Archive for November 2013
This afternoon I went into town. I met an old pal I hadn’t seen for a good while- several years. He had always, when we drank together, been a hard worker. A generous guy, who wouldn’t see you without a pint if your circumstances were less fortunate than his own.
We went for a pint- that turned into several! – and he told me his story. He now has sciatica. He is reliant on benefits, though looking for the hard for work his disability no longer allows him to do. He tried to work, shovelling shit (apologies for the language- no I do not apologise. He shovelled YOUR shit) at a local recycling plant.
It transpired that while I was in town enjoying the Xmas to come celebrations, he was in town because he had no heating, no light, no food; NOTHING. No reason to stay home, no reason to be out. No reason to be anywhere; a non-person in our wonderful capitalist society.
And I think to myself, what wonderful world.
I do believe that Andrew Mitchell said what the officer he directed his comments at said he had.
I believe that when further supporting evidence was forthcoming from other officers who claimed to have witnessed the event he resigned his ministerial position in the face of overwhelming evidence.
I believe that the police did what they do- closed ranks and backed each other up.
I believe that further evidence and the ensuing investigation proved some officers lied.
I believe that Mr Mitchell saw an opportunity and took advantage of this.
Otherwise, why didn’t he fight it from the start; why did he resign?
Just because some officers lied in support of their colleague doesn’t mean the whole tale is made up.
Of course, what I believe doesn’t amount to much. But I believe it.
Having had serious computer issues, which took me several weeks to finally identify and rectify, I am now back online and will hopefully find something interesting to post about soon, achieving my aim of giving an alternative – if sometimes unpopular- view.