Thursday, 25 November 2010

The Breeding Poor

Lord Flight has been made to apologise regarding his comments about benefits, where he said that as a result of the cuts to Child Benefit, 'we're going to have a system where the middle classes are discouraged from breeding because it's jolly expensive. But for those on benefits, there is every incentive. Well, that's not very sensible.'

There has been the usual response. Outcry from Labour and the unions, holding it up as an example of how 'out of touch' the Conservatives are with ordinary people. The Government have taken steps to distance themselves from the comments, and ultimately, Lord Flight has apologised.

But despite all of this, everyone seems to have avoided the awful truth... that Lord Flight is correct.

 Social decay is caused by a lack of responsibility

I lived in the Meadows in Nottingham - one of the most deprived council estates in the country - for nearly 3 years. I have seen how some people live there. I have seen the teenage mothers in the playground, picking up their children. I have heard the conversations: 'so what are you going to do after school - get a job or have a kid?'

If you are under the age of 25 and earning less than about £20,000 a year, the most financially sound decision you can make is to have a child. You then become entitled to Child Benefit, which in turn, entitles you to priority social housing (with the rent largely paid by Housing Benefit), Council Tax Benefit, Child Tax Credit, and Employment & Support Allowance. You get a tax-free income of about £20,000, without having to lift a finger.

For hundreds of thousands of young women across the country, having children is merely a meal ticket. They do it simply to avoid work. And because they have made the choice for themselves, they care little for the responsibilities they have as a parent. Children are brought up with little to no sense of responsibility themselves, often with absent fathers, and with the lack of any demonstrable work ethic or structured family life, fall into antisocial behaviour and crime.

Now, I am not saying that all people on benefits behave in this way. But some do. And to pretend otherwise is to invite the continuation of the social cancer which is destroying our country.

The answer is to force people to assume responsibility for their children. Abolish child-related benefits, and use the proceeds to increase Working Tax Credit. End the right to free social housing. Make those who have parental responsibility accountable for the actions of their children.

They will scream. They will beg, and they will plead. 'Think of the children,' they will say. The sentimental will decry the actions, saying that it is callous and cruel to treat the poor in such a way. To which the answer is:

We are oft to blame in this,--
'Tis too much proved--that with devotion's visage
And pious action we do sugar o'er
The devil himself.

- Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1, William Shakespeare

Or, in other words, 'spare the rod, spoil the child.'

Eventually, the screaming will stop, the tantrums will fall silent, and the social decay will begin to heal. But even if action is taken now, it will take generations for the damage to be undone. Such is the shoddy and despicable legacy of past Governments' refusal to acknowledge the truth.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Quote of the Day

There can be no European Democracy because there is no European Demos.
- Enoch Powell

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Phil Woolas - A Rant

Phil Woolas is still trying desparately to stay in politics, despite being uncerimoniously booted out of the House of Commons by a Special Election Court after being found guilty of deliberately misleading the electorate.

His defence? That freedom of speech at elections is at stake.

At this point I will explode.

Freedom of speech? You brainless sack of monkey scrotums! Your fucking Labour Government have done more to restrict freedom of speech than ANY other Government. You sanctimonious prick. What about incitement to racial hatred? Hmmm? What about ID cards? What about Twitter Joke trials? What about the Gurkhas, despite having fought for this country, being denied the right to live here by your vile, despicable ilk? Don't talk to me about freedom, you fetid pool of arse-gravy.

And, although I am a defender of freedom of speech, there is a difference between freedom of speech and deliberately lying about a political opponent in order to get elected! Freedom of speech does not mean the freedom to lie. Say what you like, but be prepared to substantiate your accusations, or face the consequences.

Freedom of speech is a right. But it comes with responsibilities.

Says it all.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

In Memoriam

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.

When you go home, tell them of us and say,
'For your tomorrow, we gave our today.'

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Bastard Parliament V: MPs in the Dock

Common sense at last.

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that parliamentary privilege cannot be used to secure immunity from prosecution for criminal offences.

As a result, three former Labour MPs - David Chaytor, Elliot Morley and Jim Devine - will stand trial for false accounting, and further charges brought against others will not be able to delay or avoid them.

This does set an important legal precedent, but falls short of the constitutional reforms deeply needed. Parliament itself still reserves judicial powers - it can still act as a Court. They're still bastards. Fortunately, in this instance, the Law Lords have decided not to join them.


Friday, 5 November 2010

Remember, remember, the 5th of November...

Remember, remember, the 5th of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot.
I see no reason why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.

405 years ago, agents working for a foreign power attempted to murder the King, his wife and children, the entire nobility, including all judges, and the elected Commons of Parliament, as a prelude to an invasion and the eventual conquest of the nation, and the Inquisition of the Church of England.

