Friday, July 25, 2014

Prodnoses

The campaign to outlaw alcohol appears to be gathering pace, rather than deal with irresponsible drinkers using existing laws, successive governments have taken to increasing the duty on alcohol (leading to smuggling and fake products) and talking about minimum pricing. They've used various fake charities and medical groups to support their methodology until we've reached the situation today where anything unusual involving alcohol immediately draws a response from so called do-gooders.
Express.
A LANCASHIRE school has been slammed for commissioning and selling a beer for two extra-curricular events as part of its centenary celebrations.
The Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School (BRGS) commissioned the special scholastic-themed brew to sell at a fireworks celebration and alumni reunion marking 100 years of the institute's history.
But a concerned resident lodged a complaint to the Portman Group, Britain's independent body in charge of promoting responsible drinking regulations.
No, they weren't selling it to pupils, but had aimed it at real ale enthusiasts who it was hoped would buy the bottles during school events. Instead some bigoted prodnose decided to complain that the school crest which was on the bottle was sending out 'the wrong message' they didn't complain or take it up with the school but complained to the Portman Group who then attacked the school for doing so...
Fortunately the school headmaster has taken the correct attitude...
"One unnecessary complaint - under a code which is not legally enforceable - will not be allowed to undermine the success of the year."
In other words he's telling the busybodies of the Portman Group where to get off, which is a good thing, though I suspect the Portman Group is just another fake charity using public funding from the government to tell the government what it wants to hear so they won't go quietly into the night. Expect more of these sort of stories as social engineering goes on apace with more and more attempts to get us to be good little drones.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thrown to the wolves?

The baby P case was indicative of just how badly a bureaucracy of the state at local level can get things wrong. Peter Connelly - known as Baby P - was 17 months old and had been on the “at risk” register for months when he died at the hands of his mother, her boyfriend, and their lodger, after suffering more than 50 injuries back in August 2007, it emerged at the trial that Baby P had been seen by a string of social workers, police and health professionals who failed to take him into care.
Naturally heads had to roll and naturally this is where the state at local level bodged things up... again.
Telegraph.
Sharon Shoesmith, who was director of children's services at Haringey Council when Baby P was killed, has been awarded almost £680,000 for her unfair dismissal claim.
The north London council’s accounts reveal that Ms Shoesmith, who earned £133,000 a year, was awarded £679,452 in compensation following an agreement between their legal teams.
The council has previously revealed it had spent £196,000 trying to fight Ms Shoesmith's case for unfair dismissal, which culminated in the Appeal Court ruling in 2011 that she had been unfairly sacked and “scapegoated” over the death of Peter Connelly.
Now it may well have been that Haringey didn't follow the rules when sacking her, but this sort of obscene payment is an utter abomination when you consider that it was with Shoesmith that the buck should have stopped. A more honourable person would of course have fallen on their sword so to speak, but in local government lala-land honour is an alien concept. Others of course should have followed her into oblivion, every single one of the string of social workers and police save perhaps the first ones (unless they visited more than once) should have been sacked or rigorously retrained.
Naturally of course lawyers got involved and Shoesmith ended up with an obscene amount of public money for her failure because she fought it on the grounds of wrongful dismissal. The judge agreed with her, but this is where the minimum of 1p could have and should have been awarded with costs not given. The Council however negotiated a secret deal and Shoesmilth got a small fortune.
There was no justice for Baby P, in the end even his memory has had its metaphorical face rubbed into a pile of poo by the likes of the legal system and Sharon Shoesmith, may god damn their souls to an eternity of suffering.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Madness

Only in the UK could we have a situation where we are linked to the EU and an open door policy where anyone in the EU can come here and immediately start claiming benefits. We even put up with claimants lying to get houses and then once the truth is known still allow them to stay even though they are demanding a bigger house.
Express.
THE scandal of “soft touch” Britain has been exposed by a migrant family of 17 living in a three-bedroom house.
The super-sized Toma family from Romania were so desperate for a new life they lied so their brood could live together in one of the worst cases of overcrowding ever seen.
They claim they stand to pocket £55,200 a year in benefits while dreaming of a bigger, taxpayer-funded home. But in a move that will be welcomed by millions of hard-working families, council chiefs have told them: “You’re not being housed by us.”
The Tomas, devout Christians, arrived here from Prahova in Romania in 2012, lured by the prospect of a better life for their children. Hard-working father Mihai, 47, says he earns £1,800-a-month as an electrician.
But turned away by two letting agencies because of the size of their family, they told a private landlord they were a family of six to secure the property in September 2013.
The Council at least have told them where to get off, but I doubt the private landlord is any too pleased. Any sane country wouldn't let them in unless they had a job first, nor would they allow a migrant access to benefits unless they qualified for citizenship say after being in continuous employment for 5 years. Why should the taxpayers and ratepayers of the UK pay for someone who wasn't born here? Oh yes, bit of a rhetorical question that, it's the EU, if you offer something to your own, you have to offer it to everyone else, though few other countries seem too...
Just another reason I'm glad I'm getting out as I'm sick and bloody tired of paying for this.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Apologies not needed

