Saturday, 30 November 2013

Yo! YEO is OUT!

Good riddance to this mendacious piece of rubbish and all his bloody windmills. UKIP for South Suffolk!

Ipswich Evening Star

Friday, 29 November 2013

Boris and the Below Average

Some years ago there was an excessively stupid Labour MP who gave the lie to Boris' pronouncement yesterday that "Some people are just too stupid to get on in life". Anyway, on the subject of enforced equality this prize Labour twit announced that he wanted all 11 year-olds to reach the average reading standard for 11 year-olds. Boris probably avoided making reference to the 'below average' because the world is full of twits who imagine that this means something mildly insulting rather than being a statistical descriptor.

In context, it's quite clear that Boris was speaking in terms of a statistical distribution; "Whatever you may think of the value of IQ tests, it is surely relevant to a conversation about equality that as many as 16 per cent of our species have an IQ below 85, while about 2 per cent have an IQ above 130". Of course, it's not just IQ; Eton's lower forms are filled with boys with IQs of under 85 from hereditarily stupid but wealthy families, but generally they leave at 16 to work on the family farms (with ten GCSEs never to be used again). 

But yes. The world is made up of the below average and the above average, and any attempt at enforcing an equality of state between them is simply to either waste resources or ban excellence.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Another tedious, dreary coke-head?

As I've mentioned on here before I can't stand coke-heads; tedious, dreary little shits for the most part who imagine that a chemical makes them temporarily interesting or talented. It doesn't. Take their powder away and they're just grey, dull little people with nothing interesting to say at all.

I've never been tempted by Lawson's culinary tuition, never watched her TV show, or bothered to read her books or columns. Which gives me even greater confidence that my source of food wisdom and culinary knowledge, Prue Leith, owes her unparalleled excellence to innate skill.

John Bercow, Prize Prat

John Bercow, the malignant midget perched on the Commons chamber's high chair, has opined that the widespread theft, fraud and peculation of tax funds by MPs during the Rotten Parliament was because they were bored. No. It was because they were greedy, selfish and self-interested and were arrogant enough to imagine they could get away with it.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Labour Plod recommends Centralism shock

As Autonomous Mind reports, Stevens was handpicked by Labour's Yvette Cooper from a stable of senior coppers sympatico to the common-purpose-big-state agenda rather than to policing to head up a major review of, er, Policing. Small surprise then when he recommends (1) further moves towards a national police force commanded by the Home Secretary (2) Strangling local democratic control at birth by abolishing PCCs (3) Extending police responsibility to general social control rather than just catching criminals.

We can safety take the whole of Stevens' report and hang it on the nail on the outhouse wall. 

However, this also now places the ball firmly back in Cameroon's lap; as Labour are pledged to implement this nonsense if elected in 2015, Cameron must now announce the much-needed Royal Commission on Policing that is widely supported, not least by rank and file coppers themselves. A chair from outside the political class would be good; most generals are simply too dim, most entrepreneurs incapable of deferring to the views of others, but someone such as Simon Jenkins would fit.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Foreigners speaking English

The latest global index of English Proficiency has just been published; this valuable piece of work allows English persons to vary their language skills according to the country in which they find themselves in accordance with local levels of proficiency as follows;

