June 8th, 2010

Liam’s Allegiance

Defence Secretary Liam Fox is today meeting with his US counterpart Robert Gates. No doubt the continued military relationship in Afghanistan and the wider world will be top if the agenda. Given what we learnt over the weekend about Fox’s choice of Special Adviser – former US Army captain Luke Coffey is causing no end of security headaches in the MOD given his intimate connections to U.S. spooks – is there any need for the meeting at all?

Coffey hasn’t been given full security clearance and probably won’t be. At a time when defence spending and the role of the MOD will be coming under intense scrutiny, is it really appropriate to have a foreign citizen, let alone one with ties to the U.S. intelligence services, thumbing through “U.K. Eyes Only” documents passing over his boss’s desk? Do the American’s already know what Liam will say at the meeting?


153 Comments

  1. 1

    General ‘Buck’ Turgidson. He’s the man for the job.

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  2. 2
    Karzai fodder says:

    Time for Fox to get his orders on how many more British soldiers to send to their death for US interests.

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    • 3

      and Israel’s interests with regard to Iran

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        Floatilla Passenger says:

        Well it’s lucky we already know Iran’s interests with the rest of the world; sumbit to Islam or die.

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      • 26
        Cockney Christian says:

        Fuck off and live in Somalia and see if we give a fuck

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      • 45
        Dr Goodnuke says:

        Why shouldn’t evil Iran be wiped off the face of the planet?

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      • 123
        IDF commando says:

        London muslim has a point there, after all Iran is the worlds leading democracy recently emerging from the most fair and democratic election in the history of the universe.
        Iranian religious police are the fairest and most kind in the world and never raped and tortured their activist captives to make them confess their crimes against humanity. The Iranian revolutionary guard never killed hundreds of unarmed protesters many of them young people by gunning them down in cold blood did they?
        Iran is a wonderful happy place of perfect justice, so perfect in fact that they can catch interrogate try and execute criminals in a couple of days, hows that for efficient policing eh?

        If there was a war with Iran we know which side our Muslim from London would take, he is a super patriot ready to take up arms against the nations enemies, trouble is the nation he will defend will be Iran and the nation he will attack is the UK!

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      • 133
        Alleged Posh Jock says:

        Last time I checked Israel was an ally, can we say the same thing about the ‘Jolly Jack’ kidnapping, prisoner raping, adulterer stoning,opposition murdering, vote rigging, Iraq insurgent and Taliban supporting, missile supplying, Hezbollah creating fcukwits that London Muslim apparently has such sympathy for. It is indeed a sad day when your support for a country is entirely dependent on its religion and not its policies, or perhaps these actions are the type of behaviour which the pretendy moderate really espouses, contrary to his professions in his blog……Tosser!

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        • 138
          IDF commando says:

          True true true!

          There are now millions of enemies of the UK in place and ready to stab the UK in the back and betray the nation that took them in and gave them so much. All the opportunities and the chance of a decent life away from some of the worst nations in the world and when it comes to the crunch they will spit in our faces and support our enemies, the word Quisling just aint gonna cover it.

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          • Mecca or Gala? Ay, that's the rub says:

            The sooner the war kicks off and we repatriate the Bearded Wonder’s martyrs brigade, the the better.
            No racist or religious offence intended.

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      • 145
        Archie says:

        This bloke has obviously been ‘inserted’ by Langley to keep an eye on any potential leakage of info to our members of the “Religion of Peace”!

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  3. 4
    Lord Bumwatch of Bumbledon says:

    Special relationship – I think not

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    • 9

      Isn’t that what Gordon and Sarah had?

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      • 62
        The Beast of Clerkenwell says:

        Not the same
        Nobody got fucked in that relationship

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        • 95
          Anonymous says:

          +1000

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          • Gordon Brown… Charlie Wheelan.. Its Charlie Brown!
            “Charlie Brown is an example of “the great American un-success story” in that he fails in almost everything he does.”

            Too often you think of these things too late. Liam Byrne as the funny looking round headed kid. Harpic as the wa wa wa teacher.

            But must resist. Must move on. Don’t want to end up like John McDonnell doing Thatcher jokes 20 years after she quit. That’s real Les Dennis territory.

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      • 116
        Gordon McSnot MP for Killferky says:

        Special relationship
        Isn’t that what Gordon and Sarah had?

