Saturday, January 31, 2015

Teachers overreach pay grade

Teachers in the state schools are government employees,not employers but you would not know it to hear them hold forth about school education policy.No employee in the private sector would be able to set terms and conditions and to effectively shape the business policy of the company which employed them yet time after time we witness the arrogance of the teaching profession demanding a free hand in the classroom to shape curicula and determine the examination process.

Heaven forbid any timorous attempt is made on behalf of the schools minister to shape the agenda and determine the educational direction, ethos and practice of the state education system which after all as the representative state employer he or she has the remit to do -for good or ill, as I of course do not advocate any state involvement in education and propose a totally free market,unregulated laisez faire privatised education system which alone will bring rigor,innovation to the sclerotic non achieving union dominated closed shop of state education.

But just witness the highly organized wailing and gnashing of teeth when any attempt is made to reform the corrupt union controlled state education system with its jobs for life ethos of mediocrity and dumbing down,where at a teacher's conference years ago the rational practice of teaching reading,phonics was dismissed as 'right wing,' and you see the extent to which the teachers have organized a defacto putch in the classroom, co opting the curicula with their own leftist agendas and so inflating grades that any pass is rendered meaningless and redundant which means condemning generations to the scrap heap of unemployability replete with a full compliment of a's and b's.

So the gov attempts to stop all this nonsense by refusing to recognise any exam results that are the product of multiple sittings which in the real world is eminently sensible.If Man Utd played West ham and lost would they be able to replay the match  as many times as it took to get a result in their favour?To ask the question is to see the insanity of the whole thing but of course the teachers are up in arms about it and why? Because bad results reflect badly on them and rightly so. Better by far to have the pupil take multiple shots at the exam until they get a half decent result.And give them dumbed down Micky Mouse courses that no one can fail and then equate them with academic work that actually requires the accumulation of knowledge and the application of effort and thought.This is the equivalent of a food company adulterating its product and passing it of as quality provender.Fraud in other words.Such is the sorry state of State education and no amount of tweaking and tinkering is going to address the fundamental malaise and corruption at its heart.

Drug Prohibition Folly

It has been said that politicians usually do the right thing after exhausting all other possibilities but quite often they end up doing the right thing for the wrong reason. The call in some liberal quarters for drug legalisation is a case in point.Its advocates argue for it not on moral grounds of liberty of the individual  but on the utilitarian grounds that it would reduce crime.They also see it as a great tax revenue raising exercise and seek through heavy regulation to have a state monopoly over its distribution.

Although it is true that the prison population would be drastically reduced were drugs legalised it makes no sense as an argument for on those grounds one could advocate de-criminalising rape murder and burglary and close the prisons down completely.

The lesson of prohibition and its repeal was never properly learned and stems precisely from this wrong thinking whereby prohibition was abandoned   on utiltarian grounds of stopping crime rather than on the grounds of a defense of individual liberty.

A proper defense of liberty would be to abandon drug prohibition as it represents a violation of individual rights.This is in no way to endorse drug taking as it clearly impairs the cognitive faculties but a true test of a belief in liberty  occasionally involves a willingness to defend  some of its least attractive applications.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Imprisoning Ideology

It has been a long know fact that today's prisons are run by the inmates not the authorities and this was illustrated in a ch 4 piece yesterday where the prisoners had downloaded from their mobile phones videos of them openly drug dealing and flourishing  wads of fifty pound notes.The usual excuses were made about staff shortages but the obvious solution is to privatise the prisons as they are at present run by corrupt union officials who have a stranglehold on the service and many of whom appear to be in collusion with the drug dealers.

The prisons are just another of a long line of failed state institutions ruined by monopolised union control and a complete shake up of the system is imperative.The introduction of private companies would introduce rigour,innovation and provide employment for the inmates so they are not  left idle at the expense of the taxpayers  who are the victims twice over in the equation having been impacted by crime and then forced to subsidise the criminal's leisurely lifestyle with drugs computers and all the pleasures of the outside.

