Our world in their hands - really?

Honest, but Weak & Clueless?

Anyone who totally fails to see the risks of taking significant and crucial actions and decisions - including seriously misjudging the outcome of her own 'called' general election and dangerously hanging onto the coat tails of the Americans - especially now they are led by the erratic and unstable Trump shouldn't be PM. I don't know about you but I don't want my children and grandchildren to become crisps because of manic gung-ho Donald Trump and his followers. What about the hugely under-funded and under-staffed NHS and the lack of Social Care and affordable housing for people here in our own country? - Ed

Betrayer with Ambition

 The verbal cock-ups uttered by this man are innumerable. What was Teresa May thinking, giving this inept self-server the most important international job in our government? He was not fit for purpose. He even looks like Trump! In these days of world tensions and unrest, surely we needed a true diplomat - capable of dealing at the highest levels with world leaders without causing friction, irritation and laughter as he goes. Now he insults Muslim women and children - TM should have him out of the party and show some grit. A joint assassin with Jacob Rees-Mogg and Michael Gove, PM TM has little chance of survival, but rather her than Boris. - Ed 

Dangerous Sociopath

A sociopath can be defined as a person who has a serious Antisocial Personality Disorder. This disorder is characterised by a total disregard for the feelings of others, a lack of remorse or shame, manipulative behavior, narcissism, egocentricity and the easy willingness to use and repeatedly lie to other people in order to achieve his ofr her goals. Sociopaths consider other people merely tools to be used and abused and can be very dangerous. Many of us know one - they are often very successful and appear to be charismatic. This one separates babies and children from their mums & dads and locks them up to make a point. There are no words! - Ed

NHS 'in debt' news story

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THE NHS:

How should the NHS be funded? Clearly the current ad hoc monies ‘given’ by our government doesn’t work – the NHS should be above the status of financial recipients deemed important or not, depending on the day, by successive governments. The NHS is our life and our quality of life for our parents, our children, the young and the old and ourselves. Each of our lives and longevity will quite likely depend on the NHS at some point and except for food, there can be nothing more important. Yet politicians consider it’s funding to be on a par with foreign wars, ‘Victorian-esqe’ expansion adventures, faster trains, propping up failing banks, more air traffic and (too large) businesses run into the ground by greedy ‘fat controllers’ and self-serving unethical financial supporters of political parties. Closely allied is of course Social Care – yes we’d like some! The latest figures (BBC News 9th Aug '18) show that 3,500 people waited more than a year for 'non urgent' (bones, hips, etc) operations, whilst the number  waiting more than 18 weeks is now over 1/2 a million. What is the point in anything else if we have to live in pain unnecessarily or die early? How do you think the NHS should be funded and run?


SOCIAL & CHILDREN'S SERVICES:

Do the employees (they call themselves 'workers') within this dark and mysterious department found within all County Councils have the training, the skill sets and the abilities to apply common sense where families are concerned. Do you think they can tell when a child is actually at risk - not always just of death and violence but of mental abuse, which is so often the foundation of irreparable harm done to children by a wayward parent? Do these people have too much power but not enough mental agility and common sense? Conversely, is too much power wielded in the wrong situations? Are actions or lack of actions based on too much box ticking, or is the depletion of funds to blame for insufficient investigation? These people are, after all, way too short of time to apply themselves sufficiently, in many cases.


A BBC report last October stated that "Ninety children are being taken into care every day in England and Wales and it's claimed social workers are fire-fighting the most serious cases late into the night. Staff fear children slip through the net as they try to keep up with rising pressures. Latest government figures show 32,810 children were taken into care in 2017. Ministers said extra money was being targeted towards improving services. The total number of children in care is a record 72,670 - up 3% on 2016. Council bosses, who are responsible for child protection services, say it's the biggest rise in seven years. The Local Government Association, which is taking part in a conference on care services in Bournemouth, says it comes as children's services face a £2bn a year funding gap by 2020."


  • Have you had a good or bad experience of Social Services / Children's services that you would share? (we wouldn't publish names or personal details.)

EDUCATION:

Our children’s education system and curriculum are ever changed by ‘the current minister’ so that head teachers and staff are constantly having to adapt to fit the dictates of people like Michael Gove and others who will not allow schools and the people who actually teach our children to decide what is best. Ofsted is there to boost the confidence of schools that do well and ‘mark down’ those which do not. That should be all that is necessary. SATS, testing and re-testing of children takes the focus off their natural willingness to learn and instead introduces stress and time-wasting merely to satisfy ‘the minister’ and his minions. There is a firm belief that education should be based on the old idea of the 3 Rs (reading ‘riting and ‘rithmetic!) as it was known, with other subjects coming in behind. That system has always worked and if nothing else, provides all children with the basics needed throughout life. Education has not kept up with the times and frantic additions to the curriculum to deal with the outside world in which we now live seem to be injected by panic rather than proper planning and taking stock. This is not school’s fault.