I had a little bit of a grin on my face when Owen Paterson the former environment secretary laid into the enviroloonies last week saying stuff that I basically knew to be true in that groups like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth do very well for themselves by constant claims of trying to help when more often than not they are an utter hindrance to looking after the environment.
Telegraph.
Owen Paterson is facing calls to apologise after claiming that he was “burnt in effigy” by green protesters when he was temporarily blinded from an illness.
The former Environment secretary said Greenpeace had set an image of him on fire in protest as his controversial plans to control TB in cattle by culling badgers.
Mr Paterson made the claim as part of an attack on professional environmental campaigners who repeatedly lobbied him when he was in office.
These were “the highly paid globe-trotters of the Green Blob who besieged me with their self-serving demands, many of which would have harmed the natural environment”, he said.
“I soon realised that the greens and their industrial and bureaucratic allies are used to getting things their own way.
Odd, they only want him to apologise about the effigy which may (or may not) have been burned, not the other claims he made which were far more serious. Still, I suppose if you can force someone to apologise for one part of a claim they can make it look like he's apologising for all.
The problem for the enviroloonies is that Paterson's tale is credible, it has the ring of truth about it as we've all seen the tales of the swampies breaking the law to try and prevent any kind of progress. We also saw the results of their efforts in the Environment Dept in Somerset with the flooding when EU directives influenced by the Green movement in Brussels caused rivers to silt up and the flood plains become water traps again.
So my first thoughts on what to do if I were Paterson would simply be to ignore Greenpeace, but after a few more minutes thought, I reckon a good 'f*#k you!' wouldn't go amiss either.
The Green movement like all leftard movements are not about saving the planet, they are about taking over and forcing us to comply to their will. They are dangerous because they hide their intent behind what appears to be good intentions.
Like all leftard groups through, they simply cannot be trusted.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Jobsworths again

There are those out there who will hold to a rule no matter what, they cannot see outside it nor can they ever even contemplate that as with many rules there are exceptions. For some reason or other, they tend to be attracted to working for the state... Then again perhaps that's not such a surprise, private industry and businesses (unless working for the state) have to be flexible, it's good public relations after all.
Telegraph.
The mother of a terminally-ill boy is fighting against being fined for taking him out of school for what could be his last holiday.
Maxine Ingrouille-Kidd has been threatened with a fine of up to £120 and possible prosecution if she takes her son Curtis out of school during term time.
Doctors have given Curtis, 13, who is a blind quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy, just a few years to live and warned he may only survive until his late teens.
“My son is 14 in October and this may well be his last holiday,” the mother-of-three said.
“He is never going to have a career, he is going to spend the rest of his life with us looking after him.
The family have my deepest sympathy, it must be heartbreaking for them, yet there will be a lot of moments to treasure too.
In this instance though I simply cannot see a reason for the school to object, Curtis is after all in a terminal condition and unless someone comes up with a miracle cure (unlikely) then he won't even make it to take exams, never mind find a useful niche in society. Whilst I can in part see some reasons for keeping kids in school during term times, mostly I wonder against the mentality that believes that going away for a couple of weeks in term time will make a difference to their education. It's probably more to do with it being inconvenient to the school or teacher.
To be honest I believe that Curtis' mother simply ought to take him and then ignore the fine and if summoned to a magistrate opt for a trial by jury as I do not believe that there is a jury in the UK who would convict. Not in this instance anyway.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Oh this should be good.