        Sarah has now moved on and having a special relationship with her girlfriend in Eastbourne.

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  4. 5
    Timmy says:

    Are you telling me there is not one ex British Army captain (or higher), that has intimate knowledge of the queens forces, floating around somewhere who would be able to advise Mr Fox?
    Disgusting.

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    • 87

      Afraid not.
      They are all on active duty, on disability, left the forces and working part time in the security industry or buried.

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      • 107
        Cassandrina says:

        The really good ones were in the SAS etc etc and the last government made sure that the military High Command buried them in training jobs or such mundane activities.
        Fox needs to get on his bike and find these experts who have upset their “masters”, and use them effectively.

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  5. 6
    Taxfodder says:

    Frankly do we really need an old trougher like Fox at all, would he be better placed behind bars? Is it not the case he would probably sell us all down the river for 30 pieces of silver…

    Telegraph March 10th 2010: In a blow to David Cameron, who has attempted to draw a line under the expenses scandal, Mr Fox’s lengthy battle to avoid repaying over claims for mortgage interest was thrown out by the high court judge appointed to hear challenges against the audit of Commons allowances by Sir Thomas Legg.

    Mr Fox had increased the loan on his London second home in order to pay for decorating work and to fund his main constituency home, and breached the rules by claiming for the higher interest payments.

    So much for D Cameron cleaning up Politics…..

    Seems the reward for looting the public purse is a place in government!

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  6. 7

    The UK is just an off-shoot of the US military.

    All the software we buy to run “intelligence” departments is effectively mandated by the US or used first by US departments.

    In the UK, we are suckling the teat that is access to US intelligence……. it is like a drug…….. I suspect giving a US citizen access will be little skin off the MOD’s noses.

    Of course, a British citizen would never get the same access in return. But then the US is not hooked on the drug of British Intel.

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    • 14
      Floatilla Passenger says:

      Thats the price you pay for losing against the Nazis and begging the bigger boys for help.

      You become their bitches.

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      • 36
        Grumpy Old Man says:

        Err….. Actually Uncle Sam kept well away from any actual fighting for 2 years, flogging us obsolescent warships at extortionate prices. A handful of Yanks came over and got stuck in as private citizens, and very grateful we were, especially the ladies. Immediately after Pearl Harbour, yet another example of. “Ready, aye, Ready” from the USN., Winny declared war on the Japs, thereby forcing Uncle Sam out of his woodshed.

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          sockpuppet #4 says:

          yeah well, they never want to turn up late to a war these days do they?

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        • 102
          lolol says:

          Think you should say Uncle Sam may have kept his army/airforce away from actual fighting but the American Navy was at an unofficial war footing, can’t remember how many ships the lost but the USS Kearny DD-432 was torpedoed 17th October 1941 and limped into Reykjvik after escorting a convoy.

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      • 38
        NuAttackDog says:

        We have all the access to US intelligence we need – that autistic feller that Nick likes so much just hacks into the CIA with a Spectrum 48k

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        • 81
          Ineedanewmoniker says:

          He must of found something bloody important (or the septics think he did) for them to be so keen to lock him up for life.

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          • Groucho says:

            He didn’t discover anything, he just vandalised the system the US Navy uses to organise supplies for its ships. He deleted hundreds of user accounts, doing about $700k worth of damage. As you do, when harmlessly ‘looking for UFO evidence’

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        • 86
          dayzed and confused says:

          Hey we need US tactical technology – just look what Union Carbide achieved in minutes in Bhopal – awesome. Just think what they could do if unleashed in Leicester for a few hours:)

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        • 101
          Groucho says:

          You mean the script-kiddie ‘SOLO’ who only discovered that he was autistic after realising how much shit he was in?

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    • 78
      Brennen says:

      all the software the fucking CIA stole via the Uk operating systems

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  7. 8

    This is bollocks – The ‘special relationship’ is only special because of how one sided it is.

    Gates and Coffey are going to fuck Fox over. You wait, this is going to go tits up.

    Fox will be out-foxed.

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    • 16
      Backwoodsman says:

      Not difficult, Fox isn’t the brightest tool in the box and, like many Dr’s, takes his own importance very seriously. Suspect he only got the job to stop him pissing into the tent.

