Another day, another horrific public attack, this one made for TV…
Details are still speculative at this stage as to who was the victim and who were the assailants reported to have been shot dead by the police, but the event has already been defined across the national/world media as two “muslim anti-government” attackers killing an “off duty British soldier”.
Oddly, media reports say that the men were shot dead, while Police statement says that the men are being treated for their injuries at separate hospitals. Which is it? If they are dead, then sadly, police will not be able to question the men believed to have killed the victim so as to learn more about what actually happened - and why.
This should not be classed as a “national security” event, as it appears to be only a violent crime – but it’s one of the strangest ones ever, spun with an Islamic twist, and where the perps (breathtakingly) are demanding to be filmed and then hang around for police to arrive? Something does not add up.
Whether this is either a real or staged event, rather than be seen as an isolated incident, this incident will – without a doubt, be defined as a ‘disturbing trend’ with the interim details being filled in by the tabloid press, and will be used to bolster any existing domestic security provisions and strengthen police powers of pre-emptive detainment and arrest under national security clauses. The danger is that it will be used to introduce an entirely new set of state powers to be dropped on top of an already bloated security state in Britain.
Video #1 (ITN):
Video #2 - News footage…
Now bear in mind also that this could be viewed as the most staged media-friendly attack ever, it’s almost humorous that the attacker appears to have red paint on his hands – but amazingly no blood at all on his clothing, nor is there any blood around the victim – so skeptics will say that’s actually impossible. Decide for yourself…
And here’s the same man ranting, but with no blood on his hands, is this “take one”? Why has the video released by ITN, the Guardian and others have red hands? Very odd, it’s either a different take, or whoever handled the video for the UK media has later added the red hands for effect – NOTE: These two videos (#1 and #4) were shot from two different cameras, and it appears that one of these videos has been altered…
If the assailants had run over the man first with their vehicle before setting upon him it’s doubtful at best that they would have known he was an off duty soldier – which would make the event a coincidence according to the parameters laid out in the official story. So the premeditated political targeting of a soldier as a talking point does not add at all.
In fact, beyond the random spectacle narrative, very little about this event adds up at all.
Benefit cuts for the Disabled. Now we know where some of that money has went.
The UK is staying committed to measures that reduce the country’s deficit – the British Queen has laid out her government’s agenda for the next year. In her speech she said it will work to promote a fairer society to reward those who work hard. However what may sound a little unfair for austerity-hit Britain, is the news that the royal family’s set to get a 5-million-pound pay rise.
Expect US to do secret drone strikes from UK…
The British Royal Force launched it’s first ever drone strike from UK soil. Prior to this week the British military used a small base located in the Nevada to conduct UAV operations, but according to reports the UK will conduct future missions from their own country.
Many citizens of the United Kingdom have showed their opposition to the use of drones…
In response, India has postponed the visit of a delegation — comprising of the chiefs of its army, navy and air force — to the UK while no fresh dates have been announced.
Global arms sales are dominated by the United States and Russia, which account for 30 percent and 26 percent of weapons exported worldwide respectively. China replaced Britain which was among the top five arms-dealing countries between 2008 and 2012.
Hundreds of people gathered in city centres to hold street parties “celebrating” the death of Baroness Thatcher on Monday night.
In Glasgow revellers popped champagne while chanting “so long the witch is dead” while in Brixton one critic reorganised the letters on Ritzy Cinema’s hoarding to say “Margaret Thatcher’s dead lol.”
Police said they deployed officers to deal with around hundred people in Brixton causing “low level disorder including throwing missiles at officers.” Two women were arrested on suspicion of burglary after a shop front was smashed.
The event, organised on Facebook and Twitter, was attended by younger protesters angry at Thatcher’s legacy, as well as those who had lived through her time as Prime Minister.
A 20-year-old swigging deliberately from a bottle of milk, told the Huffington Post UK: “Cameron is just finishing off what Thatcher started.”
Lambeth Labour councillor Alex Bigham branded the event “disgraceful” on Twitter. Replying to one user of the micro-blogging site who had posted a link to the ‘Thatcher death party’ he described the party as “tasteless posturing.”
Riots took place in Brixton in 1981 during Thatcher’s time in power. Although many argued unemployment and racism lay behind the disturbances, Thatcher insisted: “Nothing, but nothing, justifies what happened.”
Another riot happened in Brixton in 1985, sparked by the shooting of Dorothy ‘Cherry’ Groce by police. Officers believed her son Michael Groce, who they were seeking for a suspected firearms offence, was hiding in the house.
He was not in the house and police were accused of not giving the required warning before firing. Cherry Groce was paralysed from the waist down and later received compensation from the Met Police.
Crowds gathered from 5pm, despite a statement from Glasgow City Council discouraging anyone from attending the event.
In somewhat ambiguous comments, a spokesman said there were health and safety issues for banning the event.
“Regardless of whether or not it’s appropriate to have a party to celebrate someone dying, this event was organised without involvement or consent from the council and we have safety concerns for anyone attending.
“Organisers of legitimate events must get permission to use the square. They must also satisfy the council that they will take safety precautions such as providing first aiders, sufficient public toilets and stewards, as well as obtaining public liability insurance. We urge people to stay away.”
However Members of organisations including the Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation, the Communist Party, the Socialist Party, the Socialist Working Party, the International Socialist Group, were joined by members of the public in Glasgow’s George Square later on Monday.
Anti-capitalist campaigners shouted from loudspeakers, “Maggie, Maggie, Maggie” as the crowd replied “dead, dead, dead”.
Many came prepared with cardboard party hats and streamers. Bryan Simpson, 24, who is a member of executive council for Unite the Union created the Facebook event page, Thatcher’s Deed – Party in George Square – Tonight!
More than 1,000 people said they would attend via the social networking site, with a number of people referring to the stroke that killed her as “a stroke of good luck”.
There were four other similar event pages created via Facebook calling people to attend the “death party”.
There has been preparation for the day Margaret Thatcher died for many years. Martin Chomsky, the lead singer of Chomsky Allstars, penned the song So Long Margaret Thatcher a number of years ago.
He performed the song in George Square and said: “There are mixed emotions. I was never brought up to celebrate anyone’s death but the pain she brought to Latin America, Europe and around the world should be remembered.
“I would rather that Thatcherism was dead because she is mostly to blame for what is going on today.
“She is responsible, but not solely, for the massive gap between the rich and the poor.”
21st Century Wire
LONDON – What started as a protest soon turned to a celebration in Brixton, South London…
Hundreds of Brixtonians gathered last night to protest the Thatcher legacy and typical South London fashion, the protest at Windrush Square morphed into a celebration – of the passing of the Iron Lady.
Watch from 21st Century Wire’s Jason Smith…