The trial of persecuted satirist and singer-songwriter Alison Chabloz has entered its second and (probably) last day. I believe that the Defence case is continuing.
I shall give whatever news I have when I have it.
Freedom of expression is on trial.
“The glory that was Rome…is of another day“… and that is true of Central Asia as well. De gustibus non est disputandum, I suppose…
When I visited the Kremlin, in 1993, I was the first person of the day at the public entrance (a kind of pedestrianized walkway akin to the drawbridge over a moat, but in stone and/or brick).
However, having had my early morning swim at the open-air swimming pool “Moskva” in Kropotkinskaya, and having then walked to the Kremlin, I sat on a wall in the sun and fell sleep, to awaken only when a Russian family started to argue with the person in the ticket kiosk about what tickets they needed and the cost of them; as at Disneyland in Southern California (visited by me when aged 12-13 in 1969), you could get tickets for one or more parts, or a “komplet”, i.e. a little book of tickets that allowed you “access all areas” (all areas open to the public, that is; most of the buildings of the Kremlin are still used by officialdom).
The little Kremlin churches were a highlight; I was the only visitor at the time. What surprised me most about the Kremlin was the acreage. Large, with little treed parks also in there. Like the whole of the Whitehall area surrounded by a huge wall. I recall seeing the green Land Rover of the British Ambassador driving slowly inside the Kremlin, its little Union Jack flag flying bravely. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow_Kremlin.
Light afternoon music
I think that I once had a vinyl of this, but with a different cover. Some of the songs more Gypsy than “Central Russian”, of course.
More scare propaganda…
It seems that the present vaccines, over which there is a huge hullabaloo, will be largely ineffective as new “variants” of Coronavirus are manifested, something already happening. Fortunately, the population is now largely immune anyway.
As for the police state “laws”, “rules”, “guidance” etc, they will stay…oh yes…to be wheeled out again whenever the clowns in charge of the UK decide to do that.
Alison Chabloz trial update
Early reports from reliable sources indicate that Alison Chabloz has been found guilty on three charges under the Communications Act 2003.
I shall add comment later, when details are known. In the meantime, I think that we can say that free speech in the UK is dead, killed by “the usual suspects”.
I do not have full details, but it looks as if Alison Chabloz has been sentenced to a total of 18 weeks’ imprisonment, i.e. 9 weeks minus time (days, and part-days counted as days) spent in court and/or in previous custody (since charge), so somewhere around 8 weeks altogether.
Blast from the past
I just saw a Reuters piece of reportage by Mark Hosenball, who was deported from the UK in 1977 (he got deported to the USA after reporting on matters of “national security” in 1976). He’s even older than me! Must be not far off 70; certainly at least 67. I had no idea that he was still around, professionally. Apparently, he spent many years, prior to joining Reuters, working for Newsweek (though Newsweek is, in my view, not a very impressive news magazine, for all its fame).
Late afternoon music
A blog reader has requested music from Beethoven or Brahms, so…
Very commendable, but where is the “Free Speech Union” when free speech is squashed flat by the State (a state suborned by a vicious tribal cabal), as in the Alison Chabloz trial which finished today? Where is Toby Young? Where is Laurence Fox? Where is Welby? Nowhere. They are all wastes of space and hypocrites. Not even one tweet from the lot of them.
Alison Chabloz trial: further update
I have no more information about the sentence handed down today, or about the present whereabouts of Alison Chabloz.
I should expect that Alison Chabloz will appeal what seems a very odd verdict and a rather harsh sentence. I should expect that her solicitors and Counsel will be applying swiftly for grant of bail pending what I trust will be a successful appeal of (again, I should hope) both sentence and conviction, to the Crown Court.
Some readers may recall that Alison Chabloz was sentenced to a short period of immediate imprisonment last year, but was granted bail pending appeal (she was in prison for about 2-3 days, though, until grant of bail).
In the end, after the Crown Court judge (H.H. Judge Egbuna, at Derby Crown Court) asked for disclosure of documents to establish whether or not Alison Chabloz was being pursued by police and Crown Prosecution Service for political reasons, the CPS abandoned opposition to the appeal, and Alison Chabloz walked free.
Anyone wishing to offer Alison help or support should be able to discover where she is being held, and other details, from her solicitors: https://tvedwards.com/contact/solicitors-in-whitechapel/.
The bottom line is that Alison Chabloz will either soon be free on bail again or, in the worst-case scenario, will serve ~8 weeks incarceration, and then be free again, insofar as any of us are now “free” in this country.
Late-night update about Alison Chabloz
Information from Adrian Davies, Alison Chabloz’s trial defence Counsel: Alison is currently held at HMP Bronzefield, Woodthorpe Rd, Ashford, Middx. TW15 3JZ. https://www.hmpbronzefield.co.uk/home.html
Anyone wishing to send items to Alison should discover first her official prisoner number, either from her solicitors (see here above), or from the prison directly (see above website).
nb: books sent to prisoners in the UK have to be *new, *paperback, and *sent from an online bookseller, preferably Amazon.