Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Well, Worry Not, Teachers – There’s A Solution!

A survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) of their members reports that 90% said their school or college asks for contributions towards school trips related directly to the curriculum.
More than one in ten said contributions were requested for musical equipment used in lessons and 13% said parents were asked for cash towards pens and paper.
Just say no. Simples!
A primary teacher in a Surrey state school said: “When contributions aren’t made it means we always make a loss on trips or incoming theatre groups, and pressure is growing to not do them.”
Really? I bet it’s not growing to cut back on the nonsensical Green schemes and other unnecessary politically-correct events you run, is it?
A head of department in a secondary school in Cornwall told the ATL: “We have cancelled a trip, which was linked to the curriculum, because the contributions meant there was a significant shortfall.
We’ve also found that in the past four years or so, far fewer students come on expensive trips, eg to a museum in London, when travel costs are high.”
It makes a mockery of state education if activities that support the curriculum end up not happening because there is no cash, depriving kids of a full learning experience.
When that ‘full learning experience’ leaves us with children unable to read or write to a high enough standard to be employed, while giving them an unshakable sense of entitlement, I think I’ll be less than concerned that they didn’t get to see ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ performed by wheelchair-bound transgender activists in London.

Put It Down Now, It’s Got The Taste For Blood

What? No, no, not the Akita
A young mother has been jailed for four years for savagely biting a chunk off a woman’s ear in a row over…
Oh, this’ll be great! It always is, when the term ‘young mother’ plays a part…
… the choice of music at a pub disco

And where did she get the impression that this sort of overreaction was acceptable?

Why, from the usual place, of course:
Prosecutor Andrew Kershaw said Blackburn had a conviction for battery and a reprimand for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
A reprimand..!? It’s a wonder they didn’t make her write out 100 times ‘I must not commit assault’, isn’t it?
In mitigation, Blackburn’s barrister, Tina Landale, said it was a spontaneous assault in drink and her client was shocked by the consequences.
Well, yes. She probably expected to get let off. Again.

A Very British Murder...

Frenchman Soufiane Essabri, of Rathmore Road, stabbed and battered 30-year-old Latvian Andrejs Ivanovs during "an extraordinarily violent outburst" in December 2012.
It's not really one for Miss Marple or Sherlock Holmes, is it?

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

More Of That Wonderful Diversity...

Chairman of the bench Oliver Haywood heard today the pair knew each other and unemployed Safi had been overheard shouting at the woman by a team of netball players using the park nearby.
Prosecutor Trude Scott said: "The witness said children were around there looking at the couple because it was loud.
"She saw Mr Safi shouting at a lady and she sat down. "He lifted his arm up and hit her on the face.
"She screamed and seemed quite scared."
Mr Haywood heard how the woman had a red mark to her face but refused to make any allegations against Safi.
Defending Safi, John Middlehurst said the victim’s cultural background meant she is regarded as her parents’ possession and it was up to them who she did and did not see.
Mr Middlehurst requested the court did not write to the victim to let her know the outcome of the case.
He said: "If they get a letter referring to this it will create very difficult problems for her - far worse than the problems of this case so far."
The court heard Safi had two previous convictions for affray and the possession of an offensive weapon in 2009.
He was sentenced to a 12 month supervision order and made to pay £85 in costs and £60 in a victim surcharge. The costs were reduced from £350 because of credit given to him for admitting the offence.
Can't we put it towards a one-way ticket back to Afghanistan?

Your Staff Are Being Racially Abused? Stop Calling Us! You’re A Nuisance!

A town centre takeaway has been warned that it could be shut down following a catalogue of police call-outs after closing time.
Food Factory in Bradshawgate was brought before Bolton Council’s licensing sub-committee because of police concerns about behaviour there.
No, it’s not a case of the staff chasing customers out of the place with cleavers, but a case where they are being abused:
The incidents included staying open after hours, violence and racial abuse aimed at staff from revellers.
I look forward to the police closing the Tube network or the Croydon tram line the next time someone racially abuses the staff or other passengers then...

Still, could have been worse for them; at least they didn't sell someone a dodgy takeaway. The police arrest for this now?

Question: How Can You Tell UKIP Is Scaring The Right People?

Answer: Look for their usual fallback position:

Or as I like to say: What if my auntie had balls, then she'd be my uncle!

That was one of the Great Thinkers Of Our Time reacting to the new poster campaign.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Well, There’s ‘Scrutiny’, And Then There’s Scrutiny

As Quiet Man notes, it’s take awhile. But the expected backlash has begun. And John Ware comes out fighting:
Lutfur Rahman is Britain's first directly elected Asian mayor.
He’s not, of course, Chinese. Or Thai. This is the BBC’s version of ‘Asian’…
On 22 May, he seeks re-election. He says he aspires to the highest standards of transparency and probity and that he welcomes scrutiny. Two weeks ago, on Panorama, we scrutinised the way he's run this most diverse of boroughs.
Heh! Extra large box of popcorn all round.

Though I’m finding myself unable to root for either side in this.
Instead of welcoming this, the mayor employed a major City law firm and a PR company at huge public expense to try to get the programme stopped.
While the BBC fought back with their lawyers at their viewer’s expense. That’s somehow different, I take it?
I often think how I would feel were I a Muslim in post-9/11 Britain. I suspect that I, too, would feel a sense of victimhood, for Muslims have been under a relentless spotlight.
Hmm, sympathy for the BBC is dimming somewhat…
But that should never stop the BBC from raising valid questions about the way a council is run and public money spent. The idea that any BBC programme would be motivated to do this by racism or Islamophobia is unthinkable, as anyone who has worked for the BBC knows.
Oh, perish the thought! I’m sure you should, like Caesar’s wife, be considered beyond reproach in that! 

OK, I’ve made up my mind. Can they both lose..?

Yes, It Is Indeed An ‘All Too Typical Story’…

A pregnant drug dealer has been jailed after she left her one-year-old son alone at her Worcester flat while she went out to sell drugs.
The court heard she had previous convictions for drug offences and dishonesty and was in breach of a community order with a drug treatment requirement.
*sighs again*
Barry Newton, defending, said Niblett was 30 weeks pregnant and she had pledged to be clean of drugs by the time her baby was born.
“Hers is an all too typical story of a long standing heroin problem and acquisitive theft to support it,” he told the court. Niblett had been remanded in custody since the offence and being in prison while pregnant had a “devastating effect” on her, he said.
Mr Newton said she had been coerced into selling the drugs by a man who had made threats towards her.
Ah, yeah, of course. There’s always a man to blame, eh? Luckily our justice system won’t hear of any such attempt to pass the bl…

Recorder Satinder Hunjan, said Niblett had left the child at home in an “appalling and neglected condition”.
She had a long criminal record but he accepted she had been coerced into selling drugs.

Ah, The ‘Thinking Skills’ Course…

…we know what that means, don’t we?
A motorist who was caught drink-driving twice within two weeks has been given a suspended jail sentence.
Nor was it just a simple case of drink driving.
Bolton magistrates heard how Scott Byrne, aged 27, of Woodbridge Drive, Tonge Moor, was stopped driving a VW Golf on Manchester Road, Bolton, on October 11.
He was almost two times over the legal alcohol limit, had no insurance and resisted arrest.
But don’t worry, there’s no danger of any punishment!
Byrne pleaded guilty to all the offences and was sentenced to two months in prison, suspended for two years.
He will also be subject to a 7pm to 7am curfew for 16 weeks and must attend Thinking Skills sessions for six days.
Note that – ‘must attend’. Not ‘complete’, not ‘pass’. He just has to sit there for six sessions!