Robin Ramsay

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(editor, author, researcher)
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Born 1948
Edinburgh, Scotland
Alma mater Hull University
Children (Template:Children details)
Founder/Owner of Lobster Magazine
Interests deep politics
Robin Ramsay is co-founder and editor of the Lobster Magazine. He writes about politics, para-politics and deep Politics.

Robin Ramsay (born 1948, Edinburgh, Scotland) is an author, and co-founder and editor of the magazine, Lobster. Ramsay writes about politics, "para-politics" or Deep Politics. His books have been published by Harper-Collins and Pocket Essentials. His writings have resulted in him receiving death threats from a fascist group calling itself "Combat 18".[1]

Background

Robin Ramsay studied at Stirling University but left after a term and moved to London. Ramsay later took a degree at Hull University where he became interested in the John F Kennedy assassination.[2]

Lobster Magazine

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Ramsay met fellow Kennedy assassination research enthusiast Stephen Dorril and together they started a magazine about deep politics. Entitled Lobster Magazine, it first appeared in September 1983 as a 24-page A5 magazine. Lobster was "penetrated" by MI5 in 1987, but Ramsay discovered this and was more alert to subsequent attempts at infiltration.[3]

"Conspiracy theories"

Although Ramsay's magazine Lobster includes articles concerning political conspiracy, and he has written a book on the subject, Gareth Mclean writing in the The Scotsman newspaper, says that Ramsay "hates conspiracy theories", quoting him as saying "The term conspiracy theory is used by various intellectual establishments to dismiss people like me. It's irritating but there's nothing you can do about it."[4]

Personal

Robin Ramsay is the eldest child of a food chemist father and housewife mother.[5]

Guardian journalist Robert McCrum describes Ramsay as "an extrovert, fast-talking Scot with jack-of-all-trades experience in alternative journalism, jazz music and the theatre".[6]

In July 1988 Ramsay made an extended appearance on the Channel 4 discussion programme After Dark, alongside Merlyn Rees, H. Montgomery Hyde and others. The programme can be accessed online here.

Publications

  • Smear: Wilson and the Secret State (1992) HarperCollins, ISBN 0-586-21713-4 (co-authored with Stephen Dorril)
  • Prawn Cocktail Party: The Hidden Power of New Labour (1998) Vision Paperbacks, ISBN 1-901250-20-2
  • New Labour (2002) Pocket Essentials, ISBN 1-903047-83-8
  • Conspiracy Theories (2006) Pocket Essentials, ISBN 1-904048-65-X
  • Politics and Paranoia (2008) Picnic Publishing ISBN 0-9556105-4-0
  • Who Shot JFK? (2nd ed. 2009) Pocket Essentials, ISBN 1-84243-232-X

Articles

  • Robin Ramsay, ""The Gemstone File" International Times, Vol.4, Number 11, 1978, retrieved 17 August 2012

Bibliography

  • "Sexed-up files, lies and surveillance tapes ... One man's search to uncover what lies beneath", Hull Daily Mail, July 13, 2007 Friday, page 10
  • "Shock Lobster", Sunday Herald, 17 August 2003. Online at U. Utah

Opinion on Lockerbie

In the Summer 2014 edition of Lobster magazine,[7] Robin Ramsay address the Lockerbie bombing. He reviews Morag Kerr's book "Adequately Explained by Stupidity? Lockerbie, Luggage and Lies" which left him unimpressed:

"Kerr is a drole writer: chunks of dull technical stuff are punctuated by things like this (admittedly the best example) on page 178:
‘There is another possibility. Perhaps the senior detectives were so convinced of the involvement of the German-based cell of the PFLP-GC that they couldn’t conceive of the bomb not having come from Germany. In other words, perhaps those in charge of this investigation were as dumb as a bag of hammers that failed hammer school.’
"I think the case she makes is plausible: the bomb was planted at Heathrow and the Libyans are innocent. But the last detailed account of the story I read was Paul Foot’s, which was a long time ago, so what do I know?"[8]

Ramsay writes:

"All the great parapolitical causes célèbres turn into quagmires and Lockerbie is no exception. The quagmire is created by the complexity of the material – which facilitates varying interpretations – the role of state agencies in muddying the water, and the incompetence of some of those who engage with the subject. One of the competents engaged with Lockerbie is the journalist and author John Ashton, whose site on the subject would be the place to start if exploring the quagmire is of interest.[9] One of those making waves in the quagmire is a former diplomat, Patrick Haseldine. Ashton has written a couple of critiques of Haseldine."[10][11][12]

He is supportive of Craig Murray’s views on the topic.

