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Blogpost 18 : 27/1/18

January 28, 2018

Letters to Daily Mirror

Sent 11/1/18
You report that, after Storm Eleanor, the Cornish coast has been covered with old fishing nets, lego pieces and other forms of waste plastic. Has anyone collected it up, to dispose of it?
I suspect that in Austerity Britain, local Councils have no contingency budget and will be hoping that it all floats back out to sea.

Sent 11/1/18 and published
The claim that the present generation is paying for the previous generation’s pension is, at best, contentious.
On that basis, my Baby Boomer generation presumably paid the pensions of my parents’ generation.
Bearing in mind the reason we’re called Baby Boomers and bearing in mind that My parents generation had been depleted by WWII, there should have been plenty of spare cash in the pension pot, except that there was no such pot.
All N.I. contributions went into the Treasurery’s tax chest
None was invested, as it should have been.
It was spent on whatever whimsy appealed to the Government of the day.
It’s still down to political ideology and chosen priorities
As I see it, at present, the ability to nuke foreigners takes precedence over old and knackered workers, who no longer contribute to the Politicians’ trough.

Published version

OAPs not at fault over pension pot
THE claim that the present generation is paying for the previous generation’s pension is, at best, contentious. On that basis, my baby boomer generation presumably paid the pensions of my parents’
generation.
Bearing in mind the reason we’re called baby boomers and that my parents’ generation had been depleted by the Second World War, there should have been plenty of spare cash in the pension pot, except there wasn’t one.
National Insurance contributions went into the Treasury’s tax chest.
None was invested. It was spent on whatever whimsy appealed to the government at the time.
It’s still down to political ideology and chosen priorities.

Sent 19/1/18
If News from France is true, we won’t be seeing The Bayeux Tapestry, because Local custodians are strongly against any such move. However; it has served its purpose, of deflecting conversation away from May’s gift to the charming young Macron.
Is that £44Mn just for this year?
What happens when the UK leaves the EU? Will we continue paying France?

News of large scale migrant movements have dried up but I presume the migrants haven’t gone home.
We have right wingers talking of invading hordes, with various pundits decrying them as racists, but we are hearing nothing from Government.

Theoretically EU countries are supposed to force migrants to register, as they arrive at their borders and then ensure a reasonable distribution of them.
Have those at Calais been registered? Are they our allocation, or the French allocation? Why are we paying the French to keep them? Has the EU set aside funds to house, feed and water the migrants?
Most important what numbers are involved? A few 100,000, as fled Idi Amin?, or are there millions, as UKIP would have us believe?
Our politicians are saying nothing.
They want us to have an intelligent, adult conversation about how they want to privatise the NHS but they’re avoiding any intelligent, adult conversation of the migrants.
This issue is not going to go away, simply by paying Macron hush money.

Sent 19/1/18
Your story about Andrew Wakefield, driving around without a licence for 40 years should be considered as far more serious than it reads.
Without a licence, you can not pay road tax, or get insurance in your own name.
Other stories seem to suggest that law abiding drivers are suffering financial and physical harm from collisions with uninsured drivers.
It seems that this has become severe enough for some insurers to offer protection against this, which was the whole purpose of requiring car insurance, when the legislation was introduced.
Now that untaxed cars can be trapped by cameras, it might be better to place a fixed premium on car tax payments, which covers the requirements of the road traffic act.
If the Gov’t insists that this premium should be handled by private insurers, then The DVLA should be able to come to a direct agreement with Lloyds.
If drivers want Comprehensive cover then they could still make such arrangements, although most of us with second-hand cars know that such cover does not make financial sense.

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Blog post 17. 2/1/18

January 3, 2018

letters to Daily Mirror

1/11/17
The Speaker is in charge of policing MP behaviour, in the House
Perhaps he should also have charge of monitoring moral behaviour of MP’s etc. , generally.
An experienced and independent police investigation team could be formed, to support him. It would rely on fixed period secondments of officers from regional forces.
Where cases can’t be taken to court, at least offenders would know that their names were on a register and they needed to mend their ways.
The Speaker would be in a position to warn Party leaders of a need to nudge serial offenders to the exit

3/11/17

No-one can doubt that a fireman “earns” his wages but it seems an insult to his job to claim that one TV presenter “earns” £50,000 per year more than another.
One may be “bank”ing more than the other, and is “laughing all the way to the bank” but it’s surely time to stop using these two words as synonyms

14/11/17
Vince Cable has said that the Public should have a vote on the final Brexit agreement.
Would that be another “advisory” vote; allowing disappointed politicians to claim the sovereignty of Parliament in order to overturn it?
Would it be another yes/no vote enabling them to claim that the Public hadn’t voted for some minor aspects of the agreement?

