Thursday, July 20, 2017

Britain Beyond Brexit.

Good To Know!

What was the brand which suited dentists? - I can't recall.

BBC Sexism.

Apparently, at the higher end of salary scales at the Beeb, men have two thirds of the posts. At first sight, this seems like rampant sexism but as the bulk of these jobs are held by people who earn more than the Prime Minister - I hardly care!
If there is unfairness - keep on employing the best people for the jobs and it will even out over time.
'Equality of outcomes' must be shunned - all this would mean is that you will inevitably employ inferior people for superior salaries.
No. The real concern here is the size of the salaries which rob licence payers of their cash. SEVEN figure salaries - that is the real abomination here.
(Fascinating how good socialists will decry a company director on a quarter of a million annually but forget to mention those pals of theirs at the Beeb on ten times that figure!)
Market forces matter. For TV entertainers, leftist comedians and newsreaders - these salaries are gross.

£80 Billion? - They're 'Avin' A Larf!

'They're CRAZY!' British officials vow to challenge EVERY LINE of EU's £80bn Brexit bill

BRITISH negotiators last night branded their EU counterparts “crazy” and vowed to challenge every line of Brussels’ demands for a whopping £80 billion Brexit bill.

Persecution In India.

It’s hot enough here but imagine living in Uttar Pradesh, India, where temperatures can reach 40C. Then imagine your neighbours had cut off a vital water supply… just because you were a Christian.
Our brothers and sisters in a village in the northern state are being denied access to water for their crops – to force them to deny Jesus. They have steadfastly refused. 
Please pray that God will strengthen our Christian family in Jalalabad village in Ghazipur District, as they come under intense pressure to recant their faith.
Local Hindus are refusing to sell water from their boreholes to four Christian families, and their crops are dying as a result. Even local police and the village chief have not intervened to restore the water supply, despite the Christians’ appeals for help.
Neighbours accuse the Christians of converting people by force. Yet, on one recent occasion, a mob forced every local Christian to take part in Hindu rituals and declare that they denied Christ. Some younger Christians reportedly felt they had no option but to give in to these demands. Those who resisted were beaten – and now find themselves without water for farming. Release Int.


Mafia Money Laundering In The EU.

  • Dirty money often comes to tourist or coastal areas, like Malaga in Andalusia.

Major profits from large-scale illegal activities have to be laundered to enter the so-called clean economy.
The money laundering itself is increasingly done by external specialised groups, which take a 5-8 percent cut for the service, Europol, the EU's police agency, says.
When only considering the Italian mafias, a 2016 report by the EU's judicial cooperation agency, Eurojust, notes their infiltration into the legitimate economy in "Spain (particularly favoured by the Italian Camorra), the Netherlands, Romania, France, Germany, and the UK."
But how are they doing this?
Primarily through "real estate investments and participation in public or private contracts, particularly in the field of construction, public utilities and waste disposal," the report says.
The Transcrime Organized Crime Portfolio (OCP), edited by Paolo Savona and Michele Riccardi, also notes "cases of organised crime investments were found in almost all EU member states (24 out of 28)", predominantly in Italy, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and Romania.
Dirty money, the OCP study says, is mostly "in areas with a historically strong presence of organised crime groups (e.g. southern Italy), in border regions, or in areas which may play a crucial role in illicit trafficking (e.g. Andalusia, or Rotterdam and Marseille with their harbours), large urban areas (e.g. London, Amsterdam, Madrid, Berlin) and tourist or coastal areas (e.g. Côte d’Azur, Murcia, Malaga or European capitals).
Southern Spain, for example, attracts dirty money from Italian mafias, Russian criminals and northern European biker gangs. EU Observer.


Pure Bile Of The Left.

