Saturday, 30 March 2013

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

            I think it is high time that this country put up public statues commemorating and acknowledging the achievements of two of our greatest wartime scientists, Bill Tutte and Tommy Flowers. Both worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War breaking the Nazi codes.  In fact there were hundreds of people who worked at Bletchley and no project is a single-handed achievement. I would be happy to see a statue in the middle of London to any of the people who worked at Bletchley, including the women who played a vital role and John Tiltman the chief cryptographer, who was in charge of all projects, but of those hundreds, Bill Tutte and Tommy Flowers stand out.
       In the later part of WW2, the Nazis shifted from using the Enigma code to using a far more fiendish one. They called it the Lorenz cipher and the Bletchley control nicknamed it Tunny, or the Fish. While the Enigma code machine had only three wheels, the Tunny machine had twelve, and had other random tricks built into it to make decoding so difficult that even a mathematician could hardly calculate all the possible combinations. The code changed with every letter of the same message. In the later part of the war, from 1943 onwards, Tunny was the code that the Germans depended on for their top-most secrets and attack plans. Cracking it meant the difference between success and failure.

      In the public mind there is only one scientist from Bletchley whose contribution is recognized and that is out of all proportion. Alan Turing is increasingly known as the code breaker who won the war and the father of the modern computer, but that belief is the result of schools and the media pushing history with a biassed agenda. To tell the truth Turing's work on Enigma was greatly helped by the lucky capture of an Enigma machine from a German U-boat.  Work on the Enigma code has started long before the war, and crptographers from all over Europe had done the ground work. Turing came from a fortunate background, being sent to public school and Oxford before he was recruited to Bletchley.

     Bill Tutte,  the principal mathematician who undertook the work on the fiendish Tunny, came from a humble background, being the son of a gardener and a cook, and he went to a grammar school. From there he won a scholarship to university where he studied chemistry. He was aged only 24 when he arrived at Bletchley. His feats of deduction and analysis were extraordinary and have been described as a "miracle". Because the sheer quantity of data to be processed was overwhelming, Max Newman suggested that they try to build a calculating machine along the lines suggested by Alan Turing. Turing was one of dozens of scientists who over a period of about a century contributed to the development of the modern computer, and he took no other part in the Tunny project. Turing's first machine did not work very well and the successful machine, "Colossus" was built by Tommy Flowers. He was a Post Office telephone engineer from a working-class background, who used electric circuits and valves. Because all this work was top secret, even after the war ended, neither of them could talk about what they had done or get credit for it. He and Bill Tutte are now belatedly getting some recognition as the "unsung heroes of IT".

         A recent petition on the internet suggested that the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square should be used for a statue of Alan Turing, yet there are already three statues of him. The Alan Turing Memorial in Sackville Park in Manchester was put there in 2001 at the expense of  the Alan Turing Memorial Fund. This fund was set up by a barrister who had decided Turing deserved a statue after seeing High Whitemore's play Breaking the Code. But that play gives only a very limited notion of what really went on at Bletchley Park. In 2004 a bronze statue of Turing was erected at the University of Surrey in Guildford and in 2007 a third statue, in slate, by Stephen Kettle, was placed in a prominent position at Bletchley Park itself. Surely that is enough?

      Some statues of the really great heroes of the secret war are long overdue and they should not be overlooked just because both of them were heterosexual.

Current exhibition about him at the Science Museum
Turing's machine voted best British  invention of 20th century

E-petition for a statue in the middle of London

Thursday, 28 March 2013

David Who?

