@bbcthisweek @NickyMorgan01 set up an Ofsted clerk to the Governor’s service

July 22, 2014

the BBC Daily politics show had a three person discussion on the problem of Birmingham schools being taken over by extremist Sunni Islamism.
The main complaint sems to be that anti-British and racist views are being implemented.
The representative of the group (AMS), purported to be behind this, was at great pains to point out that it shouldn’t happen in State schools (implying that such views should be allowable in private schools!) and that this was a Government problem.
Trevor Phillips (former Chairmain of the HRE commission) asserted that it was a natural consequence of ghettoisation of schools and, in saying that Ofsted wasn’t omnipresent, also implied that it was a Government problem and, consequently, their fault.
As the policing of these schools is supposed to be via the governing body, then it is there that attention needs to be directed.
Under the present system the Governing body is composed of mainly parents and councillor’s with token representation by teacher’s.
Decisions are often made by the Chair of Governor’s and presented to the governing body as a fait accompli, necessitated by the need to take swift action.
The problem is that there is no recourse open to any individual Governor to prevent such decision making and no body set up override illegal decisions, to which concerned individual Governor’s, or teacher’s can appeal.
The Clerk to the Governor’s is often without training for the role and instead of being able to advise the Governing body on its legal limitations, has been relegated to a secretarial role.
Trevor Phillips’ point suggests a remedy to this lack of oversight.
Governing bodies meet maybe 6 times a year. It shouldn’t be impossible for Ofsted to set up a pool of suitably trained clerk’s to manage this oversight, with a helpline for concerned Governor’s, or for the advising of Head’s and Chair’s in emergency decision’s.
This, in a less rigorous form was the system used by the LEA’s, under DES oversight, before “Education,Education,Education” and the gradual weakening of LEA responsibilities, to enable school’s to become more independent.

The EU is an Opium Den. We need an intervention for our political leaders.

July 16, 2014
 David Fuller provides an advisory service and forum to investor’s.
This is his view uf the EU, which our political leader’s are determined to enchain us:

” Europe’s wealthy and largely unelected ruling bureaucrats remain out of touch with reality.  They press ahead with empire building while their economies generate little GDP growth and unemployment levels in many EU countries remain an indictment of the system.”

David Fuller represents people whose whole raison d’être is dependent on accurate assessment of financial matters.

It is obvious that the EU is terminally sick and we do not hold the key to its cure; nor are we in a position to rescue it from being gobbled up by the CEB, under a resurgent Germany.
It’s too late to resurrect our Commonwealth ties, which seem to have been gathered in by the US but we may still be able to resurrect EFTA in some form, if we could only help our political leaders recover from this pipedream of a United (and free) Europe.

 

Snooper Law can get through in days but referendum law may take years. Cynical, or what?

July 15, 2014
Apparently there is to be an emergency session of Parliament to create Law to overrule a decision by the ECHR.
It seems that Search engines (such as tax shy Google) and email providers (such as monopolists Microsoft) keep records of our searches and our contacts, which the ECHR has ruled they shouldn’t.
The ECHR also ruled that individuals can have files, on any of their misdeeds, expunged from Google search results.
Sent to Express but not published
Government is concerned that deletion of such records will hamper police investigations in their search for terrorist links and for reports of paedophile and other criminal activity.
This is disconcerting in two ways, apart from internet stories about GCHQ having full access to all this data, and more, via the NSA.
First, that Parliament is forever telling us that legislation, which we want, takes years to be worked out, discussed, considered, passed and implemented (if within that Parliamentary session). This Law will be in place, a done deal, sorted, within days.
Second, this is to overrule ECHR ruling, backed by EU Law, which is allegedly sacrosanct. We are forever being told that nothing can be done that is contrary to such rulings, that Parliamentary hands are tied, Government is committed, we can’t deport foreign criminals etc.
It’s becoming more and more apparent that Government doesn’t care if we know that they rule by a sham, so long as just one person turns up at the ballot box, they’ll persist in their contempt for public opinion, or public concern and only enact Law, which is convenent to them.
 

published:Assisted suicide will need better safeguards than abortion had, especially with #NHS privatisation.

