Archive for the ‘England’ Category

“Northern Rock Homepage CEO Message”

September 17, 2007

Important customer notice

Dear Customer

May I begin by offering you my sincere apologies for any inconvenience you have suffered in dealing with Northern Rock during the last few days. Customer service is of paramount importance to us and due to the circumstances that surround us, you have been let down. Thank you so much for your patience, particularly when using our website which has been running very slowly due to the number of people working online.

Let me now reassure you. Your money is safe with us and if you want some, or all of it back, then you are perfectly entitled to it. Whilst you may have to wait a little longer than usual to receive it, you will get it. However, your savings are secure and there is no need for you to withdraw your money based on our recent announcement, and the widespread media coverage that has ensued. The Bank of England has agreed to provide a funding facility to enable us to manage through the current global liquidity crisis. They would not have done so, if we were not a solvent, adequately capitalised, well run bank. I hope this helps to reassure you.

Your custom is very important to us and I sincerely hope you choose to stay with us along with the vast majority of our customer base.

Yours sincerely

Adam J Applegarth
Chief Executive

16 September 2007

© northern rock 2007

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captivity over; Iran lost the most

April 5, 2007

Well, the British prisoners have been freed by Iran.

I did not follow all of the news reports very closely, but here is my country by country analysis:

*Iran’s government: There were many US citizens who thought that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was a non-crazy and OK guy, and actually supported his resistance of American imperialism, hegemony, or whatever they want to call it; but he has now lost a lot of support from them because of the prisoner stunts that he seemingly ordered. Iran now will definitely get less support from anti-war people in the US should Bush order the US military to attack Iran.

(Interesting system we have here in the US. One man can seemingly order any employee of the US military to do anything at anytime.)

*England’s government: somewhat weak and ineffectual; seemingly with wimpy military personnel

*Iraqi government: seemingly weak and possibly lackadaisical in this situation

*US government: not really bellicose, but potentially a dangerous ally to have; it is also interesting to note how much the US media did not care about the story when they were first captured

UPDATES:

At Britain’s request, the two carrier groups, totaling 40 ships plus aircraft, changed their exercises to make them appear less confrontational, The Guardian said. London also asked Washington to tone down its rhetoric against Tehran, the newspaper added.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=20070408&articleId=5303

Overplaying the hurt factor when one’s own is aggrieved isn’t anything new – while part of the British public gaped in horror at the ‘torture’ that their 15 servicemen endured under Iranian capture, many were quick to point out that British servicemen in Iraq were never shy of using physical torture on their captives, either. At least all 15 British servicemen were released safe and sound – and few thousand quid richer. Baha Mousa was released in a body bag, and his murderers have yet to be brought to justice.

http://iam.subhumour.us/?p=2035

British soldiers accused of beatings in Basra, Iraq

March 14, 2007

Mr Mousa, a hotel receptionist, was among a group of detainees arrested following a counter-insurgency operation.

Julian Bevan QC, prosecuting, said the detainees had been arrested on 14 September 2003 at the Haitham Hotel, where the army had found weapons including rifles, bayonets and suspected bomb-making equipment.

They were subsequently taken to a temporary detention centre where they were held for 36 hours and repeatedly beaten while handcuffed and forced to wear sacks on their heads, Mr Bevan said.

He told the seven-man judging panel: “One civilian, Baha Mousa, died as a result, in part, from the multiple injuries he had received.

“There were no less than 93 injuries on his body at the post-mortem stage, including fractured ribs and a broken nose.”

Other prisoners received serious kidney injuries consistent with being kicked and punched, Mr Bevan added.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/5360432.stm