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BAD AND BUREAUCRATIC STATE EDUCATION SYSTEM

December 14, 2012

To the Head Teacher of my son’s school.

 

from a parent exasperated with the appalling quality of State education  in the UK.

 

Dear Head Teacher,

 

With regard to the detention my son received for writing a ’cheeky’ comment when the IT ‘technician ’ logged him off the internet yesterday.

 

I spoke further at length to my son about this incident and I am unhappy about the issue as follows.

 

I understand that he is being punished for being cheeky and I have absolutely no argument with that, but I am unhappy about him being logged off the internet because it appears to have been ill considered, inappropriate and, perhaps, downright silly & bureaucratic if his explanations are correct – and they seem to be.

 

My son tells me that in the IT lesson he was required by the IT teacher to produce a powerpoint presentation, to include illustrations. This involved legitimately accessing the internet to acquire relevant images to illustrate the presentation.

 

He wrote the two words in the Google search box  ‘Troll Comic’ to specifically access an image he had previously seen which he wished to use for this presentation, the subject of which was racism. I questioned him closely about this and he showed me this image when I googled it and it is clearly exactly the right image that would be appropriate in my son’s mind to illustrate the presentation as he  explained to me. He told me it was a suitable cartoon image which clearly appeared to be a ‘black’ person and my son intended obtaining a similar type of image but illustrating  a ‘white caucasian’.

 

It was therefore quite wrong for my son to have been arbitrarily logged off the internet and the ‘technician’ should have had the common sense to enquire of him why he appeared to be just googling comics to apparently – in the mind of the technician – read them in a lesson which would have then constituted an inappropriate use of the internet. But the technician failed to do their job properly in this respect.

 

It is therefore quite understandable why my son thought this was stupid and was consequentially irritated. This triggered my son’s response of ‘cheekiness’ in writing a silly comment  – ‘stop watching me you pervert’ – as his natural response.

 

I have pointed out to him that he should have written a non-cheeky, more intelligent reply and perhaps bothered to explain why he had googled that search term. But he didn’t because children are immature and behave accordingly. He now agrees with me he was wrong  and that it was immature and he should have written a more mature comment which would have resolved the issue more intelligently.

 

My son also told me he thought it was always pointless trying to defend himself against ‘wrong’ disciplinary accusations from the school and he never did this because it had always been his experience that it just got him into even more trouble in the end – even if he had been blameless in the first place.

 

This is something he has often repeated over many years and different schools and I know of some past incidents whereby my son has been absolutely blameless about something, but ‘has accepted the rap’ rather than try and defend himself. I think this is wrong and demonstrates an inadequacy of disciplinary procedures and it was not the generally the  experience I remember as a child.

 

This demonstrates the law of unintended consequences which is probably the single most defining evil of bureaucracy and the stupidity of the bureaucratic mind.

 

When my son explained how the school has a system of ‘policing’ the internet by means of having a full time ‘technician’ sitting hunched up over a computer all day randomly monitoring any IT lessons or other computer access by pupils, I was, frankly, astonished at the waste of money this represents and the nightmare overtones of Orwellian surveillance and thinking and apparent need to battle with the pupils perceived remorseless disobedience in inappropriately accessing the internet.

 

It seemed to me inconceivable that the average private school would waste the cost of a full time salary in this manner, or that it would accept that pupils were so uncontrollable that this was the only suitable option.

 

I just found it offensive to see what I perceive as the sort of State type control freak bureaucracy being used to deal with an issue, as opposed to the more sane solutions used by the more sensible world of the non-governmental, non-State world which tends to do things more sensibly and effectively.

 

I would make the point that simply making efforts to physically prevent pupils from accessing the internet inappropriately is probably utterly pointless because while you can do this in  one  environment such as either school or home, this will merely encourage pupils to be even more determined to inappropriately access it elsewhere, such as friends houses, mobile devices etc.

 

It is quite obviously physically impossible to completely prevent pupils inappropriately accessing the internet for this reason and therefore it is simply pointlessly bureaucratic and actually more harmful in the longer term to waste time and money to effectively actually encourage pupils to do the very thing you don’t want them to do in the first place.

 

Like drugs, it can’t be stopped in this blunderbuss, mindlessly coercive & bureaucratic kind of way; only by properly educating people can appropriate behaviour be achieved.