The Tories have enjoyed success at General Elections in the past, but mere mention of their name still provokes vitriol among some voters. SIR BERNARD INGHAM, Yorks Post. Nearly 40 years ago I sat in on one of Margaret Thatcher’s few meetings with the Trades Union Congress. A far from militant union leader, who I had known as a labour correspondent, plonked himself down next to me and aggressively said: “Hello, traitor”. No acknowledgment that as a civil servant of 12 years standing I was obliged to work for whatever Government the voters chose. No recognition that over those 12 years I had worked for three Labour Ministers (Barbara Castle, Eric Varley and Tony Benn) as well as three Conservatives – Robert Carr, Maurice Macmillan and Lord Carrington. Just venom that I had chosen to work for the Tories again. I often think about this little episode when I read of the sheer viciousness of attacks during the election against Tory candidates and, to be fair, the bullying of Labour moderates, especially women. It seems that the new currency of political discourse is foul-mouthed abuse and threats – even racism – apparently orchestrated on the internet by some on the hard Left, who Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn fails to rein in. It is all very well to deplore this – as we must, or it will become the norm – but it is entirely another thing to fathom the utter contempt for Tories held by, for example, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon. Such attitudes are so rife that I am told it is unwise to reveal you voted Tory in that so-called distinguished seat of learning, Cambridge. What on earth lies behind this contorted-faced contempt for all things Tory? As one with impeccable working class credentials, I must confess that in my younger days I abhorred the privilege that the Tories represented. But Alec Douglas-Home was the last of the Tory toffs in No 10 – if you can ignore David Cameron’s new money. Ted Heath, Thatcher, John Major and now Theresa May were not born with silver spoons in their mouths. I suspect that certainly Thatcher, Major and May, having lived among the working class, had or have more in common with them than Islington’s middle class revolutionaries who stand behind Corbyn. It is – or was in 1945 – easy to understand why Winston Churchill fell after leading us through the Second World War. The public had had enough of the two-nation Twenties and the unemployment of the 1930s. And people are still in love with the welfare state that Clement Attlee provided, even though it was soon fraying at the edges. Even Aneurin Bevan worried about “the cascade of pills down the nation’s throat” before prescription charges. Yet before all this the Tories had a long history of industrial and social reform. Have the scoffers never heard of the admittedly controversial Sir Robert Peel; the Earl of Shaftesbury; Richard Oastler or “One-Nation” Benjamin Disraeli? And it was a Liberal – David Lloyd George – who laid the foundations of the welfare state in 1911. What has the Left to offer after Attlee? Harold Wilson? He wore himself out holding his fractious party together, with the Open University perhaps his proudest innovation. Jim Callaghan? Like Wilson, was hammered by the nominally staunch Labour unions into defeat after the 1979-80 winter of discontent. As for Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, nobody who is compos mentis can possibly hold them out as shining examples of Labour in government. There is not much to admire in Blair’s “Third Way” socialism or Brown’s “prudence”. Brown should hang his head in shame over leaving a £153bn budget deficit from which we still suffer. So why on earth is it that the Corbynists so wholeheartedly hate the Tories? I can think of four reasons: 1. Give a dog a bad name and it sticks. The word “Tory” stinks in their nostrils regardless of the balance of history; like the Bourbons they have learned nothing from it. 2. All the best revolutionaries are middle class – as one minister once told me instancing Marx and Lenin. They hadn’t – and now Corbyn hasn’t – a clue how the other half lives. 3. The parlous state of British education, and especially university education, rotten as it is to the core with political prejudice instead of academic rigour and impartiality. Given their record, I would not pay the average economics professor in washers. 4. The relative Tory success over time in managing the economy and adapting social and economic life to the needs of the people. Without a moderate Labour Party, the only bulwark in our democracy against a hard Left dictatorship is a responsible, reforming Tory Government. Hence their sheer bile.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Persecution In India.

Christians in eastern India were beaten and abused and instead of receiving justice were given an order to stop worshipping.
Hindu women raided Pastor Samuel Karjee’s church in Odisha, dragged outside the 12 Christians present and handed them over to a 300-strong mob. The crowd beat them with sticks, kicked and insulted them. Police resolved the issue by closing down the church.
Please pray for justice for our brothers and sisters in Abasing village.
A 24-year-old Christian, Rajata, suffered serious internal injuries and is still receiving hospital treatment. The casualties included 13-year-old Madhusmita who was punched in the stomach. The Christians’ Bibles and devotionals were snatched.
Police did arrest 25 Hindus – and five injured Christians. They were all set free after police and Hindus reached an ‘agreement’ which amounts to a ban on church services. Four Christian detainees were bullied into signing it, despite having had no say in its wording.
Under the ‘agreement’, Christians are allowed to worship only on their own at home. Christian ‘events’ can be held only with advance permission from the police. Any further disturbances will be dealt with by local police, not the courts.
There have been no worship services in Abasing since the June 18 attack, says Pastor Samuel. ‘I can’t tell you how dry and barren we feel,’ he says. ‘Our hearts yearn to pray and worship together.’ Release Int.

