Saturday, 17 March 2018

The Reporting War Against Russia Continues

Dear Reader,

The once-famed BBC dropped another brick last night in trying to pin Jeremy Corbyn to the wall. Simply because Corbyn asked some perfectly legitimate questions in the Commons - about "what evidence is there?" (questions still not answered) - he's being touted as being out of touch.

Please read this.

I would throw the question back at May and Johnson: "Please give real proof as to why you think Putin is to blame" rather than we being treated as though those that don't follow the Tory line are somehow traitors to the UK. The more that the government pursues this line the more I think they're trying to deflect their poor record on Brexit and in dealing with poverty and also the NHS. And something else?

This government is incompetent, there's no other word for it. The real sadness is that though I can see the positive aspects of Corbyn, I somehow don't trust him as a future prime minister. But - there again - who else is there?

Corbyn is up against it. It was only a few weeks ago that he was accused of passing secrets to Russia (a move that seems to have been 'planted' to create room for this diversionary issue about Putin) and he clearly does not have proper support from within his own political party.

It makes you wonder what really did happen to the likes of John Smith and Robin Cook. I really do wonder whether their deaths were really of the natural variety. John Smith's death let in Tony Blair, and Robin Cook vehemently opposed Blair on the Iraqi War. Their deaths were coincidences?

Add in the strange death of Daivid Kelly (the weapons expert) and the foreign policies of the west (i.e. US/UK) since 2003 and the latest anti-Russia issue, then I feel there are some disturbing questions to be asked as to who is really pressing which buttons.

Friday, 16 March 2018

What's Wrong With Putin?

Dear Reader,

What is really going on in the west in their attitude towards Putin? In particular, is the west right to accuse the Russian government of the nerve agent attack at Salisbury? Where's the evidence, particularly in the light that Russia are by no means the only possessor of the agent.

It would behove us, I feel, to look more closely at what's been going on. Firstly, I learn that the secret service departments in Russia still carry on as they have done since Soviet days, so could it be they who master-minded the Salisbury attack (and other attacks) without the knowledge of their government (the Kremlin)?

There was a book written in 2014, entitled: "The War Against Putin: What the Government-Media Complex Isn't Telling You About Russia". The Amazon site tells you:
In the West, politicians and journalists of all stripes have referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "thug", a "tyrant", a "murderer", a "Communist", a "Nazi", the next "Hitler" and more. But amongst the Russian people, his popularity rating has reached levels as high as 85%. There is even a very popular hit 'disco' song about him - 'A Man Like Putin'. So, who's right? Why such hatred for Vladimir Putin? Is it justified? Or has Putin been targeted merely for standing up the US-EU Axis of Internationalism? In clear, simple, powerful and concise language - supported by more than 100 illustrations - 'The War Against Putin' takes readers on an exciting 'crash course' journey from Russia's Medieval founding, through the days of the Czars, through the Communist Revolution and bloody Civil War, through Stalin & World War II, through the Cold War, through the Soviet collapse, through the Yeltsin disaster, and finally the Putin-led rebirth of the Russian nation. It is one of the "greatest stories never told", and will shed badly needed light on the new Russia, its dynamic leader, the dark forces aiming to bring about its demise, and maybe even World War III. Says Dr. William Carlucci: "I was glued to the edge of my seat with jaw wide open as I read this gem of a book from start to finish, in a single sitting. The clarity and simplicity with which King's masterpiece demystifies current events represents a rare ability to speak to the reader with entertaining and understandable prose. This piece really needs to go viral, and fast. 5 Huge Stars!"
One reader of the book has remarked: "President Putin waged a war on globalism, George Soros and now with President Trump in office... the powers to be and ones to lose all so much want to stop a Putin/Trump dialog at all costs as they know together Putin/Trump would be the final blow to the globalists and Soros."

Over the years, Putin took the step of removing Rothschild's banking influence, removed Monsanto and wages a war against GMOs. Are these the real reasons why the west is so against Russia?

And we are still waiting for real evidence of whether Russia committed the Salisbury attack. All we've had is waffle from the British government about proof, and also a refusal by Britain to provide Russia with samples of the nerve agent used in the attack.


And why the argument against GMOs? Please watch this.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Does True Independent Reporting Exist?

