Posts Tagged ‘ Read and Weep ’

The UK’s Fifth Column…

August 26, 2015 5 Comments
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The principal of a majority-Muslim school in northeast London has said he will not allow a “militant minority” of parents to derail his plans to abolish gender segregation. Which even extended to outside the classroom, with a “wall of segregation” down the middle of the campus! Hardly surprising it failed an OFSTED inspection… Hundreds of people have signed a petition urging the school to keep the segregation in place, and…

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How To Get Rid Of The Dane..?

August 4, 2015 5 Comments
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Michala Bendixen knows: I hope you will find peace of mind and a good new life in my small country, where we know nothing about wars, starvation and oppression. I know you did not leave your own country voluntarily, but only because you were forced to. You are welcome! Michala is upset that the elected government of Denmark doesn’t seem as willing to sign its death warrant. Denmark is not…

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Suddenly, Racism Is ‘Complex’…

July 25, 2015 6 Comments
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Or so says Hugh Muir. Now, how could that be? Now and then I get letters making the point – with various degrees of firmness – that all ethnic groups are capable of diversity misdemeanours. I wonder why they are sent; this column has never pretended otherwise. Still, it’s good to keep reminding ourselves that such matters are complex. Are they? Oddly enough, I don’t recall Hugh ever saying this…

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/Golfclap For Haringey Council…

July 9, 2015 3 Comments
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Signs reading ‘NO BALL GAMES’ have oppressed generations of children – but this is about to change. Haringey council is set to review all signs prohibiting sports like football and basketball as part of a new flab fighting alliance. Oh, you’ve gotta be kidding me..! Cllr Peter Morton, chairman of the Haringey Obesity Alliance, said: “We know that the obesity problem in Haringey cannot be solved by any one agency…

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It’s For You To Make Changes To Your Routine When You Have Children…

July 5, 2015 5 Comments
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…not to demand everyone else do so: Event manager Lucy Dixon is a single parent who has worked full-time since her son was five-months old. George is currently in childcare from 8am to 5.30pm. This means, Dixon points out, that a normal school day is going to be on the short side for him – and she’s dreading the prospect of several weeks of “settling-in” with shorter hours when he…

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Sorry, Penny, But It Just Shows How Britain Has Changed For The Worst…

July 3, 2015 7 Comments
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Penny Anderson shows why she’s a ‘starving’ writer: People in Britain are battling each other for cut-price food. What, regularly? Come off it! This is just one filmed incident. I know it goes against the grain, but let’s not have the hyperbole laid on too thick right from the start… It might come as a shock to anyone who imagines that writers fly to work in their own helicopter with…

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No, Amran, You’re Right, It’s Not ‘Banned’…

July 1, 2015 6 Comments
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…also not banned: scratching your arse during a Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph and public urination in the flowerbed at the Queen’s Garden Party. You see, they don’t need to be banned, because no decent person would dream of doing so… The politician, who has been pictured with Ed Miliband, has now defended his actions saying he visited Marhaba beach in Sousse to pay his ‘respects’ and pointing out…

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“It is not about condoning the activity…”

June 23, 2015 2 Comments
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Well, maybe it should be, Ethel: Ethel Quayle, project leader and senior lecturer in clinical psychology at the University of Edinburgh, said the group’s findings have been turned into practical advice. “It is not about condoning the activity, rather it is about providing more practical advice about being able to talk about this and manage issues when they come along,” she said. “It is interesting that the majority of young…

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Possibly The Saddest Thing About The Amber Peat Case…

June 5, 2015 2 Comments
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Groups of residents gathered on Sunday, hours after Amber was reported missing, to begin searching. Using the Ladybrook pub as the hub of the operation, hundreds of men, women and children, spent Sunday, Monday and most of Tuesday knocking on doors, handing out leaflets, searching parks, woods and scrubland for any trace of Amber. But many are aggrieved at what they saw as a delayed reaction from the police. Danielle…

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Well, There’s A Shocker!

May 22, 2015 9 Comments
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I mean, that it isn’t science or engineering students whinging about this, it’s the ‘B’ Ark Studies crowd: Nadia Ayed, 21, a psychology student at Cambridge who signed the petition, says the practice fosters a competitive attitude towards education. “Many individuals will find it distressing, and it can induce negative psychological effects, such as lower self-esteem, shame and anxiety, which hugely affect wellbeing.” Ayed says the system also encourages competitiveness,…

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Childraising In The Internet Generation…

May 20, 2015 5 Comments
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Dear Virginia, My daughter, who is 10, made a stupid joke on Twitter the other day and now she’s very upset because lots of people at school have been tweeting back saying she’s stupid and even worse. She’s apologised for it, but it doesn’t make any difference. I’ve told her just to ignore it but she says she can’t and she’s crying all the time and won’t eat. I’m so…

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Why Do Progressives Hate Real Progress..?

May 12, 2015 6 Comments
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When construction on New York City’s famous High Line began in 2006, the project to turn a remnant of the industrial age into a post-industrial garden and tourist attraction appeared innovative, but potentially very risky. Indeed so. And now it’s a fantastic success and everyone is happ… Oh. I forgot. Of course, they aren’t: In fact, having finally opened in 2009, the High Line is now suffering from its own…

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“Why Don’t You Trust Me? I’m A Faceless Unaccountable Bureaucrat!”

May 8, 2015 5 Comments
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All new cars will within three years contain tracking devices that alert the emergency services in the event of an accident. Under EU laws passed on Tuesday the technology will be compulsory from 2018 and fitted as standard in every model of car and small van. And this is seen as a good thing? Has no-one factored in the waste of police and paramedic time attending to crashes where no-one…

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Thin End Of The Wedge..?

April 15, 2015 7 Comments
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Applying to roles deemed “safety-critical”, a host of employees from lorry drivers to binmen and lollipop ladies are being checked using breathalysers and swipes of their skin. Failure or refusal to take a test is regarded as a disciplinary matter. Yes, well, we wouldn’t want to see a lollipop lady roll out of control and crush a few kiddies, would we? Say…are they now saying that was what happened in…

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When Imojis Go Bad….

March 20, 2015 3 Comments
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“When Facebook users set their status to ‘feeling fat’, they are making fun of people who consider themselves to be overweight, which can include many people with eating disorders. “That is not ok.” Bad Facebook users! BAD! She explains that she set up the petition after noticing a friend had set her Facebook status to ‘feeling fat.’ “I think it was supposed to be funny, but seeing this status made…

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