Daily Archives: December 15, 2006

Index for the book

They’ve just sent me the index to review. This is the absolute last task I have to deal with in the publishing process, according to the schedule they sent me when we went into production.

First reaction: 41 pages of index? Aaargh!!! I think that’ll be down a little, but it’s still big.

Body Language is the Liar’s Friend?

The Indy today reports previously-suppressed evidence that the Prime Minister/Government never believed its own lies about Iraq.

That comes as no surprise to me. Throughout the lead in to the war, it seemed blatently obvious that Blair was lying. Just hearing his voice on the radio gave it away. So how come it wasn’t obvious to all those in the chattering classes who believed him, or at least gave him the benefit of the doubt?

Here’s a theory. Blair’s body language tells an altogether different story. So anyone who saw him on the telly saw a convincing display of a man who truly believed what he was saying.

This is courtroom technique in action. As a successful barrister, his job was always to convince an audience (jury) of a case. That would commonly involve a virtuoso display of distorting the truth out of all recognition. After all, a litigant who has truth on his side is unlikely to see any need for the hideous cost of a barrister, so his livelihood comes almost entirely from the dishonest.

So that’ll be why those who live by deception insist on the importance of face-to-face contact, while those of us who can’t or won’t lie can envisage a better world.

Weapons above the law – official

Since the end of the cold war, the major armaments exporters have moved in two directions. Some have wound down their industries; notably the former Soviet Union. But The US and UK have instead instigated a series of high-profile smaller wars as armaments industry trade fairs, and have economies that are critically dependent on arms exports – which go very largely to some of the world’s nastiest regimes.

According to The Economist, the UK’s arms exports are second only to the US, and over three times more than the next biggest exporters Russia and France.  That of course is the real reason why the US and UK always need more wars, while other countries oppose them.

In the UK, that has just become more blatently corrupt than ever, as the serious fraud office abandoned a major investigation on the grounds that billions worth of exports were at stake. So arms exporters are now officially above the law. Fraud is just fine if you’re One Of Us™.

We’re just like a drug addict who can’t kick the habit.