Away

I’m away for a while…

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged ,

Boots On The Ground by Richard Dannatt

Boots On The Ground (Profile Books, 2016) by Lord Richard Dannatt (former Chief of the General Staff) and Sarah Ingham, on the subject of Britain and her Army since 1945, gives a worthy overview of the British Army in the last seventy years.
It is, I sense, a timely book – one that ought to be required reading for politicians and journalists – and I heartily recommend it.  If you want to hold an informed opinion on the defence of the realm in recent times, but were to read just one book on the subject, then Boots On The Ground might well be your book of choice.
Looking to the future, the book’s key warning is that today’s British Army is far too small.  I couldn’t agree more.  At the current strength of about 80,000 regulars, I’d say that’s about 40,000 full-timers too few for our Army to function as likely we shall need in the coming years.
There are so many valuable lessons in Dannatt’s book.  For example, the importance of senior politicians and civil servants restricting themselves to strategic issues and keeping their noses out of the Army’s business at operational – and even tactical – level.
There are also many ‘nice touches’ (for want of a better term) in the book, some of which are profoundly significant, such as Dannatt’s remarks on page 183 in which Dannatt asserts that the logisticians of the Commando Logistic Regiment were the “unsung heroes” of the Falklands War – the commando logisticians never really having received the credit due to them for their vital work and sacrifice during the campaign.  Amen to that.
On pages 25 to 27 of this RMA Sandhurst document you can read an excerpt taken from The Forgotten Loggies by Colonel (ret) Ivar Hellberg.
Hellberg wrote: “On the night of 27 May 1982 … Argentine bombs hit an ammunition storage area … [and] Seven of the [Commando Logistic] battalion were blown to pieces immediately, and another 32 were wounded, many of them seriously, with missing limbs…”
The RMAS (April 2006) document states: “…so effective was Hellberg’s command, that most histories of the [Falklands] campaign don’t even mention the near destruction of the logistic base.  … The whole world knows the name of H Jones; Ivar Hellberg, the man who kept the ammunition coming, in almost impossible circumstances, scarcely rates a mention.”
Nowadays, I doubt most of the British public would have any idea of who H Jones was (let alone any loggies).  It is for this reason – the lamentable, widespread ignorance of such a vital subject: Britain’s national defence – that I hope Dannatt’s Boots On The Ground succeeds in reaching a large civilian audience, bringing home not only the huge importance of the British Army to our nation, but also the urgent, lurking dangers that lie ahead.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Wiltshire Police to review Patrick Sookhdeo investigation

Exclusive by Richard Carvath                Tuesday 29 November 2016
Wiltshire Police have “commissioned a review of the investigation” (in 2014) which led to the prosecution of Barnabas Fund founder Dr Patrick Sookhdeo.
Dr Sookhdeo was convicted of one count of indecent assault and two counts of witness intimidation after a trial at Swindon Crown Court in February 2015.
Patrick Sookhdeo has always maintained his innocence.
Police launched the internal review in the wake of “concerns regarding a possible miscarriage of justice and allegations of misconduct by a member of Wiltshire Police.”
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Met Police “no arrests” after anti-Jewish violence at UCL Hen Mazzig meeting

The Met’s press bureau has today confirmed that to date Met police have made “no arrests” regarding anti-Jewish violence at University College London (UCL) on 27 October 2016.
The Met says Camden police are currently investigating “an allegation of common assault” made by a woman.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No-nonsense Judge Jane McIvor says William Campbell-Taylor court order “Wrong”

