Archive for British moral compass

The Infected English Rose – Thought for July 1st 2013

The rhetoric suggests the UK sees equality of the sexes as being an objective. Is it nothing more than an infected English Rose?

The infected English Rose

The infected English Rose

One only has to take a look at a major sporting event such as a Grand Prix to get a feel for the implausibility of the politically correct rhetoric. The UK remains a den of the fatuous normalisation of the sexualisation and subservience of women and so many women seem to wish to take the role of the submissive.

Take another look at the image above – where is the man in the applauding line-up?  No you won’t find him. Yet the ladies in the images are not slaves, they have taken the role of being sexualised and treated as the subservient worshipper freely.

This denigration is normalised, accepted and lauded on every occasion where men in grubby grey suits run the agenda, but it is only by women accepting their role as the submissive that this can continue and they do, in droves.

Plasticisation of breasts, smothering of faces in powder and paint are such a standard process it goes unmarked and uncommented as it is ‘just the way it is’. Until the majority of women, rather than a very small minority, start to take themselves seriously, it is hardly surprising they will be used as eye-candy for the delectation of the grubby men in seedy suits.

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Terminal Sepsis?

The United Kingdom is becoming ever more dysfunctional as time progresses and the pace of its own implosion is logarithmically increasing.

Terminal Sepsis?

Terminal Sepsis?

From positions of Societal influence,  politicians deem their expenses claims are something for which the general public must accept as de-facto, as they do their lies.  This corrosive arrogance has led, not to change, but to a weary acceptance in a Society feeling they have no influence and to Individuals taking salaries which are totally unjustified. I will return to the theme of the difference between Privately owned and Publicly Listed businesses in the coming months.

Corporations are led by Directors rewarded by becoming ever more interested in reducing tax-liability regardless of the consequences and taking sharp business practices to even further increase that profitability.

Public and Private Care Entities have become fixated on fiscal targets with people being left to die or treated cruelly all in the name of budget accountability.

Crazed ideas of PFI have led many public bodies into positions of debt with no prospect of meeting repayment schedules. Buildings relocated to more expensive projects, on the pretext that the land would become affordable homes – until the first cheap buyer sells a few months later for full market rate. Leaving a public estate heading to bankruptcy and no-additional property available as ‘affordable housing’ for what are called ‘Key-Workers’.

Politicians shirking responsibility by laying the blame on Quangos they created, with the very aim of deflecting their accountability and the Quangos being completely unaccountable to anyone.

Bribery and corruption has become the way to deal with the Police, in whom the General Public have little trust and the figurative bed-hopping between mainstream media, regulatory forces, politicians and Law enforcement has led to a complete lack of trust in the pillars of Society.

Through careful and studied manipulation the general population are duped to believe that the problems in society are those of the weakest not directly attributable to those with the greatest influence. Resulting in those with no influence tearing lumps out of each other in a frantic frenzy of cannibalism.

Until such time as the most influential in what is supposedly a Democratic Society are held to account, the faster this abuse and implosion will reach its inevitable conclusion.

I sense however the malaise of a festering infection akin to Sepsis has already set in to the psyche and it will only be a matter of time before the UK will inflict upon itself such terminal wounds that there will be no come back possible.

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Economical with the actualité

Lying has become such an endemic strategy in British Politics, Business and Policing that it is little surprise the general public is dismissive.

Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke

Back in 18th Century Edmund Burke – who as an MP in the the House of Commons for The Whigs came up with the euphemism for lying with his summation – ‘Falsehood and delusion are allowed in no case whatsoever: But, as in the exercise of all the virtues, there is an economy of truth.’ Burke is viewed as the philosophical founder of modern Conservatism. Politicians of all sections have learnt the lesson well.

In 1986 another politician –  A former Cabinet Minister – Robert Armstrong – brought it in to common parlance, whilst giving evidence during the Australian spycatcher trial in 1986.

