Sunday, 28 December 2008

Thank God for these men of God

It is not often that the title of this post can be applied to bishops of the Church of England. Usually, they hit the headlines for woolly minded theology which leads to them doubting some fundamental tenet of faith.

Not today, however. If the Bishop of Manchester had been asked for a definition of socialism, he could not have put it better than this:

They [Her Majesty's Government] believe that ‘money can answer all of the problems and has encouraged greed and a love of money that the Bible says is the root of all evil. It is morally corrupt because it encourages people to get into a lifestyle of believing they can always get what they want’.

Socialists love poor people. As Silvio Berlusconi apparently said, that is why socialist governments create more of them. Christians also love the poor. However, anyone who claims to be a 'Christian socialist' must be very careful indeed. Christ says that it is my duty to love my neighbour and my duty to help the poor. Socialists tell me that it is someone else's responsibility.

Socialists say that we should have faith in the state to know best, rather than faith in God. We should trust social workers to look after children, rather than parents. We should trust the state to spend our hard-earned taxes better than we could. All problems can be solved better by throwing taxpayers' money at them rather than through faith and prayer.

All of these ideas are deeply unChristian. Yes, we need social welfare; yes, we need social workers to look out for abused children; yes, governments need to raise taxes. However, as Margaret Thatcher said, the bottom line has to be the individual. It is the individual which is at the heart of the state and the individual who must face the King on Judgement Day.

The present Government has wasted billions on the New Deal, which has left more young people unemployed than when it began. It has wasted billions fighting a war in Iraq which was based on lies, has destabilised the region and has led to Christians in the Middle East being persecuted and an increase in the power of the Muslim extremists who used to be as much Saddam Hussein's enemies as they are ours. The Government has wasted billions on the National Health Service: at least, according to the exponential rise in people claiming disability benefits, which costs even more billions. Why does spending money on the NHS make people sicker? Because the scroungers know a gravy train when they see it. The Government has fiddled figures to claim it has raised children out of poverty, whilst doing damn all for those at the very bottom of the heap.

My thoughts and prayers are with all those who are unemployed or soon to become so. I look forward, however, to 100+ Labour MPs joining them in the dole queue whenever Bottler Brown plucks up the courage to call a General Election. I shall have somewhat less sympathy for them.

Nazi scum attack Israeli embassy

That is the sorry news to report today.

The thoughts and prayers of every decent human being will be with the Israelis as they are once again called on to defend the Holy Land from attack. The Israeli government is not blameless; its armed forces are not blameless, but they are infinitely preferable to those of any of the countries which surround the Holy Land.

Anyone in London who wants to bleat about it should buy a one-way ticket to the fascist, terror state of their choice:- Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, take your pick. Good riddance to them.

Saturday, 27 December 2008

Israel 208 Hamas 1

Convincing victory today for the defenders of the Holy Land, dispatching more than 200 terrorists to hell.

Predictable bias from the Marxist media though, in referring to 'co-ordinated Israeli attacks on Hamas police compounds'. At least they haven't been accused of destroying a Red Cross depot or destroying a hospital for blind, one-legged orphans.

Would the Marxists prefer unco-ordinated, random attacks against civilians? Let's leave that to the Palestinians, shall we? That's more their strategy. 'Hamas police compounds' sounds very respectable. If it were "al-Qa'eda police compounds" or "IRA police compounds" or "UVF police compounds" or "ETA police compounds", even the lefties would find it harder to spin. Hamas is as much a bunch of murderous, drug-dealing, terrorist thugs as any of the above. If their police are involved in terrorism, then Israel is right to sort them out.

The reason that civilians/children going home from school/refugee camps etc are sometimes in the firing line is that Hamas do not have the balls to fight like men. They are scum who are happy to hide behind women and children and put their women and children into danger.

I love this line: "On Friday, about a dozen rockets and mortar bombs were fired from Gaza". Who fired the rockets and mortar bombs? Oh yes, the scum that Israel is now punishing. The Met might be happy to murder Brazilian electricians in London and then lie through their teeth, but even they would struggle to suppress the truth if they were behind rocket and mortar bomb attacks.

Saturday, 29 November 2008

The disturbing story of Damian Green

If an Opposition politician had been arrested and detained by police under 'anti terrorism' laws in Zimbabwe, the condemnation would rightly have been vocal and immediate.

It is terrifying to think that we in Britain now live in a state where that can happen. One could focus on the stinking hypocrisy of the one-eyed bogey miner repeatedly brandishing leaked stories in Opposition, then having his opponents thrown into jail as Prime Minister. However, the vile individual currently occupying 10 Downing Street has sunk so low that it would be irrelevant. The distinguished people who have previously occupied the job of Speaker of the House of Commons would have refused the police permission to search an MP's office for such a trivial matter. However, Gorbals Mick is distinguished by nothing but the partisanship of Glasgow Labour politics.

Civil servants have to follow the rules while discharging their duties. Leaking documents carries the risk of dismissal and, sometimes, prosecution. That cannot be avoided. However, in a free society, ordinary MPs and the media must not be restricted like this. This vile Government has bankrupted our beloved country and will do anything to cling to power.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Is Barack Obama Satan, prophesied in Luke 10:18?

This certainly makes you wonder.

Stalinist plan to force good health - or else

I am a child abuser. Yes, I have to admit it. Last weekend on a school outing (I am being very cagey here, you understand, no details), I shared out crisps and Kitkats to the children.

That is highly illegal, according to the Scottish Parliament's healthy eating diktat. Yes, the loony-left MSPs who repealed Clause 2a, making it legal for schools to promote buggery, have made it illegal to give a child a Kitkat.

On a serious note, many schools stand to lose thousands of pounds by having to get rid of tuck shops and vending machines. Money they badly need in order to fund extra curricular activities to promote, er, good health. What it means, is that kids will bring junk food in from outside school. And will miss out on health-promoting opportunities. Well done the Stalinists!

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Gobble Gobble Gobble

If you haven't seen Quantum of Solace yet, my advice is: Don't bother. It is a prize turkey.

After Greene (the villain) had been abandoned in the desert (apparently the end of the film), the action switched to Russia (which hadn't featured before in the film, as far as I could see) and I must admit that my only reaction was a despairing "Oh God, there's more". By that point, I just wanted to get home. I did not want to try and engage with yet another scene. I know that we were supposed to make links with Casino Royale, and see the action as continuous from there. However, to be frank, the villains were not exactly Blofeld or Jaws.

Watching the film last night at the Odeon in Kilmarnock, Mrs Didactophobe turned to me at one point and asked "What is the story?" before descending into giggles. The truth is, the film appeared to have no story.

A good Bond film has certain features: humour (sexist or not); Bond flirting with Moneypenny; Q and his gadgets; an evil villain and his plan to take over the world; a simple storyline and a pretty girl that Bond shags at the end of the film.

This one had none of these. Apart from the relentless plugs for Ford cars which made it seem like an overlong commercial at times, it had violence from beginning to end, very well acted and very dramatic. The trouble was, it left us wondering what the point of it all was. What it did give me a notion for, was to watch some of the old Bond movies again.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

My last word on the Presidential election

Have lost my link for this picture, but I love it.

The stupid have spoken

Such is the way of democracy. Millions of brain donors have elected Osama as President Elect of the United States. A sad day for the United States and for the world.

We can only hope and pray that the harm which Osama wreaks over the next four years is not completely cataclysmic, and look forward to PALIN IN 2012.

Off to bed - calling it for B. Hussein Osama

Unfortunately. Although the exit polls right now look as though it will not be a complete wipe-out for McCain, it still does not look like it will be sufficient.

One of my favourite political quotes is, "If you have not been a socialist by the age of 20, you don't have a heart; If you are still one by the age of 30, you don't have a brain". I think it makes a lot of sense. Unfortunately, however, elections are decided by an awful lot of brainless people.

Voters in the United States may be making a howling mistake. I pray that the entire world will not come to regret it.

Hier stehe ich, ich kann nicht anders. Gott helfe mir. Amen.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Well done, Camden Conservatives!

Cranmer reports on a motion by Camden Conservatives to uphold the religious traditions of the country. Among other things, the motion says:

This Council also believes that the renaming of Christmas as a “Winter Festival” or any other non-religious nomenclature is part of the systematic erosion of Christianity in modern life, which itself is the cause of the loss of our sense of national identity and cohesion.

Well said, indeed. When I was young (not really so long ago), renaming Christmas as Winterval or assuming that non-Christians would be offended by it would have been considered to be absolutely barking mad. As indeed it is. However, we live in a country which has largely gone mad, so it is nice to see any organisation which has retained some marbles.

Unlike the nutjobs of the National Secular Society, which pompously describes itself as the leading British pressure group speaking out for the rights of atheists, agnostics and all other non-believers.

Since the 'leading British pressure group' has roughly the same number of members (and possibly fewer) as the Zoroastrian faith in this country, there appears to be no great demand for their services.

