self-reliance

Just came across this story of Barbados wanting to remove the Queen as Head of State by 2021.

So I’m thinking, hm Island, where is it, ah, in the middle of the ocean off South America in the Atlantic.

Then I start to calculate how long it will take this wonderful Island – if not to perish but significantly decrease in size through rising ocean levels because we do have a thing called earth warming.

An island that is surrounded by water, which is likely to rise, is probably better off with a great connection to a nation with lots of land like Britain and the Commonwealth has many opportunities for small island based nations.

I think Britain has come on in leaps and bounds to do with shaking off the past attitudes of conquerors and colonial slavery past. Even our local schools have renamed themselves to shake it off.

Well, good luck to all those who live there.

turning up noses at poor white children

I have to put the distinction of colour into this post as traditionally Christian children were white and that explains the term of working class and under-achieving white boys.

Perhaps the latest round of austerity helped to increase that problem with under-funding of schools and policies that drive poor people out of cities; that led to an emptying of working class families from Tower Hamlets.

Whilst at the same time there is an influx of immigrants from coloured back-grounds, which are mainly of the Muslim religion, the problems encountered through that, make a Church of England Secondary school in Tower Hamlets the victim of council cuts in education provision.

Whilst Raine’s accepts pupils from all backgrounds, religions and creeds, many pull up their nose on the C.o.E. school and prefer to achieve in the newer, less historic schools of the borough.

If we add into that equation, the deep hate against the monarchy, a weak Church of England school seems the perfect victim to cull that extra bit of establishment in the borough.

Fair enough, you don’t like the monarchy, but why let it out on vulnerable children?

Whilst councillors vehemently deny this and sway popular argument against the school, the governor minutes from Raine’s Foundation school show clearly that at one point, they had almost the whole swathe of pupils under child protection in the school.

Repeatedly the councillors try to deny that the proportion of pupils on child protection could not have been as high as stated, yet the minutes of the governors board dated 21. September 2017 clearly states that the cases of children with short-term child protection issues had gone up to 32% and that 210 children had CP issues. A fact firmly denied by Councillor Hassell.

Tower Hamlets council says the achievements of the school are not high enough, yet the school followed the legacy of their founder, Henry Raine’s, to educate the poor of the borough. Whilst a lot of schools just expel and put out of the way into special provision and often into the hands of criminal gangs, Raine’s actually educated those kids.

What Tower Hamlets wants to see is excellence in education – that is a good aim – and get rid of those nasty pockets of under-achievement. Moving families out of the borough is one way of achieving this; yet it is just a momentary whitewash.

But Christine McInnes’ attempt to appear to have ulturistic concerns for education in the borough is politically tainted.

It would be cheaper in monetary terms, for tax payers, to save the school. Already £17 Million have been poured into the new and refurbished buildings and it would be more than feasable to reduce the intake of other schools and channel pupils to Raine’s rather than close Raine’s and throw the pupils and staff into the wind.

Raine’s Sixth form is superior compared to Oaklands, yet Tower Hamlets sent Raine’s Sixth formers into Oaklands, who cannot continue their chosen curriculum. It is clearly discriminating what is happening here.

Clearly the school has educated many children well enough to send them to university. Yet councillors simply never mentioned the positive achievements of the school.

It appears they hate the monarchy so much that they want to show-case a Church of England school as sheer failure to have a good reason to dimish the hated part of the monarchy, that comes in the shape of the Church of England and victimise a school full of followers.

You may believe in God or not, you may like the monarchy or not, but why let it out on a bunch of children. The school has provided an immeasurable amount of support to the poor of the borough and prevented a lot of kids falling into the wrong hands and did a lot of good.

It would have been fair if Christine McInnes and Councillor Hassell at least would have found the charity to mention the many kids who went onto A-levels and university but they could not bring themselves to do so. Shame on them.

Obviously the school had building work going on for about two years. An extra building was added whilst the old part was re-furbished. In that time, the intake had to be reduced. Yet the council takes this intake reduction as a reason to declare that the school is no longer popular and parents do not want the school.

TH-school-map-criteria

Raine’s school is located at the most northern part you can see on this map. Away from the underground network, in a green and leafy area near Victoria Park

The north of the borough is a bit of waste-land with little service provision. Our local schools are just about the only services available here. The area is near Victoria Park.

