Stoking The Fires of Hatred

Recent events in Cologne have only served to exacerbate the febrile atmosphere enveloping Germany and much of Germany. We can only be grateful that Britain remains fairly calm and level-headed in comparison. Not that anyone in authority is doing much to maintain the calm. Now, I must admit that if there’s one thing about modern … Continue reading

PR Disaster

With the election over, Britain has effectively chosen the party that wants to move the deckchairs around as the Titanic sinks rather than the party that wanted to drill additional holes in the hull of the sinking ship. The end disaster will be the same, but the nation will stay afloat a little longer this … Continue reading

Representing England

The Scottish independence referendum debacle highlighted the long-running canker at the heart of British politics – the fact that England, despite vastly exceeding the other British nations in population, is relegated to a junior role in which it (rightly) has no say in issues that only affect Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, but the MPs … Continue reading

A Foolish Finale, or The System Sucks

Having made my way through the Employability Skills course and the subsequent rerun at The Gatherings, it was clear that the course I ought to follow was that of going freelance through the NEA self-employment program. So, I was booked to attend the introductory meeting. If I made the grade, I’d have twenty-six weeks of … Continue reading

Back to School…

Recently, mainly thanks to the panic over Muslims allegedly seizing control of state schools, education has become a big issue again in the UK. Leaving aside the specific, and frequently ironic, hysteria surrounding the Islamic ‘Trojan Horse’ allegations, the English educational system is in dire need of reform. A lot of talk, naturally, has been … Continue reading

Is Eric Pickled?

So, Eric Pickles has waded into the debate on what to do about the flooding (if not into the actual floodwaters) and has declared that no money can be diverted from the bottomless pit of overseas aid to assist British citizens suffering a disaster on the grounds that the money will be spent to combat … Continue reading

Facilitate Not Nannystate!

My feelings on everything that is wrong with Britain today could be summed up as ‘an obsession with control (a Nanny State approach) that not only fails to facilitate personal choices but actively blocks the individual from advancing’. The State should exist as a servant of the People, providing the services that they require when … Continue reading

Fair Deal?

Normal 0 It is the ever-fresh suggestion for a government wanting to sound as if it is being tough on the unemployed, whilst ignoring the realities of existing schemes: make the unemployed work for their benefits. Well, if we ignore the oxymorons of making the unemployed work (surely they would then be employed?) and of … Continue reading

An Osbo for families…

Maybe George Osborne has a horrible family, but he certainly seems to be opposed to them, doing all he can to force parents out to work. Perhaps he’s got shares in a nursery? Certainly it’s the nurseries and childminders who are thriving on his watch. Want to stay at home and raise the kids while … Continue reading

Thinking Caps…

The arrival of benefits caps  is today’s big news and, unsurprisingly, the talk is of what might be done next – regional variation, perhaps, or reducing the cap level further, or specific measures such as limiting child benefit to the first two children of the unemployed and stopping under-25s from being eligible for housing benefit. … Continue reading