Following on yesterdays post it appears that the leftard conspiracy of silence over the attempt by hardline islamists to turn schools into education centres for the brainwashing of muslim kids whilst alienating any others who came along and treating them like scum. Now those teachers who were forced out are being encouraged to sue the Council and its education Dept...
Express.
TEACHERS forced out of schools at the centre of the “Trojan horse” allegations in Birmingham could sue the council for failing in its “duty of care” towards them, an MP claims.
At least 12 senior staff, mostly heads, were banned from speaking out as part of their six-figure payoffs. Some say they were bullied, intimidated and threatened over extremists’ attempts to target state schools in the city.
Now Labour MP Khalid Mahmood claims the teachers deserve compens­ation after a report criticised Birmingham City Council’s poor protection for whistleblowers.
The report by independent adviser Ian Kershaw, published on Friday, was commissioned by the council following concerns raised in a letter of 2013, known as the “Trojan horse” letter. It suggested a number of schools had been “taken over” to ensure they were run on Islamic principles.
According to the report, the council “disastrously” failed to act when a group of Muslim men began to promote, sometimes illegally, a fundamentalist version of Islam in some schools, because officials were afraid of being accused of racism or Islamophobia.
Mr Mahmood told the Sunday Express: “There was a significant failure in the rights of individuals who needed the protection of their employer and wanted support with the very ­difficult issues they were facing.
Well I bet the council tax payers in Birmingham are going to love that and no doubt if the payouts are huge the UK taxpayer will have to step in and bail them out all because of 'community cohesion' and the lunatic thinking behind it. The political left has given the entire country a poisonous legacy of imbecilic laws and authorities who are either enablers of islam through fear of it because in their blinkered outlook criticism of it automatically equals racism (despite islam not being a race) or because they genuinely believe that muslims cannot do any wrong besides they also hate Israel as all proper thinking leftards do and the enemy of my enemy etc...
The Council's Education Dept has of course not helped with its Orwellian gagging orders on dismissed staff who were hounded out of their jobs. Indeed the originally Trojan letter probably came from one of these staff and was at first dismissed by leftards in the BBC and Grauniad as a forgery and a hoax, practically right up to the last moment when the report came out and demonstrated that the letter was quite likely a forgery, but not a hoax and the meddling of hard line islamics in schools was very, very real.
This I think is going to run and run...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

This is why our society will fall one day

Islam, the biggest problem facing the civilised world today and a protected species in the UK as successive governments and the legions of libtards and leftards moved to place it beyond criticism and investigation, even to the extent as West Midlands Police did to prosecute a documentary maker (Channel 4) when they filmed Undercover Mosque rather than deal with the real problems the program unearthed. Then their were the grooming scandals where Social services departments went out of their way to blame the girls for having the misfortune to come into contact with predatory muslim males and their misogynistic all non-muslim women are whores for our use attitude and who covered up the scandal with police connivance for years. We have the burning of poppies which gets you a £150 fine for the perpetrator coupled with 12 months imprisonment for putting bacon on a mosque door handle for a Scottish man, dual standards if ever there were.. There are other scandals, Lee Rigby, Kris Donald and Charlene Downes, to name but a few and now of course we have the Trojan Horse scandal in our schools...
Telegraph.
Children were taught that all Christians are liars and attempts were made to introduce Sharia law in classrooms as part of an alleged 'Trojan Horse' takeover plot of Birmingham schools, an inquiry has found.
The inquiry commissioned by Birmingham City Council found evidence of religious extremism in 13 schools as school governors and teachers tried to promote and enforce radical Islamic values.
Schools put up posters warning children that if they didn't pray they would "go to hell", Christmas was cancelled and girls were taught that women who refused to have sex with their husbands would be "punished" by angels "from dusk to dawn".
The report found that the extremism went unchecked because the council "disastrously" prioritised community cohesion over "doing what is right".
It concluded that there was a "determined effort" by "manipulative" governors to introduce "unacceptable" practices, "undermine" head teachers and deny students a broad and balanced education.
Ah yes, community cohesion a term loved by leftards and libtards as it enables them to ignore the excesses of islam and concentrate on the racism of 'ol whitey' if he even looks at them funny. yet even now there are those out there who tried to deny that the report was in some way compromised. Yet teachers were persecuted, hounded and bullied because they were not Muslim and many in the media (yes Guardian and Independent we're looking at you) tried to convince people that this was racially motivated islamophobia and that nothing really worthy of inspection was going on. Even yesterday BBC radio chose to frame the reports by running this as the headline: Birmingham City Council's report found no evidence of a "conspiracy" to promote "violent extremism or radicalisation" values. They've strangely changed their tune today.
The British people have been betrayed by successive governments and the sycophantic followers of left wing dogma to the stage where I doubt society can be fixed any more, they're simply too well dug in. Couple this with the EU and uncontrolled immigration then you can probably guess where the country will be in about twenty years time.
I'd be amazed if we don't have a full blown civil war on our hands.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Four years?