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      • 37
        The Beast of Clerkenwell says:

        True about Drs, and knowing very well a person whose father is also A Dr I can tell you that most of them couldnt find their own arse with both hands
        My chums dad is a respected Prof of cardiology, she was spending time as an intern studying radiology during her holidays, daddy turns up examines an x ray and solemnly pronounces “hmmm bad fracture of the shoulder”
        Only to be informed by his daughter
        “Its an ankle”
        Best to stay away from them

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        • 56
          Anonymous says:

          You boys are really insecure, aren’t you? What happened? You had great plans to do PhDs and force the proles to call you Doctor but you ended up with Thirds? Nah. It’s more likely you never even made it to university in the first place.

          Well, I’m sorry for you. I’m sorry that life didn’t work out for you and that now you’re bitter and resentful against people with superior qualifications. I hope my pity will keep you warm at night.

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          • The Beast of Clerkenwell says:

            AHAHA
            NO
            I have two good A levels (from a time when they meant something)
            I needed nothing more for my chosen career, but Drs do tend to be pompous
            To give credit to my friend and her father they both say that apart from cutting things off, sewing things up or handing out anti biotics they are best avoided
            My mothers GP said the same

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          • jgm2 says:

            So you spent three years doing your PhD supervisor’s work for him and in return you got 5,000 quid a year, a piece of paper and a picture of you in a gown wearing a floppy hat..

            Jolly good.

            Does your mum have the picture on the mantelpiece? She does? Oh that is nice.

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          • Brennen says:

            True .my GP listens then flicks through Mims and gives a script.

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          • Hamish Macbeth says:

            I hear Derek Draper has a PHD*.

            *PHD also stands for Post Homicidal Depression

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          • EC1 PhD says:

            So much for leaving your grain of sand on the beach of knowledge only for a dog to come along and crap on it.

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          • Logic Genius says:

            So your a DR then?

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    • 53
      anon says:

      Liam Fox has no balls he just does as he is told by his CIA handler.
      If he had any bollocks he would not have a CIA agent running his office.

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      • 82
        MI6 says:

        and there in a nutshell you have it.

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        • 148
          Craigoh says:

          And there in a nutshell you have UK foreign policy.

          Substitute ‘Liam Fox’ for HMG and ‘CIA handler’ for the EU and you have UK’s domestic policy.

          Pathetic really.

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    • 135
      The Golem says:

      Yep, although if we’re really, really good they might grant us the same status as Puerto Rico.

      Of course, Emperor Rumpy’s team is putting it about a lot these days. How long before DC and his mates are told – diplomatically – that the USA prefers to deal with the representatives of heads of state rather than provincial underlings?

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  8. 11
    moravian says:

    This is not a such a problem. The Americans have had people working in MOD buildings (including the DIA in one of the most highly restricted areas) for years and they can more or less wonder around as a UK person would. It’s part of the Quadripartite pact.

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  9. 12

    I have always presumed such meetings are simply for media to report, and for the little people to see reported. I long ago envisioned the game of GLOBOPOLY, virtually played by senior statesmen, with advantage conferred by GDP rating, nukes etc.

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  10. 13
    Selohesra says:

    Does not seem very special relationship to me with Obama stoking up anti-british sentiment over this oil spillage. US only supportive when it suits then – cant be trusted – never could be

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    • 91
      dayzed and confused says:

      BP = 33 dead dolphins and 187 dead turtles. Union Carbide = 25,000 dead Indians and another 100,000 seriously disabled.

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  11. 15
    Duncan says:

    A THIEVING INCOMPETENT TIT.

    TIME TO JOIN LAWS.

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  12. 17
    tardkiller says:

    this is bollocks Guido

    There is no such thing as “Defence vetting” – the author doesnt even understand what DV means. Tells you a lot on the validity of the story.

    As for the UKEO issue – there is a case for some UKEO material, it is increasingly unusual to see it used outside of some very specific areas. It has a place, but much as with the US NOFORN issue, its use in the past owed as much to lazy staffing rather than a real need to be UKEO. Outside the J2 / J3 / J5 / J6 world, I can’t think of many areas where UKEO needs to be used.

    hattip Jim30 on Arrse

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  13. 20
    Public Teat says:

    Go on suckle me for all you can big boy

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  14. 21
    Gonk says:

    How does he pronounce nuclear?

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  15. 22
    AJC says:

    He doesn’t happen to have dual US/Israeli citizenship?