As always, the notion of 'multifaith' celebrations is a euphemism for 'no faith at all' - the agenda of the atheists is to undermine all faith, using Christianity as a convenient target to simultaneously undermine believers of all other faiths.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

I'll be praying for McCain and Palin to win...

As I have posted before, I am underwhelmed by the Republican nominee to be President of the United States. To compare either ticket to Ronald Reagan/George Bush snr or Bill Clinton/Al Gore demonstrates the paucity of talented people putting themselves forward for high office these days.

However, on one side we have a ticket which is committed to tax cuts and to keeping the free world safe. On the other side, we have a ticket which is committed to tax rises, because that is what socialists do. This will wreck any chance of the US economy recovering, which will have a major knock-on effect for the UK. Fact.

The next point is even more dangerous. Obama is naive, as you would expect of a jumped-up social worker. He proposes to negotiate directly with the hideously evil regime of Iran, without preconditions. That is a recipe for disaster.

Obama claims not to be a Muslim, yet many Muslims will consider him to be an apostate: as such, in an Islamic country he could be sentenced to death. He was enrolled as a Muslim at school in Indonesia and, as such, will be regarded by millions of Muslims worldwide as a Muslim. That will have serious implications for the Middle East (I shall not bother attaching the words 'peace process', for there is none), in which more than three quarters of people in Israel casting absentee ballots have backed McCain. The overwhelming factor is that McCain is perceived as being better placed to handle the Iranian problem.

Sarah Palin is a Christian woman, who is likely to become the first female President of the world's largest Christian country. I pray for her success, because in these trying times Americans and the world need God's blessing and to keep faith in our Saviour.

Here I stand, I can do no other

No, I am not comparing myself to Martin Luther. Despite my dramatics, I was never in danger of being burned alive as a heretic. However, it is an introduction to what I said to students on Friday.

As you probably know, it was Wear it Pink day, to raise money for the Breast Cancer Campaign. Lots of my students (who were looking very pink) asked me why I was not wearing pink.

My answer was:

I will tell you why I am not wearing pink today. By the end of it, some of you will hate me. It would be less controversial if I informed you that I was a paedophile or a bank robber.

I do not approve of cancer research, for the following reasons:

1. Cancer research charities support and fund research on animals. I consider this immoral and unjustified.

2. They use emotional blackmail to justify this. They will ask, "Would you rather an animal died, or Mrs Didactophobe?" The answer, of course, is that I would prefer an animal to die. However, I would also prefer someone else's wife to die than Mrs Didactophobe. This is not a reason to carry out vivisection on other people's wives; nor is it a reason to kill animals. So I say, "Keep the emotional blackmail. It is not logical. I don't buy it."

3. When we get to the level of emotional blackmail, we are turning cancer research into a superstition: putting a pound in a bucket so that your mum won't get cancer is no different to medieval peasants keeping in with the local witch to avoid their crops being blighted.

4. Cancer research charities are huge, moneyspinning operations. Annually, they rake in hundreds of millions of pounds. We still don't have a cure.

5. Cancer is an illness of wealthy societies. It tends to kill you once you have had quite a decent innings, and have survived a myriad of things which kill people in poorer countries. When there is an exception, it is usually because people have made themselves unhealthy, eg through smoking, drinking or drug taking.

6. The single biggest killer of people from ill health worldwide is a lack of clean water. It is not as sexy as finding a cure for cancer, but I have a monthly standing order for Water Aid, which seeks to help people in poor countries to overcome this problem. Put the hundreds of millions (and indeed billions worldwide) which are spent on cancer research into providing clean water, and we can save millions of lives. Guaranteed. Not just if the witch doesn't hex us.

There. Hate me or not? I am not trying to persuade anyone, but sometimes people need to hear the other side of a story, not just emotional hysteria.

I happen to think there are better things you can do with your pound.

The Famine Song

I have been a football fan for more than a quarter of a century. A long time. In that time, I have heard fans abuse players for (allegedly or in fact) being: cheats, illegitimate, ugly, too fat, too thin, too tall, too short, too rich, bald, hairy, homosexual, paedophiles, mentally disabled, physically disabled, rapists, thieves, terrorists, gangsters, junkies, traitors, or living up to racial stereotypes.

All have taken place without the offenders being arrested and without football or other authorities saying or doing anything about it. Fact. On other occasions, there have been arrests, condemnation etc for some of the above. Fact.

My favourite goal celebration of all time was that of Robbie Fowler pretending to snort the byline after scoring against Everton in 1999. I thought it was hilarious. A young man who had been subjected to the filthiest abuse and insults by foul-mouthed morons without anything being done to protect him chose to celebrate a goal by making a joke of what the morons were accusing him of. Suddenly he was treated as though he had been the perpetrator of the abuse. If he had been discovered to be planning a trip to Disneyland with Gary Glitter, Fowler would not have been treated with any less of a witch hunt. He was hit with a suspension and fine, whilst the hooligans escaped scot-free.

So, let us get to the latest controversy sweeping Scottish football. As always, it involves the Old Firm. Back in May, I made clear my feelings about Rangers. I would not change a single word of what I wrote. One thing I will say in defence of Rangers fans, however, is that they tend to be reasonable in accepting that you support another team (especially if it is not Celtic). On the other hand, Celtic fans who hear you criticise them are liable to immediately allocate you a place in their pantheon of demons, somewhere between Satan and the Rev Ian Paisley.

In recent times, Rangers fans have been developing songs which are more foul, depraved, racist and, to be downright honest and reasonable, which is not recommended in the west of Scotland, often more humorous than ever before.

"Nakamura ate my dog" alleges that Celtic midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura shares a taste that 8% or so of his compatriots do indeed admit to. Accusing him of actually abducting poor old Fido is, of course, quite unfair and untrue.

"Big Jock knew" alleges that former Rangers fan and Celtic manager Jock Stein knew and covered up the sexual assaults on Celtic youth players in the 1960s and 70s by James Torbett, the then coach of Celtic Boys' Club. Stein, in fact, sacked Torbett when he discovered the offences although he did nothing to have him prosecuted. In those days, to be fair, child abuse received much less attention than now. Sacking someone and considering the matter to be concluded is probably as much as most employers would have done.

However, The Famine Song really takes the biscuit for controversy. The lyrics urge descendants of the Potato Famine to 'go home'. After pressure from the Irish Consulate in Edinburgh, Rangers fans who sing the offending ditty are liable to be arrested.

My humble opinion is, however, that it is the least offensive of the above songs despite having received the greatest attention, for reasons which I shall explain. As they say on Dragon's Den, let me tell you where I'm at:

Some of my ancestors arrived in Ayrshire around the time of the potato famines. Some of them were from Ireland; others were from the Highlands (whose famine doesn't get the same attention for some reason). However, that was a long time and several generations ago. Where I grew up in the west of Scotland, for better or worse, is where I am from.

I think the Famine Song is directed against people who refuse to put the past behind them and who pretend to be something they aren't, so I am personally not offended by it. I think it is bizarre for Scottish-born Celtic fans to wave the flag of the Irish Republic (which didn't exist at the time) and spout their support for the IRA. I am no racist, but I don't have a problem with suggesting to people who prefer a foreign country over their own that they should go and live in the place they have such fondness for. If they love this country and want to be here, then that is fine.

One of my earliest memories of football is of being bewildered as a young boy when I heard Celtic fans singing pro-IRA songs and waving Irish flags. Most of us who have Irish ancestors are fully integrated into Scottish and British society: for those who refuse to let go, I am not convinced that they should not be invited to 'go' to where they consider to be 'home'.

A current controversy is that James McCarthy of Hamilton and Aiden McGeady of Celtic allegedly deserve the disapprobation of Scottish fans for treacherously choosing to represent the Republic of Ireland rather than Scotland, where they were born. I happen to think that young players like McCarthy and McGeady should want to play for their own country, which in their case is Scotland. I never had a problem with guys like Owen Coyle and Tommy Coyne choosing to play for Ireland later in their careers when it was obvious that Scotland weren't going to pick them, but young lads should be knuckling down and showing that they are good enough to play for their own country. Scottish fans rightly feel betrayed by them.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

What is an emergency condom?

Seriously. What is an emergency condom? And why should Scouts visit sexual health clinics rather than building campfires and woggling their woggles?

According to the Daily Mail, however, Scouting ain't what it used to be. I blame the lunacy which permitted girls to join the Boy Scouts (as they used to be known) on the grounds that it would be discriminatory not to. Now, instead of the wholesome activities Scouting used to be about, some boys and girls are apparently seeing it as an opportunity to do some shagging. We live in a country which has gone mad. Seriously mad.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

McCain is the problem

When Mrs Didactophobe sees John McCain on TV, she asks 'Is he really the best the Republicans have got?' And it is understandable. More and more, he looks like a feeble old man completely out of his depth in the Presidential race. Like Bob Dole, he didn't have the ability to get on the ticket when he was younger, but is bizarrely entrusted with it whilst in his dotage. At least in the case of Dole, he ran for President while Clinton was unbeatable so there was no harm done. McCain, however, has ruined the Republicans' chances against the eminently beatable Osama bin Biden.