We all know politicians and political parties have sticky fingers. We also know that when it comes to admitting they made a mistake is a nigh on impossible task as they'll attempt to change the subject or do as politicians do not answer the question at all...
Telegraph.
The Liberal Democrats are under pressure to repay a £2.4million donation from a convicted fraudster after the electoral register failed to force the party to check properly where the money came from.
A four year inquiry by the Parliamentary Ombudsman found that the Electoral Commission had failed to vet properly the donation from Michael Brown in the months after the party received it in 2005.
Brown gave the LibDems the £2.4million in four tranches between February and May 2005 through his company 5th Avenue Partners. The total sum is one of the biggest ever single donation to a political party.
The Commission has a legal duty to check that donations are legal under a law passed in 2000. In the case of donations from companies, it has to be satisfied that the companies are trading in the UK.
Now the Lib Dem excuse such as it is, is that they accepted the cash in 'good faith' which unfortunately for them doesn't explain why they've attacked other parties dodgy donations (in their eyes) which they did with Ukip back in 2007 and an Alan Brown donation. Their other problem is of course that basically they are broke and in grave danger of falling off the electoral wagon due to the fact that their policies are stupid and they are seen as a millstone by many to good government (for given values of good)
Hence they can't give the cash back as I suspect they've already spent it, some on their disastrous EU electoral campaign. I also suspect that they need what's left if any to fight the coming general election.
So, expect some deal to be cut, and an awful lot of whinging, at least until after the election.
Couldn't happen to a nicer party in my eyes...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fire hazard

Bird mincers (aka wind turbines) are a favourite hobby horse of mine as it's a target rich environment. They're touted by enviroloons and moneygrabbing politicians as the answer to carbon free power generation and will help save the planet from global warming man made climate change. This is despite the fact that they're inneficient, expensive to run and intermittent in their generation as they don't work when there's no wind... or indeed too much.
Telegraph.
Wind turbines may catch on fire ten times more often than is publicly reported, putting nearby properties at risk and casting doubt on their green credentials, researchers have warned.
The renewable energy industry keeps no record of the number of turbine fires, meaning the true extent of the problem is unknown, a study backed by Imperial College London finds on Thursday.
An average of 11.7 such fires are reported globally each year, by media, campaign groups and other publicly-available sources, but this is likely to represent just the “tip of the iceberg”.
There could in fact be 117 turbine fires each year, it argues, based on analysis showing just 10pc of all wind farm accidents are typically reported.
Fires tend to be “catastrophic”, leading to turbines worth more than £2 million each being written off, because the blazes occur so high up that they are almost impossible to put out, it warns.
So not only eyesores and a danger to flying mammals, they're a bit of a liability when it comes to catching fire. That plus the ones at sea are discovering the joys of a salt laden environment and have corrosion/erosion problems. All in all it's pretty much a case of money down the drain along with the fact that it's also taxpayers cash subsidising the damned things.
Any engineer will tell you that objects with moving parts will require maintenance, in a normal power station there are people around to do this, but at least the turbines are at ground level (usually) In the case of a wind turbine, they're unmanned only visited on a regular maintenance schedule and as with regular maintenance, sometimes things go wrong that aren't picked up. Place a unit with plastics, hydraulics and generating heat via its power generation and you have a bit of a fire trap stuck off the ground where the fire brigade can't get at it, nor can be reached to do running repairs.
Still they're going to save the planet, along with the backup diesel generators sneakily brought in to supplement their dormant periods as the government closed down the efficient power stations to build these monstrosities.
If it wasn't so serious, it would be funny.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Nothing will come of this, but it's fun to watch