      Does anybody remember who David Miliband was, I mean is? He was a Labour minister wasn't he, side-kick of Tony WMD Blair and he looked a bit like a chimpanzee. He still does. He was the foreign minister who signed the Lisbon Treaty handing over even more power from Britain to the EU mandarins and I would call that treason. He also did a series of dirty little things such as telling China that we have absolutely no interest in supporting the cause of Tibetan national sovereignty, because we need to borrow money from China and Tibetan monks haven't got any. Before he was foreign secretary, he was Education Minister and presided over a period of plummeting standards and complete breakdown of school order and discipline. In the Blair-Miliband era, teachers were not hired to impart knowledge but merely to exercise crowd control. Miliband repeatedly denied that standards were falling, when everybody knew that they were. He lied his head off.
      As an MP he has earned colossal amounts on the side from advisory or honorary position and spent a minimum of time in his constituency.
      Can anyone remember one distinguished thing he ever said or wrote, or one admirable thing he has done? I can't, yet somehow David was regarded by some as being the natural successor to Blair, just as slick, just as opportunistic and just as hollow. He was visibly shocked when beaten to the Labour leadership by his little brother who had smarmed up to the unions more successfully.
        Now he has followed in the footsteps of Blair by getting a job with an American charity which tries to mitigate some of the harm he and Blair did with their foreign policy. In this humanitarian role he can pose as a saintly benefactor while earning sums that enable him to go yachting with plutocrats. £240,000 p.a. will mean that he is richer than Ed and far away from the galling sight of his little brother leading the Labour party and maybe the country. Nobody seems to mind in America if money donated to a charity for the poverty-stricken is then used to pay the directors fat cat salaries. Mr Miliband's departure will be no loss to this country and I imagine it will be no gain either to the objects of his philanthropy or to America.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Fruitcakes Rally in London

Following on the government's decision to pass a bill abolishing the difference between apples and oranges, there was protest rally in central London attended by several thousand people. French and English together braved the cold in Trafalgar Square to assert that the government does not own fruit and cannot tell us what to call it.
The police had to restrain a bevy of counter-protestors who stormed the rally shouting "Shame on You!" and "End the historic discrimination against oranges!"
Speeches were made in French and English saying that an apple and an orange are two different things and nobody should be forced to deny this. Apples have cores and pips, while oranges have rind and pith. There was roar of horror from the counter-demonstrators shouting "You are stupid bigots!" and "Oranges deserve equality!"
 Another speaker said it was unfair that teachers or civil servants should be forbidden to make a distinction between two things that looked different to him. Classrooms would now have to display posters showing a large picture of a Granny Smith apple, labelled "This is an orange." Any staff who objected would be accused of citrophobia and sacked. The Guardian reported this as an "anti-fruit rant" and "abhorrent hate speech".
A woman took the microphone and described how she had been arrested for trying to buy marmalade in a supermarket. She was told she must call it jam or be banned from the shop. Another speaker warned that the terms "Golden Delicious", "Russet", "Spartan", "Braeburn" and "Cox" would be removed from all legal documents at a cost to the tax payer of five billion pounds. Pubs would no longer be able to sell cider and orange juice as different drinks, but would have to call them both "orider".
A contingent from the counter-protest rushed the platform trying to pull out the power cables to the megaphone. Another orange-rights activist took all her clothes off and was wrapped in a coat by the police and taken away.
A demonstrator interviewed by the press said, "There is no such thing as citrophobia. The government should not be interfering with these matters."

Monday, 25 March 2013

2,000 Pensioners Die of Global Warming

According to Age Concern UK, 2,000 more old people have died of the cold this month than would be expected at this time of year. Last winter was harsh, this winter is going on forever and yesterday when I went to London from Oxford at noon the snow on the top of the car had not thawed by the time we got there.
     In fact it was solid ice.
This is the coldest March for 50 years. Snow fell here in Oxford on March 23rd and how do the global warming experts account for this? By telling us that global warming sometimes makes it colder! That's because of global dimming and the shifting of the gulf stream and the fact that you can only expect it to get colder when it warms up. Okay?
      There is one way that global warming certainly does make it colder - by imposing carbon taxes and shutting down a lot of our more efficient power generating capacity we are pushing up fuel prices to a level that pensioners just can't afford to pay. They are dying of the cold in what was once called a "welfare state". Never mind, snort the PC bureaucrats, let them hurry up and die so we can allocate their under-occupied housing to someone else...
       Carbon taxes are also pushing up the costs of production in this country so that businesses of every kind are less and less likely to choose to operate here. Meanwhile those who don't die are often trapped in their homes because of mobility issues. They have a free bus pass but cannot get on the bus. Walking to a bus stop in icy weather may be too dangerous or impossible. And what is the point of going shopping when you have no money to buy anything? Even the telephone becomes an expensive luxury you have to cut off as inflation eats into your pension.
       This is something we should feel shame about.


Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Conservatives Bash the Family Again

       George Osborne calls his Budget one for "An Aspiration Nation" and claims it is aimed at "people who want to work hard and get on". But those people don't apparently include mothers, unless those mothers go out to work and pay somebody else to look after their children.
The budget now offers £1200 per annum in tax relief for child care costs, to women who hold down a job outside the home - but nothing to those who stay at home and take charge of the children themselves. That is an insult.
       This means that couples who earn up to £150,000 each, totalling £300,000 will be getting a subsidy. But there will be nothing for people who earn only £20,000 and live in a conventional way with one parent staying at home to care for the children. In fact they may very likely be hit by the welfare cuts. They will certainly be feeling inflation far more keenly. Does Mr Osborne think that women who are not employed for a salary are all just sitting around doing nothing all day? Being a full-time mother and housewife is hard work. I did it myself for seven years and it kept me busy from 6am till 10.30pm almost non-stop, seven days a week. With all the proof there is that children fare better in many ways when brought up with the continuous care and attention of a loving parent, why isn't that regarded as part of the the "Aspiration Nation"?
      The price of beer is to be cut by a whole 1p per pint, and before you weep with gratitude, remember it's going to be made up with a rise in duty on wine and spirits. Drivers are meant to be grateful just for a freeze on petrol duty, when they were expecting the usual hike-up. It's true that the Chancellor has now raised the income tax threshold to £10,000 but he got that idea by reading the UKIP manifesto. Copy-cat!

Monday, 18 March 2013

EU Bank Raid in Cyprus = Daylight Robbery

Austerity took a new twist when the EU, with breath-taking autocratic arrogance, seized 10% of the savings of ordinary Cypriots over the past weekend.

The new PM of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiadeswho had been in power for only two weeks, was trying to negotiate a bail-out of £8.7 billion to pay the interest on his national debt. A modest sum and a reasonable request you might have thought, considering that so many other similar deals had been struck between the EU, the IMF and Italy, Spain, Ireland and Greece. The minor detail that such bail-outs are against the Lisbon Treaty was not even worth mentioning. But he had forgotten one factor  - the imminent general election in Germany. Angela Merkel does not want to tell her voters, already irate about the costs of EU bail-outs, that they must find a few more billion euros out of their own earnings to prop up the single currency. So the EU invented a new sort of tax, a "deposit tax". Whatever money anybody has in a Cyprus bank account is simply being docked 10% to help pay for the bail-out, which is only needed because Cyprus entered the single currency.
       Nobody told the people of Cyprus when they went into the euro that this was liable to happen. Deposit tax just amounts to bare-faced theft. It has been levied without mandate from the voters and the idea was not mentioned before the election. What does that remind you of?
Of course it is all part of the process of dismantling democracy that has been on the EU's agenda for so long. That is the EU's agenda. 

People are shocked to discover that the banks, who run the EU anyway in cahoots with the handful of EU commissioners, can just deduct this amount electronically without your permission. As soon as word got around, queues of people formed at all the cash machines, trying to withdraw their savings, but only limited amounts can be taken out daily and the machines were soon empty. The banks blocked any attempt to transfer money via the internet, and they announcement was timed to coincide with a three-day holiday so nobody could turn up at the bank counter and demand their entire savings in cash.
       Now the deductions have all been made and it's a done deal. Do you, dear reader, imagine that this couldn't happen here in England's green and pleasant land? Well wake up out of your torpor, the EU is not a democratic institution and it is not run by a nice bunch of people.

