John Whittingdale, the Conservative chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport committee, admitted he was an old friend of Mr Murdoch's close aide, Les Hinton, and had been for dinner with Ms Brooks.
The Independent on Sunday has also learnt that Mr Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth, seen as the future saviour of the company, has also met Mr Whittingdale a number of times. Among her 386 "friends" on Facebook, the only MP she lists is Mr Whittingdale. He is also the only MP among 93 Facebook "friends" of Mr Hinton.”
The Independent – 17 July 2011.
“Since we are to have a Judicial Inquiry into the wicked Press, shouldn’t we also have one into wicked politicians? Journalists can be nasty, and newspapers beastly, BUT THEIR MISDEEDS ARE AS NOTHING SET BESIDE THOSE OF GOVERNMENTS. Governments also hack into phones, poke their noses into our personal affairs and misuse the information they obtain. Governments break up families in secret and hold increasing numbers of trials in secret, too. Governments sell information about us to outsiders. The state records our emails, spies on our rubbish bins and uses airport X-ray machines to peer sneakily at our naked bodies. It knows what we earn and where we live and monitors our medical records. It takes an increasingly creepy interest in what we think and say.
No doubt politicians claim that these actions are justified. But who is to know, especially in a country with a weakened Press? However, these are minor crimes when set beside the other things governments do. NEWSPAPERS DON’T BOMB BELGRADE OR BAGHDAD OR TRIPOLI, OR INVADE AFGHANISTAN AND THEN FORGET WHY THEY DID IT. NEWSPAPERS DON’T WATERBOARD PEOPLE, OR BUNDLE THEM OFF TO CLANDESTINE PRISONS. NEWSPAPERS DON’T RELEASE HUNDREDS OF CONVICTED TERRORISTS ON TO THE STREETS NOR THOUSANDS OF CONVICTED ORDINARY CRIMINALS EITHER. NEWSPAPERS DON’T OPEN OUR FRONTIERS TO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF UNCHECKED MIGRANTS.
But you may – rightly – say: What about the newspapers that have helped governments do some or all of these things?… The Murdoch Press slobbered for years at the feet of the Blair government. They had a price. THE MURDOCH EMPIRE WANTED BRITAIN TO GO TO WAR, IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. THE GROTESQUE SCREECHING OF LIES THAT STAMPEDED US INTO THESE WARS WAS A JOINT OPERATION BETWEEN NEWS INTERNATIONAL AND THE DARK HEART OF ALASTAIR CAMPBELL’S DOWNING STREET.
Then, when New Labour sagged, the same deal was on offer to anyone else cynical enough to accept it. I have never forgotten October 2, 2009, when David Cameron paid his first instalment to Rupert Murdoch, in return for his papers’ support in the coming Election. HE PROMISED A CLOSER ENGAGEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN –
‘IF I’M PRIME MINISTER, WHITEHALL WILL GO TO WAR FROM MINUTE ONE, HOUR ONE, DAY ONE THAT I WALK THROUGH THE DOOR OF DOWNING STREET.’
He made other promises, driven by public opinion. But NOBODY, IN SEPTEMBER 2009, WANTED US TO GET DEEPER INTO AFGHANISTAN. NOBODY, THAT IS, EXCEPT MR MURDOCH.
In short, Mr CAMERON WAS QUITE READY (AS HE HAS SINCE PROVED) TO SEND PEOPLE TO THEIR DEATHS IN HELMAND AND TO ALLOW MANY MORE TO BE MAIMED FOR LIFE, TO SECURE THE SUPPORT OF THE SUN DURING THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN. This was one pledge he unequivocally kept.
From that moment, I decided that Mr CAMERON WAS PERSONALLY DISGUSTING AS WELL AS POLITICALLY WRETCHED. I think paying for office with the blood and limbs of other people is quite a lot worse than hacking into Milly Dowler’s phone, even if it isn’t illegal.”
Peter Hitchens - The Daily Mail – 17 July 2011.
Simon Wolfson, the 37th most important Conservative according to The Daily Telegraph, was created Baron Wolfson of Aspley Guise at David Cameron’s behest.
His father, David Wolfson, was Margaret Thatcher’s Chief of Staff from 1979 until 1985. She had him knighted in 1984 and he was raised to the peerage in 1991 becoming Baron Wolfson of Sunningdale.
On 17 July 2011, The Telegraph quoted Simon Wolfson thus:
“This crazy political correctness has to end. It is time for a rebellion as it's making us all deeply racist. Please, lets stop filling in diversity forms. They are turning us all into racists. That's why I am launching a campaign to encourage us all to tick the 'mixed other' or 'black' boxes. After all, AREN'T WE ALL BLACK OR MIXED?…
WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS IS MORE IMMIGRATION, NOT LESS… We need more roads like China where cities like Shanghai have 10-lane highways… Go to Bangladesh and you see they are building new roads, filling the holes and banning the rickshaws. Here in London, we are doing the exact opposite. It's time politicians provided what we want."
Political correctness bred mass immigration, pal. You can’t have it both ways. Oh, I was forgetting, you’re Jewish. You can have it both ways, can’t you?
How politically incorrect of me to mention the fact that an elite Jew wants more immigration. Which happens to be the exact opposite of “what we want”.
Oh, and we don’t want any of Wolfson’s 10-lane Chinese highways in our country either. China is massive, we are tiny in comparison. countryside. Concreting over England’s green and pleasant land is not WHAT WE WANT, pal!
Historically the Jews have always preferred the city to the countryside. There’s me being politically incorrect again. Spilling the beans on the Hebrews’ antipathy to the pastoral idyll. Still, as long as I’ve got baron Wolfson on my side I should be OK.
PS. David Wolfson and Keith Joseph were Margaret Thatcher’s top advisors before she became Prime Minister and for some years afterwards. Both of them were Jewish.
PPS. You may describe youself and your fellow Jews as "black or mixed" to your heart's content, David, but the native Briton is white! I'm white! You call me "black or mixed" to my face and I'll knock your Baronial block off!
“The scale of private links between David Cameron and News International was exposed for the first time last night, with THE PRIME MINISTER SHOWN TO HAVE MET RUPERT MURDOCH'S EXECUTIVES ON NO FEWER THAN 26 OCCASIONS IN JUST OVER A YEAR SINCE HE ENTERED DOWNING STREET.
REBEKAH BROOKS, WHO RESIGNED YESTERDAY AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF MR MURDOCH'S WAPPING TITLES OVER THE ESCALATING SCANDAL, IS THE ONLY PERSON MR CAMERON HAS INVITED TWICE TO CHEQUERS, A PRIVILEGE NOT EXTENDED EVEN TO THE MOST SENIOR MEMBERS OF HIS CABINET. James Murdoch, News Corp's chairmanin Europe and the man responsible for pushing through the BSkyB bid, was a guest at the Prime Minister's official country residence eight months ago. And THE FORMER NOTW EDITOR ANDY COULSON – WHO WAS ARRESTED THIS WEEK IN CONNECTION WITH POLICE CORRUPTION AND PHONE HACKING – WAS INVITED BY MR CAMERON TO SPEND A PRIVATE WEEKEND AT CHEQUERS AS RECENTLY AS MARCH…
A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister, when asked about the Chequers hospitality extended to Mr Coulson, said: ‘The invitation was to thank him for all his work – it was in the capacity of a friend. HE IS A FRIEND, HE REMAINS A FRIEND’…
The document reveals that SINCE MAY 2011 MR CAMERON HAD 15 PRIVATE MEETINGS WITH NEWS INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVES AND EDITORS. In addition HE ATTENDED THREE PARTIES HELD BY NEWS INTERNATIONAL IN THE PAST 14 MONTHS AND ATTENDED FIVE EVENTS ORGANISED BY THE COMPANY. In contrast he met executives from Associated Newspapers, which owns the Daily Mail, only four times, Guardian Newspapers twice, and The Independent and Standard three times. One of those meetings was with the proprietor of The Independent, Evgeny Lebedev.
Nick Clegg also released a list of his meetings with newspaper proprietors and editors last night. IT SHOWED HE HAD MET MR LEBEDEV FOUR TIMES SINCE LAST MAY. AT NEWS INTERNATIONAL, MR CLEGG MET MS BROOKS TWICE AND MR MURDOCH ONCE.”
The Independent – 16 July 2011.
“A LABOUR WHIP UNLEASHED A FOUR-LETTER TIRADE AT A BLIND MAN FOR GETTING IN HER WAY during a fraught exchange in the Houses of Parliament. Lyn Brown, the burly MP for West Ham, barged into the back of Talksport political editor Sean Dilley, and his golden retriever guide dog, as he was walking in a corridor towards Portcullis House.
Witnesses were shocked to see a clearly stressed Miss Brown BULLDOZE INTO THE BACK OF MR DILLEY BEFORE OVERTAKING HIM, SHOUTING: 'FOR ****'S SAKE, MOVE OUT OF MY f****** WAY.'
The journalist asked her to be more careful as he did not want to crash into his guide dog, Chip. Miss Brown then sniped back: 'YOU ARE SUCH A RUDE ******* MAN, YOU JUST WALKED RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME.'
One source said a frustrated Mr Dilley then replied: 'I'm blind, you stupid woman.' He then demanded to know Miss Brown's name, as he could not see who had bumped into him, but Miss Brown replied: 'I AM NOT GIVING IT TO YOU, **** OFF’.”
The Daily Mail – 16 July 2011.
That’s New Labour for you.
That’s what the sheeple vote for.
“An investigation into Britain's care homes has uncovered heartbreaking tales of neglect and mistreatment. A dossier compiled by major charities says DESPERATELY SICK ELDERLY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LEFT SCREAMING IN PAIN, WITH OTHERS GIVEN THE WRONG DRUGS, WHILE FAMILIES WERE DENIED CRUCIAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE HEALTH OF THEIR LOVED ONES.”
The Telegraph – 16 July 2011.
“BURGLARIES ROSE BY 14 PER CENT LAST YEAR to a seven-year high, figures revealed. It means MORE THAN ONE HOUSE BREAK-IN OCCURS EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY IN ENGLAND AND WALES.
The British Crime Survey – which is calculated from interviews with more than 40,000 people – showed a total of 745,000 HOMES WERE TARGETED IN 2010/11. This is a rise of 94,000 from a year earlier and the highest total since 2004. That means around ONE FAMILY IN EVERY 40 WAS TARGETED BY BURGLARS IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS.”
The Daily Mail – 15 July 2011.
“Rebekah Brooks finally quits over News International phone hacking scandal with no apology but a pledge to clear her name… In an internal email to staff she announced she was standing down to avoid distracting attention from News International's efforts to 'fix the problems of the past'.
In a statement the 43-year-old said: 'I feel a deep sense of responsibility for the people we have hurt. 'I now need to concentrate on correcting the distortions and rebutting the allegations about my record as a journalist’.”
The Daily Mail – 15 July 2011.
“The head of Scotland Yard was given a dressing down last night for employing a News of the World phone hacking suspect as a £1,000-a-day consultant. Sir Paul Stephenson also faces being dragged before MPs to explain himself after sensationally admitting NEIL WALLIS, FORMER EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF THE SUNDAY TABLOID, WORKED FOR THE FORCE FOR 11 MONTHS.
Wallis, 60, was employed to advise Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul and Assistant Commissioner John Yates on a part-time basis from October 2009 to September 2010. But IT WAS ONLY YESTERDAY, HOURS AFTER WALLIS WAS ARRESTED IN A DAWN SWOOP OVER PHONE HACKING ALLEGATIONS, THAT SIR PAUL INFORMED LONDON MAYOR BORIS JOHNSON OF THE LUCRATIVE DEAL WHICH NETTED WALLIS £24,000.”
The Daily Mail – 15 July 2011.
“Les Hinton, the head of News Corp's flagship American newspaper and a trusted, long-serving executive, resigned on Friday over his role in the phone-hacking scandal that has rocked Rupert Murdoch's global media company. He became the first high profile casualty of the controversy in the United States, where he had been chief executive of the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones, a financial news service, since Mr Murdoch's takeover in late 2007.
In his resignation letter, Mr Hinton, 67, apologised for the ‘pain caused to innocent people’ by repeated illegal intrusions by News of the World reporters and private detectives.”
The Telegraph – 15 July 2011.
“An MI6 officer has accused Alastair Campbell of behaving like ‘AN UNGUIDED MISSILE’ DURING THE CREATION OF TONY BLAIR’S DODGY DOSSIER before the Iraq War.
The Secret Intelligence Service official delivered his withering assessment of the ex-prime minister’s former communications chief during secret testimony to the Chilcot Inquiry into the war.
The spy, referred to as SIS2, was asked to describe the relationship MI6 had with Downing Street during the preparation of the dossier, which concluded that Saddam Hussein could fire chemical warheads within 45 minutes. He replied:
‘We did have regular links with Alastair Campbell… WE FOUND [HIM], I THINK, AN ENTHUSIASTIC INDIVIDUAL, BUT ALSO SOMEWHAT OF AN UNGUIDED MISSILE. FROM THE OUTSET WE HAD CONCERNS. HE ALSO, I THINK, SUFFERED FROM HIS PROPENSITY TO HAVE RUSHES OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD and pass various stories and information to journalists without appropriate prior consultation.’“
The Daily Mail -15 July 2011.
“When it comes to British politics he [Roger Daltrey] has a lot to say. A lifelong Labour voter, HE’S DISGUSTED BY THE LAST GOVERNMENT. ‘I WAS APPALLED AT WHAT LABOUR DID TO THE WORKING CLASS — MASS IMMIGRATION, WHERE PEOPLE WERE ALLOWED TO COME HERE AND UNDERCUT OUR WORKING CLASS,’ says Roger.
‘It’s fine to say everybody can come into your country, but everybody should work towards a standard of living expected by people who live here. Not come here, live 20 to a room, pay no tax, send money home and undercut every builder in London. THEY SLAUGHTERED THE WORKING CLASS IN THIS COUNTRY. I HATE THEM FOR IT BECAUSE IT IS ALWAYS THE LITTLE MAN WHO IS HURT BADLY. IT’S TERRIBLE. It frustrates me.
WE HAVE GOT TO STOP PANDERING TO PEOPLE because we won’t be able to afford to keep this going. At the very least, it should be a pre-requisite that people have to learn English.
What really made me angry about that period is… YOU HAVE TO MAKE ALLOWANCES FOR THE STRAIN THAT IS GOING TO PUT ON YOUR SOCIAL SERVICES AND THEY MADE NONE. Talk about sticking their head up their a***. The arrogance, the audacity. THEY DON’T REALISE HOW HARD THE AVERAGE MAN HAS TO WORK to get that and to pay those taxes.’
The Tories should not expect Roger to turn to them, however. ‘I’ve become very cynical,’ he says. ‘I DON’T SEE ANYBODY WITH A PAIR OF BALLS OUT OF THE WHOLE BUNCH. THEY ARE SO SPINELESS’.”
The Daily Mail – 15 July 2011.
“Six footballers jailed for their part in a midnight orgy in a park with two 12-year-old girls were freed yesterday after a court ruled their victims ‘wanted sex’. The men – several of them former members of Reading FC’s academy – were locked up for two years after admitting various counts of rape four months ago. But THEY WERE RELEASED BY APPEAL COURT JUDGES WHO RULED THEIR VICTIMS ‘WANTED TO HAVE SEX’ AND ‘IT IS WHAT YOUNG PEOPLE DO’.”
The Daily Mail – 14 July 2011.
“THREE IN EVERY FOUR OF THOSE WHO JOINED BRITAIN'S WORKFORCE IN THE LAST YEAR WERE FOREIGN BORN. OFFICIAL FIGURES YESTERDAY SHOWED THAT THE NUMBER OF FOREIGN MEN AND WOMEN IN WORK SOARED BY 334,000 TO MORE THAN 4MILLION. However, THE NUMBER OF BRITISH-BORN WORKERS FINDING EMPLOYMENT IN THE SAME PERIOD - UP TO THE END OF MARCH THIS YEAR - ROSE BY ONLY 77,000.”
The Daily Mail – 14 July 2011.
“THE TRANSFORMATION OF BRITAIN THROUGH MASS IMMIGRATION CONTINUES TO GATHER PACE. NEVER IN HISTORY HAS OUR COUNTRY BEEN THROUGH A SOCIAL REVOLUTION LIKE THIS ONE. The extent of the upheaval was emphasised this week by new statistics which show that more migrants permanently settle in Britain than in any other European nation.
According to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, NO FEWER THAN 397,000 FOREIGNERS DECIDED TO LIVE HERE IN 2009, AN INCREASE OF 14 PER CENT ON THE PREVIOUS YEAR AND BY FAR THE BIGGEST ANNUAL INCREASE IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD. Most other European countries actually saw significant falls in the number of settlers.
Germany had a 13 per cent drop in the number of permanent arrivals. In France the figure fell by 7 per cent. Enthusiasts for mass immigration no doubt regard this news as a cause for celebration rather than dismay. CLINGING TO THE WARPED IDEOLOGY OF MULTICULTURALISM AND FILLED WITH LOATHING FOR OUR HERITAGE, THEY DELIGHT IN THE DESTRUCTION OF BRITAIN’S TRADITIONAL IDENTITY. Through a barrage of propaganda they claim that ever-widening cultural diversity not only creates a more vibrant society but also boosts our economy, since migrants supposedly work much harder than the idlers of the indigenous population. But THIS HYSTERICAL CHEERLEADING FOR MASS IMMIGRATION IS A CRUDE EXERCISE IN POLITICAL DECEIT. THE IDEA THAT ALL MIGRANTS COME HERE TO WORK HARD IS JUST NONSENSE, AS IS THE ARGUMENT THAT OUR ECONOMY WOULD INSTANTLY COLLAPSE WITHOUT THE HEROIC CONTRIBUTION OF FOREIGN LABOUR.
The truth is the opposite. IMMIGRATION HAS IMPOSED A SAVAGE BURDEN ON OUR COUNTRY, LEADING TO STRAINS ON OUR PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE. SO MANY OF OUR ESSENTIAL SERVICES, FROM THE ELECTRICITY GRID TO THE NHS, ARE NOW GROSSLY OVER-STRETCHED.
IT IS NO COINCIDENCE THAT AS IMMIGRATION HAS ACCELERATED, SO OUR DEBTS HAVE RISEN AND LIVING STANDARDS FALLEN. PERHAPS WORST OF ALL, SOCIAL SECURITY HAS BEEN PLUNGED INTO CRISIS BY THE COLOSSAL DEMAND FOR BENEFITS FROM MIGRANTS. THE FACT IS THAT MILLIONS OF FOREIGNERS ARE DRAWN HERE NOT BY THE JOBS MARKET BUT BY OUR WELFARE STATE THAT DISHES OUT VAST SUMS TO MIGRANTS WHO HAVE MADE NO CONTRIBUTION TO OUR SOCIETY. THESE SCROUNGERS KNOW THAT BRITAIN IS A SOFT TOUCH. THEY RECOGNISE THAT THEY CAN HAVE A BETTER LIFE HERE LEECHING OFF THE TAXPAYER THAN WORKING IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY.
That is why, even at a time of increasing unemployment, immigration continues to increase rapidly. It is also why HORDES OF YOUNG MEN FROM AFRICA AND ASIA GATHER IN THE NORTHERN PORTS OF FRANCE DESPERATE TO GET TO THE LUCRATIVE HONEYPOT OF THE BRITISH WELFARE STATE.
All too typically THE EUROPEAN UNION HAS ENCOURAGED THIS CLIMATE OF ENTITLEMENT AMONG MIGRANTS TO BRITAIN. ONLY THIS WEEK IT EMERGED THAT BRUSSELS HAS WRITTEN TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS WARNING THAT BENEFITS SHOULD NOT BE WITHHELD FROM FOREIGNERS WHO MOVE HERE, EVEN IF THEY HAVE NEVER WORKED IN BRITAIN.
The EU’s threat came to light as a result of a court case taken by a Latvian pensioner, 72-year old Galina Patmalniece, who tried to gain asylum in Britain in 2000. Her claim was rejected but predictably no efforts were ever made to deport her. INSTEAD OF A ONE-WAY TICKET BACK TO LATVIA SHE WAS REPORTEDLY GIVEN A COUNCIL FLAT. Now, emboldened by the laxity of border controls and the indiscriminate generosity of welfare system, she has mounted a legal fight to win a British pension credit, worth perhaps £80 a week. Her case has so far been rejected by the British courts but, tragically, we are no longer a sovereign nation. Brussels will decide the final outcome and given THEIR EAGERNESS TO DESTROY THE CONCEPT OF NATIONHOOD they could well find in Ms Patmalniece’s favour. That would really open the floodgates, with British taxpayers responsible for the pensions of millions of foreigners.
That is already the dismal trend of our times. We are, for instance, paying a fortune in housing benefit for immigrants to live in expensive parts of London THAT COULD NEVER BE AFFORDED BY ORDINARY BRITISH JOBHOLDERS. IN ONE OUTRAGEOUS BUT TELLING CASE, A 42-YEAR-OLD JOBLESS SOMALIAN CALLED ABDI NUR WAS GIVEN A £2.1MILLION PERIOD TOWNHOUSE IN NOTTING HILL FOR HIMSELF, HIS WIFE AND SEVEN CHILDREN AT A COST TO THE TAXPAYER OF £2,000 A WEEK IN HOUSING BENEFIT.
AT LEAST 155,000 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO SHOULD BE THROWN OUT ARE LIVING HERE ON BENEFITS. IMMIGRANTS ARE FAR MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED AND DEPENDENT ON THE STATE THAN BRITISH PEOPLE. SOME 52 PER CENT OF TURKS AND 50 PER CENT OF PAKISTANIS ARE ECONOMICALLY INACTIVE, COMPARED TO 18 PER CENT OF THE UK-BORN POPULATION.
The idea that we owe the world a living is grotesque. It is shattering the principles of social justice on which our welfare system is based. When Lord Beveridge, founding father of social security, first came up with the scheme in 1944, he stressed it should not give “’omething for nothing’ but should provide benefits on the basis of contributions. That spirit has disappeared completely DUE TO GOVERNMENT WEAKNESS AND EU INTERVENTION.”
Leo McKinstry - The Daily Express – 14 July 2011.
“CHILDREN BORN TO 'OVERLY FERTILE' FOREIGNERS and middle-aged women has been behind THE FASTEST POPULATION GROWTH IN FIVE DECADES. THE NUMBER OF BIRTHS HAS RISEN BY 22 PER CENT OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS ALONE WITH ONE IN FOUR OF THOSE BABIES BORN TO IMMIGRANT MOTHERS.
One of the main reasons for the population surge is that more women are having children in their 30s and 40s, according to the Office for National Statistics. OTHER FACTORS INCLUDE HIGH LEVELS OF IMMIGRATION AND THE GENEROUS STATE BENEFITS INTRODUCED BY THE LAST GOVERNMENT. OFFICIALS SUGGESTED THAT 'INCREASES IN THE NUMBERS OF FOREIGN-BORN WOMEN WITH ABOVE-AVERAGE FERTILITY' WERE ALSO FUELLING THE BABY BOOM.”
The Daily Mail – 14 July 2011.
“Lord Hanningfield, 70, a Tory peer charged under his name Paul White, was found guilty of fraud involving more than £40,000 and was jailed for nine months two weeks ago. Despite this, ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL CONTINUED TO PAY HIM MORE THAN £200 A WEEK IN EXPENSES, part of his annual allowance of £11,500. The council said it was obliged to continue the payments as he was appealing against his conviction.”
The Daily Express – 13 July 2011.
“More immigrants settle permanently in Britain than any other country in Europe, a study revealed yesterday. The latest figures showed that 397,900 foreigners decided to live here in 2009 – second in the world only to the U.S. The figure marked a rise of 14 per cent from the previous year. It was the largest increase in the developed world, at a time when most countries saw dramatic falls in the number of permanent settlers.”
The Daily Mail – 13 July 2011.
“THE TRUE SIZE OF BRITAIN’S DEBT MOUNTAIN CAN BE REVEALED TODAY AS £2TRILLION – NEARLY £80,000 A HOUSEHOLD. Previously ‘hidden’ liabilities including the cost of public sector pensions and building projects are being published by the Treasury.
They show that FUTURE PAYMENTS TO RETIRED TEACHERS, POLICE OFFICERS AND NHS STAFF WILL COST TAXPAYERS £1.1TRILLION… THE ENORMOUS FIGURE, WHICH IS EQUAL TO 80 PER CENT OF BRITAIN’S OUTPUT, IS TREBLE THE COMBINED NATIONAL DEBTS OF GREECE, SPAIN, PORTUGAL AND IRELAND.
THE FUTURE COST OF SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS BUILT UNDER THE CONTROVERSIAL PRIVATE FINANCE INITIATIVE WILL PILE AN EXTRA £40BILLION ON TO OUR DEBT MOUNTAIN. The £1.1trillion and the £40billion come on top of the official debt figure of £909billion. The figures will appear on the Government books for the first time when it publishes full accounts for every Whitehall department.”
The Daily Mail – 13 July 2011.
“HUNDREDS OF DEADLY WEAPONS ARE BEING SEIZED AT SCHOOLS EACH YEAR FROM CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS SIX, disturbing figures reveal. The shocking arsenal includes a meat cleaver, an axe, a bayonet and a knife found on a Year 1 primary school pupil.
Some 1,145 WEAPONS WERE CONFISCATED BETWEEN 2006 AND 2010 according to the results of a Freedom of Information request to Britain’s 52 police forces.
Only half responded, meaning the official figure is likely to be more than 2,200 – an average of around 440 weapons seizures each year. Education sources said this represents ‘the thin end of the wedge’ as most blades and other dangerous items are smuggled into schools without being detected.”
The Daily Mail – 13 July 2011.
“MILLIONS OF POUNDS IN LEGAL AID FOR IMMIGRANTS AND ASYLUM SEEKERS WAS MISSPENT BY A GOVERNMENT-BACKED CHARITY... The Immigration Advisory Service has collapsed into administration after auditors uncovered the financial irregularities.
The charity received £15million a year to pay for lawyers and legal advice for 27,000 migrants trying to stay in the country. But AN INTERNAL AUDIT REVEALED HUNDREDS OF CASES WHERE FUNDING WENT TO INELIGIBLE APPLICANTS. AUDITORS WERE SHOCKED TO DISCOVER THAT IN OTHER CASES THERE WAS NO PAPERWORK TO SHOW MONEY WAS PROPERLY SPENT. The charity’s bosses also said some recipients had claimed money ‘in error’ because of complex Government rules.”
The Daily Mail – 12 July 2011.
“CHRISTIANS SHOULD LEARN FROM MUSLIMS HOW TO EXIST AS A ‘MINORITY’ CULTURE IN BRITISH CITIES THAT ARE INCREASINGLY DOMINATED BY IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES, a Church of England bishop has said. The Rt Rev Nick Baines, the Bishop of Bradford, said some parishes in his diocese were 95% Muslim but that this should not be seen as ‘a problem’.
