The Gerard Conlon Memorial Lecture 2015
Beginning with the dedication to Gerry Conlon in whose memory we were gathered for the inaugural Lecture in keeping with Gerry’s short and troubled journey through life Michael Mansfield summoned up the Collectivism in St Mary’s College on the fortieth anniversary, 23 January 2015 of Guiseppe Conlons death. His death in prison not going unnoticed under this Lectures range.
Election Year 2015
Michael Mansfield for so many years has seen the broad and the minutiae of the Law and State across the planet operate as he advocated on the rights of people where others declined thus discovering and reciting for us now the true connective tissue with which mankind has found itself bound into. This collectivism being manifest throughout a varied and wide ranging career.
A letter formed the central tenent of the lecture and it was written by Gerard Conlon. It was on the subject of Gerry Conlon’s expressed concerns on the kind of Democracy deficits Michael Mansfield takes up as Democratic Bankruptcy.
That letter appeared from the Gerry Conlon’s archive courtesy of Garth Pierce’s obtained and permitted publication of it on 24 December 2014.
It was a letter to Barack Obama, that well known ancient recidivist Irishman, whose continued practice of using drones to inflict a death trail in War zones outside the parameters of humanism and the false imprisonment of prisoners of difference within Guantanamo Bay haunts the world today
Describing in the letter the conditions of his capture, rendition, torture, beatings, interrogation, imprisonment and eventual stitch up by the British Intelligent Forces Gerard Conlon drew stark comparison with his own journey. Again it is forces operating alongside and directing the security forces, the police and army intelligence ensuring, ensured justice and the value of human life to be consigned to worthlessness rhetoric for the mss to consume in their name.
Just as that the Guildford Four faced, the prisoners of Guantanamo Bay whose journal dairies are currently continuing to be produced in The Guardian faced and had the strength to take expose hypocrisy to the world.
Against the British Sovereignty Establishment, the corrupt vested interests and the manifestly corrupt and contagiously violent and constantly morally and ethically bankrupt regimes of state and new fledgling terrorist anarchists Gerry Conlon sought alongside the elucide and clear thinking Mansfield to explain the workings from the Belly of the Beast, the extraordinary injustice visited upon him and that carried on in a form after release which tormented both him and Paddy Hill of the Birmingham Six, fellow framed prisoner – both entwined against their will in the same bind.
The mental bind and grip of innocence was a bodily interference as well as a mental colossus for which they could not agree on a word to describe the inner ‘guilt’ felt – for bringing the burden of innocence spent under guilt in the years across their families lives inside and outsiderison.
Paddy Hill described that. The strap inside his head I imagined keeping to himself for scrutiny alone the facts, the experience, the ongoing.
Most of us could not even conceive of the original violation of justice for it seems so possible but inconceivably in ours experience.
These servants of corruption who treat others the way they were and many continue to do, were born to the same humanity as us all.
How could they take so wrongfully, into their hands and minds,the lives of innocent people and produce the failures God warns us against?
Michael Mansfield continued to read this letter. To take us into the field of universal commonality. The letter which Gerry never received a reply to.
The support for the Guantanamo prisoners was fierce and fulsome.
It contained vision, experience taught and learnt not by being suppressed by the anti-Christ of the beast that is the the perpetrator of violence, the facilitator who knows far less and is far greater the administer of evil than the fledgling defender who confronts evil.
There was an insular atrophied scattering of Politicians in the room who when Michael Mansfield continued to criticise the GB government, repeatedly refering to a lack of actual close insight to Northern Ireland he made the point clearly enough to suggest that he despised the duplicity of Politicians.
He estimates 200 of the Houses of Parliament MP’s have interests in companies they continually vote on affairs affecting them. “Conflicts of interest we used to call them” he said.
He bought up the thing most people have hitherto been outlay unaware of – the TTIP deal being fostered by Global corporations giving them globally the Power to sue Governments – Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
It is being hammered out – (post recent years Bildenberg no doubt) between US and EU handshakes. http://www.38DEGREES.ORG.UK/TTIP.
Our own Politicians rely on the trade as back offices lackeys and any industrialists worth their salt here who are true innovators and inverters will themselves find a gorilla in the room in form of the trade conflicts and resulting wars, yes wars are founded on a lot less than mere material access, thus caring forward in our name corporations largesse over people’s government. Sinn Fein are against it but other parties here are not yet coming clean with their position.
The parties here, Michael Mansfield for politeness sake, were kept onside without failing to bring to our attention issues they decline to engage on.
The sectarianism is abundant and clear as the mantra driving politics here and he has never made any bones about it being our downfall.
