Month: December 2020

It’s ten years since Libya began its rapid descent into chaos. Paul Martin recalls his Libya experiences — from the Libyan Peoples Bureau siege in London, to an embarrassing encounter with a posh British woman on board a ship anchored off Tripoli.

16 December 2020 By Paul Martin

It was August 1981. American jetfighters had shot down twoLibyan planes over the disputed waters of the Gulf of Sirte. The BBC’sforeign editor had decided, in his infinite wisdom, that I should nipacross the border of Egypt, where I was based, and get to the Libyan capital Tripoli as fast as possible.  This was however […]

The row over the media’s responsibilities continues. UK editors reject pleas to outlaw discrimination against ethnic and religious groups, says Press Gazette.

9 December 2020 By Paul Martin

Can the British media regulate itself, or should it be put under greater control? Here’s the Press Gazette’s take. Top editors have rejected calls to adopt a provision in the Editors’ Code of Practice banning discrimination against groups such as Muslims, Jews and migrant communities in the press. The Editors’ Code Committee (made up of […]

Putin, assessing European leaders are weak, ‘could order more assassinations’. A former KGB counter-intelligence boss talks exclusively to

8 December 2020 By Paul Martin

One of Russia’s top ex-KGB officers says Vladimir Putin could order more assassinations or poisonings against opponents  – whether in Europe or inside his own country – unless European governments hit back against Russia’s assassination attempts with tough measures. In an extraordinary interview, General Oleg Kalugin told that the president saw Britain and European governments […]

World Exclusive. A former CIA operations officer emerges to reveal: They suppressed my evidence, and my cables. Now he wants investigators to show Iran not Libya was behind the PanAm Flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie.

4 December 2020 By Paul Martin

By Paul Martin. Exclusive.  Revealing he was excluded from the original Lockerbie bombing trial, a former CIA operations officer has appealed for a British and American investigation that holds the “true culprit”, Iran, to account.  John Holt says he was the author of the secret cables sent to his bosses soon after Lockerbie, showing that the Libyan ‘double agent’ put forward […]

Waste of money? Private hospitals have been paid around 3.6 billion pounds so far this year, but have treated very few public patients.

1 December 2020 By Paul Martin

This under-use came despite rocketing long waits for operations, according to internal documents leaked to HSJ. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the NHS has had unprecedented block contracts in place for almost all the private hospital capacity in England. The total cost has never been revealed, although public contract notices suggest they are worth around […]