They did not succeed. English liberty was preserved, more than anything, by sheer, blind luck.

Our freedoms are hard-won, but easily lost, sometimes given away. Remember that on Bonfire Night.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Return of Inflation

Simon Ward has indicated that inflation is set to increase over the next year, finally starting to ebb away in 2012.

This will, no doubt, be leapt upon by Labour as evidence of a double-dip recession, and put pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates from their current record low of 0.5%.

However, I don't think they will.

Given the recent Comprehensive Spending Review actually commits to an increase in public spending in cash terms over the course of this Parliament, George Osborne will be relying on inflation to reduce the deficit, not cold, hard reductions in expenditure. So I don't think the Bank of England will be under any Government pressure to raise interest rates any time soon.

The Government is hoping that inflation will rise faster than their spending commitments - in fact, they are counting on it. The success of the Comprehensive Spending Review depends on it.

Inflation is here to stay, at least for a while.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Criminals and the Right to Vote

Criminals are set to get the right to vote, and people are in uproar about it. But, again, this needs to be looked at objectively.

There is a difference between human rights and civil rights. Human rights are inalienable - they extend to everyone, no matter who they are, what they have done, or what their circumstances are.

The qualifications for a civil right are a little more complex.

The logic is that because voting is a human right, then it is therefore inalienable, and it should therefore extend to prisoners, who cannot be denied human rights by law.

I agree. That they cannot be denied their human rights by law.

And since 1976, when the International Covenant on Civil Political Rights took effect (to which the UK is a signatory), the right to vote has been considered a human right.

Prisoners in China get the vote. For what it's worth in a one-party state.

I, personally, do not think it should be considered a human right. The right to vote should be a civil right, one enjoyed by law-abiding, mentally competent adults. Not incarcerated criminals, children or people incapable of managing their own affairs because of a mental disorder.

By law, we must give them the right to vote. But the law is wrong.

Actually, PEACE with France...

 In a new treaty recently signed by David Cameron and the French President, Nicholas Sarkozy, the UK and France are committing to a deepening of our alliance between them - the entente cordiale - through the sharing of military resources.

This will involve:
  • Joint research into nuclear weapons with the aim of ensuring 'long-term viability, security and safety' - two joint research centres will be constructed to facilitate this;
  • The formation of a Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF) drawing from all 3 services from both nations, available for 'bilateral, NATO, EU, UN or other' operations;
  • The UK will fit 'cat and trap' launchers to our new aircraft carrier to ensure interoperability with French jets. France will allow UK jets to use French carriers;
  • Integrated support on military transport aircraft, with aims for co-operation on training, as well as joint research into the development of spy and combat drone aircraft;
  • Aims to cut 30% of the cost of complex weapons systems through various measures, including scale purchasing, over 10 years.

Now, I am well-known for telling the occasional French joke. Okay, more than the occasional French joke. And there are plenty that I could throw into the mix right now. There was even one on my previous post. But I will try to be objective.

There are good reasons for this treaty:
  • We are both 'old world' nations with overseas territories, such as the Falklands and French Guiana, which are subject to sovereignty disputes with other nations;
  • Our military forces are approximately the same size, with similar capabilities - capabilities, which, realistically, could not enforce our disputed sovereignty claims individually;
  • We are both members of the EU and NATO, and both hold permanent seats on the UN Security Council, thereby holding veto powers in that body;
  • Our forces have a history of joint and and successful operations together - in both World Wars, and in NATO and EU operations, particularly in former Yugoslavia, including Kosovo;
  • It is politically expedient - both countries have large budget deficits which they are attempting to reduce. Pooling military costs does not affect taxation or perceived public services.

Our Government has insisted that this does not affect British sovereignty. And they are right. This is a deepening of an already well-established military alliance, not steps towards political union. However, it does limit options for both countries.

It is unlikely that either France or the UK will ever go to war without allies again. Both of us simply lack the clout required to conduct a campaign against a well-equipped, organised enemy. Although we could re-arm, voters in both countries have little appetite for high military spending for no perceived benefit. And, in the areas of overseas territories, it is fair to say that our reach exceeds our grasp. If other nations with whom we have a territorial dispute chose to enforce their claims militarily, neither France nor the the UK would be seriously capable of launching an independent campaign to respond.

My question is this: if this treaty was ever put to the test, would it stand? If Argentina invaded the Falklands again, would France help us re-capture them? Or conversely, if Madagascar chose to occupy the nearby French islands, would we come to their aid?

The courage of French troops is not in question here - if they were ordered to fight, they would do so. But would their political leaders have the conviction and resolve to support their allies?