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Hibs to face Hearts in cup derby - Hinckley Times

Hibs to face Hearts in cup derby - Hinckley Times | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it
Hibs to face Hearts in cup derbyHinckley TimesHibernian have been handed the opportunity to avenge their William Hill Scottish Cup final derby thrashing after being drawn at home to Hearts in the fourth round of this season's competition.
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The biggest danger to Scotland in EU is scepticism in England | Herald Scotland

The biggest danger to Scotland in EU is scepticism in England | Herald Scotland | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it
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Samhuinn Festival lights up Edinburgh's Royal Mile

Samhuinn Festival lights up Edinburgh's Royal Mile | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it

Samhuinn Festival lights up Edinburgh's Royal Mile

By Claire White 30 October 2012 06:35 GMT Samhuinn Festival: Groups gather on Edinburgh's Royal Mile to celebrate the coming of Winter.©Samhuinn Festival

In its 25 year anniversary, Samhuinn Festival will light up the Royal Mile with a torchlight procession from the Castle Esplanade to Cathedral Square.

With fire sculptures, drumming, storytellers and costumed performers, the night promises to be something very unique. The Beltane Fire Society will tell the story of Samhuinn as Summer and Winter battle in front of you illuminated by fire.

The festival was celebrated as the Celtic New Year, yet was established long before. It dates back to the end of the summer period when shepherds were bringing in their herds from summer pastures to lowland fields for protection.

Samhuinn is known to have an association with death, as nature begins to die and many believed this night was ‘the night of the dead’. Fittingly therefore, it is celebrated around the Halloween period. Legend has it, that this night was a time for spirits of the departed to pay one last visit to their relatives before crossing over to the other side and people used to believe they needed protection from the unwanted spirits and faeries. This evolved into the tradition of modern Halloween wearing masks and outfits to disguise you from the spirits.

The event takes place on Halloween, October 31 from 9pm to 11pm.

Samhuinn Festival is free to attend and as Zander Bruce, co-Secretary for BFS and co-Group Organiser for Samhuinn Support Team, explained: “I like to see it as a community event to mark the change of the season. You can say welcome to Winter and goodbye to Summer.”

The Samhuinn Festival is the opposite of the Beltane Fire Festival which welcomes the Summer into the City.

This year public involvement is a key aspect to proceedings, Bruce said: “It used to be more of an alternative option and people only heard about it through friends. Now thanks to social media we are able to reach a wider audience. We want to make sure the public are involved via Facebook with tagging in photos, social media is helping us a lot.”

As well as the constant entertainment on the night, Bruce said: “We will have people there who are happy to chat about what is happening on the night”. As the group understand the event can be quite daunting for those who have no idea what is going on around them in the hectic two hours.

For those who have never experienced the diversity of performances at Samhuinn, Bruce explained: “It’s something very different, it heartens back to the different aspects of Celtic mythology and symbolism.” Incorporating varied world beliefs, the celebration manages to reach a wide audience through a variety of live art-forms.

The night itself takes around two months of planning which Bruce said: “It’s a long time for a two to three hour event.” With 190 performers and volunteers this year, there is a lot going on that people do not think about. There is not only a stage to build, but pyrotechnics to plan."

At the beginning of the event, Bruce explained on the night everyone involved used to turn up and see what happens, but now the group host a run-through event every year to make sure everything will go to plan. Bruce joked: “Of course there will be random spontaneous moments throughout the night, you can expect a little bit of chaos”.

This year, there will also be an after party event at Espionage for performers and friends. As Bruce said: “The after party will be a chance for everyone to chill out relax and welcome Winter.”

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StoneWall: Playing the man rather than the ball? « Slugger O'Toole

StoneWall: Playing the man rather than the ball? « Slugger O'Toole | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it

I have to say that for a while back in the day, I had to ban three words on Slugger. They were in order of their frequency: bigot; vermin; and scum.

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BBC political impartiality | Can we have some please?

