January 25th, 2012

Liam Fox Surfaces to Bang the Iran Drum

Intriguingly Liam Fox just surfaced on the Today programme. Asked about his resignation, he batted away the question:

“I’m still drawing my own conclusions, I’m still thinking about the events and responses… I’ve rediscovered the benefits of sleep and lunch and I’ve also realised how incredibly pigeon-holed you can get in departmental politics. Every downside has an upside.”

Fox was putting the beers away at last night’s TURC launch, but he made it very clear what he was really on the airwaves to talk about. Free from the constraints of high office, he was able to be far blunter about the Iran situation. Though he called on the Russians to get behind the sanctions, he didn’t sound very convinced of that prospect. Fox left no doubt about the consequences of blocking the Strait of Hormuz. The drum beat is getting louder…


  1. 1

    Israel will be happy

    • 2
      Lord Wayne of trombone says:

      I know a very nice carpet shoppe in Tehran near old Hilton.
      Do they have a pre noocleear clear out sale on?

      • 6
        Tessa Tickles says:

        Carpets and Tehran, eh? Hey, just think. If you were a canny businessman, you’d set yourself up as a vacuum cleaner salesman in Tehran. Lots of carpets, Persian rugs.. and soon, lots and lots and lots of dust.

        They’re going to need vacuum cleaners.

        • 12
          Rage Against the Political Elite says:

          Forgot to Ask, Did Foxy have any Young Boys with him??

          • Anonymous says:

            I bet Werritty was somewhere in the back ground, just by accident of course, would that be young enough for you

          • Put Housing Benefit Claimants into Caravans says:

            Loads of nice Iranian refugees soon. We can afford them with free housing, benefits, education & health service. We’ve only got a £trillion of debt, what’s another trillion matter?

          • Fiscal Gerrymandering says:

            LISTEN UP FOXY

            THIS IS NOT OUR WAR




          • God's Holy Trousers says:

            “Loads of nice Iranian refugees soon.”

            You’re a bit behind the times. They have been coming here by the lorry load for years, and with Slotgob and her army of shysters there’s little chance they will ever be sent back.

          • Adam W. says:

            No way. He likes mature big boys like me.

      • 9
        Rage Against the Political Elite says:

        Fox is banging the Drum for the USA military industrial Complex. Obama is trying to Cut back on the Bullets business, so its nothing unusual to open up on another front to take up the slack. The YANKS have worked out what is fu–ing their economy, shame our lot havn’t caught on.

        • 34
          Anonymous says:

          Send Foxy out on the first assault, that would cure him

          • Fiscal Gerrymandering says:

            Is this a Quid Pro Quo that they will back us against the Argies in the Falklands if we “stand shoulder to shoulder” with the Yanks in Iran.

            What is the difference between a Yank and a Jerk anyway

          • Despiser of Politicians says:

            The troops looked really impressed when the little qu eer was posing with tanks and guns TV photo opportunities before we got rid of him as Defence Secretary

          • Glaswegian Squaddie says:

            I really would feel safe with Foxy covering my rear.

    • 7
      Grim says:

      Isr ael is guilt of coercing and conniving us into wars for them. No war against Iran!

      • 11
        Boudicca says:

        The Saudis are pushing for the West to take action against Iran.
        Let them do their own dirty work.

      • 37
        cynic2 says:

        Do you want a nuclear armed Iran? If not, how do we stop it?

        • 44
          Grim says:

          Iran is entitled to defend itself, particularly since it hasn’t attacked anyone for centuries!
          Concersly, the armies of Zion are rattling it’s borders. Hell, Israel gets given so many missiles it has to sell them to China!

          • Grumpy Old Man says:

            Have you had special mind-bleaching to cancel out all Middle East history since 1948? And I suppose that iran can now attack it’s neighbours and threaten the world with nuclear war because IT’S IRAN’S TURN? You have a source for that story about Israel selling missiles to China?

          • God's Holy Trousers says:

            “You have a source for that story about Israel selling missiles to China?”

            He read it on a website, so it must be true.

        • 60
          Another Bystander says:

          As always, Israel will quietly do what has to be done, – while the West faffs and frets.