The council now has increased admissions for Oaklands on 26. Feb 2020, the only other near school, by 60, before even the last appeal procedure against the closure of Raine’s has completed, deadline was 28. Feb 2020.

They just added one word proposed closure, whilst the closure process was started 2 years agao already. The council wants to force the poor white children out of their comfort zone and force them to mix with the newer immigrants in the setting they prefer rather than the other way around.

You can see the new borders of admission preference areas this council has created to parcel local pupils and bunch them into certain schools into areas, that have been drawn up for reasons unknown. Look at the area borders and you wonder what’s wrong with this council.

As you can see from the map, north-east is nothing but park, the area borders onto Hackney and Tower Hamlets council expects local Hackney schools to accept some over-spill from the closure of Raine’s because it can’t afford to keep the school open. Yet the council is well able to keep on running the annual fireworks display, free of charge, in Victoria Park, which is mainly visited by Hackney residents, usually a total of 75.000 spectators. Not even the Mayor of London puts on free fireworks on New Year’s eve any longer, they charge for those now, and ticket the event. Yet the Mayor of Tower Hamlets feels fit to put on free fireworks displays but shuts down schools to save money.

Emily Thornbury

I was very impressed about what Emily had to say about the Royal Family and the Prince Harry and Megan situation.

She rightly said that Prince Harry has spent all his life for the country, served in Afghanistan and now must have the right to do what he thinks is right for his family and get protection from our nation for his family.

What I do not understand is that, whilst we have all these privacy laws for normal people, royals don’t seem to have the same rights.

As a member of a royal family the public practically owns you. Where is their right to privacy?

I think that this odd situation about being unable to enjoy freedom of movement like anybody else or privacy seems to make a case for not continuing royalty.

Why should a nation of people have the right to discuss the movements of a member of the royal family and why should a member of the royal family have to ask permission from the nation about whether they can move to Canada or not?

Everybody else has the right to emigrate or immigrate or engage in business arrangements of their own chosing.

It seems to me that the Royal family in Britain is now very much enslaved to the media and public opinion rather than having actually any decisive role in this country.

Not even the fact that they have a large property portfolio makes a case against this being a case of modern luxury slavery.

The pompeous

Enjoyed the opening of parliament today and the Queen’s speech, which mentioned 12 years of quality education for ‘girls’. Whilst at another occasion a judge ruled it is unlawful to ask whether a transgender person is male or female.

How would one know whether a person is trans-gender just by looking at them? I spoke to a neighbour, identifying as female and she said, nobody could ever find out she has ever been a man.

So I think the definition of gender needs some serious work.

Why did the Queen mention only girls’ education? Taking 18 as the ceiling it would enable girls to enjoy quality education from the age of 5. I would ask the Queen to guarantee a quality education for each person, rather than only for girls.

Otherwise I enjoyed the pomp and circumstance. I think dressing up into uniforms and looking pompeous stops people from being aggressive towards each other and preserves a dignified atmosphere.

I am a bit disappointed that the Speaker is not wearing a wig but look forward to a less aggressive and quick to throw arguments into people’s faces kind of speaker. Hoping the atmosphere in parliament is getting more settled and qualitative improved, the kind of discussion that validates the dressing up and equals quality of words with the quality of uniforms.

Just wondering whether the Queen would ratify every election result because if I look at some progressive countries like Holland, where they have legalised cannabis and where prosecutors of drug barons get shot in the street, I just wonder whether the Queen could refuse a government that bends the Church of England rules towards humanity for example and would refuse the Eutanasia ideas of Humanists and Animals Rights activists for example.

It’s good on her though that she still can deliver those speeches, with another becoming due at Christmas. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

Sitting London ducks

2019-election-results-pic_editedJust reading up on ‘what the Tory election win means for your money‘ and find it has little to do with the practicalities of current financial realities.

There are these red specks in seas of blue. London is like an out-landish Labour bastion amidst the blue rural regions.

It seems to be the land- and property owners elections. Yet the young people, who want to get a fair outlook on life, voted Labour, those people who cannot count on their land-ownership and have to look at University fees and interest to be paid on those.

2019-cartogram_editedIt doesn’t even bring much relief to think that the Living- or Minimum wage will rise and get allocated to younger people because the rents are too high and the housing costs and also commuting costs swallow up all earnings, making people reliant on food banks.

I personaly shouldn’t really complain, my pension is set to rise and I get free travel in London.

