Serve up true justice

Man, 75, who killed his wife over lentil dinner ‘should have reduced sentence because there’s no Pakistani food in prison’, his lawyers claim. A Pakistani immigrant who killed his wife for feeding him lentils should be given a short sentence because the lack of home-style food will make jail ‘difficult’, a court was told. Noor Hussein, 75, beat his wife to death with a stick in their New York apartment in 2011, and was convicted of the killing in May. Earlier the New York Supreme Court heard how he lashed out at Nazar Hussein, 66, because she made him a vegetarian lentil dinner instead of cooking goat. In papers submitted to the court, prosecutors said: ‘The defendant asked [his wife] to cook goat and [his wife] said she made something else.article-2636196-1E1E7D2C00000578-268_634x421The conversation got louder and his wife disrespected defendant by cursing at defendant and saying motherf***** and that the defendant took a wooden stick and hit her with it on her arm and mouth.’ And food again returned to the centre of the trial in arguments over sentencing – when defense lawyers for Hussein said he should be given a shorter sentence because of the hardship of doing without Pakistani food. Pakistani immigrant, 75, killed his wife over lentil dinner-seeks reduced sentence over lack of food choice in prison.

What planet are these defence lawyers from? If they truly wish to see their client serve a shorter compassionate sentence, then ask for an immediate and swift execution, in accordance with the clients wishes! A simple win-win situation for every one… Yours Aye.

Monty Python puritans listen up!

And now for something completely PC: Monty Python stars censor ‘Chinese only come up to your knees’ song for big O2 reunion. For decades they cheerfully offended millions of TV viewers and cinema-goers with their attacks on religion and the Establishment. But Monty Python have finally succumbed to the censor, as they give one of their songs a politically correct makeover for the troupe’s sold-out reunion shows at London’s O2. ‘Pythons’ drop lines from their 1980 song ‘I Like Chinese.’article-0-1F69AE0D00000578-658_634x419  In the original version of the song, written by Eric Idle, he used to sing: ‘I like Chinese, I like Chinese, They only come up to your knees, Yet they’re always friendly, and they’re ready to please.’ But in the version performed at the O2, Idle now sings: ‘I like Chinese, I like Chinese. They copy everything they sees. But they’re up on the boom so they’ll do as they please.’ Fellow Python Terry Jones said: ‘Eric obviously knows why he changed the lyrics. I suppose it was dropped for reasons of political correctness.’ And now for something completely PC: Monty Python censor ‘Chinese only come up to your knees’ song for big O2 reunion.

Fortunately I do not have a politically correct bone running throughout my inoffensive body, so for the Python puritans out there; the following original 1980 version for your edification, accompanied by the lyrics for a good old sing-song.  Yours Aye.   Offence never intended, just a stand against the bloody PC brigade…I like chinese

“I Like Chinese.” Eric Idle of Monty Python. 1980 Original version…

‘The world today seems absolutely crackers, With nuclear bombs to blow us all sky-high. There’s fools and idiots sitting on the trigger. It’s depressing, and it’s senseless, and that’s why…’

I like chinese,
I like chinese,
They only come up to you knees,
Yet they’re always friendly and they’re ready to to please.

I like chinese,
I like chinese,
There’s nine hundred million of them in the world today,
You’d better learn to like them, that’s what I say.

I like chinese,
I like chinese,
They come from a long way overseas,
But they’re cute, and they’re cuddly, and they’re ready to please.

I like chinese food,
The waiters never are rude,
Think the many things they’ve done to impress,
There’s maoism, taoism, I Ching and chess.

I like chinese,
I like chinese,
I like their tiny little trees,
Their zen, their ping-pong, their ying and yang-eze.

I like chinese thought,
The wisdom that Confusious taught,
If Darwin is anything to shout about,
The chinese will survive us all without any doubt.

So, I like chinese,
I like chinese,
They only come up to you knees,
Yet they’re wise, and they’re witty, and they’re ready to please

Wo, ai zhong guo ren,
Wo, ai zhong guo ren,
Wo, ai zhong guo ren,
Ni hao ma, Ni hao ma, Ni hao ma zai jian.