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  16. 23
    Smig says:

    What the fuck is a yank doing advising a British Secretary of Defence?

    Did General Sir Mike Jackson tell Whitehall to fuck right off when asked?

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    • 35
      Phil says:

      When you think of the huge stalinist and ex commie collective just booted out of office who had access to all of our secrets why should one US special advisor be a problem?
      At least he is probably batting on our side which is more than you could say for the last lot.

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      • 42
        Smig says:

        The commies are still there. Churning out their EUSSR friendly policies, and fucking the little people over.

        We found a few of them in the 60’s. Some tricks always work though. If you’re going to let “them” find three bombs, always be sure to have planted five.

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    • 60
      Anonymous says:

      Jackson was Blair’s bitch. He was a pathetic preening incompetent who was more interested in having surgery to remove the bags under his eyes than in ensuring that British soldiers had adequate kit.

      Find some random vagrant on the street and I guarantee he’ll be more effective, more honest and more interested in the good of the service than Mike Jackson ever could be.

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      • 114
        Smig says:

        Incompetent enough to rise through the ranks of 1Para, Command 39Infantry Brigade, and reveal that Piers Morgan was a complete jug of tepid monkeyspunk.

        For the record, you will find that Jackson had his eye surgery AFTER stepping down as Chief of the General Staff.

        Anonymous gobshite; dismissed.

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  17. 24
    Dr Nick Palmer Ex MP says:

    You asked me to sing you a song; I’ll do the best I
    can
    When a man goes on the dole, his troubles are just
    began
    It is the case of every man, in every port around
    You first give in your statement, and then they’ll
    write it down

    First they’ll ask you “What’s your name”, and then ask
    what you’ve got
    A few old raggedy line of gear, and a couple of
    lobster pots
    To see what trouble a man has got, he has to tell them
    so
    Be careful b’ys, don’t tell no lies when you goes on
    the dole

    Now the winter is over, and spring will soon be here
    You see them with their fires all in, a tanning up
    their gear
    Painting up their motorboats, their dories too,
    likewise
    They’re at it in the morning, before the sun do rise

    The man who got the money, b’ys, you know he is all
    right
    He’s got the best to eat and drink, tobacco in his
    pipe
    But the day will come for him to die, be laid down in
    some hole
    And then he’ll be no better off than the poor man on
    the dole

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  18. 28

    Coffey’s CIA links will probably come in very handy when we finally plan our exit strategy from Afghanistan – we’ll have to deal with the drug lords when handing over power, and who better to assist than their mates in the CIA?

    So long as it helps us get our troops home sooner than we otherwise would, this isn’t as bad an arrangement as people are trying to paint it – let’s concentrate on the ends and use whatever means we have to hand.

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  19. 29
    The Beast of Clerkenwell says:

    Mr Coffey has dual citizenship
    Any guesses as to where other than the USA?
    Here is a clue
    The name of the other country starts with an I and ends with an L
    He has our best interests at heart

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  20. 31
    Montgomery Cheddar says:

    Hello TaT, female moniker this time I see. Have you had the op? Male or Female you’re still a mad twat.

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    • 65
      anon says:

      Oh dear montgomery.
      Missed by a mile.
      You post a comment and then accuse someone else of doing so you anti-semite.
      Grow a pair of balls you coward.

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    • 126
      streamfisher says:

      How many tats make a twat?, I suppose that would depend on how big a twat you want to make of yourself.

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  21. 32
    Anonymous says:

    Guido, not sure how best to contact you, but your your site is being partially blocked by my firm’s software to protect me from “Malicious web sites”!

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    • 41
      The Beast of Clerkenwell says:

      And you thought that this was a friendly pink fluffy site?
      Its meant to be malicious you bell end

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      • 47
        Mr Slater's Parrot says:

        (flapflapflap) SQUR-AAAAAWWKK!!! (stare) (fluff) OOYOULOOKIN’AT!!! (peck)

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      • 52
        A Doctor says:

        The site’s harmless, but some of the denizens are apt to give you a nasty little rash.

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        • 94
          sockpuppet #4 says:

          Quite often there are viruses stuck to it. saw one fairly recently. (perhaps over a week ago though).

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        • 97

          To Administrator.
          Trojan discovered, backdoor worm.
          MANDELSPIN.
          Self replicating virus that corrupts data and operates in the background, controlling the core program.