‘THIS IS A FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY,’ he told the General Synod, the Church of England’s national assembly, in York. ‘It is a challenge, yes, but IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY TO RETHINK WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY. We often ask Muslims to learn what it is to be a Muslim as a minority culture. Maybe WE COULD BENEFIT FROM LEARNING SOME OF THE SAME LESSONS IN SOME OF OUR CITIES’.”
The Telegraph – 12 July 2011.
“VIOLENT CRIME IS RIFE IN SCHOOLS AS POLICE RECORD 65 CASES OF GRIEVOUS OR ACTUAL BODILY HARM EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL DAY, figures reveal. Shocking data disclosed under Freedom of Information laws shows 12,688 ACTS OF EXTREME VIOLENCE – EITHER GBH OR ABH – WERE RECORDED IN SCHOOLS ACROSS ENGLAND LAST YEAR.
The record level does not include playground scuffles, assault without injury, attempted assault or assault recorded as a public order offence. ONE IN TEN CASES OF GBH OR ABH – 1,280 – WERE CARRIED OUT BY PUPILS YOUNGER THAN 12 – Equivalent to one pupil in every 13 primary schools. The remaining 11,420 violent crimes took place in the 3,127 secondary schools in England – a rate of nearly four per school.”
The Daily Mail – 12 July 2011.
“In any sane democratic society the Government is meant to look after the interests of the people it represents. But THAT IS THE VERY OPPOSITE OF WHAT HAPPENS IN MODERN BRITAIN. The principles of political morality have been inverted so that LAWABIDING BRITONS ARE NEGLECTED OR OPPRESSED WHILE OUR UNPATRIOTIC MINISTERS BEND OVER BACKWARDS TO FAVOUR FOREIGNERS. THE STATE CONSTANTLY TAKES FROM US YET TREATS US WITH CONTEMPT. BILLIONS OF POUNDS ARE SQUANDERED ON OVERSEAS AID, 80 PER CENT OF NEW JOBS GO TO IMMIGRANTS AND 80 PER CENT OF OUR NEW LAWS ORIGINATE IN BRUSSELS. We spend more on our contribution to the European Union than on policing. We are harassed by officialdom yet the state is incapable of deporting foreign criminals because of their so-called human rights.
THE POLITICAL ELITE’S DISDAIN FOR THE BRITISH PEOPLE HAS SHATTERED ALL SENSE OF NATIONAL SOLIDARITY. David Cameron’s slogan “We’re all in this together” is rendered meaningless when welfare benefits and expensive public housing are lavished on newly arrived immigrants. The same is true of British industry. THE EXCUSE-MAKING POLITICIANS SHOW NO INCLINATION TO SAFEGUARD OUR MANUFACTURING BASE, NO DESIRE TO SUSTAIN THE JOBS OF BRITISH WORKERS. THAT TREACHEROUS SPIRIT WAS EXEMPLIFIED IN THE DECISION TO AWARD A MASSIVE £3BILLION CONTRACT FOR NEW ROLLING STOCK ON THE THAMESLINK RAILWAY TO THE GERMAN COMPANY SIEMENS RATHER THAN DERBY TRAIN MANUFACTURER BOMBARDIER.
As a result of this step it is likely that 1,400 JOBS WILL BE LOST AT BOMBARDIER AND ANOTHER 12,000 COULD DISAPPEAR AMONG LOCAL CONTRACTORS IN THE EAST MIDLANDS. Bombardier’s Litchurch Lane factory could soon go the way of all those other great railway works that used to exist at Doncaster, Crewe and Swindon, whose pounding metallic rhythms were once so symbolic of Britain’s industrial might. The decision on the Thameslink contract makes a mockery of all the coalition’s rhetoric about strengthening British industry and boosting the private sector. INSTEAD OF STANDING UP FOR THE LAST TRAIN MAKER IN THE COUNTRY THE GOVERNMENT TOOK THE GUTLESS COURSE OF HIDING BEHIND EU COMPETITION RULE.
NO MINISTERS IN FRANCE OR GERMANY, WHERE A SPIRIT OF ECONOMIC PATRIOTISM STILL PREVAILS, WOULD DREAM OF ACTING IN THIS CRAVEN MANNER. WHAT IS ALSO STRIKING IS THE GROTESQUE HYPOCRISY. IN RECENT YEARS POLITICIANS FROM ALL PARTIES HAVE TRUMPETED THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE FAIR TRADE MOVEMENT, WHICH AIMS TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH, UPHOLD THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS AND PROTECT THE LIVELIHOODS OF PRODUCERS IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD FROM EXPLOITATION…
But why should the concept of economic fairness apply only to the developing world? Why are the rights of Latin American coffee growers nurtured yet those of East Midlands train manufacturers ignored? As usual IN THE TWISTED MORAL UNIVERSE INHABITED BY OUR ELITE, SOCIAL JUSTICE IS FOR FOREIGNERS NOT THE BRITISH WORKING-CLASS. Our politicians talk about the benefits of social responsibility in Fair Trade relationships but appear utterly oblivious to the concept at home. In fact, if wider social and economic factors had been taken into account then the Thameslink contract would undoubtedly have gone to Bombardier. This is not just because of the high costs of redundancies and longer dole queues in the East Midlands but also because of the potential damage to the entire economy from the disappearance of the British railway industry, with all the consequent loss of engineering expertise and manufacturing capacity.
Indeed, an emphasis on wider considerations beyond just the price is precisely how our European rivals, like France, Germany and Italy, manage to award major contracts to their own companies without breaking EU laws. As Francesco Grillo, a Rome based consultant, points out: ‘In Italy, the bidders have to meet very high requirements. In many cases they must have carried out identical work in the same geographical area.’ But such a pragmatic approach seems to be beyond our supine rulers who regard Brussels, not the British people, as our real masters. THE REAL LESSON OF THE BOMBARDIER FIASCO IS THAT WE SHOULD HAVE NEVER HAVE JOINED THE EUROPEAN UNION IN THE FIRST PLACE.
BEFORE OUR ACCESSION IN 1973 WE WERE STILL A MAJOR ECONOMIC PLAYER ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE. BUT THANKS TO ITS DEFEATIST MENTALITY OUR POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT DECIDED WE COULD NO LONGER SURVIVE ALONE, SO WE WERE SUCKED WITHIN THE DESTRUCTIVE EMBRACE OF EUROPE. THE RESULT HAS BEEN A DISASTER. WHEREAS OTHER COUNTRIES SUCH AS NORWAY AND SWITZERLAND HAVE FLOURISHED OUTSIDE THE EU WE HAVE ENDURED CONTINUING DECLINE. THE HABIT OF SUBJUGATION TO BRUSSELS IS SO DEEP THAT OUR POLITICIANS CANNOT EVEN AWARD A RAILWAY CONTRACT TO ONE OF OUR OWN FACTORIES.”
Leo McKinstry - The Daily Express – 11 July 2011.
“Teachers will be allowed to use force on pupils again after VIOLENT BEHAVIOUR IN OUR CLASSROOMS DOUBLED IN JUST A YEAR. Ministers lifted the 'no touching' ban to ‘unequivocally restore adult authority to the classroom’.
ALMOST 1,000 PUPILS – SOME AS YOUNG AS FIVE – ARE EXCLUDED FOR ABUSE OR ASSAULT EVERY SCHOOL DAY, compared to 452 last year.”
The Daily Mail – 11 July 2011.
“The tough-talking star of The Apprentice has become Labour’s biggest donor under Ed Miliband – but it hasn’t stopped Alan Sugar turning his fire on the Party leader’s right-hand man. Last month, LORD SUGAR GAVE MR MILIBAND £35,000, according to the latest edition of MPs’ register of interests.
It takes Mr Miliband’s tally of donations to his private office to £137,600 since he succeeded Gordon Brown. But while he will be delighted at the tycoon’s generosity to his cause, Mr Miliband may not be as pleased by the way he treated his favourite MP Chuka Umunna.
The blunt-speaking supremo of the BBC1 business talent show told Mr Umunna, ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about’, in a dramatic clash at Westminster.”
The Daily Mail – 11 July 2011.
“MORE THAN 1,000 FIREFIGHTERS' JOBS HAVE BEEN AXED UNDER THE GOVERNMENT'S ‘SAVAGE’ SPENDING CUTS, with fresh losses in the pipeline, the service's main trade union has warned. ONE IN 10 JOBS COULD BE LOST IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS, leading to several thousand fewer firemen and women across the UK, the union said.”
The London Evening Standard – 11 July 2011.
“BRITAIN FACES AN ‘UNPRECEDENTED AND ESCALATING’ HOUSING CRISIS, charities warned yesterday, WITH MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES AT GREATER RISK OF HOMELESSNESS THAN AT ANY POINT IN THE PAST CENTURY.
Geoff Hawkins, chief executive of the housing charity Chapter 1, said the problem was no longer confined to the stereotype of rough sleepers rehabilitating from lifelong addictions, but now includes victims of recession who do not qualify for appropriate help. The housing charity Shelter, meanwhile, accused the Government of dismantling the housing safety net that helps so many people to stay in their homes.”
The Independent – 10 July 2011.
“Tony Blair won much praise when he announced with great fanfare last August that he was donating his huge earnings from his memoirs to the Royal British Legion. Curiously, the Armed Forces charity seems reluctant to trumpet his generosity. Mandrake can report that THE LEGION’S LATEST ACCOUNTS, WHICH COVER THE 12 MONTHS TO THE END OF SEPTEMBER 2010, MAKE NO MENTION OF ITS HAVING RECEIVED ANY MONEY FROM THE FORMER PRIME MINISTER.”
The Telegraph – 10 July 2011.
“TONY BLAIR URGED GORDON BROWN TO PERSUADE THE LABOUR MP WHO LED THE CAMPAIGN TO EXPOSE NEWS OF THE WORLD PHONE-HACKING TO BACK OFF, friends of Mr Brown said last night. Well-placed sources said Mr BLAIR, WHO HAS CLOSE LINKS WITH THE PAPER’S OWNER RUPERT MURDOCH, WANTED MR BROWN TO GET HIS ALLY TOM WATSON TO LAY OFF THE NEWS INTERNATIONAL title, but Mr Brown refused. Mr Watson’s two-year crusade played a major part in Mr Murdoch’s shock decision to close the paper after today’s edition…
The assertion that Mr Blair tried to help Mr Murdoch came amid claims that Mr WATSON WAS TOLD MRS BROOKS ‘WILL PURSUE YOU FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE’ over his stance. Mrs BROOKS BEGGED BLAIRITE EX-CABINET MINISTER TESSA JOWELL TO HELP ‘STOP THIS MADMAN TOM WATSON’ – AND ALSO SOUGHT HELP FROM HER FRIEND, MR BLAIR.
Labour MP Chris Bryant, a phone-hack victim, branded NI ‘gangsters’. A NI executive threatened to take revenge on Ed Miliband for saying Mrs Brooks should quit.”
The Daily Mail – 10 July 2011.
“Ministers have been accused of seeking to plug a black hole in university funding BY ARRANGING FOR 10,000 FEE-PAYING BRAZILIANS TO STUDY IN THE UK. David Willetts, the universities minister, flew to South America last month to arrange a deal that he hopes will be highly lucrative at a time of cuts to state funding for higher education. The Brazilian government is planning to provide up to £18,700 a student. Universities UK, the representative body for universities in this country, said it welcomed the plan, which promised ‘rich rewards’.”
The Guardian – 10 July 2011.
“At least half the county councils across the UK are plunging tens of thousands of streets into darkness to save money. DESPITE FEARS OF INCREASED ACCIDENTS AND CRIME, BLACKOUTS ARE BEING IMPOSED AFTER MIDNIGHT IN RESIDENTIAL AND RURAL AREAS BY AT LEAST HALF THE COUNTY COUNCILS ACROSS THE UK.
Cash-strapped town halls are either switching off street lamps or fitting dimmer switches as they try to cut energy bills and meet climate change targets… OF THE 20 COUNTY COUNCILS CONTACTED YESTERDAY, 16 CONFIRMED THEY WERE EITHER SWITCHING OFF OR DIMMING STREET LIGHTS.”
The Daily Mail – 9 July 2011.
“Most Islamic terrorists convicted in Britain spend less than three and a half years in prison, a shock report has revealed. A third go free after no more than 16 months. And BRITAIN IS NOW A ‘HUB FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TERRORISTS’, The survey found.
Seven out of 10 Islamic fanatics are ‘home-grown’ British nationals, according to the Henry Jackson Society. The think-tank analysed 138 Islamic terror convictions from 1999 to 2010.
It found 54 per cent of the terrorists were given sentences of between one and nine years – and that those defendants spent a maximum of three and a half years in jail.
Incredibly, eight of them avoided prison altogether. The report gave examples of soft justice including the case of MOHAMMED KABASHI WHO WAS SENTENCED TO NINE YEARS FOR HELPING THE FAILED 21/7 LONDON BOMBERS BUT WALKED OUT OF JAIL AFTER JUST TWO YEARS AND THREE MONTHS.”
The Daily Express – 9 July 2011.
“In a speech to the Progress campaign group, Mr Blair tore into Mr Brown saying: ‘I remain unremittingly an advocate of third way, centre ground, progressive politics that came to be called NEW LABOUR. FROM 1997 WE WERE NEW LABOUR. In June 2007, frankly we stopped. We didn’t become Old Labour exactly but WE LOST THE DRIVING RHYTHM THAT MADE US DIFFERENT AND SUCCESSFUL. It was not a government of continuity, I’m afraid, from 1997 to 2010 pursuing the same politics. It was ten plus three.’
Although Mr Blair did not name Mr Brown, his comments are clearly targeted at his successor, who took over as Labour leader in June 2007 and lost the general election three years later.
Mr BLAIR URGED MR MILIBAND TO DO MORE TO EMBRACE BIG BUSINESS IF HE WANTED TO WIN THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION. Mr BLAIR SAID HIS ‘PRO-ENTERPRISE AND BUSINESS POLICY’, WHICH TOOK THE MANTLE AWAY FROM THE TORIES AS THE PARTY OF BUSINESS, WAS ONE OF THE KEY REASONS FOR HIS ELECTORAL SUCCESS. ‘Job creation is a progressive project and you don’t create jobs by attacking the businesses that create them,’ he said. Mr Blair added that Labour was unable to respond when the Tories produced a host of senior business figures to back them at the election.
‘If you are fighting an election, as we were on the basis ‘WE ARE THE PEOPLE BEST ABLE TO MANAGE THE ECONOMY AND LOOK AFTER IT’, my instinct is ... it’s really hard to do that unless you have a section of business that’s prepared to come out and support you,’ he said.
And in a warning to Mr Miliband not to take the party to the Left, he said:
‘Progressives win when they have the courage to be the change-makers. They lose when the public senses that to please themselves, they retreat to where they feel calm, comfortable and small c conservative, echoing the politics of protest but shunning the hard decisions of government.
Parties of the Left have a genetic tendency, deep in their DNA, to cling to an analysis that they lose because the leadership is insufficiently committed to being Left… there’s always a slightly curious problem with this since usually we have lost to a party of the Right. This strategy never works.’
Mr BLAIR ALSO REITERATED HIS SUPPORT FOR THE UK’S MEMBERSHIP OF THE EURO, DESPITE THE ECONOMIC CRISIS GRIPPING THE SINGLE CURRENCY ZONE.”
The Daily Mail – 9 July 2011.
Tony Blair is vermin! He is SLIME. Tony B maniacal Liar is the greatest traitor our islands have ever produced.
“John Yates, the senior police officer who failed fully to investigate phone hacking at the News of the World, has issued an unprecedented apology for letting down the victims. Scotland Yard's Assistant Commissioner says his decision not to reopen an investigation into News International in 2009 had been ‘a PRETTY CRAP one’, which he now deeply regretted.”
The Telegraph – 9 July 2011.
“David Cameron was visibly uncomfortable during his press conference yesterday. He knew that the News of the World scandal has put him in a deep political hole. I am hoping and praying that HE IS NOT GOING TO SACRIFICE A FREE PRESS in order to dig himself out…
I got the impression from hearing Mr Cameron speak that he believes – or affects to believe – that the whole press is somehow dysfunctional, and MAY NEED TO HAVE ITS WINGS CLIPPED. In fact, what went badly wrong concerned the failings of one Sunday red-top newspaper, and the relations between leading politicians and one newspaper group. THERE IS NOTHING IN THE BRITISH CONSTITUTION THAT REQUIRED MR CAMERON TO ABASE HIMSELF IN FRONT OF THE MEDIA MOGUL, RUPERT MURDOCH, owner of the News of the World. It was his choice – just as IT WAS HIS CHOICE TO APPOINT ANDY COULSON, WHO HAD PRESIDED OVER A PHONE HACKING REGIME WHILE THE PAPER’S EDITOR, AS HIS MEDIA ADVISER.
THE PRIME MINISTER IGNORED MUCH FRIENDLY AND WELL-INFORMED ADVICE NOT TO APPOINT MR COULSON IN 2007. He seems also to have disregarded a tip-off from the editor of the Guardian before the last election that Mr Coulson had connections with a private investigator called Jonathan Rees, who had been in prison for seven years. Mr CAMERON WANTED MR COULSON AT HIS SIDE – SOMETHING NOT MENTIONED AT YESTERDAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE – BECAUSE IT GAVE HIM AN ENTRÉE INTO NEWS INTERNATIONAL AND ITS ULTIMATE BOSS, RUPERT MURDOCH, WHOSE SUPPORT HE CRAVED. At that time, Mr Murdoch’s newspapers, including the News of the World, had backed New Labour for many years.
IN THE SUMMER OF 2008 MR CAMERON HITCHED A FREE LIFT ON THE AIRCRAFT OF MR MURDOCH’S SON-IN-LAW, THE PR MAN MATTHEW FREUD, SO THAT HE COULD MEET THE MEDIA MOGUL ON HIS YACHT IN THE MEDITERRANEAN. THIS RECALLED THE FLIGHT MADE BY TONY BLAIR TO AUSTRALIA IN 1995 SOON AFTER BECOMING LEADER OF THE LABOUR PARTY, WHEN HE ADDRESSED MURDOCH EXECUTIVES IN A SIMILAR ATTEMPT TO INGRATIATE HIMSELF.
Mr Cameron’s assiduous courting of the press tycoon was entirely his own choice, and went beyond what many thought wise or necessary. It was imprudent for him to get so close to Mr Freud, a near neighbour in Oxfordshire, and more imprudent still for him to befriend Rebekah Brooks, another close neighbour, and the chief executive of News International as well as a former editor of the News of the World.
AS RECENTLY AS LAST CHRISTMAS, MR CAMERON AND HIS WIFE SAMANTHA DINED WITH MRS BROOKS AND HER HUSBAND AT THEIR HOME IN OXFORDSHIRE. THIS WAS AN AMAZING THING TO HAVE DONE AT A TIME WHEN THE PHONE HACKING SCANDAL WAS ALREADY A PRESSING ISSUE, and it is impossible not to doubt his judgment. But let’s not heap all the blame on the Prime Minister. THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, ED MILIBAND – A MAN NO LESS VOCAL THAN MR CAMERON IN HIS UNCTUOUS DENUNCIATIONS OF THE PRESS – ALSO HAS MUCH EXPLAINING TO DO. I don’t particularly criticise him for attending Mr Murdoch’s recent summer party, but there are unanswered questions about HIS RECRUITMENT OF TOM BALDWIN, A FORMER TIMES JOURNALIST AND MURDOCH LOYALIST, AS HIS SPIN DOCTOR. There are allegations about some of Mr Baldwin’s journalistic techniques that bear further investigation. More pertinent still is the record of Mr Miliband’s predecessor but one, TONY BLAIR, WHOSE SYCOPHANTIC COURTING OF THE MURDOCH EMPIRE WAS ONE OF THE MOST SICKENING ASPECTS OF HIS YEARS IN NO 10. I SUGGEST THAT WITHOUT THE BLIND SUPPORT OF THE MURDOCH PRESS, MR BLAIR WOULD HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO PURSUE WHAT WAS PROBABLY AN ILLEGAL WAR IN IRAQ.
THE MURDOCH NEWSPAPERS… DOWNPLAYED OR IGNORED INCONVENIENT EVIDENCE ABOUT THE WAR’S ILLEGALITY. SIGNIFICANTLY, IN THE TEN DAYS BEFORE THE INVASION, MR BLAIR AND MR MURDOCH SPOKE ON THE TELEPHONE THREE TIMES…
There was no need for Messrs Blair and Cameron to bend the knee as they did. They believed – often wrongly, I suggest – that it was in their interest to do so.
Mr Cameron has announced the establishment of a tribunal into the ethics of the press. Perhaps WE SHOULD HAVE ANOTHER TRIBUNAL INVESTIGATING POLITICIANS WHO HAVE SUCKED UP TO MR MURDOCH OVER THE YEARS.”
Stephen Glover - The Daily Mail – 9 July 2011.
“Women have overtaken men in the number of same-sex unions for the first time since civil partnerships were legalised in 2005. The number of lesbian couples tying the knot has steadily increased, with 2010 being a record year as 51 per cent of all partnerships were female couples…
The number of civil partnerships in 2010 increased by 1.7 per cent overall to 5,536 in England and 9.8 per cent to 268 in Wales.”
The Daily Mail – 8 July 2011.
“David Cameron's former media chief Andy Coulson and the News of the World's ex-royal editor were arrested today. Mr Coulson, the paper's former editor, was being questioned over claims he paid police for information and ordered journalists to hack into mobile phones. Police also seized Clive Goodman, who was jailed in 2007 over the phone hacking scandal. He was held on suspicion of making illegal payments to police.”
The Evening Standard – 8 July 2011.
“Thousands of serious criminals are wrongly getting away with on-the-spot fines, England’s most senior judge said. Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge SAID A THIRD OF THE FINES HANDED OUT BY POLICE OFFICERS ARE GIVEN TO VIOLENT OR PROFESSIONAL CRIMINALS WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO COURT.
He warned police forces that they should never let a persistent or professional thief off with an £80 fine, or hand out on-the-spot fines to violent offenders.”
The Daily Mail – 8 July 2011.
“Rupert Murdoch announced the closure of the 168-year-old News of the World in a desperate attempt to limit the ongoing scandal over phone hacking, as the paper's former editor, Andy Coulson, prepared to be arrested.
The shock decision was revealed to staff at Mr Murdoch's News International newspaper in an email from his son James, the News Corp deputy chief operating officer, who said: 'The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account. But it failed when it came to itself.'
Journalists raged that they had been betrayed by Rebekah Brooks, News International's chief executive, who faces calls for her resignation, after revelations that the NOTW under her editorship hacked the phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler. 'MURDOCH HAS SACRIFICED A NEWSPAPER TO SAVE ONE WOMAN,' said one member of the newsroom on a day of dramatic developments in the phone-hacking scandal.
These include: COULSON, DAVID CAMERON'S FORMER DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, is expected to be arrested and questioned over what he knew about phone hacking at the NOTW under his editorship; James Murdoch denied perverting the course of justice by authorising payments to hacking victims; The Government's decision on News Corp's proposed takeover of BSkyB is expected to be delayed once the consultation period closes later today…
Major advertisers continued their exodus from the Sunday red-top, with Sainsbury's, Asda, O2, Boots, Specsavers, Dixons and npower joining companies such as Ford;
The Royal British Legion cut its ties with the paper over allegations that IT HACKED THE PHONES OF FAMILIES OF SOLDIERS KILLED IN IRAQ.”
The Independent – 8 July 2011.
“Students living in the cities – all home to at least two respected institutions – have a higher chance of being affected by crime than in other areas, figures suggest. Nottingham has more cumulative incidents of burglary, robbery and violence – crimes most likely to affect students – than any major university cities outside the capital, it was claimed. Other university cities with high crime rates include Leicester, Belfast and Birmingham, the study said.
By comparison, Canterbury, Bath and Lancaster were among the safest cities, it emerged.”
The Daily Telegraph – 7 July 2011.
Where the immigrant lives, crime lives also.
“The BBC should avoid pandering to 'metropolitan prejudices' or a 'tasteless common denominator' by standing up for the silent majority, its new chairman has declared. Lord Patten said THE CORPORATION SHOULD LISTEN TO ACCUSATIONS THAT IT IS 'DROWNING' VIEWERS AND LISTENERS WITH 'PREJUDICES' AND 'STEREOTYPES' FROM THE URBAN ELITE.
In a plea for the broadcaster to become MORE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE LICENCE FEE PAYER, he said the ideas of the wider public 'deserve to be considered and reflected'. His comments will be seen as an attempt to address the long-standing claim that THE BBC IS GUILTY OF A LONDON-CENTRIC, LEFT-LEANING BIAS WHICH ALIENATES LARGE SECTIONS OF THE PUBLIC. On the issue of standards, Lord Patten added it would be an 'act of treason' if the BBC reduced quality to chase ratings.”
The Daily Mail – 7 July 2011.
“As he pledged to pour hundreds of millions more into propping up Afghanistan, David Cameron this week accused critics of his foreign aid policy of being ‘possibly hard-hearted’. The fact is WE’LL SOON BE SPENDING MORE ON THE THIRD WORLD THAN ON THE HOME OFFICE AND, WHILE OTHER BUDGETS FACE CUTS, OVERSEAS AID IS BEING INCREASED BY BILLIONS…
MYTH 1: We can afford to spend a few billion pounds to help the world’s poor.
Defenders of aid say we have a moral duty to help those less fortunate and we are a rich country that can afford it. This argument is put forward by ministers and supporters such as the heiress Jemima Khan, who claims Britain is wealthy enough to spend such trifling sums on aid.
Here are the facts. When TONY BLAIR ESTABLISHED THE DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT as the political wing of the charity movement in 1997, its budget was £2.6 billion — more than twice the Foreign Office allocation. Today, we spend £8.1 billion, which will increase to £11.4 billion in 2014 — a 34 per cent rise, despite spending cuts elsewhere.
Unsurprisingly, MPs are getting a growing postbag over this. WE ARE GIVING MORE THAN £300 PER HOUSEHOLD TO THE WORLD’S POOR WHILE PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS ARE LOST AND VITAL SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED ARE CLOSED…
FOUR OUT OF FIVE VOTERS OPPOSE THE CROSS-PARTY CONSENSUS OF INCREASING AID SPENDING, according to a new YouGov@Cam survey…
MYTH 2: We must hit the UN target to give away 0.7 per cent of our GNP in aid. Ah yes, the sacred target. For a government promising to sweep away targets, the Coalition is strangely wedded to this particular one.
WE’RE HANDING OVER 0.56 PER CENT OF NATIONAL INCOME — FAR MORE THAN OUR ECONOMIC RIVALS. GERMANY CONTRIBUTES 0.38 PER CENT OF ITS INCOME, WHILE WE DONATE TWICE AS MUCH AS JAPAN AND FIVE TIMES AS MUCH AS ITALY.