17/11/17
The LGANews tweeted this:
“It’s not complicated. The best way to solve housing crisis is to let councils build.
We will get right homes in the right places” –
@garyporterlga tells @SkyNews

He’s wrong.
It is complicated, because, it’s not just houses, it’s infra-structure, as well.
In Wigan, we have main roads which were originally B-roads, bordered by terraced houses, old mining scrub and farms.
New estates have been built behind these terraced houses and just plugged in to the existing mains water, sewage, electricity and gas. These can be upgraded but at a cost.
The up-grading means closing that B-road, which can’t be widened, without demolishing the houses bordering it.
This is further complicated by the fact the people living on the new estates have to use that same road to get to work, increasing the congestion on it and the need to keep it clear of roadworks
We need new purpose built towns to accomodate our growing population, especially if we’re to welcome large numbers of immigrants, whether refugees, unskilled illegals, or highly desired skilled workers.
You can’t just keep finding brownfield sites to squeeze in high rise flats, as one Tory MP suggested on the daily politics show
It’s not a Monopoly board, where you just plonk a few more houses down, or swap 4 house with a hotel

22/11/17
Whoever came up with the suggestion of placing images of road traffic accidents next to speed limit signs, must be on a 6 figure salary.
A lesser employee would be sacked for such lunacy.
The only drivers who would slow down would be ghouls wanting a better look, or wishing to traumatise their children.
Really, it’s bad enough having electronic message boards warning drivers
“In the time it takes you to read this message, your car has travelled 100m. Dont be an idiot, concentrate on the road”

26/11/17
I must admit to buying stuff from Amazon and will continue to do so, despite reading your report of employees being treated worse than slaves.
I’ll continue buying food, over-wrapped in plastic, despite TV showing pictures of seas covered in plastic waste.
I’ll continue needing Health care, despite the NHS being stretched to breaking point.
If I had a magic wand, I’d solve the World’s ills but I don’t have such powers.
I can write letters to Newspapers, sign on-line petitions and every 5 years I get to help choose which group of MP’s are given the power to try to fix these problems.
These MP’s, once elected tell me that they’ll vote for what they want, regardless of what they may have promised me.
I absolve myself of all the blame dumped on me, by the TV and Press.
These things are not my fault, or my responsibility; I just get to pay for them.

30/11/17
I was disgusted to read about the Coventry and Rugby hospitals denying free tea etc, to staff, especially while it is free to patients.
I suppose it’s only to be expected of the Trusts running them.
They’re gearing up to privatisation, when patients will become customers and nursing staff will become menials, wishing us to “have a nice day!”

30/11/17
I don’t think Michel Barnier and the EU were really concerned about the UK leaving them to face ISIS on their own.
I think it’s that UK armed forces would have been under the control of Parliament, instead of Juncker

14/12/17
You printed an Aviva report that many 55-60 yr.olds had insufficient funds for retirement, because they were too poorly paid to put money aside.
It seems obviously true, when one considers so many having to resort to food banks, to survive.
It’s why the State Pension was created and at a level that would allow an end of useful life worker to survive in a degree of ease.
Since then that pension has been eroded, year on year, by successive Governments; with sticking plaster gestures such as pension credit and Winter fuel allowance.
The new State Pension will be a magnificent £140/wk, for all those who’ve been fortunate enough to collect sufficient green stamps.
How far will £7,000 a year go?
There won’t be many working class OAP’s going off on cruises, which pensioner’s from the professional classes are so often portrayed as doing.
It’s worth bearing in mind that Care Home charges are 4x the State Pension and many Care Homes are pleading that that’s not enough, even with very low paid staff.
Present trends point to a return to the pre-war days of isolated, elderly people starving to death in the street, unless we force politicians out of their WestMinster bubble.