          Any ideas from the help desk?

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    • 106
      Net nanny says:

      Yeah, I get that with some of Guido’s ads. I can still read the blog and comments, which is all that really matters.

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  22. 33
    Gonk says:

    I’m sure I just gave you a pound
    as I went to the bank.

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  23. 44
    Raving Loon says:

    Liam Fox is a filthy neo-con, the fires with him!

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  24. 46
    jgm2 says:

    Are these fake lecture tours anything like John Prescott’s fake lecture tours to China to be paid for a subject he knows less than nothing about? And his missus’ fake autobiography [fat advance - no sales].

    Is that where Brown is? Waiting by the phone for all the money laundering offers to roll in?

    Hahahahaha. He’ll have a long wait. He’s alienated every fucker. The yanks. The banks. His old boss. His old cabinet. All his MPs. Every fucker he ever came into contact with.

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  25. 53
    Cynic says:

    the MoD are totally unaccountable to the British public. They are exempt from noise and nuisance laws and can basically blow your house up and get away with it – they may send an apology if they can get the right address. So it’s no surprise to find an American involved as a special advisor. This is not a democratic country and interests other than our own are paramount.

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  26. 57
    Fluffy Thoughts says:

    Sorry Guido, but if it pi55es of the French/EU it must be a good thing? Maybe they are negotiating the next tranche for Echelon…?

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  27. 64
    Roger says:

    What about Arminka Helic – Bosnian FCO Spad?

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  28. 66
    nell says:

    Liam Fox with an american ex army spad in charge of the MoD.

    When I think what we had in there before , aintbustinagut and his smear team of kevan and rammell ,character assassinating anyone in the Armed Forces who dare to publicly tell the truth about weapons shortages, and lining their own pockets for all they were worth, I know which team I prefer.

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    • 99
      Uncle Sam says:

      Look we’re in charge at the MOD now and Liam Fox does exactly what we in the Pentagon tell him. He is one of our prized assets hence he has been assigned a CIA controller and handler who will take care of him. We need you Limey losers to do the dirty spadework on our behalf in Afghanistan on the low grade jobs that are not worth risking our own GI’s on. This folks is called the Special Relationship and as the senior partner it is of course rigged heavily in our favour. When America says “jump” Cameron sends out for a trampoline. Just the way we like it.

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  29. 67
    Ad Hoc "Bananas not Balls" Campaign says:

    I uploaded a YouTube video — Launching the Movement for Change http://youtu.be/ssDpUDdk4UQ?a

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  30. 72
    Cynic says:

    talking about allegiance

    I see Rafa Benitez is lined up for the Inter Milan job. Now Benitez is a pretty crap manager. The only trophies Liverpool won with him were the left overs from previous regimes. yet here he is looking certain to land a new job.

    My point is that this doesn’t easily happen for ordinary men and women does it? You don’t just walk into another job, even have one lined up for you – it’s the exception rather than rule. Funny how the elites always have someone to look out for them, to do their bidding and to make things alright, yes?

    Not the case for ordinary folks, no way. Another 600 thrown on the dole by Northern Rock. Just whee are the jobs for ordinary folk coming from. 6 million unemployed won’t go into 300,000 jobs and keep everyone happy now will it?

    Allegiances eh, only for the elites…..

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    • 92
      Scouser says:

      He was fucken Yozzer Hughes given a job

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    • 112
      streamfisher says:

      Gordon’s great spin ever time unemployment went up was that there are 300,000 vacancies (there are always about 300,000 vacancies due to market turnover), insulting to people who genuinely want (and need) employment and a prime example of his manipulation of statistics on a par with his 0% increase rubbish, you mention Northern Rock, it was his policies that led to the inevitable collapse in the financial institutions, but its always the ‘little’ people that carry the can, he and others just walk away quids in as usual.

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  31. 73
    One bad event will see them gone says:

    This mish mash government just keeps on making mistake after mistake

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  32. 74
    Old Pirate says:

    If Fox wants to have gunboat diplomacy and get the Empire back I’m up for it.

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    • 108
      Wellington says:

      A long overdue sight seeing tour of france, would be good for the troops moral, live ammo of course……

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  33. 109
    Public Lavatory Attendant says:

    Overheard in the end cubicle whilst I was slopping out

    Harriet Harman ‘to nominate Diane Abbott in Labour leadership contest’

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  34. 111
    Dipity do dah says:

    good take on BP and Obama

    http://www.larouchepac.com/lpactv?nid=14766

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    • 113
      Dipity do dah says:

      makes it like we run the US eh?