This election win, will mean little change to our current infrastructure. The same old class tensions will exist and probably be intensified through problems created in Scotland – who want to strive for Scottish independence and Northers Ireland, which is predicted to become part of the Irish nation within the next few decades.

Perhaps that is the reason why the visit of Boris Johnson to her Majesty the Queen took so long because is there really any way to explain to the Royals that the age of discontent has really only begun, rather than healed off?

Obviously – in terms of Brexit – the Brexitiers have won for England and Wales. Perhaps that will shape the future of the United Kingdom, in that it divides the nation and split off Scotland and Ireland from the Union.

Boris Johnson’s bariton voice can of course soothe emotional alarms instantly but rationally and analytically looking at this mess will simple not heal anything.

Those who are fobbed off by Boris Johnson’s calming effect really miss out on the reality of the situation.

Yes, the election results will calm foreign investors, will ensure that business knows how to prepare for the next few years but very little is resolved in terms of infrastructure and the one-nation agenda.

 

The American conundrum

It is absolutely terrible that the current problems with

  • Prince Andrew’s alleged association with convicted American Epstein
  • The Dunn family and the American Anne Sacoolas

could be compared.

I don’t want to get into the like-for-like comparison because there is so much human suffering through wrong-doing involved.

But I can’t help noticing how Prince Andrew is being urged to volunteer his evidence to the American investigators, from the highest level whilst Anne Sacoolas has the support of Dominic Raab to stay where she is and not come to the UK for assisting the criminal investigation.

There seems to be no proper understanding on both sides of the Atlantic that both countries need to work together and volunteer for individuals involved in investigations to assist.

 

76% of Tory Brexiteers don’t care about Scots

Research by Lord Ashcroft, as published by The Times today confirms that 76% of all Conservatives who voted leave in the referendum do not care about Scotland and couldn’t care less whether they leave or stay within the British Union. they think Brexit is more important than the Union.

Wonder whether the Queen cares about the advice given by the Prime Minister about matters to do with proroguing parliament in the future?

 

love your neighbour

There is this Poker game going on, Europe says, there will be no deal possible and UK is likely to drop out without a deal and UK says, we’ll drop out without a deal anyway.

It’s just like children trying to impress each other, proposing strength that just aren’t there really.

So the EU has gotten Britain over a Barrell because of the Irish and Northern Ireland border.

I am trying to get to find out what the history of this is and how everything went to pot in these areas.

I know something about a potato famine, killing many Irish people because the UK took all those spuds away as exports. Yet being an immigrant without any relatives in Northern Ireland or Ireland, the facts are hazy for me. But looking this up on Wikipedia it seems the Irish Free State got established in 1922, not that long ago. In 1949 Ireland became a Republic.

Well it seems the British government needs to have a look into the relationship with the Home Nations because we constantly see squabbling over Scottish or Welsh independence. Perhaps the Queen wants to stand down and allow some fresh thoughts into the debate, as longest serving monarch, perhaps she also has the most troubles over her reign.

It is very important to firstly get on with your neighbours and always keep friendly with them because if circumstances change and a country is under International law and regulations, then there is nothing that can be done.

Britain cannot blame the EU for applying international law to the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, to ask them to do so, would be completely crazy. Unless of course the UK has gotten a secret argument and asks the EU to join a British deal with Britain being in charge. Yet that would jeopardise all other arrangements the EU would have with other nations.

Whilst Boris says Britain can save 1 Billion per month, the Insititute for Fiscal Studies says it would cost business 1 1/4 Billion to deal with administrative and other changes.

A no-deal Brexit would push the borrowing requirements for the UK to a 50-year high. So where is the rational basis for wanting out of the EU?

 

In the interest of national unity

Today’s unanimous judgement of the Supreme Court will strengthen national unity and is good for Britain’s future.

Had the Supreme Court found against the appeal of Gina Millar and quashed the Scottish ruling, then the rift between Britain’s regions would have deepened considerably.

MP’s are calling for a Unity Government whilst Boris Johnson is at the UN Climate Summit and has endless calls to resign. Boris said he would not resign. But if even Nigel Farage asks for the sacking of Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s adviser, then things are getting really serious for the government.

Boris behaved like a tinpot dictator and probably could get into the history books as the shortest serving Prime Minister ever.

The Supreme Court quashed the prorogation as if it had never happened. So all laws, which were in preparation do not have to be done again.

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.

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