 

 

The only way to prevent any form of ‘crime’ or inappropriate behaviour is to train  people’s minds to be moral and law abiding etc and not to seek to achieve this effect by force, fear or the violent and repressive coercion of authority, because this will almost certainly achieve exactly the opposite effect.

 

It has always been the responsibility of the teacher taking a class to ensure any pupil is not doing anything ‘inappropriate’ and to employ a third party ‘policeman’ sounds horribly Orwellian and 1984’ish – with these unintended consequences I mention which have been wasting money on a salary, wasting your time, the time of the class teacher, my time, and alienating the pupil and the parent, and generally leaving a bad taste in everybody’s mouth. All the typical consequences of bad management and bureaucracy.

 

Which is why I am writing this.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

From a  parent exasperated by the futile and bad management of State schools providing a lousy standard of education to UK children by the mindless pursuit of bureaucracy instead of getting on with the real business of genuinely trying to provide a decent education.

 

The State education system is idiotic, bad and utterly sub-standard in just about every respect and, like many parents I am completely appalled at it.

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BRITAIN FULL OF TOTAL MORONS RUNNING EVERY ASPECT OF DAILY LIFE

November 6, 2012

November 6, 2012

A countless army of morons have been bred, brought up and educated to be disgusting parodies of human beings by several decades of weasil -like “left wing’ UK governments .

These idiots are now employed  all over the country,  mostly by the government, but also by other large & bureaucratic  organisations, to run virtually all aspects of  every part of the entire UK basic infrastructure we all have to use daily just to function. These horrible people can be found absolutely everywhere – all over the place – and we have to deal with  them every day to get anything  at all done.

Here is the link to a Daily Mail story which is one of the latest examples of the poison infecting the UK. which is causing immense and stupifying damage to us all.

 

DISABLED BOY,18, ALLOWED TO FALL TO HIS DEATH BECAUSE HEALTH AND SAFETY FEARS MEANT CARERS COULD NOT RESTRAIN HIM

 

PUBLISHED: 12:44, 10 October 2012 in the Daily Mail

By ANNA EDWARDS

 

 

A disabled boy fell to his death because care home workers were too afraid to restrain him over ‘health and safety’ fears.

James Dean Brotherhood, 18, had brain damage and was susceptible to blood clots following treatment for a brain tumour, which was removed when he was eight.

But despite his medical history and the evident danger, carers at a specialist unit stood by and watched as James pulled himself up onto a windowsill with his wheelchair still strapped to his back.

Senior care assistant Dale Watret told the inquest that he was in the room with James when he climbed on the windowsill, but he could not physically step in to get him down because of a health and safety policy.

Coroner Robert Chapman asked Mr Watret if that was the firm’s policy. Mr Watret replied: ‘It’s health and safety policy all over the country, I am led to believe.’

He told the inquest he was concerned about being injured himself.

Mr Watret  said he shouted for help.

I said “Look, you need to come down because it’s dangerous”.

Coroner Robert Chapman asked Mr Watret: ‘Why didn’t you grab him?’

Mr Watret replied: ‘Health and safety policy states you don’t catch anyone to break their fall.’

The teenager fell and hit his head – and within hours was dead. His family have now received a four-figure payout.

When asked by the coroner why he did not intervene in the moments before the tragedy, one of his carers wrongly stated the home had a ‘no restraint policy’ due to health and safety rules.

James’s mother Suzanne said: ‘His carers said they didn’t want to move him or stop him because they were scared they might get hurt, but one of them was a 6ft bouncer – it was simply ridiculous’.

Read the whole story in the Daily Mail here.

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Below is a selection of the comments Daily Mail readers made about this story of a horrible little carer of breathtaking  stupidity, nastiness, incompetence and inhumanity – Senior care assistant Dale Watret.

kate, canada, Canada, says:

Unbelievable idiocy, there has to be an element of common sense in the interpretation of best practice regulations and some degree of intelligence in those using them Those who stood by and watched this young man injure himself must be complete morons.

kate, canada, Canada,

Keith Jones, Wigan, United Kingdom, says:

Broken, stinking, rotting Britain at its best. Pathetic. RIP to the young lad and I apologise for my disgrace of a country and its disgusting politicians that run it xxxx

Keith Jones, Wigan, United Kingdom,

kiwigal, auckland says:

Good Lord Britains’ wake up while you still have a country! This is world class idiocy, and embarrassment.Is no one taught to actually think these days? If this is not a wake up call to regain some common sense then what is.

kiwigal, auckland

Balikiwi, Bali, says:

‘What a sad, pitiful, useless nation the United Kingdom has become. Full of selfish and greedy dumb-asses, cowards, drunks, addicts, thugs, child molesters, abusive parents, benefit fraudsters, thieves, embezzlers, and criminal immigrants, all protected by a web of nonsensical laws. If WW2 broke out tomorrow, the UK would be annihilated in days. Great Britain, sheesh. Feeble Britain more like. No backbone, no honour, no ethics, no hope.

