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A Price to Pay: The Inside Story of the NatWest Three Paperback – 26 Mar 2012
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"Read this and give a copy to a friend." Shami Chakrabarti - Director, Liberty "An absolute must read". Janis Sharp - Mother of Gary McKinnon
"Will shock any businessman operating in the USA." David Carruthers - (Former) CEO BETonSPORTS plc. "You must read this book." Babar Ahmad - in prison since 2004 fighting extradition to the US --1
About the Author
David Bermingham is one of the 'NatWest Three'. He has frequently appeared on TV and radio and written for the press since 2002. A former officer in the Royal Artillery, he started working for NatWest in 1989. He currently lives with his wife and three children in Goring, Oxfordshire.
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The book was a great read, a very human tale, yes complicated at times but that's what made it interesting because I learnt a lot about something I knew only a little about. What was fascinating was their passionate struggle against all odds it seemed, taking on the US and UK governments in a very one sided and unfair fight. It was chilling to read about how the Department of Justice work their flawed system of judgements, and sad to have to confirmed how pathetic our own government were during those introductory days of spin and menace in Blair's time.
What was the most heartening was how David and Emma managed to keep their family together and on track despite the huge disruption in their lives, and also how the 3 appeared to remain friends and kept focused on that strength they had staying together, despite the US government using every which way to split them up to work against each other. Great standards and values all round.
The writing style was very easy, very human as I said, and there were a number of moments where I just laughed out loud, which makes for a good balance in what was a very fact based book. In effect it's a bit of history that everyone should read, but enjoy it along the way. Very much looking forward to David's next book which is apparently fiction...
Subsequently In keeping with the vast majority of other reviewers of Bermingham's book, I found myself shocked by the inadequacies and flagarant abuse of both the U.S & U.K legal systems.
Whilst on a personal level I find little in the way of redeeming features for Bermingham himself and find myself in agreement with those who found him to be most definitely guilty of possessing the traits of being an arrogant, greedy and naive individual, whose purpose in life was driven by the need for financial gain.
This is exemplified by his trying to disassociate himself from having been in anyway responsible for the long chain of events, that ultimately dragged us into the financial crisis, that we are all now paying the price for.
He is to my mind the absolute personification of the prevailing culture that led us to this point.
Having said that I would not wish upon him the appalling lack of justice he and his co-defendant's had to endure whilst being made an" Enron scapegoat " and for this he has my unqualified sympathy.
I found this to be an extremely well written book that captivated me from start to finish and one that left me with a feeling of great resentment towards those spineless lawmakers & politicians that engineered this travesty of
I would strongly recommend that you read this book and I guarantee it will make you think more about the worth of the Uk's "special relationship" with America and more importantly the cost to us all in the loss of basic legal and human rights.
On a more positive note I think Mr Bermingham may have found a more meaningful vocation in life as this is without doubt a well written and accomplished piece of work.
Written by David Bermingham, the one with amazing skill to devise and write up projects or finacial products in great detail and great haste. A complete anorack on derivatives and strange means of buying things hih did not exist with the view to selling them at great profit some time later.
This book is a clear expose of how Governent departments, banks, law firms, the judiciary on both sides of the pond work and governments work, The one common denominator is self survival and dont admit anything about anything to anybody. So much for open government and accountabiity.
All the concepts you may have about UK government departments and their due care for you the citizen are onion like removed as the book progresses. Thoughts you may have about the US government should be send back to Amazon and refiled in the funny farm section or in the 1984 section.
If the FBI think you are guilty they will have you in court in the USA where all reason goes out of the window, where bright orange suits are worn with chains on arms, feet and the middle None of this innocent until proved guilty, you are a fugitive, a danger to the US of A.
Be prepared to be gobsmacked, upset, annoyed and stand up in a public place saying "They can;t do that" Be prepared for elaborate lies being presented as policy, of government reassurances given one week and contradicted the next week. No one comes out of this very well, especially the americans who were given open rein to walk in and grab people without being testedor questioned by the Britishlegal system.
I only bought this book because of the recent departure of Christopher Tappin who it seems had no support in the UK and a few hours after leaving the UK was wearing bright orange overlls of a dangerous prisoner, was shackled in 3 places, in a cell witht he light on for 24hours, had nothing to read, no one to talk with. This was a man on a charge who is innocent before being proved guilty or otherwise. That is not my idea of justic. It's 200 years out of date.
The book moves quite quickly, spends about 2 years inthe UK fighting the allegtions and generally presenting their side of the case. They lose, and spend another 2 years fighting the system in the USA.
The Natwest 3 I originally thought got what they deserved, aftr all they were BANKERS which rhymes with.......... and are all rich cabbages and got what they deserved. Not my kind of people then??? No certainly not. But even the low life deserve justice.
They HAD money which they used up at a great rate of knots, even having to pay for the hire of a leg iron for curfews.
This was BAD law which they demonstrated. The government would not even say boo to the Americans and certainly would not admit which parts of the law were bad. Certainly wouldnt change any clauses in order to include the human rights that they said were enshrined in the act but were absent when tested.
The Coalition government, previously the opposition have done very little to change anything since. Dominic Grieve's response to action is as wet as a wild weekend in Galway. ie useless. A law which was set up quickly and badly written to deal with terrorist suspects is used most often for all flotsam and jetsam of British society with some connection with USA.
We are the only country in the world where the rights of the British are NOT given due weight when extradition is being asked for. No evidence is required from the USA.
Bad law, badly applied by the americans in vengeance and illconsidered wrath. The book is excellent. It ends somewhat in the air but fair enough it is nearly 400 pages. If you are interested in civil liberties, why a law can be bad, and why this law needs to be changed then please read this book.
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