I like chinese,
I like chinese,
Their food is guaranteed to please,
A fourteen, a seven, a nine and li-chese

I like chinese,
I like chinese,
I like their tiny little trees,
Their zen, their ping-pong, their yin and yang-eze

I like chinese,
I like chinese,
They only come up to your knees (fade out…) ;-)

The fourteenth greater sin…

Oman politician’s wife sues The Ritz casino after losing £2 MILLION at the card table… claiming staff ‘took advantage’ of her. An Omani politician’s wife and gambling addict is suing The Ritz casino after losing a staggering £2million at its card table. Nora Al-Daher, 50, who lives in Muscat, blew her millions at the exclusive London club’s punto banco table in just a few hours in April 2012. But she claims she would not have lost the money if staff had not ‘taken advantage’ of her gambling addiction. She told London’s High Court that employees had stood behind her at the table, encouraging her to keep playing the card game, despite having been made aware of her addiction.NoraAl-Daher1.JPG

As her incredible losses mounted, they had even extended her cheque-cashing facility, she said. ‘I needed someone that night to tell me to stop playing and bring me to my senses,’ the multi-millionaire told the court. ‘If I had been told to stop, of course I would stop immediately. No one ever told me to stop or think about my gambling.’

Mrs Al-Daher, who is married to Omani Foreign Minister, Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood Al-Busaidi, had already suffered substantial losses at other casinos when she arrived at The Ritz on the evening of April 3, the court heard. Despite allegedly telling staff she did not want to play, just a few hours later she had reached her £1.7m cheque-cashing limit and soon afterwards, she was £2million down.

Barrister Robert Deacon told Judge Anthony Seys Llewellyn that Mrs Al-Daher had made it clear when she arrived that she was ‘a gambling addict’ and did not want to play punto banco. ‘The staff paid no regard to her distraught demeanour or what she told them and did nothing to discourage her from gambling or to reflect on the wisdom of further gambling,’ he said. Oman politician’s wife sues The Ritz casino after losing £2 MILLION

‘Woman, frailty is thy true name, hypocrisy is your disease as you commit the fourteenth greater sin’ Your holy book, not mine…            Yours Aye.

You looking at me?

article-2678005-1F5894C700000578-37_636x434Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the most useless of them all? Obama rated WORST president since WW2 in embarrassing poll. 

Americans think sitting President Barack Obama is the nation’s worst leader since the last World War, according to a poll released this morning.       ‘A poll is required to state the bleeding obvious?article-2678005-1F56581200000578-362_638x716‘                             A third of Americans singled-out Obama as their least favorite president since 1945 in Quinnipiac University’s latest presidential poll, just ahead of George W. Bush, who received 28 percent of the vote.

In a head-to-head match-up between the two most recent presidents, Bush and Obama, Bush narrowly came out the victor, with 40 percent of survey-takers saying he was a better president than Obama and 39 percent saying he was worse. Obama rated WORST president since WWII in embarrassing pollComical Ali White House

The White House struggled to defend the president’s bad showing in the Quinnipiac poll when a reporter broached the subject this afternoon at Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf (Comical Ali) John Earnest’s daily briefing. Absolutely priceless video clip in the link!07-minister

Thank Gawd for the historical keepsakes provided by the White House circus clowns. They will be a reminder for years to come on just how bad Obama and his regime really were. Yours Aye.

March the guilty barsteward in Sgt Major

article-2678403-1F07938600000578-396_634x513Bowe Bergdahl is being allowed to wander off Texas base as part of his ‘reintegration’ as it emerges that soldiers who served with him ‘STILL’ haven’t been contacted by investigators

Presumption of Innocence. “A fundamental protection for a person accused of a crime, which requires the prosecution to prove its case against the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt.” In this case I would presume an investigation into Bergdahl’s activities would be paramount , or is that the scent of a White House rat I smell.         Yours Aye. What about freezing his assets; five years back dated Sergeants pay may well have been fraudulently generated?

Simplistic version of Iraq’s crisis

ISIS SYRIA & WAR The current crisis in Iraq explained in under 5 minutes. By an English chap with a spiffing accent, injected with just a hint of sarcasm, and a splash or irony… “There is war in Iraq? Again? And the US and Iran are talking about working together? And who is this ISIS Terrorist group that is all over the news? And Religion?”             Yours Aye.

Napoleonic complexities

article-2676175-1F4B28B100000578-69_634x418Nicolas Sarkozy today became the first former French president to be held in police custody as detectives questioned him over corruption allegations.

Update: 2nd July 2014: Nicolas Sarkozy charged with corruption and influence peddling after 15 hours of questioning: Former French president faces up to five years in jail if found guilty The 59-year-old arrived at the offices of the judicial police in Nanterre, the west Paris suburb, shortly after 8am. He was placed ‘garde a vue’ – a legal term meaning he is a suspect at the centre of a major criminal enquiry.


