FCO Vows to “Resist Argentine Threats”

The stretched twig of peace is once again at melting point.

Tension is high as Argentina’s state prosecutor orders an embargo of UK assets involved in Falklands hydrocarbons operations, demanding the seizure of more than $156m of international equipment, including ships, drilling platforms and bank accounts.

FCO minister Hugo Swire is threatening appropriate measures over this “flagrant and unacceptable campaign to strangle the Falkland Islands”.

“We have been absolutely clear that Argentine domestic law does not apply in the Falkland Islands, nor in the waters that surround them… The government of Argentina should refrain from unjustified provocations of this kind… The Falkland Islanders have every right to decide their own future, including through the development of their economy. As ever, we stand behind them and are confident that the international community will continue to resist these Argentine threats.”

We will not flinch…

Blair Quits as Middle East Peace Envoy

He’s resigning to spend even less time with his family…

Saudi Soldier Demands to Know Why BBC Sacked Clarkson

The BBC’s Jeremy Bowen is in Saudi Arabia reporting on the latest from the conflict in Yemen. There is however only one question on the lips of Saudi soldiers:

He’s their star in a reasonably priced Eurofighter Typhoon…

SNP & Labour: Or How I Stopped Quibbling and Learned to Love the Bomb

Labour have just about sorted out their message on Trident today, despite some confusion from Ed Balls. Meanwhile, the SNP are still toying with Miliband on the issue. “I can’t be clearer,” claims Nicola Sturgeon, while obfuscating on what the SNP will demand from Labour in return for a confidence and supply deal. This is her line today:

“Any confidence and supply arrangement would require the non-renewal of Trident.”

This line was backed up by Angus Robertson on the BBC today:

“There would be no confidence and supply arrangement with the Labour Party if there was a renewal of Trident commitment by the Labour Party.”

So would the SNP vote against a Labour Queen’s Speech – including plans to renew Trident – then?

Sturgeon won’t say, because she doesn’t want to: “get ahead of the election process”.

Yet during the Scottish Leaders’ Debate last night, the SNP leader implied her party would still prop up Labour even if they went ahead with Trident renewal:

“You can beat minority governments on policy issues and force them to change direction without necessarily bringing down the government”

Sturgeon’s deputy Stuart Hosie also confirms that even if Labour voted to renew Trident, the SNP could still do deals with Labour on other policies:

“there would have to be negotiations and we would want to get as many of our progressive policies through as possible”

So the SNP will vote against Trident, but possibly not against a Queen’s Speech that includes Trident, and may still prop up a Labour government even if Trident passes… Everyone got that?

Red Peril: The 52 Labour Candidates Who Oppose Trident

This is the full list of Labour parliamentary candidates who are on the record opposing the renewal of Trident:

Diane ABBOTT, Hackney North and Stoke Newington
George AYLETT, South West Wiltshire
Jane BASHAM, South Suffolk
Barry BLACK, Aberdeenshire West and Kincardine
Lesley BRENNAN, Dundee East
Matthew BROWN, Louth and Horncastle
Richard BURGON, Leeds East
Edward CARLSSON BROWNE, Harwich and North Essex
Katy CLARK, North Ayrshire and Arran
Anna CODA, Hereford and South Herefordshire
Michael CONNARTY, Linlithgow and Falkirk East
Sally COPLEY, Oxford West & Abingdon
Jeremy CORBYN, Islington North
Ian DAVIDSON, South West Glasgow
Andrew DISMORE, Hendon
David DREW, Stroud
Malcolm FINCKEN, Braintree
Roger GODSIFF, Birmingham Hall Green
John GROGAN, Keighley
Louise HAIGH, Sheffield Heeley
Kelvin HOPKINS, Luton North
Huw JONES, South East Cambridgeshire
Hugh LANNING, Canterbury
Mark LAZAROWICZ, Edinburgh North and Leith
Clive LEWIS, Norwich South
John McDONNELL, Hayes and Harlington
Matthew MAHABADI, South Holland and the Deepings
Graeme MORRICE, Livingston
Grahame MORRIS, Easington
Andy NEWMAN, Chippenham
Scott NICHOLSON, Perth and North Perthshire
Kate OSAMOR, Edmonton
Sandra OSBORNE, Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Nick PALMER, Broxtowe
Nancy PLATTS, Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven
Kerry POLLARD, St Albans
Charlynne PULLEN, Mid-Bedfordshire
Mike ROBB, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Lee RUSHWORTH, Penrith and the Border
Lloyd RUSSELL-MOYLE, Lewes and Seahaven
Purna SEN, Brighton Pavilion
Andrew SMITH, Oxford East
Peter SMITH, South West Norfolk
Alex SOBEL, Leeds North West
Jo STEVENS, Cardiff Central
David STOKES, Bournemouth West
Graham STRINGER, Blackley and Broughton
Michael TAYLOR, Hazel Grove
Chris VINCE, Chelmsford
Catherine WEST, Hornsey and Wood Green
Julian WARE-LANE, Southend West
Russell WHITING, Suffolk Coastal

Will they do a deal with the SNP?

Holy War: Watch Our Boys Blow Up Evil ISIS Scum

 

The MoD say in a statement:

“In the early hours of Friday 27 February, an RAF Tornado GR4 patrol conducted reconnaissance to the north-west of Haditha. An ISIL armoured personnel carrier was located, and destroyed with a Brimstone missile.”

Where’s your God now?

Diplomatic Dave Trash Talks Russia

The diplomatic equivalent of standing at the side of a pub car park shouting “just leave it maaate, it’s not worth it…”

Boris of Mesopotamia

Despite strict Foreign Office advice not to travel to the region, a Briton with Turkish roots has posed with a Kalashnikov in northern Iraq. Boris has travelled to the region to support the fight against ISIS. Allahu, er, cripes, akbar!

Sources: Blair Has Not Yet Responded To Chilcot Letter

Tony Blair claims he has nothing to do with the Chilcot Inquiry delays, but is he telling the truth? His people clearly state:

 ‘It is not true to say that Tony Blair has caused the delay … On the contrary,

[…]

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At Last! Miliband Finds International Allies for Tax Crackdown
ISIS Sign Up to Labour’s 50p Rate Policy

50p

François Hollande, Ed Miliband and now Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi. The FT reports that ISIS are implementing Red Ed’s policy of a 50p top rate of tax across the one holy caliphate:

“Sajad Jiyad, an independent researcher in Iraq, says that Isis

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EU Removes Hamas From Terror List Days After Rocket Parade

Another stunning intervention on international affairs from the European Union. The second highest court in Europe has today decreed that Palestinian terrorist organisation Hamas be removed from the EU’s official terror blacklist, claiming the description of the group as terrorists […]

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Spooks Investigated Woolwich Terrorists SEVEN Times
Intelligence and Security Committee Report Key Findings
+++”Gov counter-terrorism programmes are not working”+++

This is fresh from the Cabinet Office:

  • The two men appeared, between them, in seven different Agency investigations – for the most part as low-level Subjects of Interest. There were errors in these operations, where processes were not followed, decisions

[…]

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