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Saturday, 22 November 2014

British justice again embarrasses

Mrs Zoe Edwards has been found guilty of assault after chasing, in her pyjamas, a gang of youths who had thrown eggs at her conservatory.

Again British justice has been shown up to be an embarrassment and the people in charge to be overpaid and pompous twits. The poor lady would rather have been left alone. She had no free will over the conservatory being spoiled but the gang of youths did. She clearly values a world where people behave and treat others with respect but Judge Mark Hadfield, clearly prefers anarchy. He chose, instead of congratulating her on her public spirited endeavours, to give her a criminal record, thereby abandoning any pretence to be a purveyor of justice. He clearly prefers to live in a society where the innocent are punished and the feckless and criminal go free. He should have summarily dismissed the charges and soundly berated the CPS and police for bringing the case to court. What a travesty of justice and waste of public money!
Mrs  Edwards, you are a hero and Judge Hadfield, you are a disgrace and not fit for purpose.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Scottish nationalism

The Scottish Nationalists have held their Autumn conference excited in the knowledge that they have dramatically increased their membership since the referendum on Scottish independence. Their new President, Nicola Sturgeon, was duly annointed and immediately told the gathering that she favoured an early exit from the auld alliance. I'm beginning to tire of this continual rhetoric and wish they'd just get on with it; all five million of them, half the population of Essex. their outrageous demands, out of keeping with their numbers puts me in mind of dogs and wagging tails.
What I don't want is for them to cap in hand and asked to be bailed out by the English when the oil and gas has run out, their half a million workers are fed up supporting four million pensioners and other non-productives in an extravagant and bloated public sector dominated economy. All the good people, the movers and shakers will have long gone and all that will be left will be the trade union supporting lefties and their apologists, ruling over a bankrupt Country best known for its blood sucking midges.
The Scottish people used to vote Labour without thinking; their fathers voted Labour, as did their grandfathers. It didn't matter that after each Labour Government the Country was worse off with the poorest suffering most. They talk of Mrs. Thatcher as if she were Pol Pot with such vehement loathing you'd have thought her drive to make the Country more efficient, to stop people referring to the UK as the poor man of Europe, was a personal affront to the Jocks and Jockesses.
If they're so determined to go, let them GO. Allow the islands to become a self- governing British Crown dependency like the Isle of Man if they so wish and cast off the rest to make their own way under the new SNP banner. They won't be happy until they do.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Niquabs in primary schools

The ex-Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams has said that teachers ought to be able to wear the niquab face veil in primary schools.

His pronouncement reminded me of a quote I recently read which argued that the two most abundant substances in the universe were hydrogen and stupidity and Williams was not talking of gases. To hear a teacher talking from behind a veil is no different from her talking from behind a curtain and what sort of teaching is that?

 Now if you were to ask me about the suitability of Williams wearing a niquab......

Monday, 10 November 2014

Poppies at the Tower

I've never taken to Sheila Hancock; her strident support of the Labour Party despite their repeated attempts to bring the country to its knees, the manifest failure of socialism as a realistic form of Government over the years marked her out as a women with a  rosy tinted world view bordering on the ridiculous. Her inspiration comes from the postwar Government of Attlee that introduced widespread nationalisation of industry and the NHS in a mood of recompensing the public for years of hardship, regardless of the cost. She was one of those carried away with a notion of justice for the workers, delivered with the money found on trees.

Now, after years of fighting a futile battle, with the Socialists on the ropes everywhere, she has excelled herself; suggesting that the synthetic poppy fields created at the tower of London should be bulldozed rather than be sold raising millions for charities devoted to the welfare of the armed forces. Her motive for this destruction was her belief that poppies have come to glorify war and a wholesale destuction of each poppy, one for each of the fallen in the World Wars and subsequent actions, would bring home to the world that lives were needlessly lost in a warmongering world. How can anyone fail to understand the true significance of the poppy appeal and the need of the British Legion to  raise money for the long term support of the UK's brave troops in whatever discipline. The ceramic poppies have moved the world with their simple and graphic message. We don't need reminding of the horrors and perversity of war; only the ultimate sacrifice made by the Glorious Dead and our heartfelt pledge to 'Remember Them'. Why, then, destroy their beauty for the sake of issuing a pathetic message, lamenting past conflict and previous waste and destruction; but then Shiela Hancock has been peddling her sentimental nonsense all her adult life.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

From whence cometh evil?

A schoolboy of sixteen pleaded guilty this week to murdering a schoolteacher, Ann Maguire, in front of her class, stabbing her half a dozen times. He was fifteen at the time and has expressed no remorse for the killing since, expressing himself content with the outcome.
The judge sentenced the boy to life imprisonment, serving at least twenty years for the 'brutal and cowardly attack'.
The boy, from a middle class background had been planning an attack for some time but was popular and seemingly hard working student. It is likely that he will never be released.
So, his parents, no doubt themselves traumatised by the affair must ask themselves; 'from whence cometh the evil?'
It is my contention that the embryonic child's nascent brain is filled with life giving data using the 'unreal' or negative dimension of time. Amongst this data is a personal character lifted, possibly at random, from the DNA of either parent and whilst some physical characteristics such as hair and eye colour may come from close relatives, the character may be generations old. Of course, the nature of this character (akin to a 'soul') will be unknown and may turn out, despite nurturing in the twenty-first century, to be evil as well as good. In other words, the parents should feel no guilt about bringing up a monster; it is my contention that the child would mature in keeping with the character he was born with despite their best efforts.
for more information on 'unreal' time, see my book: Spiritual Man: An Introduction to Negative Dimensions.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

A gift from God!