       Sixty thousand British savers are affected and their total loss will amount to millions of pounds.  One father commented, "I had just taken out a loan to pay for my daughter's university education. Now I have lost ten per cent of it, but I will still have to repay the whole lot and pay the interest on the original sum." The British Government will compensate members of the armed forces who are serving in Cyprus, thousands of whom are being affected. This means that the British tax-payer will end up footing a lot of the bill. Funny isn't it how often that happens? Luckily we're not short of money here and austerity is not our problem.
       The Cypriot Archbishop Chrysostomos said in his Sunday sermon: ‘This is a villainy of Europeans. Cyprus must as soon as possible leave the Eurozone’. If only he had some real power!
       This is not just an event that is going to hurt one small island. The repercussions for European banking in general will be major. Nobody will be able to trust a European bank and the logical thing to do is to put your money into a bank somewhere outside of European Union jurisdiction. Put it into a bank in Switzerland, the USA, Norway or China. A bank makes a contract with its customers, to store the money deposited and make it available whenever wanted. That contract is supposed to be binding and if it cannot be relied on, people will put their money elsewhere.   Vladimir Putin, mindful of the interests of Russians who have considerable assets in Cypriot banks, has branded the deposit tax an "illegal forfeit".

        Nigel Farage MEP, the UKIP leader, commented, "There is now a significant risk of capital flight from other Eurozone countries. George Osbourn needs to state immediately that we would never do that in this country. This would encourage money to come to London, as we should be a desperately needed safe haven in a very uncertain Europe.”
         What will the EU do next?  I would not be surprised if the whole of England were accused of "under-occupancy" and told we have to move to Scotland with 48 hours notice and no appeal. Our country would then be re-allocated to somebody else and the LibLabCon would all pretend it had nothing to do with the EU.

Friday, 15 March 2013

We've Rumbled You, Amy Rutland!

When Diane James, the UKIP candidate in the Eastleigh by-election, was invited to speak on BBC's Question Time last week, disgruntled Labour activists decided to plant some one in the audience to give her a hard time.
        Question Time audiences are supposed to be drawn from local residents who are representative of the voters and they are supposed to ask a question that each panellist can answer. The programme came from Dover, but the woman planted by Labour was not from Dover. She was in fact Amy Rutland, the South-East policy co-ordinator for the Labour party, and she had no question to ask.
       Instead of posing a question, she addressed herself directly to Diane James and started to scold her in shrill and emotional manner. "You're disgusting," she called out, "You prey on vulnerable people!" Then she added, "Your policies...they're prey on vulnerable people." She went on to accuse Diane of "scaremongering" by claiming that EU migrants in their millions can now claim UK state benefits. Rutland said that the population of Romania was only 7 million (it's 21.5 million), concluding, "I think, I think you're disgusting. You are preying on vulnerable people..."
       Throughout this harangue, David Dimbleby did nothing. He did not even ask Miss Rutland to identify herself, as he is supposed to do, which suggests that he was in on it. Nor did he insist that she ask any coherent question. He just handed her over to Diane James who replied in a calm and dignified way, pointing out that the facts used by UKIP in the campaign were from an official  survey carried out by the Bulgarian and Romanian governments. Melanie Phillips gave Rutland an icy look and said that it was regrettable that rudeness and personal attack had replaced coherent argument in the political sphere.
       Rutland was exposed by her own messages on Twitter, where she boasted to her friends that she was going to appear on Question Time and "rip into that disgusting UKIP woman"... She also boasted that she was spending the afternoon before the show with Stephen Twigg, the Labour MP who appeared on the Question Time panel. So it was a put-up job. Rutland was there just to be abusive. If you watch Twigg on the video, he is very chummy with Diane James, smiling and leaning towards her with fake friendliness.
       Diane was in a strong position as three out of the five panellists had already said they were pro-independence for the UK and against EU policies on complete freedom of movement. One of these was Bob Crow of the transport workers' union, who has always been anti-EU. He pointed out that unlimited immigration lowers wages for the unskilled and is a form of union-breaking.