Balikiwi, Bali,

D Walmsley, Leeds says:

Health and Safety is a load off rubbish, dreamed up by idiots in the public sector, who use it to keep them selves in work, and they cause more harm than good.

D Walmsley, Leeds

Chalky, Skegness, says:

Alas the so called do gooders have manage to turn our country into nightmare of illogical rules that almost dictates what we should think.Our political leaders appear to endorse this, they have turned our main services into a box ticking rules that suppress common sense.NHS- Police-Fire service- Teachers and many more are so restricted that they often cannot do their work they where employed to do. How did it happen?. Certain rules laws EU dictats often introduced for sensible reasons have been taken over by individuals by using their positions to extend the usage of these rule to make them cover area’s which they were never intended to cover. An example of this is the laws supposing to control terrorists are used to control many other aspects of our lives that they were never intended for. This almost an industry on it’s own the results have been well publisiced in the media. The fault lies with goverment who fail to control such people who in the main are civil servants.

Chalky, Skegness,

AS, USUAL, United States, says:

About 18 months ago a tourist helicopter crashed into New York’s Hudson River. 7 cops threw off their equipment and jumped into the river and pulled all the tourists to safety (that’s why cops in NYC are known as “New York’s Finest”). About the same time I was reading about 2 cops in the UK who stood by while a young boy drowned in a pond. Reason – they hadn’t received “water rescue training”. Pathetic.

AS, USUAL, United States,

Stu99, Birminghamsays:

I am a wheelchair user with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and my carers are told by the care agency not to catch me if I fall out of my chair. Apparently they might hurt themselves. They are also not allowed to pick me up from the floor; they must call the paramedics. Unless of course the house is on fire, because they would already be outside as they are not allowed to try to help me get out.

Stu99, Birmingham

shoeburywoman, shoeburyness, United Kingdom says:

I have a severely Autistic son who has meltdowns and who will punch himself hard in the face until his face is bruised and bleeding…I intervene before it gets to this point..but he is at home 24/7 with me on my own to care for him because of this ridiculous health and safety nonsense whereby care providers refuse to intervene in case they get hurt. He has never hit anyone else in his life and to me it is inhuman to standby and watch someone hurting or potentially killing themselves without intervening. The room shown to me shows what sort of home this is..it has no personal items or decoration and is as uninviting as a room could be…I wouldn’t leave my son in a home like that. What are they going to do with the 4 figure sum??

shoeburywoman, shoeburyness, United Kingdom

filmex, Budapest and London, United Kingdom, says:

I recently prevented a young man from throwing himself from a bridge.into the Danube ..The easy option would to do nothing in case I got hurt or he pulled me with him or to let him have his wish and to die.. I am almost 80 but one surely does not hesitate unless one is part of the Health and Safety culture.. Thankfully he is having treatment for depression and I have seen him and his family since.and he is glad to be alive…

filmex, Budapest and London, United Kingdom,

HORSHAM COUNCIL CORRUPT SPENDING OF TAXPAYERS MONEY

May 27, 2011

Councils spend £100m on taxpayer-funded credit cards

By Heidi Blake, and Conrad Quilty-Harper of THE DAILY TELEGRAPH 9:31PM BST 27 May 2011

Horsham Council in West Sussex spent £1150 on two llamas to graze on communal land along with a small flock of sheep. They also spent £575 on live fish for a council pond.

Councils have spent tens of millions of pounds on taxpayer-funded credit cards with local authority executives and councillors treating themselves to first-class travel to foreign destinations and stays in five-star hotels, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Despite being ordered to cut spending by almost 30 per cent, town hall chiefs have continued to lavish hundreds of thousands of pounds on dinners at Michelin-starred restaurants, leisure trips and expensive gifts including iPads and video games while slashing jobs and scrapping front-line services.

An investigation by The Daily Telegraph has uncovered details of apparently questionable spending decisions by councillors and local government officials, with more than £2 million spent on travel over the last three years, including flights to Thailand, Kenya and Bermuda.