The BBC are like a lot of left wing organisations racist to the core, they don't recognise their own racism of course as they are blinkered to the effect that you can't be racist to white people nor that promoting one group (so long as they aren't white) is wrong and in the end counter-productive as it only breeds more resentment when the colour of your skin (and occasionally gender/sexual orientation) Not that this stops them with tokenism of course, after all, everyone who complains must be a racist...
Telegraph.
The BBC’s plan to promote ethnic minority staff is racist, a Tory MP has claimed as he challenged executives to give their own jobs to black candidates if they are so passionate about diversity.
Philip Davies said the BBC’s “politically correct targets” discriminated against the white working class, who are also under-represented at the corporation but are not the subject of diversity quotas.
He confronted Lord Hall, the director-general, and a panel of other BBC executives – all of whom are white – appearing before the House of Commons culture select committee.
After Lord Hall said the BBC must employ “as many people as possible from as many different backgrounds as possible”, Mr Davies rounded on the panel.
“I’m looking at you four – which of you four are prepared to fall on your swords and let a black person have that job?” he asked.
Lord Hall and his colleagues – director of strategy James Purnell, BBC television controller Danny Cohen and non-executive director Dame Fiona Reynolds – declined to take up the offer.
Mr Davies said: “You are going down what I personally consider to be a racist approach.
“To me, the true racists are people who see everything in terms of race when what we should surely be is colour blind. Just as it is racist to prevent someone from having a job when they are black, it is equally racist to give someone a job just because they are black.
They of course do not see it as racism, they have buzzwords and phrases like equality of opportunity, but Philip Davies nailed it, it's racism by any other name as the equality does not include the majority nor parts of the majority and therefore it's as discriminatory as a sign reading 'no blacks or Asians'.
Yet if you are going to go down this path, the best way to look at it is role reversal, if you decide that you need more ethnic minorities then reverse it to read that you need more whites and that will tell you the intent of the decree.Not that I expect a common sense approach to employment, common sense amongst leftards ain't that common. No, they simply cannot see how racist they are, it's perfectly all right for them to discriminate against white working class males (and females) because we don't count in their diversity quotas.
The BBC will ignore this of course as will the left, yet it was good to see Philip Davies pull them on it, I can't imagine they ever thought they would, it simply wouldn't have registered. Still they can of course ignore him, the man's clearly a racist and a Tory to boot...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Parish Notice

My New Zealand work to residence visa has been approved and I'm joining the white flight from the UK.
As a consequence this blog will close some time around about the week of the 15th of August as I'll have no time to write and once in New Zealand few things to be angry about.

My disgust in what was done to a once great country and people was summed up by Batsby as he so aptly calls it 'I name her NHS Great Britain'

I'll miss my England, but it's not the country I wish it was, hasn't been for years, I'm just relieved to be getting Lady QM out while I had the chance as I doubt we'd like growing old here.

This is another reason we hold the system in contempt

Legal aid, it's supposed to assist those who can't afford it access to the legal system for redress if they think they have been cheated or to provide a defence for them if they have been accused of a crime. All in all a pretty good idea, though like most things involving lawyers expensive and used for things the original writers of it never envisaged.
Mail.
An Ethiopian farmer has won permission to use taxpayers’ money to sue the British Government ... for sending aid to his homeland.
The case, branded ridiculous by MPs, will be funded entirely by the public even though the farmer has never set foot in this country.
The 33-year-old Ethiopian – granted anonymity to protect his family – says ministers are funding a one-party state in his country that has breached his human rights. He says foreign aid helped the regime inflict ‘brutal treatment’ on thousands of farmers driven from their land, against the International Development Act 2002.
Taxpayers will pay for both the farmer’s lawyers and a defence team from the Department for International Development, in a case that could cost tens of thousands of pounds. This is in addition to the £1.3billion Britain has sent to Ethiopia since 2010.
In fairness to the government the guy got his case in before they changed the rules, yet even so you have to wonder other than greed what the hell the legal profession were thinking even allowing such a case.
It does throw up two issues though, the legal profession throwing away our cash on frivolous cases and the government throwing away our cash on foreign kleptocracies who basically use it to line their own pockets as very little seems to manage to get down to helping ordinary people.
Essentially we don't need to be spending taxpayers cash on things that are of no benefit to taxpayers. If people want to assist the downtrodden of the Earth that's their choice and should be done via real charities, not the government deciding which foreign potentates pension fund they are lining. Nor should legal aid be for anyone other than UK citizens, not EU citizens and definitely not foreigners who have never set foot here. Granted a barrister or solicitor should be available as court appointed should you need a defence, but only if you're here in person other than that, no. Nor was the no win, no fee idea such a great one either, it's just hiked up insurance premiums across the UK and made organisations risk averse.
As to what we should do? I don't know, but there's a reason a lot of revolutions begin with a massive cull of lawyers...