But this target is absurd, arbitrary and outdated. It was first calculated more than four decades ago based on theoretical data from the Forties, and was the result of back-of-the-envelope calculations of the needs of poor countries. Since then, Western economies have soared while many poor nations have stagnated. Five years ago, the United Nations itself said the amount of aid really needed was 0.44 per cent of national income…
MYTH 3: Aid works
The economist Peter Bauer famously said AID TRANSFERS CASH FROM POOR PEOPLE IN RICH COUNTRIES TO RICH PEOPLE IN POOR COUNTRIES. His words have been underlined by scores of studies that found idealism tempered by harsh reality.
Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo revealed THE WEST HAD GIVEN MORE THAN HALF A TRILLION POUNDS TO AFRICA, BUT OVER THE PAST THREE DECADES THE MOST AID-DEPENDENT RECIPIENTS SAW NEGATIVE ANNUAL GROWTH RATES.
Haiti is another example. IT WAS GIVEN OFFICIAL AID OF MORE THAN £6 BILLION — FOUR TIMES AS MUCH PER PERSON AS EUROPE RECEIVED UNDER THE MARSHALL PLAN FOR POST-WAR RECONSTRUCTION — IN THE 50 YEARS BEFORE LAST YEAR’S EARTHQUAKE. Private aid poured in as well, with MORE CHARITIES OPERATING IN HAITI PER CAPITA THAN ANY OTHER PLACE ON THE GLOBE. DESPITE THIS, INCOME FELL BY A THIRD. It has, of course, endured DESPOTIC LEADERS, DREADFUL CORRUPTION and political unrest.
The same goes for the Dominican Republic, with which it shares an island — but while receiving far less aid, this nation saw incomes and life expectancy soar over this period.
MYTH 4: OK, it hasn’t worked in the past, but it will in the future. Whenever people point out that mountains of money have disappeared into thin air, the aid lobby says it has learned THE LESSONS OF THE PAST. So yes, CASH FUNDED DICTATORS, FUELLED CORRUPTION, FOSTERED A DEPENDENCY CULTURE AND AIDED GENOCIDAL KILLERS, but things are different now. The new buzzword is ‘smart aid’.
To be fair to Andrew Mitchell, the international development secretary, he has stopped some of LABOUR’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS ABUSES, such as £115,000 spent on stalls at summer music festivals in Britain… His department’s top civil servant admitted this week THE GOVERNMENT STILL HAS NO IDEA HOW MUCH MONEY IS BEING LOST TO FRAUD AND CORRUPTION.
MYTH 5: We will ensure 100 pence of value for every £1 spent on aid.
This was the message Mr Mitchell gave a sceptical Tory Party conference last year, which he repeated to an equally sceptical looking Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight last month. But it’s not true…
Generally, it is estimated by think-tanks and charities that the real figure is in the region of 40p in every pound, though British aid is seen as more cost-effective than most.
THE REST IS SWALLOWED UP BY BUREAUCRACY, CORRUPTION, CONSULTANts, charity costs and duplication between donors — bear in mind dozens of countries and thousands of charities give aid. Indeed, AN AFRICAN NATION MUST WASTE PRECIOUS RESOURCES CHURNING OUT 10,000 ACTION REPORTS FOR AID DONORS A YEAR.
One UN adviser looked into a house-building project in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, that began with £92 million in the bank. The job was sub-contracted so many times through agencies in Geneva, Washington and Kabul — each taking administration fees — that BY THE TIME THE MONEY GOT TO THOSE WORKING ON THE PROJECT, THEY COULD AFFORD TO BUY ONLY SOME WOODEN BEAMS FROM IRAN. THEY WERE DELIVERED FOR FIVE TIMES THE NORMAL COST BY A COMPANY OWNED BY the Bamiyan governor, but turned out to be too heavy for village houses. So they ended up as firewood.
Or take India, WHICH SPENDS £1.5 BILLION A YEAR ON A SPACE PROGRAMME, BUT IS STILL ONE OF THE BIGGEST RECIPIENTS OF OUR AID. The World Bank just carried out the first major evaluation of its aid programmes and found SO MUCH CORRUPTION THAT ONLY 40 PER CENT OF GRAIN GIVEN TO THE POOR REACHES ITS TARGET.
MYTH 6: Aid changes the world for the better.
British aid props up repressive autocrats. Human Rights Watch issued a devastating report last year that revealed how DFID’S 250-STRONG STAFF IN ETHIOPIA FAILED TO MONITOR ANNUAL SPENDING OF NEARLY £300 MILLION. Worse, BRITISH TAXPAYERS’ MONEY WAS SHORING UP AN AUTOCRATIC REGIME, FUNDING INDOCTRINATION AND WITH FOOD USED AS A POLITICAL WEAPON.
THE SAME IS TRUE IN RWANDA, WHERE BRITAIN AIDED A SHAM ELECTION LAST YEAR BY FUNDING THE ELECTORAL BODY THAT PREVENTED THE PRESIDENT’S RIVALS FROM STANDING AND THE MEDIA COUNCIL THAT CLOSED INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS. This tiny nation, a favourite of Mr Mitchell, is being given an average £83 million a year despite last month’s disclosure it had sent a hit squad to assassinate exiles living in Britain.
WE HAVE ALSO GIVEN SUBSTANTIAL SUMS TO YEMEN, DESPITE THE CONCERNS OVER THE REGIME’S APPALLING HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD…
MYTH 7: The slew of statistics prove that aid is a success.
Here is the core argument, repeated by the Prime Minister in a passionate defence of aid last month. As ever, it was accompanied by a grief-stained tale from a slum and statistics on lives saved and children educated thanks to British generosity. Unfortunately, this is far from the full story.
The Coalition is tackling welfare dependency at home, BUT ENCOURAGING IT ABROAD. When countries are given more than half their income, they have less incentive to respond to citizens’ needs.
Harvard Medical School found LOCAL SPENDING ON HEALTH FELL WHEN HEALTH-RELATED AID WAS GIVEN IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA. THIS MEANS WE PAY FOR SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS, ENABLING POLITICIANS TO STEAL VAST SUMS OR FRITTER AWAY REVENUES ON ARMS AND SECURITY (USUALLY SOLD BY THE WEST, WITH BRIBES INVOLVED).
THEY WIN ELECTIONS THROUGH BRIBERY OR VIOLENCE RATHER THAN IMPROVED PUBLIC SERVICES, WHILE INNOVATION IS STIFLED AND LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS ARE DRIVEN OUT OF BUSINESS BY DUMPED GOODS AND CHEAP MONEY.
The result is that AID CORRODES, RATHER THAN BUILDS, CIVIL SOCIETY, AS SENIOR CHARITY OFFICIALS HAVE ADMITTED TO ME. THIS WAS THE MESSAGE FROM A CONFERENCE I ATTENDED IN PAKISTAN TWO MONTHS AGO, WHERE ACADEMICS FROM ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM BLAMED AID FOR THEIR NATION’S MOUNTING PROBLEMS, WITH VENAL POLITICIANS IGNORING CITIZENS’ CONCERNS AND AN OVER-POWERFUL ARMY GROWN FAT ON FOREIGN FUNDING.
Needless to say, BRITAIN PLANS TO DOUBLE AID TO NEARLY HALF A BILLION POUNDS A YEAR TO PAKISTAN…
MYTH 8: Britain will no longer tolerate mis-spending of funds.
Uganda has historic ties to Britain and is among the most favoured recipients of aid. When Mr Mitchell was confronted on Newsnight over a Daily Mail report that PRESIDENT YOWERI MUSEVENI HAD BOUGHT A £30 MILLION PRIVATE JET, he said this happened under Labour and such behaviour would no longer be tolerated. So here is a conundrum for Mr Mitchell. Put aside Mr Museveni’s use of violence and bribery to win a disputed election this year. WHAT ABOUT THE RECENT REVELATION That he has bought six Russian fighter jets at twice the market rate and without parliamentary approval?
The sum involved was nearly half a billion pounds — three times annual spending on Uganda’s health service and THE SAME AMOUNT, COINCIDENTALLY, AS WE PLAN TO GIVE OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. It’s thought nearly £2 BILLION HAS BEEN SPIRITED OUT OF AFGHANISTAN SINCE 2007, SOME TO GULF TAX HAVENS, WITH THE FAMILY AND ASSOCIATES OF PRESIDENT HAMID KARZAI LINKED TO A £90 MILLION DUBAI PROPERTY EMPIRE.
Much of this cash is from aid donations, with £25 million disappearing from one donation to a hospital alone. DESPITE THIS, LAST YEAR BRITAIN ANNOUNCED THAT AID WAS RISING BY 40 PER CENT TO £178 MILLION A YEAR.
MYTH 9: Aid is in our interest to prevent immigration.
When all else fails to persuade voters on aid, politicians appeal to self-interest. It makes sense, they say, because developing the poorest countries means less immigration here. This sounds logical. But it is wrong. Dr Hein de Haas from the International Migration Institute at Oxford University has shown that SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LEADS TO MORE MIGRATION BECAUSE IT INCREASES PEOPLE’S ABILITY TO MOVE AND RAISES ASPIRATIONS. Travelling across continents is costly, while education lifts expectations and technology such as TV and computers offers a glimpse of wealthier lifestyles.
As Dr de Haas points out, this is why THE HEAVIEST IMMIGRATION COME FROM COUNTRIES SUCH AS MEXICO, MOROCCO AND THE PHILIPPINES — hardly the world’s poorest places.
MYTH 10: Developing nations are desperate to be saved.
Overseas aid began as a political stunt and remains a political stunt, used to prove politicians have a heart. But the more I travel around Africa and Asia, the more criticism I hear of how the constant emphasis on aid and endless negative imagery demeans developing nations.
This is worsened by the associated boom in the highly competitive charity sector — as one British official said: ‘IF YOU DON’T HAVE STARVING BABIES, YOU DON’T GET THE MONEY.’
It is noticeable THE MOST PASSIONATE SAVIOURS OF THE WORLD ARE WESTERN POP STARS AND POLITICIANS, WHILE THE MOST TRENCHANT CRITICS COME FROM DEVELOPING NATIONS.
‘The premise is that AFRICANS LACK THE CAPACITY TO SAVE THEMSELVES AND MUST RELY ON THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS,’ SAID THABO MBEKI, FORMER PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA.”
The Daily Mail – 7 July 2011.
“BRITONS WILL HAVE TO WORK UNTIL THEY ARE 70 AND FACE FURTHER TAX HIKES TO REPAIR BATTERED FINANCES, a hard-hitting report warns. The state pension age must be increased to 70 by 2046 to help pay for the ageing population, according to accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Current coalition plans are to bring in the state pension at 68 by then... The report argues that an additional £20 billion of tax rises or spending cuts will be needed by 2020 to cut public debt to pre-crisis levels. That is on top of the £110 billion five-year austerity package already outlined by Chancellor George Osborne to tackle Britain’s record debts up to 2015.
An extra £20 billion could be raised by increasing VAT from 20 per cent to 24 per cent or putting another 2p on both employer and employee national insurance contributions, says PwC. Such tax hikes would be extremely unpopular but the warning comes as Britain is forced to face up to the spiralling cost of funding care in old age.”
The Daily Mail – 6 July 2011.
“ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS HAVE CALLED ON BRITISH MUSLIMS TO ESTABLISH THREE INDEPENDENT STATES WITHIN THE UK.
The notorious Muslims Against the Crusades (MAC) group have named Yorkshire towns BRADFORD AND DEWSBURY AND TOWER HAMLETS in East London as testbeds for blanket Sharia rule.
The medieval 'emirates' would operate entirely outside British law, according to a document on the MAC website. The MAC group, led by Abu Assadullah, was set up last year and has become notorious because of its violent protests, most provocatively burning poppies during the Remembrance Day silence.
Under the heading 'Muslims should set up Islamic emirates in the UK', MAC says: 'WE SUGGEST IT IS TIME THAT AREAS WITH LARGE MUSLIM POPULATIONS DECLARE AN EMIRATE DELINEATING THAT MUSLIMS TRYING TO LIVE WITHIN THIS AREA ARE TRYING TO LIVE BY THE SHARIA AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE WITH THEIR OWN COURTS AND COMMUNITY WATCH AND SCHOOLS AND EVEN SELF SUFFICIENT TRADE.”
The Daily Mail – 6 July 2011.
“Children from working class families are failing in life because they cannot get into good secondary schools, a Government-backed inquiry has found. The research blames the widening gap between the achievements of rich and poor pupils on ‘selection by mortgage’ – the way middle-class parents are able to buy their way into the best schools by moving into expensive homes in the right catchment areas.
The study is set to re-open the debate about GRAMMAR SCHOOLS, WHICH WERE LARGELY ABOLISHED IN THE 1970S. MANY SAY THIS HAS BARRED THE WAY TO A GOOD EDUCATION FOR BRIGHT WORKING CLASS CHILDREN.”
The Daily Mail – 6 July 2011.
“DAVID CAMERON BRANDED CRITICS OF AID SPENDING 'HARD-HEARTED' yesterday as he pledged to pour hundreds of millions more pounds of taxpayers' money into propping up Afghanistan.”
The Daily Mail – 6 July 2011.
“INCREASING AMOUNTS OF TAXPAYERS' MONEY WILL BE LOST TO CORRUPT FOREIGN REGIMES AS A RESULT OF THE GOVERNMENT'S 'BALLOONING' AID BUDGET, a senior civil servant admitted. Mark Lowcock, the highest ranking civil servant in the Department for International Development, also confessed that his department had no idea about the scale of public money already lost to fraud and corruption.
MPs on the influential public accounts committee said they were 'shocked' by the failure of officials to assess the scale of the problem at a time when SPENDING ON FOREIGN AID IS SET TO RISE BY 34 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS TO £12.6BILLION BY 2014.
Margaret Hodge, chairman of the committee, accused officials of 'outrageously bad planning' and told Mr Lowcock it was 'daft' his department could not estimate how much aid money is being siphoned off by corrupt officials.
The National Audit Office has already warned that Britain's aid programme is at 'risk' because of lax CONTROLS TO PREVENT FRAUD AND CORRUPTION. A recent report found that the level of fraud was already 'likely to be under-reported'.”
The Daily Mail – 5 July 2011.
“Prescriptions for statins have reached record levels, with the number soaring over the last 30 years. Around ONE MILLION PRESCRIPTIONS FOR THE CHOLESTEROL-LOWERING DRUGS ARE WRITTEN EACH WEEK, COMPARED WITH A FEW THOUSAND IN 1981. Despite side effects ranging from MEMORY LOSS to muscle pains for the unlucky few, statins have become a mainstay for doctors treating heart attack and stroke survivors. They make up nearly a fifth of all medicines prescribed for heart and circulatory disease, according to the British Heart Foundation.”
The Daily Mail – 5 July 2011.
“More than a thousand girls a year aged under 15 have an abortion, figures revealed. TERMINATIONS ARE BEING CARRIED OUT ON YOUNGSTERS AGED JUST 12 OR 13...
And every year nearly 4,000 PROCEDURES ARE UNDERTAKEN ON GIRLS WHO HAVE NOT YET REACHED THEIR 16TH BIRTHDAY, THE LEGAL AGE OF CONSENT.
Campaigners warned that the alarming figures, revealed by the Department of Health, were representative of a society where abortion was ‘on demand’ – even for very young girls who legally should not be having sex. The official statistics show that since 2002 more than 35,262 abortions were carried out on girls under the age of 16.”
The Daily Mail – 5 July 2011.
“Soaring numbers of foreign diplomats and embassy staff in London are being arrested over crimes including sex attacks and robberies - BUT ESCAPE JUSTICE BECAUSE THEY CLAIM IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION.
Exclusive new Met figures released to the Evening Standard after a Freedom of Information request show that 59 OFFICIALLY REGISTERED DIPLOMATS HAVE BEEN HELD FOR CRIMES COMMITTED IN THE CAPITAL DURING THE PAST THREE YEARS.”
The London Evening Standard – 5 July 2011.
“One of the most depressing traits of corporate Britain is A GLEEFUL, ALMOST AGGRESSIVE DISDAIN FOR OUR NATIONAL INTERESTS… AMONG TOO MANY COMPANIES AND STATE INSTITUTIONS THERE IS NOW AN OPEN CONTEMPT FOR OUR OWN PEOPLE. This absence of national pride is constantly on display, whether it be in THE EAGER OFFICIAL EMBRACE OF MULTICULTURALISM OR THE SURRENDER TO THE EUROPEAN UNION. THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR BORDERS, THE NEGLECT OF HISTORY IN SCHOOLS AND THE APPEASEMENT OF MILITANT ISLAM ARE ALL OTHER EXAMPLES of this destructive mentality.
Just as dispiriting has been the negative response given to the speech made in Madrid last week by the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, in which he urged employers to hire more British workers instead of always relying on foreign labour…
From Left-wing commentators came the predictable warnings about the risks of stoking up racism against foreigners, the kind of EMOTIONAL BLACKMAIL THAT HAS BEEN USED THROUGHOUT THE LAST DECADE TO CLOSE DOWN AN HONEST DEBATE ABOUT IMMIGRATION. Business leaders joined in this chorus of disapproval, though MUCH OF THEIR COMMENTARY AMOUNTED TO LITTLE MORE THAN ANTI-BRITISH PROPAGANDA. So they blathered about 'skill shortages' despite the reality that many of the jobs taken by migrants are unskilled while in advanced sectors like engineering and information technology there are, contrary to myth, disturbingly high rates of joblessness among British graduates.
The employers, like the politically correct brigade, also took to extolling the work ethic of migrants compared to supposedly lazy Britons. As usual they cited the diligence of Poles and other eastern Europeans though MORE THAN TWO THIRDS OF THE 580,000 IMMIGRANTS WHO ARRIVE HERE EVERY YEAR ACTUALLY COME FROM AFRICA AND ASIA AND MANY OF THEM ARE ONLY TOO KEEN TO JOIN THE DEPENDENCY CULTURE. MORE THAN 80 PER CENT OF SOMALIANS, FOR INSTANCE, LIVE IN TAXPAYER-FUNDED SOCIAL HOUSING. In addition, the focus on the hard-working Europeans ignores the fact that even when they hold jobs THEY CAN PUT A TREMENDOUS STRAIN ON OUR PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE, ESPECIALLY IF THEY BRING FAMILIES OVER HERE SINCE THEY ARE ENTITLED TO TAX CREDITS, CHILD BENEFIT, HOUSING, NHS TREATMENT AND SCHOOLING.
But by far the most ludicrous argument used against Duncan Smith was that it would be unjust, even illegal, to discriminate in favour of Britons and against foreigners. Yet THAT JUST SHOWS HOW FAR OFFICIAL BRITAIN HAS DESCENDED INTO THE MADHOUSE OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. Twenty years ago it would not even have been a matter for debate that companies should recruit largely from the indigenous population. That would have just been common sense. Such an outlook still prevails in almost every other country in the world, from Japan to France. THE IDEA THAT THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG IN PREFERRING A BRITISH APPLICANT TO A FOREIGNER REVEALS THE TERRIFYING EXTENT TO WHICH THE QUASI-MARXIST CREED OF SELF-LOATHING HAS TIGHTENED ITS GRIP ON OUR SOCIETY.
THIS OUTLOOK REPRESENTS A FORM OF NATIONAL SUICIDE, BASED ON THE BELIEF THAT ONE OF OUR OWN PEOPLE HAS NO MORE RIGHTS IN THIS COUNTRY THAN SOMEONE FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD. IT IS THE SAME SELF ABASEMENT THAT LEADS OUR GOVERNMENT TO LAVISH MONEY ON FOREIGN AID WHILE CUTTING PUBLIC SERVICES AT HOME.
What makes this approach even more offensive is its hypocrisy. Successive governments have made a fetish of tackling inequality in the workplace, constantly wailing about under-representation of women or ethnic minorities. Indeed, UNDER HARRIET HARMAN’S SO-CALLED 'EQUALITY LAW', PASSED LAST YEAR, EMPLOYERS ARE REQUIRED TO DISCRIMINATE POSITIVELY IN FAVOUR OF WOMEN AND ETHNIC MINORITIES WHEN IT COMES TO RECRUITMENT.
All this, said Harman, is part of creating 'a new social order'. Yet it is a social order that excludes ordinary Britons.
The truth is that NO GROUP IS MORE EXCLUDED, MORE DISADVANTAGED TODAY THAN THE WHITE WORKING CLASS. OVER THE PAST DECADE 80 PER CENT OF ALL NEW JOBS HAVE GONE TO FOREIGNERS AND, WORRYINGLY, THAT HAS RISEN TO 87 PER CENT DURING THE PAST YEAR. So we have ended up in the grotesque position where THE LAW REQUIRES EMPLOYERS TO DISCRIMINATE IN FAVOUR OF WOMEN AND MINORITIES YET THE POLITICALLY CORRECT BRIGADE REACTS WITH OUTRAGE AT ANY SUGGESTION THAT FIRMS SHOULD DISCRIMINATE IN FAVOUR OF BRITISH PEOPLE. THE NEGLECT OF BRITONS WORKS IN OTHER WAYS TOO, LIKE IN THE DISMALLY LOW STANDARDS OF EDUCATION THAT LEAVE MILLIONS OF SCHOOL-LEAVERS EFFECTIVELY ILLITERATE AND INNUMERATE.
A nation that truly cared about its own people would not tolerate it. Similarly the refusal to reform the social security system has allowed successive generations to grow up knowing nothing of the world of work. EVEN BEFORE THE RECENT RECESSION THERE WERE MORE THAN FIVE MILLION BRITONS OF WORKING AGE LIVING ON BENEFITS, MOST EFFECTIVELY THROWN ON THE SCRAPHEAP BY A LABOUR GOVERNMENT THAT FOR POLITICAL REASONS WANTED A LARGE CLIENT ARMY OF WELFARE DEPENDENTS. Any country that acts like this is doomed.”
Leo McKinstry - The Daily Express – 4 July 2011.
“CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS THREE ARE BEING BRANDED BIGOTS AND RACISTS for remarks they make during spats in the playground. Cracking down on abusive words and terms that could be seen as racist, sectarian or homophobic has intensified in recent years as authorities attempt to stamp out bigotry in the workplace and in sport. Almost 2,000 nursery and school pupils in Scotland were reported to education authorities for making bigoted remarks over the last three years.”
The Daily Express – 4 July 2011.
“More than four-fifths (83%) of teachers questioned said they had witnessed racist attitudes or behaviour amongst their students. This included name calling, comments, jokes and stereotyping of different races. These attitudes were not restricted to pupils, as almost a third of those questioned (31%) said they had seen similar behaviour amongst teachers. In some cases, they used racist terminology, or had lower expectations of ethnic minority pupils.
Some interviewees had come across 'teachers with racist attitudes, for example those who were dismissive of the Asian pupils due to perceived language issues'.”
The Daily Express – 4 July 2011.
“SOME FAMILIES IN LONDON ARE CONTINUING TO RECEIVE MORE THAN £100,000 A YEAR IN HOUSING BENEFIT… As the Coalition Government faces mounting criticism over plans to cap housing benefit at £500 per week, figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, show that some local authorities in the capital are still to paying private landlords up to four times that amount.
In Westminster, the most expensive borough in the country, five families are currently claiming the maximum allowance of £2,000 a week in housing benefit. This means THE COUNCIL, WHICH HAS ANNOUNCED 450 JOB CUTS AS PART OF A BID TO SAVE £60 MILLION, IS HANDING OUT MORE THAN £500,000 A YEAR TO JUST FIVE FAMILIES.
Elsewhere in the capital, PRIVATE LANDLORDS ARE ALSO CONTINUING TO RAKE IN STAGGERING AMOUNTS IN HOUSING BENEFIT UNDER THE SYSTEM THAT WAS INTRODUCED BY THE LABOUR GOVERNMENT. In Lambeth figures for May 2011 show a weekly payment of £1,461 being made to one family, while in Wandsworth another rent payment of £850 a week has been approved.”
The Daily Telegraph – 4 July 2011.
“Twice as many job seekers are getting turned down for work because THEY HAVE A BAD ATTITUDE than those who cannot read or add up well. A survey out today shows Britain’s bosses rank the work ethic far higher than numeracy and literacy in the retail, manufacturing, catering and leisure trades. Some 62 per cent said they had turned down applicants because they had a 'poor work attitude and ethic' while 57 per cent cited poor presentation. Only 29 per cent of bosses said they rejected job seekers for unskilled work because of a lack of academic skills.
Eight out of 10 employers rated attitude and work ethic as most important to rising up the jobs ladder, compared with four out of 10 who ranked core skills as more important.”
The Daily Express – 3 July 2011.
“At least 25 DEATHS A WEEK ARE LINKED TO THE SIDE EFFECTS OF DIFFERENT MEDICINES, figures reveal. Last year 1,433 DEATHS WERE ASSOCIATED WITH SEVERE REACTIONS TO DRUGS, WHILE 23,247 SUFFERED SIDE EFFECTS OR SERIOUS ADVERSE REACTIONS, LEADING TO 12 HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS A day… In 1997 there were 447 deaths.
However, EXPERTS SAY ONLY 10 PER CENT OF CASES ARE REPORTED because the system is voluntary.”
The Daily Express – 3 July 2011.
“Some 500,000 CHILDREN IN ENGLAND MAY BE AT RISK OF DEVELOPING LIFE-THREATENING LIVER DISEASE BECAUSE THEY ARE OVERWEIGHT.”
BBC News – 3 July 2011.
“The Church of England is to review its policy towards same-sex relationships and consider allowing gay clergy to be ordained as bishops. It comes after a rise in the number of clergy entering civil partnerships. There is also pressure on the Church to conform to laws guaranteeing equal treatment to gay people. Lawyers have said the Church could not reject clergy as potential bishops on the basis of their homosexual orientation alone.”
BBC News – 2 July 2011.
“Blair accused Prince Charles of 'screwing' the government. Campbell writes that Blair, who was not invited to the royal wedding, became angry when the prince:
Made 'deeply unhelpful' interventions during the foot and mouth crisis in 2001. Campbell wrote on 16 March 2001: 'TB said he knew exactly what he was doing. He also asked whether Charles had ever considered help when 6,000 jobs were lost at Corus [the steel manufacturer]. He said this was all about screwing us and trying to get up the message that we weren't generous enough to the farmers.’
Boycotted a banquet in 1999 for Jiang Zemin, then president of China, a decision criticised by Blair as 'silly'. In a long paper to Blair the prince wrote: 'I feel very strongly about it.'
Challenged Blair on plans to outlaw foxhunting. In what Campbell described as a 'long note on hunting' in late 1999, the prince said it was good for the environment.
Declared in the same note that hereditary peers, the majority of whom were abolished by Labour in 1999, had much to offer. Campbell wrote that the prince had said 'menacingly': 'We don't really want to be like the continentals, now do we?'
Insisted that he had to speak out about GM foods after Downing Street had made clear its unhappiness with what Campbell describes as a 'dreadful' Mail on Sunday article. In the same note to Blair the prince wrote: 'I cannot stay silent.'
