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Grin And Blair It
It’s official. The Brits are as bad as the Irish when it comes to sleaze. Plus, the delirious genius of And So I Watch You From Afar
Eamonn McCann, 14 Apr 2010
A degree of perplexity about the recent Channel 4 programme in which Gerry Adams travelled to Palestine hoping to find the real Jesus Christ. I think I have it sussed. Fella involved in a radical organisation, executed in gruesome circumstances, high-level tout believed involved, body never found despite many years searching.
I reckon Gerry wanted to be seen delivering on his promise to do all in his power to locate the remains of the Disappeared.
Skippy doesn’t know what way to turn. Tasmanian attorney general Lara Giddings laments, “Wallabies have been hopping around in circles after eating the plants.” Opium plants, that is.
It’s not only in Afghanistan that the red poppy blossoms wave their languid heads across meadows and field. Tasmania is the world’s leading legal producer of the plant, yielding morphine and heroin for medicinal purposes. But now the poppy is devastating local farming and native wildlife.
In Britain, 5,000 acres of arable land are devoted exclusively to the opium poppy. Producers are currently striving to increase harvests to meet the growing needs of the NHS.
Meanwhile, Western forces continue to incite the hostility of Afghan farmers through brutal, expensive and futile attempts to eradicate their only cash crop.
Here’s a scarcely original idea. Buy up the Afghan poppy crop at a fair price for medical purposes, providing the farmers with a reliable income, taking control away from warlords and Western criminals – and saving Skippy from addiction, disorientation and too-early death.
But hey, if everybody began thinking sensibly about drugs, Joe Duffy would be deprived of an opportunity to crank up hysteria. We couldn’t have that.
Bit of a barney in Britland last month with the unmasking of former cabinet members using their government contacts to tout for money from big business to manipulate ministers.
Incompetent Iraq-period Defence Minister Geoff Hoon, useless former Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt and bungling ex-transport supremo Stephen Byers were caught with their trousers down and their ethics up their arses flogging their services as hucksters to phoney consultants. Byers wanted between £3,000 and £5,000 per diem for his Del-boy assistance.