Peter Reynolds

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The Persecution Of Julian Assange

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Foolish Hero

I disagree with the release of so many confidential diplomatic messages.  I see no benefit from it at all but I will defend, with my life if necessary, the right of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks to publish them.

Those vile and fascist Americans who have called for his assassination are guilty of incitement to murder.  If they set foot on British soil they should be arrested immediately.  They disgrace their great country and its constitution.

Assange is a fool and WikiLeaks is irresponsible but these are questions of degree and judgement.   If there is wrongdoing in the information they have it should be released.  If it is just mischievous exposure of confidential and private correspondence then it is wrong.

I am in great difficulty over the denial of bail.   The charges are clearly preposterous,  incredible and politically motivated.   He surrendered voluntarily to the police.  On balance, particularly given the sureties offered by John Pilger, Jemima Khan and Ken Loach, he should not have been remanded in custody.  He is to apply again and I pray that British justice, so often wanting of late, will rise to the challenge.

Release Julian Assange.  Protect him from the Americans.

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December 7, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Conrad Black. Surely This is Fiction?

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He Walks On Water

Every day I sit in this very spot and wrestle with what’s believable, what’s credible, how much can I get away with in the pages of my current novel.  Indeed, one of my characters is a disgraced banker sentenced to not enough years at Her Majesty’s pleasure.  It would suit my plot perfectly if he could be released and get to play his part in the thrilling climax which I am fast approaching.  Maybe he could even meet a grisly fate in the last few pages gaining a richly deserved reward for his crimes of fraud and avarice.

Now I have my inspiration from true life.  There are no limits.

If Conrad Black can be released on bail pending appeal then my imagination must in future know no bounds.  Anything is possible.  Truth really is stranger than fiction.  In a few months Lord Black could be donning ermine and regaining his seat in the House of Lords, once again directing editorial in The Daily Telegraph.

Unbelievable but true.

The Plague Is In Both Your Houses

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I believe in the media.  I think it’s a power for good.  OK, so The Daily Telegraph has turned into The News Of The World and there is much else that is crass and false and wrong but it is the media that reveals truth and brings about change.

There can be no option now but jail for some MPs, dismissal for some, resignation for many and shame for most.  Those dishonest and corrupt members of the House Of Lords deserve even worse.   I also wrote much the same a few weeks ago about the police after the disgrace of the G20 murder and assaults – and what has happened?  Nothing!  For anyone else charges would already have been brought.  Undoubtedly the violent policemen are free on bail and strings are being pulled to breaking point to keep them free.

Well let them break.  We all saw it with our own eyes as we have seen the crimes of our politicians.  We need no more prevarication.

This is the power of the media and I look forward to the day when we see these politicians, policemen and, yes, the bankers too, chained together as they are led into jail.

Written by Peter Reynolds

May 14, 2009 at 9:24 pm