Thursday, December 21, 2006

Arms Corruption, BAe and New Labour

I'm not surprised that Tony Blair halted the investigation of the Serious Fraud Office into BAe bribes associated with Al Yamamah, the $150 billion arms deal between Great Britain and Saudi Arabia.

The only thing that surprises me is that no-one asked if it might have been because the SFO were about to discover that New Labour, like the Tories before them, were benefiting from BAe's largesse.

What do we all think Tony's right-hand man, Peter Mandelson, was doing when he spent those weekends with Saudi arms middleman, Wafic Said, at his country home in Surrey?

Why, the same thing that Jonathan Aitken, on behalf of the Tories, was doing in 1993, when he met with Wafic and Said Ayas, in Mohammed al-Fayed's Ritz Hotel, in Paris - namely, carving up the Al Yamamah bribes.

(l. to r. - Wafic Said, Sir Denis Thatcher, Rosemary Said, Lady Thatcher - Dallas, 1994)

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