Apple CEO Tim Cook has come out as gay for the first time, declaring his sexual orientation is one of the 'greatest gifts God has given me'.

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Writing in Businessweek Mr Cook wrote: 'Let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.
'Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day.
'It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life.'
He added: 'If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.'

I take no offence with Mr. Cook being gay, it is perfectly natural, but to describe his condition as being 'one of the greatest gifts God has given me' is ridiculous. Would it also be a gift of God to be born with some congenital health problem; heart disease, spina bifida or Down's Syndrome. Is it in God's gift to be born into penury, waking up not knowing if you are to eat that day? Is it a gift of God to be born in some war-torn country with your parents dead from bullet wounds lying next to you? No, Mr. Cook, it is not in God's gift because He or She is a fiction, a manifestation of your superstition.
Your condition, according to my theory, is due, according to a caprice of nature, to a female character from either of your parent's ancestral past being uploaded to your male embryonic brain. This character nurtured in the twentieth century gave rise to your business acumen, success and eventually to your superabundance of riches. That you are now a multimillionaire is what truly makes you one of a minority in a world full to the brim of those without.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Rewarding failure

That the UK is in parts being swamped by immigrants is not in doubt. Nor is it in doubt that over many years the Home Office has been responsible for staggering ineptitude in dealing with the problem. Tens of thousands of immigrants have disappeared from the system demonstrating that the department has no effective controls of the UK's borders. And yet, why have I a feeling that out of this miasma, civil servants and politicians will be awarded peerages and medals rather than the sack; that the undeserving will be promoted or walk with pay-offs and pensions totally at odds with their performance as servants of the British people.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Why do people have tattoos?

A young woman teacher was sent home from a school for showing too much tattoed flesh and sporting facial piercings. Naturally, she is upset and doubtless at a loss to explain why people object to what she thinks of as exquisite body art.
Why do people feel the need to decorate and violate their bodies in this way when it seems to defy logic?
It is my belief (See my book: Spiritual man: An Introduction to Negative Dimensions), that this woman felt compelled to act as she did because the character she was born with, the one she was given when her brain was being loaded with data from her parents heritage, was a character from a location and culture that admired body art. This character may have lived many generations ago in a population that accepted body art and piercings as a way of life. I believe that it is still popular in South Pacific islands.
Sadly for this woman her need to violate her perfect body is not appreciated by her colleagues and bosses who see her habit as outdated tribalism belonging to a by-gone age and culture likely to provoke unease in her young and impressionable students. Sadly, her character, despite being nurtured in the twenty-first century, persists in showing traits from a previous life. It is why children often disappoint parents who expect their offspring to match their own immediate aspirations, never better demonstrated than in the family of the recently deceased Duke of Marlborough who famously threatened to disinherit his son, thought of as a family bête noir.

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Burnham draws the battle lines for the 2015 General Election

Andy Burnham has seemingly identified the core issues on which the Labour Party will fight the 2015 General Election. The electorate have a stark choice; the Tories will cut tax for the wealthy whilst Labour will 'save' the NHS.
The NHS is probably the only issue that the Labour Party feels safe to address, lacking credibility in every other facet of Government. Their leader is vilified as an incompetent whilst they have nothing to say on the economy especially with Ed Balls still in his post.
Burnham's tactics are simply put; he is frightening the ageing and infirm public that the NHS is not safe in the hands of a Tory Party that will privatise the service and pose a risk to the mantra that it is free at the point of need. That the Labour Party introduced the private sector into the NHS to reduce waiting lists seems to him to be irrelevent. So too the fact that the Labour Party used extortionately expensive PFI contracts to enable their promises to build new hospitals and the fact that these contracts persist in being a massive drain on the healthcare budget. Despite spending and wasting so much money on an expense to the taxpayer, the Labour Party continue to play a fear card that a vulnerable and gullible public understand.
What the public should really want to hear is about projects that don't spend more of their money but create wealth for everyone and this includes the premise that a penny saved is as good as a penny earned. To make the priority of an incoming Government the spending of more public money seems a pathetic dereliction of duty. The NHS is a massive drain on the economy and yet it addresses totally negative issues, namely ill and therefore unproductive people. To my mind, much of the problem is the very idea that it is free at the point of need. It is a universally acknowledged fact that when the public are faced with a free option they abuse it to the point of gluttony. A & E centres are populated with people wanting attention for trivial matters and the compensation laws put the doctors and nurses in fear of being sued if they do not comply. Why not charge people, not on benefits, to attend A & E centres or GP's surgeries?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Where has the £46 billion gone?

The London stock exchange saw £46 billion wiped off the value of shares yesterday in what was a global sell off.
But who are the real losers? I suspect it is thousands of private investors who put their hard earned cash into stocks rather than leave it in low interest bank saving accounts. I suspect also that pension funds suffered leaving the man in the street short after a lifetime of toil. But as is always the case with the financial markets, where you have losers you must have winners. Step forward the hedge funds and private banks with huge wealth management portfolios creating yet more polarisation in the 'have' and 'have-not' population. It will all end in tears.