BBC political impartiality | Can we have some please? | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it
Has anything fundamentally changed since BBC founder Lord Reith wrote of the establishment: "They know they can trust us not to be really impartial"?
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Neil Smith - Geographer and anthropologist (b Leith) obituary | Uneven Development |

Neil Smith - Geographer and anthropologist  (b Leith) obituary | Uneven Development | | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it

Geographer and anthropologist who studied the effects of the rapid growth of gentrification in cities

 

Neil Smith's arguments about gentrification were a part of a larger examination of how capitalism shapes nature and geographical space

 

Neil Smith, who has died aged 58 of liver failure, brought a new dimension to geographyby exploring the relationship between cities, the wider world and capitalism. If we want to understand the economic system's workings, he argued, then we have to understand the spaces that make its existence possible. And if we want to live in a saner environment – natural and built – we need to revolutionise the ways in which it is produced.As an undergraduate at St Andrews, Scotland, Neil studied the way in which gentrification had become a global force in the shaping of cities. In addition to middle-class people seeking better lifestyles, he pointed to the rent-gap, the difference between the rent a property earns currently and what it could earn if redeveloped for new inhabitants. When the gap is big enough, private capital is attracted by the financial potential, and restructuring follows.

 

By the time of his book The New Urban Frontier (1996), Neil was an academic based in the US and the argument had acquired a political aspect. It highlighted an effect akin to revenge as richer people returned from the suburbs to repossess inner-city areas, their interests combining with those of private capital to the detriment of the poorer people living there. In the process, public policy initiatives such as zero-tolerance policing served to criminalise the marginalised and homeless.

 

Neil's arguments about gentrification were part of a larger examination of how capitalism shapes nature and geographical space, whether land, sea, air or buildings. His PhD dissertation at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, became the book Uneven Development (1984), taking up the term that Karl Marx had used for the emergence of simultaneous concentrations of wealth and poverty. The example of humanly induced climate change demonstrates how we produce nature without being able to control it – a significant insight for the field of political ecology, studying the flow of environmental benefits and costs.

This approach to geography attracted scholars in such fields as anthropology and sociology to the study of space and place. Neil's curiosity as to why pioneering work such as his came comparatively late to geography resulted in a study of Isaiah Bowman, geographer to Presidents Woodrow Wilson during the first world war and Franklin D Roosevelt during the second. American Empire: Roosevelt's Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization (2003), is a biography-cum-political history of America's rise to global power through – rather than despite – geographical ignorance.

In Neil's view that this field of study was bankrupt in the US in large part because that suited the rise of American-led, capitalist liberalism, a theme further developed in his final book, The Endgame of Globalization (2005). The effectiveness of his arguments was recognised by the discipline he so strongly criticised: the Association of American Geographers awarded him Distinguished Scholarship Honours, its highest award.

Born in Leith, Neil was one of the four children of a schoolteacher and his wife. He grew up in Dalkeith, to the south-east of Edinburgh, where he developed an early passion for birdwatching that he never lost. His ferocious intellect, passionate commitment to socialism and lively Scottish sense of humour made him someone who might be disagreed with but not ignored. You wanted to argue with him, and he wanted to argue right back. "The battle for ideas," he was fond of saying, "is just too important to leave to others."

Neil taught at Columbia University (1982-86) and Rutgers University (1986-2000), where I was his student, before he was made professor of anthropology and geography at the City University of New York. There he founded and directed the Centre for Place Culture and Politics, where political activists and academics felt equally at home. He made time for his students over a beer or a meal, when, despite commitments that took him all over the world, he devoted himself to our ideas and the ruthless but comradely critique of them.

Neil's marriage to geographer Cindi Katz was followed by a partnership with another geographer, Deb Cowen. At their home in Toronto, Neil pursued another of his great passions, gardening – a production of nature that he fully approved of. Deb survives him, as do his sister, Sheila, and brothers Derek and Harvey.

 

• Neil Robert Smith, geographer and anthropologist, born 18 July 1954; died 29 September 2012

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Storm hit yacht in Granton Harbour | Stewartlochhead's Blog

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Bravo Charlie Hebdo

Bravo Charlie Hebdo | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it
In a climate where Islamist murder, violence and intimidation is cowering many into silence and submission,  Charlie Hebdo’s insistence on poking fun at Islam on par with all religions and its refusal to back down despite calls for censorship is...
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Features : The colossal failure of prohibition : THE FIRM : SCOTLAND'S INDEPENDENT LAW JOURNAL

Features : The colossal failure of prohibition : THE FIRM : SCOTLAND'S INDEPENDENT LAW JOURNAL | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it
THE FIRM : SCOTLAND'S INDEPENDENT LAW JOURNAL, Features, The colossal failure of prohibition...

"Advocate Niall McCluskey says drug prohibition has failed, and calls for a managed legalisation of narcotics to reduce prison populations, improve treatment and education and improve control."