Campbell said Blair was furious with the prince's Mail on Sunday article in May 1999. 'He was pretty wound up about it, said it was a straightforward anti-science position, the same argument that says if God intended us to fly, he would have given us wings. It certainly had a feel of grandstanding."
The Guardian – 2 July 2011.
“The annual school census shows that 35 five-year-olds and 55 six-year-olds are currently being educated in pupil referral units, special corrective centres usually reserved for seriously troubled secondary school students. There are even five four-year-olds receiving their education at the special facilities.”
The Daily Telegraph – 2 July 2011.
“Bureaucrats were using health and safety rules as a 'feeble' excuse to stop people enjoying themselves, Judith Hackitt told The Daily Telegraph. 'CYNICAL' AUTHORITIES EMPLOYED THEM AS COVER FOR COST-CUTTING, she added.
'The creeping culture of risk-aversion and fear of litigation also puts at risk our children’s education and preparation for adult life,' she said. 'Children today are denied – often on spurious health and safety grounds – many of the formative experiences that shaped my generation. 'PLAYGROUNDS HAVE BECOME JOYLESS, FOR FEAR OF A FEW CUTS AND BRUISES.”
The Daily Telegraph – 1 July 2011.
“More than 150 CONVICTED RAPISTS HAVE GONE ON TO ATTACK AGAIN IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS. Ministry of Justice statistics revealed last night the shocking extent to which sexual predators are re-offending, many after being freed from prison early.”
The Daily Mail – 1 July 2011.
“The UK population is growing at its fastest rate for half a century driven by immigration and an imminent new baby boom. Almost half a million people were added to the UK population last year – the highest level since 1962.. New migrants accounted for almost half the increase while the number of births hit a 20 year high… THE INCREASE IN CHILDREN WAS ALSO PARTLY DOWN TO A RISE IN MIGRANT MOTHERS MEANING IMMIGRATION HAD BOTH A DIRECT AND INDIRECT IMPACT ON POPULATION GROWTH, according to the Office for National Statistics.”
The Daily Telegraph – 30 June 2011.
“TENS OF THOUSANDS OF KILLERS, RAPISTS AND THUGS COULD ESCAPE PROSECUTION AFTER AN ALARMING LEGAL JUDGMENT. The ruling tore up 25 years of bail rules for criminal suspects, left a gaping hole in police powers to protect the public and could undermine a string of major investigations… Alleged offenders can no longer be released on bail for weeks or months while officers conduct painstaking investigations. Instead they must be charged within a maximum of 96 hours of arrest.
Senior officers have branded the ruling ‘bizarre’, and indicated that OFFENDERS ARE ALREADY BEING RELEASED FROM CUSTODY AS A RESULT…
As a result of the ruling made by a district judge in the case of a murder suspect, all the 85,000 suspects now on police bail in England and Wales will see it revoked unless officers can bring charges against them within hours.
The protections offered to victims by bail conditions will also go. These include:
Requiring criminals to hand over their passports as part of bail. Suspects could now flee the country.
Insisting paedophiles do not go near schools or children’s play areas as part of their bail conditions;
Suspects being forced to tell the police where they are living. Victims of domestic violence being offered the protection of the court, so their abusive husbands cannot return home.”
The Daily Mail – 30 June 2011.
“THE METROPOLITAN POLICE HAVE SAID THERE ARE 175 PEOPLE ON POLICE BAIL FOR MURDER, ATTEMPTED MURDER AND CONSPIRACY TO MURDER IN THE LONDON AREA.”
BBC News – 30 June 2011.
“Mass immigration poses the biggest threat to the Coalition’s attempts to get millions of people off benefits as foreign workers take low-paid jobs… Mr Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, will say that tighter immigration controls are vital if Britain is to avoid 'losing another generation to dependency and hopelessness'.
He says only immigrants with 'something to offer' should be allowed into the country and that too often foreign workers purporting to be skilled take low-skilled jobs that could be occupied by British school leavers.
He warns David Cameron that A “SLACK' ATTITUDE TO IMMIGRATION WILL RESULT IN THE COALITION REPEATING THE MISTAKES MADE UNDER LABOUR, WHEN THE VAST MAJORITY OF NEW JOBS GENERATED BEFORE THE RECESSION WERE TAKEN BY IMMIGRANTS.
His comments represent the strongest criticism of immigration since Downing Street strategists advised that the Government should be tougher on the issue. They will be seen as a warning to Mr Cameron not to allow the Liberal Democrats to dictate a softer policy on the issue.”
The Daily Telegraph – 30 June 2011.
“Austerity might be on the menu in most capitals of the European Union, but in Brussels the institutions are still hiring. Ever conscious of the need to battle Euro-scepticism and sharpen up its image, THE EU HAS BEGUN RECRUITING AROUND 65 SPIN-DOCTORS, OR 'COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALISTS'.”
The Daily Mail – 30 June 2011.
“Britain's powerlessness to control who has the right to be in this country was glaringly exposed… by two extraordinary cases. In the first… PREACHER OF HATE… Raed Salah was giving a lecture organised by Islamist radicals to a large crowd in Leicester, AND TODAY HE WAS DUE TO SPEAK AT WESTMINSTER AT THE INVITATION OF LEFT-WING LABOUR MPS.
In the second, A BOMBSHELL RULING BY EUROPEAN JUDGES BLOCKED THE DEPORTATION OF SOME 200 SOMALI CRIMINALS BACK TO THEIR HOMELAND. THE STRASBOURG COURT SAID THE MEN, INCLUDING DRUG DEALERS AND SERIAL BURGLARS, MIGHT BE PERSECUTED IN WAR-TORN SOMALIA, AND THAT THEY MUST BE ALLOWED TO STAY TO PROTECT THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS. So, irrespective of how heinous their crimes or the danger they present to the public, Britain has no power to expel them.
The ruling by the European Court of Human Rights stemmed from appeals against deportation by two asylum seekers convicted of a string of serious offences including burglary, making threats to kill and drug dealing… The two men, who were both granted thousands in legal aid to fight their cases, will now be released from immigration detention centres and will be free to walk the streets. They were jointly awarded more than £20,000 for costs and expenses.”
The Daily Mail – 29 June 2011.
“The first UK-wide study of street grooming of children has found MORE THAN 2,000 VICTIMS OF SYSTEMATIC ABUSE. The ethnicity of around half the offenders was not known but in the remainder a quarter of offenders were Asian and 38% were white.”
BBC News – 29 June 2011.
“PRISONERS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BUY THEIR WAY OUT OF JAIL EARLY, A LIB DEM COUNCILLOR HAS SAID. Roy Davies says non-violent offenders should be able to pay £10,000 to have their six-month sentence halved. His proposal has won backing from colleagues in Blackburn, Lancashire.”
The Daily Mail – 28 June 2011.
If you’ve got the money you can commit crime and not be prosecuted. What else is new?
“ALMOST 60 PER CENT OF BURGLARS, INCLUDING REPEAT OFFENDERS, ESCAPE JAIL. AN ASTONISHING 20 PER CENT GET A POLICE CAUTION. Such institutionalised leniency sends a message to criminals that they have little to fear from the judicial system, which is precisely why THEY FEEL FREE TO ACT WITH SUCH BRUTAL CONTEMPT TOWARDS THE LAW-ABIDING PUBLIC. INDEED, IF THE BURGLAR OF MY HOME IS UNDER 18 HE WILL PROBABLY BE REWARDED FOR HIS CRIME, SINCE THE POLITICALLY CORRECT ATTITUDE AMONG MANY YOUTH WORKERS IS THAT JUVENILE DELINQUENTS ARE VICTIMS OF SOCIETY WHO NEED CONSTANT SUPPORT RATHER THAN PUNISHMENT.
YOUNG OFFENDERS INSTITUTIONS ARE LIKE WELL-EQUIPPED HOLIDAY CENTRES COMPLETE WITH GYMS, POOL TABLES, MUSIC STUDIOS, COMPUTER GAMES AND CAFETERIA. THERE IS NO ETHOS OF DISCIPLINE OR OBEDIENCE OF AUTHORITY.
I recently interviewed a trainee youth worker in utter despair about the 'surrender' to criminality. 'Even the worst behaviour is rarely challenged. Reprimands are almost unknown. When a teenager breaches the conditions of his sentence action is hardly ever taken,' he told me.
In one ludicrous case this trainee was given the task of chauffeuring a 16-year-old jobless Albanian gypsy, whose entire family had been involved in violent muggings and burglary, to the local social security office where he signed on for a range of benefits for himself and his pregnant girlfriend.
The theory behind this pathetic manoeuvre was to steer the young Albanian away from crime by lavishing him with welfare payments. But it didn’t work. As my interviewee admitted, the Albanian treated the cash as pocket money on top of his illegal earnings.
The whole British legal system is an expensive charade. It is geared entirely towards the so-called rights of offenders and against the interests of society or the victims of crime. That imbalance was graphically illustrated during the trial of Levi Bellfield, the monstrous killer of teenager Milly Dowler.
In a complete inversion of justice Milly’s parents were subjected to judicial torture by Bellfield’s defence team as if they were on trial, their private lives held up to brutish scrutiny, their capabilities as parents questioned.
Yet Bellfield himself avoided the same kind of interrogation by refusing to go into the witness box. What made this savage farce all the more offensive was that, through legal aid, we all had to underwrite Bellfield’s lawyers whose attacks on the Dowler family arguably had little to do with the murder charges.
THE STATE HAS BROKEN ITS CONTRACT WITH THE LAW-ABIDING MAJORITY OF THE BRITISH PUBLIC. We pay our taxes for our society to be protected from criminal menace. Yet THROUGH A MIX OF LEFT-WING IDEOLOGY AND WARPED PRIORITIES THE STATE HAS ENDED UP IN THE BIZARRE POSITION OF PROTECTING SOCIETY’S ENEMIES. The culture of human rights is nothing more than a criminals’ charter while short sentences, early release of convicts and soft prison regimes have shattered confidence in the judiciary…
Yesterday in another symbol of the state’s appeasement of criminality the Ministry of Justice revealed £10million has been paid in compensation to prisoners over the past five years, most in relation to trivial grievances. Any nation with moral self-confidence would not give a penny in compensation to convicts who have chosen to abnegate their rights through their own conduct.
The Tories promised that they would be robust on law and order after more than a decade of vacillating Labour rule.. They have dismally failed to live up to that pledge… THE HUMAN RIGHTS CULTURE REMAINS INTACT.”
Leo McKinstry - The Daily Express – 27 June 2011.
As I keep on telling you again and again and again. The politicians, the press, the police and the PC Crowd are at war with us! And you, the sheeple, the lenmmings, the bought and paid-for jobsworths, the drugged-up, the dumbed, down, the degenerate and decadent, the yellowbellies whose cowardice disgraces your ancestors’ memory, KEEP ON VOTING FOR THOSE WHO MAKE WAR UPON US!
Your softness, your weakness and your cowardice will not be forgiven by those who have to fight to take back what you gave away.
“Runaway migration will drive the UK population above 70million in 15 years – three years earlier than previously predicted. In 2009 official estimates predicted it would take 20 years to reach this landmark level, a figure the Prime Minister has said the nation must not reach.
But the latest calculation suggests it could hit 70.4million in 2026, placing huge pressure on public services and housing…. It assumes net migration - the difference between numbers arriving and leaving - remained around its current record level of 240,000 a year.”
The Daily Mail – 27 June 2011.
“Social care budgets for the elderly in England will be cut this year, despite promises to invest more cash, according to an analysis of spending plans. The Age UK research, based on freedom of information data, suggested SPENDING ON THE OVER-65s WOULD DROP BY OVER 8%. The charity predicted the impact of such a cut could be 'devastating' as the system was already at crisis point.”
BBC News – 27 June 2011.
We know they are not about to stop forking out for international aid. I bet they won’t stop spending on immigrants either. The traitor within the gates has been at war with y=us ever since WWII ended. If you vote for them again YOU ARE A TRAITOR YOURSELF!
“GIRLS AS YOUNG AS ONE ARE BEING FORCED INTO SEX CHANGE OPERATIONS IN INDIA BY PARENTS DESPERATE FOR A SON. Surgeons in the city of Indore are reported to be 'converting' hundreds of girls a year, who are subsequently pumped full of hormone drugs.
A report in the respected Hindustan Times newspaper said the 'shocking, unprecedented trend, catering to the fetish for a son, is unfolding at conservative Indore's well-known clinics and hospitals on children who are one to five years old.”
The Daily Mail – 27 June 2011.
“Twitter enjoyed its highest-ever UK audience last month, with 6.1 million British people visiting the site, up 34 per cent on April’s figures, says Nielsen-UKOM, a UK online measurement company.
Twitter’s monthly audience boost was helped by a 65 per cent increase in the number of over 50s-men, aged between 50 to 64, accessing the site, and a doubling in the number of female pensioners (the over-65’s) going to Twitter.com to see the latest in the super-injunction row.
Both LinkedIn and Facebook also enjoyed record audience figures last month, also driven by a surge in their popularity amongst the over-50s age group.
During May 2011, 26.8 million Britons visited Facebook, which is the highest ever audience figure the social network has attracted in the UK, propelling it for the first time above MSN, Microsoft’s news and email hub, making it the second most popular site in the country behind Google.
According to the Nielsen-UKOM figures, LinkedIn registered 3.6 million visits during May 2011, up 57 per cent on the same month last year.
James Smythe, Nielsen-UKOM’s general manager, said: “The growth in audiences to these social networks is now primarily being driven by the 50-plus age group. Just a few years ago, this group may have found itself out of place on these sites; now, on Facebook, for example, they account for more new adults visiting the site in the last two years than the under-50s.”
The Telegraph - 27 June 2011.
“Prisoners have won more than £10 million in compensation over the last five years, figures show. A total of £10,125,845 was handed to inmates who claimed they suffered harm inside the prison system in the last five financial years.
Two payments to prisoners of more than £100,000 have been made in the last year alone as part of almost £1.6 million in settled claims, figures released to the Press Association under freedom of information laws showed. But the £1,575,032 paid out in 2010/11 was less than half the £3,286,521 handed out in 2009/10, when the total was boosted by £1.6 million in payouts for medical negligence cases alone.
The Ministry of Justice figures showed the highest payout last year was £125,000, followed by payments of £100,000, £95,000 and £62,867 - all for personal injury cases.
Three prisoners were also given £25,000 each for ‘false imprisonment’, A further 280 offenders won payouts of less than £10,000, with many of the smaller claims relating to delays in processing release papers, which can lead to prisoners spending too long behind bars.
The figures showed that a total of £1,669,312 was paid out in 2008/09, £1,452,309 in 2007/08 and £2,142,671 in 2006/07.”
The Daily Express – 26 June 2011.
“As Dave ‘does the talking’, war dead are sneaked out of the back gate The flag-wrapped coffins of dead servicemen are to be driven out of the back gate of RAF Brize Norton when it takes over from Lyneham (a few weeks from now) as the arrival point for the fallen.
They will then be routed down side roads to avoid nearby Carterton – a town almost exactly the same size as Wootton Bassett – and make their way to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford along A-roads and bypasses. There’ll be a small guard of honour near the hospital entrance (there already is) but somehow or other the cortege won’t go down any High Streets.
I will tell you in a moment what the official excuses are for this. I should have thought the mere words ‘back gate’ would tell most people all they need to know about this decision. And despite the Prime Minister’s oily award of the title ‘Royal’ to Wootton Bassett, you can bet that he’d much rather the public scenes of grief and remembrance in that place had never happened, and that nobody noticed the frequent deaths his weakness and political cowardice are causing.
In the same way, the Defence Ministry has almost completely succeeded in covering up the appalling numbers of men who have been gravely injured in Afghanistan because the Government hasn’t the guts to quit this meaningless war. We hardly ever see them. Were they all to be assembled in one photograph, the nation would demand instant withdrawal and probably get it.
The official version is that the families of the dead will be using a new ‘Repatriation Centre’ at Brize Norton, and that it is near the back gate. Routing the hearses through the base might disrupt its normal operations.
And here’s what was said by Andrew Robathan, whose stirring title is ‘Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans’. Speaking to Radio Oxford, he explained: ‘The side gate was seen by the Ministry of Defence and the police as the most appropriate way to take out future corteges.’
I love that word ‘appropriate’, the favourite adjective of those who have quietly forsaken the idea that there are such things as ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. He continued: ‘I am not sure taking coffins in hearses past schools, past families, past married quarters is necessarily the thing that everybody would wish to see… the focus must be on the families of the dead service personnel. They are the people who care most. That is where our focus is.’
This is a curious statement. None of us exactly ‘wishes’ to see a funeral going by. But surely death should not be hidden away. And surely it is right that all of us – especially the young and service families – should be reminded of the price of courage and duty, and given the opportunity to salute these fine things.
You can believe the various official excuses. Or you might recall that until (in April 2008) this newspaper highlighted the way the hearses were left to fight their way through indifferent traffic, even cut up by impatient motorists at roundabouts, they did not get a police escort for the final few miles to the hospital.
Mr Cameron says that he will do the talking about war, and the commanders should do the fighting. Well, he may have a point there, or he would if he were not militarily and diplomatically clueless. But he might also mention that WHILE HE IS DOING THE TALKING, REAL MEN ARE DOING THE DYING, AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE DOING THE WEEPING.
Personally, I don’t think he or his Government colleagues are grown-up enough to pay the price of their own vanity and bombast. So THEY SNEAK THE DEAD OUT BY THE BACK GATE, AND HOPE IT DOESN’T GET ON THE TV.”
Peter Hitchens - The Daily Mail – 26 June 2011.
On 26 June 2011, The Daily Mail quoted thus from a strategy document written by Christopher Shale, David Cameron's constituency Chairman.
“THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NO REASON TO JOIN THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY... NO REASON TO JOIN. LOTS OF REASONS NOT TO... COLLECTIVELY WE ARE NOT ALWAYS AN APPEALING ...
OVER THE YEARS WE HAVE COME ACROSS AS GRACELESS, VORACIOUS, CRASS, ALWAYS ON THE TAKE...
We are not always a group of people to whom many of our potential members are going to be magnetically drawn... When we come together as a group we sometimes morph into something different, less attractive. Our environment alters us. We must look different – when we communicate, when we’re together...
WE MUST BEHAVE DIFFERENTLY – TRY TO SEE OURSELVES AS OTHERS SEE US."
Shale concludes that people aren't joining the Tory party because "they think we’ll beg and steal from them. And they’re right."
The Mail on Sunday added:
"UNDER CAMERON’S LEADERSHIP TORY MEMBERSHIP NATIONALLY APPEARS TO HAVE FALLEN BY ABOUT A THIRD, FROM 259,000 TO 177,000. At the same time, local associations have seen their power to select candidates decline dramatically… If the Prime Minister’s own association can add only 20-odd members in the year its MP enters Downing Street, what hope is there for other local parties?”
On the morning that the above article was published, Christopher Shale was found dead in a toilet cubicle at the Glastonbury festival.
According to research undertaken by BritainThinks and published by The Independent on Sunday on 26 June 2011:
"WORKING CLASS USED TO BE A CHOICE – WORK WITH YOUR HANDS, DO AN HONEST DAY'S WORK, BE UNPRETENTIOUS, PLAY FOOTBALL. NOW WORKING CLASS TENDS TO JUST MEAN POOR."
The Independent on Sunday added:
"The survey paints an alarming picture of A GROUP THAT FEELS DISENFRANCHISED, ISOLATED AND THREATENED ON ALL SIDES. When asked to identify their social class, ONLY 24 PER CENT OF PEOPLE CHOSE TO SAY WORKING CLASS, COMPARED WITH 67 PER CENT IN THE LATE 1980S...
Today's report used focus groups in Rotherham and Basildon to probe the attitudes of the modern working class. It concludes that most working-class people feel under siege, ‘BROUGHT DOWN BY THE WORKSHY UNDERCLASS AND UNDERCUT BY IMMIGRANTS’...
Old assumptions about working-class solidarity no longer apply. The survey finds that the middle classes are more likely to feel part of a community, and that WORKING-CLASS RESPONDENTS ARE MORE LIKELY TO FEEL LONELY, UNHAPPY AND PESSIMISTIC.
In the focus groups, people felt that being called working class was close to an insult, associating them with the ‘chav’ class who choose to live on benefits. The use of the term ‘chav’ has been described as part of the ‘demonisation of the working class’ by Owen Jones, but the study shows that the working classes use it themselves to disown the workshy.
The term working class ‘used to be a badge of pride, but not any more for most people who still call themselves working class’, said Deborah Mattinson, founder of BritainThinks.
The survey suggests that the working classes have lost out from politicians' emphasis on ‘aspiration’ in recent decades, with the assumption that everyone should want a middle-class life. John Major's aim of a ‘classless society’ in 1990 and Tony Blair's declaration that ‘the class war is over’ in 1999 seem to have cut the traditional working class out of politics.
Working-class participants in the focus groups described politicians as ‘middle-class rich kids.’ Labour are ‘champagne socialists,’ the Conservatives are ‘just the same but in a different colour suit,’ and the Liberal Democrats would ‘say anything to get into power’…
Changes in the labour market are seen as having undermined working-class solidarity. Although some said it was a good thing the mines had closed, many regretted the passing of powerful trade unions to defend their interests.
‘There aren't any unions now,’ said a focus group member. ‘They don't do anything now anyway.’ Another said: ‘No one stands up for each other; now if you get the sack you get the sack.’
Immigration, especially from central Europe, is blamed for depressing wages.
‘There are no unions any more because there are too many foreigners in the country now. They work for pennies. It's killing the British workforce.’ Looking at a photograph of a miner, Steve said:
‘IF HE'S POLISH, HE'S DEFINITELY 90 PER CENT OF THE PEOPLE I WORK WITH’.”
On 25 June 2011, Iain Martin told us this in The Daily Mail:
“IT SPEAKS VOLUMES THAT VOTERS’ CONCERNS ABOUT IMMIGRATION SHOULD COME AS A REVELATION TO SOME IN NO 10, WHEN FOR YEARS IT HAS BEEN OBVIOUS TO MILLIONS OUTSIDE THE WESTMINSTER VILLAGE THAT BRITAIN’S LOSS OF CONTROL OF ITS BORDERS HAS BEEN A DISASTER OF HISTORIC PROPORTIONS.
LABOUR’S CRIMINALLY RECKLESS OPEN-DOOR POLICY HAS MEANT MORE THAN 5.2MILLION IMMIGRANTS ARRIVING ON OUR SHORES SINCE 1997. When the departures of those moving abroad are taken into account, it has left the foreign-born population in the UK an incredible 3.2million higher. Future historians will be astonished that a once-great country subjected itself to such a sudden and socially unsustainable rise in population.
And what is worrying Downing Street is whether they can do anything about it. Under pressure from Tory MPs to say something about immigration in the run-up to the election, CAMERON COMMITTED HIMSELF TO REDUCING NET MIGRATION TO THE ‘TENS OF THOUSANDS’. BUT IT IS BECOMING HORRIFYINGLY CLEAR THAT CAMERON WILL NOT MANAGE TO GET IMMIGRATION BELOW EVEN 100,000 A YEAR AT THE PRESENT RATE OF PROGRESS.
The Migration Observatory at Oxford University calculated this week that around 165,000 immigrants will still be arriving every year come 2015. The latest figures for the year to last September showed immigration actually going up, with 242,000 net arrivals…
At the current astonishing rates of growth, the independent Office for National Statistics now estimates that the British population will rise from 61.8million today to more than 70million in 2026 — three YEARS EARLIER THAN IT HAS HITHERTO FORECAST. And a staggering 68per cent of the rise will be attributable to immigration. To put that in perspective, IT IS THE EQUIVALENT OF ADDING EIGHT CITIES THE SIZE OF BIRMINGHAM TO THE UK IN JUST 15 YEARS. OUR LEADERS HAVE NO IDEA WHERE ALL THESE NEW CITIZENS ARE GOING TO BE HOUSED NOR HOW THE ALREADY FAILING SCHOOL SYSTEM AND STRUGGLING NHS ARE GOING TO COPE WITH THEM. Already, as we heard this week, A MILLION CHILDREN IN BRITISH SCHOOLS HAVE ENGLISH AS THEIR SECOND LANGUAGE.
Inside Government, this is all causing something approaching panic. One worried minister described immigration to me as ‘the iceberg’ that could eventually sink the Government. There is also mounting concern that the welfare reforms simply won’t work if immigration continues at its current pace.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is implementing a programme to get some of the five million on benefits fit for work, but HE IS WORRIED THAT MIGRATION COULD RENDER IT LARGELY INEFFECTIVE.
Unsurprisingly, many businesses prefer to employ ambitious, hardworking incomers rather than long-term unemployed Britons. This has meant that NINE OUT OF TEN NEW JOBS GO TO MIGRANTS.
If the flow of fresh arrivals continues, the fear is that BOSSES WILL CONTINUE TO CHOOSE THEM RATHER THAN HELP GET BRITONS OFF BENEFITS.”
“A government minister believes A COMBINATION OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS AND RACIAL SENSITIVITIES HAVE KEPT MANY CASES OF CHILD SEX GROOMING ‘UNDER THE RADAR’. Children's Minister, Tim Loughton, claims that ‘closed communities’ have sometimes hampered investigations into child sexual exploitation’. Mr Loughton acknowledged that child grooming was not a problem exclusively associated with one particular community, but added:
‘I think that POLITICAL CORRECTNESS AND RACIAL SENSITIVITIES HAVE IN THE PAST BEEN AN ISSUE. I want to send out a message loud and clear that although we have to be aware of certain characteristics of various ethnic communities and be sensitive as to how we deal with them, A BME (BLACK MINORITY ETHNIC) TAG IS NOT AN EXCUSE FOR US NOT TO INVESTIGATE VIGOROUSLY ANY ABUSE THAT MAY BE GOING ON.’
Earlier this year, the former Home Secretary Jack Straw was criticised after he suggested that some men of Pakistani origin saw white girls as ‘easy meat’. Lord Ahmed said:
'I HAVE BEEN CRITICISED BY MY OWN COMMUNITY BECAUSE I STARTED TALKING ABOUT IT… THERE IS A SMALL MINORITY INVOLVED IN DRUG RELATED CRIME AND THIS HEINOUS CRIME OF MESSING WITH YOUNG GIRLS IS OUTRAGEOUS."
BBC News – 24 June 2011.
“HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF OLDER PEOPLE ARE BEING PUT AT INCREASED RISK OF DEATH OR DEVELOPING DEMENTIA BY TAKING COMBINATIONS OF COMMON MEDICINES TO TREAT ROUTINE ILLNESSes, according to a new study. Well-known brands of hay fever tablets, painkillers and sleeping pills pose a previously unknown threat to people’s health when taken together, British scientists claim. Many are available over the counter at pharmacies as well as being prescribed by GPs, nurses and chemists.
