Spamdex - Spam Archive

Report spam

Send in your spam and get the offenders listed

Create a rule in outlook or simply forward the spam you receive to questions@spamdex.co.uk

Also in huffingtonpost.com

The Waugh Zone September 8, 2015

Politics
Tuesday 8 September 2015
The Waugh Zone September 8, 2015




The five things you need to know on Tuesday September 8, 2015...


reyaad khan


1) THE DRONES CLUB

America has long used drones for targeted assassinations, just as the Israelis have (with more conventional means) for years. Our troops have also used drone strikes against the Taliban for years. But for Britain, yesterday’s announcement by the PM was truly historic, confirming that we had for the first time targeted an RAF attack against one of our own citizens in a foreign country (note that the SAS shooting in Gib years back was on a British territory). ‘A new departure’ indeed, as the PM put it.

Michael Fallon on the Today programme just gave some more crucial details. The Defence Secretary made clear the PM had approved a list of other names of British terror suspects who could be killed in Syria in a similar way once they were located. Asked if the list was of two or three men, he replied “more”.

The open secret in Whitehall is that the VE Day and Armed Forces Day events this summer saw foiled terror plots. Fallon said ‘there are other plots that may come to fruition in the next few months’. The Sun headline, by the way is ‘Wham! Bam! Thank You Cam’. Which I guess is a millennial version of ‘Gotcha!’

Fallon said ’if we have no other way of preventing an armed attack...then that’s what we will do...I don’t want to go into details in public but there a number of terrorists out there actively’ plotting specific attacks. Crucially, he added those plots were in the UK but also ‘in Australia, and the US’

As for the legality of all this, Reprieve are unhappy and Labour is unconvinced. Fallon said the PM had effectively published a ‘summary’ of the Attorney’s advice yesterday on how the strikes had to be proportionate and comply with UN self-defence definitions.

No.10 is reluctant to give the detailed information about what is ultimately highly classified intelligence. That’s understandable at one level but it once again has echoes of Iraq and WMD. Remember Lord Hutton’s chief conclusion: "more weight was placed on the intelligence than it could bear”. If we are to assassinate (and why not use that word?), it puts a huge burden on those gathering the intel on warped individuals like Reyaad Khan.



2) BIAS, MARK IT

Bernard Jenkin’s interview with Jim Naughtie on the Today prog (it was 6.45am folks, I’m here to do it for you) was a classic. The veteran Euroscep really went for the BBC’s ‘perceived bias’ on EU matters and the Today prog in particular for trying to portray the EU question through the lens of Cameron’s own party problems.

To be fair to Naughtie, Jenkin is actually a member of the Tory party and it’s a legitimate question when a Government has a majority of just 12 to ask how much a PM can rely on his own backbenchers. Jenkin claimed that more than half of Tory members would vote ‘Out’ in the referendum.

Yet Jenkin’s remarks underscore the nature of the beast that faced down Downing Street with that first defeat of the Parliament: for an important chunk of MPs this is a matter of principle that goes way beyond party. And his campaign on ‘purdah’ shows he won’t give up attacking ‘bias’ wherever he finds it.

Jenkin’s own announcement in the chamber that he was voting against the Government made him sound like he was leading his own party-within-a-party. As my colleague Owen Bennett tweeted, only a few months ago Nick Clegg held the balance of power, now it’s Jenkin - along with Alex Salmond. But don’t forget Hilary Benn’s canny role in this power play (I wonder if Corbyn will keep him on?) The Sun portrays him as Luke Skywalker, Salmond as Princess Leia and Jenkin as Han Solo in ‘The Rebel Alliance’. Betcha Cameron’s in a dark lord kinda mood over that.



3) LABOUR, BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT

Labour people know how to give their own a good send-off. Last night’s PLP meeting gave a sustained ovation to Harriet Harman, but there is a growing mood among some MPs that feels more like a wake than a mere valedictory: thanks to Corbynmania, some shadow ministers feel the party they knew is now dead.

There was an almost funereal mood at Liz Kendall’s phone bank event yesterday, and it felt like intruding on private grief to witness caller after caller indicate they either weren’t voting or were backing someone else. Afterwards, Kendall told me that she was determined to keep on fighting for what she believed in, but admitted that she and her ‘moderate’ wing of the party had failed to inspire the members.

She revealed she and others had ‘failed to move ourselves on from where we were in Government’, and said she’d say more in a statement on Thursday morning (in what sounded like a post-mortem of her and others’ campaign).

Labour overnight reissued new ballots to members who haven’t got them yet, including David Blunkett. Yet I discovered that Tory minister Ros Altmann WAS given the vote. She was last night expelled from Labour, but it says a lot about both parties’ vetting processes I guess.

The Corbyn camp have shrugged off yet another story on his past words on foreign policy. BBC’s Panorama reported last night that he had attended a Cairo conference that called on Iraqis to engage in ‘military struggle’ against US/UK forces. Team Corbyn say that Stop The War Coalition’s publication of the clarion call did not mean their man had endorsed it.

An ORB poll (note few papers have regular relations with polls these days) for the Independent finds that two thirds of voters think Corbyn can’t win in 2020.




BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR...