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Free speech - Letters - Scotsman.com

I HAVE watched with interest your Letters pages for any response to Samina Ansari (Letters, 13 September), whose campaign “I speak for Myself” was launched on behalf of Muslim women.
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The Future of Common Good | Land Matters - Andy Wightman

The Future of Common Good | Land Matters - Andy Wightman | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it
Land Matters …….. the blog and website of Andy Wightman. Menu. Search: Home · About · Diary & Events; Hot Topics. Crown Estate · Donald Trump · Forests · LVT · Common Good. Writings. Main Publications · Other Writing ...
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VIDEOPod | FMQs Review 130912 | New Set

VIDEOPod | FMQs Review 130912 | New Set | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it

New set..Guests- Rob Munn, Phil Attridge, Norrie Stewart

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Everything Everywhere becomes EE 4G in the UK, new devices coming in weeks - Pocket-lint

Everything Everywhere becomes EE 4G in the UK, new devices coming in weeks - Pocket-lint | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it
Everything Everywhere has ditched the name, er, Everything Everywhere to launch a new brand to sit alongside Orange and T-Mobile in its network family.

The 4G network will be launching today for live testing in four major UK cities; London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol. A full consumer launch is planned for before Christmas, covering 16 cities across the country.

Brands and smartphones planned to work on the EE network include the Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy S III and, yes, the iPhone 5 - as Pocket-lint exclusively told you a couple of weeks ago. Certain HTC and Huawei handsets and mobile dongles (in the case of the latter) are also expected to be compatible.

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Enchanted Forest Shortlisted for Top Creative Award

Enchanted Forest Shortlisted for Top Creative Award | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it
The Caledonian MercuryPhotographs by Graham Smith The Enchanted Forest, the annual “Big Tree Country” event in Perthshire, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2012 Year of Creative Scotland Event at this year’s Creative Scotland Awards to be...
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Agency suspends top ad man over row with Steve Cardownie - Latest news - Scotsman.com

Agency suspends top ad man over row with Steve Cardownie - Latest news - Scotsman.com | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it
A TOP advertising guru hired to mastermind the Edinburgh Winter Festival campaign has been suspended because he allowed “inappropriate spill- over” of his personal views into a major publicly-funded project, it has been claimed.
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Fifty axed as Edinburgh defence manufacturer goes into liquidation

Fifty axed as Edinburgh defence manufacturer goes into liquidation | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it

Fifty axed as Edinburgh defence manufacturer goes into liquidation

STV 2 November 2012 09:39 GMT

Job centre: 51 people have been made redundant.© STV

Around 50 employees have been made redundant after a defence manufacturer went into liquidation.

Aerospace Machining Technology (AMT), a precision engineering business based in Granton, Edinburgh, went into liquidation on Wednesday.

Unions have expressed "utter devastation" at the loss of the jobs after what they are calling a "shock liquidation".

KPMG were appointed liquidators at the Court of Session on Wednesday and immediately made 51 or the 68 staff redundant.

They say the company started struggling earlier this year when cuts in the defence budget reduced orders. The next step is to try and find a buyer for the firm.

Blair Nimmo, from KPMG, said: "AMT has a highly skilled and experienced workforce and has more than 50 years of manufacturing experience in the avionic and medical sectors.

"The Liquidation represents an excellent opportunity to acquire a well known business with a highly skilled workforce. Any parties with an interest in acquiring the business are invited to contact the Joint Provisional Liquidators as soon as possible."

The Unite union said there was no warning to staff and many highly-skilled individuals were now left without a job.

Regional Officer Gillian McKay said: "AMT’s liquidation has come as a total shock to our members. There was no warning from management and absolutely no consultation with the trade union or any indication from them to suggest this would happen.

"We now have a ridiculous situation where exceptionally high quality precision engineering jobs are being thrown on the unemployment scrapheap due to the UK Government’s cuts agenda.

"Many of the experienced engineers are in their fifties and have given the company years of dedicated service – what happens to them now and in this economic climate?

"We have serious questions we want answered from the Managing Director at AMT and Unite will be working very closely with the liquidators to try and help salvage something from this mismanagement wreckage."

