This is a follower on from the Daily Mails article, entitled : BETRAYED: Spineless Labour MPs who backed Asperger’s victim’s bid to beat extradition desert him
(By James Chapman and Ian Drury 15th July 2009)
My reply to them :
Surprised no-one else has commented yet! Late I guess. Well, I’m going to act at any rate and I’m sure the turncoats will come to regret it.
According to the National Autistic Society half a million in the UK suffer from it (at various degrees across the spectrum) “Around 2.3 million people are affected by autism. This includes family members and professionals involved in the care and support of people with autism.”
However you look at it – that’s an awful lot of voters. As the general elections loom closer feel free to remind everyone these spineless oiks turned their backs for political points… This same devious lot that approved hundreds upon hundred of stealth taxes instigated by Gordon Brown… The same light-fingered lot – in must never be forgotten – that were liberal to the point of criminal fraud in the uncovered expenses scandal… As I voter I won’t forget – and I’ll make sure a whole lot more remember over time!
Essentially the article (which you should read), accuses Labour MPs of hypocrisy for after abandoning Gary McKinnon in his fight against extradition to the U.S. They obviously flower it up a bit but I’m quite happy to tell it like it is. Gordon Brown (probably) bullied the spineless Labour MP’s to abandon the cause for cheap political points. It wasn’t because it was the right thing to do – it was done maliciously. They voted against it or abstained simply because the other parties wanted it. That, readers, it the sort of creature we trusted to run the country! Be sure you remember that next time you are in the polling station!
The BBC is asking similar question on their site ( Hacker’s human rights ‘ignored’ ) and on Twitter:
Here’s my reply to them too:
Personally I’m utterly disgusted over the whole debacle. It can be summed up as:
a) A cadre of US officials with egg of their face over the break-ins pushing for a public lynching. Also makes you wonder if he touched on controversial files (read conspiracy theory proof) and that’s part of the zealous pursuit of him.
b) The Labour government not only turning there back on one of their own in the past but – at the express insistence of Gordon Brown – reversing their decision to support Mr McKinnon for just ignoble reasons:
i. Gordon Brown kow-towing to Obama
ii. Gordon Brown giving 2 fingers to the Tories
iii. Gordon Brown using dirty tactics to persuade MP’s to turncoat on promises
iv. Well you get the idea.
It’s not about guilt (he’s admitted to it) it’s all about cheap political shots and it absolutely stinks!
There’s some 500,000 autistic people in the UK, that’s a few million affected parents, relatives, carers etc. A few million VOTERS. Be sure you all remember this come the general elections next year!
See also my blog entry on this from May : re Autistic petition for UFO hacker
They aren’t asking he be let off, simply that he be tried in the UK. However, the American want to make an example of him. To kill him if they can. The same mentality of Americans that tried to justify the torture camps of Guantanamo Bay. They want this autistic guy face a high-profile televised lynching before jailing him for 60 years. And Gordon Brown is happy with that idea. He must be, or he’d act.
Bear in mind also that this one-sided treaty allows the US to try to extradite anyone they see fit – without evidence!
In an attempt to kowtow and brown nose to President Obama, and at the same time stick two fingers up to the Tories and the UK in general, Gordon Brown and his tame whips have clearly bullied the 74 Labour MPs who had previously signed Commons motions backing Mr McKinnon or demanding a review of extradition agreements with the U.S. They failed to go against the party line – so force, threats and coercions were brought to bear.
Result? Against their previous promise 59 voted with the current Government and 15 abstained. Tory had called for an urgent review of the controversial Extradition Act 2003 but were voted down by 290 votes to 236. If only 28 more Labour MPs had stuck to their principles, the Government would have faced defeat – something the egotistical and very much out of touch Gordon Brown could never allow.
Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling said: ‘It’s exactly this kind of behaviour that brings Parliament into disrepute.’
Labour’s Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, was one of those who did vote with the Tories and the Liberal Democrats.
Former Labour minister Kate Hoey pressed for the Government to intervene. She added: ‘It just is not acceptable, it is not fair, it is not just and we should be able to do something about it in this Parliament.‘
The the eight other Labour MPs to vote with the other parties were Jeremy Corbyn, Jim Devine, Lynne Jones, John McDonnell, Mohammad Sarwar and Alan Simpson.
