Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Arc of Prosperity


On thing you never accuse Nick Clegg of is having a grip on reality. Looking to retrieve his woefully stupid decision to debate with Nigel Farage on an issue he had no hope whatsoever of winning, he now seem to think that the country is doing rather well, prosperity wise...

In order to raise his public profile, Mr Clegg announced this week that he wants to build three new 'garden citied' in what he describes as 'the arc of prosperity'. So what is he talking about?

Well, he's published a prospectus which he describes as a “call to arms” for a new generation of garden cities. He will say that the new garden cities, which will each have at least 15,000 new homes, will end the “resentment” caused by decades of “ad-hoc urban sprawl” and provide a solution to the “chronic” housing shortfall.

This is, of course, LibDem policy and will appear in their manifesto. It's not government policy and, frankly, it's another one of those golden LibDem moments when they promise the Earth knowing they will never have to deliver because they'll never get elected. Oh, hang on tho' - look what happened last time round. Best be careful, Nick!

Mr Clegg apparently thinks that he can halt urban sprawl ruining the green belt by - er - sticking some urban sprawl in the green belt. He reckons this will end decades of resentment by building it in the south east between Cambridge and Oxford - the aforementioned 'arc'.  Presumably this not upset the people in the south by concreting over the landscape and will not upset the people up north by not investing up there. Good plan, Nick.

Anyway, what is a 'garden city'? The picture above is Welwyn Garden City. I tried to think of another example and failed. It seems to be a concept thought up to persuade people that you could have nicely designed places to live interspersed with big open green areas like parks and tree lined avenues. Sounds idyllic, doesn't it?

Have you been to Welwyn?... 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Should schools be secular?


There's been a bit of a hoo-hah this week over reports that Islamic extremists are targetting between 15 and 25 schools (depending which paper you read) to teach children extreme Islamic views.

I do find it hard to believe that in the 21st century girls are being forced to sit at the back of the class because they're less important than boys and that Christmas is being pushed to the back burner by muslim head teachers. Seems, however, that that is what has been happening.

There appears to have been what is described as a 'leaked letter' which alleges, amongst other things, the "takeover of governing bodies by fundamentalist Islamists, harassment of non-Muslim headteachers, female staff being bullied and gender segregation in lessons." Michael Gove has now stepped into the affray.

Normally I don't have a lot of time for Gove, but on this occasion he is right to say that emphasis on religion to this extreme is getting in the way of childrens' education and development. I do wonder, however, why we're not seeing the same sort of headlines in relation to, for example, Catholic Schools. Let's face it, some convent schools can be pretty bloody religiously intense too!

I did also hear that there was a row going on over a school in Birmingham that spent £70,000 of it's budget on loudspeakers to call all the little muslims to prayer. Have you ever been into a chapel at a Catholic faith school? Nobody seems to raise a fuss about the money spent on those.

The answer to this is, of course, very simple indeed. We follow the example of the French who seem to believe that religion has no place in schools and that if parents want their children to have a religious education then it is best done in the home. They have a point.

When I was at school, RE was a compulsory part of the curriculum. At least we got rid of that. My daughter, on the other hand, was taught comparative religion which was, at least, a step in the right direction and did give her an insight into different peoples' belief systems.

But I'm with the French on this one. Get rid of it all. No discrimination. Dump the lot. It's an outdated concept based on superstition that has no place in the 21st century.

Of course, if we did that then we'd have to find another reason to kill each other...

Monday, 14 April 2014

Miliband drops a bollock


Now I think my regular reader will have realised by now that I am no lover of the Labour Party. They fucked our country once already this century and given the chance, Miliband and Balls will do it all over again.

Imagine, therefore, how sick I felt at Miliband's photo opportunity visit to Israel in an attempt to grab the jewish vote. "I want to be Britain's first Jewish Prime Minister" he patronisingly crows.

Well, I'm frankly surprised that the Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition has never heard of Benjamin Disraeli, twice prime minister in the 19th century, who was born into a British Jewish family in 1804.

Disraeli once told an opponent in the Commons “I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the right honourable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon.”

No pun intended, but it sounds pretty clear cut to me, Ed...

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Muslim stupidity


Everyone seems to be wondering why Muslim terrorists are so quick to commit suicide.

Lets have a look at the evidence:

- No Christmas
- No television
- No nude women
- No football
- No pork chops
- No hot dogs
- No burgers
- No beer
- No bacon
- Rags for clothes
- Towels for hats
- Constant wailing from some idiot in a tower
- More than one wife
- More than one mother in law
- You can't shave
- Your wife can't shave
- You can't wash off the smell of donkey
- You cook over burning camel shit
- Your wife is picked by someone else for you
- and your wife smells worse than your donkey

Then they tell you that "when you die, it all gets better"??
Well no shit Sherlock!....

It's not like it could get much worse

THE MUSLIMS ARE NOT HAPPY!

They're not happy in Gaza ...
They're not happy in Egypt ...
They're not happy in Libya ...
They're not happy in Morocco ...
They're not happy in Iran ...
They're not happy in Iraq ...
They're not happy in Yemen ...
They're not happy in Afghanistan ...
They're not happy in Pakistan ...
They're not happy in Syria ...
They're not happy in Lebanon ...

SO, WHERE ARE THEY HAPPY?

They're happy in Australia ..
They're happy in Canada .....
They're happy in England ....
They're happy in France ......
They're happy in Italy ...
They're happy in Germany ......
They're happy in Sweden ...
They're happy in the USA ......
They're happy in Norway ...
They're happy in Holland .....
They're happy in Denmark ..

Basically, they're happy in every country that is not Muslim and unhappy in every country that is!

AND WHO DO THEY BLAME?

Not Islam.
Not their leadership.
Not themselves.

THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!

AND THEN they want to change those countries to be like....
THE COUNTRY THEY CAME FROM WHERE THEY WERE UNHAPPY!

Excuse me, but I can't help wondering...

How damn dumb can you get?



Saturday, 12 April 2014

Maria Miller


I was going to do something similar on this thieving bitch, but frankly would be pressed to improve on this excellent bit of photoshopping from Max Farquar.

Nice one Max...

Anna Raccoon did a nice comment on her too.