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R4 now "and now for something from the Grantham institute"
"If you can't recycle plastic, you can re-use.
Sheffield University chemist Tony Ryan is working to convert old polyurethane foam mattresses into hydroponic allotment beds so that people at a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan can grow their own crops. Roland Pease reports."

Apr 19, 2018 at 4:41 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Apr 19, 2018 at 1:01 PM | tomo
How was Sir Andrew Wood, former UK-Moscow ambassador, motivated to become the dodgy dossier's promoter? Was he acting in his capacity as the former UK-Moscow Ambassador on behalf of HMG?

How did John McCain obtain it?

Sir Andrew Wood told US senator that Christopher Steele’s report ‘might be true, might be untrue’ but that author was credible

"A former British ambassador to Moscow has revealed the role he played in bringing the explosive dossier about Donald Trump’s alleged links to Russia to the attention of the US intelligence agencies.

Sir Andrew Wood was consulted about the claims by Senator John McCain at a security conference in Canada shortly after the US election.

Wood said he did not have the dossier but that McCain obtained it from his own sources. It was written by former British MI6 agent Christopher Steele and handed to the director of the FBI, James Comey.

“I told him I was aware of what was in the report but I had not read it myself, that it might be true, it might be untrue. I had no means of judging really,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme."

"Donald Trump dossier: intelligence sources vouch for author's credibility" Really? Who confirmed that to The Guardian?

"The dossier, published this week by BuzzFeed, alleges that acts of sexual impropriety involving Trump occurred in Moscow, and says there was collusion between the Russian government and the Republican candidate’s campaign team."

"Trump has flatly denied the stories, which he described as fake news."

Apr 19, 2018 at 2:06 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Subsidy junkiedom made flesh

Apr 19, 2018 at 1:29 PM | Registered Commentertomo


It'd certainly cause some clucking in some lavishly appointed hen houses :-)

Meanwhile HMRC are setting an example by setting the bar lower for collaborating with foreign law enforcement by the look of it

Apr 19, 2018 at 1:01 PM | Registered Commentertomo

Apr 19, 2018 at 10:47 AM | tomo

Off the top of my head .......

UK Secret Squirrels, their bosses and their ultimate boss, will not be happy about subpoenas arriving from the US, especially if there is a chance that those subpoena'd might be detained, pending further investigations.

"I have heard it alleged that" Ambassadors (or their deputies) have been known to provide Official Statements, under the auspices of Diplomatic Immunity.

It would appear that US Rules and Regulations on matters of Security and Secrecy have been ignored by some very senior US Government employees, when it suits them. HM Government could cite this as reasons for withholding full co-operation, even if they state something different for public audiences. Can top US Government Legal minds be trusted with the real identities of anonymous witnesses, from the UK?

Politicians flying Red flags or Blue flags have differing views either side of the Atlantic, but they all seem to agree that the Russians have full access to their opponents secret data.

Apr 19, 2018 at 12:59 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Apr 18, 2018 at 7:27 PM Pcar

The secretary of state referred to the (supposed) impact on climate change of burning this coal as a factor in rejecting planning permission. Hopefully the company will ask to see the calculations that the SoS used to justify this. We can, of course, be certain that the SoS will not be able to provide any and that it was the usual hand-waving nonsense, but it would be amusing to see the SoS trying to justify his claims.

Apr 19, 2018 at 12:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterDaveS


If ... and still quite a big IF it all kicks off I do wonder if the roll of witnesses invited to testify might include now ex spooks Robert Hannigan of GCHQ and Christopher Steele of MI6.

Might they be given code names in court to protect their anonymity?

Apr 19, 2018 at 10:47 AM | Registered Commentertomo

Greenpeace out 'n about

In London with Canada's national embarrassment on a visit

Apr 19, 2018 at 10:42 AM | Registered Commentertomo

I wonder if any British citizens have their names on the yet to be revealed legal paperwork?

Apr 19, 2018 at 9:17 AM | tomo

It is all the ILLEGALLY obtained paperwork that could be more damning, for those that authorised it, and lied about it, and then denied it, and lied some more.

Apr 19, 2018 at 10:42 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

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