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Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Second Wave

 In April, this Blog suggested that the outbreak of Covid19 might be related to the planet passing through debris from the Perseid shower in August 2019. see:

If this idea has any credibility then one might expect that following the earth's transiting the Perseid shower in 2020 there might be a second wave of the virus. It would also be expected that this second wave would not be so severe because the population has attained some immunity.

Is this not what is being observed around the world?

The relevance of the Liberal Democrats

 Did you see Ed Davey on tv yesterday? He was trying to answer the question: Are the Liberal Democrats relevant today?

Their performance at the last General Election was lamentable and they have changed their leader five times in the last year or two. So what did Davey have to say? 'I shall travel the length and breadth of the Country listening to what the electorate needs and wants'. Later in the interview he explained that despite the referendum, he was still passionately pro Europe. What, therefore, is the point of the listening exercise? Whatever the populace tell him he won't change his mind on those matters that he is passionate about. A complete waste of time.

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Legal aid stupidity

 The case of  policeman Andrew Harper highlights, yet again, how stupid the UK legal system can be at times. A policeman dies, three men admit responsibility and yet the lawyers for the defence still claim £465,000 in tax payers money. How the hell can they run up such a bill. It was bad enough that the men could get away with a charge of manslaughter instead of murder but wouldn't it be better if the money, instead of defending the indefensible was given to the widow of the victim. Now, it transpires that these lawyers are having another dig in the trough by contesting the severity of the sentence already the subject of an appeal by the prosecution on the grounds of leniency.

It's time that the legal aid system was overhauled to give better value for money for the taxpayer but with so many lawyers in parliament one shouldn't hold your breath.

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Racial Tensions growing

 Racial tensions around the world are growing. Improved mobility allows populations to spread out exposing residents to fear of being swamped by strangers. The Greeks, have intimated that their Country no longer welcomes immigrants as they cannot cope with the numbers. The British, long renowned for their tolerance and aid for people seeking refuge, have reached a point close to breaking. You can feel the tension especially with the Black Lives matter programme seeking to downplay the success of Anglo-Saxons and demonise the miracle of the British Empire.

But is it natural to feel resentment about immigrants? Does nature have a lesson for us?

If you are a signal crayfish in the UK you will think you've done well to populate the rivers at the expense of the indigenous species, succeeding so well that the natives are dwindling in number. So too if you are a grey squirrel, having pushed the native red variety to near extinction in some quarters. The introduction of mink is thought to have led to the demise of water voles and in Australia they curse the introduction of cane toads to control certain pests having unleashed an insatiable carnivore capable of eating pets. Albinos of almost any species are not tolerated by the herd and are usually killed. Clearly diversity doesn't always work in nature as Neanderthal Man can testify having failed to live in harmony with homo erectus.No one thought to march or protest for equality there as nature took its course. There was no Neanderthal Lives Matter.

So, if nature warns of the problems of racial disharmony, what do we make of the call for diversity in modern life; to live peacefully, side by side, with people of different cultures, beliefs, appearance and habits? Don't the lessons from nature tell us that, except in small numbers, it is bound to fail and true integration is a fantasy of the young left liberal idealists? Is it not the case that immigrants to whatever country tend to gravitate to people of their own language and culture, to go where they are comfortable and feel welcomed, thereby forming their own communities and ghettos. It is a fallacy to suggest that this causes no problems with the indigenous population and it is wrong to pin labels such as racist and fascist on those who express disquiet about rising numbers of 'foreigners' in their neighbourhood.

What is the answer? I can't help but feel that the best place for immigrants that want to keep their own way of life, their culture and beliefs is back in their own Country or one that shares their values. It could be that their own Countries will eventually need their skills to rebuild a just society rather than spreading disquiet and unhappiness in another.

We have been warned.

Saturday, 29 August 2020

Black role models

 The news today (29th Aug 2020) is dominated by the death of Chadwick Boseman. It is always tragic when someone dies at such a young age and our condolences go to his family and friends. But who is he? I've never heard of him. A presenter on Sky News earlier described his death as an 'immeasurable loss'. An 'immeasurable loss'! Was he the discoverer of a universal cure for cancer? The man who came up with the scientific 'Holy Grail', the Theory of Everything? Has he discovered a perpetual motion machine, set unimpeachable political standards or is he a Nobel Prize winner. Nope, none of those; he's an actor, a black actor raised to the level of a God on the tide of the 'Black Lives Matter' pandemic that is sweeping the world. 

In these days of racial tension, with enhanced awareness of diversity problems, the Black Lives Matter movement would do better to provide other role models for young black people. Being good at carnivals, acting in films and singing in rhythm and blues bands, for example, does not build the esteem or respect they seek. Nor does seeing youngsters sporting flash cars and bling bought on the back of County Lines drug dealing. We need to see on television more black scientists or academics, not because they fulfill a diversity quota but because they are esteemed by their peers for the quality of their work.

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.