Shouldn’t the National Curriculum ensure the following, in order of importance:


Reading in English: Learning to enjoy stories on the page as well as on screen. The better our children’s vocabulary and abilities with grammar and spelling, the better their enjoyment will be. Even reading with Kindle is better than nothing, if that turns children 'on' to reading?  


Writing in English: With emphasis on Spelling, grammar and punctuation. Yes this is taught and called SPAG, but how much emphasis is placed on it and how much class time and homework is allocated to it? High School is very different to Junior School and it is hard to see that sufficient time is given to reading skills and SPAG.


Arithmetic: Times tables parrot fashion, mental arithmetic (add, subtract, multiply and divide), logic (use what you know to solve problems you may not be familiar with) – and only when those fundamentals are fully instilled, should Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, be added.


  • Perhaps reading, writing and basic arithmetic should be regular homework activities with questions and prizes given in class for the best results, renditions and improvement on a weekly basis. The funding of such prizes is open to discussion but without these skills, surely the rest is pointless.

Google: How to use and benefit from Google to find anything you need to know – which types of websites to look at and which to ignore. Check out the more reliable information sites such as Wikipedia. Learn how to spot what is likely to be nonsense or unreliable. Ignore health advice except from NHS and bona fide trustworthy and reliable 'health' sites. Why we should, in the main, ignore retail and services providers directly - and why!


Social Media, (or as some like to call it ‘antisocial media’). Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is way too powerful – and Facebook is more so than many countries (Yes it’s true). Zuckerberg even shunned a request to come to the UK to answer criticisms about Facebook’s activities and personal data sharing. He couldn’t care less and appears to have no interest in social responsibility, or the wish to work within it. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others should not be allowed until children are 16 - when only then are they likely to be able to analyse how to use them and how to avoid the nasty side – which is dangerous and often bullying and highly abusive. Every child managed without it until very recently. From the other side, social media can be a very good thing - allowing easy communication and information sharing between families and friends and joining in with fun stuff, following people we like or admire, etc.


YouTube: This is a hugely influential platform for our children and we would do well to recognise that. Children follow what are loosely know as 'Famous YouTubers', but they need to accept and realise that almost no children will become ultra successful 'YouTubers' any more than music stars, famous actors, or Premier League footballers and that even then, such a status will be very short lived. YouTube has in some ways become the enemy of education since Google bought it and is infested in large parts by moronic American (and sometimes UK) children and teenagers engaged in pranks that many of us would consider grounds to have them sectioned – let alone those cretins who come up with more and more ways to destroy top of the range iPhones and other expensive items so children think they are ‘awesome’ (I hate that word even more than ‘scenario’!). It also doesn't help our children with spelling and we need to realize(!) that.


Of course YouTube has a huge positive side promoting music, fun and lots of useful facts and information as well as solutioans to problems of ‘how do I do this?' and genuine health, education and work related content!’


However, YouTube has many strands of bad language, nudity, violence, nuisance and reference to weapons, terror tactics, sex and drugs. Google makes noises about ‘change’ and policing itself but is too powerful to care. Try entering ‘DRILL MUSIC’ or ‘DEATH’ or ‘SEX’ or ‘LITTLE T ROAD RAGE’ into YouTube and see what comes up. By the way if you think parental controls stop your children viewing anything they want to – think again – they are way ahead of us! By the way, interestingly, I wrote to Mark Menzies MP about the latter and eventually received a disinterested and officious standard letter back telling me the government is going all it can, but that I should complain to YouTube – as if YouTube is going to take action on my say so (assuming you can find a way to get in touch with them) – in other words ‘My government and I can’t be bothered’. Only if you look at this stuff for yourself can you see the extent of the problems and the lack of action by our government. If you do check any of this stuff out for yourself, be prepared to be shocked. This is nasty stuff and beyond the 'watershed'.


Police: Our police force has been pillaged and miniaturised to the core and is, in the main, ineffective and no use to most of us - it can only be reactive, not proactive. It cannot prevent or solve anything more than the most serious of crimes and for the same reasons, it cannot investigate anything in any space of time that would make it useful or able to gain a result. Our children need to understand that. It has been stated that police recruits now receive only two weeks training before being dumped on our streets and expected to make a difference - whilst learning on the job. It is not their fault, our government continues to fail in this area too.


