by Burley.

His Trade Union Reform Campaign has been quiet for a couple of months too. The last blog entry was 14 July, 2013. Their last event was on 24 January, 2012.

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Thatcher Cabinet stifled Kincora child sex abuse inquiry 30 years ago

The Thatcher Cabinet was certainly up to no good when it stifled a report into the Kincora Children’s home in 1983.  As we now know, Thatcher turned a blind eye to Peter Morrison’s paedophilia but what else did she ignore? Jim Prior (now Lord Prior) was partly responsible for the suppression of the report and needs to be brought to book.

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Jim Prior,now Lord Prior. blocked the opportunity for a full-scale public inquiry into the notorious Kincora child abuse scandal, Cabinet minutes released under the 30 year rule revealed today.

The minutes of the Cabinet meeting (see http://bit.ly/19zxFqT ) reveal on 10 November 1983 Jim Prior, then Northern Ireland Secretary, proposed not to have a full Tribunal of Inquiry – the same mechanism, used to investigate  the Bloody Sunday atrocities, the North Wales child abuse scandal and the Dunblane massacre.
The minutes reveal the Cabinet – who included the now all ennobled Leon Brittan, then home secretary, Michael Heseltine,defence secretary and Norman Fowler, social services secretary, bought the Royal Ulster Constabulary line that there was nothing in it. He said he was being “pressed to hold an inquiry under the Tribunals of Inquiry”. But he didn’t believe Parliament would buy it.
But he said two police investigations had discovered nothing and…

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Savile, Sutcliffe and the Broadmoor task force

Savile pictured with Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe and Frank Bruno at Broadmoor Hospital

For me there is one nagging question about the whole Savile business. Why was Savile, who had no healthcare qualifications (he appears to have left school without any qualifications), allowed to chair a task force to take over Broadmoor Hospital? It simply doesn’t make sense. Yet whenever Edwina Currie, the health minister under Thatcher, is interviewed on television, she dances around the issue. Surely Currie should take some of the responsibility for allowing Savile to practically take over the running of Broadmoor, which not only contains some of Britain’s most dangerous psychiatric inmates but many vulnerable patients too.

Currie claims to have been “hoodwinked” and says that she has “nothing to hide”. But people without suitable qualifications or expertise should not be given such sensitive roles.  Currie made a colossal error of judgement and it would seem that she wasn’t the only one. Indeed, as we all know, Savile spent 11 Christmases at Chequers with Thatcher. He supported the Tory Party and thus became part of the machinery of political power. The reports, which were published yesterday claim that there was no clear evidence that Savile was involved in a high level paedophile ring. But given the litany of cover ups surrounding this case, I have my doubts.

The above photograph tells an interesting story. It suggests a strong link between Savile and Broadmoor’s most infamous resident, Peter Sutcliffe.  Savile was questioned by detectives investigating the Yorkshire Ripper killings. Sutcliffe has also claimed that Savile was “innocent” of any crimes.  But let’s not get carried away, Savile was not the Yorkshire Ripper but his closeness to Sutcliffe is disturbing to say the least. Did Savile do any favours for Sutcliffe? It’s an interesting question. No?

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The state-sponsored murder of Pat Finucane: the British state plays semantics

Pat Finucane: murdered by proxies of the British security apparatus

Pat Finucane: murdered by proxies of the British security apparatus

Pat Finucane was a Belfast civil rights lawyer who successfully challenged Britain’s human rights abuses in Northern Ireland. This is something that rankled with the state and Loyalist supporters. In 1989, Finucane was killed by UDA gunmen, one of whom was informer Ken Barrett, with the collusion of the British security services. The gunmen sprayed the Finucane’s home as the family were finishing their dinner. Finucane was killed by 14 bullets, his wife was also wounded in the attack.

Earlier this week, Sir Desmond de Silva’s report into Finucane’s murder concluded that the British state colluded with the killing but was not involved in a conspiracy. I would truly like to believe that there was no conspiracy but something tells me that would be naïve, given the dirty nature of the conflict and the cycle of violence that accompanied it. We know about the Loyalist death squads and we also know that the British security services (along with the Royal Ulster Constabulary and Ulster Defence Regiment) passed information onto these Loyalists. If that isn’t a conspiracy, then I’m the Lyin’ King.

The Loyalist paramilitaries: the UDA, the UFF, the UVF, the Red Hand Commando and others acted as an unofficial repressive state apparatus carrying out murders on behalf of the British state. Loyalist violence was only ever condemned through clenched teeth by the authorities.

On Wednesday, David Cameron offered a mealy-mouthed apology for Finucane’s murder but for the family and those who seek justice, it was not enough. Loyalist death squads were given carte blanche by the British authorities to carry out targeted murders. Beatrix Campbell writing in The Guardian says,

Those running the RUC, the army, the Northern Ireland Office and the Joint Intelligence Committee – later to become a household name during the Iraq war debacle – regarded the loyalists as a vital but disreputable rabble. So the army’s Force Research Unit enlisted an ex-soldier, Brian Nelson, to streamline the UDA’s killing machine. De Silva describes Nelson as “to all intents and purposes a direct state employee” – a remarkable admission. MI5 used him to orchestrate arms shipments from South Africa to distribute among loyalists. The state, it seems, took control of re-tooling the paramilitaries.

Not a conspiracy? Please, pull the other one.

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Max Clifford under arrest

Publicist Max Clifford has been arrested in connection with “sexual offences”. Clifford, a friend of the rich and powerful, has been responsible for a multitude of cover-ups involving a number of prominent people.

Given his client list, it is likely that Clifford has been complicit in high level cover-ups.

The arrest appears to be in connection with the ongoing Operation Yewtree investigations into Jimmy Savile’s reign of sexual terror and child abuse.

Here’s a video clip of Clifford admitting to covering things up for his clients.

Here he is talking about freemasons and other cover-ups.

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