      • 87
        oldasiahand says:

        The Quisling Foxy will need to get the end of his Irish dick lopped off if he wants to go and live with his money in Israel.

    • 68
      giant gonad says:

      Fox is singing for his supper.

    • 69

      Israel will be happy, and still a lot freer than any land that follows Islam, chummy.

    • 83
      Mark Skid says:

      Sure Israel is happy – they are getting from Fox what they paid him for.

  2. 3
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    So it’ll be $200/b for oil, whether the straight gets blocked or theres a long drawn out, and bloody war in iran.

    Which reminds me, I’ve got to get my bike fixed.

    • 10
      Rage Against the Political Elite says:

      Its the biggest revenue collector for Western Governments, so it will help to fund the WAR, but collapse the western economies, Oh I forgot they already are.

    • 33
      Anonymous says:

      Trouble now is that all bike bits and pieces are made abroad, top price as well just like foreign made cars, all spare parts have to be imported and that needs oil, oh dear.

  3. 4
    joescotus says:

    invade, kill the leaders ,steal the oil

    • 63
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      Except that Iran has not been invaded, nobody’s trying to kill the leaders, and the oil is not being stolen – the West is refusing to buy it. still, why spoil an uniformed rant with facts?

  4. 5
    Jess The Dog says:

    So, why are “we” not attacking North Korea?

    Million-man army and nearly as many guns pointing at Seoul?

    Remember the lies over Iraq.

  5. 13
    Rothbard says:

    Are you advocating war with Iran? Do you call yourself a libertarian? War is profitable for the state and its bitches

    • 85
      'Libertarian' Watch says:

      Yes, but your ‘society’ would be a war of all against all, with property-owning fiefdoms waging war instead of nation states.

      So get off your fkn soapbox.

  6. 14
    nellnewman says:

    bliar is middle east pe@ce envoy. Send him in there to sort it out.

  7. 16

    We will look back on these days and say Remember the times when oil was cheap?

    • 35
      Tessa Tickles says:

      You’re not wrong. There’s a Texaco on the A23 just north of Brighton and it is or was the most expensive around, really stupidly expensive. Only 18 months or so ago they were selling a litre of unleaded for the outrageous price of 117p, and I thought, “it can’t get any more expensive than that.”

  8. 18
    Synic says:

    Why can’t Ir an have nukes if Is rael is allowed to keep them?

    • 42
      Anonymous says:

      Because of the very large and monied Israelly lobby in Washington, why do you think in 1949 the US demanded and got the UK to give up the Palestine protectorate

      • 50
        Grimly says:

        That deserves repeating:

        Because of the very large and monied Israelly lobby in Washington, why do you think in 1949 the US demanded and got the UK to give up the Palestine protectorate

      • 81
        Mark Skid says:

        Who do you think funded Churchill through the Focus Group to rattle sabers in 1939, fully aware that when the omelette hit the fan the USA would back his bluff hand? I for one am sick of my family being used for cannon fodder for the selfishness of a small but very influential minority.

      • 94
        Anonymous says:

        Or, more realistically, Israel are unlikely to use them against the USA or it’s interests?

  9. 20
    Professor Sir Robert Winstons says:

    Go and suck on some big ballbags in Washington Fox you yankee stooge cu’nt

    • 25
      Anus Homo says:

      Any politician who wants to send men to die for Israel should be made to fight himself, besides Fox likes being around men doesn’t he?

      • 45
        Despiser of Politicians says:

        Dead servicemen shold be repatriated to Royal Wotton Bassett again, and a senior cabinet minister should be compelled to stand by the tail ramp of the aircraft and then walk behind the cortege through the town
        The BBC should show it as the lead story on the news that day. Also showing the latest total of deaths and serious injuries in the conflict concerned.
        It is disgusting that the likes of Bliar, Cameron, Hague, Fox, Haflon and co. send poor squaddies to die in foreign wars that we can’t afford and have nothing to do with the defence of the UK.

        • 55
          Anonymous says:

          Squaddies should know by now what scum their leaders are. They’ve had ample time to consider their positions and whether they want to put their lives on the line as state mercenaries to the Politician’s cronies and owner$..

