Friday, May 15, 2009

THE PETER PAN SCANDAL


Pisa attracts tourists with its Leaning Tower and the Taj Mahal works wonders for India.

Scotland is lucky enough to have the house and garden that inspired the world famous Peter Pan.

Pisa is unlikely to knock down its famous tower and India will work hard to protect its Taj Mahal.

But Scotland is probably going to allow the destruction of the Peter Pan house and garden.

(Peter Pan creator's home to be demolished)

Italy like tourists. Dumfries apparently does not?

The Peter Pan house, made famous by Peter Pan author JM Barrie, is called Moat Brae House, and is in George Street, in Dumfries, in South West Scotland.

The people who run Dumfries have long neglected Moat Brae, one of Scotland's greatest assets.

Could some of them be 'philistine freemasons'?

Moat Brae has now fallen into the hands of a body called Loreburn Housing Association whose Chief Executive is Ashan Khan.

Khan says the House is “a goner”.



Strangely, Loreburn Housing Association, when they bought the house in 2008, paid more than the £140,000 asking price.

Roger Windsor is the chairman of the Peter Pan House Action Group.

He says he feels “duped” by Loreburn and thinks they had no real intention of repairing the building.

(Peter Pan creator's home to be demolished)

The action group employed architect Luke Maloney to examine the house.

He attacked the housing association for having “no scruples”.

Mr Maloney added: “There is no question the building is in a bad state through a lack of maintenance, but also through a lack of action by Loreburn.

“The dry rot could have been prevented by covering the roof and ventilating the building but Loreburn did exactly the opposite.

Moat Brae in Dumfries which inspired Peter Pan. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/2669109.stm)

In London, in 2008, the house where JM Barrie is believed to have written Peter Pan was up for sale for £6.75m.

"The six-bedroom Victorian property in central London is opposite Kensington Gardens, where James Matthew Barrie met five boys who inspired his creation."

(Peter Pan house up for sale News guardian.co.uk Books, January 14, 2008.)



Meanwhile, in Dumfries in Scotland, the house and garden which helped to inspire Peter Pan is likely to be destroyed for lack of a few bucks.

Barrie used to play 'pirates' in the gardens of Moat Brae in Dumfries as a child.

Moat Brae is a grade B listed building.

Image:Michael Llewelyn Davies as Peter Pan.jpg

Moat Brae has lain empty for around nine years and has been vandalised.

Windows, mirrors, baths, sinks, and a chandelier have been smashed.

Constable Iain Aird, of the notorious (Lockerbie investigation) Dumfries and Galloway police, said in 2008: "It seems that youngsters have been breaking in and hanging about in the property and over a few weeks the building has sustained a substantial amount of damage."

The damage began in November 2002 and by January 2003, £200,000 worth of damage had been done.

Where were the police? (BBC NEWS Scotland Peter Pan house vandalised)


Barrie moved to Dumfries in 1873 at the age of 13.

Two of his friends lived at Moat Brae.

"Our escapades in a certain Dumfries garden which was an enchanted land to me was certainly the genesis of this work," he wrote, in 1904, about Peter Pan.

Dumfries is a poor, almost 'ThirdWorld' town.

It needs world-class tourist attractions.

And Peter Pan is known worldwide.

Perhaps the Scottish Government will buy Moat Brae and turn it into a major world-class tourist attraction, like the Eiffel Tower.

Or perhaps Dumfries will just fall over and die.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Time for Independence

In the 1990s, over half of Indonesia's wealth ended up in the capital, Jakarta. Just think how Sumatra might have benefited if it had kept its vast oil wealth. Just think how Scotland will benefit if it obtains independence.

IT Firm Back in Scottish Hands


Alex Salmond Speech - SNP Conference 2009 - Part 1

Alex Salmond Speech - SNP Conference 2009 - Part 3

Alex Salmond Speech - SNP Conference 2009 - Part 4

Alex Salmond Speech - SNP Conference 2009 - Part 5

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Does the CIA now control both Libya and Scotland?

Image from: www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/crt/2001/html/10249.htm

Does the CIA now control both Libya and Scotland?

It is being claimed, on 6 May 2009, that Al Megrahi has told a visiting Libyan official that he is willing to drop his appeal against his conviction and return to Libya.

Libya: Lockerbie bomber prepared to drop appeal

But, do we know what Al Megrahi really thinks?