14/12/17
The Which report about people not switching fuel suppliers is a long-standing issue, even for those who do it.
It’s not as easy as we’re continually informed it is.
Assuming you have broadband and are relaxed with using the Internet, it’s still a chore.
Unless you keep a record of your metered usage, you can’t properly be sure that you’re comparing like with like.
It’s mainly the disadvantaged in Society, who are being ripped off by this Inertia selling.
If the utilities were re-nationalised, we wouldn’t have to go through this pantomime on a regular basis.
We’d have less meter reading appointments (no! I don’t want a “smart” meter).
There’d be no call for comparison websites, whose costs must add to price of our fuel.
We wouldn’t have to sit in costly phone queues, when we need to talk to a person.
We need to re-nationalise.

19/12/17
We are required by law to have car insurance to pay for injuries that might be done to other road users; so how can insurers be allowed to exclude drivers from cover, when they use their car for commuting.
Such an exclusion does not protect innocent Third Parties.
There should be a legal requirement for insurers to provide such protection to anyone buying any form of car insurance.
There shouldn’t be a risk of having your car seized and facing fines, when often the only reason to buy car insurance is because of this law.
To my mind, Insurers are the criminals here, selling a service under false pretences.
For most of us, a few years Car Insurance costs are often more than the recompense offered should a car be written off and I, for one, wouldn’t bother buying it, otherwise.

2/1/18
I suggest that if we have to re-cycle our own plastic waste, then a good use would be to make plastic fence panels.
They’d be more decorative than the concrete ones but just as robust.
They’d be more fire-resistant than wooden ones, which they could emulate, and less prone to weathering.
Any other suggestions? e.g. kerbstones.

@jeremycorbyn @HouseofCommons give the Speaker an independent police investigation team could be formed to support him with sex offenders.

November 4, 2017

Letter to Daily Mirror 1/11/17

The Speaker is in charge of policing MP behaviour, in the House
Perhaps he should also have charge of monitoring moral behaviour of MP’s etc. , generally.
An experienced and independent police investigation team could be formed, to support him. It would rely on fixed period secondments of officers from regional forces.
Where cases can’t be taken to court, at least offenders would know that their names were on a register and they needed to mend their ways.
The Speaker would be in a position to warn Party leaders of a need to nudge serial offenders to the exit

Printed version

T he Commons Speaker John  Bercow is in charge of policing MPs’ behaviour in the House, so perhaps he should also take charge of monitoring their moral behaviour generally.

An experienced and independent police investigation team could be formed to support him which could rely on fixed-period secondments of officers from regional forces.

Where cases can’t be taken to court, at least offenders would know that their names were on a register and they needed to mend their ways.

The Speaker would be in a position to warn party leaders of a need to nudge serial offenders to the exit.

Blog post 16. 29/10/17

November 4, 2017

Letter to Daily Mirror 11/10/17

Anyone who has watched shows such as “It was alright in the 70’s” will have seen that older men being overly familiar with young women was accepted as part of the texture of life, back then: Indeed, in your article on Sabrina, it was seen to be the basis of her career.

The History of Weinstein can be traced back to that era but mores have changed and no-one told him. The fact that he was never rebuked would have reinforced his behaviour.

That the decades of young women, who came under his eyes, never made a fuss is understandable but similar cases will continue until women are able to report such issues.

Whistle-blowing to official bodies won’t work, because they will require the victims to bear witness, without even the certainty of a conviction, or protection of what was under threat.

I would suggest that, what is needed, is a group of more powerful sympathetic women to set up a well publicised independent body.
Such a body could set up stings to obtain solid evidence to catch enough culprits, as to make them think twice before repeating their behaviour.

Better to deter them, than try to pick up the pieces, after the event.
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Letter to Daily Mirror 14/10/17