As unions are traditionally on the side of the underdog it is clear why the present situation prevails.The wardens appear to have more sympathy for the prisoners than their victims and the liberal regimes they have established in the state prisons have created the anarchy in the system. (A similar thing happened in the State schools) Introduction of privatisation of the prisons system will correct this very sorry and tragic state of affairs.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Greek debt of ingrattitude

There is nothing wrong essentially in a country defaulting on its debt under certain conditions.The UK for instance could default on its huge debt that threatens to bankrupt future generations mortgaging the yet unborn but it would only be appropriate if it repudiated the whole state spending,borrowing-welfare splurging construct and pledged to never do such a thing again by having a written constitution to that effect.

This is not what Greece has in mind of course.On the contrary it wants its debt written off or euphemistically restructured so that it can launch into yet another orgy of state spending to buy off its client electorate in the public sector with lavish pensions,jobs for life,benefits galore - in other words to engage in the very prodigal delinquent state spending that got it into its mess in the first place.

No one despises the EU more than me but I am actually beginning to feel a bit of sympathy for it in its tortured dealings with Greece and think rather than doing deals with the degenerate and decadent Greek state it should kick it out of the Euro and the EU.Obviously the EU is the architect of this mess as it encouraged the Greeks to indulge in their creative accounting and turned a blind eye to its parlous unsustatainable economic state in order to expand its borders in its ambitious hegemonic vision of a united states of Europe and now the Greek chickens are coming home to roost.I guess they deserve one another.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Labourtory specimen

The absence of any libertarian voice in the run up to the election is not surprising as the UK may well have reached a tipping point of no return re the statist direction of travel but it is to be hoped that Farage and co may embrace their inner libertarian and move the needle slightly away from the country's present position and the murmurings about the NHS among some UKIPers gives a tiny shard of hope in that regard if nothing more.

It is wrong of course to think that the conservatives are pro markets as the only reason they are cutting back a little on the state is purely pragmatic.A narrow, utilitarian, anti philosophical expedience- driven attitude governs their policy and they are just as prone to massive state vanity projects like HS2 etc and huge state partnership with business proving that Conservatives and Labour  are sisters under the skin and that the tories are indeed at heart, collectivists.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Little Green men

There is an apparent surge in support for the Greens in the UK partly caused by their proposed exclusion in the upcoming pre general election debates but they have raised their profile and have a sizeable following which should be of concern to all those who value individual freedom which if they had their way would be radically curtailed as they are to the left of old Labour in their statist objectives.

Wholesale nationalisation swingeing taxation,curbs on growth and energy use,the only possible outcome is poverty,which taken to its logical conclusion would be an anti industrial,anti technological retreat of Cambodian dimensions,a return to nature where man of course cannot survive and his carbon footprint is removed as human existence becomes impossible.This,the true end and objective of the environihilists.

Small wonder Cameron is keen to have the environmentalist in the debate as he himself and his party have been captured by their agenda and is sympathetic to their cause so successful have they been in their assiduous campaign to infiltrate and co opt public discourse.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Beware of Greeks demanding gifts

So the Greek people have voted to take a permanent vacation in la la land,to take a pass on reality and send us the bill.They after all cannot be expected to work beyond the age of 55 and they need their lavish pensions and siesta lifestyle,their bloated corrupt parasitic public sector which includes just about every greek 'worker' -that's why they joined the EU in the first place - so the Germans and the Brits could keep them in the manner to which they had become accustomed via huge infusions of taxpayer's dough through the EU cash dispensing service.

A reminder if one were needed why we in the UK need to take the EU exit door and leave the whole sorry collectivist mess behind us.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Faith v Man

One of the first of the religious radio call in hosts in the US, Roy Masters claims on his youtube recordings that man's greatest crime is playing God.I am wondering who actually does that as to play God one would have to claim an omnipotence of knowledge,indeed to be the source of all knowledge and moreover,to be able to perform miracles and have access to another dimension.Clearly only lunatics and people under medication would lay claim to such supernatural powers.Obviously Roy Masters does not have such people in mind but rather all or most human beings (other than himself of course).So what does he mean to play God? To think independently,to rely soley on one's own mind and independent judgement,one's 'mere' intellect.