Contrast that with Mike Huckabee, who now has his own show on Fox News. Relatively young at 52, an excellent communicator, with executive experience as Governor of Arkansas (sounds like a certain other President, actually), if he had hooked up with Sexy Sarah as the Republican ticket, the Lefties would now be quaking in their sandals.

Now New York Times columnist Frank Rich has proposed a tactical withdrawal for McCain. Flip the ticket and allow Sarah Palin to take on Osama. I suspect it is probably too late to matter, but maybe that is what they should have done immediately post-Convention. Seeing Sarah standing beside McCain immediately made him look desperately old and feeble.

OK, so Palin has made some mistakes. However, we should not make the mistake of presuming that elections are decided by people who know what they are doing. Democracy dictates that any election rests on the votes of millions of really stupid and frighteningly uninformed people. No candidates have ever been more experienced or better informed than George Bush snr in 1992 or Al Gore in 2000. They lost.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Son, you are no Michael Heseltine

I fell about laughing when I read that Miliband had adjusted his speech to the Liebour Conference because he did not want to be compared to Michael Heseltine.

Heseltine, one recalls, was a phenomenally charismatic politician who, love him or hate him, was capable of some tremendous speeches which captivated and inspired his audience at conferences. Miliband... er, just isn't.

Monday, 15 September 2008

The Church of England makes itself look ridiculous again

One of my favourite blogs, Archbishop Cranmer, leads today on this peculiar apology addressed to a dead man by a Church of England clergyman.

Why Charles Darwin needs an apology about the reaction of the Church of England in the 1860s is anyone's guess. It is the sort of article which makes the CofE sound ludicrous and irrelevant.

Here is my take on the creation/evolution issue, as posted on Cranmer's blog:

Darwin himself was a theist and was troubled by the implications which his work held for traditional beliefs. The modern Church of England goes much farther than Darwin ever did, in ditching faith in God and embracing faith in science.

To my mind, theistic evolution provides the best explanation for our existence on this planet. God created this universe, knowing that in about 9 billion years Planet Earth would form and about 6 billion years after that human life would have evolved and Didactophobe would be born. To my mind, that illustrates the power of God far more powerfully than the idea of God magically creating everything in six days of 24 hours.

However it all happened, however, the critical fact is that nothing could exist without God. I would certainly not mock someone who took Genesis literally: I do despair over a so-called Christian church and so-called Christian clergy who are determined to undermine and ridicule everything which is dear to the Christian faith.

The speed camera called me a poof

You would not think that the above title would be a valid defence in a court of law. However, Perth & Kinross Council apparently believes it might be. There can be no other explanation for the report in today's Scottish Daily Mail (p.17) that it squandered our hard-earned taxes investigating whether a new 40mph speed limit would discriminate against gay people, as well as religious minorities and others.

I had never heard of Equality Impact Assessments (EQIAs) until today. Apprently, however, local authorities are commissioning hundreds of these things at huge expense to the taxpayer. Each EQIA investigates whether council policies discriminate against every minority you can think of (except perhaps white, male, heterosexual, Christian, Tory-voting taxpayers who are fair game) and lots that you simply couldn't make up.

In North Ayrshire, for example, an EQIA blamed truancy rates among gipsy children on inadequate sex education. The mind boggles!

There is too much focus on 'equality' nowadays. Sensible legislation to protect people has been overtaken by an army of idiot busybodies employed to waste everyone's time and money. Whether the conclusions are to do with lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders or fornicating gipsy children, they always seem to have something to do with sex. Perhaps the equality officials are not daft, after all. Maybe they are just monstrous perverts who know an easy way to indulge their voyeurism.

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Internet censorship - acceptable or no?

The computer game Muslim Massacre appears to have been removed by its website host following worldwide condemnation.

Right or wrong? I don't accept for a second the notion that it glorifies the killing of Muslims - it is only a game, after all. There are plenty of examples around of real-life Muslims who glorify violence against non-Muslims without loony lefties condemning them.

Unquestionably, it is tasteless. Should it be banned, though? On balance, I think it should. A computer game which glamourises killing the members of any group in society is wrong.

Well said, Mr Lavrov

It is widely reported today, although apparently denied by the man himself, that the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov swore repeatedly at David Miliband, who apparently is our foreign secretary.

I suppose it is understandable that a man who has spent decades in the diplomatic service does not want to be lectured at by someone who looks like a particularly nauseating 14 year old. Maybe not so accurate, though, to suggest that Miliband knows nothing about Russia's history. His father, after all, was a Marxist academic who appears to have been unimpressed by the country which he had slimed into and which saved his life from the Nazis. According to this article, Miliband's grandfather was a traitor who fought for the Soviets against Poland. If only he had emigrated to his beloved Russia, we wouldn't have his descendants inflicted on us now!

Saturday, 6 September 2008


I don't usually like this sort of video, but I chuckled at this one. Still don't know what VPILF stands for, though.

If they are truly religious, why are they in jail?

That is my reaction to this story in The Sun.

£25,000 of taxpayers' money being squandered on keeping Muslim criminals' dinner warm during Ramadan: inmates include convicted terrorists and the vile Abu Hamza.

I am a simple soul, but to my mind there are two possibilities:

1. Islam is a religion of peace, therefore these criminals are not true Muslims and there is no need to protect their rights to worship.

2. Islam is not a religion of peace, these criminals are true Muslims and there is a need to actively restrict Muslims' right to worship.

For the life of me, I really cannot see an alternative to the above. Either way, this is a monstrous kick in the teeth to elderly people who could use some of the money to heat their homes and to the victims and their families of these criminals.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Sarah Palin's VP Nomination Speech

A loving mother and wife; a beautiful and loyal family; a husband who has not been unfaithful to her; appealing to normal, decent people who love their country - no wonder the Democrats hate and fear Sarah Palin.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Not in my name, folks

As a Christian, I absolutely dissociate myself from the spineless apology by so-called Christians to Muslims in Oxford.

Dr Taj Hargey sounds like a complete balloon, complaining about 'self-appointed' Christians praying for Muslims. They are not self-appointed: praying for one's enemies and witnessing to the Gospel are duties imposed on every Christian by Christ himself.

Hargey whinges about Christians daring to issue a 'call to prayer'; about calling Islam an 'ideology' and about witnessing to the work of God in bringing people to faith in Jesus. According to John 14:6, Jesus made clear that salvation is available only through him. Witnessing to this truth is what Christians do.

As I posted in December last year, there is no middle way between Christian and Muslim belief. As I wrote then, The Muslim belief in the divine revelation to Muhammad, like the Christian belief in Jesus as the son of God, leaves no middle way. It is either true or it isn't. Either the man in question was whom he claimed to be, or not. If he was not, then he was a fraud and you are logically obliged to recognise this.

It is often stated that Jesus is a Muslim prophet. In my humble opinion, this is not true. The story of the Muslim prophet Isa shares certain similarities with that of Jesus, but differs in the most crucial aspects: Muslims deny the crucifixion, resurrection and divinity of Christ. Their Isa is a fictitious false prophet, and not the Jesus of the Gospels.

Individuals should love and not hate or fear each other, of course. But there can be no reconciliation of the theology. You can deny Jesus, or Muhammad, or both. To regard each of them as equally valid is to fail to understand either.

The politics of the sewer

Having propounded lies about Sarah Palin's fifth child really being that of her daughter, lefties are rejoicing at the announcement that Palin's eldest daughter is actually pregnant. How absolutely despicable that these people are prepared to humiliate a young girl, having failed to trap her mother with their lies.

As Didactophobe has posted before, normal women are likely to warm to Sarah Palin: stories which attack her as a mother will win her far more votes of sympathy than the votes they will cost her. It is incredible how much she has achieved whilst simultaneously being a mother of five, including a disabled infant. Man-hating, bra-burning, feminist lesbians will always vote Democrat: normal American women will vote GOP.

Calling all those lefties who hate anyone who dares to be white, Protestant, conservative and Christian...

THIS is what real discrimination and a real hate crime look like.

Three teenage girls murdered by being buried alive for daring to wish to choose whom they should marry, along with two of their relatives who dared to try and save them. All done with the consent of Pakistani politicians and currently no one is facing prosecution.

I have little time for the BNP, but compare the hysteria with which the lefties react to the BNP with their silence over this event. As far as I know, the BNP does not support anything more extreme than certain preachers at the Regent's Park Mosque have said themselves, ie that Muslims should live in a Muslim country. I have certainly never heard Nick Griffin call for anyone to be buried alive.