Watch this beautiful new video of a squid captured half a mile under the sea. Very Finding Dory.




4) FEEDING THE 4,000

David Cameron decision to announce the drone strikes at the same time as his refugees plan ensured that at least a few papers and media outlets focused on the former rather than the latter. Cynical PR or just the earliest chance to do both?

Well, the game of managing expectations is a tricky one. Last week, after Yvette Cooper called for 10k, we were guided away by Govt sources from a figure of ‘4,000’ (was it 4k a year or 4k in total? some wondered). Then the Sunday Times floated a figure of 15,000. All of which made the eventual 20k look bigger than expected.

But the Archbishop of Canterbury was swift in the Lords last night to say this was a ‘very slim’ response, and charities have piled in to say much more is needed. And although Cameron revealed Angela Merkel was happy, more than a few papers have picked up on Francois Hollande’s remarks linking cooperation at Calais with the whole affair: “You cannot ask for solidarity when there is a problem and exonerate yourself from your duties when there are solutions.”

Cooper has secured a three-hour emergency Commons debate today on the refugee response. Watch out too for James Brokenshire and Calais’ mayor before the Home Affairs Select at 4pm this afternoon.



5) ANGELINA PAL ARENA

Angelina Jolie brings her dash of Hollywood high profile to the issue of sexual conflict in warzones yet again today as she makes her House of Lords debut giving evidence alongside William Hague.

The press release we got yesterday described her as Ms Jolie Pitt (in keeping with her self-description in some American media) but it will be what she says rather than her name that gets the attention. The Lords is a daunting arena for newbies but the actress will be aided by Parliamentary veteran Hague and his long-time adviser Arminka Helic, before the Sexual Violence in Conflict Committee at 3.45pm.




If you’re reading this on the web, sign-up HERE to get the WaughZone delivered to your inbox.



Got something you want to share? Please send any stories/tips/quotes/pix/plugs/gossip to Paul Waugh (paul.waugh@huffingtonpost.com), Ned Simons (ned.simons@huffingtonpost.com), Graeme Demianyk (graeme.demianyk@huffingtonpost.com) and Owen Bennett (owen.bennett@huffingtonpost.com)

Follow HuffPost on Facebook and Twitter:


Get Huffington Post on the Go
Know something we don't? E-mail us at dailybrief@huffingtonpost.com
  |  Forward  |  MANAGE MY ALERTS
Huffington Post, 770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

---------------------------

All titles, content, publisher names, trademarks, artwork, and associated imagery are trademarks and/or copyright material of their respective owners. All rights reserved. The Spam Archive website contains material for general information purposes only. It has been written for the purpose of providing information and historical reference containing in the main instances of business or commercial spam.

Many of the messages in Spamdex's archive contain forged headers in one form or another. The fact that an email claims to have come from one email address or another does not mean it actually originated at that address! Please use spamdex responsibly.


Yes YOU! Get INVOLVED - Send in your spam and report offenders

Create a rule in outlook or simply forward the junk email you receive to questions@spamdex.co.uk | See contributors

Google + Spam 2010- 2017 Spamdex - The Spam Archive for the internet. unsolicited electric messages (spam) archived for posterity. Link to us and help promote Spamdex as a means of forcing Spammers to re-think the amount of spam they send us.

The Spam Archive - Chronicling spam emails into readable web records index for all time

Please contact us with any comments or questions at questions@spamdex.co.uk. Spam Archive is a non-profit library of thousands of spam email messages sent to a single email address. A number of far-sighted people have been saving all their spam and have put it online. This is a valuable resource for anyone writing Bayesian filters. The Spam Archive is building a digital library of Internet spam. Your use of the Archive is subject to the Archive's Terms of Use. All emails viewed are copyright of the respected companies or corporations. Thanks to Benedict Sykes for assisting with tech problems and Google Indexing, ta Ben.

Our inspiration is the "Internet Archive" USA. "Libraries exist to preserve society's cultural artefacts and to provide access to them. If libraries are to continue to foster education and scholarship in this era of digital technology, it's essential for them to extend those functions into the digital world." This is our library of unsolicited emails from around the world. See https://archive.org. Spamdex is in no way associated though. Supporters and members of http://spam.abuse.net Helping rid the internet of spam, one email at a time. Working with Inernet Aware to improve user knowlegde on keeping safe online. Many thanks to all our supporters including Vanilla Circus for providing SEO advice and other content syndication help | Link to us | Terms | Privacy | Cookies | Complaints | Copyright | Spam emails / ICO | Spam images | Sitemap | All hosting and cloud migration by Cloudworks.

Important: Users take note, this is Spamdex - The Spam Archive for the internet. Some of the pages indexed could contain offensive language or contain fraudulent offers. If an offer looks too good to be true it probably is! Please tread, carefully, all of the links should be fine. Clicking I agree means you agree to our terms and conditions. We cannot be held responsible etc etc.

The Spam Archive - Chronicling spam emails into readable web records

The Glass House | London | SW19 8AE |
Spamdex is a digital archive of unsolicited electronic mail 4.9 out of 5 based on reviews
Spamdex - The Spam Archive Located in London, SW19 8AE. Phone: 08000 0514541.