This is the essence of mysticism,a dismissal of the intellect as a tool of cognition.Yet in order to convey this idea the intellect has to be used or communication of such an idea would not be possible. Roy Masters claims we should speak from the heart but I have never heard or seen a speaking heart.

Surely the person who is 'playing God' is the one who claims to have a mystical connection with a supernatural power from another dimension which is not accessible through the intellect.But in any case what is the condition of someone who abandons their intellect and relies as Masters advocates on a non sensory,non rational,non intellectual power that will direct their actions and thoughts via  the meditation he teaches which requires that a person sits in a straight backed chair,becomes aware of their hand and concentrates on the centre of their forehead? Surely not one of a sentient thinking being but rather a mindless schmoo receptive to any amount of mystical mush of which mystics like Roy Masters seem to have in abundant supply.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sordid Arabia

Saudi Arabia the very cesspit of the muslim world,the source from which the toxic ebola-like virus of Izlam has spread across the middle east to contaminate the globe leaving a trail of destruction in its wake,this is the country the UK is honouring by hanging its flags at half mast in 'respect' of its deceased monarch.

Just a week ago a blogger was being flogged for daring to host a forum on free speech and here we are toadying up to a vile Arab dictatorship whilst at the same time saying we are at war with extreme Islam  and that UK citizens have to give up their liberty privacy and freedom in order to fight it.

Surely proof if proof were needed that the west is not at war with this evil ideology and its exponents but is busy in Chamberlainesque appeasement of  it and is using the pretext of the phoney war on terror to rob us of our liberties and freedom on the installment plan.

Friday, January 23, 2015

You cannot be Syriza

It is risible for the international media to characterise the far left party Syriza as a radical departure in Greek politics.They are offering the same stale crackerbarrel left wing politics that got Greece into its mess in the first place albeit in more extreme turbo charged form.If the party does win at the weekend and sticks firmly to its suicidal policies it will exit not just the euro but the EU and will hasten the demise of this sclerotic and corrupt construct.

Conversely if Syriza is granted its effective ransom demands this will create a domino effect from other similar basket case economies such as Italy Spain Ireland and that too will send the tottering EU empire into a vortex and spiral of self destruction.Either way it is good news for all those who loathe the EU evil empire and wish it to be buried in the trash can of history.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Philosophy drives politics

 Our philosophy of life determines our political allegiance.Whether we think man is an end in himself or a means to the  lives of other men frames our politics.The left clearly sees man as a means to the  ends of  other men,with each sacrificing to each and this informs their social policy of tax and wealth redistribution.

This is implicit,rarely explicit for if they had to say whether they believe man is an end himself or a means to the ends of other men they would be very reluctant to admit the latter and would feel the need to rephrase the question as put in those stark terms it would make people feel uncomfortable.It is the premise that dare not speak its name -the idea that man is a sacrificial animal,a means to the ends of others whose wealth is to be appropriated for the common good,to provide for the improvident.It has to be dressed in coded language with emotive buzz words and mantra -like stock phrases that are designed to bipass the cerebral cortex such as the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.

 Political discourse on poverty starts in the middle, on what should be done about  it with all the above premises explicitly excluded but implicitly informing policy decisions.Such premises are never challenged,the left has somehow won the argument without ever having it and the blame has to go to those who have allowed all these collectivist assumptions to go unchallenged.The unspoken enemy is of course altruism with its religious roots that are so embedded in our culture that to challenge them is to place oneself in the position of a heretic,anti Christ,beyond social discourse.No one has the temerity to stand up and point out that the collectivist emperor is wearing no clothes.