Monday, 1 September 2008

Time to prosecute incitement to murder

Arguably the most important mosque in the country, Regent's Park in London, has been exposed by the Sunday Telegraph as harbouring preachers who are actively promoting murder to children.

Homosexuals should be murdered, according to these nutters, along with adulterers and Muslims who convert to other faiths. Other twisted preaching includes the instruction for Muslims to hate people of other faiths; regard Christian worship as vile; for Muslim women not to travel without a Muslim guardian, and to cover themselves up in public; Muslims should not take British citizenship and Jews are described as evil.

One absolute gem is from a preacher called Um Saleem, who claimed that Muslims should migrate to a Muslim country! So why are you still here, pet?

I am not too bothered about the statistic which some bloggers on CentreRight are getting into a tizzy about, that 71% of young Muslim men believe homosexuality should be illegal. Whether you agree with it or not, there is nothing in that statistic to suggest that the men concerned do not respect the legal system of this country or are not simply exercising their democratic right to express an opinion.

What is being preached at the Regent's Park mosque appears to go well beyond acceptable free speech. It is religious and racial hatred, incitement to hatred and incitement to murder. The fact that 'fundamentalist DVDs' were still on sale at its bookshop after its director general had planned to have them removed suggests that its leadership, bankrolled by the Saudis, has no intention of challenging this evil.

It is crucial for the safety of this country that these preachers of hate are prosecuted: if they do not have British citizenship, then repatriate them to their own countries before they can spread their cancer any further.

Sunday, 31 August 2008

OK, it didn't last

Killie drop down to second following the Old Filth derby. We're still in one of the Champions League slots and roughly ten places higher than the Moaning Minnies would have had us.

Sexy Sarah or Hatchet Hillary?

Back in January, I got a prediction spectacularly wrong. I reckoned that Hillary would become President, although I preferred Obama.

Sarah Palin has changed all that. If I were American, I would be backing the GOP in November. Sarah makes John McCain look even more like a feeble old man, but she exposes very clearly Obama as an empty windbag, long on rhetoric and short on achievement. Ironic, indeed, that Obama's own running mate infamously destroyed his own chances in a previous election by copying a speech from the windbag-to-beat-all-windbags, Neil Kinnock.

Sarah Palin is being criticised for having been mayor of a town of 9000 people, a mere 9000 more than Obama and Biden combined have ever held executive responsibility for. She has gone from there to being a state governor with astronomical approval ratings. No governor has foreign policy experience - their job is to run their state. What they need when they ascend to the highest offices is to manage information from the most knowledgeable and talented advisers, make the right decisions and get the job done. As a state governor, Palin has precisely that experience. Obama and Biden have none. Alaska may be a small state in population, but is a massive state in terms of land area and resources and at a time of a global energy crisis the US may well be grateful for a Vice President who has hands on experience of the issues involved.

Sarah Palin is now likely to become America's first female President. McCain will almost certainly not be running for a second term. Palin will not appeal to the gruesome, pro-abortionist, anti-Christian, bra burning, man hating loonies who lined up behind Hillary, but will come across as a normal woman who appeals to other normal women. This is what feminism should be about - not a wealthy, well-connected woman using her position to take over her husband's old job, but an ordinary woman with drive and talent who achieves as a result of her own efforts.

Tell all the Old Firm you know, we're top of the league and you're no'!

I don't often post about football on this Blog, partly because I largely lost interest in it a few years ago. Up until 2004, I always had a season ticket for Rugby Park, but in that final season I found that I really wasn't enjoying it. The golden era of Bobby Williamson's team which won the Scottish Cup and was then supplemented by guys like Ian Durrant, Ally McCoist, Andy McLaren, Christophe Cocard and Freddie Dindeleux had come to an end. In its place was niggardly (although largely essential) cost-cutting and Jim Jefferies' miserable features bemoaning everything that was wrong.

For the first time in years, Killie has an exciting team. Not the first time we have had a decent team: JJ is not a bad manager, after all. But the first time that we have a team that really gets people talking. During the summer, some Moaning Minnies (including me)questioned whether the club should be spending good money on the pre-season tour of Italy. We came back with Manuel Pascali, signed from Parma for what seems like the bargain fee of the decade. He is from the very best tradition of Italian hard men, who make Vinny Jones or Roy Keane look like pussies, whilst having the most immaculate technical ability when they are on the ball. With Pascali patrolling the midfield, we have stopped conceding goals (five clean sheets in a row) and Mehdi Taouil is finding the space and freedom to strut his stuff.

Simon Ford, who was as useful as a chocolate teapot last season, has rediscovered his confidence and form ever since he won his first caps for Jamaica in the summer. It seems that that was all he needed to give himself a shake. The list goes on and on because, for the first time in years, it is all a brilliant team effort.

Forza Killie!

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

So much for freedom of speech

Random House has cowardly 'postponed' the release of a novel concerning Muhammad's relationship with his child bride Aisha. In a country whose Constitution guarantees freedom of expression, that is truly frightening.

The novel is not strictly accurate, of course. The author, Sherry Jones, has used poetic licence (as she is entitled to), and had Muhammad consummating the marriage when Aisha was 14. According to the Hadith of Bukhari (generally considered to be second only to the Qur'an as an Islamic scripture), Aisha was in fact six years old when Muhammad married her and nine years old when she was raped (I'm afraid there is no other word for it) by him.

Western civilisation is under attack like never before. Not from Muslims or any external enemy, but from the enemy within: the liberal lefties who hate Christianity and everything else that has made our civilisation great. Having the right to offend each other is one of the basic human rights that distinguishes our traditions from those of totalitarian tyrannies and, once compromised, we have taken a fatal step towards tyranny.

Public sector strike in Scotland

According to the Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation, 200,000 members of the GMB, Unite and Unison unions are expected to strike today, causing disruption to people across Scotland.

David Prentis, General Secretary of Unison, is quoted as saying that members feel they have no choice, and indeed they don't. But perhaps he does.

The Liebour Party right now is massively dependent on unions for support, more than it has been for years and years. Except, where the donations used to come from a wide range of unions, it is now only a small number of super-unions keeping the show on the road. Including, er, Unison.

On 31 March this year, when Unison donated £427,635 of its members' money to Liebour, did Mr Prentis not consider whether this was an appropriate use of cash? Rather than play games with members' jobs, why did Unison not simply tell Gordon Brown that the life support machine was about to be disconnected? The one-eyed bogey miner would have had no option but to crawl to the unions for support.

Ditto, Unite's donation of £875,844 on 28 March, and the GMB's donation of £356,997 on 19 March.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Yes, I voted for myself

Time is running out to submit votes for the Top Ten Political Blogs of 2008-09.

Blogs have to be part of the Blog Directory at Total Politics.

You need to send your votes to and the closing date is this Friday. To help you out, my top ten are:

1. Didactophobia
2. Frank Chalk
3. Man in a Shed
4. Conservative Home
5. Iain Dale's Diary
6. Archbishop Cranmer
7. Guido Fawkes
8. Dizzy Thinks
9. Nadine Dorries
10. Scottish Tory Boy

There we are. At least two who are Scottish (although the Total Politics index thinks I am English); two teachers, one woman, one gay: don't say I am not inclusive. No socialists, though. That would be a step too far.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

The Glorious Twelfth

Didactofeline has noticed that it is the start of the Mouse Season. She actually cheated and killed her first mouse of the year a couple of days ago. It was at precisely this time last year that she went on a killing spree, so it must be something to do with the hunting season.

Jimmy's makes an horrendous blunder

Didactodaddy suffered a stroke recently. This is his third stroke: luckily, it took place in the city centre of Leeds and he was rushed very quickly to Leeds General Infirmary, which probably saved his life.

However, since this stroke, his health has definitely deteriorated. His vascular dementia has become worse and on occasion he has disappeared and been rescued by police. Which brings us to this story.

He was recently admitted to St James's Hospital in Leeds, having been picked up by police (literally) after suffering a fall. He was given a CAT scan and was to be kept in for observation. Didactophobe was not able to get there due to work commitments, but Mrs Didactophobe went along to the hospital just in time to see him discharging himself. Yes, a man with dementia; in hospital with a head injury; who has not yet received the results of his CAT scan, was being allowed to discharge himself.

Mrs Didactophobe (who is a qualified nurse) pointed out to the member of staff discharging him that he had not even been asked to sign any forms. This led to a scene worthy of Carry on Nurse, in which staff hunted around for the correct forms, but could not find any.

Didactodaddy then set off from the hospital, with Mrs Didactophobe trailing behind him. He can be belligerent (he has dementia, after all) and Mrs Didactophobe was unable to stop him. He refused to get into her car and wandered off. Many areas around Jimmy's are not exactly the most salubrious parts of Leeds, and she became terrified for her safety. She eventually had to leave him when he wandered into a working men's club and borrowed money for drink. She had to return to her hotel for her own safety.

