Posts Tagged ‘ social cohesion ’

Lack Of Favourable Treatment Is Not ‘Discrimination’…

January 26, 2015 3 Comments
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…not if English words are to have any meaning, that is: A disabled man with the mental age of seven has been barred from his regular visits to Legoland with his carer because of ‘child protection’ fears. Simon Thomason, 40, who has cerebral palsy, autism and a mental age of seven, has been told his annual pass to the Manchester-based attraction will not be renewed. Boo! Hiss! Call up the…

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The Guardian Only Cares About Some Progress…

January 24, 2015 3 Comments
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Aditya Chakrabortty on the ‘unfairness’ of progress: What is powerlessness? Try this for a definition: you stand to lose the home where you’ve lived for more than 20 years and raised two boys. And all your neighbours stand to lose theirs. None of you have any say in the matter. Play whatever card you like – loud protest, sound reason, an artillery of facts – you can’t change what will…

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21st century conflict: Andre Malraux’s prediction from 1956

January 22, 2015 12 Comments
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The French newsweekly Marianne has featured excellent analyses of the Charlie Hebdo and Kosher supermarket attacks. Some of them are in abridged form on the magazine’s new website. One of their journalists, Eric Conan, looked at the development of radical Islam (16-22 January 2015 issue, p. 16): After a century of colonial domination, with no leadership since the end of the last caliphate in 1924, the Islamic world was once…

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No, There’s Something Else That Makes This ‘Particularly Reprehensible’…

January 16, 2015 7 Comments
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Chief Inspector Martin Brennan, from West Midlands Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said the cars and greed gave the men away. He said: ‘This was a highly-organised and well-orchestrated criminal network but what makes it particularly reprehensible is that fact a serving police officer was at the centre of it all.’ …and that’s the fact that this man was in the police force at all. And we can all…

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Clear As Mud..?

January 12, 2015 13 Comments
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Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has said head teachers faced with equal candidates for a teaching post should consider “positive discrimination”. The head of the education watchdog told LBC Radio that the teaching staff of schools should reflect the ethnic diversity of their pupils. “There needs to be a fair representation,” said Sir Michael. I’m not at all sure what’s ‘fair’ about selecting someone simply because they are a particular…

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Yes, Feeding Pests Is Discouraged…

January 10, 2015 8 Comments
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Steven Sayer, 51, claims a police officer grabbed him by the arm and turned off his disability scooter after he refused to hand over his personal details. …and SHOCK HORROR, a policeman will detain you if you refuse to give your details. Even if you wave your Disability Victimhood Card so vigorously, you are in danger of taking off. “I’m disabled with ME, prolapsed discs and otiose-arthritis, and now I’m…

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Alternative Headline: “People Who Live Their Lives Online OUTRAGED! At Consequences Of Optional App..”

January 2, 2015 5 Comments
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Facebook has apologised after a new feature inviting users to review a collection of their 2014 highlights caused some to be confronted with pictures of their recently deceased family members and friends. The app selects from photos YOU have posted to YOUR Facebook page and neglected to remove once the subject has died. But somehow, this is all Facebook’s fault? The issue was first highlighted by Eric Meyer, a web-design…

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Homa Khaleeli Weeps For The Real Victims Of Rotherham…

December 22, 2014 8 Comments
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In August, the Jay report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham set out the horrific scale of the town’s problem, the vicious abuse that shattered victims’ lives, and the “blatant” failures of the authorities to stop or prevent it. Yes, yes, terrible business. Tell me how the victims suffer? Almost four months later, the town is still reeling. Community spirit unravelled in the wake of the investigation, which confirmed that…

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Well, How Racist Of You, People Before Profit!

December 18, 2014 10 Comments
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… on trying to enter the building, they were held back by security – who were branded heavy-handed and “state police” by some of the protestors who chanted: “Housing is a human right, not a privilege.” My, that list of alleged ‘human rights’ grows longer and longer… John Hamilton from People Before Profit said: “The priority should be building council houses for rent rather than creating an expensive ghetto for…

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It’s The Battle Of The Entitlements!

December 16, 2014 13 Comments
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Bus companies are not required by law to force parents with buggies to make way for wheelchair users in designated bays on vehicles, senior judges ruled. First Bus appealed against a court ruling, won by a disabled man from West Yorkshire, that the firm’s wheelchair policy was discriminatory. Oh, dear! This doesn’t bode well – disability lobby losing out to chavmum lobby! Mr Paulley attempted to board the bus in…

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But Simon, The ‘Guardian’ Leads The Way On This Stuff…

December 6, 2014 11 Comments
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Simon Jenkins on the foetal alcohol syndrome court case: If poisoning your foetus with alcohol is a crime, why is it not a crime to abort it? If alcoholism in pregnancy is “attempted manslaughter”, as a QC told the court of appeal this week, surely abortion is murder. Well, yes. You aren’t the first to point this out, either. The motive for this week’s court case in London had nothing…

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Gosh, I Wonder If There’s An Election Coming Up..?

November 28, 2014 13 Comments
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MP Jon Cruddas, who described the travellers’ presence as “a real danger” to the community said he was pleased that the situation had been resolved amicably by the police and the council. “Moving forward we need to ensure that stronger sanctions are in place to deal with potentially dangerous situations in a much more timely manner,” he said. “The recent incident was allowed to escalate over the course of a…

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And I Thought This Was Another ‘Paedogeddon’ Article At First…

November 26, 2014 4 Comments
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Teachers should not be friends with their pupils and must avoid connecting with them online, according to new, official advice issued on Monday. But, no! Not for the reasons you might think at first: . It follows research which showed more than one in five teachers had reported having derogatory comments posted about them – from parents and children. Should this really be considered ‘cyber bullying’? Are people only to…

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All About ‘Rights’, Nothing About ‘Responsibilities’…

November 7, 2014 5 Comments
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Anti-racist campaigners hope to put stop-and-search “on trial” with a fundraising drive backed by poet Benjamin Zephaniah. Well, I can’t see how this could fail to generate a tsunami-like outpouring of cold hard cash… Newham Monitoring Project (NMP) is crowdfunding online to enable monitoring of the way police use the power to search people in the street without a warrant. They are taking donations throughout October and hope to use…

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Yeah, We’ll Believe The Majority Of Muslims Are ‘Not Extremists’…

November 3, 2014 11 Comments
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…when they start acting like it: A school at the heart of the Trojan Horse scandal has proven to be one of most sought after secondaries in the Midlands, the Birmingham Mail can exclusively reveal. Park View School the Academy in Alum Rock was flooded with 884 applications – despite only being able to offer 120 places to pupils this academic year. The over-subscribed school was so popular with parents…

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