      On Tuesday 12th March, the BBC One Show at 7pm posed the question of whether new EU migrants can really claim a full range of benefits as soon as they arrive. I was expecting a routine denial but the conclusion was... yes they can. They can claim £26,000 which is more than many people here ever earn, and they can send their children to school here and immediately get NHS treatment, all costing thousands more.
       The total population of the EU is one BILLION people and under the mad regulations issued by Brussels all of them can come to the UK and claim £26,000 p.a.
      So UKIP's facts are confirmed by the BBC.


Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Silliest Ever Commonwealth Charter

Her Majesty the Queen signed a new Commonwealth rights charter at Marlborough House this week.
The Charter says: “We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.”
All forms of discrimination? What does this mean? Bear in mind that discrimination is actually a good thing. Discrimination means being able to make the thousands of necessary distinctions between one thing and another. I discriminate between good wine and bad or mediocre. I discriminate between good musical performance and lousy. I discriminate between truth and lies, fairness and injustice, but doing so will apparently now be illegal.
So when applying for a job, I need not in future state my qualifications. The employer will not be allowed to "discriminate" between those who have a first-class degree and those who have not a single O-level. They will not even be allowed to discriminate between those who speak the local language and those who don't. They won't be allowed to discriminate between those who have got job experience or references and those who haven 't. All of that is certainly discrimination.
Political parties will not be allowed to discriminate on grounds of your political beliefs when you join. That will certainly suit the British Labour Party, who recently allowed a former Nazi and animal rights crank to become a councillor at Milton Keynes.
A reviewer will not be allowed to discriminate between good and bad writing, or between an original story and a clich├ęd one. We won't be allowed to say whether acting in a film or play was good or bad. All that is discrimination.
Presumably hospitals will not be allowed to discriminate between those who are sick or injured, and those who are healthy. They must all be treated alike, otherwise that would be "discrimination". To put men and women in the same wards will become legally mandatory and they must all be given the same pills and operations. Men must be admitted to pregnancy classes and labour wards and allowed to give birth if they wish, to avoid discrimination on grounds of "gender".
An atheist must be allowed to become a priest to avoid discrimination on grounds of "creed". And religious people must be allowed to join the Secular Society.
Very short people must be allowed to win netball games and blind people must be permitted to drive cars, because otherwise that would be discrimination.
When I give feedback on any goods or services, it must all be the same, because to make any distinction between better and worse is discrimination.
   The Queen signed it, so geddover it, it's law!

EU citizens Dependent on Red Cross for Food

Millions of people in the EU are now dependent on the Red Cross for food aid, as a result of unemployment and austerity. In more than two-thirds of EU countries, the charity has begun distributing food to desperate people. It started in Greece and spread from there. Today in Spain
three million people are turning to charity for food hand-outs, the highest figure since the end of World War II.
     This is appalling. The crisis in the euro-zone is reducing Europe to a Third World standard of living. Debt, austerity, cuts, unemployment, economic downturn....and its not getting any better. In Spain where so many prestige projects were built so recently with EU money  - museums, airports, motorways, stadiums -  people queue for food parcels and appeal for help with their rent, water and fuel bills. The Red Cross is now supplying emergency food in two-thirds of the EU's member states. Italy, Portugal and Ireland are in deep recession and for the poorest that means hunger and cold.
    In Romania  - where (contrary to what the shrill Labour activist said on Question Time last week) the population is not seven but 21.5 million - the Red Cross has been distributing food to the worst off since 2009. Where have all those billions gone, the billions spent in subsidies, investment and lavish schemes? Quite a lot of it seems to have been embezzled and the rest has achieved very little real improvement.
   In Italy the newly-successful political party of Beppe Grillo has emerged with an interesting list of demands. They are fed up of their entrenched political class and they want to stop paying interest on Italy's debts. If they did they would use the money to spend their way out of austerity and back into growth. They can't do that without defying the bankers who effectively run the EU. The commissioners won't let them stop paying the interest, as that would damage their credit rating and scupper the euro currency. It's all about the EU's single currency dream, at the end of the day. If Grillo's Five Star party really wants to pursue these drastic policies, it has to leave the euro currency and it has to leave the EU. If it did, it would experience a weak exchange rate and rapid inflation for a short time but it would be able to start exporting again.
 What Grillo is saying sounds remarkably like what UKIP is saying, and I hope the Italians listen to him.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Are you an Adult at 17?

