Partly Paralysed James Bond

Partly paralysed Bond wannabe sues over ‘discrimination’

A wannabe James Bond is suing MI5 for £365,000 after failing to land a job tailing suspects – even though he is partly paralysed.
Sajad Suleman could not move his arms or legs when he applied to be a mobile surveillance officer but claimed he was recklessly discriminated against. The former bus driver, 35, said the role – all about observing people by foot or vehicle – could have been adapted so he could work in taxis, buses or trains.

‘I knew the job was active. They sent you out, sometimes to different countries, to spy on someone. You are out on the front line but it was right up my street,’ said Mr Suleman. ‘They should have interviewed me to discuss how to adapt the job to cope with my disability, not rejected me because I can’t do certain things.’

Mr Suleman has been unemployed since 2005, when he contracted Guillain Barré syndrome while working as a union rep.

His application to MI5 in 2007 was rejected because the job required someone who drove more than 8,000km (5,000 miles) a year – Mr Suleman did half that. MI5 and recruitment agency TMP insisted this had nothing to do with his race, disability or religion – he simply did not meet the basic requirements.

Mr Suleman, who lives on benefits, said his confidence was too shaken to apply for other posts. But the British Muslim is representing himself because he says lawyers won’t take on the secret service. The case has already been thrown out once. The father of three, from Wembley in north-west London, has also appealed to Mohamed al-Fayed – as the Harrods owner believed spies killed Princess Diana.

He added: ‘They should have invited me for interview – I should have got the job.’

Why Iran will not ‘come to its senses’

War with Iran is a truly fearsome prospect.

Its likely consequences would include attacks on US air bases from thousands of Iranian missiles, the unleashing of terrorist attacks within the US and Europe, the rocketing of Israeli towns from the tens of thousands of missiles trained on Israel from Lebanon, the closing of the Straits of Hormuz thus paralysing western oil supplies, and doubtless other horrors.

But however fearsome this prospect, that of a nuclear-armed Iran is worse. The consequences are simply insupportable.

A regime which has seen itself at war with the west ever since it came to power in 1979, and which has been involved in arguably every major terrorist atrocity against it, will be equipped with nuclear weapons to bring the west to its knees. Working as it does through puppet rogue regimes and terror organisations, it could perpetrate acts of nuclear terrorism – or threaten to do so.

It could mount its long-threatened attempt to wipe Israel off the map, thus provoking a nuclear response to prevent a second genocide of the Jews. Last but by no means least, it will spark a nuclear arms race throughout the region, thus ensuring that nuclear weapons come under the control of some of the most unstable and belligerent regimes on earth. To all these threats and more, the west will be paralysed by Iran’s nuclear capacity,just as it is currently paralysed over North Korea.

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She might not know much about the British constitution, but Sarah Palin is a smart lady

Next month, HBO will be showing a movie about Sarah Palin called Game Change. Is it a hit job? Does Sarah Palin hunt bears in the woods?

Yes, it’s a hit job – and I’d expect no less from HBO, which is the network of choice for potty mouthed liberals. This is the network that gave us (the very funny) Real Time with Bill Maher and the (less funny) hagiography of amateur euthanasia practitioner Jack “Breathe Deeply” Kevorkian. I’m not knocking its content, which is often sophisticated, challenging and stimulating. I was addicted to True Blood, until I realised that I had been tricked into watching hardcore porn. Again.

So it comes as no surprise that Game Change takes a critical view of Sarah Palin’s 2008 campaign for the White House. Perhaps critical is fair, as her candidacy was a public relations disaster. Whether you see her as the victim of a press witch-hunt or simply incompetent, she was permanently politically damaged. Memories of the 2008 fiasco probably deterred her from running in 2012.

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