Dear Reader,

Two days ago, before May's government's ultimatum to Russia, I asked for this message to be posted on the 'Letters To The Editor' page of the i newspaper:
Dear Sir/Madam,
As I believe something like 16 countries have a supply of the nerve agent apparently used in the attack on Skripal and his daughter, how is it that May seems convinced that Russia is the culprit?
It does seem to me that attacks on Russia are often created against them even though the evidence is weak.
There is also the related attack on RT, which (in my opinion) provides one of the best news outlets around. Interestingly the Mail ran an editorial on Saturday about how wonderful BBC News is (I don't rate it!) just before May's speech yesterday. Are we observing a carefully contrived smeer attack?
Though Russia's ways are different to ours, and sometimes questionnable by our standards, it does not make sense to me that the World Cup finals are to be held there this year and that Russia would risk its status just prior to that event.
There's more going on here than meets the eye in my opinion.
John Lerwill
This letter has hitherto not been published, nor has any letter been published in the  that follows my train of thought.

Although I've previously run into an argument with them over a letter I sent, and which they eventually published in edited form, I've generally thought well of this newspaper, thinking that they were maintaining an independent view as a result of their ownership by the Independent newspaper. The i  has since separated itself, of course, and it now seems to me that it's losing its bravery and not holding a middle ground.

This morning, the Foreign Secretary (Boris Johnson) waffled on TV about Russia having done this and done that, but when asked for evidence by the interviewer, he could provide no substantive evidence at all.

The general diplomatic attitude towards Russia does worry me, and I am wondering whether this is the Prime Minister seeking to deflect attention from the poor progress being made on Brexit, and the trade deals that might be made with the US that would not be in the UK's interests.

Somone today asked whether our gas supplies from Russia might be affected. I would say 'most probably', but who is waiting for that trade but the US, using tankers to ship it across and causing even more pollution in the process. Either that or it will be said that there's no option but to go with fracking, the argument for which has been waining lately.

I smell something unsavoury in the air...

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Billy Graham

Dear Reader,

The announcement of the death of Billy Graham came as a shock to me in some ways, even though he was aged 99.  He was one of those people who you might imagine might live forever, such was his imprint on the western world from the 1950s onwards.

Listening to a phone-in show on the radio this morning, the subject of Billy Graham came up just as I switched on, and it is clear that listening to the testimonies of those that knew him, he was a man not just to be respected but even loved. One of those testimonials stated that what he said he lived - Billy Graham had complete integrity.

For my part I think he helped enormously to re-awaken people to the existence of religion and God in a new way. I know of quite a number who followed the gospel he taught and the way of life to accompany it to considerable success.

However, it is doubtful that Billy Graham did anything to bring the world's attention to the fact that there is only one God, a God that can be called different names but to whom all paths lead. Billy Graham's preachings were entirely about Jesus and the view that Jesus came to save, but taught in a way that continue to cause people to think that Christianity is in some ways superior to other teachings, or paths.

But having said that I feel, as a westerner, that Billy Graham made a positive contribution to the world in his sincerity and the way he lived. I am sure he felt that he was seeking to help people and not to put them down.

I would pray that his zeal is carried through to us all but modified so that we can see the Truth and Unity in Diversity.

Thank you for reading this.

Sunday, 11 February 2018


Dear Reader,

I feel conscious that a change of some great significance will soon be on us (i.e. Planet Earth).

What form it will be I cannot say: it may involve many things.

To that end, I felt moved to create an additional blog, which I am calling 'Perspectives'.

Whilst I shall still write on this blog about specific issues, 'Perspectives' will be an ordered series of papers (starting at the beginning) about a philosophy that I believe we will all need to reflect on, to help tackle forthcoming changes.

There is no compulsion on anyone's part to read them, of course. But they will be there, added to every week or two, for your interest and maybe even your comment. In fact, I hope you will make some comment, for the benefit of all readers. Unless the comment is rude I shall not intervene.

So, please click here to read the first 'paper' in this new blog called 'Perspectives'.

See you there, perhaps!

Monday, 22 January 2018

We Need To Change...

Dear Reader,

The New Year is settling down and is clearly showing us that whatever negative issues existed in 2017 seem to be escalating this year.

I am particularly drawn to the news from Oxfam that the gap between rich and poor seems to be exponentially increasing, We are told that this past year has seen "the fastest rise in the number of billionaires ever recorded", and out of a £7.3 trillion increase in global wealth, £6 trillion went to only 75 million people, while the bottom 3.7 billion people received no benefit (reported in i, January 22, 2018).