Didactodaddy did not return home the following morning. By that time Didactophobe was in Leeds, having driven through the night. He reported his father missing to the police and drove round Leeds searching for him. Didactophobe phoned Jimmy's to enquire as to why they had allowed a man with dementia to discharge himself. To say the answers were unsatisfactory would be an understatement.

Thankfully, Didactodaddy has now turned up. It looks as though he spent the night in the graveyard opposite St James's (an extremely scary place in broad daylight, let alone at night) and, fortuitously, has not appeared to come to any harm. I am not in favour of the compensation culture, but if anything had happened to him, the shit would have hit the fan big-time in that hospital.

Scargill is (partly) right for once

Arthur Scargill (I didn't know he was still alive - did you?) is getting some coverage, with his support for clean-coal technology. Although there are obviously some technical problems with it, if these can be ironed out then using Britain's vast coal reserves would make a great deal of sense. The coal industry was destroyed to the chagrin of the political Left by the boneheaded attitudes of union leaders who used their power to try and bully governments into submission. It worked with Ted Heath: we all know what happened with Maggie. We have since gone through 20 years or so in which the Left have, rightly, said very little about the coal industry, because they recognised the environmental harm from burning fossil fuels. Now things have perhaps gone full circle and coal, provided that the technology works, can be presented as a 'green' fuel and, moreover, a fuel which Britain has abundant supplies of.

Anything that reduces our dependence on unstable regimes makes our country's energy supply more secure: anything that reduces our dependence on carbon-rich fuel imported across thousands of miles is good news for the environment.

I think he is wrong to oppose nuclear power, however. It avoids the carbon emissions of other types of power supply, and it can be delivered relatively quickly. It is clear that we have to act fast, otherwise within a few years Britain is going to have a major energy crisis. It is not an either/or situation: we need clean coal and nuclear and renewables. We must massively reduce, and eliminate where possible, our dependence on brutal and unstable regimes in Asia and the Middle East. The less we rely on their fuel, the less influence that bad guys such as Putin and Ahmadinejad will have, which is a good thing.

This is one reason why a windfall tax on energy companies would be unbelievably stupid. The fact is, we rely on these companies to invest in the future energy supplies of this country. If they are not allowed to make profits, they will have neither money nor any incentive to make such investment.

Inflatable church

I love the idea of the blow-up church which has been introduced in Italy. Italian churches struggle to attract worshippers at the height of summer while people flock to the beaches, so the inflatable church will follow them to the beach. I'm all for making worship more accessible to people, so completely support this idea.

For some reason, blow-up mosque doesn't have quite the same ring to it...

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Fred Phelps, YOU are the one in danger of hell

Approaching his 80th birthday, Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas continues his vile, utterly unchristian rants. His church (which is not recognised by any mainstream denomination) suffered a fire last week, which he blames on American judges, whom he claims are going to hell (along with virtually everyone who is not a member of WBC).

This Blog has highlighted occasions where extreme Muslims have used children to promote their propaganda. It condemns with equal strength so-called Christians who cause children to sin by inciting hatred.

Phelps risibly claims that 'there is no free speech in America'. The fact that Phelps is not behind bars demonstrates conclusively that there is. He and his congregation (the great majority of whom are his own extended family) push any tolerance of free speech to the utmost limit.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Remember Tory sleaze?

Or what Liebour and their supporters in the media used to portray as 'sleaze'. Usually consisted of a white, Tory, male heterosexual politician shagging his secretary. Committing the cardinal sins (in socialist eyes) of being white, male, Tory and heterosexual. The rest was just soft porn for the gutter media.

Never, never, never was there systematic corruption in Government: certainly nothing on the scale we have seen from Liebour. Certainly not millions of pounds of taxpayers' money being stolen to pay for party political broadcasts masquerading as documentaries. This is utterly vile, if it proves to be true. And if it does, the government ministers who approved it should refund every last penny to the taxpayer out of their own pockets.

Friday, 1 August 2008

Barry George - an innocent (and free) man

Mrs Didactophobe and I are absolutely delighted with the news that Barry George has been acquitted of the Jill Dando murder. It was patently obvious that the 'evidence' against him was flimsy in the extreme and, when even that was discredited, there was only one possible verdict. Because a celebrity had been killed, the police were under pressure from the tabloids to get a result. When the suspect can be stereotyped as 'mad' (Daily Mirror); a 'beast' (Daily Mail) and 'tried to kill Di too' (The Sun), the chance of a fair trial plunges to somewhere sub-zero. Even Nick Ross, who believed George to be guilty, admitted to 'surprise' at George's conviction.

Barry George will undoubtedly be entitled to compensation: I wonder if he will be pursuing further damages through the libel courts.

Where is Patagonia?

Somewhere in South America. Beyond that, I don't know and you don't know. And if you do happen to know, don't bother telling me because I am not interested. And you need to get a life.

It is, however, important to Dr Aribert Heim, a 94 year old Nazi war criminal responsible for hundreds of murders in the Mauthausen concentration camp. There is no doubt that Heim's crimes were unspeakably evil. However, they were more than sixty years ago and he is now a man of very considerable age. I am not convinced that bringing such an elderly man to trial over crimes which happened so long ago would be at all fair or just. He has spent most of his life exiled from his native land and unable to touch the $1.8 million he has in a German bank account. Nor can his family claim the money until he is dead.

I am inclined to say that he should be allowed to stay where he is, and the money in the bank should instead be forfeit and distributed to Holocaust-related charities. That would be justice.

We need proper punishments - urgently

This is the story that caught my eye this morning. Three vile thugs who tortured and murdered a teenager with learning difficulties in a completely unprovoked attack getting off with 'slap on the wrist' punishments. The piece of filth which slit Laura Milne's throat, Stuart Jack, received the toughest punishment and will serve 18 years in prison. I am not sure even that is an adequate punishment for such a vile offence. His two co-accused, Debbie Buchan and Leigh MacKinnon, have been sentenced to a mere nine years each. With time off for 'good behaviour', that scum could be out in just six years. Six years for torture and murder! Buchan is quoted in today's Scottish Daily Mail, p.25, as having recorded a video in which she boasted of having really enjoyed stomping her head to ****. Why should that creature ever be allowed to walk the streets again? The legal system has failed yet another victim.

Sunday, 27 July 2008

It was God wot won it

At least, that is the gist of this post by Cranmer on the Glasgow East by-election.

There is much to be said for this. John Mason, the successful candidate, was the only candidate to identify themselves as a practising Christian. Opposed to the Fertilisation & Embryology Bill. Cranmer is right to point out that New Labour is keen to suck up to every minority apart from those who profess the Christian faith.

Even more significant on the moral front is the exposing of Labour's 'dirty little secret' in Glasgow East. Broon is fond of quoting statistics to claim that Labour has been active in tackling poverty, yet the state of so many in the east end of Glasgow demonstrates how utterly bogus this is. Labour has represented at least parts of that constituency continuously for well over 80 years, yet it is still one of the most deprived parts of the western world.

A year ago, I questioned what the point of the Labour Party was. A Tory voting great aunt of mine had witnessed at first hand the poverty of Springburn in the 1920s, where she started her working life. She left school shortly before her 14th birthday, but was no fool. She could see that Labour was, as it still is, owned, bought and paid for by powerful unions. Its only purpose was and is to look after these interest groups and to hell with everyone else. Voters in places like Glasgow East were and are taken for granted: their votes electing people who aspire (like Margaret Curran) to live elsewhere. At least, hopefully, until now. I hope and pray that John Mason will be an effective constituency MP, who will indeed promote aspiration among his constituents. This should not necessarily, however, involve the aspiration to move elsewhere. It must include the aspiration to improve their community as it is. To make life safer, healthier and generally better for those who can never afford to move out or do not wish to move out, as well as for those who do.

Back in December, I pointed out a great great great aunt of mine who remained on the electoral register for Bridgeton years after she had emigrated to New Zealand. I have no way of knowing the reason for this, nor whether the Labour MP of the time benefited. Where she lived in Bridgeton is now part of the Glasgow East constituency: no one lives there now, because the land has never been redeveloped after the slum clearances. The derelict land speaks volumes for the failure of socialism and the failure of the Labour Party. If Labour does not stand for improving the lot of the poor, it stands for nothing. Perhaps the kindest thing to do would be for its creditors to call in the party's astronomical debts and wind the whole thing up.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Good old Mirror!

Great to see the Sunday Mirror playing its part in tackling crime, by tracking down David Cameron's stolen bicycle. It is a bit of a double whammy for the Mirror, considering that they had a photographer on hand to snap David Cameron as soon as he realised the bike was missing on Wednesday.

A more cynical blogger than me would be tempted to juxtaposition some facts here:

1. Old bicycles like Cameron's are rarely targets for thieves.

2. Stolen bicycles are almost never recovered.

3. A Labour-supporting tabloid had a photographer on the spot.

4. Its sister paper recovered the bike.

That cynical blogger would question whether the whole thing was a stunt, and whether the bike was ever stolen at all. Luckily, I am no cynic.