If meteorite takes out your prize petunia’s.
If you find a dead dog outside your house.
If you are a young girl alone in an unknown part of town and can’t find your way home.
If you are old and infirm and can’t find your TV remote.
There are thousands of reasons why someone might want a little help but don’t know who to turn to.
Even with a telephone directory to hand, you could still be stuck.
It’s understandable why desperate people may dial 999.
Constant berating of the General Public by self-righteous officialdom may make good newspaper copy but it is unhelpful and unlikely to stop further calls from those in distress.
The whole idea of 999 was that it was an easy to remember number, which could be used by people who might be in an emotional state.
It’s a great idea and if we had politicians, who weren’t intent on saving pennies, whilst squandering £ Billions, we’d expand it.
How difficult, or expensive, would it be to have a second line of operators to take calls?
They’d direct first response to police, fire, ambulance or to volunteer services e.g. Citizens Advice, Samaritans, Local Government Association, crank caller prosecutions, or whatever.
Instead of Bureaucrats in uniform using “crank calls” as a cliche deflection of criticism, we’d have Government serving its function and a more content populace.
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Letter to Daily Mirror 14/10/17
I don’t often find cause for dispute with Brian Reade but popular ignorance of Hitler’s role in WWII is an indictment of Maggie’s National Curriculum, not the Nation’s intelligence.
Anyone, sufficiently intelligent to actively take part in the EU referendum and work out how to get to the polling station, or fill in a postal vote, is capable of forming a worthwhile opinion.
In this case, it seems the majority of intelligent opinion decided that the other 27 countries were not capable of acting in our best interests. An opinion seemingly borne out by their antagonistic negotiating of our withdrawal from the EU.
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Letter to Daily Mirror 17/10/17
I’m not surprised that the Post Office, which Vince Cable sold cheaply to his friends in the City, is doling out £500,000 to those shareholders, each day
The amount of advertising, which I’m forced to empty out of my letterbox and transfer to my recycling bin, is ridiculous.
I know it’s not all from the Post Office but if Politicians are so keen to appear to be Green, why don’t they make such advertising illegal?
It’s annoying; it’s wasteful and it’s a cost on Councils having to dispose of it.
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Letter to Daily Mirror 17/10/17
The intention of raising the age of exemption from paying National Insurance is being put across as a Tory gimmick to make younger voters think they are being wooed.
However, National Insurance was brought in to finance the NHS, pensions etc. and this measure looks more like the first stage in their previously announced intention of obliterating the last vestiges of our Welfare State.
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Letter to Daily Mirror 29/10/17
When I visited Marakesh, on holiday, I noticed that streets were bordered by orange trees.
I don’t know if they were free to harvest but it struck me that no-one in this desert country needed to die of thirst, or hunger.
It occurs to me, in these days of food banks, that it seems mean not to copy this civility.
In some ways it would be like H.F-W’s urban guerilla gardening but not so demanding of resources.
We have lots of open land near Wigan, with many, new, tree-lined roads.
Some of these trees bear edible cherries, presumably to feed the wild life, but why not plant more.
Add in walnuts, edible peaches, almonds, hazel nuts, medlars, apples etc.
Verges could bear strawberries, ramsons.
Wild patches could be planted with currants and raspberries. These are easily propagated fruits, for those inclined to help.
Some patches would, no doubt, revert to bramble and nettle, through neglect, but many would be adopted by volunteer groups and some plants, such as rhubarb, can easily outcompete the weeds.
The best thing is that the cost would be minimal and if done in quantity, it’d defeat the spoilers: A lesson learned through the wholesale planting of daffodils.
When Councils first laid out such roadside displays, they were raided by door to door peddlers. Nowadays this is no longer profitable.
I believe this could be true for wayside foods sources and could ease life for many.

#Brexit means cheap lamb for consumers, so large landowners are griping.

October 8, 2017

 

Sent to Daily Mirror 8/10/17
You report that if we go to WTO rules, we’d have to steal some of New Zealand’s quota for lamb imports to the EU.
My instant reaction is that this is a blatant lie.

Before we joined the Common Market, we imported New Zealand lamb and enjoyed it as our cheapest meat, other than fish.
Apart from the large landholders, who’d see anything wrong in the price of lamb and mutton falling to more reasonable levels?

The British public has no problem with frozen meat and, being outside the EU, we’d be able to increase New Zealand’s sale of lamb to us, so they’d actually welcome Brexit.

Caroline Lucas would also be pleased that animal welfare standards would be raised, as we would no longer be subjecting livestock to live transport across the Channel, to please the French demand for fresh killed meat.

British small-holding farmers were able to survive well enough, before we joined the Common Market, from the demand of gourmets for fresh killed meat.
It’s the large land-owning/farming companies, who’ll lose a lucrative share of the EU Market, who are raising this bogus claim.