Lawyer: What is the difference between a misleading impression and a lie?
Armstrong: A lie is a straight untruth.
Lawyer: What is a misleading impression – a sort of bent untruth?
Armstrong: As one person said, it is perhaps being “economical with the truth”.

In 1992 yet another politician – Alan Clark tried to make it all seem so noble an art for politicians to master when at the Matrix Churchill trial he exchanged under questioning -

Clark: Well it’s our old friend “being economical”, isn’t it?
Lawyer: With the truth?
Clark: With the actualité

This paroxysm of lying is now an inbred part of the culture of politicians in the UK that no-one sees it is a surprise. But it needn’t be the case and it is time the British Public and Media took Politicians to task for consistent lies rather than smile sweetly as with a naughty toddler.

Sadly this virus has spread wider than politicians and it is not a unusual site to look around a jury and find half the members stifling a laugh when a Policeman takes to the stand and takes a look at their black notebook – proclaiming – ‘this is what I observed at the time’.

This spiral of lies and deceit has subsequently found Bankers, Retailers, Manufacturers etc. deciding to join in the band wagon. That little bit of ‘bending the truth’ runs rife through the UK and is not acceptable and those in positions of influence must be called to account.

It is why Politicians think fiddling expenses is a fine and dandy thing to do. It is why none of these Police Officers –  who can be clearly seen looking directly at the assault – actually saw anything of Harwood pushing and murdering Ian Tomlinson -

The murder of Ian Tomlinson

The murder of Ian Tomlinson

It is why staff at agencies such as A4E and G4S sign contracts they have no intention of fulfilling and seeking to find mechanisms to secure payment with little come-back, on occasion resorting to outright fraud – for which no-one is ever made accountable.

It is why Blair continues to fly around the world lecturing on moral probity when the September 2002 document in which his introduction advised – The document discloses that his military planning allows for some of the WMD to be ready within 45 minutes of an order to use them. -

Not only was the document proven to be wrong but his introduction an outright lie.


This comical and sweet sounding term –  Economical with the actualité – is a pernicious and dangerous festering sore that needs to be stamped out.



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A Very Dangerous Country

The USA, after today’s ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, is with-out doubt the most dangerous country in the world.

Recognized as users of torture and enacted recently by the Presidency, detention for ever on no charges. Despite the conflict between the ruling over Abu Qatadar being sent  to Jordan to face trial, which was declined on the grounds of torture, the European Court of Human Rights has  acquiesced to a neat little stitch up between the USA and the UK.

Abu Hamza is charged with offences relating to hostage taking in Yemen and an alleged plot to set-up a terrorism training camp in the United States. Haroon Aswat is also accused in connection to the training camp.

Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan are accused of supporting terrorism through a website operated in London.

Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz allegedly played a part in organising the 1998 US Embassy bombings in East Africa.

Whilst I have no time for their cause or direction, the fact that British Citizens are being sent over the USA and the European Court of Human Rights approves, on a nod, a regime which is proud to torture detainees is a disgusting situation. I doubt we will know for many years precisely how much money changed hands.

The British Government who after 7 years of detention still couldn’t produce any evidence against Babar Ahmad

gave up and wanted to send him away to face the American Justice system. As the CPS acknowledges, he can’t be charged.

Let’s run that again…

Your 3 year old child is raped and the offender is prosecuted, 5 years later that person is freed and given a change of identity.

Babar Ahmad was held without trial for 7 years and the CPS acknowledges he can’t be charged, but he can be extradited.

You may dislike his politics as much as I do, but is it justice?

The UK is a very dangerous place for the citizens who thought at one time the UK Justice system prevailed for any offences they committed. We now have a litany of UK citizens not breaking UK laws being sent to the USA to face trial and UK citizens that the UK can’t prosecute being sent to America to be tortured. Time for a rethink perhaps?

The USA remains the most dangerous country in the world, with the power to torture with impunity and still the European Court of Human Rights acquiesces.




