February 27, 2009

We are £2,200,000,000,000 in debt

“Bailing out the banks and soaring borrowing by Gordon Brown has sent Government debt spiralling to more than £2trillion, shocking public finance figures revealed last night.”

See here.

Perhaps a little light listening might help? Here.

Some Muslim schools ‘make children despise the West’! This is the claim of a new investigation which goes on to suggest “some Islamic schools are promoting fundamentalist views and encouraging children to despise Western society.” The report suggests “Ofsted inspectors are incapable of scrutinising Muslim faith schools properly, and demands an inquiry by MPs.”

The only suprising thing about this, is that the report’s authors seem suprised? I can’t think why?

Anyhow read it here.

“The report alleges of the 133 Muslim primary and secondary schools it surveyed, 82 (61.6 per cent) have connections or direct affiliations to fundamentalists. The 133 schools are in the private sector but supposedly subject to Ofsted inspection.”

” Perhaps the most alarming finding of the investigation is that so many of these schools (including ones with no connections to political extremism) are bricking up their pupils behind a wall of Koranic injunctions and Sharia law.

“These schools known as Darul Ulooms, which base their curriculum on a seventeenth-century Indian teaching system, include very few secular subjects, claims the report. It says: “Their aim is not to prepare pupils for life in the wider world, but to give them the tools for a more limited existence inside the Muslim enclaves.”

“The consequences for bright Muslim British girls are absolutely dire. Lively intellects are being destroyed and brilliant careers cut off before they can begin. To quote the report again: “Every year, an incalculable number of Muslim teenagers and young women are lost to the wider world that informs their citizenship.”

“The numbers (of schools) are increasing fast, and there is confusion over how many schools exist. The growth of non-Muslim schools, it’s suggested, is “hugely overshadowed by a rapidly growing sector of Muslim institutions. These now number 127 [sic] full-time schools and an estimated 700 part-time madrassas for intense religious instruction [and that doesn’t include the Darul Uloom seminaries] … Many recreate in the UK the style and content of schooling that can be found in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India.”

“And all this is happening with the implicit consent of the Government, Ofsted – and Christian leaders, who bang on about the threat to “faith schools” (and, in the case of R. Williams, the virtues of Sharia) while shielding their eyes from the evidence that many Muslim faith schools are poisonously anti-Christian.”

And a link to Damian Thompson’s article last December on this subject here.

Links here to show the problem in Australia.

Sick Britain

February 27, 2009

A five year old sets fire to his bedroom to force his parents to move? See here.

What the hell’s going on? We spend ever increasing amounts on our police force but they seem as ineffective as ever? This has been a bone of contention for years. See here.

“Academics said the cost of policing for each taxpayer was higher than every other developed country in the world and has increased by more than £4.5 billion (43%) since New Labour came to power 1997. They said not enough had been done to address a lack of national co-ordination on serious and organised crimes such as gun violence, drug smuggling and people trafficking.”

And will anything be done about it? Watch this space.

And a twenty year old known as scarface gets a minimum of 26-years. Unfortunately his victim got life. Or rather lost his life. See here.

“The mystery of Ireland’s worst immigrant driver, a Pole logged on the police computer as Prawo Jazdy for more than 50 motoring offences, has been solved”. See full story here.

Thought for the day

February 27, 2009

I dislike blasphemy on purely rational grounds. If there is no God, blasphemy is stupid and unnecessary; if there is, then it’s damned dangerous.

Flann O’Brien

Austria & Islam

February 26, 2009

Austria has its problems, too. See here.

Will we ever learn to live in peace together? Unlikely when fanatics of every creed believe only their God is the correct one – not only that but they want to jam it down everyone else’s throat!

So share another moment of nostalgia with me and Ultravox here.


February 26, 2009

A memory of a long ago summer when in company with Johnny Speight (creator of that controversial bigot Alf Garnet) and others, I met Johnny Rotten aka John Joseph Lydon and Sid Vicious aka John Simon Ritchie for the very first time. I had never seen safety pins used that way before! The whole thing was totally bizarre! Johnny Speight was meeting the boys with a view to writing a film script for them – it didn’t come to anything. Everyone got a little drunk and staggered from the “True Love’s Knot” in Northwood to a cab. We ended up in the Golf Club for more drinks and food. The true blue members there were shocked by the boys appearance, safety pins and spiky hair. Those were the days. See the Sex Pistol’s here.

And Sid in action here, for old time’s sake.

Thought for the day

February 26, 2009

When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself.

Peter O’Toole

Stately, plump Gordon rising in the morning to shit, shower and shave (not necessarily in that order, mind), before making crosses in the air and gurgling in his throat.

‘D’you see,’ he cries. ‘D’you see what’s happened now?’

Ah, sure, the peasantry don’t understand – they have no comprehension of how difficult it is for an individual in such a position of authority as Gordon’s! To have a huge shouldered flatfoot as a permanent fixture parked outside your frontdoor, loaded firearm discreetly out of sight (no need to frighten the women and children), while wifey supervises the preparation of morning porridge. To have your first meeting of the morning at ten o’clock (God forsaken hour!). While forlornly attempting a smile at all those dour grey faces. No, the peasants with their daily routine neatly dictated, could have no idea!

‘Another bloody target missed! D’you hear me? Another one!’ Gordon daintily wipes the froth from the corner of his mouth with a white handkerchief. ‘If I didn’t know better, I’d say the ruddy conservatives are the root cause of this fiasco.’

‘Which target, dear?’ asks wifey with some concern in her large limpid eyes. ‘I didn’t think we worried about targets anymore? They’re there for the newspapers, isn’t that what you said?’

‘Teen pregnancy,’ Gordon shrieked (see here). ‘It’s the damn teen pregnancy target.’

‘Not enough, dear?’

‘Too bleeding many!’

‘Oh – Couldn’t Lord whatisname fix that?’


‘You have your tie on back-to-front again, dear.’

‘Shit!’ Gordon adjusts the offending apparel.

‘And your socks, sweetheart. They go under the trouser cuffs now, don’t they?’

‘Shit shit shit!.’ More frantic adjustments are made.

‘Get Lord whatsit to explain to the press. The randy aristocracy are shafting everything that moves, dear. Birth rates climbing among the young. Teen pregnancy rising due to ancienne noblesse.’

‘Due to what?’ He makes hurried notes on his vest.

‘Tories, dear. The blue bloods all vote Tory, don’t they? They’re impregnating these girls to bring you down, simple conspiracy. Lord thingamabob should be able to turn it into a national scandal. All the people will be up in arms. You know how the great unwashed hate the aristos, dear. Specially the idea of them waving the old “leaveitgo” near the holy-of-holies of young Beryl at number four during her GCSE year.’

‘But will it bring the numbers of teenage pregnancy down?’

‘Don’t be silly, dear. You’d have to have a society like Holland, Belgium, Germany or France to do that! No. What you need to do is first expose Tory hypocrisy. Then increase the target. Our message should be we need desperately to counter the falling birthrate of the indigenous population. Everything will be fine after that.’

Gordon smiles. He’d thought of another answer to this little problem. Like here . He’d get a good price for a bulk purchase. And it was foolproof! Things were looking up already this morning!

Thought for the day

February 25, 2009

We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love, but always meeting ourselves.”

James Joyce, ULYSSES