It relates to so-called ‘influence peddling’ – effectively trying to interfere with those investigating him over a range of corruption enquiries. Mr Sarkozy’s lawyer, Thierry Herzog, and two judges were taken into custody for questioning yesterday in relation to the same investigation. Both Mr Sarkozy and Mr Herzog are suspected of trying to pervert the course of justice through their contacts in the judiciary.sarkozy-145x300-sifr-803504755

‘It had been alleged that Mr Sarkozy was helped in his winning 2007 election campaign with up to 50 million euros (£40million) provided by former Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi, pictured above. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy taken into custody for ‘alleged’ corruption.

I’m not one for kicking a man when he’s down, but with this poisonous odious hypocritical insecure midget I’m prepared to step over the line, as it’s difficult to see whether he is stood up or sitting down at times. Smoke and mirrors bend the truth. Are you watching closely Mr. B’liar?             Yours Aye.

This Day One Hundred Years Ago

Gavrilo-PrincipThe lie that started the First World War. The personality and motives of the young assassin, Gavrilo Princip (right), who fired the fatal shots at Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, were twisted by Austrian propaganda. This day 100 years ago dawned memorably bright over Sarajevo. After days of stormy rain, Sunday June 28,1914 began cloudless as Austria-Hungary, the imperial power that held dominion over the small Balkan province of Bosnia, prepared for a show of ostentatious pageantry in its capital.

Loyal citizens came out in their thousands, lining the route into the city centre that was to be used for a rare official visit by a top member of the Habsburg royal house, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, second only in imperial protocol to the venerable, mutton-chopped emperor himself, Franz Joseph. Witnesses remember the morning sun being fierce as the crowds gathered, eight deep in places, many of them waving the yellow imperial standard of Austria-Hungary with its double-headed black eagle, some shouting ”Long Live the Archduke’’ as the Gräf & Stift limousine drove sedately by. An imperial 21-gun salute, from the fortress high in the hills that ring Sarajevo, sent out puffs of smoke, vivid white against the blue summer sky.getimage.aspxBut the crowd was seeded with six would-be assassins united in their loathing of Austria-Hungary. By the time the sun set, what happened in Sarajevo would plunge the world into the darkness of global war for the first time. The details were well recorded: how the first attacker lost his nerve as the cortege passed, how the next attacker threw a grenade that struck the limousine but did not harm the Archduke, how the royal party nevertheless continued with the visit, how three would-be assassins melted away into the crowd and how one, a 19-year-old peasant, stood his ground. Gavrilo Princip was his name and he took up station at the street corner where the royal vehicle was scheduled to turn right, according to the route flagged up for days in local newspapers, off the wide riverside boulevard that gives Sarajevo its spine, before taking the Archduke to visit a museum.  

What might be called the devil’s luck then enters the story as the decision had been taken after the grenade attack for the Archduke’s car not to turn right but to continue down the boulevard. All the senior members of the royal party were informed. But nobody told the driver. When the driver made the turn, an imperial officer on board with the Archduke and his wife, Sophie ordered: ”Stop!’’ The driver braked immediately, presenting the assassin with his targets right in front of him in a ‘now’ stationary car, the canvas roof folded helpfully back because of the sunny conditions. Princip needed to take only half a step forward before he aimed his 9mm, semi-automatic Browning pistol and fired what amounted to the starting gun for modern history. The killing of the Archduke and his wife was the trigger for the First World War. What happened next is a bone well worried by historians. But the details of who Princip was, his motivation, his actions and his support network have been mired ever since in political bias, ethnic rivalry and sloppy homework.gavriloprincipgun

We have been told that: Princip jumped on the running board of the Archduke’s limousine to take his shot, the Archduke’s wife was pregnant when she died, the shooting happened on the anniversary of their marriage, the car did not have a reverse gear, the Archduke caught the grenade thrown earlier and tossed it away safely, and Princip stopped to eat a last sandwich at the café on the corner before emerging to take his shot. It’s all myth. Yet, given that this is the young man with perhaps the greatest impact on modern history, I have been drawn to spend the past three years researching what the historical record definitively reveals about the assassin from Bosnia.tumblr_luew0pG8oQ1qchouvo1_1280Gavrilo Princip was born in 1894, a serf’s son from the hamlet of Obljaj in remotest western Bosnia, short and slight of build with the strong chin that is the dominant hallmark of the Princip male line. His father Petar was trapped in the grinding poverty of generations of Princips before him. Princip was the feudal subject of two local lords who effectively owned him, one called Jovic, the other Siercic. Although the Princips came from the ethnic Serb community, a hundred years ago rivalries with the Bosnian Croats and Bosnian Muslims were not as charged as today. Instead their anger was directed against Austria-Hungary, a foreign power responsible for occupation of particular austerity. And there were plenty of grounds for anger. Six of Princip’s brothers and sisters died in childhood, a level of child mortality that appears routine.