          • Grumpy Old Man says:

            Look up the definition of “mercenary”. Squaddies certainly know who and where the scum is, and scum includes deluded loons who trot out tired old 1970′s anti-military rhetoric. You haven’t worked out yet that there are forces in this world that wish to destroy us simply because we’re here, have you?

          • Invade the world, invite the world says:

            You haven’t worked out yet that there are forces in this world that wish to destroy us simply because we’re here, have you?

            Well I wonder how those squaddies reconcile fighting for a government that refuses to protect our borders and lets into Britain people who wish to destroy us?

            Squaddies certainly know who and where the scum is, and scum includes deluded loons who trot out tired old 1970′s anti-military rhetoric.

            The plastic patriotism of worshiping the British establishment and the political elites may work with the younger squaddies, but the older ones usually see through all the flag waving nonsense.

            Like all of us, those in the armed forces are going to have to decide at some point: Parliament or Country.

  10. 21
    Tony Blair says:

    Hurry up and start a war. I need more money.

    • 28
      nellnewman says:

      Perhaps bliar and his roshchld / derip@aska pals could fund it. They’ve got enough money between them and I’m sure they’d work out a profit angle to make sure they weren’t left out of pocket when it was all over.

      • 91
        Handycock Phd (Troughing) says:

        Any refugees from any such war should contact me. I will arrange for Portsmouth City Council to get huge grants from central government, I will grant lots of planning permissions to my ‘boys’ who will house them and everyone will be happy; and rich. An even bigger bonus being, they will all vote for me in gratitude. Boaz.

  11. 24
    Anonymous says:

    Shouldn’t that be ‘subsidised lunch then sleep’?

  12. 29
    Adam W. says:

    Ignore Liam Fox. You cannot rely on the man’s judgement.

  13. 31
    Oooer says:

    “Nathaniel Rothschild says sauna with Lord Mandelson was purely pleasure, not business.”

  14. 39
    nobcheez says:

    The banks love war the banksown parliament and the traitors in the banks own the media

  15. 41
    Another Engineer says:

    Why do we have to go through the rigmarole of killing thousands of mostly innocent Persians to get rid of a few mad mullahs, when we could just remove the said mullahs individually?

    Its not OK to assassinate other leaders but its OK to bomb the whole country?

    The only reason for this is that our leaders don’t like the idea that someone might assassinate them in return. A few hundred thousand dead is a price worth paying to avoid giving someone bad ideas.

    Anyway, I think it is much more likely that there will be a few more ‘mysterious’ explosions at their nuclear facilities.

  16. 58
    Sarge says:

    Why do smarmy politicians always want wars? They are usually scared of negative headlines,let alone a few rounds zipping close by.

    Some of us have been there and if you have experienced it, it’s the last thing you would want to do.

    I bet Blair would not have been so chipper if we had given him a rifle and sent him in on day 1.

    Come to think of it, not a bad idea -a punishment battalion composed of the members of the House………

  17. 59
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Makes a change from banging Adam Werritty !

  18. 67
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Light blue touchpaper and stand well back

    There are many many moderate muslims in Iran who hate
    Manky Imadinnerjacket “unleash the beast within”
    they will have to fight on two fronts

  19. 71
    Inspector Heat says:

    I would really like to get to the bottom of all this.

    Can anyone point me to a list of all recipients of Adam Werritty’s business cards.

    I would like to interview them all before coming to any conclusions.

    The people not the business cards that is.

  20. 79
    Spartacus says:

    Russia Today and Al-Jezera have been banging this drum for weeks.

    The Clinton Witch rolls on.
    (Now with scragged back hair edition).

  21. 82
    JdvSW1 says:

    Fox’s chutzpah’s unblvble !! Israel is a “shitty little country that’ll be the death of us all. Fox a slimy corrupt F***OTT.

  22. 84
    Join up and die for the criminals in Westminster says:

    Let’s see…who’s the biggest threat to the native English people,

    A Persian loud mouth several thousand miles away,

    or a political/business class in London busy Balkanizing and ethnically cleansing us out of our own land.

    It’s a tough choice!

    The English working class should stick two fingers up at the oligarchs and their concocted war. Let the political class go off and do some dying for a change.

  23. 88
    oldasiahand says:

    Hello i that an Iranian hoit squad I see creeping up behind Foxy. Roger him lads before you do the deed!

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