The very idea that the individual is nothing but a social construct,a human resource to be harvested for the good of mankind should be regarded as so abhorrent and anti human as to be beyond discussion yet such is the betrayal by the intellectuals this view is everyday currency and shapes policy across the board.Cannibalism of the individual is the dystopic endgame of democracy and from the intellectuals there is nothing but a deafening silence.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Constitutional Insania

The LSE has commissioned a written constitution via crowd sourcing and some of its preliminary findings should come as no surprise when its remit, parameters and premises are  characteristically collectivist and statist. With the stated objectives the common good, the  vox populi participants have risen to the challenge with relish producing a Santa Claus wish list of goodies  which they deem as their birthright including all the usual suspects  such as free healthcare,a living wage ad nauseam.

Ends divorced from means,a written constitution comprised of a list of demands, hanging in a void - and just how and where you might ask, is all the money is to be found for this bounty and largesse? Somehow, some way,let someone else figure that out,only our needs are paramount.

The LSE looters charter is a grim joke unless it is ever implemented and the producers are forced to provide for all the vocal needy who have helped draw it up.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

DON'T Mind the Gap

The mantra of the left that the gap between rich and poor is growing is of course supposed to bipass the cerebral cortex and it is very successful in so doing but it should be  countered by saying that the gap is actually a good thing because it is accurately measures the distance between competence and incompetence, success and failure,good performance versus bad,excellence versus mediocrity.To fill in that pay gap,to shorten the distance between those two points with government legislation will not eliminate mediocrity and failure but merely enshrine, reward and entrench it.

The gap between rich and poor argument reveals the profound misunderstanding on the left of how wealth is made  and how economies actually function as it sees the economy as  finite size like a pie whose portions have to  be fairly distributed ( by the state of course) to ensure an equality of outcome and moreover that wealth is  a given,a natural phenomenon that simply exists and then has to be doled out equally which completely bipasses the cause of wealth which is individual effort and achievement,an extraordinary expenditure of ingenuity,effort and intellectual work.

It is this,the product of individual minds,independence and achievement that the collectivists seek to appropriate  to the egalitarian end of providing welfare to the non achievers,the non productive,those who merely perform by rote the actions of others.In other words, the productive are to become the slaves of the non productive to achieve this noble end of closing the gap between rich and poor.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Starkey raving mad?

I was disappointed to hear the usually sensible David Starkey on Question Time last week advocating protectionism to counter globalisation.Perhaps he had caught socialism by osmosis sitting as he was next to Labour's Douglas Alexander.Just before that he had given a cogent analysis of Islam's travails caused by its insularity and its decision to turn inwards centuries ago and here he was now suggesting a fortress like Britain with tarriffs in a futile attempt to keep reality and world markets at bay.

I would suggest that it is over regulation taxation and tarriffs that have caused whatever economic problems this country has  and that no nation has ever secured long time economic prosperity by indulging in self defeating protectionist statism.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The mad mad world of john Humphries

Craziest statement of the week has to go to John Humphries on the Today prog radio 4 where I go to get my daily dose of liberal speak who excelled even himself when interviewing a spokesman from the gas industry who was complaining about the, in some instances, 80% tax on gas and urging for a reduction and Humphries  countered  surely that would be a a subsidy from the British taxpayer?( I shall pause while you grapple with the sublime  twisted logic of that statement gentle readers.) The interviewee to give him credit swiped that statement away with justified contempt.How can a reduction in a swingeing tax by the state be presented as a subsidy from the taxpayer??! Do these liberals go to a special school or what.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Democracy the God that failed

If democracy is a religion then most people would appear to be aetheist as membership of political parties has plummeted,voter turnout has declined over decades and there is a febrile disontent amongst a majority of the electorate which is expressed in an admixture of cynicism  hostility comtempt and indifference.

The political establishment is nervous and expresses alarm and dismay but it is the narrow pecuniary vested interest concern of a class facing possible extinction.The only thing they can offer by way of a sop is more devolution,regional self rule which will just result in more layers of local government  bureaucracy and a reduction of the nation state to petty Balkanised fiefdoms.