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    • 140
      Cutter says:

      Class – so the most powerful nation on earth (by their own say so), lets one little part British oil company own them? Give me a break.

      The real reason BP is being hammered is because it’s easier for the septics to blame a “rogue” British company for the issue rather than the USA’s chronic addiction to oil so they can all keep driving their 8 litre engined cars which get 15 miles to the gallon with no thought for where the fuel for those cars comes from.

      Simple test: if it had been a septic company in this position, do you think this whole issue would be a complete non-news story?

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  35. 115
    thank you, thank you and once again i say thank you says:

    does anybody know how to get the cack stains from my cotton gusset?

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  36. 117
    fluid head says:

    giz a toffee Stoggers

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  37. 119
    Ed Balls (Leader of the Labour Party) says:

    Who says I don’t have a sense of humour ?

    A man takes his Rotteweiller to the vet.

    ‘My dog is cross-eyed, is there anything you can do for him?’

    ‘Well,’ said the vet, ‘let’s have a look at him’

    So he picks the dog up and examines his eyes, then he checks his teeth.

    Finally, he says, ‘I’m going to have to put him down.’

    ‘What? Because he’s cross-eyed?’

    ‘No, because he’s really heavy’

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  38. 121
    fluid head says:

    I have found an owl pellet lodged under my knacker sack

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  39. 122
    Pidgeon post says:

    Why is my comment awaiting moderation again?, a paragraph in standard English with no expletives and nothing in it which could remotely be considered libellous, ad hominim or extreme and at the same time I see many other comments which some might consider to be in bad taste at the least posted. Its getting beyond a joke!, whats the point of trying to reply to someone and then having to wait an hour and a half for clearance?, you cant even re-submit it because nobody’s got a clue what triggers your silly software off. FFS get it sorted, information highway my arse.

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  40. 128
    shit wrong site says:

    Hors d’oeuvre-Hors d’oeuvre.com

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  41. 141
    Anonymous says:

    British Jobs for anyone and everyone other than a Brit.

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  42. 142
    Cassandra King says:

    The special relationship means that British troops die for the US, it means that American oil companies can cause oil spill disasters and the British company can take the blame and clear it all up and pay the bills.
    Its a question of give and take, the yanks take and the Brits take it up the arse and swallow.
    When Britain needs support like over the Falklands the US can spit in our faces and support our enemies trying to steal our land away, thanks Clinton and Obama, thanks for that.
    The USA is one of those friends who see us as a suplicant to be used and abused it seems, God help us if we really need the USAs help in the future, its gonna be ‘see ya around’.

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    • 143
      Poor Bill says:

      Not quite true love.

      When we went down south, who was covering our back in Europe ?

      When they got kicked out of the Gulf after shooting down an airliner full of passengers. Who went in and covered for them and took the flack ?

      When they were not doing too well in Vietnam. Who was winning two wars, both major cold war victories, on the quite ? One in Oman, one in Borneo.

      Who has let who down by letting the French have to much say in the New Euro Army ?

      Our French firends have been caught twice, betraying our boys when at war.

      Pro-Serb officers in the Bulkans and anti-nato (ie Pro-Euro army) officers over Iraq.

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  43. 144
    cityboozer says:

    This Coffey chap is a strapping-looking fellow isn’t he? I wonder if Liam and he ever share more than just intelligence?

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  44. 147
    Disco Biscuit says:

    The US is usually very poor with HumInt, but to get an agent into the MoD, so high up, is. A real coup. A word of which liam is said to be fond…

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  45. 153
    giant gonad says:

    Fox is no good.

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Rob Colvile reviews Russell Brand’s new book:

“Oddly, the person I feel sorriest for isn’t Brand himself – although he certainly comes across as a rather pitiable figure, projecting his own brokenness on to the world around him – but Johann Hari. Drummed out of Fleet Street for plagiarism, the former Independent columnist has washed up as “my mate Johann, who’s been doing research for this book”. For a genuinely talented polemicist, it would have been a humbling experience to have to treat this sub-undergraduate dross as the scintillating wisdom of a philosopher-king.”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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