…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Oh, dear me. It started when I read the book, Cables from Kabul (HarperPress 2011) by the Her Majesty’s ex-ambassador to Afghanistan, so properly aristocratically hyphenated Sherard Cowper-Coles. In my humble opinion, expressed in my usual undiplomatic language, he is a typical public service diplomatic eunuch, who considers the things he is allowed to do to be important; i.e. to organise lunches, diners, balls, meetings, sitting arrangements, talkfests and more talkfests . . . Then, of course, comes the most important duty, i.e. writing, or should it be creating, memoranda in order to put oneself in the proper, Sir Humphrey Appleby, civil service class.
He would never admit, even to himself, that it was something a butler could do more efficiently for a fifth of the salary and that people who actually do , despise him, and only the parasites of his ilk tolerate him. And, naturally, award him. Cowper-Coles, pronounced, according to Wikipedia, as “cooper coals”, was made, during his march through the corrupt institutions, a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO), a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) and a Knight Commander of the Order. In the process, beside the above mentioned gongs, he also collected a French diplomat as a second wife.
However, coming to the next stage of his illustrious career – the butler did not do it, indeed a butler couldn’t do it, for many reasons, honesty being amongst them. Wikipedia: “In 2011 Cowper-Coles became BAE Systems’ international business development director, focusing on the Middle East and south-east Asia. His appointment at BAE caused some controversy, since he is thought to have “had a profound effect” on the decision by Robert Wardle, then director of the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, to end an investigation into BAE‘s allegedly corrupt dealings with Saudi Arabia.”
If you can’t have corrupt dealings with Saudi Arabia, with whom you can? Clintons? Obamas?
Despite my deprecation of the author, a certain John Simpson’s blurb on the front page of the book “If you want to understand what really happened, you absolutely have to read this book”, does make some sense, assuming that you have not read anything whatsoever about the West’s Afghanistan campaign until now. In that case, Cowper-Coles book will confirm your darkest suspicions – the West’s leaders had absolutely no desire to win. Other than that, I noticed his fawning over David Miliband, a Labour politician, at that time the Foreign Secretary. He simply could do no wrong.
I admit I have little interest in the British politicians – they are as corrupt, dull and spineless as ours. But glancing through the BBC History magazine of 2nd February 2014, which I happened to pick up because of the front page header Was Britain right to fight the First World War? (the red colour theirs, not mine), I noticed the column My history hero, where a certain Ed Miliband chose as his hero Ruth First. Milibands? Oh, Ed is brother of David. Ruth First, Second or Last meant nothing to me until I read that she was married to Joe Slovo. Perhaps you have noticed the modus operandi of the female Left operatives, whether in politics, “human rights” or media. They keep their maiden names or change them at will, all the best to confuse the class enemies.
Let’s have a look at the hero Ed and than at his hero Ruth. From many sources I check, I usually quote Wikipedia. It is predominantly leftist, so I avoid any allegations of a right wing bias; not that I care too much. Readers can easily, so far, find the less sanitised versions on Internet.
Edward Samuel Miliband “.. is the younger son of immigrant parents. His mother, Marion Kozak, a human rights campaigner and early CND [Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, unilateral disarmament specifically, financed by the nuclear armed USSR] member, is a Polish Jew who survived the Holocaust thanks to being protected by Poles. His father, Ralph Miliband, was a Belgian-born Marxist academic of Polish Jewish origin who fled with his parents to England during World War II. …
On 3 October 2008, Miliband was promoted to become Secretary of State for the newly created Department of Energy and Climate Change in a Cabinet reshuffle. On 16 October, Miliband announced that the British government would legislate to oblige itself to cut greenhouse emissions by 80% by 2050, rather than the 60% cut in carbon dioxide emissions previously announced.
In March 2009, while Secretary of State, Miliband attended the UK premiere of climate-change filmThe Age of Stupid, where he was ambushed by actor Pete Postlethwaite, who threatened to return his OBE and vote for any party other than Labour if the Kingsnorth coal-fired power station was given the go-ahead by the government. A month later, Miliband announced to the House of Commons a change to the government’s policy on coal-fired power stations, saying that any potential new coal-fired power stations would be unable to receive government consent unless they could demonstrate that they would be able to effectively capture and bury 25% of the emissions they produce immediately, with a view to seeing that rise to 100% of emissions by 2025. This, a government source told the Guardian, effectively represented “a complete rewrite of UK energy policy for the future”.
… In March 2012 Miliband pledged his support for same sex marriage. As he signed an ‘equal marriage pledge’, he said, “I strongly agree gay and lesbian couples should have an equal right to marry and deserve the same recognition from the state and society as anyone else.”
Heterosexual marriage does not seem to be that important to him – “Miliband is married to a barrister, Justine Thornton. The pair met in 2002 and lived together in North London before becoming engaged in March 2010. They have two sons, Daniel, born 2009, and Samuel, born 2010.”
That ought to illustrate Ed’s integrity, IQ and political inclination.