Gavrilo Princip’s break came in 1907 when, after excelling at primary school, he left Obljaj and made the long journey to Sarajevo to take up secondary education. I found his school reports, passed over by a century’s worth of historians, and saw grades that charted the development of a slow-burn revolutionary. The reports show him as a starred-A grade student to begin with, but as the years pass his truancy goes up, his academic performance down. He had fallen in with other young radicals who dared to think the unthinkable: doing away with Austria-Hungary.

And just as with other independence movements across the world, the talk slowly turned to direct action and political violence. Again, Princip was not headstrong, watching and learning as an unsuccessful assassination attempt was made in 1910 by a slightly older Bosnian student in Sarajevo against an Austro-Hungarian target. What stands out, however, is how inclusive Princip’s nationalism was. He learnt to trust Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats, not just his ethnic kin from the Bosnian Serb community. He made contact with extreme Serb nationalists in Belgrade, capital of Serbia, to acquire the weapons used in the assassination but this appears opportunistic. There is no evidence he shared their chauvinistic agenda, not least because the attackers were planning on using trusted Bosnian Croats to spirit away the weapons, while one of the six would-be assassins was Bosnian Muslim.arrest-of-gavrilo-princip-assassin-of-archduke-franz-ferdinand-1914-1Princip was caught within seconds of firing his pistol, his bid for martyrdom doomed when the dose of cyanide he stuffed down his throat failed to kill him. Two weeks short of his 20th birthday, Princip was too young to be executed as Austro-Hungarian law said the death sentence could only be given to criminals aged 20 or more. Instead, he was jailed, sentenced to 20 years solitary confinement with the condition that one day a month he was to receive no food. He died in a prison hospital on April 28 1918, his body so badly ravaged by skeletal tuberculosis that his right arm had to be amputated. Over the last century his voice has rarely been heard, drowned out by more powerful forces, not least Vienna which was desperate to use the assassination as a pretext to attack its small and potentially troublesome neighbour, Serbia. For this to work, Austria-Hungary worked to represent Princip and the assassination plot as the work of the Serbian government. And this alone is perhaps the greatest misrepresentation of the truth about Gavrilo Princip, with the historical record containing no convincing evidence to support the claim.images

Wilfred Owen wrote of the patriotic invocation dulce et decorum est pro patria mori as “the old lie” but I have come to see an even greater lie at the founding moment of the First World War. It is the lie used by Vienna in its deliberate misrepresentation of the Sarajevo assassination. On its hundredth anniversary, now is high time to straighten the record. By Tim Butcher, Sarajevo

My Ten Pennies Worth! Yesterday I was having a coffee with a mate when a group of 16-year old youths (still attending school and referred to as 6th formers) started discussing college projects. I overheard one teen tell another that ‘Hitler’ started WWI through his politics? “Are you sure” says I, following up with “Adolph Hitler and his Nazi party created WWII” ~  “Bosnian Gavrilo Princip initiated WWI, by assassinating the Austrian heir ‘Archduke Franz Ferdinand’ and his wife in Sarajevo, which happened 100 years ago tomorrow!” ~ “That single shot eventually caused the deaths of 16 million military and civvie casualties, as well as 20 million wounded, creating untold misery for millions more.” 

Their conversation ceased as they twiddled on iPhones in embarrassed silence, which left me wondering what we pay our taxes for. I was so pissed off with their ignorance that I called the school afterwards and relayed the story to a senior teacher who was quite sympathetic to my call, promising that ‘people would be informed accordingly to set the record straight.’       Yours Aye  Mr. Grumpy ‘ex-bootneck’ residing in East-Yorkshire!

I would recommend Tim Butcher’s ‘The Trigger – Hunting the Assassin who Brought the World to War’  Published by Chatto & Windus. It certainly does throw new light on a dark subject…

Speaking of deceitful doctrines…

The following 7 minute clip is well worth watching in my humble opinion. Those that voted for Obama (twice?) may well consider watching it, as it may well sway your mind from voting for him or his like ever again. Ex-Senior Airman Brian Kolfage created this powerful clip, and in doing so exposes Obama and his fraudulent socialist spinning lies…we the people 2008Forget Obama and his socialist doctrine; We Have The Winning Argument; Brian Kolfage

599287_520493104679478_778054268_nAt the 5 minute mark my spirit was lifted by a great American speaking from the grave, I believe those of you watching the clip will feel the same way…                              Yours Aye.

