Time(s) are changing

I am starting to sympathise with the withdrawal of support for TV license fees for over 75. That is because the message I got from watching some BBC programs was less than desirable.

The latest blockbuster Time, which shows live in a prison and that of a prison guard. The prison guard happens to have a son who became a criminal and has been sentenced to imprisonment.

Criminals are exploiting this and put the prison guard under pressure to bring in drugs or the son will be slowly tortured to death.

The prison guard choses to give in and transport the drugs.

There were other possibilities to write that script. The prison guard could have fought the criminals and took a stand and reported the problem to authorities.

But that is what’s normalised on BBC programs these days, that criminality always wins and that we are all victims of it and there is little we can do about it.

That is a big reason why I stopped watching East Enders too.

I get more joy watching ITV these days, who are doing better in supporting every-day concerns of people. If I want to watch a great detective story, I have to pay for it on other channels.

Having said that, I absolutely hate the latest ITV drama advert. A woman comes home from work and has her partner tied up in a cupboard and makes no effort to release him but just takes a bottle of soda and leaves him there to rot. A new, highly acclaimed drama series on Britbox is titled: “The beast must die“. Seems also female to male violence. Why would I want to spend money on the secrets of the Krays?

I wouldn’t watch that for free. I definitely would not pay for it and if the ITV advert with the tied up man in the cupboard comes on, I do not watch it, I turn it off.

dodgy storylines

Just watched the new series of Innocent on ITV and it completed a day after I finished watching the Pact on BBC. Both stories were essentially a ‘who donnit’.

But I felt badly after watching the BBC story because it glorified the sticking together come what may as long as the family is intact. An old lady lies to police and admits to guilt just so that a pregnant girl doesn’t have to go to jail. It seemed similar to East Enders stories, which are also centred around family honour and sticking together and the family comes first, before the law and before truth and justice. Frightening to think though that police officers should have the ability to distort investigations to save their own family from prosecution as it happened in the Pact.

In contrast the Innocent had at least the truth at its centre and the guilty party was actually guilty and got arrested on suspicion of murder.

I just hate films when liars are able to conceal the truth and the police prosecute someone who admits to guilt just to have someone to stick into jail for a crime, so that the statistics even out. Like the motto: Every dead person needs a guilty person arrested and prosecuted in good time, so that the clear up rate looks good.

Unforgotten

Watched this new series shown on ITV with interest. I generally now watch much more ITV than BBC. But what this Unforgotten series really shows is, and I really should post this on my Neighbourhood Watch blog instead, is, that those who ask you to ‘not grass’ are not your friends but your enemies.

Only wrongdoers ask you not to grass.

Even if you think that you have made it, nobody ever finds out about your sins, you are mistaken.

Then you set up your life, get into respectable ways of life, all with a crime hanging over you and you have kids, a partner and all rely upon each other, because that is what we do, we prop each other up in relationships.

But then, the wrongdoing comes out and everything goes up in smoke. Your kids, your partner, all who rely on you suffer from the previous wrong-doing, that you thought stayed undetected.

And talking of forgotten, from all the films I am watching it’s the criminals who kill and bury their own members in unknown locations, so that nobody ever finds them.

It’s those on the side of the law who get remembered.

So, as a principle, I fully support everybody who wants to report wrongdoing and crime, even anonymously as it has a chain-reaction, that wrong-doing and it ruins lives.

personal convictions

The more I watch of series on the BBC called The Spiral. (see also my previous post), the better do I understand the connections between personal strength, conviction and results.

There is one weak investigator, with a tendency to take drugs, involves with the dark world and becomes susceptible to blackmail and such individuals can really bring a whole investigation down. The boss also is very important in that he/she puts his personal stamp on others and they react to his input.

Then there is the judge who really believes in correct justice and the money grabbing lawyers who take any job as long as the client pays them lots of money.

That is our society. Where people have to earn money whichever way they can, they take money from anybody who can give it to them. Whilst it is legal for criminals to have cash, they can give it to others and buy services from them.

I recommend to watch that whole serial to anybody intested in human interaction and how personal drive commands outcomes.

What is particularly useful is the change of police lead from series 3 to 4 and the judges’ desire to raise through the ranks.

How criminals corrupt the justice system and individuals within.

In the end, human evolution has shown, that it is always the strongest who survive and if it proves that criminals are stronger than lawful people then they will prevail.

However as also said in my last post, criminals tend to kill each other off, so their changes of prospering and multiplying has little chance because the legal system nurtures and cares for its members whilst the criminal fraternity, kill each other on a whim.

I think that humanity has found a system that allows everybody a fair chance and regulates life for the benefit of the majority. All previous models of governance failed because they relied on the judgements of leaders who had the power to personally persecute and extinguish others because of their own emotional preferences.

The Spiral being set in France doesn’t really matter as human interaction is the main focus of the series and not the model of justice system.

A fair justice system will always expose those who are petty minded and try to rule their own societies with murder and threats. The part about human trafficking was particularly powerful, showing how a group of girls are exploited and lived from by some leeches who simply use them to make money and don’t allow them to make any choices about their lives.

Such girls were in terrible danger from criminals who were attracted to the easy prey they posed as victims of violence, with little restriction on the depravity used.

The series I watch right now is about a group of terrorists who mask themselves as human rights defenders who fight for the rights of immigrants, but who completely fail to protect their own member, who blew himself up and they just dumped him in a ditch to die.

I find all those who complain about our society today laughable. They happily sit in a well-lit and heated room, planning to overthrow the same society that actually ensures that they have the well lit room and heating in the first place.

The french connection

Started to watch this French crime drama series on the BBC called The Spiral. I have to turn to foreign production since the making of British films has all but stopped. We get a lot of repeats.

It is a bit hard to watch as there is lots of dialogue and I do not speak French. One has to look at the subtitles constantly as they talk non-stop.

I do like the tone of the series though, as the police are shown as winners. It is quite amazing what personal efforts police officers put into this job and how risky it is. Us normal folks never even get to know the edge of it.

For people not involved in crime it is hard to imagine what goes on within it. From watching it on films, the best solution is not to get involved at all. There is no health and safety for criminals. They simple kill anybody who is a risk to them and as nobody is perfect, they all seem to be a risk to each other and they themselves bump each other off. What a sad prospect for a criminal gang member, to end in a grave, beaten to death by a fellow gang member. No justice no trial, no security.

I prefer watching a series where the police are shown as having grit and determination to fight crime, ridding us of those awful drug barons, who do so much harm to us, our children and society as a whole. Once society decides to declare something criminal they fight it, but if something is legal, the long-term health damage can be lasting – as with cigarettes, alcohol for example – and it is harder to fight on legal mechanisms alone.

I prefer watching this French serial to East Enders. I have completely stopped watching East Enders with that constant dribble of crime families ruling the roost and police shown as inadequate nonsense. I turned to Coronation Street instead as it is at least fairly normal and shows problems within a conceivable context for normal people.

Well, not much time for this now, amazing how short days are despite having not much going out to do.

never grateful

Just watching some British classics. Here in the Great Expectations 2012, the story line sounds: “Why is it that the young are never grateful”, could be answered with an attitude by the actress in “Educating Rita” who doesn’t want to get pregnant because of an expectation but because she wants to choose it.

But when I chose to have children, I did not have the essential securities needed to make a totally free choice. Free choices need to be made not out of need but out of choice with several choices being available. Most of us do not have that freedom to make totally free choices. We always either have an economic or other essential need.

Only those with too much money, can actually make real choices.

Children probably are never grateful because they feel pressured into compliance. But compliance is necessary to get the necessary survival skills to make something out of life, to contribute towards society and become useful. Children can develop that ‘never really satisfied unless you give me what I want attitude’ just to get more out of adults.

I am proud to say, – though pride is actually never a good thing -, that I enabled my children to get on in life.

Unfortunately for all of us – within this family – my children have decided they are now so independent that they no longer need to communicate on equal terms.

My grown up children are all on my naughty list this year, but then they can go to Tesco, who do not have a naughty list, instead of coming round mine.

I just find it intolerable that my sons think they can come round mine whenever it suits them but they do not even give me their address, so that I could visit them. I actually only know the address of 2 of my grown up children and one doesn’t communicate much and the other was quite abusive.

So the lock-down reallly doesn’t bother me. I told my grown up kids not to come around because they are so independent, they don’t even find it necessary to tell me their addresses or have been – in one case – quite abusive.

I wonder whether it’s only in films, which are about families with lots of property where people keep in touch after reaching adulthood. Where kids can inherit, they are probably more inclined to stay on friendly terms.

Indeed in my own – Germany based family – people keep in touch because they share property ownership or have business together. My uncle’s carpentry business was handed down the generation since 100s of years.

Paul McCartney’s interview with Idris Elba also was a nice revelation, who fondly remembers the great relationship he had with his dad, who taught him music.

In large cities, where kids grow up in micro households with nothing to own, they do not feel a need to stay in touch with parents after they grown up. Kids who grow up in small homes with little space to be creative will not get such strong bonds to their families.

Perhaps that is something to think about.

property owning democracy

I can highly recommend watching Andrew Marr’s mini series of the “New Elizabethans with Andrew Marr“. He has some excellent ways of putting things into a context that explains why the Queen is such a popular monarch. She doesn’t insist on channelling the sexuality of people to replace it with sheer and harsh justice.

Even Margaret Thatcher’s ideas of the property owning democracy is in a way revolutionary as it aims to dismantle the centralised ownership of the aristocracy and replace it with mass ownership of smaller parcels of land and property. That’s most likely the only reason why Tony Blair supported her so much.

Andrew Marr is one of the few people who grasps the basic and important concepts that drive social development. Why I woulnd’t go the same way as Mary Whitehouse and lament the deterioration of sexual habits, another intangible thing, is because it doesn’t lead anywhere.

Perhaps there is a sexual motive behind the police constantly stopping and searching black young men? There is a 2% sucess rate for searches. Yet, rioting and burning things down has not helped at all to reduce the social standing of black people in Britain. In a way, all poor people are treated like second class citizens, I can sing a song about that.

The British are great in winding up those who are easily emotionally stimulated. But carrying knives is – as many young people today seem to think helps them feel safer – is definitely not the solution.

Anti-crime is a better strategy than anti-sexual freedom.

I don’t think that the legal framework for individual ownership of all wordly property is fit for purpose. Home owners have a lot of uncertainties and problems to content with, which are far from satisfactory to resolve.

Example for this is that the Labour Party relaxed building regulations, which led to the installation of flammable materials, e.g. on the former Olympic Village 2012 in London and on Grenfell Tower. Because of the flamable material being owned by the owner of the flats, they now cannot sell the flats, nor can they afford to change the cladding on the 2012 Olympic village, leaving home owners unable to sell or move.

Home and house ownership makes people inflexible if they want to move. They rely on someobody else wanting to buy their existing dwelling to be able to move on. I spent a lot of time watching house-owner TV programs and some houses are in very remote locations or built in a very particular style and the chance that somebody else would want your existing property when you need to move for a job promotion for example are not 100%.

Coppers in the Woods

Stayed up till 2:15 AM last night because the issue of Inspector Morse “The Way through the Woods” was fasscinating. It showed the dilemma of two different detectives and how their methods clashed in solving a crime.

One wanted to beat a confession out of an innocent man to make his job easier and get a quick tick on the charge sheet whilst Inspector Morse took his time and went the difficult route, looking at all evidence in details and eventually solved the case, after some deliberations.

Even though the technology is old and they do smoke and drink a lot, the dialogues are very good. I am very annoyed with the amount of smoking and drinking and I doubt I could even share a room with somebody who smokes that much and I also doubt that in real life anybody could do a proper job, drinking the amount of alcohol they drink in those old films, but, the dialogues are priceless.

One thing I noticed though that the advertisements on ITV are very much tailored to their expected audience and some stuff you would never see during prime-time television.

decision-making process

Emotional dependance is often the cause of people getting themselves involved with criminal people, who manipulate a person to commit to wrong-doing systematically.

On the other hand, quick thinking and getting involved would have saved me £10 on the Lidl Christmas jumper.

Yesterday it was in the shelves for £7.99, I walked past and today it wasn’t there was I wanted it. So I had to spend £18.10 to get it from eBay.

Since I do a lot of shopping in Lidl, which is just across the road from me, I didn’t realise how much I needed to get this jumper to make my Christmas feel OK. That’s a form of emotional dependance.

Whilst I now watch a Panorama film about an American woman going to Syria with her husband and getting back – after he had been killed in Syria – to the US and being prosecuted for terrorism. Title: “return from Isis”.

I am grateful that my emotional dependance, at it’s worst, only ever got me to spend extra money for a Lidl Christmas jumper, whilst otherwise I am much to do about law and order in Britain.

If it was against the law to go shopping in Lidl, as a former EU trading partner, I probably woulnd’t do it, but is is lawful and so its’ OK to do it.

Unfortunately not all people think whether their actions are lawful and get themselves involved in wrong-doing, that becomes unravelled over time and leads to imprisonment or worst.

Unfortunately the BBC serial East Enders is much more positive about involvement with crime in Britain and doesn’t show the pitfalls of doing wrong as clearly as they show the pitfalls of getting involved with Isis, ending up in death and imprisonment.

I think that American woman could raise the funds to get back from Syria with her children, whilst Shamima Begum, currently can’t raise the money or facilitate her return and she is being prevented from coming baack and also her children had died in Syria.

If young people only tought advice from their peers prior to making life-changing decisions, that would save them a lot of problems and prevent loss of life.

Fed up with East Enders

I am not sure whether the BBC is trying to portrait all East Enders as potential criminal or inherent criminals or criminals regardless. It’s totally up-setting that they show criminals als charming family people who happen to think that robbing others is the thing to do.

From the story lines, for a child for example who would watch it, they would be shown that it is totally normal to feel symphaty for a robber boyfriend, who goes through a tough time, trying to escape police.

There is not even a hint of wrong-doing. Just as one of the most popular East Enders characters, Kat is shown vowing to stand by her robber boyfriend no matter what.

There is no ability of anybody to relate this as being wrong or showing how wrong doing in the long run leads to problems and that it would be better not to do it in the first place.

Even the local copper policeman is in a relationship with the son of the family mafia boss, Phil and does his best to help him escape because he loves him so much.

I am not complaining about the same sex relationship. I am complaining about the wrongdoing in law, in that a copper helps a robber.

There is nothing worst than a bad police officer.

I think that the BBC should not be showing such tripe.

It is very hurtful that East Enders are generally shown as criminals by the BBC.

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