July 15, 2014

Sent to Express but not published…  published in Sunday Express: abbreviated version at bottom

I have to agree with Carole Tominey about Assisted Suicide, especially in terms of some recently, well publicised cases, where the denial of the right to die has been impossible to justify.
It’s not just a philosophical denial of human right, or a question of alleviating suffering. It can be seen as legalised sadism, where the sadist enjoys a feeling of moral superiority.

However,this position is compromised in that we’ve already had this discussion, in terms of the other end of life i.e. abortion.

This was brought in with similar safeguards to those presently proposed, yet we very quickly moved to abortion clinics and abortion tourism, with an easing of those stipulated safeguards.
This was exemplified with a story in this same edition of The Sunday Express deploring a legal abortion at 39 weeks.
The slackening of the safeguards occurs through continual citing of extenuating circumstances but fuelled by the easy profits to be made.

The rapid privatisation of The NHS makes this an even greater factor in the final decision.
Such decisions can not be left to the doctor’s, who are the employee’s of the clinics, Trusts etc.
If assisted suicide is to be legalised, the safeguards need to be much stronger and more independent than those we presently have for abortions.
I can see no reason why a magistrate and a randomly selected jury can’t be mandatory for such significant decision making.
 The State has a duty of care for its citizens, which should override any question of cost. in this regard.

Published, edited version:

I have to agree with Carole Tominey about Assisted Suicide (“we should all have the right to die with dignity”‘ July13), especially in terms of some recently, well publicised cases, where the denial of the right to die has been impossible to justify.
It’s not just a philosophical denial of human right, or a question of alleviating suffering. It can be seen as legalised sadism.
If assisted suicide is to be legalised, the safeguards need to be much stronger and more independent than those than those we presently have for abortions.
I can see no reason why a magistrate and a randomly selected jury can’t be mandatory for such significant decision making.
 The State has a duty of care for its citizens, which should override any question of cost.

@PhysicsToday @AnonyOps @creativecommons @OpenRightsGroup a privatised Internet

July 14, 2014

This morning’s breakfast TV had a piece about small businesses complaining that British broadband was too slow and losing them business.
At first, I was just mildly surprised, wondering why they had such problems, when I,  a mere domestic user, had no such problems.Call me an old cynic but that immediately set off alarm bells.
Across the Atlantic, there is political battle taking place, with some Network provider’s trying to get legislation through to implement a two-tier broadband. I.e. a high speed, expensive service for business and an excruciatingly slow free (maybe) service, for Plebs.
As we are about to be embroiled in TTIP, it occurs to me that this non-News item put out, when most people are pre-occupied with the first working day of the week, might simply be the whispered start of a similar campaign, this side of The Pond.
If I’m right, the next salvo will be a page 5 snippet, in the National’s, about some quasi-authoritative organisation declaring that business user’s have investigated options and believe it is necessary to “consider” the two tier version being favoured in other countries.

Pork Chop Hill and another account of the same old truism about political leaders

July 12, 2014

‘ve just been watching “Pork Chop Hill” and it reminded me of a tidbit from my Senior Physics Lecturer.
He’d been called up and shipped off to Korea., when he was younger and we still had conscription.
(He claimed that a third of those aboard had got themselves put in prison, for “deliberately making themselves unfit for active duty” by using shore leave at Gibraltar to visit knocking shops.)

The connection with Pork Chop Hill was the scene where the Koreans were surging up the hill.

He was in a patrol, led by a Major.    As they came over the crest of the hill, they saw Korean soldiers, massed like ants. When the Chinese officers began blowing their trumpets to signal to attack, the Major drew his pistol and called “charge!”, like some latter-day hero.

He got shot, as did the sargeant who went to rescue him.

I don’t know how many were in the patrol but I’m guessing “not many”, because they unaminously agreed that discretion was the better part of valour and rapidly advanced to the rear.
I think of this story everytime some pompous politician declares that they are “leader’s” and don’t listen to the voices of the Plebs.

The moral is that often, the leader is a numpty, who has not earned his role, or title, of leader.