Today the scientists behind the study call for doctors to recognise how dangerous these drug combinations can be and to prescribe harmless alternatives instead… The most dangerous included the antihistamines chlorphenamine (used in the brand Piriton) and promethazine (used in Phenergan), the anti-depressant paroxetine (used in Seroxat) and the incontinence drug oxybutynin (used in Ditropan).
The heartburn drug ranitidine (used in Zantac), beta blocker Atenolol, the painkiller codeine and some eye drops were among the drugs in the mildest category.
Low-risk drugs were graded one point while high-risk drugs were graded three. THE STUDY FOUND THAT PATIENTS WHO TOOK A COMBINATION OF DRUGS THAT ADDED UP TO FOUR POINTS OR MORE — SUCH AS A HIGH-RISK ANTIHISTAMINE COMBINED WITH LOW-RISK EYE DROPS HAD A 20 PER CENT CHANCE OF DYING WITHIN TWO YEARS...
The risk of dying increased by a further 25 per cent for each additional point accumulated, the study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, concluded.”
The Daily Telegraph – 24 June 2011.
“SEVEN OUT OF 10 VOTERS WANT BRITAIN’S SPENDING ON FOREIGN AID FROZEN OR SLASHED AND 43 PER CENT WANT TO SCRAP IT ENTIRELY, a new poll reveals.
DAVID CAMERON HAS VOWED TO INCREASE BRITAIN’S FOREIGN AID BUDGET TO MORE THAN £12BILLION BY 2013 WHILE ORDERING MOST OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO MAKE DRASTIC SPENDING CUTS.
But 69 per cent support freezing the budget at its current level of £8.4billion a year, saving £3.7billion, according to the YouGov/TaxPayers’ Alliance survey. The poll also reveals support for cutting spending on the controversial high-speed rail project, trade union funding and a Green Investment bank.
Results found that 48 per cent support cancelling the high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester – a saving of £30billion. And 51 per cent would like to save £67.5million by stopping the practice of paying full-time trade union organisers in large public sector organisations.”
The Daily Express – 24 June 2011.
“The troubled Equality and Human Rights Commission has been criticised FOR OVERPAYING STAFF.
The National Audit Office found THE EQUALITIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION (EHRC) HAD BREACHED GOVERNMENT PAY GUIDELINES BY £570,000. The disclosures came as auditors refused to sign off the EHRC’s accounts for for the third year in succession.
They criticised the quango for ‘irregular expenditure’ – and found it had spent more than £1.5 million of taxpayers’ money without authorisation."
The Daily Mail – 22 June 2011.
“Chris Evans has been accused of racism after telling a black scientist he could not see her in a dim BBC studio. The presenter told Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, a highly respected space expert and government adviser: ‘I can barely see you, to be honest.’
The remark came after he mistakenly said she was Caribbean when she is of Nigerian descent.”
The Daily Mail – 22 June 2011.
“MORE THAN A QUARTER OF PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE FROM AN ETHNIC MINORITY – AN INCREASE OF ALMOST HALF A MILLION SINCE 1997.
The Government’s annual school census painted a picture of a changing Britain where schools are under mounting pressure from mass immigration.
IN SOME AREAS, ONLY 8 PER CENT OF PRIMARY PUPILS ARE FROM A WHITE BRITISH BACKGROUND. NEARLY ONE MILLION CHILDREN AGED FIVE TO 16 – 957,490 – SPEAK ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE, UP FROM ALMOST 800,000 FIVE YEARS AGO.”
The Daily Mail - 22 June 2011.
“A militant union boss bidding to cripple Britain's schools next week has quietly pocketed a 10 per cent pay rise. CHRISTINE BLOWER, THE LEADER OF THE NATIONAL UNION OF TEACHERS, WAS ACCUSED OF 'BREATHTAKING INSENSITIVITY' FOR TAKING THE INFLATION-BUSTING RISE WHILE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF HER OWN MEMBERS BRACE THEMSELVES FOR A PAY FREEZE. Miss Blower, 59, is leading a strike which aims to cripple Britain’s 23,000 state schools next week as part of the growing wave of public sector militancy over pension reforms.
Millions of children will be affected by the June 30 walkout and many parents will have to take a day off or pay for extra childcare.
Miss Blower's basic pay rose by almost £9,000 to £103,000, while her package of pay and benefits increased by more than £13,000 to £140,000 – up 10.4 per cent. THE INCREASE IS MORE THAN DOUBLE THE RATE OF INFLATION AND FOUR TIMES THE 2.3 PER CENT RECEIVED BY CLASSROOM TEACHERS LAST YEAR.”
The Daily Mail - 22 June 2011.
“FOREIGN CRIMINALS HAVE MORE PROTECTION UNDER THE UK’S HUMAN RIGHTS LAWS THAN INNOCENT BRITONS FIGHTING EXTRADITION, a committee of MPs warned. Offenders fighting deportation are able to use human rights defences to avoid removal whereas Britons facing transfer under extradition laws find it almost impossible to do so, the joint committee on human rights suggested. It means the likes of alleged computer hacker Gary McKinnon, who is fighting extradition to the US, has fewer rights than foreigners who have committed crimes in the UK and should now be deported…
The contrast in the rights of Britons accused of crimes and foreign convicts is at its starkest in extradition cases within Europe. UNDER THE EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANT SYSTEM, COUNTRIES SIGNED UP TO IT, LIKE THE UK, HAVE A ‘MUTUAL RECOGNITION’ THAT OTHER MEMBERS HAVE AN APPROPRIATE JUDICIAL SYSTEM. THAT MEANS THOSE FACING EXTRADITION UNDER IT FIND IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO ARGUE THEY ARE AT RISK OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. IN CONTRAST, FOREIGN CRIMINALS WHO ARE FACING DEPORTATION DO NOT FALL UNDER A SIMILAR SYSTEM AND ARE OFTEN ABLE TO ARGUE THEIR REMOVAL WILL BREACH THEIR RIGHT TO A FAMILY LIFE OR THAT THEY FACE TORTURE OR ABUSE ON THEIR RETURN.
Dominic Raab, Tory MP and member of the committee, said: ‘A PERVERSE COMBINATION OF EU LAW AND THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACT HAS LEFT INNOCENT BRITISH CITIZENS WITH LESS HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTIONS THAN FOREIGN NATIONAL CRIMINALS.’
The Daily Telegraph – 22 June 2011.
“ONE IN SIX YOUNG OFFENDERS ARE BACK BEHIND BARS WITHIN A MONTH, according to the chief inspector of prisons. Nick Hardwick said just one in three young offenders had accommodation, education, training or an employment placement on their release.”
BBC News – 21 June 2011.
“David Cameron is to fall well short of his pledge to cut immigration to less than 100,000 by 2015, Oxford University academics have warned. A study by the Migration Observatory today predicts the Government will only get half way towards its target despite major reform of immigration visas.”
The Daily Telegraph – 21 June 2011.
“VICTIMS OF CRIME ARE ALMOST A FIFTH LESS LIKELY TO FEEL CONFIDENT IN OFFICERS THAN THOSE NOT PREYED ON BY OFFENDERS, according to Victim Support. Satisfaction and confidence in the justice system drops after people come into contact with crime, the research concluded. MORE THAN HALF OF THE PUBLIC OVERALL DO NOT BELIEVE THE POLICE ARE DOING A GOOD JOB, it found.
The wide-ranging audit also warned that JUST ONE IN EIGHT CRIMES ARE SOLVED while three in five people do believe the criminal justice system is effective. TWO THIRDS OF THE PUBLIC SAID VICTIMS ARE FAILED BY THE SYSTEM WHILE EIGHT IN TEN SAID THE RIGHTS OF CRIMINALS ARE PROTECTED.”
The Daily Telegraph – 21 June 2011.
“THE BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS OF BRITAIN’S ELDERLY POPULATION ARE BEING ‘NEGLECTED’ BY COUNCILS PROVIDING APPALLING STANDARDS OF HOME CARE, an official investigation has found. OLDER PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LEFT IN BED FOR 17 HOURS AT A TIME, UNDRESSED IN FRONT OF WINDOWS IN OPEN VIEW OF NEIGHBOURS, AND ABANDONED IN SOILED BEDS AND CLOTHES.
SOME RECEIVED VISITS FROM HOME HELPS WHICH WERE SO BRIEF THAT THEY HAD TO CHOOSE BETWEEN BEING WASHED AND BEING FED. MANY OTHERS BECAME MALNOURISHED BECAUSE OF THE FAILURE OF CARERS TO FEED THEM.”
The Daily Mail -20 June 2011.
“Judges have made an unprecedented attack on the ‘WHOLLY ABUSIVE’ WAY THAT IMMIGRANTS ARE EXPLOITING THE BRITISH LEGAL SYSTEM.
The Judges Council said that, for some types of appeal, A STAGGERING 85 PER CENT OF CASES DID NOT HAVE ANY ‘MERIT’. They have either been ‘DREAMT UP’ BY LAWYERS SEEKING TO LINE THEIR OWN POCKETS, OR ARE A BLATANT LAST-DITCH ATTEMPT TO STOP DEPORTATIONS TAKING PLACE. Many – including appeals made by foreign criminals – are brought under the controversial Article 8 of LABOUR’S HUMAN RIGHTS ACT – the ‘right to a family and private life’.
And despite the rampant exploitation of the system, the taxpayer is writing legal cheques worth £12million a year for immigration cases. Effectively – and farcically – THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS PICKING UP THE BILL FOR THE THWARTING OF ITS OWN ATTEMPTS TO CONTROL IMMIGRATION.”
The Daily Mail – 20 June 2011.
“CELIBATE GAY MEN IN CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS COULD BE ORDAINED AS CHURCH OF ENGLAND BISHOPS. A guidance paper has been sent out ahead of a meeting of the General Synod next month, giving advice in light of the Equality Act.
This forbids employers from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, but allows for a ‘genuine occupational requirement’ to be imposed.
The guidance paper says that while ‘a person’s sexual orientation is, in itself, irrelevant to their suitability for episcopal office or indeed ordained ministry’, candidates can be required to be celibate.”
The Daily Mail – 19 June 2011.
“In the first year of the Coalition, 87 PER CENT OF THE 400,000 NEWLY CREATED JOBS HAVE GONE TO IMMIGRANTS… according to new official figures uncovered by the Labour MP. Under previous Labour administrations the figure was about 80 per cent...
It is the great paradox of welfare. When Tony Blair won the 1997 election, the total number of benefit claimants of working age stood at 5.7million. When Gordon Brown went to the country in 2010, the level was the same — EVEN THOUGH MORE THAN THREE MILLION JOBS HAD BEEN CREATED UNDER LABOUR.
The problem was that, OF THOSE NEW JOBS, 80 PER CENT WENT TO IMMIGRANT WORKERS. AND NOW, THE SAME DISTURBING PATTERN IS MORE MARKED... I fear that, at the next election, we will still be having the same debate on welfare reform as we had at the last four.”
Frank Field - The Daily Telegraph – 19 June 2011.
“Muslim leaders are planning to break away from the Scottish education system and create their own schools because the current curriculum does not include enough about Islam.
The Sunday Express has learned parents are angry their children are not being given schooling according to their religious beliefs and claim teachers are even promoting ‘unIslamic principles and behaviours’. Some have even threatened legal action to force councils to open state-funded faith schools at taxpayers’ expense.”
The Daily Express – 19 June 2011.
“Foreign students are flooding into British universities because they have better English than our teenagers. Unlike British youngsters, when European children are taught English they are not allowed to use slang or colloquial words. Last year 25,607 EU undergraduates were awarded places at UK universities with those accepted at 20 of the most sought-after institutions increasing by nearly 30 per cent over the past three years...
EU pupils have studied a wider range of subjects than British pupils, including at least two foreign languages, maths, a science, humanity and arts subject. They also must have either history or geography, do a philosophy-style course and a 4,000-word academic paper up to university standard.”
The Daily Express – 19 June 2011.
“Muslims are integrating into British society better than many Christians, according to the head of the Government's equality watchdog. Trevor Phillips warned that ‘an old time religion incompatible with modern society’ is driving the revival in the Anglican and Catholic Churches and clashing with mainstream views, especially on homosexuality. He accused Christians, particularly evangelicals, of being more militant than Muslims in complaining about discrimination, arguing that many of the claims are motivated by a desire for greater political influence…
‘I think there's an awful lot of noise about the Church being persecuted but THERE IS A MORE REAL ISSUE THAT THE CONVENTIONAL CHURCHES FACE THAT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE REALLY DRIVING THEIR REVIVAL AND SUCCESS BELIEVE IN AN OLD TIME RELIGION WHICH IN MY VIEW IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH A MODERN, MULTI-ETHNIC, MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY…
Muslim communities in this country are doing their damnedest to try to come to terms with their neighbours to try to integrate and they're doing their best to try to develop an idea of Islam that is compatible with living in a modern liberal democracy.
The most likely victim of actual religious discrimination in British society is a Muslim but the person who is most likely to feel slighted because of their religion is an evangelical Christian."
The Daily Telegraph – 18 June 2011.
“THE DISABLED SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO WORK FOR LESS THAN THE MINIMUM WAGE TO HELP THEM GET JOBS, a Tory MP has suggested. Philip Davies said that if people with disabilities or mental health problems could be paid less than £5.93 an hour it would help them to compete better with the able-bodied in the employment market.”
The Daily Mail – 18 June 2011.
“THOUSANDS OF CRIMINALS WHO PLEAD GUILTY WILL HAVE THEIR JAIL TERMS HALVED UNDER GOVERNMENT SENTENCING PLANS… The guidance on sentencing is still likely to mean more criminals are able to escape with shorter jail terms.”
The Daily Telegraph – 18 June 2011.
“UNMARRIED PARENTS ARE SIX TIMES MORE LIKELY TO SPLIT BY THEIR CHILD'S FIFTH BIRTHDAY THAN THOSE WHO ARE MARRIED, say researchers. COHABITING PARTNERS FACE A 'DISPROPORTIONATE' RISK OF BREAKING UP IN THE EARLY YEARS OF THEIR SON OR DAUGHTER'S LIFE. The study from the think-tank the Jubilee Centre will reignite concerns that Britain is fast becoming a nation of broken homes.”
The Daily Mail – 17 June 2011.
“HUMAN RIGHTS LAW IS DEMOLISHING EVERY ASPECT OF BRITAIN’S IMMIGRATION CONTROLS, GOVERNMENT PAPERS REVEAL. EVERY YEAR, MORE THAN 3,200 FOREIGN CRIMINALS, FAILED ASYLUM SEEKERS AND EU ‘BENEFIT TOURISTS’ ARE USING LABOUR’S HUMAN RIGHTS ACT TO THWART HOME OFFICE ATTEMPTS TO REMOVE MIGRANTS – OR STOP THEM ARRIVING IN THE FIRST PLACE.
The majority of cases are using the controversial Article 8, ‘the right to a private or family life’. In the cases of almost 1,200 EU citizens, they had no intention of working but were allowed to stay, potentially to enjoy a life on benefits – because they have a wife, girlfriend or children here.”
The Daily Mail – 17 June 2011.
“Had he not conspired to wreck the economy and lower standards in the nation's schools, there would be something almost laughable about Ed Balls. Yet somehow he managed to keep a straight face yesterday when he delivered the astonishing line that: 'Trying to blame the deficit on Labour's supposed wasteful public spending and fiscal profligacy won't work because it is a work of total fiction.'
Really? When Labour came to power, the UK owed £350billion. By the time the last government's unprecedented spending binge on the public sector was over, the national debt was £900billion – and on course to reach a ruinous £1.4trillion by 2015.”
The Daily Mail – 17 June 2011.
“Poor children in Britain are more likely to be condemned to educational failure than in most other developed nations… In a damning indictment of Labour’s legacy, it emerged that deprived pupils in countries such as Estonia, Indonesia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Mexico and Slovenia perform better than those from Britain.
Data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development shows some 31 per cent of poor children internationally manage to exceed expectations for their social class in school tests. But in Britain, the proportion slumps to just a quarter – placing the country below the global average and 39th out of 65 countries.
It suggests DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, WALES AND NORTHERN IRELAND HAVE LESS CHANCE OF CLIMBING THE SOCIAL LADDER THAN IN THE MAJORITY OF DEVELOPED NATIONS.”
The Daily Telegraph – 16 June 2011.
“Tony Blair has told Ed Miliband that he needs to be more like him if he wants to remain in power as the leader of the Labour party. The former Prime Minister said that the embattled politician should keep the party on a centre-left footing if he is ever to take Labour to election victory.
Backing David Cameron's health reforms, Mr Blair told The Sun that Mr Miliband needs to remain forward-looking. He added that declaring an end to the New Labour era was a mistake. 'Look, when I became Labour leader the party had never won two consecutive full terms in office,' he said. 'The longest Labour had been in power was six years, right?'”
The Daily Mail – 15 June 2011.
“UP TO 1,200 PAEDOPHILES AND RAPISTS WILL BE ABLE TO DEMAND THEIR NAMES ARE REMOVED FROM THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTER EVERY YEAR TO PROTECT THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS.”
The Daily Mail – 15 June 2011.
“Labour is like a dysfunctional family at war. Or, in the case of Ed and David Miliband, a real family at war. The new generation has simply taken over where Brown and Blair left off. In the middle of it all sits the poison pug, Ed Balls, and his sour little wife, Yvette Cooper, the expenses empress.”
The Daily Mail – 14 June 2011.
“GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS HAVE NO IDEA HOW MANY IMMIGRANTS FROM EU COUNTRIES CLAIM BENEFITS IN BRITAIN, a Tory frontbencher admitted last night.
Employment Minister Chris Grayling confessed to being ‘surprised to discover’ that WELFARE HAND-OUTS TO NEWCOMERS FROM EASTERN EUROPE AND OTHER PARTS OF THE EU WERE NOT RECORDED BY CIVIL SERVANTS IN HIS WHITEHALL DEPARTMENT. But the lack of information about the total figure, which includes child benefit for youngsters in the immigrants’ home countries, was condemned as a ‘scandal’ by critics. Unofficial estimates put the bill at £200MILLION A YEAR.”
The Daily Express – 14 June 2011.
“THE NUMBER OF DANGEROUS CRIMINALS BEING RETURNED TO PRISON HAS RISEN FIVE-FOLD IN THE PAST DECADE. THOUSANDS OF SERIOUS OFFENDERS, INCLUDING KILLERS, PAEDOPHILES AND RAPISTS, HAVE BEEN LET OUT EARLY ONLY TO COMMIT NEW CRIMES, ON SOME OCCASIONS WITHIN HOURS OF RELEASE.”
The Daily Mail – 13 June 2011.
“He was notoriously reluctant to discuss religion while Prime Minister, with his chief spin doctor Alastair Campbell famously commenting: ‘We don’t do God.’ But since leaving Downing Street in 2007, Tony Blair has become increasingly open about the importance of religion.
MR BLAIR, WHO CONVERTED TO CATHOLICISM MONTHS AFTER LEAVING NUMBER 10, HAS NOW SPOKEN OF HOW HE READS THE KORAN EVERY DAY. Reading the Islamic religion’s holy book - considered by Muslims to be the exact words of God - ensured he remained ‘faith-literate’, the former Labour leader said.
In an interview with the Observer magazine, published yesterday he said: ‘TO BE FAITH-LITERATE IS CRUCIAL IN A GLOBALISED WORLD, I believe.
‘I READ THE KORAN EVERY DAY. Partly to understand some of the things happening in the world, but mainly just because IT IS IMMENSELY INSTRUCTIVE.’
Mr Blair believes that a knowledge of the faith informs his current role as Middle East envoy for the Quartet of the United Nations, United States, European Union and Russia.
The former PM’s work, which has cost British taxpayers more than £2million, aims to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mr Blair has previously praised the Muslim faith as ‘beautiful’ and said the Prophet Mohammed had been ‘an enormously civilizing force’.
IN 2006 HE SAID THE KORAN WAS A ‘REFORMING BOOK, IT IS INCLUSIVE. It extols science and knowledge and abhors superstition. IT IS PRACTICAL AND WAY AHEAD OF ITS TIME IN ATTITUDES TO MARRIAGE, WOMEN AND GOVERNANCE’.”
The Daily Mail – 13 June 2011.
“THE NATION STATE IS THE GREATEST VEHICLE EVER INVENTED BY MANKIND FOR THE PROMOTION OF DEMOCRACY AND PROSPERITY. That is because it is essentially an extension of the family with citizens enjoying a shared sense of belonging, unity and heritage.
THE TRAGEDY OF MODERN BRITAIN IS THAT OUR TRADITIONAL IDENTITY IS UNDER REMORSELESS POLITICAL ATTACK. MASS IMMIGRATION, THE DOGMA OF MULTICULTURALISM AND THE GROWING POWER OF THE EUROPEAN UNION HAVE CONSPIRED TO UNDERMINE OUR BRITISH NATIONHOOD. OUR ONCE UNIFIED COUNTRY IS IN DANGER OF BECOMING NOTHING MORE THAN A LAND MASS FILLED WITH DISPARATE PEOPLES.
Despite the opposition of the vast majority of the British public the transformation of our society appears to be gathering pace.
In the year to March 2011 NO FEWER THAN 586,000 IMMIGRANTS WERE GRANTED ENTRY, THE VAST MAJORITY FROM ASIA AND AFRICA. IT WAS BY FAR THE HIGHEST TOTAL IN OUR HISTORY, MORE THAN 10 TIMES THE AVERAGE LEVEL OF IMMIGRATION IN THE EIGHTIES…
According to figures released last week 203,600 BRITISH PASSPORTS WERE DISHED OUT TO IMMIGRANTS, A 57 PER CENT INCREASE ON THE FIGURE FOR 2008...
Earlier this month a Parliamentary committee revealed that THE HOME OFFICE HAD EFFECTIVELY GRANTED AN AMNESTY TO 160,000 BOGUS REFUGEES, ALLOWING THEM TO SETTLE HERE PERMANENTLY AND CLAIM BENEFITS… It has been reported that more than 100 serious foreign criminals last year exploited human rights laws to escape deportation.
Among those allowed to remain here is A VIOLENT DRUG DEALER FROM TRINIDAD, A NEPALESE KILLER AND A BOLIVIAN WHOM JUDGES DECIDED COULD NOT BE SENT HOME BECAUSE HE HAD BOUGHT HIMSELF A PET CAT…
There will soon be a vast new influx of arrivals from Bulgaria and Romania once the citizens of those two member states are allowed to travel and settle anywhere in Europe without restrictions, as the Brussels Parliament recommended last week. Even worse more than 70million Turkish Muslims will have the right to come to Britain if Turkey is granted EU membership, as the coalition wants.
WHAT WE ARE WITNESSING IS A GROTESQUE FORM OF ASSISTED NATIONAL SUICIDE. IN THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF UNCONTROLLED IMMIGRATION AND EU RULE THE VERY CONCEPT OF BRITISHNESS IS AN IRRELEVANCE. All solidarity disappears, replaced by bewilderment and distrust.
All around us we can see the dire consequences of the immigration free-for-all, whether it be the spread of SHARIA LAW OR THE PREVALENCE OF VIOLENT GANGS IN OUR INNER CITIES OR THE RISE OF ISLAMIC EXTREMISM.
It is a bizarre irony that IN THE NAME OF LIBERAL TOLERANCE TOWARDS IMMIGRATION WE ARE NOW IMPORTING A NEW KIND OF GROSS INTOLERANCE WHICH IS UTTERLY INIMICAL TO BRITISH VALUES. In the East London borough of Tower Hamlets, for instance, where there is a large Muslim population, gangs of zealots now roam the streets posing as a self-appointed moral police, demanding that women wear the veil and that gay pubs be closed.
MASS IMMIGRATION HAS ALSO MEANT THE DESTRUCTION OF THE SOCIAL CONTRACT ON WHICH THE BENEFITS SYSTEM, THE NHS AND MANY OF OUR PUBLIC SERVICES ARE BASED. The founding principle was one of reciprocity: people would be provided with welfare, education or healthcare in return for their contributions to British society through tax, national insurance, work or caring for others. But now THAT ETHIC HAS BEEN SHATTERED. WE ARE NOW FORCED TO SUPPORT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CONNECTION TO BRITAIN, SUCH AS THE 12-STRONG ETHIOPIAN FAMILY RECENTLY GIVEN A HUGE HOUSE IN EAST LONDON AT A COST TO THE TAXPAYER OF MORE THAN £75,000 A YEAR.
THE POLITICAL ELITE TRIES TO ASSUAGE THE JUSTIFIABLE ANGER OF THE BRITISH BY PEDDLING DECEITFUL PROPAGANDA SUCH AS THE FALSE CLAIM THAT IMMIGRATION HAS BOOSTED OUR ECONOMY. ACTUALLY IT HAS DONE JUST THE OPPOSITE, DRAGGING DOWN WAGES AND IMPOSING A CRIPPLING BURDEN ON OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. AN EVEN GREATER MYTH BELOVED OF THE LEFT IS THAT BRITAIN IS ‘A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS’ SO THERE IS SUPPOSEDLY NOTHING UNIQUE ABOUT THE MODERN INFLUX FROM ASIA AND AFRICA. BUT THIS IS JUST A LIE.
IN FACT BRITAIN WAS UNTIL THE SEVENTIES ONE OF THE MOST HOMOGENOUS NATIONS. Moreover the small numbers that arrived here, such as Irish labourers, or Jewish or French refugees fleeing religious persecution, were steeped in the Judeo-Christian culture that built our civilisation. IT WAS BECAUSE BRITAIN WAS SO HOMOGENOUS THAT IT WAS SO SUCCESSFUL. BUT NOW WE ARE A NATION RIVEN BY ETHNIC DIVISIONS WHERE PATRIOTISM IS REGARDED WITH SUSPICION AND ALL PUBLIC POLICY IS VIEWED THROUGH THE PRISM OF RACE. IN A LAND WHERE THE ONCE UPLIFTING IDEAL OF NATIONAL PRIDE HAS BEEN TRANSMUTED INTO NOTHING MORE THAN XENOPHOBIA DECLINE IS INEVITABLE.”
Leo McKinstry - The Daily Express – 13 June 2011.
“MORE THAN 100 FOREIGNERS AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AVOIDED DEPORTATION OVER THE PAST YEAR BY CLAIMING THEY HAD A FAMILY LIFE’ IN BRITAIN. VIOLENT OFFENDERS AND DRUG DEALERS WERE AMONG THOSE ALLOWED TO STAY UNDER ARTICLE EIGHT OF THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS. According to official figures, 102 people defeated the Home Secretary in the courts, but the true figure is likely to be much higher. None of those who won their cases claimed their lives would be in danger of torture or abuse if they were sent home.”
The Daily Express – 13 June 2011.
“Slovakia, with a population of just five million, leads the boom in foreigners in the UK, with almost ONE PER CENT OF ITS ENTIRE POPULATIONS LIVING HERE. NEW FIGURES REVEAL 49,000 SLOVAKIANS CAME TO LIVE HERE IN 2010, A MASSIVE 513 PER CENT INCREASE ON THE 8,000 WHO ARRIVED IN 2004.