But that's just the economic figures. With the advent of Brexit and Donald Trump, we can clearly see that there has been a swing back towards old methods towards generating revenue. Brexit supporters chortled that "Britain can make itself Great again" as it once did, but I wonder if they realise that Britain's separation from Europe is pushing us to develop arms deals with questionable regimes and that without the EU's guiding hand we may well become the 51st state of America and be consuming its cocktail of pharmaceuticals and GM crops. Etcetera, etcetera. But since so many Brits are now glued to TV gun violence imported mainly from that great "friend" of ours, it could be that we're beginning to think that we're American anyway.

I say all this with a great apology to those Americans who really are friends and who stand for what is truly meaningful. But with the relentless tide of subjection and materialism that's generated by the Tory Party in Britain, and an opposition that means well but misses the point, the future may appear to be very dim for those without faith in the Almighty, the one and only Creator of everything we hold dear.

And it's God's creation that is being savaged, with the relentless pursuit of minerals from the earth and the sea, the British-assisted market for ivory and the continuous attack on Muslim countries. The relief charities are being made to work like never before, but as a result of hugely misguided Western policies over many years.

And the sciences that we were beginning to think were inviolable are being torn asunder by the effect of climate change. 800 species of summer plants have now been found to be flourishing in mid-winter, thereby tearing up the books of botany in one fell swoop. Meanwhile, ocean life is drowning in our waste.

Friends, we not only have to think aright, we need to act aright as well. Those that can need to change their lives to contain a new sense of what is really important, not the day-to-day striving after lucre.

Thank you for reading this!

Sunday, 31 December 2017

A Toast To Bharat!

Dear Reader,

Another year is on us! For me time seems to gather pace at an extraordinary rate, but maybe that's to do with the fact that we always seem to be active in something or other. And many a time I seem to find a 'Eureka moment' which attracts my deep attention and soaks up time.

One such 'moment' occurred just a few weeks ago when I discovered the extent of the work of children's author W. J. Corbett, who, unknowingly to me for many years, was born in and lived in the area of my upbringing. And this past year or two I've been drafting a history of that area of Birmingham. A few weeks ago I had come to the end of the main body of the book and was looking into finding something appropriate to begin the book, and, lo and behold, Corbett provided the very answer for which I was looking. For those who are unfamiliar with Corbett, his first book ("The Song Of Pentecost") won the Whitbred Award for children's books in 1982, and his work was compared by Evelyn Waugh in its quality to Wind In The Willows and Black Beauty. Roald Dahl thought his book to be an "astonishing achievement".

When I say that the fringe of the area of my upbringing attracted also the attention of J. R. R. Tolkien (and influenced his Hobbit), then you can begin to visualise why the area had an appeal for children's writers. And why the area gave me such a sense of peace at an early age.

But that is all about the past. It's a new year that we are entering and questions exist as to how the affairs of the world are to develop. I believe matters will get very much worse before they get better (in physical terms) but I also believe we are crossing a peculiar period of time which is is trying to bring us to understand who we really are. Whether the issue is about war, climate change, deprivation Jerusalem or CERN, there are questions to be resolved before progress can be made.

Traditionally - at least in modern eons - we have been brought up to think that the West has the answers. But for me the West seems to have provided the problems, and tries to resolve those problems using outmoded thinking based on sciences that have been proven to be mostly inadequate. Being a clever ape does not hide foolish thinking.

But wait ... we may think of China as being the alternative place where power might reside, but for me the answer is to be found in India, anciently known as Bharat. Anyone who has been keeping up-to-date with developments in India will realise I think that in Mohdi they have a prime minister who is beyond the usual category of Asian leader. Corruption seems to be his very enemy, and he has made himself deeply unpopular with those that that try to corrupt. Apart from that he has a base philosophy and attitude that is very Indian, yet looks to the best of both ancient and modern thinking to implement his ideas of reform and of how to deal with practical issues, including economic development.

So it's on that note I will rest this essay. And I will propose a toast: "To India! To Bharat!" For it is from that culture that most of the civilised world has evolved throughout history. If you are in doubt about that statement then please investigate for yourself.

I wish you Health and Happiness in the coming year!

Thank you for reading this!