When do you reach adulthood? A current petition on the internet asks for a change in the law so that a 17-year-old taken into custody by the police will be treated as a child.
It offers the very tragic and powerfully emotive case of a teenager called Joe Lawton who committed suicide after spending the night in a police cell. But why was Joe Lawton in a police cell? For drink driving. He failed a breath test. Joe was considered old enough to legally drive a car. He was considered old enough to legally buy and drink alcohol. He was old enough to pose a serious danger to other road users by driving home drunk after a party in the middle of the night.
For Joe's parents this is a tragedy but the question of whether you are an adult or a child cannot be settled so easily.
 If somebody is old enough to behave like an adult, by driving a car and by drinking alcohol, then surely they are old enough to be treated like one.
What if Joe had killed somebody? Then the tragedy would be the other way around.

The LibDem party and the Scottish Nationalists both want to drop the voting age from 18 to 16, arguing that 16-year-olds are old enough to understand politics and should vote because they pay tax. How do they pay this tax? How many of them have jobs, now that the school-leaving age is 18, and how many earn enough to pay tax on it? Only a handful of models and child actors surely. Well, some of the things they buy might be subject to VAT. Not food, and not children's clothes, not books or newspapers or magazines or cinema tickets or bus fares or admission to sports centres or activities. Not on health services and only 5% on sanitary protection. So unless these 16-year-olds are buying alcoholic drinks and takeaway meals they are not paying VAT either.
      Where would they get the money anyway? The Labour government started paying the Education Maintenance Allowance to 16-18-year-olds from low-income families just to stay in school. It is a bribe of course, but it is more than many school-leavers used to earn in real jobs in the 1960s or 70s. If the government gives them this money and they spend it on VAT-rated luxuries I don't see how that gives them the right to vote.
    The main reason the LibDem party wants to lower the voting age is that only children would believe their party's promises at the next election...
     In previous generations, a lot of people left school at 14 or 15 and worked full-time until they were 21 before being allowed to vote. They were old enough to join the army or to be conscripted into it but too young to go to the ballot box. Nowadays we have a situation where teenagers have got virtually all the rights of adults without any responsibilities. If they don't want to do what their parents say, they can claim "children's rights". But if they refuse to go to school, their parents can be gaoled - yes gaoled and I am not joking. That is an appalling injustice. A parent cannot force a child to have a bath without being accused of "cruelty and abuse", but a stranger can supply them with contraception or abortion without the parent being informed.
      We have created a generation of young people who get all the advantages of adulthood, while evading the responsibilities. When they finally become real adults, they may find it a terrible shock.

