EU Inclusion and Unity

9 Apr

So, Orban has won another term of exclusion in an EU state.

When  the UK voted for Brexit, I was full of despair. I felt it excluded my daughter from opportunity and inclusion as an EU citizen.

Now – not so sure. Since 2004, we have admitted hundreds of thousands of EU citizens to the UK: great. But Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland have refused to accept the victims of horror from Syria and Eritrea or any other country where ordinary people face death and desolation.

It seems like my great dream of European and global unity is plunging towards a precipice. Europe is becoming no better than comb-over America in the days of Trump: no better than the Nazi era!

The European parliament should sanction the governments of EU countries where racism prevails, and the UK government should stop ass-licking for the citizens of those racist countries.

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Bishops, child benefit and responsibility

9 Apr

So, Bishops think two-child benefit cap should be removed?

Simple, innit. If you can’t afford to provide for your kids – don’t have them! Back in my antique life in a poor family, my parents focused on my wellbeing: no trendy trainers, no flat-screen TV, no Playstation, no fat bastard McDonalds – just simple stuff like home-cooked meals, repaired shoes, reversed shirt collars to deal with fraying fabric.  Those were the days.

Now, profligate child-bearing is a revenue stream for many: child tax credit, even working tax credit if you are an excessive breeder. No one should be paid to have children!

Of course, in the light of the recent explosion of abuse scandals involving Bishops and priests, no child benefits there.

 

 

UK lamentable treatment of Domestic Violence victims

17 Nov

OK, so many countries neglect the issue of domestic violence, but as the father of parliaments, shouldn’t the UK be leading the way?

As a victim of abuse, one would hope that help was available in the UK.

Sadly, not. The courts, the police, social services and the legal ‘profession’ are an inadequate failure!

Ok, if you are a terrorist/murderer/IRA murderer/child abuser -you get the highest standard of legal representation. Cases going back over decades get appropriate attention at the highest levels.

But, if you are a victim of abuse, violence, alienation you get no support.

On legal aid, you get the help of solicitors like Duncan Lewis; the biggest recipient of legal aid funds in England, who mainly deploy trainees and incompetent junior staff who fail to observe dates and lose papers. You get the judgements of a prejudiced and incompetent family court judge named Paul Carr. You get incompetent and inaccurate actions by Harrow Social Services, and dismissive treatment by the Metropolitan Police because violence and death threats over 2 years ago don’t count, even with evidence.

Overall, the UK is behind in the issue of parental alienation. Our legal system prefer to listen to the views of minors (under 10) who live in fear and suffer indoctrination and abuse. They ignore facts, evidence and only deploy when things become a crisis.

As a key parent, key educator and provider for my family, I despair.

Priti Patel storms into lead

18 May

So far this year, bovine Nicky Morgan grabbed the hotspot for dumbest politician of the year with her dictat that all schools must become academies. No explanation needed, just island-based comparisons: the Scots don’t do it because it is is nonsense and does not improve standards for our kids.

So, of course, she eventually had to back down.

Priti Patel was never going to be a star, but she edged Morgan because she is better looking. She also got a couple of points because she is an alumni of my daughter’s school (Priti wouldn’t even get in there these days – standards have improved).

However, the MP for Witham (aka Hamwit), Minister for Employment, today potted the black ball in the corner pocket. She launched the Save Our Curry Houses campaign, as part of her support for Brexit. Her irrational rationale is that if we exit the EU, we will no longer be forced to allow EU citizens to live and work here, so we will be able to let in more Bangladeshi and Indian citizens to work in our restaurants and stop restaurants going under. Smart, huh?

We have millions of people from the Indian subcontinent living here. I married one. How about encouraging some of them to enter the restaurant industry? A couple of universities do offer degrees in that very British cuisine, but most British Asians would not be keen to work 60 hour weeks for low wages.

Dumb and dumber? Patel gets pole position. And Cameron gets yet another grid penalty for appointing ministers with no intelligence, no skills and no place in government.

Perhaps Patel needs to get on to Just Eat and order a vindaloo tonight? Might clear her head. But then would she know that vindalhao is authentically a pork curry brought to India by Portugese colonialists?

 

 

A great week for steelworkers….

1 Apr

Another nail in the coffin of British industry. Tata has decided to bail out (I wonder if Jaguar Landrover uses British steel?). No government representation at the Tata meeting; too busy elsewhere, I guess.

Sajid Javid was busy in Australia; obviously the destruction of a key strategic industry, workers lives, communities was not not high in his consciousness. After all, he is an ex £3 million a year banker. Cameron was scratching his arse over the Belgian calamity. Osborne was probably contemplating his gloomy future as the Chancellor of the failed Exchequer.

It has been revealed that the Brit government blocked EU moves to impose sanctions on Chinese steel dumping. After all, Chinese investment in British nuclear power, transportation and real estate is far more important than working people.

In the same week, figures were published that around 3,000 UK bankers earned over 1 million Euros last year. More than bankers across Europe, and only 55 times higher than the new minimum wage. Not bad for a bunch of coke-snorting unqualified jerks. Of course, they are far more worthy than doctors, care workers, teachers and garbage collectors.

The Qatar hosting of the World Cup has made the headlines again. Allegedely, contractors have been exploiting and abusing workers. Come on, this is standard practice across the Middle East. Even in those esteemed countries like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, where our government endorses dictatorship, restrictions on free speech and enslavement – in exchange for defence contracts. Unlike most government bullshit, proclaimed ignorance of the harsh reality and bland reassurance, this story is true. The workers are abused by their own governments and businesses, employers in Qatar and “our valued partners” is endemic.

 

 

‘There is enough in the world for everyone’s need; there is not enough for everyone’s greed’ ~ Mahatma Gandhi

21 Jun

Yesterday thousands died from poverty, disease and war.

Yesterday someone paid over $9 million for a bloody violin. One could hope that it turns out to be fake or gets infested with woodworm.

AU Mission to Libya. Pot, kettle, black?

15 Apr

The irony of the African Union mission to mad dog Qaddafi has not passed me by…..but it seems to have escaped most news reports.

Mauritania. Not a lot of democracy there. Be an opposition member if you dare! Words like campaign, terror spring to mind. Plus of course Uganda: two headlines this week – trip to Libya and violent crackdowns on peaceful dissent by the opposition. Not to mention the country headed by rape-charge dodger and polygamist Zuma. Congo – a haven of peace and tranquility.

Not so much a mission – more like a gathering of war criminals and manipulators attempting to gain publicity abroad while deflecting attention from human rights abuses back home.