Argentina would win the award for ‘Plank comment of the week’ this week if there were such a thing. Their major expose that our nuclear powered and armed submarines were potentially in violation of a nuclear-free zone and their subsequent protest to the United Nations left me speechless. Are our nuclear subs in contravention of a nuclear-free zone? I have no idea but if there is one they damn well had better be!
Terrorism is on the news again as a Real IRA gunman who shot dead two sappers is handed a twenty five year prison sentence. Having asked for leniency on the grounds of his cystic fibrosis I am pleased to say that he received none. He is expected to die in prison. I cannot help but wonder if he would have preferred the option of hanging? I find all terrorists equally contemptuous irrespective of cultural background. Long prison sentences for attempted or planned atrocities and the death penalty for atrocities carried out should become the norm.
In Greece protesters are firebombing riot police as feelings intensify with the approach of the deadline for the signing of their latest financial bailout. Many Greek people feel that they are being hocked for a lifetime by their politicians, their futures sacrificed in the name of political union. Negotiated details are unknown to me but I see only bad times ahead for the people of Greece. I think that defaulting from the Eurozone and reinstating the Drachma, though humiliating in the short and medium term, will prove the better course for the long term future of Greece. Politicians in many countries need to stop thinking about the next quick fix and address the core problem. This is unlikely because in many places their careerism is the core problem!
It is well reported that journalists from that (sarcasm warning) beacon of journalistic integrity ‘The Sun’ have been arrested by detective investigating inappropriate payments to police. The (pass the bucket) National Union of Journalists said that their members have been thrown to the wolves in a witch hunt. I would like to point out to any journalists who might find themselves reading this that at least your brethren will be presumed innocent until proven guilty, even by me. This is a lot more than you are prepared to do for Nationalists against whom any allegation is routinely given prominence in your publications and yet when the accusations are proven unjustified you have no interest. I have personal experience of this. No crocodile tears please.