The annual spectacle of scruffy, lefty NUT delegates has always been an embarrassment to teachers. There is a non-TUC affiliated union called Voice which represents a range of teaching professionals and they have said that plans to give state aid and encouragement to Muslim schools will be socially divisive and repressive to the children involved. How refreshing to hear teaching professionals talk common sense. See here.
Who knows they may even refuse to use SATS, rebel against the constraints of the National Curriculum and insist on teaching children to learn, read and write and concentrate, rather than just asking for more pay.
While the government debates subjects such as: climate change/global warming , world poverty, democracy in other countries, female education in Afghanistan, gay traffic warden quotas and so on, our little part of the world may well be falling apart. Before the lights go out perhaps it would be sensible for our present government to have some sort of reasonable energy policy.
Our nuclear and gas powered plants are coming to the end of their lives, lots of our coal and oil powered stations will be closed because of EU rules (the Large Combustion Plant Directive - LCPD), we are planning on spending a fortune building hugely subsidised and inefficient wind farms , which even a German government report as long ago as 2005 severely criticised. Yet another huge sum is required to enable the power they produce to feed the national grid. The EU Emission Trading System costs yet another tranche of our diminishing income and contributes further uncertainties regarding investment and future planning by power companies, who need to do something other than send out legions of employees urging us to change power company.
Now that the House of Commons is having a well deserved break for summer, or if you prefer, having a break, tradition has it that we are into the 'silly season', the period when daftness takes over. But with Gordon Brown and Nulabour's problems it seems that 'man bites dog' has been with us for months. It all began with Boris becoming Mayor of London, then there was the Crewe and Nantwich by-election, next the disastrous result at the Henley by-election when Nulabour polled fewer votes than the BNP, finally, for now, Glasgow East. Each of these events brought forth a lot of comment but the silliest so far has been post Glasgow and on the subject of how to get rid of Gordon. Few journalists and a surprising number of Nulabour MPs seem to be able to grasp that the party rule book, latest edition 2002, prevents a quick change of Leader. So look at rule 7 -
Elect the Leader and Deputy leader by the party membership .
This shows that an exchange of phone calls plus meetings by disgruntled backbenchers may set some people off in a flurry but is not allowed as basis for electing a Leader. The party membership may have dwindled considerably over the years but they, the rank and file, as they were once called are involved. So a time consuming and costly ballot of party members would be essential.
A Muslim member of the French government has backed a court's decision to deny citizenship to a Moroccan woman who wears the burqa. See here.
Urban Affairs Minister Fadela Amara said she hoped last month's ruling would "dissuade certain fanatics from imposing the burqa on their wives". "The burqa is a prison, it's a straightjacket," she told Le Parisien. "It is not a religious insignia but the insignia of a totalitarian political project that advocates inequality between the sexes and which is totally devoid of democracy."
This is one of those rare cases where EU harmonisation would be a good thing. The niqab and burqa could be banned in enclosed public places and nationality denied to those wearing the garment.
Though, no doubt the feminist 'sisters' would protest - saying that it's a woman's right to choose to be oppressed.
A 'shock' BBC undercover report named ' Migrant criminal network exposed' concludes:
One clear fact remains: the scale. In just one square mile, hundreds of illegal immigrants, scores of multiple -occupancy houses, and people dealing in fake identities, employment and fraud. A criminal network that is out of sight.
Can this really be classed as news? We plebs have known about this, and not just in Southall, for quite some time. No doubt the government response will be that we need ID cards!
The picture, see right, says it all. Mind you many politicians seem unable to act in such a way as not to make fools of themselves; those of you with long memories will recall Michael Hesteltine wearing a flak jacket when in the presence of troops while he was Defence Secretary. More up to date is Harriet Harman in the stab-proof vest during a walk-about with police officers, an act she described as "a matter of courtesy" though, as with Hestletine, words like stupidity and vanity seem more apt. And now Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France and for 6 months the President of the European Union and in his mind for all we know, 'Leader of the free world' - vive le Sarko, always a bit tetchy and so gaffe-prone that Boris Johnson has nothing to worry about, is laying into the Irish like a man possessed, see HERE.
European Voice has an article detailing the ethnic cleansing of the Uighur people of China. 240,000 teenage girls have already been forcibly removed to Eastern China. Beijing is quite clearly trying to change the demographic make-up of Xinjiang by reducing the number of potential mothers.
The girls and their parents cannot refuse this transfer. In order to “facilitate” large-scale transfers, Chinese officials have admitted that they forced Uighurs to send their daughters to China’s eastern provinces because they would have been removed from their posts if they had refused.
The present holder of the rotating presidency of the EU, Nicholas Sarkozy will be at the Olympic opening ceremony in Beijing - all troubles regarding Tibet, Burma and Darfur forgotten. Prince Charles has the morality to refuse his invitation.
Leading by example
The man derided by many for his concern about the 'moral hazard' behind the ridiculous lending habits of most UK banks is to deny himself a substantial pay rise, see HERE.
Only a few months ago Mervyn King was a figure of fun and many photographs of him with his hands to his forehead were printed as if he was in what the Victorians called a swoon. But then, perhaps some of us grew to like him because of his old-world charm. And now we see he has the sort of code of honour regarding pay that would not go amiss among MPs.
It would be prudent for employers to heed this advice. Try only to employ: white, heterosexual, middle-aged, male, secularists or WHMAMS. Only employ disabled WHMAMS if they do not belong to the militant wing of the disabled lobby. This is the only way that you will avoid having to pay out to a disgruntled employee who alleges discrimination. However badly you treat such an employee it is unlikely that they could take you to an employment tribunal.
Where Swindon leads will others follow?
Swindon to end the swindle. Swindon Borough Council is getting out of gatsos,see HERE.
Speed cameras have always been talked up to ridiculous heights by the friends of this form of tax, while other people equally concerned about road safety, have had doubts about the scheme. The Safespeed website tells the sorry tale.