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"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world" - Henry Kissinger

and yet...

"Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences" – Robert Louis Stevenson

David Cameron calls Jeremy Corbyn a 'terrorist sympathiser'

In response to an FT article by John McDermott, George Parker and Jim Pickard on 1st December 2015, entitled 'David Cameron attacks Jeremy Corbyn ahead of the Syria vote'

If Mr Cameron is going to brand people who disagree with him as 'terrorist sympathisers', there are a few more categories of people he should single out for mention - the people who arm them, the people who train them, the people who buy their oil, and the middle men who buy it low and sell it at market price. They know who they are, and so does Mr Cameron. 

If he is struggling to think of names he should give the Vice President of the United States of America a call. Here's what Mr Biden said at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in October 2014. The remarks were made during a Q & A.  Referring to Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the Vice President said:

“They were so determined to take down Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war, what did they do? They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens, thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad—except that the people who were being supplied were al Nusra and al Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.”

He was of course, 'forced' to apologise for telling the truth a few days later, when Turkey got terribly upset and denied it, the UAE claimed to be 'astonished' and there was deafening silence from Saudi Arabia - no change there then.

Mr Cameron swaggering around in front of the 1922 committee is the usual form of macho garbage that politicians trot out to wind up their 'troops', belittle their opposition, and frighten the waverers. With Iraq we had gutter politics from a wannabe man of the people, this time we get gutter politics from a bloke with a posh accent. Stupid boy.

Gideon Rachman turns his blinkers to face the Syria debate

Martin Wolf is still in search of the 'savings glut'