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Alcohol Pricing

The alcohol pricing issue is but another stake in the heart of the poorest sections of Society and bears no relation to reality.



The price ranges between £50 and £ 1 000′ish a bottle. I drink at least a case a week in addition to Red Wine. My closest friends, well they knock back the alcohol too. How many people do I know who drink alcohol below the ‘minimum pricing level’? Absolutely none. Yes I did know one person once on the Wirral, a really nice guy, who got it wrong and he is dead, that is the only ‘minimum pricing’ casualty I know. Now lets get an extra set of digits for the number of expensive alcohol drinkers who have died through alcohol poisoning, that I personally know. Would minimum pricing levels have made a jot of difference? You know the answer.

Have you ever been in to a City Wine Bar? Have you ever been in to the subsidised Politicians drinking den?

This war on alcohol pricing is absolute nonsense and is merely another swipe against the poorest in Society for the sake of it.

One day the Daily Mail will stop jumping with glee at every abuse of the most vulnerable (that is if any of them ever sober up) as every-time one of their number appears on Question Time they appear to be out of their head on drink.

Let’s stop harassing the poor and start looking at real issues.

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When those who have – forget

Drawing a comparison between North Africa, the Middle East and the UK will, with absolute certainty, be derided as out of order, but that is perhaps because it is the ‘those who have’ who will be full of derision.

It is too easy for those in comfort and who feel they are part of the decision making process to forget there are swathes of Society who feel permanently excluded. Sure there is far more freedom in the UK than living under a Feudal Dictatorship, however, to suggest that because there is a degree of freedom, everything is perfect is to miss the point.

This country is riven with Financial, Social and influencing divisions. It is always uncomfortable for those who have found an equilibrium to recognise, that perhaps not everyone feels the same. In precisely the same way that those with influence, finance and social acceptability in what the ‘Those who have’ in the UK would term -’Oppressive regimes’, there are many in the UK who feel the same oppression bearing down on their back.

I am sure that those in power and with the influence in countries such as Libya, Egypt and Syria etc. fail to understand why there is such Social division, rioting, looting and violence, as they perceive it from the ‘underclass’ in exactly the same way that in the UK, the recent riots are being viewed by those in positions of comfort as unreasonable, excessive and unfathomable.

It is easy to mock when sitting in an ivory tower, but if the UK doesn’t recognize the extreme ‘relative’ poverty and Social deprivation which exists in the UK, it can only be a matter of time before the 3 days of riots, become a process of normality, until the regime changes or accepts that all is not well.

We have a media which is so embedded in Government and the establishment, that it spews out messages of hatred, a Government and opposition who want to lambast rioters as mere thieving scum and the ‘Those who have’ too wrapped up in their own lives to recognise that outside that door is a different world and a different perspective.

The comfortably off had a few days of protest last year and then lost interest, the have nots had a few days of protest and then the rain came down. For sure interspersed were opportunists, surely it is time to wake up and realise the opportunists were also saying something about our Society.

Essentially the message came through – The Police are unable to respond, normal service will be resumed – in the mean time…

That is now being sent out as the political response, resulting in a blame on the Police for not acting more quickly and more strongly, which again hides the real issue. Why did people riot in the first place – Is it really about money – possibly in relative terms, though unlikely. About greed – simple to blame greedy people, that sits as a comfort zone for the middle UKer. It enables them to blame the well off and well connected for their corruption leading the less well off to think it is OK to take that action.

In my view we have a parallel to the explosion of violence in North Africa and the Middle East, a Social disconnect which demands a fundamental and paradigm shift in thinking and Government.

Of course as an anarcho-capitalist I would say that wouldn’t I. Possibly, but I am not the person who was on the streets the past few days, that was the children of the next generation sending a message about the Society in which we live.



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Evicting tenants for earning too much money

The ConDemned coalition have come up with yet another crack-pot idea, the detail of which is surfacing.

Too rich to live here

Too rich to live here

This one is to evict tenants who are doing well.