Online Safety: A hugely important topic. There is a thought that says when parents buy a laptop or tablet or phone, the default state of that device is that there is a unique PIN already set up, which makes the device 'child friendly' from opening the box - the reverse of what happens now. Parents would have to apply at any Post Office, in person and with ID, to be given the PIN. but the PIN is not accessible to anyone but the parent. Parents can then set permissions before the child can use the device. The PIN is set in the hardware memory (ROM), not in various apps themselves. Not perfect, but much better than what we have now. What do you think?


Emergency: Are children taught what to do in an emergency? Suppose someone tried to take hold of them, do they know what to do? 'Drop to the floor, scream "Help me, I don't know this person" repeatedly, kick punch, scratch, bite, flay around.' If being followed or if they feel 'threatened', they should run into a shop or an office or somewhere close where there are people and shout "Help me, I'm scared, I think someone is following me." People will always help a child. If lost in a supermarket, they should find someone who works there, or go to a till, or a security guard and tell them they are lost. Can they describe their parent or guardian? Do they know their parent's or carer's mobile number?


Money: From Year 5 or 6 – what things cost, what parents have to pay for, why there isn’t always money available for things children want, how easy it is to save up and how positive it is when you've saved enough for what you wanted. Obtaining a young person’s bank account with a Visa Debit card from age-11. Being responsible and understanding that when you’ve spent it - it’s gone! Plus earn some money – do jobs for your adults, do your homework without fuss, help with the housework, bake a cake (with help?), feed the pets, etc.


  • An idea for parents where children are running up their debit / credit cards on XBox or Playstation, is to set up a separate, simple bank account which replaces their own account. The parent then tops up the card to pay for the monthly 'Live' charge - usually £5.99 + any top up and download costs they child asks for, as they see fit. Several banks offer a basic account which is good for online purchasing and Direct Debits. Problem gone!

Geography: shouldn’t the basics be taught first – The world, continents, countries, counties, capitals, cities and towns. Start with the UK and Europe. Use Google Earth to investigate cities, towns, buildings - look around the Louvre, or the Royal Palace of Madrid, or St John's Palace in Valletta. Geology and Ecology are of course important but shouldn’t these now be taught in line with world problems caused by man, how to slow it down, what each person can do, recycling, pressurising businesses to dispense with plastic and other materials that aren’t biodegradable. Perhaps Geography and Science should, in part, merge  with one another.


Science: As mentioned above, much of today’s science is, in reality, linked to man’s behaviour towards all living things including animals, vegetation and insects. If the world is to continue, we must protect against all those who destroy life and cover everything in plastic and concrete. This is not waffle, our oceans are swelling, our vegetation is reducing, animal life is dwindling and our weather is behaving very differently. All due to man’s personal greed and blind stupidity. Surely our children should be taught these fundamental aspects of continued life and that their generation has the chance to stop and reverse this 'existence threatening' damage.


Languages: Shouldn’t they be taught the most widely spoken choices? French, Spanish, Mandarin? We should look to the future and who we will trade with.


Food and Eating Choices: The word diet is a poor word to use, as it is often taken to mean 'losing weight'. Even world class chefs and those on food programs and in magazines refer to diet in that context. In any event, the government needs to step in and police the fast food industry and some of the rubbish sold in supermarkets. We are becoming like the Americans - overweight and ignorant about the harm poor food does to our children and to ourselves. How do you feel about it?


Homework: In recent years, a larger portion of the learning load seems to have been allocated to ‘homework’. This is generally because the National Curriculum is now so expansive that the school day is ever more insufficient.


  • What sustainable changes do you think our Education system should have? Do tell us what you think - does it need updating or is it good enough as it is?
  • Should the entire education establishment be pressurising the government to take immediate action over Social Media, Google, YouTube and others?

INFRASTRUCTURE:

Our railway system is amongst the worst yet most expensive in the world. It is unreliable, dysfunctional, fragmented and far too costly for the majority of commuters. The most recent fiascos with strikes, unhappy staff, unacceptable timetable reshuffles and franchisees who aren’t fit for purpose surely says that the whole thing needs huge changes. Should the railways remain as they are, or what changes should be made? Should we have more Tramways like Manchester?


OUR CHANGING WORLD:

We are now starting to suffer from the effects of global warming that continual governments have wittered on about for decades, but have done nothing except make plans to change within 10 or 20 years. Then we have our ‘best friend’ Trump jumping out of the only solid international plan to reduce the continual growth of the problem, just to please the uncaring short-sighted business leaders he relies on to retain power and be re-elected. This mindless 'people-user' doesn’t care that his own grandchildren may well all fry or freeze or drown or starve because of his self-serving stupidity and the ‘good ol’ boys’ of middle America.


