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Monday, 19 October 2020

The Bishops speak

 The Bishops of the Church of England have spoken to tell the Government how to negotiate the UK's exit from the European Union. They, of course, voted to keep the Country in Europe and are continuing to put 'their oar in' rather than stick to their area of competence, human souls.

Far better that they concentrate on explaining why, if God truly loves his people, he has visited on them this awful Covid19. Why did he turn his face away from the holocaust and the sexual abuse of children by his priesthood? This weekend saw two more people die in the name of the prophet Mohammed. The Bishops might well ponder why, if the God of Abraham had updated his message in the seventh century, he neglected to tell the Jews and Christians directly of the new order. All these religions; they all can't be right and the Bishops might like to comment on that.

Further to the last sentences, I trust the police investigating the murder of a teacher in France at the hands of an Islamic teenager speak to his parents and leaders of the mosque he attended. 

Monday, 12 October 2020

Death penalty for fraudsters

 Readers of this blog will know we support the exercise of the death penalty for some crimes, particularly the murder (and rape) of children and officials in the course of their duty. There are other offences for which I suggest that the death penalty is not only proportionate but also appropriate.

This time I would argue that fraudsters who steal the life savings of the elderly, in particular, should also attract the ultimate penalty. These people, who wake up each morning plan by devious and well prepared means to separate often vulnerable people from their savings accrued over many tears of hard work. These bastards ruin lives often bringing despair to those who hoped to live their final years in some comfort. Now, reduced to destitution they can imagine the fraudsters enjoying their ill gotten gains having done no more than devise slick websites designed to snare the unwary. These fraudsters should understand that by ruining the lives of others they forfeit the right to live. They must understand that they are of no use to humanity and must go and their assets seized for distribution amongst the victims.

VICTIMS before the guilty.


Saturday, 10 October 2020

Feral Britain

There are reports in the British press that some estates in the UK are out of control.

One such is Primrose Court in Huyton near Liverpool. This once nice housing estate has descended into an urban hell with looted and burnt out houses in an area governed by drug dealers and gang louts. But how did it get to this situation. My grandparents lived near to Huyton in a quiet well kept street, front gardens tidy in well maintained privet hedges. people took pride in their houses. In the communities, self discipline and a sense of public responsibility acted as the guidelines for social living. This public responsibility included a respect for the authorities including those working in the public sector including the police, firefighters and ambulance crews. 

What happened? Well, the demographics changed for a start. The estates became inhabited by people with no sense of British values. No sense of shared ambition forged over centuries by the social evolution following the signing of the Magna Carta. Instead, we have an influx of people impatient for success promised by a generation of hopefuls fed by the prospects of unlimited handouts.

What else changed? The human Rights act, that's what. It leads to people's false expectations. The do-gooders have suggested that everyone is entitled to whatever they desire. Nobody is responsible for their own actions-its all are faults. Sadly the courts seek to exonerate the guilty wherever possible denying the innocent both of justice and comfort. Children cannot be disciplined because of child abuse legislation leading to lack of discipline in schools. Good teachers don't linger where they are abused leading to lower standards, poor achievement and academic failure the consequences of which can be seen all over the Country. What's the phrase? when good people don't act, bad things happen.

It all comes down to DISCIPLINE and the need to enforce it despite the screams of the civil liberties idealogues. Indiscipline leads inevitably to chaos and anarchy which helps nobody. Rebuild Primrose Court. Populate it with people who understand the rules. Eviction follows anti-social behaviour. Bring back discipline in schools and severely punish parents who interfere. Kids need rules, strictly adhered to because a generation of lax guidelines has led to a rise in feral behaviour, immune to the norms of civilised society.

'Grown-up' debate

Do you agree with me that when we hear somebody call for a 'grown-up' or 'adult' debate what they really mean is that I will maintain a mature, logical, common sense based, well thought out argument and you will counter with a childish, nonsensical account of wishful thinking that flies in the face of reason.

The use of the phrase carries with it the insinuation that only my point of view is valid and that all others are irrelevant. In recognising this truism one has to also reflect that the held views are therefore less likely to be other than ideologically nuanced nonsense.

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Covid v influenza

President Trump has been vilified (yet again) for urging people not to fear Covid19. Should we fear this contagion or should we treat it in the same way we treat influenza? This is how the World Health Organisation reported flu deaths in 2017:

'Up to 650 000 deaths annually are associated with respiratory diseases from seasonal influenza, according to new estimates by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC), the World Health Organization and global health partners.'

In 1918 it is thought that 50 million people died of Spanish flu, globally. Compare this with recent figures for covid related deaths of 1.038,000.

Isn't POTUS correct to say that we need to accept that Covid is with us, like the flu, and get on with life. Politicians are afraid of being accused of being reckless with people's lives, afraid of being so judged at the polls, to the extent that they run their Country into the financial gutter. Some people will suffer in the same way that common flu can cause complications and lead to death. It's time for all political parties to rally behind governments with the aim of getting their Countries working again rather than sniping for political gain.

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.