I’ll state up front, the idea that well-off people are living in subsidised Social Housing, is an anathema, but the ConDemned have approached the issue from the most obscure angle possible and come up with a concept that is damaging in the long term and totally contradicts their mantra of encouraging financial success.

The idea that tenants become too wealthy to live in a particular area, will lead to ghettos in which the only inhabitants are the poor. This is an appalling state of affairs. Society is made up of a mix of income groups and to suggest that Social Housing Estates should only contain the poorest members of Society is an absolute disgrace. This encourages poor service provision, poor schooling opportunities and continued and increasing social deprivation.

The idea that if you earn too much money, you have to move makes absolutely no sense at all. It means that the poor only meet the poor, that estates of poverty have no better-off neighbours who may encourage others to aspire to better things and creates a brooding sense of helplessness.

This hardly meets the concept of improving social cohesion.

On a similar vein, the idea that if a family income raises to an arbitary limit that the family is forcibly evicted does nothing to encourage people to improve their financial position. Social Housing rents are subsidised (I am not referring to Housing Benefit, which is a separate issue) and the disparity between Social Housing rents and Private Sector rents are well documented. The idea that a family who manage to secure a £3000 a year (pre tax) improvement in salary will then have to pay an additional £3600 (post tax) in rent makes absolutely no sense at all. This policy is a disincentive to work and financial betterment.

I don’t see the drive to earn ever higher sums of money as being the be all and end all of life, but as this is the dogma of the ConDemned how can this block on incentive fit within their dogma.

There are a myriad of other Social issues with this form of apartheid will cause including: Schooling continuity; Housing security; Social cohesion; Fairness and Simple relationship building, all of which will be adversely affected.

Were the ConDemned actually interested in doing anything other than stamping on the vulnerable, poor families, poor elderly and disabled, they would have approached this from a different angle.

Taking as a concept that it is the subsidy that is the major issue with Social Housing for life, there is absolutely no reason that instead of forcing people to move out, that Housing Associations and Local Authorities could not be permitted to increase rents for tenants dependent on income. This could be graduated to not discourage people to earn more and be capped at mid-market rents for the area. This has many advantages over eviction, as outlined above on the disadvantages of the proposal and simultaneously enables Housing Associations and Local Authorities to secure a fair market rent for properties where that is feasible.

Were the process thought through in more detail tenants of Social Housing could be freed from claiming Housing Benefit, as rent charged by the Association or Authority would be set on income. The Association or Authority could then make a claim for rental to cover the subsidised rents for tenants en-mass, rather than DWP employing a myriad of staff to deal with individual claimants.

The rabid right wing red-tops would be in favour as it would be in the interests of Housing Associations and Authorities to ensure that tenants declared all their income, as if the tenant had extra income, they (the landlord) would be able to charge a higher rent.

There are undoubtedly other ways to tackle the problem, but the idea that if you earn too much money you will be evicted is an anathema.

I have recently read that NASA are considering one way flights to Mars, perhaps the ConDemned are in cahoots with NASA and will shortly be announcing mass colonisation of Mars by the vulnerable groups in the UK.

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Major Terrorist Group working in London

A new terrorist splinter-cell, based in Central London has been uncovered with some key stated objectives, which are aimed at destroying the cohesion of the UK.

Their targets are wide-spread and comprehensive, indicating this to be a terrorist group, which are likely to lead to widespread destruction of Military and Civilian infrastructure. Their motivation would appear to be the wholesale destruction of the UK, leading to its re-emergence as a satellite of a far more powerful  terrorist group based in Washington.

They are planning a series of attacks across the UK, which are aimed at destroying much of the infrastructure, which will lead to chaos in delivering public services, military defence, wide-scale deaths and significant unemployment. They have announced plans to target the civilian population, with plans which are likely to cause widespread devastation of housing resulting in refugees fleeing inner cities. Selective targeting of members of society indicates this terrorist group has an abject hatred of poor people, the elderly and those with disability.

