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DONALD IN THE DOCK
Who'd have thought it -
Donald Rumsfeld in the dock. Not for long, one suspects, but at last he faces
cross examination in front of Senators over his handling of the War on Iraq and
matters of abuse and torture in particular. The Neo-Cons under scrutiny, facing
their moment in the glare of public inspection. We shall be there in full force
tonight at seven. One year on from Bush's self declared end of the war ,
we have this. It now seems the Red Cross had been warning America for months,
the British knew about the abuse too. One grieves for the man brought low in his
hour of victory, or does one? And what a hollow victory it has proven. Colin
Powell, Secretary of State, reportedly can't wait to get out. Hey ho, maybe
there is a God in heaven after all and when true evil manifests, strike the
heart of the beast. Hang on Jon, put the Bishop back in the box (ed s note : er,
me I mean).
And what about the Brits? Soldier 'C' has talked in today's
'Mirror' of brutality against Iraqi prisoners by UK troops, but the original
photos (also run by the 'Mirror') are still being regarded by many as
dodgy. I noted the interesting words of editor Piers Morgan this morning,
when he defended the photos, saying they "accurately reflect something that is
going on". We are on the case - Lindsay Taylor at seven.
Some good news tonight on public services - yes, come
on let's hear it for the National Health Service reforms. No point carping every
day - by virtually every test, things are getting better. Waiting lists down and
much more. Even the Tories are only left with the huge costs to complain
DRIVING UP COSTS
Back to Iraq and the
big worry about petrol..mmm...yes, the old oil war has spawned an awesome hike
in the oil price, now at over $40 for a barrel of crude. That tiger in your tank
is turning to liquid gold. Liam Halligan will be worrying at
Boo-hoo, bye bye Friends.
Yes, those loveable characters have breathed their last - it s like six deaths
in the family. Nicholas Glass is moaning at seven.
Finally, what shall we do with the Red Cross, who
reported the prisoner abuses in Iraq? They knew months ago, they told the
Americans months ago andthe Americans did nothing. The Red Cross did nothing.
Surely it's time for the Red Cross to warn the world that nations will be given
six weeks to put matters right, thereafter any obligation for confidentiality
should end and the Red Cross should broadcast its concerns. We shall be talking
with their representative at seven.
We asked you to e-mail your questions and concerns
relating to the pensions crisis as part of our lunchtime programme's recent
focus on the issue. Some of your queries - along with some answers - can
be found here :
Gotta run, must watch Rummy. He's up 'momentarily'. See you at seven, as
Best wishes, Jon Snow.
City, the FTSE's finished the day down 18 points, at 44/98. Leading shares have
slipped lower today following yesterday's heavy losses. Strong jobs data from
the US this afternoon's failed to buck the London market up, leaving the index
to close below the key 4500 mark. In New York a short time ago, the Dow Jones
was down 28 points, at 10/213. On the money markets, the pound's down against
the dollar, at under 1 dollar 78-and-a-half. Against the euro the pound's up, at
1 euro 50.
Cloud and rain will be spilling westwards
across much of the UK during the night with just parts of the West Country,
Northern Ireland and western Wales remaining dry. Rather dull and grey but mild
and frost-free, with overnight temperatures between 7 and 10C.
cloudy across most parts of the UK on Saturday with outbreaks of rain and
drizzle, but there will be some drier interludes. Parts of the Wales and the
south-west will be dry. Cool easterly winds across the north of the country,
with the day's maxima in the region of 13 or 14C.
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