OUR FRIENDS:

Should we continue to be so close to the US? Shouldn’t we be more forward thinking and be much closer to our neighbours in Europe, plus China and the East. China will soon be the world’s largest economy and they need trading partners like us more than we need the US of A. We are now subject to the vagaries and mood swings and mind changing of the most untrustworthy and unreliable US President and so called world leader in history. If the US voted for him – that’s their problem, it shouldn’t be ours and tariffs and trade wars are no way to conduct themselves in this age. The way he's going the USA is going to have no friends! China, Russia, Europe - he bad mouths everybody - worse, he's two-faced and hides behind Twitter to slag people off. 


PACKAGING & PLASTICS:

If we want plastic dispensed with in favour of paper, card and biodegradable materials, that’s easily achieved. We make a law that prohibits any materials that are not either fully recyclable or biodegradable and that’s it. Every item must have the equivalent of a ‘Kite Mark’. This could come into force within one or two years, never mind 5 or 10 years. Toughen up Mrs May - be a leader, not a wimp.


CORPORATION TAX:

If we want organisations of any size to pay their fair share of tax, it is easy. Instead of applying tax to declared profit which is definable in many and various ways, you apply it to gross sales (excluding VAT of course). So for every item sold for £1 (ex-Vat) where the profit would be 25p, tax would normally be applied to the 25p at the rate of 19%. That tax payable would therefore be just under 5p. In addition, tax depends on the location of the company’s registered business, pensions, reinvestment, growth and all sorts of allowances. So the taxable profit can be construed as less. However if you apply tax to the entire £1 at 5% on every item sold in the UK, no matter where the company hangs its official hat, we get our tax revenue on every £1 sold. In that way the Googles and Amazons of this world won’t get away with it.


BREXIT:

Is going to be a complete mess – it always was going to be a mess, whether you voted leave or remain – look at the people negotiating with Europe for us – none of them could effectively run a small to medium sized business, let alone the country. Knowing that in Cameron’s era, we were all criminally deceived and lied to by Conservatives and Labour, we didn’t demand answers to the basic questions before voting out and now here we are. The chances are that if we come out with 'no deal', we'll be lied to again. Enough said. Do you still think we should leave? Should we have a second referendum, knowing now what we didn't know the first time?


VIOLENT CRIME:

Those who physically hurt or kill us or deal in drugs or in any way harm our children should be given some pain - flogging, the stocks, hard labour! I know many of you will be thinking that way, anyway, but it's just a dream – more’s the pity. Never mind a few years, halved if they behave, an offender is likely to have a harsher sentence for a 'money' crime than for GBH or killing. Does our Criminal Justice System need an overhaul?


HOUSING:

The government must buy appropriate land and employ professional, commercial people to design genuinely affordable, non-profit starter homes and provide mortgages from the banks we mainly own. There should be no need for chunky deposits because like all mortgages, if you repeatedly or cumulatively default, you get evicted anyway.


REFUNDS:

Have you noticed that when you buy something on your card the money is gone instantly, but when you're waiting for a refund it takes 3-5 days? Why is that, with the 'faster payments' system? Someone's taking the mick, as usual.


AND FINALLY:

You should know that we are 'a-political' - in other words we think that nearly all politicians of any flavour are near the bottom of the moral human food chain, so what follows is entirely neutral!


. . . . We would love to know what you think about Teresa May, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, Philip Hammond and the rest, as well as Jeremy Corbyn, Tom Watson and Diane Abbott too? Has Mrs May been successful at anything in the last 20 years? Does Boris have any principles, or just ambition? Why does Jeremy Hunt always seem to have an annoying fixed grin whatever he is saying and given the state of the NHS? Michael Gove has had charge of Education, Housing and is now in charge of Democracy(LOL!) having turned down a meeting with those whose lives are to be devastated by Heathrow's 3rd runway and supporting the expansion anyway. Could they do better (or any worse) with any of the above? Our children being allowed to be abused and scarred online and harmed or killed on the streets and it seems like nobody is actually doing anything about it? - Is the Cabinet made up of bungling, self serving-power seekers?  Should we be hanging on to the coat-tails of Donald Trump & the USA. Are there any politicians out there who we could trust with our future? Wouldn't Jeremy Corbyn just put us back into the 1950s/60s with huge debt with no EU to bail us out whilst alienating even more than the Jewish community?! Are Labour even viable on any level? What do you think? We think that Dara O'Brien, Ian Hislop, or Jo Brand could do a better job! 

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