Friday, 8 March 2013

International Women's Day 8th March 2013

International Women's Day is a good time to draw attention to the still persistent crime of FGM.
It is estimated that there are 60,000 women and girls in the UK who are victims of this horrible, mean crime and another 30,000 at risk of being mutilated.
It doesn't matter whether you call this cultural or religious or racial or whatever, it is still horrible. Victims suffer for life. They experience pain instead of pleasure. I suspect that the women who carry it out on girls are motivated less by religious fervour than by envy, a feeling of "Why should she have a complete healthy body when I only have a damaged one?"
The shameful thing is that not one case of this has ever gone to court in Britain. I believe that some perpetrators have been prosecuted in France and we should follow suit. Anybody of any religion or none found preaching in its defense or advocating it should be publicly exposed.
       I call for zero tolerance on FGM.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Ed Miliband starts to do his sums

It would be uncharitable to suggest that Ed Miliband 's sudden announcement that "Labour got it wrong on immigration" has anything to do with his party's poor showing in the Eastleigh by-election where UKIP beat the Conservatives. Ed is not a beacon of consistency. He is a wavy line. He wiggles and alters his opinions to suit the trend.
Few of us will forget the moment when Gordon Brown called Mrs Gillian Duffy a "bigot" at Rochdale. She asked him why there were so many immigrants and he presumed that her question was racist. Speaking as an immigrant myself, I don't think it is. I think that any country has the right to pick and choose who goes there and to decide whether their economy is going to be helped or harmed. Some migrants are needed to do a particular job because of a skills shortage. Others are not and when we have millions unemployed we need to ask questions.
Under EU rules, millions of Romanians and Bulgarians will be able to leave their own countries and flood to Britain to claim benefits at the end of this year. They make no secret of their intention of doing so and the Romanian government has officially confirmed it. So why are these two former communist countries so poor if socialism works? That is what I ask myself. Why are they still poor after having billions of euros of EU funds poured into them in subsidies? Because such schemes never really work.
If you do the arithmetic, the result of a mass stampede into the UK will be a sudden huge upsurge in our welfare bill, together with our NHS costs and an increased pressure on housing. Rents and house prices will be forced up, more housing will need to be built, local authorities will be paying more people housing benefit... and so it goes on.

Nobody thinks that Romanians and Bulgarians are racially different from the already very miscellaneous British. I have never disliked any of them personally and Bulgarians are very well educated but it was a Romanian himself who told me that Romanians are very corrupt and crime among them is rife. Romanian gangs of thieves and pimps are finding the EU open borders policy very convenient. To them it is "Jeux Sans Frontieres"...

Never mind, there are lots of consolations for being in the EU. If you are a school leaver, you can go and study at a Romanian university thus saving the £9,000 per year fees and quite a lot on your living costs.
According to a young Romanian I know called Arcade, universities there are now offering courses taught in English which are free to all EU citizens. In Bucharest and other major cities, there are students from 70 different countries studying medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. Life there is Spartan and students for the most part live in dormitories and manage without laptops or Starbucks. But they leave debt-free and their qualifications are recognized all over the world.
I wonder how many British students will be tempted to take this up?
          Maybe half a dozen? I would be interested in hearing from any British students who have actually done this.
Romania has a comprehensive University level studies offer for the ENGLISH SECTIONS of the following specializations: 1. University of Medicine and Farmacy 'Grigore T. Popa' - medicine, dentistry and pharmacy @ 2. Technical University "Gh. Asachi" from Iasi - 2.1 Faculty of Civil Engineering and Building Services @ 2.2 Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Engineering of Iasi @ 2.3 Faculty of Arhitecture @ Electrical Engineering, Energetics and Applied Informatics Faculty @ 2.5 Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering @ AND MANY MORE ON JUST CLICK ON FACULTATI

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

"Right to Family Life" ?