Blog post 15. 5/10/17

October 8, 2017

Sent to Daily Mirror 28/9/17
I was pleased to read how Andrew Bridgen had been slammed by his constituents.
How about focussing on one MP each week?
There’s plenty of info on Theyworkforyou.com
The register of MP interests would be interesting, as would be comments from constituents

Sent to Daily Mirror 2/10/17
How joyful for Chancellor Philip Hammond that as he comes to the defence of Capitalism, Monarch Airlines goes bust, putting thousands out of work and even more stranded abroad.
http://www.newsweek.com/monarch-airlines-cease-trading-out-business-bust-675287?yptr=yahoo
This is on top of the shambles that is Ryanair and the avarice of those controlling company pension funds (BHS)
Maybe he was really expressing gratitude to the banks, which collapsed our economy, allowing his party to gain power and then plunder our taxpayer funded assets.
Our NHS is hanging on by a thread, as “Capitalists” gather around waiting for Jeremy Hunt to produce his scissors for the final cuts.
These “Capitalists” have no intention of funding new improvements as Hammond would claim.
They are asset strippers and cherry pickers, who will leave us with paupers’ hospitals, manned by volunteers, as happens in the USA.
Unfettered capitalism has proven an economic millstone for our nation.
We need a Government which directly controls delivery of key services, whilst ensuring that other industries are made to take steps to protect their employees and the taxpayer from their owners’ incompetence, fecklessness and, in some cases, undisguised greed.

Sent to Daily Mirror 2/10/17
Gove has called for a refundable charge on plastic bottles.
No doubt this is an appeal to Green voters but is it feasible?
At present, most go into the wheelie bin, some into litter bins and some chucked over hedges.
On the one hand there is the Dickensian charm of down and outs scavenging these discarded bottles; maybe, even raiding wheelie bins, like urban foxes, scattering unwanted items.
Perhaps householders, already resorting to foodbanks will stop off at wherever refunds are issued, even more life-enhancing.
Of course there’s the logistics of who will tender the refunds.
Will they have to be returned to the shops, where they were bought (I remember my local sweet shop putting a stamp on the labels of their glass pop bottles)?
Who will administer the scheme and collect these bottles from the shops where they’ve been amassed and stored in special set-aside areas?
Again, I recall how many off-licences used to have their back-yards raided by kids looking for an extra income from money due on empty beer bottles.
The present system just needs Councils to hire a few more rubbish collectors to tidy up after the slobs who carelessly discard everything, which they no longer have a use for

Sent to Daily Mirror 5/10/17

I totally endorse Brian Reade’s view that where Sportsmen have brought politics into Sport, it has been justifiable and that it is politicians impositions on Sport, which have been indefensible.
I suggest that prankster Simon Brodkin should immediately apply for a retrospective grant from the Arts Council.
Any one of his jolly wheezes would count as far more significant than most of the examples of Event Art that The Arts Council usually dole out taxpayer money for.

“25,000 homes for social rent by 2021” doesn’t seem worth mentioning, when the ONS says Britain’s population grew by half a million last year.
Instead of “Phish and chip” vans, far more data could be collected by giving an email address for phishing spam to be forwarded to.

In reply to ST Vaughan.
Referendums don’t cause the problems, they reflect an existing problem.
The call for Catalan independence reflects a long standing feeling of being treated as second class citizens by the ruling Spanish Government.
It’s not unlike the situations with Scotland, Wales and Northern England being dumped on by our London/ Home Counties focussed Government.

Printed version:

In reply to S.T. Vaughan, referendums don’t cause the problems; they simply reflect an existing problem (Madeuthink, October 5).

The call for Catalan independence voices a long-standing  feeling of being treated as second class citizens by the Spanish government.

It’s not unlike the situations with Scotland, Wales and Northern England being dumped on by our London / Home Counties-focused government.

 

The Jutexpo claim, that the 5p plastic bag tax has increased their sales, is undoubtedly true.
However, I’ve noticed a creeping increase in the number of people, ahead of me in shop queues, stumping up for this tax, rather than haul two or three “bags for life” out the recesses of their bags and pockets.
Many are finding it too inconvenient, to carry them, “just in case”.

