Monday, 31 August 2015
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
I was very surprised to read the following regarding foreign athletes who came to the UK to compete for their countries in the 2012 Olympic games in London:
"A total of 52 were granted refugee status while, of the thirty refused, two won on appeal but only ten were deported from the UK."
in the article posted here:
The headline was about the 18 who are still on the run from the UK authorities so have not been deported, however, my surprise was that 52 were granted refugee status.
We now know that government departments often make mistakes, are often run inefficiently and badly, and often try to cover up mistakes. So I am sure you will agree that it is essential that they can justify the actions they have taken, and justify them to the public that they serve.
Accordingly I would like to know how these 52 came to be allowed to enter the UK - supposedly representing their countries as the countries top athletes, when they actually made their applications, what each of them are claiming asylum from, and what evidence was gathered to support their claims.
I find it implausible that a competent government could be put in this position, I look forward to being shown to be wrong.
Monday, 10 August 2015
In his column he asks questions that I, myself, have also been asking - what actually did Kids Company do? What was it trying to do? How did it measure its success (or otherwise)? etc....
The bit that really jumped out at me was this:-
What do you think would happen to someone who set up a charity in the same part of London, offering abandoned children rules, morals, disciplined education, absolute prohibition of drugs, regular bedtimes, that sort of thing?
Isn't that exactly what the Church of England used to do (and is still supposed to be doing)? When did it stop? Will it now take the role back? Or will some other Christian organisation maybe?
He then says:-
Do you think millions of corporate and State money would arrive, or that Ministers and media figures would rush to its aid? No, nor do I.
Presumably forgetting that the Church of England are very wealthy, have Bishops in the House of Lords, their own publications etc...
The Church of England has dropped the ball - it is worried about its own internal gender equality and such tosh - and while it contemplates its navel, and focuses on the admin of the church that is simple a measns to an end, it completely fails in its end - that of spreading christan purpose, and doing so by example.
Friday, 31 July 2015
The project is developing (the tech is stable!) and we have been promised more exclusive/first to air content!
You can listen to the whole show from the website or (better!) subscribe to the pod feed directly or via iTunes (links to both on the home page).
Theres a long way to go yet - and we can use all the help you can offer - researching content, creating original content or simply reading/recording other web content (we have permission, but not the resources!).
www.radiofreeuk.org - Week 11:
- Vanessa Coleman's new feature 'off the cuff' - introducing her guest Roger a recently retired police officer - who, in future will be here to answer your question, queries - use the comments section on the blog, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Two Libertarian Features on Mass Immigration, both for and against(!)
- How a child protection worker in the US turned whistle blower, and still has a future.
Have a listen, use the blogs comment sections, email us - get involved, ready for the EU Referendum!
Sunday, 5 July 2015
"ISIS are not Islamic" - the pivotal moment that inspired Theresa May to recast the Nasty Party the mould of the Pakistani People Party.
I found myself thinking that it is mainstream Britain which needs to integrate more with the British Asian way of life, not the other way around(Remembering, of course, that Asian is the modern progressive way to refer to Muslims without mentioning religion).
While both David Cameron and Theresa May are very insistent on what is and is not Islamic (despite no formal training or study that they have declared), the impression that I had built up was that Theresa May was even more defensive of Islam that David Cameron - an impression from various speeches, statements etc she has made as reported in the main stream media - nothing private, no inside information, no leaks.
So I decided to look into Theresa May's background a little, wondering if there would be any clue as to how Islam could have made such a remarkable and enduring impression on her.
The first thing I noticed is that she is very austere, very po faced, very private and there is not much information in the public domain about her - quite remarkable for such a powerful figure.
However there was a reference to Theresa May first meeting her husband (to be), and it transpired that they were introduced at university by a friend - none other than Benazir Bhutto who went on to be the first female leader of a muslim state - being elected on two different occasions to the post of Prime Minister of Pakistan and being assassinated in 2007 when expected to win the post on a third occasion having just returned from exile.
At the time of her assassination (December 2007) which was after the 9/11 (September 2001) attack on the 'Twin Towers', but before Osama bin Laden the 'master mind' and leader of al-Qaeda had been found and killed in Pakistan (May 2011) where he is believed to have been living possibly since 2004, Benazir Bhutto was completing a book entitled 'Reconciliation: Democracy, Islam Democracy and the West.
In her book, Benazir Bhutto makes clear her view of Islam - a view given to her by her father - and while it is presented by, and in the language of a twice elected Prime Minister of a complex country, underneath it is a rather naive, child like view - were she a Christian you could imagine she would be thinking of God being an old man with a beard sitting on a cloud.
Benazir clearly put her country, its people, their culture and democracy first - but then tried to weave a narrative for Islam (to which she was committed) that would make it fit - it is this narrative that seems to be the same one promulgated by Theresa May and then by David Cameron.
