………but there truly is one born every minute!
This bloke is a Councillor; admittedly a Labour Councillor, but surely even he should have read at least one of the millions of scam stories about Nigeria, mysterious deaths, wills and available bank accounts?
Alternatively, one can always state with perfect truth that there truly is ‘No fool like an old fool‘!
The UK government keeps telling us that recovery from recession can only come from the Private sector. I agree. So, what to do? How about pile more cost and red tape on it?
Workers who become ill during their holidays will be legally entitled to extra time off work under controversial plans to be introduced later this year by Vince Cable, the Business Secretary. Under the changes to the working time directive, time taken off work for sickness, maternity and paternity leave must be given to workers in addition to their legal right to annual leave. If a worker becomes ill during annual leave, employers will have to give them the extra time off after they have produced a sick note. The new legal regulations will be introduced in October and the Government estimates that they will cost employers more than £100 million annually. Ministers claim that the new regime must be introduced following several European legal judgements.
This is so open to abuse it is unbelievable and yet Cable ploughs on. The cost to business is dismissed as just one of those inevitable things with no consequences. Of course there will be consequences and they will be measured in reduced profits and fewer jobs.
Further to my post on the nature of Policing, it’s also worth remembering what happens when villains are caught and brought to court;
When the parishioners of St Mary’s saw the state of their 13th century church after thieves tore lead worth £50,000 from the roof they tried to be forgiving. But it seems even the most lenient-minded couldn’t match the mercy shown by magistrates – who let the culprits off with a 12-month community order.
Romanians (sic) Florin Stan, 24, Vergil Stan, 51, and Nicolae Birsan, 26, broke through the church’s main gates on two consecutive nights last month, helping themselves to a huge amount of lead. Thanks to CCTV and the vigilance of the churchwarden and police, they were arrested the next day. All admitted theft when they appeared before magistrates in Hinckley, Leicestershire.
So, Romanians come into this country, get stuck into a life of crime by stealing £50,000 worth of Lead from a Church roof (more of that rich multicultural experience!), are caught red-handed….and they get off with a community order.
What message do you think THAT sends to the criminal fraternity? If the calculation is a/Will I get caught? and b/What happens if I do get caught? then the most worrying aspect is that this sort of sentence surely encourages future crime? How can this help prevent crime and doesn’t it make the law an even bigger affront to justice?
Interesting debate on the topic of who should police our streets. The BBC reports that;
Private security firms could investigate some crimes and patrol neighbourhoods under plans being drawn up for police in England and Wales. The West Midlands and Surrey forces – two of England’s largest – have invited bids for contracts from security companies, on behalf of all forces. Other services provided privately could include supporting victims and managing high-risk individuals. The Home Office stressed private firms would not be able to arrest suspects. Critics have warned that privatising police services will mean that forces will be less accountable to the public.
I listened to a debate on the radio concerning this subject and the crux of the issue was whether those seconded from the Private sector to assist in the delivery of Policing had “the same values” as those who currently work for the State. The clear inference was that the evil profit motive (as the BBC sees it) would impact on the efficacy of the private sector companies concerned.
100% right. The private sector is all about delivering results, about achieving agreed outcomes. I have no problem with what is being proposed although I am unsure why anybody needs “victim support” services and those other pointless areas of Policing. It’s about preventing crime, and if that fails, catching the criminals. It’s about ensuring that communities feel secure. It’s about enforcing the rule of law, impartially, effectively. The way I see it, UK policing has been failing us for years now, mostly as a result of liberal and politicised Police leadership. That is the biggest threat to good policing and yet that is conspicuously ignored. Maybe we should go for a radical reform of Policing and ensure it is disconnected from political manipulation – at every level?
I am sure that like me you trembled with admiration as 25 EU member states – all except Britain and the Czech Republic – signed a treaty agreeing to a “golden rule” to balance their budgets or face penalties. Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, said the pact would “last forever”.
“Last Forever”. From a German Chancellor. Mmmm, anyway, THAT was yesterday. Now let’s fast forward 24 hours…
Mariano Rajoy, prime minister of Spain, said the Spanish budget deficit would be 5.8pc of GDP in 2012 – more than 30pc higher than the 4.4pc target agreed by Brussels.
Forever doesn’t mean much anymore!
The Eurozone leaders appear to believe that IF they say something, then it will be. The unbelievable hubris never lasts as reality continually confounds them and the next crisis for these clowns is just around the corner…
I see that renowned geo-political analyst Morrissey has determined that the British Falklands belong to Argentina!
Former Smiths frontman Morrissey has waded into the row over the Falkland Islands, telling the audience at an Argentinian gig that they ‘belong to you’. The singer, who counts Prime Minister David Cameron among his fans, made the remarks during a concert in Cordoba, Argentina, yesterday. He said: ‘You know of course the Malvinas Islands, everybody knows they belong to Argentina so please do not blame the British people, we know the islands belong to you.’
Like David Cameron, I also liked the Smiths music and indeed some of Morrissey’s solo material but that’s where the admiration stops. These imbecilic crowd pleasing ravings mean less than zero. Prostituting yourself for audience popularity is all part of the music biz and one can appreciate why Morrissey spouts such nonsense . I hope the Falkland Islanders, who are 100% proud of their long standing British sovereignty, should invite Mr Morrissey to play a gig in Port Stanley? That should prove….interesting?
Here’s how Euro democracy works.
Today, the Irish Prime Minister signed Ireland up to the Fiscal Contract treaty. In essence, he has bowed to the Merkozy plan to impose Germanic austerity across the EU. Sometime later this year, the Irish people will get to vote in a Referendum on whether THEY want to join in the Euro captivity. You can be sure they have a choice, vote Yes or Yes? The EU see nothing odd about requiring National leaders to sign up to Treaties BEFORE the citizens of the given country decide if they want it.
Remarkable story here.
Students in a Texas public high school were made to stand up and recite the Mexican national anthem and Mexican pledge of allegiance as part of a Spanish class assignment, but the school district maintains there was nothing wrong with the lesson.
It happened last month in an intermediate Spanish class at Achieve Early College High School in McAllen, Texas — a city located about 10 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. Wearing red, white and green, students had to memorize the Mexican anthem and pledge and stand up and recite them in individually in front of the class. That didn’t go over well with sophomore Brenda Brinsdon. The 15-year-old sat down and refused to participate. She also caught it all on video: