shoot yourself in the foot

is an expression that people use to describe if a measure you take, turns out detrimental against yourself.

British establishment and conservationists always want to help promote the establishment, of which the Church of England is an important cornerstone.

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St James the Less church

Church of England schools were long seen as the ultimate part of the pro-English upbringing of those wanting to serve Queen and country.

The church being the glue that holds the social fibre of English society together, educated mind and spirits. Yet an essential part of English society was the emergence of unions, which branched out of working-class environments and became an integral part of life.

Along comes our latest bout of Conservative government seeking to destroy the stronghold unions have on the confidence of the working classes. This of course includes the pocket so Muslim immigrants who follow special social rules culminating in Sharia law.

Easy peasy things thinks the government, we just shake it all up, we get rid of the unions and the radical Islamist scourge at the same time.

There then followed a strong rule change, making working compulsory, forcing people to accept any job on offer and reducing work security through a change in working contracts law.

Also, to throw into the mix came the idea to “increase the quality of schooling” by allowing free schools and by tearing schools away from councils and getting them directly funded by government e.g. through the academy system.

Whilst previously we saw a shortage of school places, we now see an oversaturation of educational provision. Schools open everywhere but people generally have less children because of working law and benefit changes.

All the uprooting of social connections, suitably assisted by changes in housing law and provision thoroughly shook society to the core.

In Tower Hamlets just about the only traditional education available was through Church of England schools. Yet academies and free schools have mushroomed out of nowhere, leaving Muslim children to attend non-church schools with often 85-95% Muslims, whilst the Catholic kids, cram into the few Catholic schools.

The Church of England, through its Liberal approach suffers from a loss of church attendance and general lack of draconian church discipline, is not very attractive to Muslims who experience much more pressure to follow strict religious rules and enjoy the feeling of being forced to adhere to a religious life-style.

That makes Church of England schools less attractive to those who want to experience dogma.

Tower Hamlets has long been the source of constant political controversy and is run by more or less left-wing factions of the Labour Party and similar constellations of political movements like AspireRespect or Tower Hamlets First.

The current Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, who was seen as a moderate leader by many, is however very keen to rid Tower Hamlets of one of the oldest Church of England schools at the earliest opportunity. It is just another weapon to stab local society into the heart of traditional values and help undermine the Monarchy.

Had this Conservative government not sought to change society to the core with a flurry of legal changes, we would not be in this situation that English traditional education is being disbanded in this part of London.

Any benefit that may have shown through ‘better’ academy schools is wiped out by disturbance constant change brings. Children need to feel safe not only physically but also mentally by being able to rely on those services, adults around them, knowing they can grow up into society and contribute to that society at a later stage.

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Raine’s Foundation, C.o.E. Secondary in Bethnal Green

The children of Raine’s Foundation school in Tower Hamlets are being torn apart from their brand-new school, strewn into the wind of education and lost the ability to concentrate on their GCSE and A-levels because their school is threatened by closure.

The last thing, kids want to worry about is finding a school or changing school when they need to concentrate on years of course work to get the best results. The travesty is that the education and teachers at Raine’s are very good and pupils can achieve best results, they do run a Year 11 High Attainment Program in conjunction with Stem. Why do they want to close a school that produces top class achievers, just because it is a Church of England school?

Most parents choose schools wanting peace of mind, being able to leave their children there till 6. Form and then go onto university or into a working life.

Yet the chopping and changing politics by this current government has thrown everything around into a big mixing bowl of social change and nobody is any the wiser of what is happening.

Of course, being able to plan ahead has become a luxury and that is what this government wants, they do not want people to get too comfortable because happy people are dangerous people who can start to demand even better than they have.

So, this Conservative government in fact chips away on conservative values and education by creating a whirlwind social environment that destroys all conservative values and creates anxiety and fear among our young people.

That is one of the reasons why kids now feel they need to demonstrate about the climate emergency instead of going to school, why school kids feel they need knives to protect themselves as they no longer feel safe as nothing can be relied upon any longer. Parents aren’t even at home after school any longer to calm down any fears, parents are forced into working instead of being there to parent.

Everthing is being eroded for working people, starting by housing, to working contracts and schooling. The reduction of policing services has another detrimental impact onto society.

Getting rid of everything known and comforting is perhaps the biggest mistake this government makes.

There are no particular problems at Raine’s Foundation, yet over-crowded popular schools often attract the most problems. But the per-pupil funding will prefer big problem schools before smaller, high quality schools because of the funding formulae.

Just today, the World Economic Forum published figures to show how stress severely affects our University Students, which means the format of education needs to change, to become more user friendly rather than production belt style.

Raine’s provides that friendly but high quality education, that is of excellent quality.  Universities must follow a model that produces happy students.

 

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The 2013 Honours List

I am just not getting excited about the Honours List any longer. It is the result of a boring and irrelevant process to give those that attract a lot of public attention a Queen’s Honour. People like the creator of Moshi Monsters or actresses.

Whilst there are fire crews and ambulances, together with volunteers battle to save and help flood victims here in the UK, the entertainment industry gets top honours. The Queen is a batty old lady, who is totally removed from reality.

What should be honoured are attempts to ease the suffering from freak weather conditions and to help the planet.

Yet a record number of women got honoured at a time when there is little compassion for the poor and needy. My theory is that single career women have little sympathy for those in need. Just at the moment little workers are the most repressed. Police workers are on strike so are other public service workers. It would have been good if at least one of those honoured would have refused the gong in favour of those who work hard and never get anything, but that didn’t happen this year.

But that just shows how corrupt current society is in Britain, those at the top are very much aligned with the government, that created 100 new peers, raised the Queen’s allowance, raised the MP allowances, whilst the rest is stuck on the minimum wage or gets below inflation rises.

28 Jan 2014, just to complement this story of Royal malaise, it has been reported that the Queen is unable to control her finances and down to 1 Million in reserves, holds lots of parties but cannot repair her estates and palaces.

Royalty is thicker than gas

I can smell a total royal knees up in the matter of the sour gas contract being awarded to Shell rather than Total. The Royal connections of the Dutch to the Royal House of Abu Dhabi could be playing a role and explain why the French republic got left out in the cold.

Just as I gotten myself a new gas cooker, I can now rest assured that there will actually be the gas to cook my dinners.

What worries me slightly with all excavations, whether gas or oil is what it does to the earth’s crust when those layers of material are sucked out of the earth and a vacant space is created underneath. Seeing that the earth’s core is ca. 6000 C, about as hot as the sun, we can do with any bit of bolster to shield us from the heat. Surprisingly little is written about this subject but I can imagine that in generations to come they may regret that this material has been extracted for some reason or other.

That just reminds me to ask myself why we have heard so much about various gas explosions in all types of countries, even as far away as Prague

Normally we rarely hear about gas explosion and now suddenly they seem to turn up everywhere? Are we being told the truth or had the media only just started to tell us about gas explosions that happen all the time?

I would urge anyone who smells any gas, to call 999 immediately.

OBE not worth the paper it is written on

They come thick and fast, the revelations of sex offenders that received an OBE or higher from her Majesty. The most prominent weirdo was Jimmy Saville.  Now the latest case of a music teacher who admittedly resigned his post in 1994 over inappropriate sexual relations with a pupil and then got the OBE in 1995, shows that the Queen doesn’t give a damn about the morals of her subjects and anybody can get one of those gongs if they please her Majesty.

Michael and Hilary Brewer, a married couple gotten both found guilty of assaulting a victim who killed herself since giving evidence.

I have absolutely no respect for a monarch who loves pomp and circumstances but shows little consideration over whom she honours. I have more respect for people who refuse the gong rather than those who accepted it.

The Queen practically supports the cavaliers attitude towards sexually improper behaviour if she keeps on giving gongs to anybody without checking their social aptitude and general conduct in all areas of life.

It’s the principle that counts

Often we hear that persons who are psychopaths  are always finding it easy to exploit repetition in institutions to their advantage. Indeed many great institutions fell victim to habitual offending of some sort, stretching from the Catholic church to the BBC.

All institutions are ruled by principles and that is right that this is so. The whole earth follows a principle of its very own existence and we cannot escape that.

I looked at various ways where people tried to escape principles because those principles didn’t suit their own egoistic needs.

Religion is one. Just spent years researching the effects of churches on people and how it came that the Lutheran church broke away from the Catholic church and this then led the Church of England to be founded.

Looking at Luther he was most likely somebody who could not follow the demands of no sex within the church and looked for ways to justify his relationship with a nun, whom he loved. Again in the case of Henry VIII sexual problems, here to produce a son, led to a whole lot of unfortunate brutalities to justify the personal needs of one powerful person.

On that point of principle I am currently astounded to find that the current UK government applies the same principles to each ministry under their wing and in some it works and in some it doesn’t. Obviously Justice under Mr Grayling has adapted a great attitude by saying that prisons should never encourage an alternative lifestyle, whilst the principle of economic viability obviously doesn’t work in the employment tactics that Iain Duncan Smith wants to develop.

We can see that any institution contains various individuals of different opinions but those institutions are trying to house all of them within one principle.

Luther questioned the divinity of the Pope, saying that the Pope was of human origin and not Godly, yet the whole church started to exist because of God’s initiating it.

What is however quite important is the fact that Luther was a peaceful man who was just interested in getting his own personal relationship justified, after he gotten himself ex-communicated. But in the case of Henry VIII he took the opportunity to start a murderous regime and used his own desires to kill a lot of people, mainly Catholics in the process. Yet our monarch today happily continuous the heritage left since Henry VIII. Only change so far that now the British monarch is allowed to marry a Catholic.

What I think is the main sticking point is the inability of institutions to vary rules so that individual needs can be accommodated.

Basically it is a good principle to rule out sex because personal desires themselves are just often self-indulgent. I gotten horrified when I found out about the child marriages of underdeveloped regions for example where girls as little as 6 years old are sold to rich old men and that the elders of such region sanctify such marriages even if they are against civil law.

At a time in early Christianity when Catholic clergy were allowed to engage in sex they exploited their positions and pressurised locals and used them for personal pleasures, then the rules changed and they had to make a promise to celibacy.

I think it is great that the Catholic church beliefs that no sex is a good basis on which to start out but not all people who are in that church really do want to live that way. Yet as an institution the church is a save heaven for many and a way of life, which recently gotten less easy because many nuns and priests nowadays have to take on jobs because the church cannot support them any longer.

Perhaps it would be better for the Catholic church to introduce tiers of membership whereby those who really want to live without sex make up the upper tier and those who wish to live worldly get less senior roles. I think it is very important that there are religious leaders in the Catholic church that counter-balance our sex crazed world because it is important. In fact I think people should start off thinking that sex is not important and that would help to reduce over-population and reduce reproduction to those who really feel responsible enough to create another human being.

But we should not either forbid or glorify human reproduction.

But to say that all have to live under the same principle is a bad way of trying to organise human life. It is that principle that makes governments decide on stupid rules like gay marriage because we all have to be equal in every aspect of life, which is in itself completely unachievable.

Organisations that live according to strict principles are easy to manipulate by those wanting to do wrong.  We have got to get away from this equalitarien thinking and allow variation of principles to suit people’s needs.

It is the one big qualitative difference between civilised Christianity and uncivilised primitive cultures that girls are not exploited for the pleasure of old men. In this context again I wish to emphasize what I said before that primitive cultures prevalent in Islam, that prosper in economically underdeveloped areas very well, couch a culture that allows the exploitation of young girls and the Taleban are the ultimate tip of that iceberg. Islam itself also centres its religious ceremony around the movements of the moon. Christianity is more in tune with the wider planetary system and follows the sun, which is quite significant.  It is obvious that God who made the earth, made the sun to give us life and the moon is merely a planet that travels around the earth to regulate the water content of this planet.

Obviously for more primitive people it is easier to follow a religious ritual that is based around the movements of the moon as the moon is easy to see in the sky. Christianity is more difficult to understand as it is based around the whole planetary system, as God made the whole universe and not just the moon.

I find it quite disturbing that the biggest misfit of recent times in Britain, by the name of Cameron now wants to host peace talks between Pakistan and Afghanistan, which are two regions of the world, which are heavily practising abuse of young girls. Yet Cameron makes not secret of his hate of the EU and tried to get out of this as early as possible. The EU is a civilised region of this world with clearly defined laws that put age limits on girls engaging in relationships. Cameron should enforce civilised laws on these nations and not host talks with them in this nation whilst nasty things are going on there because Elders still rule the provinces and not those politicians that come to see Cameron.

He is a strange man that David Cameron and if the Conservative Party can produce something like that, then perhaps they are not worthy of our trust. I think the whole Monarchy is being put into disrepute and should consider abdicating and allow Britain to re-organise. The Queen openly declared her full support of Cameron when she recently sat in on a Cabinet meeting.

Cameron should nurture his relationships with other civilised nations and not throw those friendships away in favour of meddling with more primitive cultures as primary political partners.

I think as a country Britain has a lot to win but also a lot to loose.  Even the US criticises Cameron on his stance on Europe.

The anti-social government

What this government does now is positively anti-social in terms of the bigger picture. Mr Osborne has been warned by the IMF and other heads of financial services that they have to stop this strict austerity but Mr Osborne defends his plan to continue to scale down.

This is at the expense of our children’s education, as I previously blogged and also our economy continues to shrink. I think this government suffers from Conservative Autism.They just want to do their own thing in their own order and if it disrupts others around them, it doesn’t matter as long as it is done the Conservative, or should I say Cameron way.

David Cameron looks more and more like Henry VIII; he has steadily put on weight, despite one of his colleagues recently proclaiming that only people from poor working class backgrounds are obese nowadays. Incidentally Cameron and Clegg seem to put on weight at exactly the same rate. Perhaps they spend many hours having dinners to discuss their discrepancies and the stress of it all makes them eat more.

But surely now Osborne, Cameron and co. are now the only ones in the village that think the way they do; even fellow Conservative old-timers have stood up to speak out on the disaster.

I wonder whether Cameron wants to break up the EU by withdrawing economic activity of the UK because that will severely affect the other nations around us because our lack of consumer spending power will reduce the amount of goods we can import from our neighbours. Our economy has shrunk.

I think it has gone beyond the joke and Cameron’s desperate attempts to save Royal Britain from the European Republic simply puts the Queen and the monarchy in a very bad light indeed and does more damage than good.

Hessie to the rescue

I think sensible old-timers (no offence meant) like Lord Heseltine are the type of Tories that the electorate cast their vote for at the last election. They voted for the good memories and the times of the successful Tories and not today’s moaners who have nothing to do but to blame Labour for new policies that nobody likes.

Incidentally the Queen has to have a government that has popularity, but is that still the case that this government is popular?

The proposed inward policies are only able to isolate the UK away from whatever is going on in the world and drive investment away, as Lord Heseltine so rightly remarked. Is Cameron still viable as Prime Minister as almost everybody who is somebody and respected in some way, opposes his new inventions.

The policy on gay marriage is opposed not only by church of England ministers but also now by the Catholic church.

This blog could also be titled Division, division, division because that is the most likely outcome of anything this government does. They are proud to continue to make unpopular decisions. But is that the purpose of a successful government. Others continue to make unpopular decisions like Assad in Syria for example. Do we now put ourselves on the same level as other dictatorships?

Changes, changes, changes is the next title that could apply because all we get is changes. The flat rate pension is the next, a bit similar to the flat rate tax rate in Russia. Funnily I mentioned it in an earlier blog that this government implies similar policies than they already exist in Russia today.

Northern Ireland is the latest casualties of new inventions where even those loyal attack the police force that is supposed to protect their country allegiances.  This government is upsetting too many people all at the same time. No, there is no excuse for crimes but the fact that old-timers like Lord Heseltine are trying to make sense of a party that has become non-sensical is about the only silver-lining we are going to get today.

The fact that Clegg wants to stand for re-election is about the same bizarre as Berlusconi who also vows to stand again.

 

The naked prince of Las Vegas

Obviously the person who took those pictures must be familiar to Prince Harry, as I do not suppose that this nakedness happened in a crowded room full of people but it rather looks like an intimate little party to me. The pictures have been carefully selected to cover up the lady but show the prince in a relatively modest pose. I am sure there are much more naughty snaps.

Is public nakedness now in fashion? The judge dealing with the naked rambler doesn’t think so and kept him behind bars, under lock and key pending a psychiatric assessment. Stephen Gough now has an argument in that it has become acceptable to show yourself of naked in public in one form or another whether on the street like he does or in pictorial form like Prince Harry does.

Of course the Sun is desperate to sell papers, in the light of plenty of free reading material laying around like Metro and Evening Standard.

The fight for the reader’s money bring papers to more risk taking and we are confronted with increasing nakedness and private stuff. Thanks for sparing us toilet pictures and the like.

I do not want to compare Prince Harry with Stephen Gough, I want to compare our society with Stephen Gough. We want to see naked bodies, Stephen shows it and we can’t wait to see more.

Of course good old Mary Whitehouse knew that this would happen and she was booed on many occasions for trying to prevent the obvious. Ever since nuns threw away their veils society has become more hungry for the flesh.

The probably ensuing legal case between the Palace and News International might help to define the meaning of privacy or what we really need to see as the public these days. But then the old Greeks had no problem with the naked torso; ;look at the beautiful statues.

The fantasy that ensues the onlookers mind is their problem isn’t it? Obviously not every person gets the same emotional reactions when they look at naked flesh surely it is very much an individual’s thing.

The darker side of the Jubilee

John Prescott urges enquiries into the treatment of volunteers for the Jubilee celebrations who  apparently had to sleep in the street and had no access to toilet facilities during 14 hours of volunteering. Some were paid the £2.60 minimum wage whilst others refused it to keep on getting benefits.

I personally thought some of the performers at the Royal concert sounded rather coarse in the voice and it was all a bit geriatric. Great musicians they are without a doubt but they used to sound much better years ago. But the miss-management of the proceedings should not be blamed on the monarchy but rather on those who are in charge of organising the events.

As I mentioned in the previous post I thought it atrocious that the elderly Royal couple had to stand for a prolonged period of time in the relatively cold and wet and windy weather. We would not expect our pensioners to endure such conditions under normal circumstances. The outside temperatures were not above 12 degrees. Then of course the ‘work program’ again that drafted in workers without proper facilities. Obviously the Queen herself is an amazingly fit and healthy person for her age with lots of endurance but that is unfortunately not so across the board, not all pensioners are that healthy and fit though they live generally longer.

I am in a way quite glad that John Prescott took up the blight of the unpaid volunteers because previously the Labour Party and Unions usually only trumpet out for the contributors to the party and as such unpaid volunteers usually have not enough money to pay to political parties and/or unions. They are kept in such poverty that they cannot pay for any type of support and that is also of great concern. Whilst employed workers usually enjoy plenty of support the volunteers are kept in a dismal state of neglect normally.

Listening to the broadcasts to include our own party, it was easy to get drawn in, into the widely enthusiastic hysteria that was edged on by mass enjoyment but there were many critical points to these celebrations that were badly thought through.

I could not blame the Queen for that but the masses and masses of back-room organisers who were in charge of putting it all together.

Of course communities did enjoy parties across the country and we got the money to do so but in our own case I made sure we had plenty of well trained volunteers and they were all kept save and dry indoors. I would not have wanted any of our pensioners or volunteers having to work in the wet rainy weather.

As the organisers no doubt knew about the British weather, they should have calculated for that and the Queen and her husband should have been spared the ordeal of the hours standing in the wet and cold weather outside and the stewards should have been given access to shelter and toilet facilities.

At least at the forthcoming Olympics the volunteers are properly looked after. They get a free uniform, a travel pass and free food. But the thought of Sir Paul McCartney closing the opening ceremony? Well I did not hear him sing at the Queen’s Jubilee but if his voice is anything as coarse as that of Elton John, then I don’t know whether we should allow some of our younger people to take over and do something fresh. It was however wonderfully done to open the Royal concert with musicians from the Royal band merged with Robbie Williams who sounded at his best. Unfortunately that was much too short and the bear skins clad players went off the stage too soon.

During the BBC London radio broadcast the word cake was mentioned again and again and that reminded me a bit of the French situation where the Queen recommended cake when people could not afford bread. At our party I spend hours making sandwiches with butter and they were very popular and sold out quite quick.

I think the foreign observers throughout the world will have a good sense of what is a show put on at any expense and what is a caring and well thought through public event.

The UK, the uncaring nation

I must say, I am thoroughly disgusted and it is literally keeping me awake tonight, that the UK felt fit to put their elderly monarch, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband through the ordeal of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations the way they did.

The Duke ended up in hospital with a bladder infection, that is the official version, and that could, in my view, have been avoided.

I would not have put our own pensioners through the ordeal of having to spend half hour outside in the cold on Jubilee day but our Queen had to endure 90 minutes standing in the open air when the temperature was forecast for only 12 degrees with wet and windy weather. The Duke is 90 years of age.

Some people wouldn’t force their dogs to go for a walk on a day like that but we expect our elderly Queen and royals to spend hours outside in the cold and rainy weather. Even under an umbrella, I thought it was too cold for a pensioner to spend prolonged periods of time outside, that is why I moved our own street party indoors into our community centre.

It is unbelievable that the organisers of the Diamond Jubilee did not have a plan B for a cold and rainy weather. That was more than inflexible and I think unworthy organisation for our great nation. Of course the flotilla itself was very impressive but we should have shown more care for our elderly royals and should not have forced them outside for hours in that weather.

There should have been a plan B and an indoor celebration should have been available for bad weather. Shame on the organisers of the Queen’s official Jubilee celebrations.

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