Tv – misleadingly disturbing

Like so many of us, I spent a lot of time watching TV during lock-down and I am pretty terrified.

The days when TV programs acted as good role models seem to be truly over.

When the whole nation bemoans the steep rise in domestic violence, Eastenders comes up with Gray, the wife murdering solicitor , who seems to get away with his crime, the crime family boss Phil now has a serious contender in the Asian female boss, helping her son who murdered someone else’s child. The whole purpose of Eastenders seems to be, is showing the nation how easy it is to get away with crime.

But the BBC doesn’t stop there misleading the nation. The latest instalment of Inspector Montalbano portraits it as somehow OK if a man shoots his seriously learning disabled brother in the head after blindfolding him as a game. Quit alarming that this sense of Italian justice seems to get condoned.

Whilst the Swedish female sex made detective SAGA demands intercourse or she won’t mix with male colleagues.

Surely freedom of expression has come a long way to get away from wanting to display good examples.

Let’s not say that historical moral values of heterosexual matrimony like we see it in Lewis or Midsomer Murders are even valued in today’s moral climate, Grandchester sees to that. What is important is that TV programs should have an easy to understand message of what is wrong and right , at least in law but that is no longer the case.

It must be very difficult for young people these days to find role models from the media.

It’s shocking that we have to pay a license for TV when the content is not what we can choose.

The family man

Phil Mitchell from East Enders is a proper family man. I just wonder whether there is a psychological mechanism that compels people wanting to be in control of blood related people.

It would frighten me if someone came up to me, saying we are related and that we have to be friends.

I think a connection between people has more to do with common cause.

A lot of crime gets committed in the name of family. More people get murdered by someone they know than by a stranger. Strong emotional bonds seem a recipe for disaster.

Family members covering for each other, providing alibis or planting evidence against others whom they find repulsive for purely emotional reasons.

As a mum or dad you do not have a life-long obligation to your kids. If you have a good relationship fine but if you drift apart, have little to say to each other, then you are not obliged to be there to supply gifts for birthdays or Christmas for the rest of your days.

Catholic church commits to poverty

It is very good indeed to hear the out-spoken comments of an English cardinal against the current benefit policies of the UK government. I find that the Church of England only organises soup kitchens and food banks to help the government with their policies but the Catholic church attacks the policies, which is very good indeed.

Duggan conclusion misrepresented

Today a jury decided that Duggan was killed lawfully by police. I listened to the original BBC broadcast. It appears that the jury had to decide how the nearby gun, wrapped in a sock came to be over a fence and the jury decided that Duggan had thrown that gun away prior to the police having stopped the car.

However AlJazeera now reports that the jury decided that Duggan did not have a gun. I think that the finding of the jury did not conclude that Duggan didn’t have a gun but that the gun found nearby was thrown before the police stopped.

That does not mean that Duggan could not have had another gun in the car. It would be important to know how the actual stopping procedure went and if he was asked to surrender prior to being shot or how he behaved and what actually happened. We get so many bits and pieces from the press its not conclusive for me as reader.

In the meantime Sir Hogan-Howe has promised that weapons police officers will wear cameras in future to learn from this event.

Safety is still in the eyes of the beholder. An officer just has to feel that his life is threatened to be able to aim a gun. All a camera has to proof that the subject made a movement that could be interpreted as preparing to shoot at the officer. I don’t think that in the Duggan case a camera would have made any difference.

In this BBC article on 12/1/14 it says now the jury said Duggan wasn’t holding a gun when shot by police.

UK still very low ranked in the eduction league tables

It is no wonder that the UK does so badly. As an immigrant from Germany I struggle daily with English attitudes to almost everything. I just live along and get on but just educating my child is hard at times; though the school has now improved and provides better for gifted and talented pupils. Hopefully that will carry on in Secondary School.

No wonder my learning disabled daughter likes it so much in Wales, as Wales is the lowest performing part of the UK, when the UK’s best performing part is Scotland.

I am stuck here in London, considering going to Germany as their schools are doing better. See tables.

Try out your skills you can take the PISA test here.

Equality impossible

It is good to see that we are not the same after all, despite the government trying to force through the annihilation of the genders. Female RAF recruits won a substantive payout to compensate them for march damage.

Women had to carry the same weight as men and walk in the same leg stride of 30 inches, the same as 6 foot high men. Now female soldiers are no longer required to have leg strides longer than 27 inches. One female recruit then suffered 4 pelvic fractures and was medically discharged. Read the full story.

Another letter

My local MP Rushanara Ali is now again writing to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) about why I am not getting my Jobseekers Allowance.

It seems that I get a record number of letters to government departments on my behalf. Since I can remember and since I reside in the UK, always government departments have slouched over my claims for benefits.

It does not seem to matter which political party is in government but I always had problems getting essential support to live on.

