If you live in London, try and get down to Southwark Crown Court because you can watch as many comedy shows as you like but there just isn’t anything funnier than observing pompous establishment figures making complete and utter tits of themselves.
Michael Shrimpton isn’t going to come out well from this but then no one involved is.
Shrimpton telephoned Philip Hammond who was then the Defence Secretary just before the London Olympics to tell him that a bomb stolen from a sunken Russian submarine had been smuggled into the country and could be used to blow up the opening ceremony of the London Olympics and kill the Queen.
How did Shrimpton get the minister’s telephone number ?
Now, anyone with a computer can google ‘Michael Shrimpton’ and you’d know after an arbitrary search that if he told YOU that a nuke was going to blow up the Olympic stadium, you wouldn’t panic, you’d just pass the information on and it would be looked at objectively.
Somehow, I very much doubt that the police or the security services are the engines behind this prosecution, this trial is what happens when a government minister is made to look like a complete prick and wants somebody to do something, anything! and so as a consequence Michael Shrimpton is charged with two counts of making bomb hoaxes, nuclear bomb hoaxes at that. The irony is that Shrimpton almost certainly believed what he passed on to Hammond and so how is that a hoax ?
After his arrest he told the police it was all “a colossal cock-up worthy of an apology, damages and lunch on the MI5 and, claimed the weapon had been taken back out of the UK while he had been in custody by the Royal Navy, which moved it to Germany, and it could be used against New York. ” and that is almost certainly exactly what he believed.
Of course prosecutor Alan Blake excuses Hammond’s ludicrous gullibility, “In April 2012, he passed on information about a threat of nuclear attack. That information was extraordinary and dramatic”…You will remember the degree of tension about potential terrorists and it would have been brave and foolish to ignore threats, especially from a professional man.”
See how the now Foreign Secretary is made to look responsible citizen for falling for this crock of bullshit ? One can only imagine how Philip Hammond panicked and had the police and security services running around hunting for Russian nukes with Geiger counters.
At what point did someone do a simple google search on ‘Michael Shrimpton’ ?
But if you think the circumstances that led to this Ministerial cock-up, which could only be explained by drunkenness, lack of sleep, or sheer imbecility, are farcical… you should see how the trial is turning out. That is why I’m recommending that anyone who can go, should, after all it’s free entry.
We’ve already had such priceless gems as this;
Shrimpton, who is defending himself so you’ll get to see a lot of him, refused to reveal his sources but said they included “someone in Munch who lunches with the Pope.”
Shrimpton said the German Defence Service, DVD, was responsible for sabotaging the Kursk submarine and stated the service now controls Al Qaeda and has penetrated MI5 and MI6.
Judge McCreath not to be outdone warned Shrimpton after he asked a question “I will not have conspiracy theories bandied around the court unless they are genuinely real.”
And warned him in a manner a Jacobin from revolutionary France’s ‘Reign of Terror’ would of been proud, “You must control yourself. The guillotine is very close to your neck.” Which is not exactly an appropriate metaphor given the momentum guillotine blades have generally achieved by the time they’ve got close to your neck.
Trust me on this, if you only go to one ludicrous trial necessitated by an inflated and bruised political ego this year, you should go to this one. I can’t wait to see if Shrimpton cross-examines Philip Hammond.
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