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Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Woke universities

In my career, the Duke of Edinburgh paid a visit to two institutions that were my place of work. One filled me with pride and the other, somewhat, ashamed.
In the late sixties, the Duke graced Imperial College, London, with a visit. As a representative of the student body, the President of the student union was invited to welcome the Duke. He did and to the best of my recollection carried out his duty with minimum deference to the visitor's rank. It was to be expected; as a Republican, Piers Corbyn, brother of the former Labour Party leader, had no respect for the man or status of the College's guest. Shameful and in direct contrast to the Duke's visit to the Royal Ordnance Factory at Birtley, co Durham, some years later when all the stones fringing the grassy areas (very few) were painted white. Although the factory workers were mostly left minded Geordies the visitor was accorded every courtesy consistent with his position.

I don't know if Corbyn resented the visit of the Duke but it seems that again the university students and some lecturers are taking it upon themselves to decide whose opinions they are prepared to listen to and 'non-platforming' those with right wing, Brexiteer, or other views at odds with the new woke protocols. I suggest they still don't reflect the views of the majority in the UK and for this reason universities should be compelled to act to secure the freedom of speech for all.

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Whose side is the BBC on?

What are the BBC up to? Promoting a story that condemns British forces for alleged killings far from home in Afghanistan years ago. They are following a story narrated by lawyers, disgracefully paid by public funds, to sue the Government for compensation due to alleged crimes and possibly bring charges against individual soldiers.
What do you say? War crimes? War is the only crime; what happens in war is outside the scope of the direct combatants as they concentrate on self preservation. Politicians are the true perpetrators of the crime of war and are seldom held to account whilst the lowly soldiers, ordered to the theatre, away from family and friends shoulder all the responsibility. The Geneva convention is a politician made paper that bears no relation to the true reality of war where survival and victory are paramount.

Why does the BBC do this? Why do they feel it is in the public interest to broadcast this? Why do they not stick up for the brave British fighting men and women, serving in hostile conditions instead of highlighting alleged wrongdoing by grasping foreign chancers and corrupt legal profession. Not only this but they seem to side with all those who wish to find fault with Britain's glorious past, to cast aspersions on the Empire which brought so much good around the world. Why is it that I hear the BBC loud and clear when condemning British involvement in the old slave trade but never a thing about the greater involvement of black Africans. It is almost as if the BBC are going out of the way to promote diversity when the majority of the British people are sick to the back teeth of seeing their Nation denigrated for being too Anglo Saxon. They are sick to the back teeth of immigrants accepting British hospitality and then marching in increasing numbers to change British culture and possibly their legal system, pulling down statues they don't like. Even Churchill is under threat.  
Recent marches by crowds dressed in black, led by the Black Lives Matter brigade allow us to glimpse a future predicted a generation ago by Enoch Powell.

The BBC's eagerness to be all things to all people has gone too far. It should remember who they serve. The British people are tolerant, kind people but they are nearing the end of their tether, despairing with a national broadcaster whose output often goes too far, almost to the point some might call treachery.

Saturday, 18 July 2020

Police Brutality

When we hear the phrase, 'police brutality' we immediately assume it refers to the police inflicting pain on the citizenship.  In some cases the policemen involved (its nearly always policemen not policewomen because equality doesn't work like that) lose their jobs and livelihoods, possibly their liberty.
Whilst recognising that some standards have to be maintained, surely it is right to understand that apprehending a felon can be a physically and mentally challenging proposition, one not normally encountered by the general public. Different situations and different suspects require different tactics and I suggest that these can seem brutal but who are we to judge what is or isn't required in the heat of the moment. The police on the ground, those who confront danger daily, not knowing if they will be killed or seriously injured each and every day, need to know they have the support of senior officers and politicians not sacrificed on the altar of 'woke' social correctness. 
Would it be more convenient for the Police Commissioners if the policemen died in the course of their duty rather than face accusations of police brutality?

Monday, 13 July 2020

Natural Remedy

Covid19, now a pandemic, has taken over half amillion lives, worldwide. There is every indication that the virus will be with forever in the same way that flu can never be eradicated, popping up from time to time in different parts of the world, respecting no cultures or nationalities.
Is it time to recognise that the introduction of the the virus is in fact Nature's way of maintaining a balance in the biosphere, correcting the problem of overpopulation, beyond that which the planet cannot sustain. Now exceeding seven billion, the earth's population has already seen the ocean's larder plundered almost to extinction and evermore people fighting for the diminishing fertile land. Forests, essential for the planet's wellbeing are being felled for palm oil as conglomerates exploit every chance to keep the globe fed.
With no obvious way to stop people procreating, Governments fail to act, afraid of contravening human right legislation, Nature has to take a hand. It will be brutal, taking the young and old alike; the well and infirm of all religions and none.
Science will come up with ways to alleviate the suffering and control the spread of one strain only for another to spring up. Covid20 is just round the corner and Covid21 after that until the population of the planet can be sustained by natural resources.
Nature has another brutal solution but one less palatable, perhaps. War. It is not uninevitable as the major powers, the US, China and Russia vie for global domination. This confrontation, seemingly man made, is in effect a manifestation of Nature's survival of the fittest strategy. When people get down of their knees to pray, they shouldn't be entreating their non-existing gods for help but beseeching mother Nature for guidance.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Now lock 'em up!

