Boris and Saudi

There is something perverse about the headline BBC News at Six tonight.

Sensational – sure.  Alarming – yes.  Silly – certainly.

British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, brought in by Teresa May because it is better to have enemies and loose canons closer than friends, has said “words” above and beyond his political station.

boris-johnson-2“You got the Saudis, Iran, everybody moving in and puppeteering and playing proxy wars, and it’s a… it’s a tragedy to watch it.”

Boris Johnson, British Foreign Secretary

First understated alarmist word from the BBC political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg following this statement, “Awkward…”

Yes, it’s awkward.  Because Boris is stating in plain language what the problem is.  The problem is, is that plain language is not the international diplomatic language we are used to (i.e. brainwashed in).  Oh dear!  Let’s use tough but understandable diplomatic guff-language that perpetuates the entrenched problems we face, and, more importantly, keeps my alarmist journalistic profile high in the international current affairs circu(s)it….

Will someone tell me the truth?  But only if it is in vague, political, deferring and the usual bland rhetoric.  Anything beyond this, Laura, journalists call it “awkward”!  It’s not awkward, it’s the reality in a game-show of unreality called “News”.  It’s like playing Monopoly to the rules of anti-Monopoly…and we all think we’re participating in democracy.

57cd4806c3618851618b46f4His “Boss”, Laura, is the Prime Minister!  Would that you would love Boris toe the line.  Only then to scapegoat him on the altar of some foreign god-slash-policy.

“The Foreign Secretary’s views are not the Government’s position on … Saudi Arabia and its role in the region.”

Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman or whatever

If you wanna dance with the devil you’d better be wearing damn good shoes.

Of course this is the government’s position….PRIVATELY.

Teresa May is engaged in Hot-Climate-Culture-Dimplomacy whilst being a Cold-Climate-Culture-Politician.  Of course she’s right to slap Boris down.  But of course Boris is right to slap Saudi down…Hot v Cold – Same old.

Dancing is the vertical expression of a horizontal desire (so I’ve read somewhere).

Prime Minister May, I do respect you (although I vote Labour – soz), but if you want to dance, don’t be too alarmed if (and I say this advisedly), someone points out where the bed is (i.e. dancing is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire)…it’s a mixed metaphor admittedly but well  worth thinking about, culturally speaking!


Ps.  Cultural studies teach us quite a lot.  A short skirted red dress is wonderful in the liberal and free democratic West, but seriously, what are your advisors telling you?  I offer myself, in all humility, at your service, to teach cultural basics……

Open Letter to the BBC

Dear BBC

Once again Gaza is under massive aerial bombardment from Israeli warplanes and drones, and, once again, the BBC’s reporting of these assaults is entirely devoid of context or background.

We would like to remind the BBC that Gaza is under Israeli occupation and siege.

We would like to remind you that Israel is bombing a refugee population – Palestinians who were made refugees when they were forced from their land in1948 in order to create Israel.

We would like to remind you that Gaza has no army, air force, or navy, while Israel possess one of the strongest militaries in the world.

When you portray Israel’s shelling of a civilian population as a ‘response’ or ‘retaliation’ to rocket strikes from Gaza, we would like to remind you that these events flow from the displacement of the overwhelming majority of the Palestinian people from their homes and communities, with millions now corralled as refugees in the Gaza Strip. That initial injustice was compounded and continues with the ongoing occupation and siege.

When you portray the occupier as the victim, and the occupied as the aggressor, we would like to remind you that resistance to occupation is a right under international law. And we would like you to remember that Israel’s occupation, siege and collective punishment of Gaza is not.

And, finally, we would like to remind BBC journalists, when interviewing Israel’s spokespeople over the coming days, to ask the one question they have all failed to ask: “If Israel ends its occupation of Palestinian land, and allows the people of Palestine to live in freedom from Israeli domination, would that bring peace?”

Yours sincerely



NOTE:  This letter can be found here:

Please sign your name and raise awareness of this escalating madness.

The picture below was taken by me recently.  It is a blade of grass growing out of concrete.  If grass can grow out of concrete, peace can be found between Israeli and Palestinian.


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