Nice One, Belgian Police: Nice One, Ryanair.

Jennifer Hutcheon, 67, was thrown off a flight at Charleroi Airport in Belgium after a row with Ryanair staff when she refused to check her bagpipes. Mail.

Museum Of Communism.

A Terrifying Article: Sack Those Who Corrupt Children!

'Don't mention Brexit and don't support the Tories': London school teacher reveals horror at how the Left are brainwashing our children

The morning after the EU referendum last summer, I was in a buoyant mood as I set off for work.
I welcomed the decision by the British people to embrace genuine independence for our country. But the moment I arrived at the West London school where I worked as a computer science teacher, my cheerfulness was punctured.
At once I was taken aside by the headteacher, who knew where my sympathies lay, and warned not to mention Brexit in front of the staff or students. 'You can't talk about it. They are very upset and angry about the result. Besides, many of our kids are from Europe,' he told me in reproving tones.
Though I had to obey him, I found his injunction appalling on two levels. First, there was the unjust implication that the vote for Brexit was a triumph for bigotry, something I found personally offensive as a supporter of immigration.
Teaching aids told students Left-wing meant 'the NHS', 'helping people' and the idea that 'everyone should be equal'. Right-wing meant 'Hitler', 'less help for people' and inequality
Teaching aids told students Left-wing meant 'the NHS', 'helping people' and the idea that 'everyone should be equal'. Right-wing meant 'Hitler', 'less help for people' and inequality
Second, there was the impulse towards censorship of views that did not fit the progressive orthodoxy. No one would be chastised in the school for expressing distress about the outcome. Only Brexiteers were to be silenced.
That reality illustrates just how the education system has become increasingly gripped by a culture of Orwellian groupthink, where only fashionable, Left-wing opinions are deemed acceptable. Any wish to deviate from this outlook — such as by backing Brexit or the Conservatives — is treated as a kind of heresy, an offensive challenge to the ruling creed.
'Conservative,' I replied.
A deathly hush immediately descended on the staff room. The atmosphere became hostile. It was as if I had advocated the reintroduction of child labour or bear-baiting.
Last year, I witnessed a teacher (file pic) telling a pupil that the lead in the opinion polls for Leave was 'scary', while the executive headteacher of the West London schools where I used to work sent an email to staff soon after the Brexit vote, with a link to a petition for a second vote
Last year, I witnessed a teacher (file pic) telling a pupil that the lead in the opinion polls for Leave was 'scary', while the executive headteacher of the West London schools where I used to work sent an email to staff soon after the Brexit vote, with a link to a petition for a second vote
'How any teacher could vote Tory is beyond me,' said my colleague sanctimoniously to general approval. The pressure towards Left-wing conformity is chilling. Schools are meant to be places of learning and intellectual exploration, but there is now a real danger that they are turning into arenas of political indoctrination.
In place of open discussion, there is aggressive propaganda. Instead of balance in teaching methods and subject matter, there is crude partisanship.
A classic example of this pattern was a teaching aid for pupils at a Kent school, asking them the difference between the Left and the Right.
Like something issued by the Politburo at the height of the Soviet Empire, this document told students that Left-wing meant 'the NHS', 'helping people' and the theory that 'everyone should be equal'.
Right-wing meant 'Hitler', 'less help for people' and a rejection of equality — a patent nonsense given that Britain's only two female Prime Ministers have been Tories.
But this kind of bias is now just part of the fabric of modern British schooling.
Last year, I witnessed a teacher telling a pupil that the lead in the opinion polls for Leave was 'scary', while the executive headteacher of the West London schools where I used to work sent an email to staff soon after the Brexit vote, with a link to a petition calling for a second EU referendum.
Not all teachers subscribe to this conventional Left-wing thinking, however — as I learnt last year when I wrote an article on a Conservative website. In it I argued that 'pretty much throughout their entire educational career, young people are being trained into a Lefty way of thinking'.
