Sunday, May 07, 2006

John-Reid, Karadzic, Lobbygate, NHS deficits, Commissioner for Standards, drugs

John Reid is UK Home Secretary and MP for Airdrie and Shotts.

"If we had a Politburo instead of a cabinet, Reid would probably be running the State Security Division." - Kevin Toolis, Guardian 2 March 2002.

Reid "is part of the Lanarkshire West Coast Labour mafia. It's not about... making life better for the working class. It's about looking after yourself and your mates and not being accountable to anyone." - Dean Nelson, editor Scottish edition of the Sunday Times.

1. Karadzic

During the 1990s Bosnian War, John Reid became friends with Serb rebel leader and indicted war-criminal Radovan Karadzic. Reid has admitted that he spent three days at a luxury Geneva lakeside hotel as a guest of Karadzic in 1993.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Northern_Ireland/Story/0,2763,659705,00.html

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2. Lobbygate.

Kevin Reid is the son of John Reid.

On 31 August 1999, in the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, Ben Laurance of the Observer newspaper posed as a businessman during talks with Kevin Reid, a lobbyist with the public relations firm Beattie Media.

Laurance told Kevin Reid he was interested in PFI ( private investment in services such as education and hospitals).

Kevin Reid boasted of his contacts: "I worked for Jack [McConnell] and for Wendy [Alexander—minister for communities] and for Henry [McCleish—Enterprise Minister] and for Donald [Dewar—First Minister] on a one-to-one basis. I worked with the Labour Party media monitoring in the press team and I briefed them every night."

Kevin Reid was filmed saying he knew the Scottish secretary "very, very well .... he is my father."

http://www.wsws.org/articles/1999/oct1999/scot-o06.shtml

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3. National Health Service deficits

When he was Health Secretary, John Reid was responsible for the new national consultants’ contract.

The cost of the new pay deal is said to be the cause of the large deficits now being run up by health boards.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2090-2168976_2,00.html

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4. Censured by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

While he was Secretary of State for Scotland, John Reid became the first senior cabinet member ever to be severely censured by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, Elizabeth Filkin.

Reid was accused of using parliamentary allowances, taxpayer's money, to pay the salaries of his son and other staff working for Labour's electoral campaign.

In the course of the inquiry, it emerged that Reid had held "discussions" with witnesses, 'which in plain unparliamentary language sounded a lot like threats'.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Northern_Ireland/Story/0,2763,659705,00.html

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5. Ronnie Campbell, drugs

Police found cannabis resin in John Reid's home, but the minister says he has no idea where it came from.

Cops' sniffer dogs find cannabis in house of Defence Secretary

Dr John Reid, aged 58, is married to Brazilian Carine Adler.

He has a son called Mark.

Mark is married to the daughter of Ronnie Campbell who reportedly has links to crime.

According to the Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland) 9/4/2005:

Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland): Fugitive and the minister ...

GRIM-FACED Defence Secretary John Reid shared centre stage at his son's wedding yesterday - with a villain wanted by police. Tony Blair's most trusted minister and fugitive Ronnie Campbell - the father of the bride - stood side by side on the steps of Westminster Cathedral. The Sunday Mail can reveal a warrant was issued for the arrest of Campbell, 47, on Monday after a violent incident involving a woman. Campbell, who sported a gold cravat and kilt, was the target of a recent gangland hit.

30 April 2006:

The Sunday Mail - NEWS - JOHN WEED

Last September, he shared centre stage at his son Mark's wedding with a villain on the run from police. Reid and fugitive Ronnie Campbell - the father of the bride - stood side-by-side on the steps of Westminster Cathedral. Yesterday Campbell claimed he knew "all about" the cannabis found at Reid's home but declined to comment further.

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