It appears that they have already succeeded in taking over much of the mainstream Media in the UK, creating effective smoke-screens and social division. The power of their media manipulation has already resulted in the civilian population turning against themselves. By using the in-built greed and selfish nature of the British population, which was bolstered by an associated cells, earlier forays, over the past 13 years, this new group have been able to convince large swathes of the population that helping others is not a good idea rather, a pointless exercise, with the most effective solution being their dispersal. Despite the fact that many of those targeted are in-fact  people submissively targeting themselves.

Their lightning raids on Military installations has already led to the weakening of the Royal Navy. They have successfully laid plans to disrupt Air-force capability over the medium term and have been able to divert the Army to a futile war aimed at supporting their parent group in the USA.

Some anticipated figures have been unearthed of the scale of the destruction in civilian infrastructure have been released by the group. They aim to destroy half a million jobs, with expected collateral damage to result in a further half a million people becoming unemployed. Their follow-up plans on housing are anticipated to lead to at least a million people to become refugees, with their two pronged attack on employment infrastructure this is likely to be far higher.

The elderly and disabled are specifically targeted by this group, with a quarter of a million people, including those with dementia, to be left to cope on their own. This carefully targeted population has the additional benefit, for this ruthless terrorist group, of a significant chance of their deaths.

To manage the transition to the destruction of the UK, they are known to kidnap those who oppose their aims and send them to central command in Washington to be tortured. Whilst waiting shipment by the Washington cell, the London based group, use what they like to term ‘Control Orders’ and their widespread use of snatch squads has resulted in the past year on over one hundred thousand people being stopped and questioned. This threat of arrest, control order and torture is managing to dampen open signs of opposition. As required, the snatch squads will perform public executions. These have been witnessed recently in London, during to time when the Major World Economic Powers were in the UK and an individual was selected for public execution and murdered, as a warning against all those who oppose their power.

The latest move in this group has been to successfully divert attention from civil unrest in the UK and ensure the British population focus on issues which are of importance to the Washington Group. This weekend two bombs were found in Northern Ireland, but it would be difficult to find much of the mainstream media reporting this, dealing with the far more important issue of bombs in planes directed towards the USA, rather than bombs in the UK directed at the UK population.

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Assisted suicide

Assisted suicide raises considerable dilemmas, but pretending the issue doesn’t need addressing is futile.

I have reservations about the issue here in the UK, simply because I would expect there to be considerable abuse.

Unfortunately this country has become one in which large sections of Society believe they have an entitlement to everything and in a particular an entitlement to their parents money.

We also have a Government which shows scant regard for the old and infirm, seeking to create a Society in which Pensioners are viewed as scroungers and resourcehoggers. As evidenced by Gordon Brown and the 50p pension increase and the continued pumping of propaganda about how there are too many old people in Society relative to those of working age, with no coherent strategy, other than it would be far better for Society if the elderly slipped this mortal coil.

Religious moral views from the established church and catholic church, should hold no sway in the debate. These are the groups who view paedophilia as a slightaberration by a few of their priests, when evidence indicates this to be extremely common. Their views on suicide are as relevant as their views on sexuality.

The argument that medical staff would be put in to an complex situation, is one with which I do have sympathy. Undoubtedly there are many who would not wish to be involved in the stark choice of administering or providing drugs to kill someone. However, I would balance this with conflicting evidence. People are now dying in the UK because staff shortages, finances and time will not permit operations, or medication to be prescribed, leaving patients to die. Morphine is regularly prescribed as a painkiller for people in severe pain withincurable conditions. The morphine administered, as required, which is effectively administering a drug to assist with death. Life support machines are switched off, effectively ending a life. I can see no reason why medical staff are not able to opt-out of assisted suicide procedures.

To argue that this is counter to medical training is to obfuscate the truth. Every day Veterinary staff make these decisions.

Undoubtedly there should be safety valves and I would like to see a system in place, in which people desiring assisted suicide are permitted to do so under supervision, not to keep the State happy, but to ensure the State and family are not pressurising someone in to a decision they do not wish to make.

