Saturday, 4 August 2007

One comment - one deletion

For the first time, a visitor has left a comment to one of my posts. Woohoo!

Only problem is, it was anonymous and after much swithering I decided that it was too rude and did not contribute to the Christianity vs Islam debate which it was in response to.

Therefore, I deleted it.

Who is Peter Ainsworth?

A good question. His website is here. He is a very worthy chap and the Conservative spokesman on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Are you thinking what I am thinking?

In the last month or so, we have had the worst flooding in sixty years, followed by an outbreak of foot and mouth disease. In footballing terms, he has been presented with two open goals. The man ought to be on every news broadcast, in every newspaper and shouting from the rooftops about the government's failings. He ought to be the best known politician in the country right now.

Instead, as shown by Iain Dale's survey of 'Media Tarts for July', Peter ranks alongside Theresa May in joint 19th place. Theresa is the shadow leader of the House of Commons and shadow minister for Women. Perfectly important roles, but not exactly the most newsworthy in the last month. This is not good enough! David Cameron says that the environment is important to us. Well, it is time to put a big hitter in there - I have already suggested George Osborne, but Alan Duncan or Liam Fox would be perfectly good alternatives.

Friday, 3 August 2007

Hoby cartoons

Have you discovered yet?

I actually found the link on the blog of Top Tory Totty Caroline Hunt - they are jolly good.

Welcome to my American readers

I started this blog a few weeks ago as a kind of outlet for my ramblings. It gives Mrs Didactophobe a bit of peace and avoids the hostility and stupidity of so many message boards. I have added on some of the gimmicks to make it a 'proper' blog, one of which was the Clustrmaps feature. According to this, I have had at least one visitor from the east coast and at least one from the west coast of the USA. My sister lives somewhere in the middle - I don't think she has found my blog yet!

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

The Olympic Ideal

A well-known phrase, indeed. Although, as we know, the 'ideal' of the upper classes in the late 19th Century of amateur sportsmen keeping a stiff upper lip as well as keeping the working class oiks out of top-level sport has nothing whatever to do with either the ethos (spot the Greek word) of the ancient Olympics or indeed the modern ones. In the ancient world, you were a hero or a zero. If you won, you were treated as a god: if you came second, you were ridiculed. They had no use for silver medals. Whatever would they make of this?

The latest socialist lunacy is to waste £1 million a year (and that is only their basic salaries!) hiring 'equality and inclusion' managers to ensure that the building contractors are employing sufficient numbers of ethnic minority and disabled staff. Do you laugh or cry? Whilst President Putin trains hundreds of thousands of young Russians in his sinister 'Vlad Youth' organisation (or whatever it is called) to be a master race, we waste even more millions hoisting wheelchairs up scaffolding to allow the disabled to build the Olympic stadium.

When was the Olympics ever about equality? It is about promoting human excellence - not giving everyone a gold medal. This country is second to none in providing opportunities for ethnic minorities and the disabled (rightly) and it is sheer lunacy to place more socialist bureaucrats in place to meddle with the ability of private companies to go about their jobs. As the article says, no wonder the project is billions of pounds over budget.