Instead of challenging the philosophical root of democracy more tinkering is proposed which will not address the frustration of the wider public who for the most part do not understand the cause of their discontent themselves which is of course the destruction of liberty and individual rights implicit in the democracy paradigm itself.

Needless to say the main benefactors of democracy ie its administrators will not be enlightening them on the matter as their very existence depends upon the democracy scam continuing into perpetuity.The proverbial turkeys will be voting for christmas before that happens.

Secularised Christianity

 Archbishop Sentanous socialist speech this week about poverty rather highlights a post I did on the C of E a few days ago pointing out that the de spiritualised church is now reduced to spouting secular collectivist nostrums that whilst they have their philosophical roots in the altruist base of christianity have been stripped of the other worldliness of a bygone age.

Their kingdom is now  of this world and so they have to get down with the secular masses and make the same noises as the political establishment.They will as a result be treated with the same indifference.Economic illiteracy characterises their pronouncements in particulary their advocacy of a living wage all interlarded with sugar coatings of altruist babble and babytalk.

Such pronouncements hasten the day of disestablishment as the church has been reduced to a political  pressure group that has abandoned its historical position as an institution ministering to the nation's spiritual needs and above the fray of sordid party politics.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Pope speech. The mask slips

No one should be at all surprised at the contents of the pope's speech yesterday attacking freedom of speech as Rome has the most to fear from the exercise of free speech with its dark history of institutionalised paedophilia and support of fascism in the last century.It is clear that with the waning of the Roman catholic faith he is rather envious of the spiritual muscularity of unreformed Islam and would like catholicism to have back its similar tyrannical power of old.Freedom and liberty poses a threat to all religions so no one should be surprised by the pope's  defence of Islam and attack on liberty as shocking despicable and obscene as it was.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Green Bogeys

Clearly Cameron is in a funk over Ukip re the tv debates and is using the Greens and their exclusion from the event as a human shield to protect him from the shafting Farage  has in store for him.Even Cameron knows the greens are fruitloops who believe the climate can be nationalised and controlled through taxation.A look at the chaos they have wrought In Brighton is a salutary warning of what they would do if they got power nationally.

The Privatisation Myth

A regulated market is not a free market and we see this in the energy arena with Labour wanting to force gas companies to lower their prices to British customers in line with lowered wholesale gas prices.Privatisation was supposed to remove the state from meddling in price fixing etc but of course it has done no such thing and what we have is the typical mixed economy model, distorting prices through regulation, and swingeing taxation which in the case of gas is as much as a staggering 80%.

What you will never hear from Labour or any of the other parties is the promise to reduce the eye wattering 60% taxation on petrol and gas which is hobbling the economy and which proves that their concern for  struggling middle England is mere rhetoric and cynical politiking.

Milliband's incursion into gas prices arena is further illustration of his economic illiteracy as only half the profits of gas companies is down to the wholesale price of gas and the rest is impacted by infrastructure spending,taxation,regulation and it purchases  in the wholesale market two years in advance to protect against price volatility ie long before the recent fall in gas wholesale prices.The Mad Marxist Miliband who thinks he is more intelligent than he is venturing in areas way beyond his pay grade.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Kill those who hurt our feelings

Salman Rushdie once referred to muslims who cannot brook criticism and react violently to satirists as 'thin skinned rats' and one was on radio 4 Today prog this morning,a muslim businessman no less saying many muslims felt the Charlie hebdo journalists had it coming and were not sorry they were killed and more such things would happen because of the publication of that journal today featuring the prophet - piss be upon him - on its front page.

UK muslims like the abovementioned who have the emotional intelligence of a three year old should either go on an anger management course or leave the country but they have been emboldened by years of multicuturalism/excuse making for their delinquent attitudes and a compliant poodle press and media that even in the wake of the Paris atrocities refuses to print the cartoons. This despite such UK journalists complaining about the French poodle press in the past and priding itself on its courageous take no prisoners journalism.