WARRIOR INTEL: Brian Kolfage 

Dont follow me I’m lost too…

Obama’s sagging foreign policy rating drops to an all-time low as a majority of Americans say they no longer believe he’s capable of leading the country.tumblr_inline_mu3fbsZnat1qij8k6

Emperor President Barack Obama’s foreign policy approval rating slid even further this month, reaching an all-time low of 37 percent, a new poll shows. Iraq had not imploded when the poll was taken, so poll-takers did not ask whether President Obama is to blame for the instability in the Persian Gulf. 

They did ask about Obama’s decision to swap five Taliban commanders for an American soldier being held hostage by the terrorist network, however, and the results do not bode well for Obama. Less than one in three Americans say Obama made the right call. Americans are so dissatisfied with the president’s leadership on a host of issues that 54 percent of them say they’ve lost faith in his ability to lead the country. Obama’s sagging foreign policy rating drops; all-time lowunger 3

The socialist road is always the wrong road for any capitalist democracy; especially when the socialists running the country eventually run out of other people’s money, and ideas. I wonder what Island ‘Emperor Barack Hussein Obama II’ will choose for his self-imposed exile, and will ‘Empress Michelle’ accompany him ?      Yours Aye.

By The Way: This is how a true leader reacts to a terrorist threat ‘We’ll turn membership of Hamas into a ticket to Hell’: Palestinians’ homes trashed as Israeli troops make 40 new arrests in hunt for three ‘kidnapped’ Jewish teenagers 

Up Date: Israel has now re-arrested 250 Hamas Palestinians; 51of which were freed in a 2011 prisoner swap deal the army said on ‘Today’ as it presses on with a furious search for three missing Israeli teens believed to have been abducted in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “Israel will perform ‘root canal’ to remove Hamas from the West Bank!”

General Sir Michael Rose rips B’liar

Blair’s bizarre claims – and the reality: One of Britain’s most distinguished generals says former Prime Minister is in ‘complete denial’ over Iraq. article-2658608-1ECACF4600000578-509_306x423Anyone who doubts Tony Blair’s self-delusion over Iraq should look at the 2,800-word essay he has posted on his website in defence of his decision to go to war. He remains in complete denial over the disaster he inflicted not only on the people of Iraq, but also on many millions throughout the Middle East as a result of the 2003 invasion.

General Sir Michael Rose (right) is a retired British Army general, as well as commanding 22 SAS, he was also appointed Commander of UNPROFOR Bosnia in 1994 during the Yugoslav Wars

It goes without saying that if you start a war, you should be sure that the end result will be demonstrably better than the situation prior to the conflict. Only someone who has lost touch with reality could possibly claim Iraq today is more stable or that life has become better for its inhabitants. Blair accepts not a shred of responsibility and still refuses to apologise for taking us to war. So let us examine what he says point by point – and show his false logic for what it is.  A whining Tony B’liar offers bizarre rhetoric blaming others for his own monumental cock-up! General Sir Michael Rose puts him in his place. 

Tony B’liar ruined my sunday morning breakfast when he popped up on Sky News bleating every one was wrong except him. Which is a typical politicians ploy of getting in quick and ‘spinning’ their version of the truth first; after-which they hide under a slime covered rock until the heat dies down. No doubt his former slime ball spin doctor Alastair Campbell put him up to it, as they are still joined at the hip working their dodgy deals around dark dirty corners that are home to the worlds socialist/communist dictators. I long for the day when the pair of them are made answerable for their rotten murderous crimes against humanity. Incidentally, my breakfast loss was soon forgotten when General Sir Michael Rose (a soldiers soldier) tore B’liar to pieces, in fact it fair made my day…       Yours Aye.

Rats leaving a sinking ship-Huzzah!

Jay Carney suddenly quits as White House press secretary over ‘strain on family life’ Was it timed to ‘deflect attention’ from resignation of scandal-hit VA chief? Jay Carney is stepping down as White House Press Secretary over ‘strain’ on his family life, he announced today. The decision to leave the Obama administration came weeks ago, multiple sources including one in the West Wing told MailOnline. ‘He first started talking about it in late April,’ the White House insider said Friday after the decision was made final. ‘The president had the prerogative to pull the trigger when he decided to.’ 