 

Documents by Robin Ramsay

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:Decoding Edward Jay Epstein's 'LEGEND'Wikispooks PageLegend
Edward Jay Epstein
Assassination of John F Kennedy
Robin Ramsay claims that Edward Jay Epstein's Legend is disinformation.
Document:Our Secret Servants - The Shayler Affairarticle1 January 1998David Shayler
MI5
MI6
MI5 and it's schizophrenic relationship with government
 

Quotes by Robin Ramsay

PageQuoteDateSource
"Lone nut"1983Lobster Magazine
1994 Scotland RAF Chinook crash“After seventeen years of blaming the two pilots of the RAF Chinook which crashed in 1994, killing all 29 people (senior police and secret police), the MOD changed its mind and announced that it wasn’t their fault at all: it was the helicopter. Even to a casual reader like me this was obvious almost immediately after the official lies were issued. But the RAF as an institution went along with the lie. Why? Because they did not want to blame the helicopter. Criticising Sikorsky, its maker, is criticising America.”2012Lobster Magazine
Research Foundation for the Study of Terrorism“The new 'anarchist threat' has its own (slight) intellectual support unit, the Research Foundation for the Study of Terrorism. RFST's trustees are Paul Wilkinson, Michael Ivens of Aims, Norris McWhirter of the Freedom Association and John Newton Scott. Its address is 40 Doughty Street, the address of Aims. Their first contribution came out at the end of 1987 - Anarchist group Class War are systematically harassing London docklands residents - there are "Bash the Rich" marches, a pamphlet, Written in Flames, telling you who to bash - and Without A Trace on evading arrest apres-bash. Also involved are the Direct Action Movement (DAM) and groups named Hurricane and Flamethrower - oh, and the Animal Liberation Front. So there you are; they're all in it together. Battle Stations!

RFST aren't even close (and probably didn't try to be). Class War have never been at the centre of anything and provoke the same mixture of disdain and suspicion among anarchists as Militant do from socialists. The 'Bash the rich' marches were indeed Class War's idea; but the last one was in 1985. The campaign of yuppie-harassment never amounted to much more than aerosols, noise and bent aerials. Without A Trace is a forensics manual. Neither it nor Written in Flames has any connection with Class War. The Animal Liberation Front is supported by a wide variety of people, including anarchists, Christians and a character in the TV soap, Brookside. In any case all ALF actions are local and uncoordinated.”
November 1988Lobster Magazine


References

  1. Francis Elliott, "New Labour unshelled", Hull Daily Mail, June 1, 1998, page 14
  2. "Profile: Robin Ramsay"
  3. Document:Getting it Right
  4. Gareth Mclean, "They're Out to Get You", The Scotsman, October 9, 1999, Saturday, page 6
  5. "Online at U. Utah" "Shock Lobster", Sunday Herald, 17 August 2003.
  6. Robert McCrum, "Inside Story: In the lair of the lobster - Stephen Dorril and Robin Ramsey edit a left-wing journal that offers succour to conspiracy theorists and keeps the professionals on their toes", The Guardian (London), August 31, 1991
  7. "The View from the Bridge" Issue 67
  8. "Adequately Explained by Stupidity? Lockerbie, Luggage and Lies"
  9. "Megrahi: You Are My Jury"
  10. "Private Eye rumbles 'Haselnut' and The Ecologist"
  11. "Critique by John Ashton"
  12. "Ashton's critique of Patrick Haseldine"
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