Christine Grahame, an SNP member of the Scottish parliament, was due to meet Al Megrahi in Greenock prison around 2 May 2009, but prison chiefs suddenly cancelled the visit without explanation.

Visit to Lockerbie bomber 'blocked'

A Libyan Foreign Ministry official, Abdel Atti el-Ubaidi, declared that "Al-Megrahi said that he is ready to drop the appeal if he is guaranteed that he will be transferred to Libya."

El-Ubaidi said he had made his request to Scottish officials.

Scotland's government has confirmed that it has received the request, but has not commented on whether al-Megrahi would drop his appeal.

Scotland has said it would not send him back to Libya while his appeal was being heard.

Scotland's government said a decision could take three months, or possibly longer.

Journalists' calls to al-Megrahi's lawyers over a period of two weeks have not been returned.

Bid to transfer Lockerbie bomber

Salmond and Clinton

On 23 February 2009, Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, met with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington DC.

Did they discuss the Lockerbie Bombing?

Is the SNP going to support the US and UK governments in their attempt to cover up the truth about Lockerbie?


The government of Scotland is at present run by the Scottish National Party (SNP)

On 19 February 2009, The Mail on Sunday (Scotland) has a Lockerbie Bomb story, by Marcello Mega and Michael Tait, entitled:

SNP IN SECRET BID TO SEND BOMBER HOME.

The headline may be misleading, as it is the US and UK governments that want Al Megrahi to remain 'convicted' and to serve the rest of his sentence in Libya.

The US and UK governments may be trying to use the Lockerbie business to discredit the anti-war SNP.

The Mail made the following points:

1. SNP government officials have been involved in secret talks between the UK Foreign Office and Libyan officials.

These talks could lead to Al Megrahi being sent back to Libya.

MacAskill

2. Scotland's Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, instructed his top official, Robert Gordon, to play a key role in the negotiations.

3. The UK and US governments are keen to see Al Megrahi apply for a Prisoner Transfer Agreement.

This would mean that Al Megrahi would serve the rest of his sentence in Libya.

It is the SNP's Kenny MacAskill who would be responsible for organising a prisoner transfer of Al Megrahi.

(A Prisoner Transfer Agreement between the UK and Libya was ratified in April 2009.)

(The UK and US governments would like Al Megrahi to abandon his appeal against his conviction. An appeal could reveal evidence of CIA involvement in the Lockerbie bombing and could reveal that the CIA and the Scottish police faked evidence in the Lockerbie trial.)

4. Al Megrahi wants the appeal to go ahead so that he can clear his name.

(Al Megrahi's appeal against his conviction started in April 2009.)

5. "Sources close to the Libyan delegation... said Mr Gordon had given them every encouragement to push for a transfer.

"One said: 'He told them in fairly plain language that if an application came it would be granted.'"


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According to the Mail on Sunday: "The planned appeal has the potential to humiliate the Crown Office and to expose conspiracy and dirty tricks involving UK and US intelligence agents and the Scottish police."

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There is evidence that the SNP does not want a cover-up of the Lockerbie business.

1. On 3 February 2008, the Sunday Mail had a story entitled: SNP Fury Over Lockerbie Deal - The Sunday Mail :

A FURIOUS row was brewing last night after the agreement of a secret £450million oil deal that could send the Lockerbie bomber back to Libya.

Insiders claim the UK Government agreed to let Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi go home to save fuel giant BP's contract.

The Scottish Government last night demanded answers after the deal got the green light...

A spokesman for First Minister Alex Salmond said: "We opposed a prisoner transfer agreement which is open-ended and failed to secure the exclusion that the UK government pledged to seek...

Saad Djebbar, a Londonbased lawyer who has worked with the Libyans on the Lockerbie case, said: "The matter of Megrahi had delayed matters, not just for BP but all other commercial arrangements."

2. Leading SNP figure Alex Neil has stressed the importance of holding an appeal trial as quickly as possible.

"Mr Neil has called on the Crown Office to bring forward the trial of the Libyan ... and to ensure no further delays take place." (UK National News - SNP Calls For Lockerbie Bomber Trial To Be ...)

3. Reportedly, Alex Salmond does not want a cover up.

"ALEX Salmond picked his first major fight with Westminster ... over a British government deal which he feared could involve the transfer of the Lockerbie bomber to Libya." - SNP-Westminster feud flares over Lockerbie bomber - The Scotsman


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Mary Quen of Scots