Archive for October, 2009

Wigan labour’s women only shortlist

October 30, 2009

I notice that Frederick Forsyth (“day of the jackal” author) made an argument against the Tories going for a women-only shortlist. Essentially he said that it is anti-democratic and reminded his readers that the use of a pre-selected shortlist was a favourite technique of totalitarian regimes, such as that in East Germany. I.e. you can have puppet number one or puppet number two. Taking the choice away from local representatives is the beginning of the slide down the slippery slope.
Personally, I prefer either an independent candidate or a candidate from a party that doesn’t have a whip. Tory and Labour MP’s are just voting fodder at national and local level.

Wigan’s wine and food festival

October 30, 2009

Two comments;
First: If the wine-tasting involves free samples then I may baptise my free bus pass.
Second; I notice the nosh is at Haigh Hall (aka Labour Councillor’s canteen) and that it will be for guests. Guess (not a pal of New Labour) I won’t be invited then.

closure of montrose special school

October 30, 2009

In response to an article, in Wigan Evening Post (online) of closure of another Special school. I.e. the grabbing of valuable housing sites, dumping Special Needs Pupils into main stream schools were they flounder, whilst other pupils mark time and teachers have to work harder to maintain pretense that it is “education as normal”.

Response 1.  It’s amazing how Ofsted always comes up with goods on a school that this, or any other Council, wants closed down.
One might think that that was the real function of Ofsted.

Response3.

 Councillor Loudon, our next New Labour M.P.  (women only shortlist candidate)
I’ve seen you chair a committee that “considers” decisions (already made by Lord Smith).
It’s like a Kardashian trial (you have to be a fan of “deep space nine” to get the allusion).

Response2. “the final stages of consultation”,
This is Nu-labour nu-spik for “last act in the pantomime pretense that ‘we care what you say’.”
Compare this with the story on the sacking of Wigan North Township manager Elaine Wystawnoha (see earlier post on _______________).

30/10/9d

October 30, 2009
A reader suggests that Mr. Brown cuts the pay of  himself and that of MP’s. Another queries the need for extra costs to be incurred by the installation of President Blair.
There are lots of things that Mr. Brown should or shouldn’t do; however, I have sneaking suspicion that cutting his own pay will not be one of them. I further suspect that the additional money that the European Superstate will require, will not just be for the President’s salary (£300,000 p.a. ?) but for his pension fund, his Palace (at least as big as The Whitehouse), his staff and for similar establishments and salaries for his acolytes e.g. Gordon Brown and Mandelson. That lot should easily come to a billion and that’s before he starts playing World Leader and rattling his sabre in the direction(s) of Iran and Afghanistan.
A footnote: if  Gordon Brown believes in a United Europe doesn’t that make support for Blair’s presidency a provincial bias, rather than a patriotic stand?

Joint enterprise for gangs of thugs

October 30, 2009

Icaught an item, on Radio Merseyside, where a representative of a local victim’s group sought to remind us all of the law on ” joint venture” , which allows police to prosecute someone if that person knew that an associate might kill or inflict serious harm, which means killers cannot hide their identity within a group.

As the lady pointed out, some of the savagings by groups of thugs escape justice , because the police claim that they can not identify the principal antagonists. She pointed out that those identified, as being in in the close vicinity, are either accomplices or witnesses. If they refuse or deny any ability to bear witness, they should be arrested as accomplices. The C.P.S. and/or police should not have the right to refuse to proceed with a prosecution.  The refusal to bear witness, automatically debars them fro cmaiming wrongful arrest. Often, the act of being prosecuted, has encouraged even hardened gang members (even in the Mafia) to “squeal”.

I, personally, believe that the reason, for the  C.P.S. and Police refusing to fulfil their obligation to Society, is that  our political leaders have instructed them to avoid prosecutions wherever possible. This is  because our political masters have failed to build enough prisons and would rather have murderers free to roam the streets than be to be held accountable for statistics that reflect the true nature of their stewardship.

trick or treat

October 30, 2009

American films show scenes of trick-or-treating in suburban, brightly lit neighbourhoods. They are swarming with children, chaperoned by both parents, on balmy Autumn evenings.
This has translated , in Britain, to toddlers, trudging from locked door to locked door, often in miserable weather, dressed in black bin bags, with emotionally blackmailed and concerned mothers, hovering in the background.
Recent film trends have shown male teens carrying out this modern tradition (!), with a slightly more aggressive attitude.
Perhaps the new CRB legislation may actually help to stem this before we get to the stage where adolescents come looking for bottles of cider (or we’ll smash your windows).
We could put notices on our front doors “no CRB check” to deter them.

Johnson’s Press

October 30, 2009

My local papers are all owned by the same people.

I believe that the local papers show a definite bias in favour of the Local “New Labour”  Party and often seems to be in collusion with it.

The IPC will only act on specific complaints and the bias is often difficult to substantiate. 

I’d like to see the IPC hire an academic / specialist to analyse the semantic content of local and monopolistic  press and enforce a counterbalance.

In fact, if National parties can be entitled to National “air time”, then local council candidates should be given free “column inches” in the local press.

piracy

October 30, 2009

The latest spate of piracy by Somali’s shows up the lack of protection afforded to private citizen’s, outside the borders of established states.

Isn’t it about time, in this age of globalisation, that the U.N. was given the power to regulate all ungoverned regions of the planet, especially the High Sea’s.

U.N. forces could be given consent to use decoy ships and lethal force, if necessary, to control piracy, drug running, whaling and foreign aggression from outside of territorial waters.

sexual objectification

October 30, 2009

Oxford’s student union seems to be stuck in the bra-burning 80’s. They have  taken issue with an on-line mag showing cheesecake pictures of willing undergraduates. The labelling of these pictures as “sexual objectification” is not an argument, rather it shows a lack of a valid argument, as does most labelling.

Men are attracted to women almost entirely on their physical appearance and women know it.

It is no good ugly women objecting to this. It is Nature’s fait accomplis.

30/10/9b

October 30, 2009

I appreciate Frederick Forsyth’s concerns about the sending of personal information by email.
It’s not just the CIA and our own Security Services that can access them. Your Council can also access them and it is even possible for hackers to gain access; although, sometimes, this may only be partial access.
However, I am surprised that he hasn’t heard of how this intrusion can be circumvented for messages between himself and his wife, which is what he complained of a few months ago.
He should copy Al Qaeda’s technique.
He simply sets up multiple email addresses; one for each person that he wishes to correspond with, or copy documents to.
For each he tells the respondent the email address and its password.
He then saves the messages as drafts, instead of sending them.
The two correspondents delete the drafts after reading, or cut-and-pasting them.
The emails can not be intercepted if they are not sent, so Echelon will not be alerted.
Of course the CIA can still presumably access the mainframe of Hotmail etc. but this means that they have to suspect a particular person and know the address to be targetted.
If the email address has to be kept active, you can subscribe to a newsletter, such as Money Magpie.