Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Every year on this day, I have to write this . . . because every year the Muslim phonies hijack the name of Martin Luther King, Jr.–who was PRO-ISRAEL–and try to make the civil rights struggle of Black people (many of whose ancestors were sold into slavery by Muslim Arabs) into the same thing as defending a violent religion that commits terrorist acts around the world every single hour. It’s amazing that a religion whose US-based “leaders” constantly claim that the 9/11 hijackers hijacked a religion (rather than what really happened–Islam hijacked them), is so consistent in its hijacking of things that stand counter to what Islam stands for. And, with Martin Luther King, Jr., they hijack the name and legacy of a man who stood with Israel and against them. They hijack his name for their own nefarious purposes of standing with HAMAS and Hezbollah.
During a relatively brief radio interview at the weekend, Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP deputy leader, used the phrase “the people of Scotland” at least a dozen times. You don’t have to listen for long to a US politician, from the president downwards, before you hear the words “the American people” uttered. Yet can you imagine a mainstream political discussion here in which the “people of England” are routinely invoked?
While others proudly assert their nationhood, Englishness is the identity that hardly dares to speak its name. As Richard Wyn Jones, professor of politics at Cardiff University and author of a report on Englishness to be published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), said yesterday: “The British political class is very uncomfortable in dealing with England as England.”
However, this reticence is no longer sustainable in view of the debate about Scottish independence and the prospect of a break-up of the United Kingdom. As a couple of polls have shown recently, resentment is growing rapidly in England over what is perceived to be the special treatment of Scotland. In particular, the so‑called West Lothian Question has started to make itself felt, with more than 50 per cent of English voters of the view that Scottish MPs should not be allowed to vote in the Commons on laws that affect only England.
Some 1941 years ago, the Romans conquered the ancient Jewish kingdom of Judea by force and attempted to expunge all memory of the Jews’ claim to the land by renaming the area Palestine. Two days ago, Mahmoud Abbas attempted to do the same thing by diplomatic force at the UN.
The whole thing was of course a grotesque charade, outdone in its surrealism only by the reaction of the western world. For the UK and US governments and others said that such a unilateral declaration of independence was a setback for peace and a Palestinian state, which could only be achieved through negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel.
Not so. Negotiations do not have to be re-started in order to achieve this.If Abbas really wanted a state of Palestine to live in peace alongside Israel, he could have said a handful of words in New York which would have ended the conflict there and then and brought such a state into actual being.
The eldest brother of North Korea’s new leader says reforms needed to avert the collapse of the country’s economy will lead to the end of its Stalinist regime, according to a book to be published this week.
Kim Jong-nam (left) the half brother of North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong-un
10:32AM GMT 17 Jan 201217 Comments Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of Kim Jong-un who took control of the hermit state on the death of their father last month, says the military has become so powerful it will step in and take over.
The comments come in a book by Yoji Gomi, a Japanese journalist who says he built a relationship with Jong-nam after the pair met in Beijing in 2004.
“North Korea is very unstable,” Jong-nam told Gomi, who interviewed him at length in the Chinese territory of Macau last year.
“My father governed the country with the backing of the military, but the power of the military has become too strong,” he said in Korean. “If the succession ends in failure, the military will wield the real power for sure.”
Gomi said Jong-nam may still take the reins of power in the secretive state with the backing of Beijing, which frets that a collapse in the regime could send millions of starving North Koreans over its border and create nuclear havoc on the peninsula.
Abu Qatada, once described as “Osama bin Laden’s right hand man in Europe”, cannot be extradited to Jordan, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.
Abu Qatada was once described as “Osama bin Laden’s right hand man in Europe” Photo: JONATHAN EVANS
By Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent9:39AM GMT 17 Jan 2012In a landmark judgment, the court said that Qatada would not receive a fair trial if he was returned to his native Jordan where he faces charges that he plotted bomb attacks on two hotels and providing finance and advice for another series of bomb attacks to coincide with the Millennium.
The court said there would be a violation of his right to a fair trial under Article Six of the European Convention of Human Rights, “given the real risk of the admission of evidence obtained by torture at his retrial.”
It is the first time that the Court has found that an expulsion would be in violation of Article 6, which reflects the international consensus that the use of evidence obtained through torture makes a fair trial impossible.
But before coming to the results in the north-east and elsewhere, let’s set out the promises made by the politicians. Over the past 30 years, there have been three main versions of the de-industrial revolution. I call them the Thatcher argument, the Blair vision and the Cameron update. I’ll come back to the coalition and the future at the end, but let’s start with Mrs T.
By the mid-70s, the press, politicians and academics agreed that Britain was in crisis. And as far as correcting the critical weakness of the British economy went, the Thatcherites had a clear answer. In a word: competition.
In 1974, Keith Joseph – the man Margaret Thatcher described as her closest political friend – gave a speech in which the key section was titled “Growth Means Change”. He argued that British industry was “overmanned” with “too low earnings and too little profit and too little investment”. The answer lay in shedding factory workers, which would make industrial companies leaner and free up labour for new businesses.
“This is growth,” Joseph said. “Whether the new work is in industry, commerce or services, public or private … The working population must choose between narrow illusory job security in one place propped up by public funds or the real job security based on a prosperous dynamic economy.”
Margaret Thatcher was the nemesis of the trade union movement.
Together with miners’ leader Arthur Scargill, she managed to destroy the power of the trade unions for almost a generation.
Only now, more than 13 years after her departure, are they beginning to find their feet again.
To understand the scale of what supporters called her achievement, others call her shameful legacy, it is important to look at the impact of the unions in the 1970s.