That time ended up being Friday, just hours after Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned amid a major scandal involving faked wait-lists and denied medical care in the VA health system. ‘To be honest, the move was more about how to deflect attention away from Eric Shinseki’s resignation, and less about giving Jay a thoughtful send-off,’ the White House official said. Jay-Carney-resigns-as-White-House-Press-Secretary       The saying is “A slap on the back is a recon for a knife going in!”  article-2644156-1E579BEE00000578-970_638x438President Obama announced the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Friday, vowing to take full responsibility for the increasingly widespread scandal engulfing the VA’s health services. Within seconds of taking responsibility, however, the President made sure to assert that the problems “predate my presidency.”eric-shinseki-sad-apEric-Shinseki-Apologizes-But-Doesn’t-Resign-and then he’s pushed. A good day to bury bad news? OBAMA: “I ALWAYS TAKE RESPONSIBILITY, BUT THE VA SCANDAL STARTED WITH BUSH!”            ‘And when I tell a lie they are this big’Obama shineski

Obama, Carney, and Shineski must all wear bespoke asbestos boxer shorts. ‘Liar, liar, pants on fire!’            Yours Aye.

Scandalously weak…

Dick Cheney blasts Obama for ‘stupid’ Afghanistan withdrawal: ‘A very, very weak president – the weakest I have seen in my lifetime’article-2642903-1E4EC13100000578-710_646x359President Barack Obama is the ‘weakest’ U.S. president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, according to former Vice President Dick Cheney. Speaking Wednesday night on Fox News, the 73-year-old Republican said the rest of the world – especially in the Middle East – has lost respect for the United States under Obama’s leadership. ‘I think the perception around the world is increasingly negative, Sean’ he told host Sean Hannity, ‘but I think the main focus is on our president.’ ‘He’s a very, very weak president, maybe the weakest – certainly in my lifetime.’ Dick-Cheney-blasts-White-House-foreign-policy-calling-Obama-a-weak-president…AA - Obama's Scandals

Whether you love, loathe, or hate Cheney; he does have a point about Obama! In addition to Obama’s scandals of office that has his fingerprints all over them. I watched and listened to Obama as he made his toe curling cringing speech at West Point; it leaked just as a porous sponge would when pressure is applied.             Yours Aye.

A prisoner of politics…

‘Marine A’ jailed for life for killing wounded Taliban insurgent in cold blood loses fight to overturn murder conviction but has sentence reduced by two years.DEFENCE Oman/Marine2A Royal Marine who murdered a wounded Afghan fighter in cold blood has failed in his attempt to overturn the conviction. But sergeant Alexander Blackman – who fired a pistol into the man’s chest with the words ‘shuffle off this mortal coil, you c***’ – had his sentence reduced by two years. Three leading judges decided that combat stress suffered by Blackman, 39, should have been given more weight, and cut the time he would have to serve in jail from ten years to eight. The soldier was convicted by a court martial at Bulford camp, Wiltshire in November. He was originally known as Marine A, but the High Court ruled that his name should be released when he was first sentenced.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, Sir Brian Leveson and Lady Justice Hallett, giving their ruling in London, said that the particular stresses affecting Blackman should have been ‘accorded greater weight as a mitigating factor’. Allowing an appeal against sentence, Lord Thomas said: ‘On all the evidence before us it is clear that in the events surrounding the murder of the insurgent, the appellant acted entirely out of character and was suffering from combat stress disorder’. As well as the life sentence Blackman, now 39, was ‘dismissed with disgrace’ from the Royal Marines after he had served with distinction for 15 years, including tours of Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern IrelandSergeant Alexander Blackman Royal Marines: ‘Marine A’ fails to turn over his murder conviction, but has his sentence reduced The killing happened in Helmand province in 2011 while Blackman, who is known as Al, was serving with Plymouth-based 42 Commando RM.

And there we have it; a prisoner of politics of which the Government (as well as the shiny arse rear echelon Generals of the time) should hang their heads in shame. Al Blackman will not be caste aside by his own kith and kin ‘Once a Marine Always a Marine.’ The re-set sentence of 8 years will be halved for good behaviour to 4 years, For continued good behaviour he will be transferred to an open prison after serving two years. If he is fortunate he will serve 1 year within open prison with options for day release, leading onto 1 weeks home leave every month. He may well be released earlier on merit under licence, wearing an ankle bracelet. The 6 months that he has served to date is automatically reduced from his re-set sentence.       ‘Chin up Royal, don’t let the barstewards grind you down!’                       Yours Aye.