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Ghost in the Drone - Predator drone started engines on its own | Conclusion: bug infected it

Ghost in the Drone - Predator drone started engines on its own | Conclusion: bug infected it | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it
The article has this interesting snippet, taken from declassified US Drone incident reports:

Air Force mechanics have reported mysterious incidents in which the airborne robots went haywire. In March 2011, a Predator parked at the camp started its engine without any human direction, even though the ignition had been turned off and the fuel lines closed. Technicians concluded that a software bug had infected the "brains" of the drone, but never pinpointed the problem. "After that whole starting-itself incident, we were fairly wary of the aircraft and watched it pretty closely," an unnamed Air Force squadron commander testified to an investigative board, according to a transcript. "Right now, I still think the software is not good."

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Bloomberg | Meaty Restaurants Put Edinburgh on Gourmets’ Map: Richard Vines

Bloomberg | Meaty Restaurants Put Edinburgh on Gourmets’ Map: Richard Vines | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it

Meaty Restaurants Put Scotland on Gourmets’ Map:

 

By Richard Vines - Oct 23, 2012 12:01 AM GMT

 

Visitors to the U.K. seeking great food outside London face a dilemma: There are many fine restaurants, yet they’re seldom concentrated in one city.

The highest density of first-class dining options is in enclaves such as Padstow (population 3,162 in the last census), home to Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant and its spawn; and Bray (population 8,245), for the Waterside Inn, the Fat Duck and its ducklings.

 

EDINBURGH

 

Tom Kitchin serves boldly flavored dishes at Kitchin restaurant, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

21212 restaurant in Edinburgh. The dishes served are striking.

 

Jeff Galvin in Edinburgh. The chef and his brother Chris are best known for their London restaurants.

 

A gourmet vacation might involve much traveling. So how about Edinburgh? The Scottish capital (population 448,624) is home to restaurants so good, it’s worth a special trip.

The Kitchin: Tom Kitchin has worked with some of the world’s greatest chefs -- including Alain Ducasse and Guy Savoy -- and formed an unlikely friendship with one of the toughest of them all, Pierre Koffmann. Koffmann has been a mentor to Kitchin since the young Scot proved himself at La Tante Claire.

Kitchin uses mostly Scottish produce to create dishes that are big on flavor. Yes, they are pretty and he cares about presentation, but everything on the plate is there because of what it can add to the main ingredients.

Dishes such as bone marrow and ox are not for timid eaters, though the textures and rich flavors of roasted bone marrow, crispy ox tongue, button mushrooms and jambon de Bayonne are rewarding. This appeared on the Chef’s Land and Sea Surprise tasting menu when I ate at Kitchin last month.

Service under Kitchin’s wife, Michaela, is outstanding. Kitchin, whose second restaurant is Castle Terrace, may be Scotland’s finest chef. The bill? 120 pounds ($194) for one.

Information: http://www.thekitchin.com/kitchin/home or +44- 131-555-1755.

The Honours: Martin Wishart also has claims to be Scotland’s finest chef, and his eponymous restaurant in Edinburgh (which I have reviewed previously) should not be missed. The Honours, which opened last year, is his brasserie.

The service is relaxed while the cooking is serious. The dishes are French: They are polite, as though they have traveled over on the Eurostar, have learnt to speak English and chosen to eschew Gallic extremes in favor a lighter European style.

I started with buttered tagliatelle with new season’s morels. This dish was so good, I had to put my wine glass down and stop talking for 10 seconds to appreciate it. My main of calf’s liver (with confit shallot jus) was a chunk of pinkish meat about the size of my fist, like a big buttery steak.

There’s a three-course prix fixe menu of 17.50 pounds. My bill was 130.95 pounds for two.

Information: http://www.thehonours.co.uk/ or +33-131-220- 2513.

21212: I’ve never been so confused in a restaurant before having a drink and I’ve rarely been so happy persevering.

The waitress explained to me once how to order. I asked her to tell me again. Still baffled, I asked another time. Please pay attention: you have a choice of two starters, one soup, two mains, one cheese and two desserts. It’s 21212. Clear enough?

Here’s a single dish from course three, or should that be two? Tender best end of lamb, braised and diced breast, barley and leeks, kidney beans, white asparagus and mange-tout, thyme and pease pudding, Bayonne ham and mortadella, blueberry puree.

When the food arrived it was a riot of colors and flavors: Not a bad riot, like people setting fire to furniture stores, but a good riot, like people overthrowing dictators.

Chef Paul Kitching just lets his imagination run a little mad, as though he comes up with ideas in the middle of a rave and works out how to execute them while coming down the next day. The disparate ingredients become friends and chill out.