Saturday’s free Diggers’ mini-fest at Bolton Socialist Club. (19th July)

July 12, 2014

Potteries punk-folk band Headsticks top crammed-packed bill at next Saturday’s free Diggers’ mini-fest at Bolton Socialist Club. (19th July) https://www.facebook.com/events/554292337936353/

Running Order:
2.20 Jeffarama & Intros
2.30 Don Parry – Musician (20 mins)
2.55 Ian Whiteley – Poet (20 mins) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=troq7cpEibY
3.20 Bolton Clarion Choir (20 mins) – http://youtu.be/cDbxUyadtjw
3.40 Chris Bainbridge (20 mins)
4.15 Galivantes – Band (30 mins)
4.50 Dave Puller – Poet (20 mins)
5.20 Venture – Band (30 mins) – http://youtu.be/EaM7Lpmh7do
6.00 Rich Davenport – Comedian (20 mins) – http://youtu.be/1oUp36yrqu8
6.25 Jeffarama! – Diggers song!!
6.30 Petrova – Musician (20 mins)
7.00 BUG – Punk band (30 mins)
7.45 Alun Parry (30 mins) – http://youtu.be/mJQ4Gj1Cafg
8.30 Dave Rowley & Black Country (30 mins) – http://youtu.be/QTxYJbuKcOw
9.15 Headsticks – band (45 mins) – http://youtu.be/4ObeTAcaFkI

Stephen Hall's photo.

Wigan Diggers’ Bolton Bash – Saturday 19th July

19 July at 14:00

Bolton Socialist Club, Wood Street, Bolton BL1 1DY

Tweedledum and Tweedledee aren’t bothered by protests anymore than a boa swallowing a bleating goat

July 10, 2014

These are a couple of letters that I emailed to the Daily Express this morning.

In way they are the same theme i.e. that the Main parties don’t give a care about what voters really want:

Apparently there is to be an emergency session of Parliament to create Law to overrule a decision by the ECHR.
It seems that Search engines (such as tax shy Google) and email providers (such as monopolists Microsoft) keep records of our searches and our contacts, which the ECHR has ruled they shouldn’t.
The ECHR also ruled that individuals can have files, on any of their misdeeds, expunged from Google search results.
Government is concerned that deletion of such records will hamper police investigations in their search for terrorist links and for reports of paedophile and other criminal activity.
This is disconcerting in two ways, apart from internet stories about GCHQ having full access to all this data, and more, via the NSA.
First, that Parliament is forever telling us that legislation, which we want, takes years to be worked out, discussed, considered, passed and implemented (if within that Parliamentary session). This Law will be in place, a done deal, sorted, within days.
Second, this is to overrule ECHR ruling, backed by EU Law, which is allegedly sacrosanct. We are forever being told that nothing can be done that is contrary to such rulings, that Parliamentary hands are tied, Government is committed, we can’t deport foreign criminals etc.
It’s becoming more and more apparent that Government doesn’t care if we know that they rule by a sham, so long as just one person turns up at the ballot box, they’ll persist in their contempt for public opinion, or public concern and only enact Law, which is convenent to them.
 ———————————————–
What is the point of the strike of public sector workers?
The only people being affected by this single day of disruption are the ones who support their cause.
Are they hoping that voters will rise up and overthrow the Government?
Do they believe that anyone will be talking about what is merely another demonstration, another public protest, by next week?

They can’t seriously believe that the Government will take any more notice of them, than they have done over the numerous protests against hospital closures, or the numerous polls stating that the majority of voters want an immediate referendum on EU membership.
 
This is a Parliamentary Democracy. I.e every 5 years, we get to vote for Tweedledum or Tweedledee and, as Alice found out, the only difference is in their names.
They fight over trivialities but on issues such as those mentioned, they are of one mind.
They’ll do whatever is in the interests of Tweedledum or Tweedledee.
They don’t believe in populism, nor do they really have to.
published version:
Public sector unions must realise folly of their action
WHAT is the point of the strike of public sector workers?
The only people being affected by this single day of disruption are the ones who support their cause.
Are they hoping that voters will rise up and overthrow the Government?
Do they think that by next week anyone will be talking about what is merely another demonstration, another public protest?
They can’t seriously believe that the Government will take any more notice of them than it has done over the numerous protests against hospital closures.