I added that: 'We should be encouraging our students to engage in important political issues. We certainly shouldn't be censoring one side of the argument.'
In response, I received a large number of messages from other teachers who expressed their relief that someone had spoken out against the stifling climate of Left-wing dominance. Disturbingly, however, many felt that they could not be open about their political beliefs in the present, quasi-McCarthyite, culture, where Conservatism is regarded as a form of treachery against the progressive Establishment.
In one particularly outrageous move during the General Election, a letter from headteachers to parents at no fewer than 3,000 schools (file pic) in 14 different local authority areas wailed about 'the dreadful state of school finances'
In one particularly outrageous move during the General Election, a letter from headteachers to parents at no fewer than 3,000 schools (file pic) in 14 different local authority areas wailed about 'the dreadful state of school finances'
So they are forced to remain silent, while the brainwashing continues on an epic scale. It is no wonder that young people overwhelmingly support the Left, given the barrage of one-sided political education to which they are subjected.
I recall, during the London mayoral elections last year, travelling with pupils on an official school trip to a set of hustings entitled the 'Citizens' Accountability Assembly' in the East of the capital.
On the way up on the bus, one teacher began handing out leaflets for the Liberal Democrats — a move that, to his surprise, I stopped by telling him it was inappropriate. But the Assembly turned out to be even more anti-Conservative.
Essentially, it was little more than a gigantic rally for the Labour candidate Sadiq Khan, particularly because the organisers, a movement called Citizens UK, promulgated a raft of Left-wing policies that included more social housing, a living wage for Londoners, and an amnesty for undocumented migrants.
Why should school pupils be made to endure this Leftist love-in masquerading as a candidates' debate?
The same misrepresentation can be seen in the Left-wing bullying about so-called 'Tory cuts' in education. Over recent months, senior figures in British schooling have abandoned all pretence of impartiality in their relentless campaign against the Government.
In one particularly outrageous move during the General Election, a letter from headteachers to parents at no fewer than 3,000 schools in 14 different local authority areas wailed about 'the dreadful state of school finances'.
The propaganda has continued since the Election. At one school at Gospel Oak in North London a fortnight ago, the headteacher held a rally to protest against the Tories.
Grabbing the microphone in front of 150 demonstrators, including parents and pupils, John Hayes declared: 'Protest and campaigning actually work. We know education was a decisive factor in reducing Tory votes... The speculation is that another election is on its way. Let's make sure the biggest winners are our kids'.
Among the banners at this rally was one which trumpeted: 'Education for all. Shame on you, Theresa May.'
John Hayes is typical of the modern breed of headteachers who see themselves as the vanguard of anti-Toryism.
Tellingly, during the General Election, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was given a rapturous reception when he addressed the conference of the National Association of Headteachers, the event resembling more a congress of the hard-Left group Momentum than a gathering of responsible education leaders.
Other teaching unions have been just as malignant. In the run-up to the General Election, the militant National Union of Teachers put out a video about 'Tory cuts' which was viewed on Facebook by 4 million people. 'We want to put pressure on every candidate to pledge to oppose school cuts... We can reach parents with this and we can make a difference,' said NUT General Secretary Kevin Courtney.
The NUT, like the other unions and the rest of the education establishment, certainly made a difference. The tragedy is it is such an undemocratic one, further cementing the stranglehold of Left-wing thought on British education.
Left-wing campaigners love to blather about tolerance, but in truth, whenit comes to schooling, they are deeply intolerant of any viewpoints other than their own.

Spot On, Dai.