Friday, 25 July 2008

Catastrophe for Labour: Tory vote holds up well

It's official, then. John Mason has won the Glasgow East by-election for the SNP: the only candidate to actually live in the constituency, who seems a thoroughly decent man and will be an excellent MP.

Commiserations to the Lib Dem candidate, Ian Robertson. I know him through my day job and have a huge amount of respect for him. His vote was horrendously squeezed and confirms two things: (1) the Lib Dems are no more than a receptacle for protest votes, and the support they do have is as soft as butter and is liable to switch to a more likely candidate and (2) more fundamentally, the Lib Dems are imploding in Scotland. No longer part of the Scottish Government; leaderless, a national leader who has made zero impact; lingering resentment against the last national leader for the way in which his own predecessor was treated. The SNP are hoovering up all the protest votes which the Lib Dems used to have.

Congratulations to Davena Rankin, the Conservative candidate. From a very low position, the Tory vote held up well, falling by just 0.6%, and moving the party from fourth place to third. Davena Rankin was an excellent candidate, who will make an excellent MP in the future. She is still young, and is highly likely to be selected for a winnable seat in due course. The Conservative vote in Scotland is rising and we can realistically challenge both Labour and the Lib Dems in several constituencies next time.

As for Margaret Curran, the Labour candidate, I lost all sympathy for her when we had the debacle of her 'slip of the tongue' concerning where she lives. Risibly, an unnamed aide was quoted as explaining that Ms Curran was speaking 'without notes': it would seem bizarre that an elected MSP could apparently require a prepared script in order to communicate correctly which constituency she lives in.

SNP win Glasgow East

The result has not been declared yet, but I switched on my television about 10 minutes ago to see a very happy looking John Mason, the SNP candidate, at the count surrounded by very happy looking SNP activists and some very glum looking Labour people. The Blogosphere was buzzing before I went to bed about a rumour that the SNP had won, and it is looking increasingly likely.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Hold the Darwin Award

We have a new winner. An absolutely tragic story, which is appalling for the victim's wife, but...

Step forward an unnamed Polish teacher, who was electrocuted while urinating on a live rail. There are terrible ways for a man to die, but 750 volts up your private parts is just about the worst.

Up the creek without a paddle

It was the inevitable ending to John and Anne Darwin's charade.6 years' imprisonment each: apparently Anne wants nothing more to do with her husband, and their sons want nothing more to do with either of them.

The greatest sympathy has to be towards the couple's sons, of course. They have been put through hell by their mother pretending their father was dead: even after he turned up at the police station, she maintained the pretence.

And the biggest question of all, of course, has to be why?. If they had the money to repay the insurance company and felt obliged to do so, why not offer to transfer the cash from the safety of Panama? The extradition treaty between Panama and the UK is more than a century old, and has never been used successfully. An extradition would have been virtually impossible; the insurance company would have been forced to accept the cash and the Darwins could have got away scot-free. If the father wanted to see the sons, then again, why not invite them both to the safety of Panama? Why take the risk of coming back to Blighty? And having come back, why go to a police station rather than contacting his sons directly?

The Darwin Awards celebrate people who remove themselves from the gene pool by stupid methods. This particular pair of Darwins have not done that, but they must be entitled to some kind of 'award' for stupidity.

I'm back again

Didactophobe has returned from visiting Didactodaddy. Having tracked him down after 38 years has been amazing, and it is wonderful that Didactodaddy has been so pleased to see him. However, it is damned expensive travelling a couple of hundred miles to see him, especially since Dad is keen for me to visit as often as possible. Ho hum.

Thursday, 17 July 2008

SATS madness

From today's Times. Two primary school children writing about Pip Davenport, fairground inventor, for their SATS test.

Child A (11 years old) wrote: "If he wasent doing enthing els heel help his uncle Herry at the funfair during the day. And had stoody at nigh on other thing he did was invent new rides. Becoues he invented a lot of new rides he won a prize. He didn’t live with his mum he lived with his wife.”

Child B (11 years old) wrote: "Quickly, it became apparent that Pip was a fantastic rider: a complete natural. But it was his love of horses that led to a tragic accident. An accident that would change his life forever. At the age of 7, he was training for a local competition when his horse, Mandy, swerved sideways unexpectedly, throwing Pip on to the ground, paralysed.”

Child A was given a higher score than Child B. Understandably, the head teacher is extremely displeased and is refusing to publish the scores until all the papers have been re-marked. Both of the above examples were graded as Level 4, ie what you would expect of a typical 11 year old. Clearly, there is no way that A reflects what one would expect of someone at the end of primary school. Meanwhile, candidate B is clearly exceptionally able. I don't know whether the mark for 'Composition and effect' includes spelling, but children are being short-changed if it does not. In the real world, people need to be able to produce written work that other people are able to read.

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Freedom Writers

Eclectic it may be, but my Blog has never discussed movies until now. I don't watch many films, to be honest. However, I have watched a couple recently. And on Sky last night, I watched Freedom Writers.

I had never heard of the film, but I was absolutely captivated. Not only is it an excellent film, but it is based on the story of a truly amazing teacher, Erin Gruwell.

Miss G, as she is referred to throughout, gets a job as an English teacher at a very socially mixed school in California. The affluent white kids have nice, peaceful classes. They are expected to succeed and they do. The poor black, Cambodian and Latino kids are herded into chaotic classes where no one expects to learn and no one does. The behaviour is shocking. And she turns them around. The catalyst for change was the discovery of a racist caricature which one of the Latino kids had drawn of one of the black kids. Miss G tells them that this was the sort of propaganda which led to the Holocaust.

Upon learning that only one student had actually heard of the Holocaust, Miss G makes radical changes to what they are learning. In comes Anne Frank's Diary; students getting to meet Holocaust survivors and experiencing multi-sensory approaches to learning and teaching. This class of no-hopers see their grades improve massively and they come to love the teacher who had turned their lives around.

The political differences between the UK and US are very obvious. Googling responses to the film reveals that Republican rednecks regard it as Commie propaganda to undermine decent, God-fearing white folks. In British terms, Erin Gruwell's approach reflects Conservative values: encouraging self-respect, self-control and self-help; private fundraising; encouraging people to take responsibility for their own actions; the value of individual ideas against heartless bureaucracy; encouraging poor kids to aspire to something better, rather than waiting for hand-outs.

The similarities in education are striking, however. Kids being written off because of their backgrounds; indisciplined classrooms where learning becomes impossible; teachers set in their ways feeling threatened by, and completely failing to understand, someone with new ideas and a bit of charisma; jealousy towards a teacher who fails to conform and who dares to make a difference.

Miss G is to a large extent the teacher that I would like to be. I might even buy a set of her books for my own low-ability classes. Hopefully, I would fare better than Connie Heermann.

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Who says politics is for ugly people?

Fabulous news that Miss Great Britain, Gemma Garrett, is thinking about becoming a Tory candidate. We need more colourful characters who will liven up the House of Commons. Go for it, Gemma!

Saturday, 12 July 2008

Who is running the asylum?

Not actually an asylum, although you might wonder. At King's College Hospital in London, management have hit upon a money-making wheeze which involves wheel-clamping ambulances and then charging for them to be released.

Yes. Ambulances. Wheel-clamped. Outside a hospital.

Words fail me.

Parliamentary question of the week

Theresa May to Harriet Har-perzun:

Yesterday, the Prime Minister likened himself to Heathcliff. I imagine that most people would be disturbed by this comparison—as indeed it seems was Andrew McCarthy of the Brontë parsonage museum in Yorkshire, who explained that:

“Heathcliff is a man prone to domestic violence, kidnapping, possibly murder and digging up his dead lover. He is moody, and unkind to animals.”

Can the Prime Minister make a statement explaining which of those characteristics is most like him?


Friday, 11 July 2008

And another victory for fairness and common sense

Congratulations to David Davis, who romped home in the Haltemprice & Howden by-election, with a stunning 72% of the vote.

I am a simple soul, and do not claim to understand all of the issues involved, but I do know that I would not want the police to have the freedom to haul me off the street, lock me up for 42 days without charge, without a trial and without me knowing precisely what I was suspected of. I do know that in other countries, such as the US (2 days) and Australia (14 days), the limits are much, much lower. What a shame that Labour did not put up a candidate to debate the issues. Broon does not seem to like elections very much. He became Prime Minister without one; he bottled out of an election last autumn; he denied us the freedom to vote on the Lisbon Treaty; he refuses to acknowledge that the Irish vote on the Lisbon Treaty is sufficient to kill it stone dead.

Those who cannot imagine doing anything as a matter of principle do not understand Davis. They do not understand why he has thrown away his career in the Shadow Cabinet; why he has gone against the advice of his party leader. However, the freedoms we have in this country were won by men and women who were prepared to do what Davis has done, and put liberty and principle ahead of immediate self-interest.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Victory for fairness and common sense

I have received today the following email from the Christian Institute.