Germany was much easier for me in that I always got jobs quite quickly and easily. But here in the UK, I not only find it impossible to get work but also living allowances, especially from the DWP are very hard to get for me.

I seem to be able to narrow the problem down to that department as that is chronic that problem with these workers there.


A roof over your head

Have you noticed how the sale of tents has become more popular, that people with monkey like feet are likely to start climbing and living in trees again?

A Spanish Mayor has declared that all those who live in his town since 2 years have a right to a home. So far so good. That is not different from our own region. Even here in London, people who live here have a right to a roof over their heads. People are even housed in luxurious hotels at an astonishing cost per night to fulfil the right to a home obligation.

It seems that just the methods are different between the London and Marinaleda town.

In Marinaleda the Mayor Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo says “A home should be a right and not a business”. Here in London the right to a home is coupled with the right of making a business out of home provision.

In the Spanish town individual residents are given actual land and bricks and expertise to build their own permanent house on permanent land, whilst here in London the homeless are given temporary accommodation that is making those who own it immense profits. It seems the Spanish solution simply costs the tax payer lots of money. The mayor there has gone so far as to repossess houses from banks who took them of those who failed to keep up with mortgage repayments.

The Secretary-General for Housing in Andalusia, Amanda Meyer, says thousands of families were “tricked” into taking out a mortgage and that their situation is now “hellish”. Of course many here in the Britain, the rest of Europe and anywhere in the world can feel this if they followed advise to purchase their own home and then lost their jobs. With an unemployment rate of 37% it is kind of quite obvious that not all those on the dole can be expected to purchase tents and populate the roads around towns.

Such rural solutions would not be thinkable here in London.Is there any multi-national company that offers to built homes for the homeless unemployed in Spain?

Bash your head against a wall

Lord Carey has a very good point when he refers to persecution of anti-gay sentiments. Stonewall of course condemns the church leader’s remarks.

But Stonewall does not quarrel with the latest government initiatives that systematically persecute ordinary, poor families who see their livelihoods withdrawn from them under the pretence of benefits reforms, which are supposedly beneficial but do nothing but force people into soup kitchens and food banks. Poor families were supported previously by generous welfare programs that gave their off-spring social housing and benefits that paid per child produced.

Lord Carey fears polygamy and sibling marriage, a tendency highly supported by overcrowding and poverty. Especially when poor people do not get any money, how are they supposed to progress into life. Would they not then be stipulated to shrivel into previously outlawed personal practises?

Unfortunately the systematic quashing of breeding instincts in the poor people of this country coincide with a drive to promote homosexuality, so Stonewall is just in the right place to allow those wanting to continue as they were to bash their heads against a wall.

Forgotten to say, of course the government pretends that there are lots of jobs around that people can do to better themselves to put the icing on the (illusive) cake.

Perhaps it is no coincidence either that latest scientific research is published that suggests that a proportion of humans have ape like feet, perhaps the thought springs to mind that those not able to find a home revert to more primitive ancestral habits?

I think our culture has reached a turning point.

Systemic negligence

I could not agree to the cost-cutting measures that the DWP currently uses to save money. Those measures lead only to systemic negligence of needy claimants like myself for example.  Whilst the Tax Payers Alliance argues that the levels of highly paid executives, with over £100.000, for example at Tower Hamlets council has been reduced to 10, the level of pay for executives seems to be the key to effective services.

Lower down employees don’t seem too keen to do their jobs if their bosses do not urge them too much.

TPA have easy arguing as their background is wealthy to say the least and they have money anyhow, so who can blame the Labour supporting councils, if they at least try to taste rich freedom for once?

I think the cause of too much executive pay has not been invented by Labour boroughs but by Capitalists who rake in the money, making others jealous.

At the Department for Work and Pensions it seems claims take now even longer to process. Previously some years ago, under the old regime, claims were dealt with in around 10 days, then that gotten longer and claims took around 5 weeks to settle.

Now in my own case I applied for Job seekers Allowance over 4 weeks ago and they have not even started to process my claim. I have just been told over the phone that a 2 week processing time-frame is only a guideline. The personal advisor told me 5 weeks ago that she would submit my personally signed claim for processing straight-away but she advised me to “look after yourself”. That obviously meant she had not intended to look after me in her job as DWP advisor.

Perhaps Iain Duncan-Smith takes all my previous posts about him very personal and now seeks to use revenge tactics and make my claim as slow as possible, or it is just that there is not enough staff to deal with all the claims for unemployment benefit. Whatever the reason it is totally unacceptable that people have to wait for over 6 weeks to get even a letter confirming their benefit entitlement, not to mention the money, the actual benefit.

I do not belief either the Tax Payer’s Alliance or the government’s speeches who want to achieve better services by saving money, the government actually makes the poor suffer more and saves money that way.

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