In the midst of him telling us things politically, the absences of some and the presence of others here at this lecture signified a great deal.
The hangers on to the Gerard Conlon legacy of course were there.
The quest for truth and justice – jolly god that is that is. Let’s rally.
While various people from the floor, during questions, illustrated on behalf of Michael Mansfield you might say, providing his arguments, it was a stream of stories of the type brought by Gerry Conlon’s revised for a different age. Now. Stories as well telling us that everyone knew – speaking again clearly to us shockingly the falsehoods of the peace, the failure of inquiry and investigation.
The returning Advice from Michael Mansfield was his own mantra to never give up. Your own humanity is of nothing compared to the pursuit of goodness abiding in us all and clearly the given gift of our lives and duration on earth forever enhanced by the love of ones neighbour.
Gerry Comlon a sought to his dying breath to speak up for the Ilene’s and the oppressed and the immensity of what he did was not lost amidst this gathering.
The judiciary have been slain here in their pursuit of justice, something which Michael Mansfield said concerns him greatly.
The judiciary are the participating Legal voices. Some are advocates others judges and many aredily living floes to extermination. In some countries.
The public are still setting the agenda. Now the practice of using oral and written confessions has nearly entirely been removed due to the well known abuses. The movement has been to take back their lives.
As Martin Luther King said “Our paradigm is Justice.”
The Governments are inured from harm. They have representatives.
The MPs are succour only and e avoidance of damage is a career attribute often practiced by distance.
To create an alternative system out with the lack of agreement for a Supreme Court etc, to not involve with the London Treaty, is to come out from under these ludicrous English idiosyncrasies which is there for a tiny aloud out working which Hieda exposed we are protected from (either or is the fascism) 99% of adherence challenged is turned back to he state as a winning strident stupidity of the actual existence of it.
Sewell bridge is another strand for the Human Bill of Rights privacy is key and Article 3 prisoner detention wrongs exist.
That was not something given any detail but it is on the same hinge Human Rights Legislation swings by.
One element made reference to by Michael Mansfield was the recent Oxfam highlighting of Global Poor and Global Wealth.
The often recited polemic of the 1% having 50% of the Worlds wealth includes most Europeans earning over £22,000 with their own accumulated or inherited wealth. It is a strange statistic. Hat is because it is wrong.
Who is in the one percent? Well it turns out are 2.9 million in the UK alone
which is twice that in China and less than France. To have £800,000 gets an entry. So a house valued at a million with £800,000 paid off gets the individual in although a married couple etc. Well there is a base point this illustrates where it came from (Credit Suisse) and it remains a valid statement showing how advanced the Western Economy is.
The next statistic which was equally broadcast able – some are not as they contain secret accumulations – was some 80 people hold as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion on the planet. Then there is the wealth gap and that for example 400 million live in abject poverty in India.
Have we figured out the accumulated billions Vladimir Putin has stockpiled and where it is deposited?
Concealment and Maxellisation
Several challenges to suppression of Government initiated inquiry were highlighted. Chief among these was the continual blockage of the Chilcot inquiry up to the commissioning of and subsequent to a raft of discovery.
Since evidence as accumulated, material gathered and some conclusions reached, chief among these the fact it was an unlawful war on Iraq. The obfuscation is only part of the Blair/Bush/Rumsfeld/Powell/Straw axis of evil taking the US and UK into a conflict now summoning reigns of terrorist driven anew, in reaction to the support for evil through manufactured conflict.
Into the Global conflict that belongs to that confined for centuries in its own pasture, comes the Middle East. The countries of Iran and Saudi Arabia which has spread into the adjoining countries dismantling thousands of years of keeping your enemy close. The attacks now on other religions have almost completed the destruction of other faiths.
Hate crime faith based is the clear basis of all the actions once perceived wholly Nationhood based, in which joint ethnicities had – not condoned but stood aside as ‘factions’ took up what was ‘justified’ as national cause.
There is a hate at ever point of the Inquiry Process, I suggest, Mochael Mansfield has been involved in and continues to be involved in.
Take The Bloody Sunday Inquiry.
Seville conducted it. Michael Mansfield represented the unleashing of hate enraged Scottish Regimental and Government licensed murder.
The outcome though by some has been tarnished was a crucial turning point for many of the families with justice remaining incomplete.
The spiritual relief and achievement many of us were unable to be witness to but mere viewers seeing signals from the Guildhall on the carefully managed day, the almost simultaneous oral statement in the Commons put away anxieties without justice visible.
Catholics killed. Hate crime.
No one convicted. Loss of life.
The Chilcot Inquiry.