Dai Woosnam, Woodrow Park, Scartho, Grimsby.
SO, a mother of three has won her epic battle with a parking firm after she made a mistake in typing her car registration number into the payment machine. It is a system designed to stop us doing kind deeds, and giving the space we have paid for, away to a stranger, when we have to leave it early.
Forget the questionable legality of councils selling the same space twice: what really makes me sad is to wonder at the twisted mind of the genius who thought up this cunning ruse, and then imagine him going to some conference of local government leaders, and doing a presentation for them on “here is a nice little earner for you”.
It tells me how our country has lost its way in moral terms. Yorks Post.

Marginalisation Means ...

If 93% of Christians believe their faith is being marginalised, we are not a liberal accepting society

Premier's CEO Peter Kerridge responds to a survey which shows 93% of Christians believe that Christianity is being marginalised
Christianity has been a major influence in the UK for 1500 years. Our history and culture, our values, our government, our legal and medical systems all bear its mark. From our monarchy to the smallest of gatherings in the local parish hall, traces of the Christian faith are all around us. 
Church spires across the country point out a nation whose whole fabric of life is interwoven with Christianity. Everyday ordinary Christians quietly live out their faith and in a myriad of ways make the world a better place.
Last month, as church halls and Mosques in North Kensington responded as one to the horrific disaster at the Grenfell flats, Tim Farron, ironically a leading liberal, stepped down from his post saying that he couldn't do his job because of the hostility to his faith. Premier's 'State of the Faith' survey is an authoritative snapshot of how ordinary Christians across the UK are feeling today about their faith.
This is not the clergy talking, or academics theorising, or politicians making a case.
They feel overwhelmingly that their Christian beliefs are being marginalised and that as a result it’s becoming far more difficult to live as a person of faith in the UK.
They feel Christianity isn't being given the same respect as other faiths, that the media, the way laws are interpreted, the general hesitancy of businesses and public bodies to constructively engage with them as Christians is pushing them to the edge of society.
It's clear we are not the liberal accepting society we think we are if we don't tolerate and accept everyone, including Christians. People of faith, from all religions should be allowed to live and work in freedom. They should be encouraged to hold to their faith not just in their homes and churches, mosques, synagogues and temples, but also in their jobs and hobbies and in the public square.
While this survey clearly indicates how it feels to be an ordinary Christian today, I suspect other faith groups may have similar stories to tell.
That said, I think there is plenty that the Church could be doing to provide encouragement for ordinary Christians. Firstly, by being much more supportive of Christians who aren't necessarily found in church on a Sunday. There are millions of people trying to live out their lives, who for whatever reason can't be in church on a Sunday. It sounds obvious, but couldn’t churches extend their opening hours? Or why not experiment with new ways of using the tens of thousands of church buildings? We all need to adapt to enable normal ordinary Christians to feel they are really part of a community. It would show that Christianity isn't an institution run by a professional elite ministering to the holy few.
If ordinary Christians could feel confident that having a faith was a reasonable life choice, was normal, acceptable, then this part of their lives wouldn't have to be practiced in the shadows. Faith, which is the main driver of so much that happens in the world could be talked about. And the UK would be a healthier, better informed, more accepting place to live.

No Half Measures!

Nero And Blaming Christians.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Studies On Non-Placebo Prayer.

  • ‘Dr [Randolf] Byrd divided 393 heart patients into two groups. One was prayed for by Christians; the other did not receive prayers from study participants. Patients didn’t know which group they belonged to. The members of the group that was prayed for experienced fewer complications, fewer cases of pneumonia, fewer cardiac arrests, less congestive heart failure and needed fewer antibiotics.’
  • Dr Dale Matthews documents how volunteers prayed for selected patients with rheumatoid arthritis: ‘To avoid a possible placebo effect from knowing they were being prayed for, the patients were not told which ones were subjects of the test. The recovery rate among those prayed for was measurably higher than among a control group, for which prayers were not offered.’

Ordinary Believers Marginalised.

Death Penalty Clearly GOOD For Turkey!

Death penalty will end Turkey's EU bid, warns Juncker.

Turkish president Erdogan said he would reinstate capital punishment, for people behind last year's failed military coup. But European Commission president Juncker says the move would end Turkey's bid to join the EU. EU Observer.