Last night the story came out that the US Department of Justice would rather like a wee word or two with Prince Andrew regarding his connections with Jeffrey Epstein. Well, they have wanted to have a little chat with him for a while, but they actually filed a ‘Mutual Legal Assistance’ request. This “moves Andrew into the realms of a criminal investigation”.
Someone posted it on twitter last night and I asked for a source. Apparently The Sun broke the story (I’m not linking to them here) and it was later covered by the Metro, Sky News and others.
So I kept looking at the BBC website. Nothing.
And again this morning, nothing.
This potentially enormous story. Nothing.
Then I looked at the BBC page that covers the daily headlines in the newspapers. That link is the one for 8th June. Even though they normally cover The Sun and occasionally The Metro, there is nothing from them on the page. They preferred to mention something about Bugs Bunny in the Daily Mail.
Later on, a BBC story about it did come online. If you decide to read it, you may want to note that it is more or less ENTIRELY from the point of view of Andrew and his lawyers.
Why the initial silence? Then why would they have decided to publish an article on it from that angle?
Do you think the BBC would do that for everyone? Or is it more likely that the defence of the British State is interwoven into the fabric of the BBC?
Here is an interesting little clip in that regard, a different situation, definitely, but a similar theme…
Whatever you think about the very current activities with regard to defacing or pulling down statues, what was written on the Churchill statue is a statement of fact.
Let’s have a look at some of Churchill’s statements (not the we will fight them on the beaches stuff).
You may have seen most of them before but it seems like it might be the right moment for a little refresher…
“I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place.”
“I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.”
“Relief would do no good. Indians breed like rabbits and will outstrip any available food supply.”
Or when he remarked about
“a lot of jolly little wars against barbarous peoples,”
Or when he said
“Aryan stock is bound to triumph.”
The last word goes to his doctor, Lord Moran, who said that when Churchill thought of other races “Winston thinks only of the colour of their skin.”
Have you ever noticed when you go abroad that the locals always seem to know what happened in 1437 in every wee nook and cranny of their town. Have you also noticed that this often isn’t the case in Scotland? Why would that be? Kay explores this idea in the talk, but also provides some great stories from Scottish history, and there are a few revelations as well. For example, which UK Prime Minister may well have supported Scottish Independence? Which SNP MSP alledges that she was followed around the Houses of Parliament in the dark by Scottish Labour MPs.
Also, there’s something about the special branch meddling in the Scottish Independence Movement.
All that and more, hope you enjoy.
You can download the show directly if you click THIS LINK.
Estonia is proof of what happens when a nation takes control of its destiny and embraces the future. Just over 30 years ago Estonia freed itself from a broken Soviet Union to finally realise its true potential. This incredible wee nation of just over 1 million people committed to a new adventure in digital and has never looked back. Estonia is now right up there with its Scandinavian neighbours as amongst the very top places to work and live in the world. We trace the country’s history, difficult transition to full nationhood and focus on how its highly advanced IT savvy citizens are taking on the global Covid19 pandemic – a crisis Estonia is better placed than many to deal with – an example we can all learn from.