A Christian registrar from Islington who was bullied and threatened with the sack because of her religious beliefs on same sex unions has succeeded in her claims of unlawful discrimination by the council.

In its unanimous judgment, the employment tribunal found that Miss Lillian Ladele was directly discriminated against by Islington Council after she asked to be allowed not to perform civil partnership registrations.

Congratulations to Lillian Ladele for refusing to deny her faith. Jesus taught that those who are persecuted for his sake will be greatly rewarded: Jesus said, If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it. Matt. 16:24,25.

Palestinian TV

Not for the faint-hearted. In fact, not for any civilised human being at all. This is a link to a video on Youtube which was broadcast on Palestinian television, courtesy of the Hamas terrorists.

It features a song by the daughter of terrorist Reem Riyashi, who abandoned her children when she murdered four innocent people as well as condemning herself to Hell. To paraphrase Robert Burns, "this worthless body damn'd hersel, to save the Lord the trouble".

I think it is beyond the understanding of any civilised person to really comprehend the wickedness involved in brainwashing a young child to rejoice in the death of her mother and four of her fellow human beings, and for this to be broadcast on television to encourage others to die.

Jesus' teaching on this is very clear, and very graphic: It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin (Luke 17:2)

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

And passed by on the other side (Luke 10:32)

Excellent story on the BBC Website about a Methodist minister Derek Rigby who posed as a tramp on the steps of his own church. Not one of his congregation even spoke to him, other than to warn him not to go near their cars.

I wonder how I would have reacted, had our minister done that. I hope that I would have been somewhat kinder and more welcoming. In fact, knowing our congregation, I am certain that he would not have been ignored. You never can tell, though, can you?

Bear in mind that these people were on their way into church. They were not running for a bus; late for an important meeting; laden with shopping, or in any one of thousand other situations which lead to all of us at some point (and I am the first to admit it) making excuses for ourselves.

It is thought-provoking, nonetheless.

There are such things as right and wrong

Mr Cameron's abandonment this week of moral neutrality is to be greatly welcomed. It appears that he has crossed the Rubicon which millions of people in Britain have been begging a senior politician to cross for years.

Of course, atheist Nick Clegg is not happy about it. Nor is the Marxist Daily Mirror. He must be right, then.

If people are unemployed, it is sometimes their own fault. They did not work hard enough at school. They have got into antisocial behaviour which has rendered them unemployable.

If people are too fat it is entirely because they eat too much. There is no 'fat virus' which infects people: if there were, we could inject it into the millions of our fellow citizens on this planet who do not have enough to eat. We could solve the world's food shortages overnight.

If people are single parents, it is bad for their children, all else being equal. I reprint here part of a discussion which I had on another forum. It was originally about the repeal of Section 28, which I unequivocally opposed and still believe to have been wrong, and had led on to family relationships in general:

For [some] children, real family relationships are being the offspring of junkies; rapists; bank robbers; incestuous parents; drunk drivers; Old Firm fans; shoplifters; terrorists; farmyard animal fetishists; fraudsters; drug dealers; socialists; atheists; gangsters; muggers; jaikies; Glaswegians; neds; alcoholics or parking attendants.

Some may have the misfortune to have parents belonging to more than one of the above groups. Each is unfortunate in its own way.

Are you suggesting, [my interlocutor], that we endorse EVERY possible family relationship?

When I was in Primary 1, I did what the infant teacher told everyone in the class to do. I made a Christmas card 'to mum and dad'. There were only two of us in the class who were the offspring of single mothers (changed days, eh?). When I got home, my mum asked me, "Did you forget you don't have a dad?".

It was embarrassing for me. However, I do not for the tiniest fraction of a second believe that the infant teacher was wrong. Having a mum and dad IS the best family relationship. Without question. Part of my socialisation experience at school was to learn that there were BETTER families out there than my own, and that I should aspire to do better. Which I did.

What really annoys me is when white, middle class, happily married Socialist parents (including several members of the present Government) disparage the sort of backgrounds which they and their children have benefited from. Poor people's children are expected to be patronised, being told that their family's background is equal to anyone else's (when it demonstrably isn't), rather then believing that they should aspire to something better. Which is why we are seeing the sort of social breakdown that we are.

Some things are right. Other things are wrong. Some things have to be negotiated. All things should be up for discussion.

Burn the racist!

A stupid statement, I know. However, in my humble opinion, not much more stupid than some comments made by politicians.

A Conservative peer, Lord Dixon-Smith on Monday used the phrase nigger in the woodpile during a debate. Within seconds, one of his Conservative colleagues asked him to reconsider his remarks, and Lord Dixon-Smith immediately apologised. Followed by an apology to Lord Strathclyde, the Conservative leader in the House of Lords. As Lord Dixon-Smith said, 'it was common parlance' when he was younger.

Surely that should be the end of the matter? Guy says something wrong; guy withdraws it and apologises.

However, that approach does not satisfy the mean-spiritedness of some politicians. We live in a society which goes bananas when anyone says anything racist. As James McGrath, former adviser to Boris Johnson, can testify, it is not necessary to say anything racist for you to be branded a racist.

In this case, the stupidity is being led by Keith Vaz MP, who has called for Lord Dixon-Smith to lose his job and has said that it shows a lack of understanding and sensitivity to the ethnic community. I beg your pardon? We are all members of ethnic communities, are we not? Surely such an active anti-racist campaigner such as Vaz would not ghettoise black people by implying that they alone are 'ethnics', and therefore different to the rest of us?

Vaz also says that We will judge Mr Cameron on how he responds. Indeed, let us do that. Mr Cameron says the remarks were inappropriate, the apology was appropriate, and life should go on. He has resisted the opportunity to throw yet another good man to the wolves, and I am thankful for that.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Buggery in the shrubbery

You couldn't make it up. Or maybe you could, nowadays. Bristol City Council has been accused of discrimination, because they are trying to clear up some overgrown parts of Bristol Downs. They hope that this will encourage more visitors and provide a better environment for wildlife.

However, the local sodomites are not 'gay' about this at all. They have accused the city council of discrimination on the grounds that they use this area for carnal pleasures. They consider their 'needs' [ie to commit illegal acts] to be greater than those of local people who have apparently objected to this criminal activity taking place. What is worse, is that the local authority is now bringing itself into disrepute and wasting taxpayers' money by engaging with these people.

100 years ago, sodomites, the sort of people who are members or supporters of the Terrence Higgins Trust, and the sort of people who would be part of an authority's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender advisory group would have been banged up in prison or a lunatic asylum as morally defective. Have we really advanced since then?

Monday, 7 July 2008

Now, THAT is sleaze!

The day after Broon called for the rest of us to stop wasting food to try and combat global food shortages, I expected him to be tucking into beans on toast and eating every morsel of it. Not like Gordon to expose himself to charges of stinking hypocrisy. After all, it is all our fault that there is a global food shortage, since we all waste £8 a week.

I was therefore delighted to read that the G8 summit on food shortages is costing a mere £283 MILLION to stage. To be fair, the leaders are going easy on their menus, restricting themselves to a modest five courses at lunch and a modest eight courses at dinner.

The menu in full:

White asparagus and truffle soup
Kegani crab almond oil foam and green olive tapenade
Supreme of chicken served with stuffed thigh, nuts and orange savoury with beetroot foam
Special cheese selection with half-dried fruits
Peach compote, ice cream and raspberry coulis

Corn-stuffed caviar
Smoked salmon and sea urchin "pain surprise" style
Hot onion tart
Winter lily bulb and summer savoury
Folding fan modelled tray decorated with bamboo grasses

Kelp-flavoured cold Kyoto beef "shabu-shabu", asparagus dressed with sesame cream
Diced fatty flesh of tuna fish, avocado and jellied soy sauce and Japanese herb "shiso"
Boiled clam, tomato, "shiso" in jellied clear soup of clam
Water shield and pickled conger dressed with vinegar soy sauce
Boiled prawn with jellied tosazu vinegar
Grilled eel rolled around burdock strip

Sweet potato

Fried and seasoned Goby with soy sauce and sugar

Hairy Crab "Kegani" bisque soup

Salt-grilled bighand thornyhead with vinegary water pepper sauce

Milk fed "shiranuka" lamb flavoured with aromatic herbs and mustard

Roasted lamb and cepes and black truffle with emulsion sauce of lamb's stock and pine seed oil

Special cheese selection, lavender honey and caramelised nuts

G8 fantasy dessert

Coffee served with candied fruits and vegetables

Wine list

Le Reve grand cru champagne

Japanese saki

Corton Charlemagne 2005

Chateau Latour burgundy

Ridge California Monte Bello 1997

Tokaji Essencia 1999 from Hungary

Call me an uneducated peasant, but I don't know what half of this stuff is. Is it even food? If someone told me they had a hairy crab or a bighand thornyhead, I would call the police. Are the 13 courses served on separate plates, or just tipped into a trough? Oink, oink!