According to our wonderful Human Rights legislation, everybody has the right to family life. So if you are a foreign murderer, terrorist or drug-dealer convicted in the UK, you can avoid being deported simply by getting someone pregnant or living with a partner and keeping a cat. You can ride roughshod over everybody else's rights and then shelter behind the Yuman Rights Act to remain here and claim a fortune in state benefits.
       The curious thing about this right to a family life is that it does not include law-abiding parents, grandparents or children. Thousands of them suffer every year because according to our laws they have no right to see or spend time with their closest blood relatives and nothing has been done about this. While people argue about the right to adopt, there is at present no presumption in law that a child needs both its parents or that a parent ought to be able to have a relationship with their own biological child. When cases about divorce, maintenance, custody, residence, access and visiting go to court the result is often that one parent cannot prove their need or their fitness to see their own child and so gets excluded.
       I personally know people who have suffered terribly because of this. They recount horrendous experiences with CAFCASS or with unreasonable judges who insulted them and made them feel they were a nuisance. They are not all men, though the pressure to change the present laws has come largely from groups such as Fathers for Justice. They are parents who have been accused of misconduct by a former spouse, or who have never married the other parent of their children. They may even be awarded visiting rights but these amount to nothing and the agreement is not honoured. It is easy to move away and give no contact details. One father I know has never seen his daughter since she was four years old. She is now 23. He looks at pictures of her on the internet via Facebook. I am not defending fathers who try to evade maintenance costs, or those who try to separate the child from the mother. I am talking about people who are willing to play ball but are excluded because of the other parent's attitude and the unhelpfulness of the law.
Lawyers are scared to assert that "a child needs a mother and a father" because that is seen as attacking the rights of single parents, so it is non-PC. Maybe the feminist movement contributed to this situation. Now at last there is a move to change the law and a new Children and Families Bill is being mooted, that makes it harder to exclude one parent from contact with their child.
     Biological parenthood must not be diminished. It is highly significant. Families are not just tax-brackets, they are organic. There is a lot of our parents in us and a lot of us in our children. We need to know about our ancestors to understand everything from our medical history to our cultural roots. When we talk about child poverty, why don't we consider deprivation like this to be one form of poverty?

Children and Families Bill Committee Announce Evidence Programme

Here it is, the latest update on the Bill....
The Committee is going to be hearing oral evidence on Tuesday 5th March (tomorrow), and Thursday 7 March and then consider the Bill every Tuesday and Thursday from that point, concluding on Tuesday 23 April.
You can check out the long list of witnesses on the Parliament website homepage (The Fatherhood Institute is giving evidence, but no equal and opposite side for mothers, most odd), and all the other things going on over the next few days.


Friday, 1 March 2013

A Shock for Cameron

When it was announced that UKIP came second in the Eastleigh by-election, comfortably beating the Conservatives by more than a thousand votes, David Cameron's face looked ashen. He's not usually given to betraying his emotions - "Your face, my Thane, is as a book, where men may read ..." was never said of him before, but today he could not conceal his chagrin.
     He has done everything to alienate and enrage the typical Tory voter, from breaking his promises on inheritance tax and giving  votes to prisoners to suddenly demolishing the institution of marriage without so much as a by-your-leave, and he is surprised that it has cost him votes at the ballot box.
      Could it also be that nobody believes his promises, often heard before, to hold a Referendum on EU membership. Cast-iron promises? Any old iron, scrap iron...
     Contrary to the press assumption, the UKIP vote in Eastleigh was not all robbed from the Conservatives. A poll conducted at the expense of Lord Ashcroft, found that 22% of those who voted Conservative in the 2010 election voted UKIP yesterday, BUT 19% of former Lib Dem voters and 17% of former Labour voters also voted UKIP. A lot of UKIP votes came from people who have not voted at all for a long time, people who are disillusioned with the system and the lack of choice offered by the LibLabCon. That doesn't surprise me. The message that being in the EU is an expensive habit and that we would all be better off without it seems to be finally getting through to the electorate. Well done Diane James, the brilliant UKIP candidate.
        I really don't know what the people who voted Libdem thought they were voting for. Illegal EU bail-outs? Health and welfare cuts? Austerity? A gaping deficit? Disgraceful standards in many NHS hospitals? Inadequate pensions? Blatant refusal of care for the old and sick? A completely failed energy policy that is soon going to land us all in blackout? Presumably they like all those things and have no quarrel with them. No objection to the morals of Chris Huhne, David Laws or Lord Rennard either. They must all be taking Diazephan in large daily doses, and it's made them lose touch with reality.