The former Communist bloc country has a 12.1 per cent unemployment rate - almost double that of Britain - and its workers earn around £7,000 a year. And under EU regulations, migrants are entitled to state handouts including jobseeker's allowances and housing benefit.
MANY OF SLOVAKIA'S NEIGHBOURS LIKE LATVIA, POLAND, BULGARIA AND ROMANIA HAVE JOINED THE RUSH TO LIVE HERE NOW THEY ARE IN THE EU. POLAND HAS 521,000 OF ITS CITIZENS IN BRITAIN - 448 PER CENT UP ON THE 95,000 WHO ARRIVED HERE IN 2004.”
The Daily Mail – 12 June 2011.
“THOUSANDS OF ELDERLY PEOPLE ARE LIVING IN CARE HOMES WHICH HAVE FAILED TO MEET THE MOST BASIC STANDARDS, ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL FIGURES. MORE THAN 1,800 HOMES FOR THE OLD AND DISABLED ARE NOT PROVIDING DECENT CARE, WITH STAFF EVEN FAILING TO ENSURE THAT THE FRAIL AND VULNERABLE ARE PROPERLY FED, the statistics from watchdogs reveal.
CAMPAIGNERS SAID ELDERLY PEOPLE WERE BEING LEFT IN CONDITIONS WHICH WOULD NOT BEFIT A DOG, AS SHOCKING FAILINGS BECAME ‘SYSTEMIC’ amid a deepening crisis in the sector.
The disclosure, in a Parliamentary answer, reveals that in total, 1819 HOMES FOR ELDERLY AND DISABLED PEOPLE – ONE IN TEN OF ALL CARE HOMES – ARE NOT MEETING STANDARDS DESIGNED TO PROTECT RESIDENTS FROM THE RISK OF ABUSE. ALMOST AS MANY WERE PUTTING ELDERLY PEOPLE IN DANGER BECAUSE MEDICINES WERE NOT ADMINISTERED SAFELY, WHILE MORE THAN 1,600 DID NOT EVEN ENSURE FRAIL AND ELDERLY PEOPLE GOT THE FOOD AND DRINK THEY NEEDED.”
The Daily Telegraph – 12 June 2011.
“Why does the Archbishop of Canterbury speak as if it was obvious that we should treat people who can work, but won’t, in the same way as we treat those who are truly in need?… In St Paul’s first epistle to Timothy, Chapter 5, we read: ‘If any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.’
And in his second epistle to the Thessalonians, St Paul rubs it in, in that way he has: ‘This we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat...
If the parsons, pastors, priests and bishops of this country took the side of the poor against these parasites, instead of acting as their spokesmen, they might find their churches filling up again.”
Peter Hitchens - The Daily Mail – 12 June 2011.
“A total of 102 people defeated the Home Secretary in the courts in 2010 on family rights grounds, INCLUDING VIOLENT CRIMINALS AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO HAD NO OTHER RIGHT TO BE IN THE COUNTRY. None claimed that they would be in danger of torture or abuse if they were sent home… One foreign criminal who used Article Eight was a violent thug and drug dealer who beat his girlfriend and failed to pay child maintenance – BUT WAS STILL ALLOWED TO STAY IN A RULING MADE BY THREE SENIOR JUDGES.
The Daily Telegraph – 11 June 2011.
“Most EU politicians, just like most EU policies, lack legitimacy and they know it. So when Tony Blair insisted last week that Europe needs an ‘elected president’, he was giving voice to the deep-seated belief of nearly every official involved in the pan-European political bureaucracy that greater unity is better for everyone. Never mind that ‘the project’ lacks popular support. Even the fact that the voters now voice concerns about (for instance) open borders between members of the EU has no effect whatever on the Eurocrats' conviction that there can only be one direction of travel: towards ever closer union within the EU, AND THEREFORE TOWARDS THE ULTIMATE OBLITERATION OF THE NATION STATE.
What is the basis of this view that the nation state will and must be superseded by European authorities? It boils down to the seemingly innocuous claim made by Mr Blair last week that it is ‘sensible for European nations to combine together and to use their collective weight in order to achieve influence’. The question of how the entity formed by ‘combining together’ comes to have any legitimate political authority over and above that of the nation states which make it up is never answered.
There is one very obvious reason for that deafening silence: INDIVIDUAL NATIONS AND THEIR ELECTED ASSEMBLIES ARE SEEN BY THE PEOPLE OF THOSE NATIONS AS THE ONLY INSTITUTIONS FOR MAKING LAWS THAT THEY THEMSELVES HAVE ENDORSED. Electing a European president will not change this. It will merely give a spurious democratic veneer to the unification project – when, in fact, THE EFFECT WILL BE TO ERODE THE ONLY CONNECTION BETWEEN THE WAY LAWS ARE MADE AND THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. The legislation that emerges from Brussels has no such connection. But it's what the unifying project has been built on…
'Europe’ has all the trappings that go with a unified defence policy: a defence bureaucracy, a foreign office and a foreign minister. The operation in Libya is endorsed by the EU. But as Robert Gates, the retiring US Secretary of Defence, noted last week, European countries are incapable of organising it. The bombing campaign has ‘required a major augmentation of targeting specialists, mainly from the US, to do the job’. After a campaign lasting 11 weeks, European nations ‘are beginning to run short of munitions, requiring the US, once more, to make up the difference’. That has happened because TOO MANY EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WANT THE BENEFITS OF MILITARY CO-OPERATION BUT AREN'T WILLING TO SHARE ITS RISKS AND COSTS: THEY WANT A FREE RIDE.
This is, in a way, reassuring, because it shows how the unification project founders on the rock of national self-interest. It suggests that at heart, it is nothing more than a way of making Eurocrats feel important. But the tragedy is that THEIR SELF-AGGRANDISEMENT MAY STILL END UP DESTROYING OUR DEMOCRACY.”
The Daily Telegraph – 11 June 2011.
"Tony Blair has called for the creation of a directly-elected president of the European Union in what appears to be an extraordinary public job application. The former prime minister suggested that whoever filled the role would be able to strut the world stage, wielding power and influence beyond the wildest dreams of individual member states. Europe is held back by a lack of ‘strong, collective leadership’, he added.
The 58-year-old insisted – in a round of interviews to promote the latest edition of his memoirs – that Britain is now too small to have the ‘weight and influence’ of the past on the world stage unless it was ‘part of that European power as well’.
He said that although the EU was created out of the desire for peace in Europe, its role in the modern world was to project European power and influence. An unelected post of EU president was created by the controversial Lisbon Treaty, which Mr Blair championed. He was the early favourite for the role, but was vetoed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel because of controversy over his involvement in the Iraq war. There were also fears he would upstage other EU leaders.”
The Daily Mail – 10 June 2011.
“Romanians living in Britain send home nearly £500,000 every day, official figures revealed. A total of £41million left the UK for the Eastern European country over a three-month period, said the Romanian Central Bank. LAST YEAR ALONE, THE ROMANIAN ECONOMY WAS BOOSTED BY £2.5BILLION SENT FROM ABROAD, it added.
The figures for the country’s UK-based nationals for January to March last year include cash transferred between banks or moved by money transfer. If the level was maintained throughout 2010, it would mean more than £160million was sent to Romania from the UK over a year.
That would mean a rise of nearly 50 per cent on the 2009 total of £108million. But the figures do not include informal transfers and unofficial movements of money, including cash moved between friends and relatives. This means the true total could be up to 30 per cent higher. An estimated two million Romanians work abroad, including 60,000 thought to live in the UK. Most live in North London and the South East of England. A further 25,000 each year are given work permits to enter Britain.”
The Daily Mail – 9 June 2011.
“ONE IN FIVE LONDON PARENTS HAS SUCH POOR LITERACY SKILLS THEY CANNOT READ A BEDTIME STORY TO THEIR CHILDREN. SHOCKING NEW FIGURES REVEAL HOW 370,000 MOTHERS AND FATHER ARE NOT CONFIDENT ENOUGH TO READ ALOUD - SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCING THEIR CHILD'S CHANCES OF LEARNING TO READ. The exclusive research shows for the first time how London's illiteracy crisis is affecting families.”
The London Evening Standard – 9 June 2011.
“NEARLY 200 DYING PATIENTS WERE TURNED DOWN BY THE GOVERNMENT’S CANCER DRUGS FUND - EVEN THOUGH NEARLY HALF OF THE MONEY WAS LEFT IN THE POT. In some parts of the country a quarter of sufferers applying for life-extending treatments were rejected, a major report has found. It warns that the much-heralded fund meant to provide better drugs for the terminally ill is simply another postcode lottery, with patients’ chances of getting money dependent on where they live.”
The Daily Mail – 9 June 2011.
“The figures, published by EU statisticians… underline warnings about the UK’s ticking pensions timebomb by showing that the number of people who are 65 and older is set to rocket from 11.8 million to almost 20 million. But NET IMMIGRATION – THE NUMBER ENTERING THE COUNTRY MINUS THOSE LEAVING – WILL STILL BE THE MAIN DRIVER FOR POPULATION GROWTH. The EU statistical office, Eurostat, says MORE THAN HALF THE UK INCREASE – 10 MILLION PEOPLE – WILL BE AS A DIRECT CONSEQUENCE OF IMMIGRATION. The statistics will add to mounting anger over Britain’s open-door immigration policy. According to official figures, 1,440 migrants currently move here every day.
The Daily Express – 9 June 2011.
“One in three criminals spared a court appearance should have faced a tougher punishment from a judge or magistrate, inspectors have found… More than a third of the 1.3 million crimes resolved by the police every year result in an ‘out of court disposal’ such as a fixed penalty notice, a caution or a warning, a total of almost 500,000.
In a report published today, the inspectors conclude that around A THIRD OF THOSE CASES SHOULD HAVE BEEN DEALT WITH IN COURT, WHERE MAGISTRATES OR JUDGES COULD IMPOSE LARGER FINES, COMMUNITY SENTENCES OR A JAIL TERM. Those who escaped court proceedings were ‘frequent or serious’ offenders, the inspectors found. A total of 64 of 190 out-of-court disposals reviewed by the inspectors ‘did not appear to comply with the standards set out in the available guidance’. There were also wide variations in the way police and prosecutors dealt with offences across the country, meaning that offenders receive ‘differential treatment depending on where they were found or where they live’.”
The Daily Telegraph – 9 June 2011.
"Dr Rowan Williams has launched a sustained attack on the Coalition in the most outspoken political intervention by an Archbishop of Canterbury for a generation. He warns that the public is gripped by ‘fear’ over the Government’s reforms to education, the NHS and the benefits system and accuses David Cameron and Nick Clegg of forcing through ‘radical policies for which no one voted’.
Openly questioning the democratic legitimacy of the Coalition, the Archbishop dismisses the Prime Minister’s ‘Big Society’ as a ‘painfully stale’ slogan, and claims that it is ‘not enough’ for ministers to blame Britain’s economic and social problems on the last Labour government…
Robert Runcie enraged Margaret Thatcher with a series of attacks in the 1980s.”
The Daily Telegraph – 8 June 2011.
“Peers are on course to pocket a 40 per cent increase in their expenses as a result of efforts to ‘clean up’ the discredited system. A new £300-a-day flat-rate allowance has seen claims soar, figures showed.
In the first three months of the new system, peers claimed £6million, compared with £17.2million in the whole of last year. If the trend continues, the total bill this year will be more than £24million – an increase of 40 per cent. Last year peers argued that the new system would end the scandal around Lords expenses, which has seen two peers convicted of theft and three others suspended from Parliament…
Under the rules, PEERS SIMPLY HAVE TO SHOW THEIR FACE AT WESTMINSTER TO POCKET THE DAILY ALLOWANCE. NO RECEIPTS ARE REQUIRED AND PEERS DO NOT HAVE TO STAY FOR DEBATE OR VOTES – leading critics to claim they can ‘clock in and clear off’.”
The Daily Mail – 8 June 2011.
“CANCER SURVIVAL RATES IN THE UK RANK AMONGST THE LOWEST IN THE WESTERN WORLD and show little sign of catching up, a damning report warns. Late diagnosis and a lack of life-saving treatments are blamed for patients being more likely to die here than elsewhere in Europe, Canada or Australia, Norway and Sweden. And THE ELDERLY ARE ROUTINELY DENIED SURGERY OR DRUGS TO REMOVE TUMOURS BECAUSE DOCTORS THINK IT IS NOT WORTHWHILE.
The study by the Kings Fund think-tank found that the chances of surviving breast, bowel, lung or ovarian cancer in Britain are lower than Sweden, Norway. Canada or Australia.”
The Daily Mail – 8 June 2011.
“Hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money earmarked to counter terrorism WAS INSTEAD HANDED TO EXTREMIST GROUPS, it emerged last night. Radical Islamists were bankrolled with money which should have been used to combat their anti-Western ideology, a Government report concluded.
The money was spent as part of the Prevent programme which was funded with hundreds of millions of pounds to try to stop young Muslims from becoming radicalised.
The report also revealed: hundreds of thousands of pounds were wasted on pointless sports clubs or ‘COHESION SCHEMES’. More than 1,100 people were reported to the authorities after displaying extremist sympathies – a quarter of whom were children. THE ASTONISHING SCALE OF ISLAMIC TEACHING OUTSIDE THE MAINSTREAM SCHOOL SYSTEM IN UP TO 2,000 MADRASSAS ATTENDED BY AN ESTIMATED 100,000 CHILDREN…
Here are just a few of the extremist Islamist groups the Government has been funding:
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and related groups were handed £550,985 over a period of three years by the Department of Communities and Local Government. In March 2009 the Government suspended links with the MCB and demanded one of its leaders should be sacked for allegedly supporting violence against Israel.
The Cordoba Foundation, an independent research organisation which advises leading Muslim groups and which was founded by Anas al-Tikriti, former president of the Muslim Association of Britain, has received ‘anti-extremist’ funding.
The group, which David Cameron once described as a front for the extremist Muslim Brotherhood, was given £38,000 by Tower Hamlets council in East London in 2007 for two projects: A Muslim media project and a Muslim debating society which held a debate entitled ‘Has Political Participation Failed British Muslims?’.
Dr Abdul Wahid, the leader of radical group Hizb-ut-Tahrir (an extremist group which refuses to condemn suicide bombers, has called for the destruction of Israel and which Tony Blair promised to outlaw) was invited to speak. As a result, the Foundation was required to return some of the money given to it.
The Islamic Foundation: Described by the BBC’s Panorama as an ‘influential’ outpost of militant Islamist ideology, it was set up by members of Pakistan’s Jamaat-i-Islami opposition party, which campaigns for Pakistan to become an Islamic state governed by Sharia holy law. Panorama claimed the foundation promoted fundamentalist materials.
IEngage: The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia used a body called iEngage as the group’s secretariat. iEngage is an organisation of Islamist sympathisers which has repeatedly defended extremists. It called on the Government to revoke a ban on a hardline foreign preacher who has said that ‘every Muslim should be a terrorist’.
The STREET project: Lambeth Council gave an unspecified sum to the STREET project, run by Abdul Haqq Baker, the chairman of the Brixton Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre. The project was aimed at ‘reaching out’ to young Muslims who were susceptible to violent extremism, but Baker is an adherent of Salafism, a hard line form of Islam seen as in conflict with liberal democracy.
Green Lane and Central mosques: Government money was given to Birmingham’s Green Lane and Central mosques. They featured in an undercover Channel 4 Dispatches programme in which imams were recorded making inflammatory comments. One preacher, Abu Usamah, called for gay people to be executed and was quoted as saying: ‘If I were to call homosexuals perverted, dirty, filthy dogs who should be murdered, that’s my freedom of speech, isn’t it?’.
Global Peace and Unity: Over four years the Met Police gave £26,500 sponsorship to the annual Muslim gathering, Global Peace and Unity. But one of the event’s main speakers had suggested the Queen’s decision to award a knighthood to Salman Rushdie was enough to justify suicide bombings by Muslims.
The Met also employed as an anti-terrorism adviser Mohamed Ali Harrath, who was wanted by Interpol and authorities in his native Tunisia because of his links to an alleged terror organisation.”
Melanie Philipps - The Daily Mail – 8 June 2011.
“HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF TAXPAYERS’ MONEY EARMARKED TO COUNTER TERRORISM WAS INSTEAD HANDED TO EXTREMIST GROUPS, it emerged. Radical Islamists were bankrolled with money which should have been used to combat their anti-Western ideology, a Government report concluded. The money was spent as part of the Prevent programme which was funded with hundreds of millions of pounds to try to stop young Muslims from becoming radicalised.
The report also revealed: Hundreds of thousands of pounds were wasted on pointless sports clubs or ‘cohesion schemes’. More than 1,100 people were reported to the authorities after displaying extremist sympathies – a quarter of whom were children. The astonishing scale of Islamic teaching outside the mainstream school system in up to 2,000 madrassas attended by an estimated 100,000 children.”
The Daily Mail – 7 June 2011.
“ONE OF TONY BLAIR’S MOST TRUSTED AIDES WAS DRAGGED INTO THE SOUTHERN CROSS CARE HOME SCANDAL. JEREMY HEYWOOD WAS A LEADING FIGURE AT INVESTMENT BANK MORGAN STANLEY, WHICH ADVISED ON THE SALE OF THE TROUBLED FIRM IN 2006. HE IS NOW DAVID CAMERON’S PERMANENT SECRETARY AT DOWNING STREET AND IS TIPPED TO BE THE NEXT CABINET SECRETARY.
His No 10 role puts him at the nerve-centre of a Government that may end up using taxpayers’ money to bail out the residential care group. It is not clear how much of a personal bonus Mr Heywood was paid for overseeing the Southern Cross float in 2006. However banking sources said it is certain that HE WILL HAVE BEEN HANDSOMELY REWARDED FOR RUNNING THE TEAM WHICH WON IT.
The floatation has been heavily criticised because it left the company financially vulnerable and unable to withstand the property crash of 2008. Some 31,000 FRAIL ELDERLY PEOPLE IN 750 CARE HOMES FACE AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE NOW SOUTHERN CROSS IS HOVERING ON THE BRINK OF BANKRUPTCY.”
The Daily Mail – 6 June 2011.
“Sir John Reith, the founding father of the BBC, was a man imbued with a high sense of moral purpose.
In 1922, when the corporation came into existence, he declared that its mission was ‘to inform, educate and entertain’. as well as ‘to bring the best of everything to the greatest number of homes.’ That spirit lives on in parts of the BBC, reflected, for instance, in a host of superb documentaries and dramas on television and radio. But increasingly THERE IS ANOTHER SIDE TO THE BROADCASTER: A SMUG, NARROW MINDED OUTLOOK THAT CLINGS TO THE FASHIONABLE ORTHODOXIES OF METROPOLITAN OPINION, WHILE MOCKING THE TRADITIONAL VALUES OF MIDDLE BRITAIN. That mentality is epitomised by Radio Four’s weekly programme The News Quiz, which demonstrates not the slightest desire to achieve any political balance in either its content or its panel.
The show is usually just a stream of sneering socialist propaganda dressed up as satire. Most of the contributors are Left-wing comedians such as the pompous Marcus Brigstocke, a bourgeois nerd whose privileged upbringing has left him with a pathetic desperation for street credibility. The presenter Sandi Toksvig is cast in the same mould. A committed supporter of the Liberal Democrats, she is the self-satisfied mouthpiece of the chattering classes, a conceited elitist who regularly mistakes anti-Tory rhetoric for humour.
The mix of achingly Leftwing views and disdain for traditional morality was perfectly captured in a recent incident on the News Quiz, when Toksvig told a socalled ‘joke’ that made reference to the ‘C’ word. As usual, this insult came in the form of a jibe at the Conservative Party. Brimming with characteristic progressive zeal, Toksvig declared that ‘it’s the Tories who have put the ‘n’ in cuts’ – the kind of infantile, offensive remark that might appeal to student protestors but should have no place on the airwaves of our state broadcaster, which we all have to fund through our licence fees to the tune of £2.7billion a year.
Extraordinarily, instead of feeling a shred of embarrassment over this issue, BBC bosses seem to have revelled in it, holding that Toksvig’s comment was just the sort of cutting edge language that Radio 4 listeners enjoy. One BBC executive, who gave his approval to the script, claimed that the “C” word is hardly a taboo any more, and that audiences would “delight” in the joke. That sort of inane drivel just shows how detached our cultural elite has become from mainstream opinion. For the vast majority of Britons, the word is completely beyond the pale, especially because of its foul associations with misogyny.
What is almost as offensive is the hypocrisy of the BBC. The Corporation would not dream of broadcasting a joke about the slackness of the asylum process or the widespread prevalence of welfare abuses or the aggressive superstitions of Muslim fundamentalism. For all their proclaimed eagerness to break taboos through “ground-breaking” material, our cultural commissars are more puritan than the Victorians when it comes to their own rigid code of acceptable behaviour, screeching with hysterical outrage at anything they regard as homophobic or racist or Islamophobic.
One of the tragedies of modern Britain is that our cultural life is riddled with this cocktail of decadence, double standards and doctrinaire posturing. The best in art should inspire and uplift us. Yet so much of the culture run by the metropolitan elite focuses on degeneracy, vacuity or Marxist politics. It is the nihilistic, nasty world of graffiti come to life on the stage or on our screens. That was brought home to me by a couple of experiences in recent days. The first was reading reviews of a new contemporary dance show at the Sadler’s Wells theatre in Islington, in which a dozen naked male performers, wearing nothing but blond wigs and malevolent expressions, leapt into the audience to perpetrate a series of obscene gestures, including spitting and genital exposure.
One critic, whose glasses were covered in phlegm, said it was her ‘most unpleasant experience in the theatre’. The sickening event makes an edition of the Jerry Springer show look like Mary Poppins, yet this is what passes for ‘art’ among the pseudo-intellectuals of north London. Even worse, we all pay for it, since Sadler’s Wells receives a subsidy of £2.5million a year. The second experience was a visit to the Turner Contemporary gallery in my home town of Margate. This venue, which cost £17.5million in public funds, opened last month to a loud fanfare from the metropolitan trendies yet in truth it is a symbol of all that is wrong with modern art…
In the dark, concrete rooms there was not one object that showed artistic merit or aesthetic appeal. All were meaningless daubs or frivolous installations. The whole place was self-indulgent in the extreme.
Like so much in the modern-art racket, Margate’s Turner Contemporary is an insult to the intelligence of the public. If the health of a civilisation is reflected in its culture, then Britain really is in a bad way. Degeneracy is now the order of the day among our new ruling class.”
Leo McKinstry - The Daily Express – 6 June 2011.
“MULTICULTURALISM IS MORE THAN A FAILED IDEOLOGY: IT THREATENS OUR SAFETY. SEVERAL FORMER STUDENTS AT BRITISH COLLEGES HAVE ALREADY BEEN CAUGHT PLANNING MURDER: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, ex-president of UCL’s Islamic Society, tried to blow up a plane in 2009.
We need a change of culture in our universities, some of whose vice-chancellors turn a blind eye to Muslim anti-Semitism rather than compromise their liberal credentials. Complacency is too gentle a word to describe this attitude: rather, it is utter hypocrisy, since THESE ACADEMICS WOULD NEVER TOLERATE SIMILAR SENTIMENTS FROM THE FAR-RIGHT. The Prevent review must extend its reach not just to extremists but also to the useful idiots who offer them a platform. And perhaps it is also time to ask whether universities that compromise our security should be allowed to charge £9,000 a year for their services."
The Daily Telegraph – 6 June 2011.
“LAVISH SPENDING ON FOREIGN AID IS MAKING BRITAIN A ‘DEVELOPMENT SUPERPOWER’ AND VOTERS SHOULD TAKE THE SAME PRIDE IN IT AS THEY DO IN THE ARMED FORCES AND THE QUEEN, A SENIOR MINISTER SAID YESTERDAY.
International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell admitted the Coalition was facing ‘bracing’ criticism over its decision TO INCREASE AID SPENDING BY 34 PER CENT TO £12BILLION AT A TIME OF AUSTERITY AT HOME. But he insisted the money was achieving ‘brilliant’ results and making Britain admired around the world.”
The Daily Mail – 5 June 2011.
“SUCCESSIVE GOVERNMENTS HAVE BETRAYED BRITAIN’S PENSIONERS BY SPENDING LESS ON SOCIAL CARE FOR THE ELDERLY THAN ALMOST ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN EUROPE. Research which campaigners say ‘should shame us as a nation’ has found that Italy and France spend twice as much on their pensioners as we do in the UK.
Britain comes 17th out of the 20 major European countries surveyed, behind wealthy Germany as well as former Communist countries such as Poland and the Czech Republic.”
The Daily Mail – 5 June 2011.
“UP TO 10,000 CRIMINALS A YEAR WILL HAVE THEIR JAIL TERMS SLASHED UNDER KEN CLARKE’S BLUEPRINT FOR SOFTER SENTENCES. Police Minister Nick Herbert revealed that is the number – including killers, sex offenders and muggers – who could benefit from the Justice Secretary’s plans to go easy on those who plead guilty early.
Judges and magistrates can currently reduce sentences by a third for offenders who admit their crimes and avoid costly court cases, under guidelines drawn up by Labour. But in an effort to save money. Mr Clarke has launched a consultation on PLANS TO RAISE THE DISCOUNT TO 50 PER CENT.
He unleashed the fury of women’s groups last month when he said rapists could benefit from the change. Yesterday Mr Herbert said: 'Ten thousand offenders are pleading guilty at the very latest point in a trial and that is often particularly damaging to the interests of victims, it’s costly and it’s not in the interests of justice. We need a system that is deterring unnecessarily late pleas and is also incentivising those who plead guilty at an earlier stage.'”
The Daily Mail – 5 June 2011.
“THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV IN BRITAIN WILL TOP 100,000 FOR THE FIRST TIME NEXT YEAR. The toll of those infected, to be announced this week by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), is revealed as the world marks 30 years since the first cases of the disease were diagnosed. The growing number of British HIV patients is due to the spread of the disease within the UK, as opposed to infections acquired abroad. The amount of people contracting the disease in Britain each year has doubled in the past decade, with some 3,800 diagnosed last year. EPIDEMIOLOGISTS AT THE HPA NOW PREDICT THAT THERE WILL BE MORE THAN 100,000 HIV-POSITIVE PEOPLE – DIAGNOSED AND UNDIAGNOSED – IN BRITAIN BY THE END OF 2012.”
The Independent – 5 June 2011.
“I regret to inform you that you are an extremist, bonkers, a spittle-flecked member of the lunatic fringe.
That is because you agree with me that Wayne Bishop, whose triumphantly smirking, selfish face looks out at us from amid his terrifying brood of children, ought to be breaking rocks on Dartmoor instead, and to hell with his ‘right’ to a family life. Bishop is a burglar. He is also a menacing lout who badly needs to learn some lessons in manners, but never will. We’ve all seen faces like that and learned to cross the street, or shift down the bus, to avoid them when we see them coming. Some people, and God help them, cannot avoid them because they live next to them.