Call that sleaze? - I don't think so.

Labour MP John Mann is apparently accusing David Cameron of sleaze after adopting policies proposed by a businessman who had given him free flights in his private jet.

The policies adopted have included such sordid ideas as giving extra cash to parents of disabled children. Quite.

Political parties in this country are funded by voluntary donations. Apart from Labour, of course, which is bankrolled by unions appropriating millions upon millions of pounds of their members' money. Understandably, donors seek to influence policy, even the cuddly old unions. If this is done for personal gain at the expense of others, that is immoral. Seeking to benefit parents of disabled children does not register on my scale of wickedness, however.

Personally, I did not even see anything wrong with the Bernie Ecclestone affair. The policy that Labour changed at that point was to the benefit of British motor racing, with the only losers being foreign competitors. And why not? Clearly, donors to political parties should not be allowed to benefit one British company rather than another. However, if it is in the general interest of British industry, or in the general interest of charity, what on earth is wrong with that?

A politician receiving a trip on a private plane to a private home for a private meeting with a private donor does not bother me, frankly. Listening to what private individuals want may be an alien concept to Labour, but it strikes me as being to the benefit of democracy.

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Glasgow East - no mean constituency

I have been reading with interest the blogs and articles by more talented people, and feel that I ought to give my tuppenceworth. Back in December, I posted about the discrepances in the voters roll for Glasgow Bridgeton back in the 1930s. Several of my extended family (the children of my gg grandfather's second (and bigamous, but that's another story)) marriage emigrated from the slums of Bridgeton to start new lives in New Zealand.

At that time, of course, Bridgeton was a rock-solid Labour constituency. Now it doesn't exist. Why not? Because in the 1960s, thousands of people were moved out of the slums to peripheral housing schemes and to 'new towns'. It was interesting to visit where my relatives lived a few months ago: the tenements are long gone, but the street signs are still there for Carstairs Street, Colvend Street, Poplin Street, Swanston Street etc. No one lives there now. It is hard to imagine looking down Carstairs Street towards what was Strathclyde School, that at one time thousands of people lived in the tiny area that is bounded by the above streets. If they had residents today, those people would be eligible to vote in Glasgow East.

The people who did not take the assisted passage route were the losers, no doubt about it. The constituency of Glasgow East is one of the most deprived in the country. At the 2005 Election, the unemployment rate was 7.7%, above average but hardly headline-grabbing. Look beneath the lies, damned lies and statistics, and factor in the number of people on incapacity benefits, and we discover that around 50% of the adult 'working' population is unemployed.

The Tory candidate who had been selected for the next General Election has stood down, in favour of Davena Rankin, a rising star. A black, female trade unionist, she is absolutely right to challenge all sorts of stereotypes. She will hopefully be selected for a winnable seat in the near future. However, what about Pat McPhee, who has stood down? The truth is, she had volunteered to stand in a constituency that few Tories would want, out of loyalty to the party. But this leads us to another important fact:

Glasgow East is the sort of constituency which political parties generally ignore. To try and displace Labour would be a fruitless task for all other parties. Labour itself does not bother, for two reasons: (1)Labour can take the votes for granted and (2) Engaging with the people would mean trying to solve some of the worst poverty in the western world.

When Broon bangs on about 'raising families out of poverty', he is talking about bunging a few quid to people just below an arbitrary poverty line so that they are just above it. In the real world, they are little better off, but he is able to trumpet statistics to show that he is tackling poverty. Such measures do not work among the poorest parts of Glasgow East. There are families, generations of whom have been unemployed. There is a huge drugs problem. Male life expectancy in Calton is not just lower than that the much-quoted examples of North Korea or the Gaza strip. Fraser Nelson points out that it is lower than in Sudan, Cambodia or Ghana.

There is a poverty of ambition among the poorest communities. People do not expect to work; to get a degree (only 7% are graduates, virtually all of whom live in the middle class enclaves of Mount Vernon and Baillieston) or to live anywhere else. They do not need patronising health campaigns: the people know they eat unhealthily, smoke too much, drink too much and take too many illegal drugs. They just don't see that they have anything to live for. Labour doesn't want to change this, because it would take too much effort and there aren't enouh votes in helping the underclass.

The underclass, funnily enough, are not deprived in the way people were decades ago. They have indoor toilets; electricity, hot and cold running water; they get their Giros; they have clothes and shoes; they do not starve. Compared to half the world's population, they are not getting such a bad deal. However, in an affluent society, it is not enough for those people to have dignity and to contribute to that society.

Give them more money? No. Labour has raised taxes by £1.25 TRILLION in the last eleven years. If a socialist Utopia could be bought, it would have been. Improvements in public services have not come close to providing value for the money that has been spent. Give a jaikey more money in his Giro, and it will only benefit the local drug dealer, off licence or bookmaker.

It is constituencies like Glasgow East which demonstrate the emptiness and wickedness of socialism. The socialists couldn't care less about those who really experience poverty. Socialists have represented this area for decades, and what do the people have to show for it?

I am pleased to see that David Cameron intends campaigning strongly in this constituency. Forget about tactical votes for the SNP. Labour will win Glasgow East, because it exists on a different planet to most other constituencies, even those which are fairly deprived. People in the most deprived areas are immune to interest rate rises, since they don't have mortgages. They are immune to threats to jobs, because they don't expect to work. They are immune to inflation, because their benefits will be increased automatically. They associate Labour with having a roof over their heads and getting their Giros. No other party has a chance there.

However, as I say, it is vital that the Tories campaign strongly. Part of the reason the vote fell between 1979-97 is that Mrs Thatcher and John Major were perceived as not caring about Scotland. This was particularly the case in industrial central Scotland, as thousands of mining and steelmaking jobs were lost. The Tories were seen as an 'English' party which only cared about the south east. David Cameron, to his credit, has asserted that he wants the Conservative Party to represent the whole country. He needs to make that visible. He needs to take Liam Fox out of whichever backroom he is stored in, dust him down, and get his face on to television in Scotland to show that the Tories do have something to offer a boy from a working class council scheme in the west of Scotland. He needs to get the whole Shadow Cabinet involved, and as many other MPs as possible, to show that the Conservatives care not only about Glasgow East, but about Scotland as a whole.

There are still about 15 constituencies in Scotland, despite the Tories' best efforts to lose them, where the Conservatives either have a chance of winning, or at least have a significant pocket of support which can be built on. In places like Glasgow East, who knows what can be achieved? No one else has tried.

Friday, 4 July 2008

Giving RE a bad name

A rather worrying article in the Daily Mail today, alleging that two schoolboys were given detention because they refused to 'pray to Allah' as part of an RE lesson.

Which political party do you think is making an issue of this?

Perhaps the Labour Party, having responsibility for the nation's education? Nope.
Perhaps the Conservative Party, being entrusted with representing the Opposition view? Nope.
Perhaps the Lib Dems, doing whatever it is they are supposed to do? Nope.
Perhaps the BNP, doing what it does best, stirring up resentment and division? Of course!

As soon as Islam is mentioned, the mainstream politicians and the Lib Dems retreat into their bunkers. They know that to express a point of view could end their political career, leaving only the BNP prepared to take on the issue.

Now, I am not rushing to judgement regarding the school or teacher. I know very well how a teacher's words can be twisted a thousand times between the lesson and the story appearing in the Daily Mail.

If the story is true, then it is of course very worrying. There is no way that children should be forced to pray to Allah or to anyone else in an RE lesson. That should not be the point of the lesson. Even if it is not true, this is the sort of story which gives RE a bad name. It has taken decades for RE teachers to achieve any kind of credibility, and this is the kind of story that we can all do without.

I find the Deputy Head Teacher's comments very worrying, if correctly reported: "It's difficult to know at the moment whether this was part of the curriculum or not. I am not an RE teacher, I am an English teacher." Eh? Three answers: (1) It shouldn't part of the curriculum (assuming the reports are correct) and (2) A DHT is paid his or her large salary to do more than be a specialist in their own subject. If he doesn't know that praying to Allah is not part of the curriculum of any normal comprehensive school, then... I shall be charitable and presume that he has been misquoted. Finally (3) if the teacher has articulately given [him] her version of events, then why does he not put us out of our misery, and just explain what that articulate version was?

It is perfectly reasonable for an RE teacher to ask children to act out what religious people do as part of a ceremony. However, they should make clear that it is not actually prayer/worship, it is only a role-play. They should also be very sensitive about children not wishing to be part of a role play. That may be as simple as a child being shy and self-conscious, or as major as a real religious or moral objection to the activity. As I say, I am not making a judgement on what the teacher actually said or did. I know very well who people can be misquoted and how children can misunderstand the simplest of instructions.