1. Sweden Speak English Normally
2. Norway Speak English Normally
3. Netherlands Speak English Normally
4. Estonia Speak English Normally
5. Denmark Speak English Normally
6. Austria Speak English Normally
7. Finland Speak English Normally
8. Poland Avoid complex syntax and grammar
9. Hungary Avoid complex syntax and grammar
10. Slovenia Avoid complex syntax and grammar
11. Malaysia Avoid complex syntax and grammar
12. Singapore Avoid complex syntax and grammar
13. Belgium Avoid complex syntax and grammar
14. Germany Avoid complex syntax and grammar
15. Latvia Avoid complex syntax and grammar
16. Switzerland Avoid complex syntax and grammar
17. Portugal Avoid complex syntax and grammar
18. Slovakia Speak simple English slowly and clearly
19. Argentina Speak simple English slowly and clearly
20. Czech Republic Speak simple English slowly and clearly
21. India Speak simple English slowly and clearly
22. Hong Kong SAR Speak simple English slowly and clearly
23. Spain Speak simple English slowly and clearly
24. South Korea Speak simple English slowly and clearly
25. Indonesia Speak simple English slowly and clearly
26. Japan Speak simple English slowly and clearly
27. Ukraine Speak simple English slowly and clearly
28. Vietnam Speak simple English slowly and clearly
29. Uruguay Shout and gesture
30. Sri Lanka Shout and gesture
31. Russia Shout and gesture
32. Italy Shout and gesture
33. Taiwan Shout and gesture
34. China Shout and gesture
35. France Shout and gesture
36. UAE Shout and gesture
37. Costa Rica Shout and gesture
38. Brazil Shout and gesture
39. Peru Shout and gesture
40. Mexico Shout and gesture
41. Turkey Shout and gesture
42. Iran Shout and gesture
43. Egypt Shout and gesture
44. Chile Shout, gesture, use pictograms
45. Morocco Shout, gesture, use pictograms
46. Colombia Shout, gesture, use pictograms
47. Kuwait Shout, gesture, use pictograms
48. Ecuador Shout, gesture, use pictograms
49. Venezuela Shout, gesture, use pictograms
50. Jordan Shout, gesture, use pictograms
51. Qatar Shout, gesture, use pictograms
52. Guatemala Shout, gesture, use pictograms
53. El Salvador Shout, gesture, use pictograms
54. Libya Shout, gesture, use pictograms
55. Thailand Shout, gesture, use pictograms
56. Panama Shout, gesture, use pictograms
57. Kazakhstan Shout, gesture, use pictograms
58. Algeria Shout, gesture, use pictograms
59. Saudi Arabia Shout, gesture, use pictograms
60. Iraq Shout, gesture, use pictograms

Pakistani corruption a block to English Localism

Pakistani communities in the UK are profoundly and predictably corrupt. It's not just the old electoral corruption, a smouldering bonfire for which Labour provided petrol in introducing unregulated postal voting, but a deep seated predilection to nepotism and financial and administrative malfeasance. So universally recognised is this, although unspoken until Dominic Grieve's interview with the Telegraph, that the very idea of devolution of government powers down to the lowest local level is always effectively countered with the spectre of what would happen in Tower Hamlets. 

And what would happen in Tower Hamlets meets no uninterested argument or denial from anyone anywhere on the political spectrum. Big Bang Localism in this London Borough would see both councillor and officer posts awarded corruptly and nepotistically, bribery and corruption in the award of contracts and tenders, peculation and theft of income and revenue and a fraudulent application of funds that would make the Rotten Parliament of 1997 - 2010 look like thieving from the poor box. 

In vain do Localists argue that the system is self-correcting, that Tower Hamlets house prices would fall, people would move out, the tax-base would fall, voters would look at their own reduced circumstances and the great wealth of their 'community leaders' in comparison with neighbours a few yards away in adjoining boroughs and vote them out. For most people, the idea of handing the Pakistani gang masters of Tower Hamlets the keys to the cookie jar is just one step too far, and so Localism stalls.

Well, at least the subject is now out in the open. Pakistani corruption is blocking the evolution of Localism in the UK; they're not the only corrupt community, and indeed white English and Scottish Labour Party members have a long history of electoral fraud - even unto the present day - but they're the most obvious and most pernicious negation of political evolution in Britain. 

And Grieve is right; the rule of law must prevail. Not Sharia, not tribal authority, but the law of England and Wales (or of Scotland). The great problem is that few persons, including Mr Grieve, have any faith in our ability to enforce the law - and so we're stuck with Big State Britain; with centralists who are also deeply corrupt, but in a very different way.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

A few hundred jailed cyclists should do it

As a cyclist with many thousands of cycle-miles under my belt, I feel as obliged to preface any remarks on my less-responsible brethren with the sort of disclaimer that used to be compulsory for any criticism of immigration. During my lifetime cycling has seen an astounding increase in special provision, from cycling lanes (which are mostly crap and don't work) to cycle boxes at lights (highly effective in giving nervous cyclists the balls to wait in front of an artic)

However, I've also seen the rise of a most unattractive 'militant' cycling - and it's mostly the arrogant young and wealthy who can afford to waste thousands on risible clothing and footwear and inappropriate bikes who are responsible. Riding a bike isn't an excuse to break the law, be aggressive to other road users, selfishly ignore the well-being of pedestrians or to cause general public alarm and dislike of those of us who do none of the above. 

As cycling has come of age as a legitimate and competing transport mode, so the policing of cyclists should evolve. Extending the powers of PCSOs to stop and fine cyclists, and putting a few thousand of them on cycles, should do the job. And for repeat offenders - yes, including the broker-boys of the square mile in their £500 cycling shoes - jail. Poland has over 4,000 cyclists in jail for drinking and cycling. We don't need to match this. A few hundred wealthy young boy racers doing six months in prison should do the job.