Bishop is the sort of person the law, the police and the prisons were invented to deal with and who – in a sharp break with normal practice – was actually locked up. As the Ministry of Injustice finally admitted last week, it is harder by far to get into prison than it is to get into university.
Here are the figures, which should be tattooed on the foreheads of every member of the Cabinet so we are constantly reminded of how useless they all are: ‘96,710 CRIMINALS SENTENCED LAST YEAR FOR MORE SERIOUS ‘INDICTABLE’ OFFENCES HAD 15 OR MORE PREVIOUS CRIMES AGAINST THEIR NAME. THEY INCLUDED VIOLENT MUGGERS, BURGLARS AND DRUG DEALERS. OF THOSE, ONLY 36 PER CENT – AROUND 34,600 OFFENDERS – WERE GIVEN IMMEDIATE CUSTODY.’
SO EVEN AFTER 15 OR MORE PREVIOUS OFFENCES, THEY WON’T PUT MOST OF THEM AWAY. So it’s almost an irrelevance that Bishop has been let out of prison in the name of his Human Wrongs. It is amazing that he was inside in the first place. You are (for the moment) allowed to laugh at this, or to complain about it. But if, like me, you actually want to do anything about it, then you become an extremist, bonkers, spittle-flecked, lunatic etc.
Because against you, you will find all three major parties, most especially the treacherous, slippery and dishonest Tories, the BBC, the legal profession, the police and the Church of England. They believe the system that allows Wayne Bishop and his many friends to smirk at you while they live off you is a good system. They think you are cruel, crude, outrageous and uncivilised to want a justice system that punishes bad people swiftly in ways they won’t forget.
Well, Wayne Bishop is the result of all their compassion and kindness and, as I grow older and nastier, I can’t help wishing that the people who created him could be forced to go and live next door to him for the rest of their natural lives. But then, I’m an extremist. And if you hate the way people such as Wayne Bishop are caressed by our society, why do you keep voting for the Tories who help to caress him, and do nothing to rescue you from him and from people like him?”
Peter Hitchens - The Daily Mail – 5 June 2011.
“Foreign companies, private health care providers, property businesses, even a luxury travel agent, are being paid hundreds of millions a year in a bid to contain thousands of illegal migrants.
They are all cashing in on decisions made by the UK Border Agency, which was last week described as “unfi t or purpose”. Three French companies earned £106million between them last year. Last night, Tory MP Philip Davies said: “The taxpayer is being screwed and it’s time the Government got a grip.”
An analysis of the agency’s payments to suppliers over the past 12 months shows almost 500 were each paid more than £25,000, totalling £941million. The biggest beneficiary was G4S, formerly known as Group 4, which received £96.9million for running detention centres and providing other security services. Its competitor, Serco, which runs the colossal Yarl’s Wood immigration “removal centre” near Heathrow, was paid £44.3million.
While these two are well known, the Sunday Express has discovered that £44.7million was paid to VF Worldwide Holdings Ltd, a Mauritius company that processes applications for visas. It won a five-year contract in countries such as South Korea, China and Bangladesh in 2007.
Some £67.7million was paid to the French multinational Sodexo, which profits from providing controversial childcare vouchers to thousands of asylum seekers.
Another France-based company, Carlson Wagonlit, a travel agent, was paid £28.7million to book flights home for deported asylum seekers. The company won a contract last year after it emerged civil servants were even hiring private jets for deportations.
The agency also paid £18.7million to the International Organisation for Migration, a body that gives cash to asylum seekers as an “incentive” to go home.
Another £9.3million was transferred to French-owned Atos Origin, a medical and IT specialist.
A Border Agency spokesman was last night unable to give more details about how the money is used.
The files also show £443,000 was paid to Paris Appartments, a company that provides luxury flats for agency staff in the French capital.
There is also a long list of property companies receiving millions of pounds from housing refugees.
It includes Clearsprings Management Ltd, which was paid £22.8million, United Property Management, which pocketed £18.6million, Priority Properties Northwest with £16million, and the YMCA in Glasgow, which was paid £6.2million.
Document storage company Iron Mountain was also paid £6.2million in the year, while £25.3million was spent on the Treasury’s solicitors department for legal fees.
The Government accounts are only the tip of the iceberg. Tens of millions were also transferred to councils, which then contract out services to more private companies.
Last week MP Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, said the agency was “still not fit for purpose”.
He hit out after it emerged some 74,500 asylum seekers have had their cases concluded simply because the applicants cannot be found. Although 430,500 of the backlog of 450,000 cases have been concluded, only 38,000 would-be migrants have been kicked out of the UK, with 161,000 being granted leave to stay.
Last night Mr Vaz said: “Much of this work used to be done in-house. We looked at this a couple of years ago when we had concern about how some of these contracts were being awarded. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.”
A Home Office spokesman said: “We have reduced the cost of the asylum support system by over £100million in the past year.”
The Daily Express – 5 June 2011.
“Between May 2000 and May 2010 the overall number of people being paid Disability Living Allowance soared from 2.1million to 3.1million. The startling figures, released yesterday by the Department for Work and Pensions, come as ministers are preparing to drive through a radical reform of DLA, which costs taxpayers £12billion a year.
The benefit is designed to help disabled people who cannot walk, have difficulty walking or need help getting around.
Yet, astonishingly, the number of people claiming DLA for back pain shot up by more than 80 per cent during the decade.
Furthermore, there was a 250 per cent increase in those getting the benefit for drug and alcohol abuse.
There was also a 200 per cent rise in the number of people claiming for allergies over the same period.”
The Daily Express – 4 June 2011.
“Chris Huhne blew more than £46,000 on chauffeur-driven cars and taxis during his first year in office.
The Lib Dem climate change minister, already in trouble after he allegedly got his ex-wife to take the rap for a speeding offence, racked up the huge bill even though his department is supposed to promote 'green' travel, such as rail. The spending, which works out at £177 per weekday, does not include the travel of officials and advisers, just Mr Huhne's own car journeys.
The four ministers in the Department of Energy and Climate Change, which he runs, ran up a total bill of more than £176,000 since they took office last May.”
The Daily Mail – 4 June 2011.
“Alex Salmond’s battle to keep secret the financial implications of his local income tax plans has now cost taxpayers more than £100,000.”
The Daily Telegraph – 4 June 2011.
“The number of people receiving disability benefits because of their drink and drug problems has risen by 250 per cent in the past decade, new figures reveal. There are now 22,800 people getting the handouts – not for any disability, but because they are addicts.
Figures also revealed that in the past year, almost 150,000 people received handouts of up to £125 a week because they have back pain – 80 per cent higher than the number of claimants in 2000.
The number of people getting sickness benefit because they have an allergy tripled to 1,300 in 2010.
The figures relate to the disability living allowance (DLA), which is paid to people who need help to move about, or need help caring for themselves.
Overall, the number of claimants soared from 2.2million to 3.2million – a rise of almost 50 per cent.”
The Daily Mail – 3 June 2011.
“One of Britain's highest paid town hall bosses is to face an inquiry into her expenses claims. Andrea Hill, 47, is already under investigation over her alleged domineering management style and claims that some of her staff felt bullied. Mrs Hill has been on extended leave with full pay – £218,592-a-year – for four weeks since the initial investigation was launched following the suspected suicide of a senior officer.”
The Daily Mail – 3 June 2011.
“Major London businesses throw four out of 10 job applications in the bin because they are so littered with spelling and grammatical errors.”
The London Evening Standard – 3 June 2011.
“Four out of five knife thugs have walked free from court, official statistics show. Of 5,228 offences involving knives or offensive weapons in the year’s first three months, only 1,014 culprits – 19 per cent – were jailed immediately. The figure is a 34 per cent drop on the 1,527 jailed in the same period two years ago and a 16 per cent drop on last year’s 1,202. The proportion of offences leading to jail terms fell to 19 per cent from 23 per cent in both 2009 and 2010.”
The Daily Express – 3 June 2011.
“A staggering quarter of a million failed asylum seekers have been granted an ‘amnesty’ in Britain over the past two decades. Chaos in the immigration system has forced ministers to allow some 256,000 failed asylum seekers to stay since the early 1990s, according to figures compiled by the MigrationWatch think-tank. The figure is the equivalent of the population of Brighton being accommodated in Britain.”
The Daily Mail – 2 June 2011.
“The toxic legacy of worklessness left by Labour has been laid bare in stark figures. Between 1997 and 2010 the number of households in which no one has ever had a job almost doubled from 184,000 to 352,000. This equates to more than 550,000 people for whom worklessness has become a way of life, according to the Office for National Statistics. Furthermore, seven out of ten adults in those households admit they have no intention of ever going to work.
Critics say the figures are a reminder of the way a culture of benefit dependency has grown up, leaving a generation in some parts of Britain totally ignorant of the work ethic.
And in a startling confirmation of how this is passed on through the generations, the official figures show there are 265,000 under 16 years old living in households where none of the adults has ever worked.
Shockingly, 68 per cent of adults surveyed in these homes said they were ‘not seeking a job and would not like to work’."
The Daily Mail – 2 June 2011.
“Britain’s border chiefs have been savaged in a damning report for creating a secret amnesty for asylum seekers. They were criticised after MPs discovered they had dished out visas as a way of clearing a huge backlog of files. Out of 450,000 outstanding cases, just 38,000 migrants were removed.
A massive 161,000 were given indefinite leave to stay after a change in rules and almost 75,000 simply disappeared. That meant about 235,500 benefited from Britain’s open door immigration policy, branded ‘still not fit for purpose’ in the report published today. Other critics called the system ‘feeble’ and ‘shambolic’.”
The Daily Express – 2 June 2011.
“A Dickensian scandal for the 21st century…
To the millions who believe our society has advanced a long way since the Victorians in looking after its most vulnerable, this week’s revelations from Bristol will come as a shocking awakening. True, we spend vastly more public money than our 19th century ancestors on caring for the mentally disturbed, while the state has set up elaborate structures to regulate their treatment. But the BBC Panorama report on Winterbourne View private hospital for disturbed adults has exposed cruelty and ritual humiliation as inhuman as anything described by Dickens.
If brutality like this can go on in a supposedly state-of-the-art facility, charging taxpayers £3,500 a week for every patient, isn’t it all but certain that it’s happening elsewhere too? Everybody accepts that looking after disturbed young adults is hugely demanding, calling for rare qualities of patience and dedication. Indeed, this is why the Care Quality Commission was set up, to ensure that carers couldn’t fall short of the highest standards. Yet the disgrace is that even when the commission was warned last December about what was happening, it did nothing whatever about it.
In a way that would shock enlightened Victorians, modern Britons have chosen to delegate to others the responsibility for looking after the disabled, the elderly and the inconvenient. But this can only work if those paid to ensure the vulnerable are humanely treated do their jobs. After the Winterbourne View scandal, four members of the hospital staff have been arrested and 13 others suspended.
But shouldn’t CQC staff also be held to account for their culpable neglect?…
For the 31,000 elderly residents of Southern Cross homes, this is a time of deep anxiety as the firm responsible for the roof over their heads teeters towards bankruptcy. In the financial world, meanwhile, it should be a time of equally deep shame. For this is another story of the City putting greed, reckless expansion and short-term gain before prudence.
When a U.S. private equity firm bought Southern Cross in 2004, the company was soundly based in bricks and mortar. When it sold out three years later, having quadrupled its money through sale-and-leaseback deals, Southern Cross was desperately vulnerable to the changing economic winds. And as with the banks, it looks as if taxpayers will be saddled with a bailout. When will the City learn that its predatory, unethical greed plays into the hands of Left-wingers who say the private sector can’t be trusted with social care?
Hiring private jets, £6.6million. Gifts of Tiffany jewellery, £17,741. Four nights for nine in a New York hotel, £24,600...
The extortionate expenses charged by the EU’s unelected commissioners, when high-living Peter Mandelson and hopeless Baroness Ashton were Britain’s representatives, make our greediest MPs and peers look like mere amateurs. In 2009 alone, the body chalked up a staggering £265,000 bill for... wait for it... ‘cocktail parties’!
As all Europe is being forced to cut spending, this same EU Commission is now demanding a 5 per cent increase in its £117million budget, while campaigning for direct taxation powers that would cost British families a further £3billion. How contemptible. But then what do you expect when power is handed over to bodies unaccountable to anyone?”
The Daily Mail – 1 June 2011.
“Immigrants make up a THIRD of murder suspects and alleged rapists in a string of areas, shock new figures reveal. And one in seven of all people accused of these crimes in the UK as a whole is a foreign national.
Data from police forces shows 93 foreign-born suspects were accused of murder last year and 418 faced rape allegations.”
The Sun – 31 May 2011.
“One in four children is practically illiterate on leaving primary school. This betrayal has created a generation incapable of deciphering basic words on timetables, receipts or medicine labels. In an exposé starting today, we investigate the true extent of illiteracy in the capital and why years of government initiatives and investment have failed to solve the problem.”
The London Evening Standard – 31 May 2011.
“A prisoner is being allowed to become a father from behind bars because of his human rights. The inmate’s demand for artificial insemination with his partner was approved by Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke earlier this year. It is thought the treatment, which can cost up to £2,000 a time, is being paid for by the NHS.
The decision was based on the prisoner’s ‘right to family life’ under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act.”
The Daily Mail – 31 May 2011.
“The BBC is anti-Christian and ageist – according to a survey it carried out itself. Viewers also felt that minority groups were over-represented by the Corporation. They expressed concerns over ‘tokenism’ and ‘box-ticking’ and warned the broadcaster against trying to ‘manipulate’ an equal society instead of reflecting reality. The survey was conducted as part of the BBC’s ‘Diversity Strategy’ and involved 4,500 people, including some BBC staff.
Some viewers still believe the broadcaster has a Left-wing or ‘liberal bias’, the consultation found. Others said ‘positive discrimination’ was still a ‘notable’ problem with the BBC’s recruitment process.
According to viewers, Christians are badly treated with ‘derogatory stereotypes’ which portray them as ‘weak’ or ‘bigoted’. It was suggested that there was a bias against Christianity and that other religions were better represented.”
The Daily Mail – 31 May 2011.
“NHS fat cats are enjoying pension pots worth more than £2.5million, and some chief executives will retire on annual payouts of up to £110,000.
While final salary pension schemes have all but disappeared in the private sector, it is those employees who will end up footing the health service pension bill through their taxes.
Details of the gold-plated pensions come after evidence of lucrative payments to health service managers, even though the whole system is under severe financial strain.”
The Daily Mail -31 May 2011.
“Nearly two thirds of criminals avoid jail despite amassing at least 15 convictions, shocking figures show. Instead of being put behind bars, more than 62,000 offenders were given lesser punishments, such as community service or a fine, last year.
More than 4,000 walked out of court with only a caution. The figures reveal that serial offenders are less likely to be given a jail sentence today than at any time in the past decade.
And they further raise concerns that career criminals, including drug dealers and burglars, are getting only a ‘slap on the wrist’.”
The Daily Mail – 30 May 2011.
“A rise in the number of women in their 40s having abortions is being blamed on the Sex And The City generation. Figures show those having terminations in this age group has increased by a third in a decade. Experts believe this is due to increased sexual activity among older women, a higher number of whom are single or divorced.
They are also more likely to have casual sex or short-term relationships and take chances with contraception, the experts believe…..In total, 8,719 women aged 40 and over terminated pregnancies last year, including 650 women above the age of 45 and 21 aged 50 or over.
The statistics include women who had tried to get pregnant in their 40s, only to opt for termination when screening showed a high chance of birth abnormalities such as Down’s syndrome – the risk of which rises with age.”
The Daily Express – 30 May 2011.
“Social care in England is ‘grossly inadequate’ and ‘totally failing’ to meet the needs of disabled people aged over 65, according to a new report. Research by Age UK has found that of the 2 million older people in England with care-related needs, 800,000 do not receive formal support from public or private sector agencies. But the picture is growing even bleaker, warns the report, Care in Crisis: with spending cuts under way, more than 1 million of the most vulnerable pensioners in England will be left without help or support by 2014, it concludes.”
The Guardian – 30 May 2011.
“The public are paying more than £1 million a month to “bribe” illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers to go home. Up to £74 million has been spent in the last five years funding a voluntary return scheme for those who have no right to remain in the UK. The programme currently offers packages worth up to £2,000 ‘in kind’ support in their home country in return for them not fighting removal.
It comes a week after The Daily Telegraph disclosed that up to £25 million has been spent over the same period in ‘bribes’ for foreign criminals to go home.
Separate figures today also show that a further £8.2 million was spent last year on charter flights to send almost 2,000 failed asylum seekers and foreign prisoners home. Ministers insist the expenditure saves the taxpayer in the long run because it saves on lengthy legal battles to avoid removal. But the rising public bill has renewed the debate over where the line should be drawn.”
The Daily Telegraph – 29 May 2011.
“British police reveal that over 23,000 child sex abuse cases were recorded in 2009-2010, which is 8 percent more than the previous record in 2008-2009. According to the police reports in England and Wales, the number of recorded cases of child sex abuse in 2007-2008 was 13 percent lower than 23,000, which is 64 a day, in 2009-2010. The report shows that a child was being sexually abused every 20 minutes in 2010.
According to the data, gathered from 43 forces, 25 percent of the victims aged below 12 and over thousands of them were younger than 5 years.”
Press-TV- 29 May 2011.
“THE PROPORTION OF 16-YEAR-OLDS RECRUITED TO FIGHT IN THE BRITISH ARMY IS THE HIGHEST IT HAS BEEN FOR FIVE YEARS, prompting demands this weekend for the armed forces to raise the minimum recruitment age to 18. New figures from the Ministry of Defence reveal that 1,400 16-year-olds were recruited into the Army last year, accounting for 17.4 per cent of all new recruits – an increase from 12.7 per cent the previous year.
And despite MoD guidelines saying under-18s should not be sent to battle zones, this newspaper has established that three were deployed to Afghanistan and two to Iraq between April 2007 and April 2010. THIRTY-SIX TEENAGE SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ.”
The Independent – 29 May 2011.
“She was chosen by David Cameron as a ‘champion for British business’ – but seven months later shoe tycoon Tamara Mellon has barely attended any events in her prestigious role. Last autumn, the Prime Minister trumpeted the glamorous Jimmy Choo boss’s appointment to promote UK industry abroad alongside 15 other figures from the world of commerce.
But while Mrs Mellon is on the verge of amassing £85million for selling her stake in the luxury footwear empire, she has had little time to perform any duties for the wider good of British business.
According to government body UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), she attended just one official event – a reception at Lancaster House in February – in connection with her role as a business ambassador.”
The Daily Mail – 28 May 2011.
“COUNCILS HAVE SPENT TENS OF MILLIONS OF POUNDS ON TAXPAYER-FUNDED CREDIT CARDS, ENJOYING FIVE-STAR HOTELS AND FIRST-CLASS TRAVEL TO FOREIGN DESTINATIONS. Town hall bosses indulged in dinners at top restaurants and bought expensive gifts such as Tiffany jewellery and iPads. The details of the use of public money come as 170,000 jobs are slashed by councils trying to cut costs by 30 per cent.”
The Daily Mail – 28 May 2011.
“The new immigration figures tell the story of a nation that has been cutting its own economic throat. IN LESS THAN A DECADE THE PROPORTION OF UNSKILLED JOBS FILLED BY FOREIGN WORKERS HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED. AT THE SAME TIME THE NUMBER OF BRITONS ON LONG-TERM OUT-OF-WORK BENEFITS HAS REMAINED STUBBORNLY HIGH…
There is no getting away from the fact that their arrival in such large numbers has depressed wages. IN COMBINATION WITH A SLACK BENEFITS SYSTEM, THIS HAS LED MILLIONS OF BRITONS TO CONCLUDE THEY CAN EXPECT A BETTER LIFESTYLE OUT OF WORK THAN IN IT.
This is a massive factor in our public finances crisis. The benefits bill for domestic unemployment has been far too high while foreigners in low-paid work have added hugely to demand for expensive public services. Migrants on the minimum wage pay little in tax BUT HAVE THE RIGHT TO FREE HEALTHCARE, FREE SCHOOLING FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND A HOST OF OTHER TAXPAYER-FUNDED AMENITIES. The result of crazy immigration and welfare policies has been WORSENING RACE RELATIONS, OVERCROWDING AND THE DETACHMENT OF MILLIONS OF ABLE-BODIED ADULTS FROM THE WORKING POPULATION.
It is difficult to see how this will ever change so long as migrants from eastern Europe have the automatic right to seek work in Britain. Like so many other political problems this is one that will only be cracked once Britain is OUTSIDE THE EU AND BACK IN CHARGE OF ITS OWN BORDERS.”
The Daily Express – 27 May 2011.
“IMMIGRATION ROSE TO NEAR-RECORD LEVELS LAST YEAR, official figures have revealed. Net migration increased at the fastest rate since Labour opened Britain’s doors to workers from the Eastern European states that joined the EU seven years ago.
In the year up to September 2010, the figure for net migration – the difference between immigration and emigration – was 242,000, the third highest on record.
SOME 586,000 PEOPLE ARRIVED TO LIVE IN BRITAIN AND 344,000 EMIGRATED. The net migration of 242,000 was nearly 100,000 higher than the previous year. It means that David Cameron must more than halve immigration if he is to get anywhere close to the Coalition ‘aspiration’ of bringing net migration down to tens of thousands a year.”
The Daily Mail – 27 May 2011.
That is, 344,000 people, most of them of native British origin, left these islands and 589,000 foreigners arrived to take their place and make even more true Brits want to leave. THEY are ethnically cleansing us out of our own homeland. THEY have been doing so since way before Blair and Brown began importing the third world hand over fist.
Without a civil war this will not stop. THEY are at war with us.
Most of us lay just down and die without a fight.
“THE NUMBER OF POLISH PEOPLE LIVING IN THE UK HAS INCREASED FROM 75,000 TO 521,000 IN EIGHT YEARS. EU expansion in 2004 gave Poles open access to Britain. Now Poles make up 69 per cent of immigrants coming from Central and Eastern Europe, data from the Office of National Statistics shows.
Polish immigration peaked in 2007 with almost 100,000 arrivals. The number declined to around 40,000 in 2009. But the number leaving Britain fell too, with emigration falling from 54,000 to 29,000 between 2007 and 2009. Before Poland joined the EU around 55 per cent of Polish-born people in the UK were of working age. Now 85 per cent are aged between 16 and 64.
Unemployment among Polish people was about 5.5 per cent in the first three months of 2011 AGAINST THE NATIONAL AVERAGE RATE OF 7.7 PER CENT. At the end of September 2010, Poles were one of the three largest non-UK born population groups in most of the UK with the largest group, 123,000 Polish-born residents, living in London.”
The Daily Express – 27 May 2011.
“BRITAIN’S OPEN-DOOR IMMIGRATION POLICY HAS SEEN A WAVE OF MIGRANTS SEND THE NUMBER OF FOREIGN WORKERS HERE SOARING BY 1.7 MILLION IN NINE YEARS. Official figures released yesterday show IT IS OUR UNSKILLED WORKFORCE THAT HAS BORNE THE BRUNT OF THE MASSIVE INFLUX. ONE IN FIVE OF THEIR JOBS LAST YEAR WENT TO FOREIGN WORKERS COMPARED WITH ONE IN 11 IN 2002. THAT’S AN EXTRA 367,000 FOREIGN EMPLOYEES CAUSED BY A 60-FOLD INCREASE IN MIGRANTS COMING FROM JUST EIGHT EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.”
The Daily Express – 27 May 2011.
“JUST ONE CRIMINAL IS JAILED FOR EVERY 93 OFFENCES COMMITTED, figures showed. A total of 101,500 offenders who were convicted last year were handed an immediate custodial sentence – representing less than eight per cent of all those sentenced, according to the Ministry of Justice.
But separate figures from the British Crime Survey show A TOTAL 9.5 MILLION CRIMES WERE COMMITTED IN ENGLAND AND WALES DURING THE LAST 12 MONTHS. The annual criminal justice statistics also revealed that the proportion of serial offenders has risen sharply in the last decade.
OFFENDERS WITH AT LEAST 15 PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS TO THEIR NAME NOW MAKE UP 29 PER CENT OF THOSE CONVICTED IN THE CROWN COURTS, COMPARED TO JUST 17 PER CENT IN 2000.
Jonathan Djanogly, the justice minister, said: ‘These statistics show that the number of criminals committing multiple crimes has risen dramatically over the last decade’.”
The Daily Telegraph – 26 May 2011.
“THE NUMBER OF LOW-SKILLED WORKERS BORN OUTSIDE THE UK MORE THAN DOUBLED BETWEEN 2002 AND 2011, according to the Office for National Statistics. The figures show that almost 20% OF LOW-SKILLED JOBS ARE HELD BY WORKERS BORN ABROAD, up from 9% in 2002.
Workers coming to the UK from eastern or central European countries were the biggest single factor in the rise. Separate ONS figures also show that net migration has increased despite government plans to bring it down.”
BBC News - 26 May 2011.
“The former Tory peer and Essex Council leader Lord Hanningfield has been found guilty of fiddling his expenses. Paul White, 70, had denied six counts of false accounting relating to nearly £14,000 of parliamentary expenses.”
BBC News – 26 May 2011.
“BRITONS have become a nation of square eyes who SPEND ALMOST 12 HOURS A DAY STARING AT AN ELECTRONIC SCREEN. On average WE NOW SPEND MORE TIME ­ GAZING AT A COMPUTER, TV OR MOBILE PHONE THAN WE DO SLEEPING, says a survey. Five hours is taken up by computers, three hours by watching TV, and we spend at least one hour looking at our phone. Other gadgets such as iPads and ebook readers account for the rest of our 11 hours and 48 minutes of screen gazing.”
The Daily Express – 26 May 2011.
“A teacher with 30 years’ experience told yesterday how he was sacked after a rowdy pupil claimed he grabbed his arm and left four small scratch marks.
Ronnie Lane, 56, admitted confronting the unruly 15-year-old boy, who had special educational needs, after he had repeatedly wandered the classroom ‘scrunching up’ other boys’ GCSE art coursework.
The married teacher agreed that during the lesson in July 2009 he did touch the boy’s arm while asking him to release another pupil’s painting, to stop it being damaged.
But a tribunal in Liverpool heard how ‘minutes’ after leaving the room to find a colleague, the boy claimed Mr Lane had grabbed his right forearm so hard it left nail marks.
Despite a retired senior police officer saying the injuries could have been self-inflicted, Mr Lane was sacked from West Derby School – even though the boy later refused to assist investigators.”
The Daily Mail – 24 May 2011.
“Foreign criminals have been handed up to £25million of taxpayers’ cash to go home despite having no right to remain here.
State “bribes” dished out under the Home Office’s voluntary return programme were given to nearly half of all overseas prisoners removed in the past 16 months alone at a cost of up to £12million, according to leaked documents.
The figure is about the same amount paid out in the first three years of the scheme and shows how common the controversial handouts are becoming.
Just one in three prisoners deported in 2009 left under the voluntary programme. Last year that figure was closer to one in two.”