82 Labour MPs signed three Parliamentary motions, opposing the Extradition Act and sending Gary McKinnon to the U.S. for trial. But only 8 of them had the integrity to back the Tory Opposition Day call for an ‘immediate review’ of the one-sided treaty. Of the other 74 Labour backbenchers, 59 displayed rank hypocrisy by supporting the Government. Another 15 abstained.
Right about here is where I’ll step in. Bit late now, being 3:00am but below are all the sleazy backstabbers. I’ll dig up any Twitter detail and their websites and tell them what I think. Please feel free to do the same! While I’m at it, if I can, I’ll also remind you of how they behaved in the Expenses Scandal. Just so you recall when it comes to the general election.
Diane Abbott (Hackney North and Stoke Newington)
On the expenses scandal, she has no second home and actually seems clean, though the Guardian did note:
“However, officials’ liberal use of black marker pen means it is difficult to be sure.”
Rather makes her betrayal all the more strange, no? Care to comment Diane?
David Anderson (Blaydon)
John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead)
Joe Benton (Bootle)
Joe Benton was one of 32 MP’s that billed the taxpayer £4,800 for food in 2007/08
While all parties were literally snouts deep in the trough it should be noted that of the 32 MP’s claiming the absolute maximum, 23 were labour MP’s.
Huges wage, gold platd pensions, mindbogglingly creative expenses allowance – and they still feel greed, sorry need to have us buy their groceries!
Clive Betts (Sheffield Attercliffe)
Lyn Brown (West Ham)
Russell Brown (Dumfries and Galloway)
Richard Burden (Birmingham Northfield)
Dawn Butler (Brent South)
Martin Caton (Gower)
Ann Cryer (Keighley)
Jim Cunningham (Coventry South)
Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford)
Janet Dean (Burton)
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West)
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough)
Hywel Francis (Aberavon)
Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow)
Roger Godsiff (Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath)
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland)
John Grogan (Selby)
Patrick Hall (Bedford)
David Heyes (Ashton-under-Lyne)
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North)
Joan Humble (Blackpool North and Fleetwood)
Brian Iddon (Bolton South East)
Eric Illsley (Barnsley East)
Eric Illsley was one of 32 MP’s that billed the taxpayer £4,800 for food in 2007/08
Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate)
Brian Jenkins (Tamworth)
Martyn Jones (Clwyd South)
Martyn Jones was one of 32 MP’s that billed the taxpayer £4,800 for food in 2007/08
Sadiq Khan ( Tooting)
Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith)
Tony Lloyd ( Manchester Central)
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East)
Jim McGovern (Dundee West)
Jim McGovern was 9th in The Guardians list of most prolific expenses claimant clawing back a whopping £171,989. While all parties were deep in the trough it should be noted that 7 of the top 10 greediest where all Labour MP’s – including the number one and two spots.
Anne McGuire ( Stirling)
Shahid Malik (Dewsbury)
Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South)
Anne Moffat (East Lothian)
Madeleine Moon (Bridgend)
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North)
George Mudie (Leeds East)
Nick Palmer (Broxtowe)
Gordon Prentice (Pendle)
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham Deptford)
Joan Ryan (Enfield North)
Martin Salter (Reading West)
Andy Slaughter (Ealing, Acton and Shepherd’s Bush)
John Smith ( Glamorgan)
John Smith was one of 32 MP’s that billed the taxpayer £4,800 for food in 2007/08
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South)
Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East)
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire)
Desmond Turner (Brighton Kemptown)
Rudi Vis (Finchley and Golders Green)
Lynda Waltho (Stourbridge)
Bob Wareing (Liverpool West Derby)
Betty Williams (Conway)
Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth)
Iain Wright (Hartlepool).
Roger Berry (Kingswood)
Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham)
Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead)
Andrew Dismore (Hendon)
Bill Etherington (Sunderland North)
Bill Etherington was one of 32 MP’s that billed the taxpayer £4,800 for food in 2007/08
Frank Field (Birkenhead)
Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East)
Fabian Hamilton had the 10th largest claim in the expenses scandel, leeching back £171,717 from tax payers coffers
John Heppell (Nottingham East)
Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool Walton)
Christine McCafferty (Calder Valley)
Chris McCafferty was one of 32 MP’s that billed the taxpayer £4,800 for food in 2007/08
Bob Marshall-Andrews ( Medway)
Chris Mullin (Sunderland South)
Edward O’Hara (Knowsley South)
Edward O’Hara was one of 32 MP’s that billed the taxpayer £4,800 for food in 2007/08
Marsha Singh (Bradford West)
Mike Wood (Batley and Spen).