Censure exists. A Tony Blair and George Bush motive of hate, whether thought of in those terms but directing War, Violence at and directly upon and towards a perceived threat from a race and enclave wholly Muslim, took their respective Countries under their lying to their own Parliament’s threshold and beyond into a War. No second resolution.
In days were seen Shock and Awe.
No one convicted. Loss of life.
The Lawrence Inquiry. The cover-up of racial motivated murder was and still is a corrupted process. Being left to Noreen and Tony Lawrence to fight.
Only two people were ever convicted. Loss of life.
The Guildford Four Inquiry. Only when Gareth Pierce uncovered the British Government British Intellegence Force integral and directing the willing Police Force to frame four Catholics and the perceived antithesis of the British as conspiratorial Irish people, did exposure of the hatred of
Catholic Irish by the British in allowing any chosen person to fit a crime by hate. Stereotypical hate.
No one convicted either for the Bombing or conspiracy of cover-up.
Loss of life.
The Marchioness and Hillsborough Inquiries involved Police and State cover- up on behalf of the operators.
No one convicted. Loss of life.
These were not hate crimes but the facts presented by the operators concealed the facts requiring the material to be gathered, and in the case of Hillborough was only recently to reach a conclusion but without presently any convictions. The Marchioness was mowed down by a ship turning and 50 people died with one lookout for the boat hit.
Occupy and the Collective
Democratic hearings have emerged. The Peoples Tribunal – Commissions of Inquiry that being a lot like the Peace Foundation founded by among others Bertrand Russell. The Peace Foundation. Now there are Peoples Tribunals on Palestine, the NHS, Iran.
Michael Mansfield held up the Gerard Conlon strength of purpose inherent in him and contended it to exist in us. Whether you have been a part or part from (a lot has gone on on this road was the – well I gulped at the bombast from the Politician who came up with that separateness) the contamination of the Political Process and segregation to suit those ends Michael Mansfield noted in his view a change. All to slow from the sixties, seventies, etc,. Where a collectivism was in tandem.
He cited examples of Peoples Inquiry which he has been a part of and continues with. The Onion as he describes it unravels. The capacity resources multiply and the functions have been gathered by Ed Miller at MIT whose observation shows clearly we cannot nor do multi-task and instead Michael Mansfield has, in my mind, found the necessity for a Public Collectivism to arrange for us importance and direct mental and active focus. Occupy, Pussy Riot took up the important issues and prioritized and put it up on a frame each of us in the Public acknowledge.
Where we need to attend also is the ‘Molly?’ Collusion of the MP’s and the a Press. To come at that is to see the matters the Public are directed towards and away from are those salient issues we need pay attention to.
I believe it is the example of people’s inability to discern information to make decisions affecting their one lives. Being lead in certain directions.
The di-nemesis of the people it’s opposite attribute is an agent or act of retribution or punishment.
We are finding ways of taking individual causes commonly bound into a Public Collective framework.
Michael Mansfield has observed many things in other peoples lives and made them understand them beyond their experience.
As well as evaluating the source of the harm anyone has been subject to or in the loss of life the location of the responsibility causing their loss he resurrects this and them into the creative mind which is able to see.
Witness is now as well as now which has a current evaluative outcome if we chose and very often do take up. We are able to construct for the better understanding and advance of mankind; often that it cannot be repeated.
Gerard Conlon has personified all our life’s travails writ large in the midst of the dilution of ancient principles.
Imagine a time when the neurology and the minds capacity has returned, it won’t be found forward (the essay Religion: Something New) as our recurrent themes and lives forever indicate.
That return to forever to sub-edit The Mahivishnu Orchestra – many will never have heard them and I reject the impulse to take out this spontaneous connection here made will in my view be very dependant in how we approach the most important two things facing us.
The Population Optimum.
The Human Diet.
Both the movement to arrive at an optimum Human Population which is achievable with very simple and very small behaviour changes together with a reversal of diet and towards the plant based diet which the China Study evidences as our own conditioning resolution and itself the breakthrough required away from medical pharma dependency is paramount.
Thank you to the organisors of The Inagural The Gerard Conlon Memorial Lecture 2015 by Michael Mansfield.
Apologies for the concentration on the main central lecture of Michael Mansfield, to Paddy Hill whose own contribution told mostly unrepeatable in polite company
To in the background The Church of Saint Peters Falls Road who cared so long and so lastingly for the Conlon family in their lives and continued journey. Cherish also the possibility the wishes for Religious unity around our one Creator across this world within all worlds.
Canon Dougan. Morning service on 26 January 2015 chose these hymns.
‘To the one who is Love Divine, love is excelling.’
‘Be my Guardian and my guide.’
26 January 2015