THe world leadersw are gathering like some monstrous boil.Their aims are staggering and, if they were realistic, the G20 summit would be worth the £50 million it will cost. But are they really going to hammer out an economic rescue package, plus establish a new regulatory framework for the global banking system, wipe out financial crime, work out a free trade deal and lift the
As Ross Clark writes in the Spectator: ”It sounds less like a conference than Monty Python’s Proust Summarization Competition, in which contestants were given 15 seconds to précis A la recherche du temps perdu.
Narrowly missing All Fools Day, they will sit on April 2, among their broken toys, the spoilt children of the G20, replete with food too rich for them, wine fumes gathering in ghostly grapes in their little heads. Their work already mishandled by minions at pre-summit Summits. Waiting testily for Nanny Obama to tell them what to do with the gaily painted clockwork economy rendered useless by being overwound.
A friend who moved among statesmen marvelled at what second rate people they were. Two things are a constant puzzlement to me. Why do we send our fittest and best young men to be wiped out first in petulant wars and why we are content to be ruled by a class of people who think with their mouths and for whom, in the 21st century, the Caveman Concept, warfare, is still the ultimate answer in an argument?
At Peace Conference after Peace Conference they eagerly grab at other people’s territories. Despite the evidence of Africa,
Christopher Beaumont was private secretary to the senior British judge, Sir Cyril Radcliffe, chairman of the Indo-Pakistan Boundary Commission who was responsible for dividing the vast territories of British India into
Beaumont, who later in life was a circuit judge in the UK, had a stark assessment of the role played by Britain in the last days of the Raj, which was the subject some years ago of a BBC documentary. He was quite clear about who was the main architect of that dismal disaster.
"The viceroy, Mountbatten, must take the blame - though not the sole blame - for the massacres in the
"The handover of power was done too quickly."
The central theme ever present in
On one occasion, he complains that he was "deftly excluded" from a lunch between the pair in which a substantial tract of Muslim-majority territory - which should have gone to
"Geography, canals, railways and roads all argued against dismemberment.
"The trouble was that Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs were an integrated population so that it was impossible to make a frontier without widespread dislocation.
"Thousands of people died or were uprooted from their homes in what was in effect a civil war.
"By the end of 1947 there were virtually no Hindus or Sikhs living in west Punjab - now part of Pakistan - and no Muslims in the Indian east.”
Post-Partition Ghandi admitted that mistakes were made. “We were too tired to carry on,” he said.
We can only be grateful that the silly plan of two silly men, Cudlipp and King, to put Mountbatten at the head of a revolution against Harold Wilson did not materialise.
NONE FOR THE ROAD
People should be protected from “passive drinking” in the same way they are protected from second-hand smoke. So said
It is a matter of record that after a six-year research programme the World Health Organisation was forced to admit that they could find no evidence that passive smoking was harmful.
Professor Ian Gilmore, a liver specialist and president of the Royal College of
Physicians, said "all the evidence shows that price is one of the most important drivers of alcohol consumption and the amount of harm done."
This is one of the few subjects on which I speak with authority. In the days when I was capped for drinking for
I might add that among the biggest soaks I knew were doctors and psychiatrists. But I won’t because that would be rude and anyway……………………………………..
GOD BLESS THE NHS;
Just been costing my NHS treatment. Home nursing twice a day for a month £2,400. Electric drain pump for a month £1,500. hospital and operation would I am told have been another £12,000