The police in the UK have arrested 700 people on suspicion of serious crime. They have been taken as police intercepted encrypted messages sent by members of serious crime organisations. The operation is considered to be significant.
Now, the courts need to play their part. Defence lawyers, paid handsomely, will no doubt put up spurious claims based on human rights and similar but the courts should not shirk their duty and send these career criminals away for a long time.
Have we room in the prisons? If not convert the Nightingale hospital into a high security unit based on solitary confinement, no visitors, no telephones, no association.

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Is now the time to ban spitting in football

In 2013 we this blog advocated a worldwide ban on spitting at football matches.

Is now an opportune moment to ban the heinous practice of spitting in football matches. It should be prohibited everywhere in public but now, with the covid19 epidemic it would make sense to take advantage of the new health awareness in football stadia to introduce a yellow card for spitting and a red for nasal discharging.

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Shopping centres for sale?

Intu Properties, owner of a large number of shopping centres including Lakeside in Essex, The Trafford Centre in Manchester and the MetroCentre in Gatehead, has called in the receivers.
It is to be hoped that this Company with its massive real estate portfolio does not fall into the hands of a foreign Company as has happened with much of central London. I can envisage that this would be an attractive proposition for a Saudi Arabia that needs to diversify as oil revenues fall.

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Are children born 'racist'?

The ex footballer Dion Dublin recently maintained on television that children are not born 'racist'. Really!
I presume by 'racist' he means those who hate people of a different tribe as opposed to those who just prefer the company of their family, friends and community.
In the first place I suggest each and every one of us prefer the company of family and friends. I suggest this preference is hard wired into our brains as a security measure according to nature's survival of the fittest rules. See:

This blog has already considered the question of whether children are capable of being born evil See:

I suggest that Dublin is wrong. Children are born to be naturally aware of strangers. Their final character, however, is shaped by nurturing. Those brought up by parents, fearful of strangers and people of a different colour and/ or culture, will more likely exhibit 'racist' tendencies.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Boris at the despatch box

Now recovered from his illness, the electorate have an opportunity to observe the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in action against a competent leader of the opposition, Sir Keir Starmer.
He has his own style full of bluster and rhetorical pause but it cannot hide the fact that he doesn't have full command of the detail of his brief. It is clear that he sees his role as a leader, a delegator, who leaves the minutae of each department to his Secretaries of State and this leaves him exposed when questioned in detail, his notes his only back-up. It contrasts markedly with the consummate performances of his predecessor, Theresa May; imperious at the despatch box but without the 'presence' of a Commander -in- Chief.

In the United States, however, the recent performances of their C-in-C at the lectern, ahead of elections in the Autumn does not augur well for him. Recent revelations in Bolton's book and his less than sincere posturing at press conferences will not convince an electorate that senses change. The Bible might not save him.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Destruction of monuments

There are many calls from mainly the ethnic community to take down historic memorials of men involved in the slave trade.
Many of the memorials or statues were erected when very few men and women with ethnic backgrounds lived in the UK and were erected as the response of a grateful public for philanthropic largesse. They were symbols of respect by the populace for acts of generosity. At that time slavery was not considered to be so barbarous as we suppose it is today.
The situation is different today; slavery, banned by the United Nations, is considered to be heinous trade, a view widely held by the population of the UK including and especially the several million people of black African and other ethnic backgrounds. These, relatively new, inhabitants of the 'sceptred' isles, resent the presence of these memorials and seek to have them removed despite their being a record of the Nation's past history. It's as if they say: Thank you for allowing us to live here and affording us a better way of life but you really ought to do something about those memorials. They offend us.
It's not so far removed from the Muslims coming to the UK for a better, safer life and wanting the UK to adopt Sharia Law as the legal system. Conquerers can do it; the Romans and Normans could demand change, to the victors the spoils, but surely this does not apply to immigrants. Should they not  accept the norms and idiosyncreties of the host nation with good grace?

Today's generation might care to think of what their lives would be like now if their ancestors were not taken, always bearing in mind that not all slave owners were bad. Todays black elite in the US and UK might reflect that if it had not been for the suffering of their ancestors they might be living in a mud hut economy in the jungles of sub-Saharan Africa. They might also like to ponder on the African participation in the slave trade where one tribe would sell captured or kidnapped  other tribespeople. Also it was a common means of getting rid of felons and other undesirables in countries that had no prison system.  In this respect slavers were looked on favourably by some tribal kings.
Few white people ventured into central Africa because of disease and murder and rarely took active part in the taking of slaves from their homes. It was the work of indigenous Africans. Black on black.

Much is said of 'respect'. In pulling down these statues, where's the respect for the people, long dead, who felt it important to erect these monuments. Respect has to be earned. The current 'woke' reaction will not attract it.