I still had trouble imagining the genius responsible for such exuberant bonsai gastronomy. (The portions are small.) Then I sat down for a drink afterwards. He’s one of the most down-to- earth, amusing chefs I’ve met. I can’t wait to go back. Five courses are 52 pounds for lunch, 68 pounds for dinner.

Information: http://www.21212restaurant.co.uk or +44-131- 523-1030.

Galvin Brasserie de Luxe: The Galvin brothers are well known in London for great restaurants such as Galvin La Chapelle and Galvin Bistrot de Luxe. This first venue outside the English capital is cut from the same cloth, and very fine it is.

Chris and Jeff Galvin have worked in some of the U.K.’s finest restaurants and it shows in their food, which is thoughtful yet unfussy, classic yet original. It also shows in their attention to detail front of house, with friendly service and the generosity on which true hospitality is built.

The menu at Galvin Brasserie de Luxe, in the newly restored Caledonian Waldorf Astoria, features tweaked versions of some London favorites, such as tagine of lamb. (La Chapelle serves tagine of pigeon.) Enjoyment comes dish by dish.

I’d only question the wine list, which is divided by theme. If you want to pick between New Horizons, Purity in a Glass, the Mix Bag, Kings and Queens etc., good luck. The food bill for three was 124.50 pounds, plus service and wine.

Upstairs in the same hotel is the Pompadour by Galvin, in a grand dining room that dates back to 1925 and offers views of Edinburgh Castle. Here are more elaborate French-inspired dishes using seasonal Scottish ingredients. The sommelier piles on the pleasure with adventurous wine pairings.

My bill was 92.35 pounds, including wine.

 

(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Opinions expressed are his own.)

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Biased Reuters - Not Half! Syrian mortar bombs land in Israeli orchard

Biased Reuters - Not Half! Syrian mortar bombs land in Israeli orchard | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Mortar bombs fired from Syria crossed the frontier with Israel and landed in an orchard early Tuesday, but caused no injuries or damage, the Israeli army said.A military spokesman...

""..the orchard belonged to an Israeli agricultural community in the occupied Golan Heights."
"Israel captured the Golan Heights in 1967 during a Middle East war and annexed the area in 1981, in a move that was not recognized internationally.""

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Leith Notes: A rebirth for Fort Primary?

Leith Notes: A rebirth for Fort Primary? | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it

The news that steps are afoot to partially re-open Fort Primary School come as a welcome if not entirely unexpected surprise.

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Scottish Review:

Scottish Review: | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it

Streets of gold the shallow roots of the new hero worship.

"..the amorphous mass adulation of Olympic medal-winners is an increasingly odd phenomenon. It is hard to believe that, so many weeks after the first starting pistol was fired, we are still in thrall to the idea of individuals running faster or whacking balls harder. It seems to be about something else now. Maybe it always was."

 

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The Rangers Effect: The Growing Popularity of Scotland's Debt Arrangement Scheme amongst businesses.

The Rangers Effect: The Growing Popularity of Scotland's Debt Arrangement Scheme amongst businesses. | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it
"As the Scottish Government considers creating a new business Debt Arrangement Scheme, Alan McIntosh explains how the current scheme works and how it can be used to help flailing businesses and consumers.

What makes the scheme suitable for sole traders and individual partners is not only does it protect individual debtors, but Regulation 25 (3) of the 2011 Regulations allows the DAS Administrator when considering whether a programme should be approved to consider anything she considers relevant. The fact certain business assets may have to be kept, therefore, to produce an income is relevant and means the owners of such businesses can often enter the scheme, obtain protection and continue trading to help pay off their debts."

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No hiding: Edinburgh Councillors to be filmed while making decisions

No hiding: Edinburgh Councillors to be filmed while making decisions | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it
Full council meetings will be beamed over the internet for the next year.
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Shell halts Arctic drilling after one day | Reuters

Shell halts Arctic drilling after one day | Reuters | DJ.Womble Daily - Magazine | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell halted oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea in the Arctic on Monday just one day after starting as sea ice encroached on its drill ship, the company said...
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Archbishop Tutu is wrong, Tony Blair showed true moral leadership over Iraq « Labour Uncut

If you can stomach it there's a Blair excuser writing here....

 

Peter WattThere has been an awful lot of noise again recently about Iraq. This followed on from an article that Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote in the Observer about his decision to publicly “spurn” Tony Blair by not appearing at an event that they were both due at in South Africa.

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