The Daily Express – 24 May 2011.
“BRITAIN IS ONE OF THE WORST PLACES FOR FAMILIES IN EUROPE, according to a study released today. Stress about work, debts and long hours have taken their toll on the British family compared to our European neighbours, the Relationship Council claims.The survey revealed Britons work some of the longest hours in Europe – on average 43 a week – as well as spending almost a quarter of their salary on childcare costs. With one in five families struggling to make ends meet the report suggests there needs to be urgent reform to the way people are helped across the UK.
The report reveals 14 PER CENT OF FAMILIES ARE SUFFERING ‘CRITICAL’ LEVELS OF DEBT compared with Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian households. ONE IN SEVEN FAMILIES SPEND MORE THAN 40 PER CENT OF THEIR INCOME ON RENT OR A MORTGAGE IN COMPARISON WITH JUST 1.8 PER CENT OF OUR FRENCH NEIGHBOURS…
MORE THAN 340,000 BRITISH FAMILIES LIVE IN ‘SEVERE HOUSING DEPRIVATION’ IN OVERCROWDED HOUSES WITHOUT A BATH, SHOWER OR INSIDE TOILET. This is 12 times more than in the Netherlands and worse than Germany and Spain.”
The Daily Mail – 23 May 2011.
“BRITAIN IS ON THE BRINK OF A PENSIONS MIS-SELLING SCANDAL, with thousands of workers robbed of their nest-egg, experts warned yesterday. Pensions Minister Steve Webb said workers were being bribed into leaving their generous pension schemes for a cheaper alternative. He fears many workers are being cruelly misled into switching out of their gold-plated pension with the lure of cash bribes.”
The Daily Mail – 23 May 2011.
This is still happening, 20 years after Thatcher’s mob encouraged us to do the same? Talk about dumbing-down. We are so, so stupid nowadays. And, of course, we are greedy as well. Without the greed, the stupid wouldn’t have been up for “being bribed into leaving their generous pension schemes”.
“MODERN BRITAIN IS RAISING A GENERATION OF WEAKLINGS as computer games and health and safety rules are curtailing rough and tumble outdoor play, a new study finds. A shift away from traditional activities like climbing trees, ropes and wall bars has made modern 10-year-olds physically weaker than their counterparts a decade ago. They can do fewer sit ups, are less able to hang from wall bars and are generally less muscular than those brought up in the 1990s.”
The Daily Telegraph – 22 May 2011.
What are physically weal people not very good at?
They are less capable of fighting back when they are attacked.
THEY are at war with us.
THEY really are.
“The Indian head of an international steel company has branded British workers 'lazy' and 'unwilling to go the extra mile', a day after his firm announced the axeing of 1,500 staff.
Businessman Ratan Tata said British managers did not compare favourably with their Indian counterparts, blasting staff he had met at Corus and Jaguar Land Rover, two companies Tata bought in recent years.
His comments came after his steel giant firm Tata announced the cutting of 1,500 posts from its three UK factories in economically deprived areas of England.”
The Daily Mail – 21 May 2011.
“As the Committee on super-injunctions was composed entirely of judges and lawyers, we should not be very surprised that its conclusions are so inadequate and do little or nothing to lift the veil of secrecy from public life. This is a small ‘c’ conservative report by people who essentially want to keep things as they are.
Indeed, two of the committee represent law firms – Carter Ruck and Schillings – which in recent years have been at the forefront of moves for ever greater secrecy. It is a bit like asking two notorious sharpshooters to sit on a committee discussing the use of firearms in the Wild West.
What is absent from the report is the remotest glimmer of an admission that JUDGES HAVE GONE TOO FAR – and very fast – in developing a privacy law on the basis of Article Eight of THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS…
It is conceded that SUPER-INJUNCTIONS… were once granted ‘far too often’, though no heartfelt apology is forthcoming. According to the committee, which was chaired by Lord Neuberger, Master of the Rolls, only two super-injunctions have been issued since January 2010, out of around 80 handed out since 2005... The device they now favour is the ‘anonymity order’, which to the innocent bystander does not look very different from a super-injunction… Anonymity orders scarcely offer more open justice than super-injunctions, and the report does not suggest they will be used less frequently…
THIS IS ALL ABOUT THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF ENFORCING SECRECY, not about the issue itself…
It is a well-established principle of our constitution that Parliament is sovereign. And yet the report says that reports in the Commons are protected by parliamentary privilege only if they are published ‘in good faith and without malice’. Who is to be the arbiter of that? Why, judges, of course.
On Thursday, Lord Stoneham, a Lib Dem peer, revealed in the House of Lords that, while he was chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, Sir Fred Goodwin had an extra-marital affair with a senior colleague which could have affected his judgment as the bank collapsed at a cost of billions of pounds to British taxpayers. Despite the obvious public interest in knowing how and when and why Sir Fred may have had his eye off the ball, he had originally been granted a super-injunction, which meant that the media could report nothing whatsoever.
It was the Lib Dem MP John Hemming who first revealed that Sir Fred had been granted such an order, and on Thursday his colleague Lord Stoneham supplied the explanation. Who was defending the public interest in this case – the judiciary or parliamentarians? In my view, it was outrageous that Sir Fred Goodwin should have been given protection by a judge… By contrast, John Hemming and Lord Stoneham are heroic figures. And yet, if Lord Neuberger and his colleagues have their way, journalists publishing the words of such parliamentarians could be prosecuted if they are judged not to have acted ‘in good faith and without malice’. This is a preposterous infringement of both parliamentary sovereignty and freedom of expression, which illustrates an alarming arrogance on the part of the higher judiciary…
One further example of judicial overkill is the report’s suggestion that any journalist made aware of the identity of a claimant in a privacy case should be identified in writing to the court. If that journalist were to disclose any details of the injunction to a third party, he or she would be guilty of contempt of court, and face possible imprisonment. So would a third party passing on this information.
In other words, this report defends the right of judges to enforce privacy orders even to the extent of threatening parliamentarians and journalists…
Lawyers reasonably say that Parliament originally passed the Human Rights Act, along with Article Eight, but almost no one envisaged the way in which judges would chose to develop this law, or the speed.”
Stephen Glover - The Daily Mail – 20 May 2011.
“Former Anglican priest Chris Bryant highlighted the conflicting rules governing the use of the anthem – which was sung at the Royal Wedding – for ceremonies.
Heterosexual couples marrying in church find ‘many clergy refuse to allow (Jerusalem) to be sung because it’s not a hymn addressed to God’, he said. Yet if the same couple were to have a civil service they could not use it because of its religious nature. BUT THE GOVERNMENT NOW PLANS TO ALLOW SAME-SEX CEREMONIES WITH ‘A RELIGIOUS ASPECT’ TO USE THE SONG.”
The Daily Mail – 20 May 2011.
“Soaring numbers of hyperactive children are being given controversial drugs to control their behaviour.
PRESCRIPTIONS FOR RITALIN AND SIMILAR MEDICATIONS FOR ADHD HAVE RISEN BY 70 PER CENT IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS, WITH MORE THAN 12,000 WRITTEN OUT EACH WEEK.”
The Daily Mail – 20 May 2011.
“The non-white British population of England and Wales has grown from 6.6 million in 2001 to 9.1 million in 2009 – nearly one in six of the population.”
Figures giving a detailed ethnic breakdown for each of the 423 local authorities were published on Wednesday in an "experimental" data release from the Office for National Statistics. They also show THERE ARE NOW ALMOST A MILLION MIXED-RACE PEOPLE IN THE TWO COUNTRIES.
The white British population has stayed the same since 2001; there has been an increase in births, but there has also been a similar number of people migrating. The non-white British population has grown by 4.1% a year, adding up to 37.4% growth – 2.5 million – over the whole period. The only group to shrink is the white Irish population – down from 646,600 in 2001 to 574,200, due to falling birthrates and migration.
A rise in the ‘other white’ population from 1.4 million to 1.9 million is not simply due to eastern Europeans arriving, said the ONS statistician responsible for the report, but also because of the arrival of people from Commonwealth countries such as Australia and New Zealand.
The mixed-race population is up nearly 50% to almost a million for the first time – up from 672,000 in 2001 to 986,600 in 2009. A third are mixed African-Caribbean and white, followed by Asian/white. The ONS said this was not a result of increasing birthrates but because ‘the population is mixing up more’. Haringey, north London, has the highest proportion, at 4.4%.
In 225 local authority areas, more than 90% of the local population is white.”
The Guardian – 19 May 2011.
“THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE FROM MINORITY BACKGROUNDS WHO LIVE IN ENGLAND AND WALES WENT UP BY 2.5MILLION IN EIGHT YEARS, figures revealed yesterday. Estimates said that 1.75million of the rise came about because of immigration, while 734,000 was the result of rising birthrates. The increases meant the minority population increased by 37 per cent between 2001 and 2009.”
The Daily Mail – 19 May 2011.
“THE FACE OF BRITAIN HAS ;CHANGED FOREVER’ AFTER MASS IMMIGRATION FUELLED A 40 PER CENT INCREASE IN THE NATION’S ETHNIC MINORITY POPULATION.”
The Daily Express – 19 May 2011.
“When Labour took power in 1997 the UK had a population of about 58 million. After 14 years of mass, uncontrolled immigration it has risen to more than 61.8 million…
England is the second most densely populated country in Europe and one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with over 1,000 people per square mile. Astonishingly, it is even more densely populated than India, China or Japan.
Office for National Statistics figures published in 2008 predict the UK’s population will hit 70 million by 2031, 80 million by 2061, and over 85 million by 2081.
This steep increase can be shown to be the direct result of immigration and births to migrants. Without mass immigration the population would naturally decline to 60 million by 2031.
IN AN AGE WHEN THE ENVIRONMENT AND GREEN ISSUES ARE HIGH ON THE AGENDA, IT IS ODD THAT THE UNSUSTAINABLE GROWTH IN THE UK POPULATION IS NOT TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT AS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN THE SUSTAINABILITY OF OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, PUBLIC SERVICES AND INFRASTRUCTURE.
The British people have been remarkably tolerant of the dramatic changes brought about by mass immigration over the last 50 years or more. However, ANYONE WHO TRIES TO QUESTION THE WISDOM OF UNRESTRAINED MASS IMMIGRATION RUNS THE RISK OF BEING ACCUSED OF RACISM OR XENOPHOBIA.
Britain’s immigration policy has been designed for the benefit of foreigners not for British citizens. That has to change if we want to manage population growth in keeping with our available resources. There has to be radical change starting now.”
The Daily Express – 19 May 2011.
“Britain’s immigration policy has been designed for the benefit of foreigners not for British citizens.”
“Designed for the benefit of foreigners” BY those who wished to destroy us.
“Not for the first time, a private letter from Dr Liam Fox to David Cameron finds its way into the newspapers. And not for the first time, the Defence Secretary’s attack on government policy is 100 per cent right. Last year Dr Fox’s friends were accused of publicising his fears that defence cuts would leave us dangerously exposed. This time it’s his enemies who are suspected of leaking his reservations about the overseas aid programme.
But whoever it was, won’t millions applaud him when he says it’s foolish to pass an inflexible law, committing us to give more to foreign countries? Indeed, the Mail would go further than Dr Fox, who says he has no quarrel with the principle of boosting aid to 0.7 per cent of our national income.
As we’ve constantly argued, IT IS SIMPLY WRONG TO PROTECT (LET ALONE INCREASE) THE OVERSEAS AID BUDGET — MUCH OF WHICH ENDS UP IN THE SWISS BANK ACCOUNTS OF THIRD WORLD DICTATORS — WHILE WE’RE MAKING HUGE SACRIFICES AT HOME. After all, it’s our money they’re giving away.
Yet, TIME AND AGAIN, THIS GOVERNMENT PUTS FOREIGN DEMANDS FIRST — as we saw on Monday, when Chancellor George Osborne signed up to a rescue fund for Portugal, bringing our contributions to bailing out the euro to £500 per family. How can such handouts be justified when essential services are being cut and Dr Fox is being asked to make yet more cuts in our defences?
Mr Cameron is said to regard lavish overseas aid as essential to ‘detoxifying’ the image of his party. But WHAT COULD BE MORE TOXIC THAN GIVING MORE TO REGIMES THAT HARBOUR TERRORISTS WHILE WEAKENING OUR ABILITY TO DEFEND OURSELVES?”
The Daily Mail – 18 May 2011.
“Hubris has been having a high old time of it this week at the expense of four supremely arrogant men.
Chris Huhne, Jeremy Clarkson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dominique Strauss-Kahn are all middle-aged, outstandingly successful and extremely rich. But their overweening arrogance has brought them, very publicly, to the brink of ruin.”
The Daily Mail – 18 May 2011.
“THE GOVERNMENT HATES AND 'WANTS TO DESTROY' THE POLICE WITH SAVAGE CUTS THAT WILL LEAVE THE PUBLIC AS THE BIGGEST LOSERS, RANK-AND-FILE OFFICERS SAID TODAY.
Services have entered a period of 'doom, gloom and despondency', John Giblin, chairman of the Police Federation sergeants committee, told policing minister Nick Herbert. As the annual federation conference began in Bournemouth, MINISTERS STOOD ACCUSED OF TREATING OFFICERS 'LIKE CATTLE' OVER THE 20 PER CENT BUDGET SLASH.”
The Daily Mail – 17 May 2011.
On 17 May 2011, The Daily Mail reported thus:
“'COMPENSATION CULTURE' IS SPREADING THROUGH SCHOOLS… A PUPIL SUED HIS SCHOOL FOR £750 AFTER HAVING HOT CUSTARD SPILT ON HIS ARM… a survey has revealed.
Thousands more were paid out in the past two years to children who tripped up on the playground, further showing how a 'compensation culture' has spread to the country's schools… Headteachers have told how the claim culture means schools have to put up warning signs every time it rains, while another said that 'even the cotton wool we wrap children in is checked beforehand'.
The figures were revealed through a Freedom of Information request which asked councils on Merseyside to show details of every successful compensation claim borough against schools by pupils.
The results shows that more than £50,000 was paid out to pupils' families in the Liverpool borough of Knowsley between 2008 and 2010.
Successful claims included… £3,000 for a child accidentally kicked in the face and a pupil who tripped over an 'unmarked ramp' was given £350. Other payouts included more than £6,000 for a child who was hit in the eye with a pen and £4,500 to a student who caught their leg on a 'protruding screw'. In Wirral, Merseyside, more than £21,000 was paid out for seven incidents during the same period. Payouts in the borough included £6,535 for a pupil injured falling off a chair, £4,000 for a pupil injured on a fence while compensation payments totalling almost £4,000 were made to pupils for tripping up on the playground. And in Sefton more than £6,000 was paid over the same period for two incidents relating to trips in playgrounds and a pupil falling on broken glass…
Jim Donnelly, headteacher at Litherland High School, Merseyside, said scrutiny on safeguarding, which now forms part of Ofsted inspections, and THE THREAT OF COMPENSATION MEANT HEALTH AND SAFETY WAS EMBEDDED INTO SCHOOL LIFE. Mr Donnelly said:
'If it starts to rain we would put up a ‘Be careful, slippery surface’ sign up on exit doors because we know insurers would want to know what steps we have taken.'
Steve Peach, headteacher at Wallasey secondary The Oldershaw, said most schools took out insurance cover through the local authority and carried out robust and daily risk assessments. He said:
'WE LIVE IN A CLAIM CULTURE and health and safety is now part of every member of staff's job description. But UNLESS WE REFUSE TO ALLOW CHILDREN TO BE CHILDREN NOTHING IS RISK FREE.'
Nick Seaton, secretary of the Campaign For Real Education, said:
'Schools have an impossible job. Accidents do happen'."
On 17 May 2011, The Daily Mail reported thus:
“A typical FTSE 100 executive enjoys a pay package of £3.75million – 145 TIMES MORE THAN THEIR WORKERS receive, a report reveals today. The High Pay Commission’s initial findings warn that INCOME INEQUALITY HAS RETURNED TO LEVELS NOT SEEN SINCE VICTORIAN ENGLAND.”
The inequality began under Thatcher and grew under the great traitors, Blair and Brown.
On 17 May 2011, The Daily Mail reported thus:
“TEACHERS WANT TO DITCH CLASSIC NOVELS IN FAVOUR OF SHORTER BOOKS BECAUSE THEY RECKON BOYS DO NOT HAVE THE STAMINA TO READ MORE THAN 100 PAGES… Boys are so used to computer games and watching TV their attention spans have shrunk and they are ‘intimidated’ by long books, a study has found. Teachers believe the classics they are expected to teach, by authors such as Jane Austen, can put boys off reading for life…
Just 29 per cent of boys are still interested past 100 pages, the study by publisher Pearson found.”
It’s called dumbing-down.
On 17 May 2011, The Daily Express reported thus:
“DRUG ADDICTS ARE POCKETING BENEFITS AMOUNTING TO MORE THAN £1BILLION EVERY YEAR, SHOCKING FIGURES REVEALED LAST NIGHT. About 270,000 serial users of heroin and crack cocaine are estimated to be jobless and living on state handouts, according to the Whitehall statistics. A further £162million a year is being handed to convicted criminals who go straight on to jobless benefits after they are released from prison.”
On 17 May 2011, The Daily Express reported thus:
“The UK Border Agency lacks the information to manage immigration effectively, the Commons’ Committee of Public Accounts says. And it warns the current points-based system is failing to protect British jobs. It added that the UKBA, hampered by a lack of exit controls, failed to monitor migrants’ right to remain. SOME 181,000 PEOPLE WHO SHOULD HAVE LEFT MAY STILL BE IN THE COUNTRY, the agency estimates.”
On 17 May 2011, Private Eye reported thus:
“An unpopular plan to upgrade the RAF’s fleet of Puma helicopters by sending them TO THE OTHER SIDE OF EUROPE for a £300m refit was ditched in 2009 because Labour MPs feared that carrying out the upgrading and maintenance work in Romania would provoke a ‘voter backlash’… But UNDER THE COALITION THE DECISION HAS BEEN QUIETLY REVERSED; and the RAF is busily crating up its Pumas at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire and sending them to Eurocopter Romania by, er, road. THE BASIC MAINTENANCE, OVERHAULS, INSPECTIONS AND UPGRADES WILL BE CARRIED OUT BY ROMANIAN WORKERS AT EUROCOPTER’S FACTORY NEAR BUCHAREST.”
On 16 May 2011, The Daily Mail reported thus:
“Thousands of immigrants have been granted 'squatters' rights' to stay in the UK - after living here illegally for 14 years.
Under a little known rule up to 2,000 immigrants have been allowed to remain indefinitely every year - simply because they have been here for so long.
A law passed by Labour in 2003 gives them the right to claim residence if they have successfully evaded the immigration authorities for 14 years.
Anyone whose application is approved gets the right to stay indefinitely, working rights and full access to benefits.”
On 16 May 2011, The Daily Mail reported thus:
“He's got a string of previous convictions as long as your arm. But crime isn’t Nathan Cassidy’s only compulsion. The serial burglar has an obsession with cleanliness – and that condition has helped keep him out of prison. The 20-year-old was allowed to walk free from court after he told a judge HE WOULD FIND JAIL ‘TOO TRAUMATIC’ BECAUSE OF HIS OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER.
Cassidy smashed his way into an elderly couple’s home while they were sleeping and stole a handbag containing £105. THE THIEF, WHO HAS 14 PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS FOR 29 CRIMES, COMMITTED THE BURGLARY WHILE ON A SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR ROBBERY AND HANDLING STOLEN GOODS.
However, he avoided jail by convincing Cambridge Crown Court he would not be able to cope with life behind bars because he is obsessed with cleanliness. Instead Judge Gareth Hawkesworth handed Cassidy, of Cambridge, a 12-month sentence in a young offenders’ institution, suspended for two years... Judge Hawkesworth said:
‘It’s clear to me from the psychological report you have a raft of psychological problems that need addressing’.”
And it’s clear to me, Hawkesworth, old horror, that you should NOT be a judge.
On 16 May 2011, Leo McKinstry said this in The Daily Express:
"It was one of the most revealing admissions ever made by a New Labour apparatchik. In 2009 the former Downing Street aide Andrew Neather boasted that THE DESIRE TO TRANSFORM BRITAIN THROUGH MASS IMMIGRATION HAD NOT ONLY BEEN A ‘DRIVING POLITICAL PURPOSE” OF THE LABOUR GOVERNMENT BUT HAD ALSO BEEN MOTIVATED BY THE DESIRE TO “RUB THE RIGHT’S NOSE IN DIVERSITY.’ With those words, Neather exposed the utter treachery and cynicism at the heart of the Labour Party.
THEIR APPROACH REPRESENTED AN ACT OF NATIONAL DESTRUCTION UNPARALLELED IN BRITISH HISTORY. OUR SOCIAL COHESION HAS BEEN TORN APART, WITH TOO MANY BRITISH CITIZENS MADE TO FEEL LIKE ALIENS IN THEIR OWN LAND. IN THEIR DETERMINATION TO IMPOSE THIS RADICAL CHANGE, LABOUR MINISTERS ADOPTED A MIX OF BULLYING AND PROPAGANDA. ON ONE HAND, THEY CONSTANTLY EXTOLLED THE UNALLOYED JOYS OF MULTICULTURALISM. ON THE OTHER, THEY HURLED ACCUSATIONS OF RACISM AGAINST ANYONE WHO WANTED TO PROTECT OUR NATIONAL IDENTITY. Now the disastrous consequences of uncontrolled immigration can be seen all around us, from the prominence of the burka on the streets of Bradford to the gangland warfare in south London.
Another graphic symbol of this revolution has been THE REVIVAL OF WITCHCRAFT IN OUR MIDST. Such primitive customs were supposed to have disappeared from Britain centuries ago. They should belong to the superstitious barbarism of a distant past, yet now, thanks to immigration, they have reappeared in Britain. According to a new independent study, police and child protection officers fear that there may be hundreds of witchcraft cases where children are thought to be possessed and therefore have to be beaten, starved or even tortured to drive out the “evil spirits”.
Such horrifying abuse is usually perpetrated by the relatives or guardians, most of whom hail from the strife-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Tragically it is children with mental or physical disabilities who are at the greatest risk. Such horrifying practices should have absolutely no place in modern Britain, but THIS IS WHAT THE ENTHUSIASTS FOR ‘RICH CULTURAL DIVERSITY’ HAVE INFLICTED ON US. The lethal consequences of this brave new world were shockingly illustrated by the case of Victoria Climbie, the African girl who endured an appalling regime of torture from her guardians before she finally died from systematic abuse in February 2000.
Victoria’s great aunt Marie Therese Kouao, who was subsequently jailed for her murder along with her vicious boyfriend Carl Manning, said she thought the child was possessed, a claim that had been backed up by a pastor at her evangelical church. Just as shockingly, THE LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FAILED TO INTERVENE TO PROTECT VICTORIA BECAUSE STAFF FELT THAT THEY SHOULD SHOW RESPECT FOR AFRICAN CUSTOMS. THIS IS AN OUTCOME PRODUCED BY THE SICK MINDSET OF LEFT-WING THINKING, WHERE EVEN THE MURDEROUS ILL-TREATMENT OF A CHILD GOES UNCHALLENGED BECAUSE OF DOGMATIC ANTI-RACISM…
Victoria Climbie’s case is hardly unique. Earlier this month, police revealed that the torso of a boy found floating in the Thames was probably from west Africa and had almost certainly died in a voodoo ritualistic killing, since HIS HEAD AND LIMBS HAD BEEN SAWN OFF WITH THE PRECISION OF A MASTER BUTCHER AND A BLACK MAGIC POTION HAD BEEN FOUND IN HIS STOMACH. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT HE WAS EVEN BROUGHT INTO BRITAIN PURELY FOR THE PURPOSES OF HUMAN SACRIFICE.
Such incidents might be obscene but they are the inevitable result of A POLITICAL SYSTEM THAT ENCOURAGES THE ARRIVAL OF NO FEWER THAN 570,000 IMMIGRANTS EVERY YEAR, THE VAST MAJORITY OF THEM FROM AFRICA AND ASIA. THE SHEER SCALE OF THE INFLUX IS WHY OUR SOCIETY IS GRIPPED BY CRISIS. A MUSLIM POPULATION OF THREE MILLION, FOR INSTANCE, HAS BROUGHT WITH IT REMORSELESS PRESSURE FOR SHARIA LAW, THE RISE OF HOME-GROWN ISLAMIC TERRORISM, THE DESTRUCTION OF FREE SPEECH AND THE INTRODUCTION OF CORRUPT, TRIBAL POLITICS AT THE BALLOT BOX…
The East End London borough of Tower Hamlets is rapidly becoming an Islamic enclave, where MUSLIM HARDLINERS PATROL THE STREETS TELLING WOMEN TO WEAR THE VEIL, BLACKING OUT ADVERTISING POSTERS THAT INCUR THEIR DISAPPROVAL AND STICKING UP NOTICES DECLARING ‘A GAY FREE ZONE.’ Again, THE LEFT’S SHRILL DEMAND FOR MULTICULTURAL TOLERANCE HAS BROUGHT A BRUTAL FORM OF INTOLERANCE TO OUR STREETS. It is not as if this breakdown in Britain’s traditional values of fair play and individual liberty has been accompanied by any compensating rise in economic prosperity. MASS IMMIGRATION HAS DRIVEN DOWN LIVING STANDARDS FOR THE WORKING-CLASS, PUSHED UP UNEMPLOYMENT, INCREASED WELFARE BILLS AND PLACED AN INTOLERABLE BURDEN ON PUBLIC SERVICES..
UNCONTROLLED IMMIGRATION HAS LED TO A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN POVERTY WITHIN BRITAIN. ACROSS EUROPE, PUBLIC ANGER AT IMMIGRATION IS GROWING, especially in the wake of all the unrest in north Africa, which threatens to bring another tidal wave of arrivals to our shores. TOLERANCE IS AT BREAKING POINT.
The generous European post-war settlement was never meant to incorporate African witchcraft, religious oppression, racial division and poverty. That is why so many European countries, even if the face of EU fury, are strengthening their borders. The coalition must do the same in Britain by putting our own people first."
“By putting our own people first”?
Boy, oh boy, would that make a change! Unfortunatelym "our own people first" is a phrase not found in the lexicon of the political mainstream.
On 14 May 2011, the BBC reported thus:
“RISING FUEL BILLS MAY FORCE A QUARTER OF HOMES TO TURN OFF THEIR HEATING AT SOME POINT NEXT WINTER, a price comparison site claims… The Bank of England said this week that gas prices could rise by 15% later this year, and electricity by 10%.
Uswitch said that a survey of almost 1,600 of its customers carried out in January had indicated that 20% of them had turned their heating off regularly in order to save money last winter. The firm's spokesman Ann Robinson, the former chairman of Energywatch, says: ‘This time it's going to be a minimum of 25%.’
If the Bank of England's predictions are true, she calculates that the average British household will have to find an extra £148 over the next year.”
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