Juncker is a smoke screen. we’re not getting a referendum

July 4, 2014
Letter sent to Daily express on 28/6/14 (not published)
David Cameron’s recent disappointment over Juncker was, apparently, brought about by Angela Merkel’s manoeuvre’s.
Some of those, whom Cameron had been relying on, may have been offered concessions on the CEB’s bailout conditions.
Other’s may have achieved some other domestically significant political point.
At least Cameron has the satisfaction of knowing that concessions and favours may be both of a “She giveth and She taketh away” nature.
Short lived gains seem a common theme in EU dealings.
In this case, David Cameron has been backed into a corner by UKIP’s success and his subsequent strong posture has made any “peace in our time” deals unlikely to sell to his rebels..
My concern is that the jubilation, of some of his party, over this apparent humiliation and consequent rift with Merkel et al, may merely turn out to be another ruse to postpone an actual Referendum, until much too late.

EU recycling sham letter to Daily Express (part published)

July 4, 2014
I sent the following letter to the Daily Express in response to the EU threat to increase re-cycling demand quota.
I have no cause to admire the EU.
from the destruction of our fishing grounds to the funding of wine lakes and refrigerated butter mountains.
From the alienation of our Commonwealth to the introduction of VAT.
From the introduction of the enabling of judges on the farthest side of Europe to arrest British Nationals from their homes and drag them off to an alien version of Justice, to their insistence that we maintain and support foreign criminals.
From the supplying of Exocet missiles to sink our ships, to the placing of our Supercarriers (still being built) under control of their Admirals.
From their buying of our State funded Utilities to the flouting of their EU rules against State subsidies for their own Utilities.
From the myriad of petty restrictions to the imposition of faux environmental campaigns.
The latest demand for greater rates of re-cycling is unrealistic and is simply a cynical, political sop to the Green Parties, which have a significant polling inside Europe.
And they don’t love us, as witness this throwaway comment in France 24 (ref World Cup)
“l’équipe de France retrouve son meilleur ennemi (après l’Angleterre, of course) : l’Allemagne.”
 
The re-cycling of plastics is the biggest fail in this political sham.
Plastic isn’t one material.
We have low and high density polythene’s, various polystyrenes, polyurethane, rigid PVC, rubberised PVC, natural versus synthetic rubber, vulcanised rubber (tyres), multiple thermo-setting plastics, polycarbonates etc. and that’s before we get onto those intimately bonded to other materials.
As a simple example consider the high density polythene used for washing-up liquid bottles (without their low denity caps), these can be ground up and returned to the extruder, which produced them.
Put print on them and this is no longer true.
Consider supermarket meat with polystyrene trays, cellophane seals, gummed paper labels and polythene meat nappies soaked in blood.
Are these re-cyclable, except as filler materials, debasing the integrity of the final product?
You can’t even burn mixed plastics.
Polystyrenes give off Cyanide gas (The Woolworth’s deaths), whilst PVC produces Hydrochloric acid, which attacks the furnace walls.
 
Before we start attacking the consumer’s, let’s see some action against the Eurocrats paymaster’s.
(witness ED Miliband’s latest overtures to Business leaders)
Instead of re-cyclable let’s have more re-usable.
Milk and pop used to come in glass bottles, which were returnable.
Better, yet, minimise packaging and design it for re-use, or re-cycling.
Ban presentation packs for posh meat cuts and use basic vacuum seal packing, with a simple card insert, bearing the required product details.
Introduce waste disposal units into British homes, as standard, so food waste is dealt with as part of sewage re-cycling.
whatever is done, take away the right of Eurocrats to simply kick those who can’t kick back.
They printed this:
Europe is playing politics with its re-cycling diktat
The re-cycling of plastics is the biggest failure in the EU political sham.
Plastic isn’t just one material.Consider supermarket meat with polystyrene trays, cellophane seals and gummed paper labels.
Are these re-cyclable, except as filler materials, debasing the integrity of the final product?
Instead of re-cyclable let’s have more re-usable ones.
Milk and pop used to come in glass bottles, which were returnable.
Better, yet, minimise packaging and design it for re-use, or re-cycling.
Ban presentation packs for posh meat cuts and use basic vacuum seal packing, with a simple card insert, bearing the required product details.
Introduce waste disposal units into British homes, as standard, so food waste is dealt with as part of sewage re-cycling.
whatever is done, take away the right of Eurocrats to simply kick those who can’t kick back.

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