Sent to Daily Mirror 24/9/17. plan to retire by 55, because that’s when they’ll try to get rid of you

October 8, 2017

The senior firemen, involved in teagate, obviously don’t get the reason why it happened.
As one said, if they get a final written warning and something happens in the next 12 to 18 months, then they could face dismissal.
The clue is in their age group.
These are men, who will begin to succumb to the effects of age on their muscles and faculties.
How do you get rid of men, who are entering their 50’s, without the Union having to step in and demand cash for forced early retirement?
The tried and tested method in the 80’s was enhanced redundancies.
Now it’s creating a paper trail of official warnings: much cheaper.

blog post 14,,, 21/9/17

October 8, 2017

Sent to Daily Mirror 18/9/17
If the side of Boris Johnson’s bus had said we pay £154 Mn/week towards maintaining Brussels’ Bureaucracy, would less people have voted for #Brexit?

Sent to Daily Mirror 19/9/17
The on-line presence of ISIS can best controlled through the problem that they create.
They promote murder and terrorism; so make it a criminal offence to promote, facilitate, or incite acts of murder, or other terrorist acts.
This would directly affect Social media Companies in that each screen-shot can be tested in law as an offence, carrying a £1000 fine. There’d be no need to legislate against Facebook etc. directly, as these fines could be assessed and implemented very quickly in a special magistrates court.
Large on-line organisations would act quickly to stop this loss of cash, which is their life-blood.

Sent to Daily Mirror 21/9/17
The consumer group, who, because of Grenfell Towers, want manufacturers to stop putting plastic backs on fridges, may have to wait until we leave the E.U.
In the UK, mains electric has a potential of 240 Volts, compared to the 110 Volts prevalent on the Continent.
This was why, c

Sent to Daily Mirror 18/9/17
If the side of Boris Johnson’s bus had said we pay £154 Mn/week towards maintaining Brussels’ Bureaucracy, would less people have voted for #Brexit?

Sent to Daily Mirror 19/9/17
The on-line presence of ISIS can best controlled through the problem that they create.
They promote murder and terrorism; so make it a criminal offence to promote, facilitate, or incite acts of murder, or other terrorist acts.
This would directly affect Social media Companies in that each screen-shot can be tested in law as an offence, carrying a £1000 fine. There’d be no need to legislate against Facebook etc. directly, as these fines could be assessed and implemented very quickly in a special magistrates court.
Large on-line organisations would act quickly to stop this loss of cash, which is their life-blood.

Sent to Daily Mirror 21/9/17
The consumer group, who, because of Grenfell Towers, want manufacturers to stop putting plastic backs on fridges, may have to wait until we leave the E.U.
In the UK, mains electric has a potential of 240 Volts, compared to the 110 Volts prevalent on the Continent.
This was why, before we joined the EU, all UK appliances were required to have metal casings, which were earthed via a 3-pin plug.
EU manufacturers used plastic casings, especially on small appliances such as hair-dryers; so this requirement, for an earthed metal casing, was dropped in favour of the “double insulated” EU safety standard.
EU manufacturers used plastic casings, especially on small appliances such as hair-dryers; so this requirement, for an earthed metal casing, was dropped in favour of the “double insulated” EU safety standard.

Blog post 13

September 19, 2017

Sent to Daily Mirror 12/9/17

So we are to have robot cars and robot teachers.
Robots are going to take our jobs?
Good luck with that.
How can anyone, who’s ever been frustrated by a computer, had one hacked, had to pay to get rid of viruses, etc., believe that this will not end badly?
There are already stories of cars, with computer controlled electrical systems, being remotely controlled by hackers.
How many versions of Windows have had to be replaced because the number of patches, needed to mask software faults, has made successive versions unstable?
As for robot teachers, that’s even more ludicrous.
Twenty years ago teachers were being told that remote learning would mean the end of schools, as pupils would sit in their homes, beavering away at their computers.
That failed and robot teachers will fail for the same reasons; plus a few more.
This discussion was had back in the 80’s, with robots predicted to handle situations, which were too dangerous for humans.
That brought forth human controlled, bomb detonation robots, pigeon controlled sea-to-sea missiles, Cruise missiles (how many were on target in Trumps recent attack on an Iraqui airfield?) and search dogs with cameras, for checking unlit buildings.
Even our present drone technology needs a human operator.
I predict robots might fill a few niches but a highly trained, highly paid human will be required to get them to work at all.

published version

ROBOTIC  IT’S IDIOTIC

The idea of robot teachers taking over classrooms is simply ludicrous.

