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Norway Attacked

It transpired on Friday afternoon that Norway had been attacked by terrorists. With a huge bomb going off in the Governmental quarter of Oslo. An hour later a gunman opened up at the Labour Party Youth Camp at Utøya killing around 90 people in total.

Late on Friday, Norwegian Police released information they had on the apprehended gunman, Anders Behring Breivik. Theory of an attack from Islamists was rejected, even though Abu Suleiman al-Nasser claimed responsibility for the bombings. The theory that it was retribution of Norway’s involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya as well as a Norwegian newspaper reprinting the cartoon on Muhammed in 2006, was also rejected.

The press, and others, are asking themselves who is Anders Behring Breivik and why did he choose his target? Obscurely, his Facebook profile was made public and the profiling began. He was a right-wing Christian who was interested in the environment, who’s favourite books include On Liberty by John Stuart Mill. His only Twitter update was a quote from Mill:  “One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100 000 who have only interests.”

There is doubt, however, to the validity of Breivik’s Facebook and Twitter accounts as they were both activated on the 17th July 2011.

It is possible that the Labour Party was targeted. With bombs going off near their headquarters in Oslo and their Youth Camp targeted in Utøya. But the question is still why? The Red-Green Coalition is Norway is successful, but also an anomaly in Scandinavian politics which has seen a shift to the right in recent years. Norway is not unknown to right-wing violence, but it is on this scale.

Breivik considers himself a Nationalist and an Islamophobe. His targeting of the Labour Party could have something to do with Støre, the Norwegian Foreign Minister, who in the past week has endorsed Palestine’s bid for membership of the UN and opening negotiations with the banned Islamist terror group Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

Breivik is currently being investigated and questioned by Police.

 

 

 

 

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Equality Before the Law

July 22, 2011 2 comments

In the history series, I have come across a proposal from 1943 on rejuvenating the legal system. I wonder what Legal types out there think of it…? Comments are welcome.

We must provide an efficient legal system which not only protects society against the anti-social activities of individuals, but safeguards individual liberty against the State. In a planned order, where the State has become more highly organised, it is more than ever necessary to ensure that no encroachments are made on the proper freedom of the individual. The Courts must be within the reach of all. No one must be handicapped from obtaining justice because he cannot pay the costs. Probably it will be found desirable to make the legal profession a national service under a Ministry of Justice which will be subject to democratic control.

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Ed Miliband stuck on repeat

An unfortunate Damon Green was confronted, on Thursday, by an Ed Miliband who had frozen – forever repeating the paragraph of:

I think these strikes are wrong at a time when negotiations are still underway. The government has acted in a reckless and provocative manner, but it is time for both sides to set aside the rhetoric and get around the negotiating table and stop this from happening again.

Video can be seen here:

Miliband’s aides quickly rebooted him once Mr Green had left. He’s now said to be functioning ‘normally’.

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Soon to be Dead Ed

On Thursday Ed Miliband defied the wishes of his paymasters and called the strikes a mistake and further claimed that the Basic State Pension is enough for everyone to survive on and didn’t know what all the fuss was about. He said this as he hoisted the Hammer and Sickle flag above his £1.6 million home near Hampstead Heath.

The Unions were fuming. With the usually docile ATL issuing a fatwa on Miliband’s head – dead or alive (preferably dead). A Unison representative said they gave life to Miliband and they ‘can take it away’. Bob Crow, of RMT fame, offered to ‘crack some f***ing nuts!”

Those on the right issued as statement in solidarity with Miliband, stating that it is ‘better to be dead than red’ whilst they visibly backed away from Mr. Miliband in case the angry mob turned on them after dealing with Miliband. Have fear right wingers, they’re after you too.

Some or all of this report may have been made up.