In much the same way that people sign up for organ donation, people should sign up for assisted suicide. This signature, not to be ongoing authorisation, but a confirmation that an individual would be prepared to consider assisted suicide at some point in their life. This would need to be registered at least a year prior to an intervention. The purpose of this registration, would be to ensure people were not being coerced at the last moment into making a decision.

Before the suicide, the individual would need to be in a medical ward, or hospice, where they can talk through their condition, the procedure and the options prior to undertaking the procedure, for a period of two weeks, prior to finally agreeing the procedure. All visits with the patient during this two week period to be accompanied visits, thereby minimising the risks of pressure being put on individuals. Representatives of the State, including Social workers, Mental health professionals and Police Officers being barred from visiting the individual during this two week period.

The state to have no rights or say in assisted suicide. ie. making decisions for those deemed mentally incapable, or otherwise incapacitated.

At the end of the two week period the individual to then make a decision and open visits to be resumed. If the individual decides they wish to continue with the procedure, that procedure to be administered with four weeks of that decision, at the time of the patients choosing. If the procedure is not administered with in that four weeks, then the individual to be taken out of the process for a period of six months before starting again with a two week assessment period.

These time frames are not intended to make assisted suicide a difficult procedure, but a way to protect the vulnerable from exploitation, which is my greatest concern.

I do not see any reason the procedure should preclude anyone from undertaking the procedure, on the proviso that they have registered at least twelve months prior to seeking medical assistance in their death.

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Murky journalism

Phone hacking

Phone hacking

The fascination many people have with the minutiae of other peoples lives has led some journalists to use a variety of strategies to obtain more and more salacious details.

The story of News of the World journalists hacking into phones is just one of many means used by these people to satisfy the insatiable desire by customers to read about the lives of other people.

It is certainly possible to argue, that the use of illegal and questionable tactics by journalists are unacceptable, but it is equally possible for a portion of the blame to lie squarely on the shoulders of the readership. This is not about absolving journalists from obnoxious tactics, which are a choice made by individual journalists to creep in to the  illegal and questionable. It is however about individuals taking responsibility.

The UK has become riven with an unhealthy desire on the part of many people to obsess over other peoples lives. Magazines exist which offer nothing more than photographs of other peoples weddings, hairstyles, clothes, make-up etc. The television schedules are awash with the generic term ‘reality’ TV. Newspapers are purchased because of some gossip story about someone or other.

The fact is that mainstream media is driven by ratings, which in the case of print media can and do affect pricing as well as advertising rate cards. Broadcast media is driven by ratings which dictate rate card advertising costs. These are businesses which are seeking to make a profit. If people want salacious gossip, which journalists would argue is the case, which is evidenced by sales or viewership, then they will stoop to whatever level they personally feel necessary to meet that demand.

The moment people decide, enough is enough and stop purchasing print media or watching programmes which expose ever more personal and intimate information, will be the moment journalists stop snooping.

Many of those who appear in the press and subsequently moan about the coverage, need to take a look at their own responsibility in the chase for coverage. Courting media attention about personal information when it suits a PR campaign inevitably leads to journalists pursuing that person once they have used the media for their own end. If they don’t wish to be pursued in this way, they shouldn’t seek to manipulate journalists in the first place.

The consumers of this minutiae need to take a look at their own responsibility and recognize it is their choice whether to purchase or watch what is being broadcast and published.

Journalists should recognize that just because something sells, doesn’t mean it should be published, nor should personal moral lines be crossed in the chase for the dollar.

There are times, many times, when the role of a journalist does mean working within the grey area of the law and on occasion crossing in to illegal territory. The breaking of the MPs expenses allowances, the BBC continuing to reports from inside Zimbabwe, being just two recent examples. But hacking phones to obtain information about where someone may or may not be going out to dinner, doesn’t sit on any moral compass I know of.

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