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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.

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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.

Un voile au-dessus de la liberté, de l’égalité et de la fraternité

13 Apr

The French ban on the wearing of the niqab (veil) is wrong. It is a sad affront to the Republic’s democratic traditions.

But is it any more wrong than the enforced wearing of the chador in Iran, or the wearing of the abbayah in Saudi Arabia? Personal choices and freedom of religion, dress and self-expression are denied in many totalitarian states, so it saddens me that the first modern republic in Europe, an allegedly democratic state, has singled out one sector of the population for such discriminatory treatment.

Ian Duncan-Smith: Deluded – yes. But how deluded?

20 Feb

On the infrequent occasions that Ian Duncan-Smith raises his shining head above the parapet, he demonstrates his willingness to espouse hearsay and assumption, rather than facts.

This week, he stated that there are “over 500,000 unfilled jobs” in the UK. Nice round number. If he derived that cheery information from the direct.gov vacancy database, then his delusions are serious indeed.

The old Jobcentre Plus database was merged into the direct.gov system a year ago. It was a bad system, but merging two bad systems does not make one good one.

A simple check indicates the validity of any vacancy figures derived in this way. A search for all jobs within 15 miles of Harrow throws up 100 ‘vacancies’ for the period 1 November to 18 February. Of that 100, 14% are self-employed, 8% are temporary, 5% are vacancies such charity or utility sales and at least 6% are ‘recycled’ (on the system almost permanently, but with the posting date changed). So at least 33% of the ‘vacancies’ are dubious in the extreme. Nothing wrong with a commission-only sales job – even though the long-term unemployed are unlikely to have the self-confidence to give it a go. Add to this the immediate loss of benefits and a turnaround time of 6 to 10 weeks for processing a new claim; we can see exactly how viable these vacancies are. Better the bare existence afforded by JSA than the risk of no income at all for over 2 months.

Of course, the integrity of the database is so highly regarded that the NHS, the Civil Service and most Local Authorities do not even put their vacancies on there! In fact even the DWP does not advertise there.

You think that 100 is too small a sample? Try this for size: search for shop-worker vacancies within 75 miles of central London. Result: 293 vacancies. But 224 of them are permanent. Try care jobs: 200 jobs, only 81 permanent; of the 200, most are via agencies and therefore tend to be ‘nebulous’ in terms of actual existence.

So c’mon IDS, let’s have some real facts and stop relying on the output of your own department. Put a wig on and join the jobseekers at a few Jobcentres, or perhaps try applying for some of the jobs on your website and see how many really exist.