How can anyone who has ever been frustrated by a computer, had one hacked, had to pay to qet rid of viruses, etc., believe that this won’t end badly?

Robots might be used for some jobs but a highly trained human will be required to actually get them to work.

Sent to Daily Mirror 13/9/17 (all in one email)

You report a council spokesman as saying:”All Art is meant to be a talking point…”.
When did this come about?
In my youth, Art was about beauty and giving pleasure.
Although often used merely as an excuse for Galleries full of pictures of naked Ladies and statues of Greek Gods.
Nowadays, it seems to be about the gross, the obscene and the absurd.
Is anything, which we talk about, Art?
If so, Jeremy Hunt is one of the greatest artists of the millennium and the destruction of the NHS is artistic.
I know the ultra rich and elected officials need to have something on which to fritter away excess cash but why the pretence that it is Art?
If they need to display their “Loadsamoney!”, they should commission a Louvre or Kew Gardens, which others can enjoy.
That would satisfy both definitions and protect us from sights that would have non-artists in court.

Sent to Daily Mirror 16/9/17

Carrying a full 20 litre builder’s bucket is not easy and would be noticed, especially if negotiating a ticket barrier in Rush-hour. It would also have been transported to the station. Why haven’t there been requests for witnesses to such scenes. Many, who might help, will not know who to quickly contact.

Whilst MP’s agonise over on-line abuse to themselves, they might consider extending their deliberations to protecting ordinary people such as Laura Simpson, as reported in Today’s edition. Politicians shouldn’t use such trolling as an excuse to attack Social Media. These things will go on even if the Internet is put beyond the reach of the General Public. Social Media is just a vehicle and as with cars, it’s the driver, not the vehicle that should carry the blame. The only problem is the public anonymity of such people. There should be no problem requiring Twitter etc.to release the ID of offenders.

Network Rail is an “Arms-Length” public body. Why hasn’t the Minister at the other end of that arm required that State-owned, State-funded organisation to buy British, instead of pretending to be privatised?

I have to disagree with Stephen Hawking but (Mars apart) the chances of finding another habitable planet, reachable within 100 years, are pretty slim. Even with his sail driven ships, colonisation requires more than an Adam and Eve and a load of test-tubes. A viable colony would need hundreds of people and ships to carry them. Just getting one spaceplatform in orbit has been costly and difficult and that one has to be re-supplied from the ground.

Kyle Morgan has shown the way. If you’re homeless and it’s January, go for a dip in a Novotel swimming pool. You’ll get a warm crib, meals and the best medical care for free, for a month. It’d probably work for other victims of austerity, also.

Why would little Mix claim that “everyone” would be “buzzing off their tits” over pictures of scantily clad young women. I can’t name one straight man, apart from their dad’s, who’d complain. It’s the same problem with women, walking the red carpet, having their dresses criticised. It’s other women who do this: Not men.

Sent to Daily Mirror 17/9/17

The story of the 12-yr old girl threatened with prosecution by a member of the CEOP throws up the problem of creating such bureaucracies. They seem to be set up to employ jobsworths, who have minimal empathy but great diligence for following rules.
Prosecution of this girl may be within the letter of The Law but the message has now gone out that if you’re being groomed, don’t report it because the CEOP will get you.
That one crass statement has undone the whole point of creating this Quango and may have given groomers a powerful new weapon

Poor Lib Dems: lost a moralist leader and seem to have got an amoralist one

September 19, 2017

#bbcdp Most remoaners just say 17.4 Mn of us morons.
@vincecable is saying we’re worse.
He called us #Brexit fundamentalists, implying we’re on par with Jihadi’s and KKK Christians i.e.religious fanatics.
He also called for “Remoaner” politicians to come together to have an “adult” conversation on how to overturn #Brexit. The implication is that no pro-brexit politician is grown-up enough to be taken seriously.
He must have worked hard to find new ways to sneer and smear by such semantically worded phrasing.

 

@vincecable, who sold the P.O. to his mates in a Fire-Sale, is reared up on his hind legs (pretending that he wasn’t a Tory fellow traveller) claiming to be their Arch-foe and spouting Corbynist policies as if he originated them.