In a bizarre hearing in Court Two of Stratford Magistrates’ Court earlier today, District Judge Jane McIvor opined that a restraining order is unlawful whilst at the same time stating the matter is beyond her jurisdiction.  Judge McIvor de facto ruled that the restraining order is unlawful, in ‘judgement’ that was de jure unlawful itself.
The hearing concerned the case of the Reverend William Campbell-Taylor, a City of London politician, and ‘Mr X’, a vulnerable male who cannot be named.  Both gentlemen were present in court today.  Mr X was represented by Mr Payne.
Revd Campbell-Taylor addressed Judge McIvor himself, in company with Mr Miebai of the Crown Prosecution Service; Revd Campbell-Taylor was joined by his brother (acting as a McKenzie Friend), the solicitor Rod Campbell-Taylor.  Revd Campbell-Taylor’s wife, the American photographer Kristin Perers sat in the public gallery.
Mr Payne said, “There are no written reasons on the court file as to why the restraining order was imposed.”  (10:12 am)
Mr Miebai said, “I concur with my friend … there is no record on the court file as to why the restraining order was required.”
Judge McIvor said, “The original decision [to impose a restraining order] was wrong.”  (10:31)
Judge McIvor said, “I can’t review that order because I am not an appellate court.”  (10:32)
Mr Payne said, “The order should never have been imposed in the first place, and, it’s no longer necessary.”  (10:38)
Judge McIvor said, “I’m of the view that there should be an examination of the imposition of the order in the first place.”  (10:43)
Judge McIvor said, “There is a right to appeal to the Crown Court on the imposition of a restraining order.”  (10:44)
Revd Campbell-Taylor said, “I had hoped to find a resolution today.”  (10:46)
Judge McIvor adjourned the case to Tuesday 18 October at Thames Magistrates’ Court, for a half-hour hearing at 1:30 pm.
It is probable that the case will now proceed to an Appeal before a Crown Court (i.e. a Crown Court judge and two lay magistrates).
Adjourning the case, Judge McIvor said the: “…applicant (Mr X) seeks leave to appeal out-of-time against the imposition of a restraining order.”  (10:53)
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

St Paul’s silent on homosexual cohabitation in cathedral residence

By Richard Carvath        Friday 02 September 2016
St Paul’s Cathedral has failed to answer questions put to its press office about clerical homosexual cohabitation on its premises.
The cathedral’s press office was contacted via email on 16 August.
The enquiry read:  “…Canon Mark Oakley resides at an Amen Court address – which is St Paul’s Cathedral property – together with another gentleman, Mr Nicholas Laws.  …Canon Oakley and Mr Laws are both homosexual.  Mr Laws’ LinkedIn profile is here: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/nlaws?trk=prof-samename-name  According to Mr Laws’ profile, since December 2012 he has participated in voluntary work with St Paul’s Cathedral School “boys aged 9 to 12”.  Moreover, Mr Laws refers to the boys having to “…cooperate with others in an informal home setting.”  …  (1)  What is the ‘informal home setting’?  Is this the Amen Court home of Canon Oakley and Mr Laws?  What home(s) does this refer to please?  (2)  Does Canon Oakley participate with Mr Laws in Mr Laws’ activities with the Cathedral boys?  (3)  Do Canon Oakley and Mr Laws regularly host boys in their Amen Court home?  (4)  Do you have any comment on Canon Oakley’s and Mr Laws’ residential living arrangements at Amen Court please?  (5)  How many boys are involved in Mr Laws’ activities? …”
The press office did not respond.
The only response came on 18 August from St Paul’s registrar Emma Davies; in a one-sentence email, she stated: “The school arranges all activities in line with its highest priority of ensuring the safety and well-being of students.”
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Church of England maintains SRA silence

Children’s champion Robert Green says:
“One would surely expect that our church leaders would undertake their fundamental Christian duty to protect and defend the weak.  In particular, it must be reasonable to anticipate that the Church of England’s leaders would be willing and ready to publicly speak out.  Sadly, this seems not to be the case.  Following an exchange of correspondence with both the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York, it is becoming evident that neither are prepared to face down those who commit the most unspeakable of crimes in the name of God’s greatest enemy.  There can be little doubt that a public statement from both or either Archbishop would provide tremendous comfort to those who are presently suffering from SRA, and those whose lives have been horrifically damaged in the past.  The national silence on SRA must be broken.  As long as SRA remains swept under the carpet, the appalling suffering of a growing number of victims will continue unabated.”
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,