One can understand that Theresa May could well see Benazir Bhutto as a model for her own career - and to have a friend murdered in such circumstances, and then for her book to be posthumously published - this could well be the pivotal moment that I had guessed had to exist. And all just a couple of years before the Conservative party is elected to government, and although in government in a coalition, it was a coalition with a party who were themselves very anti-English, anti-British and in favour of diluting British culture with alien cultures, continuing the work done by the previous Labour administration over more than a decade under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to make the UK a 'rainbow nation' of 'multi-culturalism'.
Unfortunately Benazir Bhutto's attempts to spin Islam into a coherent model with Democracy and the West, as being peaceful and opposing the work of the jihads terrorists is laughable.
In the second chapter where she starts her apologetic for Islam, of the many failings, one of the most startling was her quoting part of the Koran calling for the subjugation of non-Muslims and then explaining:-
Although this verse may appear superficially problematical, a close reading shows that it does not advocate violence against people of the Book, only those who reject God and his teachings outright.
So even this most moderate of Muslims, seeking to reconcile Islam and the West, says that the Koran does call for violence against atheists - but Christians may be OK.
She also states that Jihad is not one of the Five Pillars of Islam - before qualifying that with a reference to Khariji theory - where (presumably) it is. Further on Jihad she states "If the duty is fulfilled by a part of the community it ceases to be obligatory on the others." - personally I do not find it reassuring that Muslims may only be restraining themselves from Jihad because someone else is doing it for them elsewhere...
Also (still only in the second chapter), she states that the Koran is against terrorism and the killing 'innocents' - but as the terrorists of ISIS claim they are at war, and non-Muslims are not 'innocent' they would seem to agree with her, but believe they are working within that 'rule'.
Regarding 'proof' that Mohammed values life she cites an edict that a Muslim may deny their faith verbally to save their life, as long as they keep the fail 'in their heart'. Again I am not reassured, as this suggests it would be Ok to kill someone if they didn't keep the faith in their heart(!).
There are many examples of this, arguments that may work in the mind of a girl who adores her father and his memory and dare not contradict his teachings, but not arguments that anyone would be foolish enough to present in a genuine Western Democracy - as they would crumble before they had cleared the speakers lips.
Unfortunately these are the arguments that have entered Theresa Mays head, and have been spread among the Conservative Party hierarchy.
This half baked misunderstanding of what was being presented and why may also explain the amazing rise of Sayeeda (Baroness) Warsi - presumably seen as a 'young Benazir' by the Conservative high-command, followed by her rapid fall when it was found there was nothing to her - but this would have been true even had she been a young Benazir, as the logic supporting Islam in the West with Democracy was always flawed.
UK MP's think Daesh "blues the lines between Islam, Muslims and Islamists" and that is good? - huh? - isn't English their first language?
If you want the full background on where the word 'Daesh' comes from and why Islamic state may not like it http://www.radiofreeuk.org have an item on this in this weeks broadcast (online till next Friday 10th July).
But the point of this blog post...
International Business Times have an article with a copy of the letter sent to the BBC by the MPs, and the BBC's reply.
I was stunned on reading the third paragraph where they promote the use of Daesh because it "blues the lines between Islam, Muslims and Islamists".
WTF is that supposed to mean? There is a common English phrase "blurs the line(s)" it could be they meant 'blurs' instead of 'blues' - but the point of the the phrase 'blurring lines' is that it makes things harder to differentiate/separate - and surely this is the opposite of what is intended! The idea is to separate Islamic State from other Muslims - not blur the lines between them?
What an insult to the English language that this letter should go out like this - and what a joke that it is trying to advise the BBC on the use of the English language!
Here are the links:
MP's Letter to the BBC
Monday, 22 June 2015
Matthew Elliott, leader of the 'for Britain' groupings, saw the 'Yes2AV' campaign fail because it was led by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) who were *against* AV, they wanted (and still want - the now obsolete) STV.
Matthew Elliott now wants to recreate this in the EUout campaign - by leading it to fail, by leading it as badly and half heartedly as ERS led Yes2AV.
Just before the referendum, if the in campaign have not already clearly won, then the EU will offer 'associate membership' they will promise it as a 'vow' (as per the Scots independence 'vow' - the promise of Devo Max if scots voted 'in') and the reformers led by Elliott and 'for Britain' will switch from EUout to EUin - this is what they wanted all along (see http://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/isabel-oakeshott-eurosceptics-need-to-wake-up-if-they-want-us-to-leave-the-eu-10289339.html)
The reason purdah has uniquely been abandoned for this referendum is precisely so this last minute Damascene moment can be stage managed - in the last week or so this offer will be made and hugely publicised - and the UK public will be expected to vote 'in' in a promise (cast-iron no doubt). With (but this time) only UKIP still speaking up for out!