The kindegarten world  the thin skinned muslims seek to create for themselves in ghetto like retreat from any criticism should be challenged head on, and they should be told in no uncertain terms that their emotional fascism will not be tolerated,their offence seeking whining self pity and taking offence at every perceived slight is their problem to solve through therapy but will not be the basis of any legislation , protection or censorship and if they cannot live in an open liberal society and if they cannot accept such then they should take themselves off to another country where such values are absent.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

C of E,New Statesman at Prayer

The reason people tolerate the non separation of church and state in this country is because the church is so self neutered,has become prey to every politically correct position, a sort of liberal party in frocks that no one could possibly see it as a threat to anyone or thing.It is so bland it has  effaced itself and when whoever the archbishop is makes a speech larded  with bromides and melifluous vacuities it barely registers in the public mind.

 This is in sharp contrast with Islam where a literal interpretation of the Koran is the norm.If the archbishop of the C of e stood up today and announced that he did not actually believe in God no one would be that surprised as none of his bretheren have sounded like they do for many a year.Catholics too have trooped hynotically to church for decades not believing there is anything wrong with contraception,women priests or even abortion in many cases and what they do is pay lip service,their eyes glazed over repeating the mantra like responses in what is essentially a social gathering rather than anything of deep spritual significance.

So Christianity has been de fanged in a way Islam has clearly not. Were it to be similarly transformed we could look upon it in the same indulgent way we do modern christianity rather than seeing it as the very real existential threat it is at present.

Labour's Hollande Source

If anyone wonders what a Labour government under Ed Milliband would look like they would only have to cast their gaze across the channel at the People's Republic of France to get a picture of what they can expect.The economic basket case of France,a country run by the unions is the endgame of such statist policies and if anything Milliband is to the left of Hollande.

As the unions over here limber up for yet more mindless public sector strikes called on a tiny minority of votes we can get a glimpse of what state the country would be in after a few years with the mad Marxist Milliband at the helm.Perhaps it is time the people who pay the wages of these public sector parasites through their taxes went on strike.It would then at least make it clear to everyone who makes the country function and pays the bloated moribund inefficient featherbedded public sector.

Monday, January 12, 2015

French Cojones v British Cowardice

France is to be applauded for its determined stand against Islamists re the cartoons.We here in the UK have already given up the fight and no publication will carry the depictions of the prophet (shite be upon his head). Islam is such an existential threat to civilization that it should be a near to  duty to ritually abuse,lampoon and satirize it on a daily basis but instead we cower and bend the knee to the tyrant and of course this just drives it into a frenzy of contempt and fuels its rage and its adherents up the ante and behead a British soldier in the street by way of thanks

It is far easier to glibly proclaim Je suis Charlie than to actually put it into practice be reproducing the cartoons and thus the justified charge of hypocrisy can be levelled.I have been critical about France re its claim to be defender of liberty but in this matter such a claim is more than justified.It has banned the burkah,another symbol of oppression and tyranny whilst we baulk at the idea on the totally spurious ground of civil liberties when the burkah is itself a hateful symbol of the crushing of civil liberties by reducing womankind to slavery and incarceration behind the veil.

France has complained for decades that the UK has been a safe haven for islamists,we have harboured toxic clerics and allowed islamist cells to grow like bacilli in our prisons,universities and mosques and now the chickens have come home to roost.We protected Rushdie from the fatwah but too many people who should have known better criticised him for writing Satanic Verses and this sent out a clear message that we would not stand up and defend free speech.

The reason France is better equipped to stand up against the Islamists is because it is a secular state with a constitutional protective wall between the state and religion.We have not and as a consequence we have a blasphemy law in all but name and the Christian establishment in the UK seeks the same protection from satire as the muslims do and the state has copped out to both of them on the ground of non discrimination of faith.