Documents obtained by this newspaper show that the councils also spent £2m on hotel bills, including stays at the famous Four Seasons in New York, the five-star Pan Pacific in Singapore, and the Athens Hilton.

Hospitality bills totalling £2.6m were paid on the cards, including dinners at Claridges, one of Britain’s most expensive hotels, hog roasts and champagne receptions, as well as tens of thousands of pounds spent booking tables at award ceremonies.

A total of another £500,000 was spent on gifts such as Tiffany jewellery, Gucci products and pure silk ties, while online shopping sprees racked up bills of more than £300,000 at Argos and £150,000 at Amazon.

Read the rest of this article here
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/council-spending/8542909/Councils-spend-100m-on-taxpayer-funded-credit-cards.html

BENEFITS MADNESS

November 11, 2010

REMOVING BENEFITS FROM THE UNEMPLOYED TO FORCE THEM INTO WORK

government creating a wandering homeless horde of penniless beggars and outcasts

Most unemployed people would jump at the chance to have a job – if they could get one – which paid them more than the total amount they received in State benefits.

The problem is you have to have a job paying at least about £21 000 or even more, just to equal the amount the State might be paying an unemployed person, possibly with a child to look after. There just aren’t enough jobs out there that pay more than £21 000.

Unemployed people at the very bottom of the pile, those, badly educated by a useless State education system, and lacking in social skills or any other skills, are expected to take on jobs paying the minimum wage or even less. The minimum wage pays about £240 a week before tax, perhaps about £1300 a year, before tax.

A two bedroomed flat in a grubby part of the South East of England might typically cost £800 a month at the lowest and grubbiest end of the housing market. At a rent of £9600 a year that leaves £3400 a year to live on and pay for everything else. It is £65 a week – almost exactly what the unemployment benefit for a single person is.

Ian Duncan Smith’s crazy scheme to force the supposedly work-shy army of unemployed people back into work by removing their benefits for three years is completely bonkers.

Duncan Smith and the Government thinks people on benefits don’t work because they don’t want to work. That is a parody of the truth. Most people on benefits don’t work because they cannot get a job which pays them enough to live on and possibly a bit extra left over for a bit of fun out of life as well as just work. They work like a shot in the ‘black’ or hidden economy because it pays well.

The real problem is that because successive Governments have meddled so much in people’s lives and distorted the entire economy with a vast array of restrictive and expensive interferences, that same economy has steadily become poorer and poorer. It is now a basket case weakly tottering around, wheezily grasping for something to prop it up before it collapses completely.

Employers no longer offer workers wages which are sufficient to live on as employers know the Government will pay their workers benefits to subsidise the inadequately low wages workers are now expected to accept from employers.

It is ridiculous that our Government subsidises employers in this way. Make no mistake, it IS the employers being subsidised, not the workers.

And the this is the reason why millions of new jobs (at the lowest, impossible to live on level) have been created, only for 70 per cent of them to be taken up by a horde of immigrants from third world countries who think all their Christmases have arrived at once when they earn in a day in the UK what takes them at least a month in their own countries.

So, the insane stupidities of successive Governments have effectively imported the Third World into the UK, making us all poorer and the UK more and more like a Third World country as each sorry year blunders by.

Another myth that is being peddled is that it is such a good idea for a UK business to pay people like the Chinese to make things cheaply to be sold here in the UK.

Being made so cheaply, it is said, means the UK business (not, obviously a manufacturer any more as that is now being done by the Chinese) can sell the items more cheaply on the UK market, giving a better deal to the consumer as well as making more money for themselves.

It does seem that way at first glance. But it isn’t really true because as more and more people lose their jobs in the UK as more and more things are ‘outsourced’ to be made or done abroad, there are fewer and fewer people with less and less money in the UK available to buy items made abroad.

That is why David Cameron is desperately trying to persuade the Chinese to pay US more of their own money by buying more things from us because at the moment we import three times as much from China as they buy from us.

The fact is real wealth is not money but jobs, and the ability of jobs to make things of value. Money is only something conveniently used to measure the real value of goods and services, i.e. jobs and people’s labour and what those jobs create.

If we give even a small part of our wealth away by using our money to give to other countries for them to employ their own citizens at slave wage levels as in China and India, then we create more and more unemloyment and poverty in our own country.

Refugees flee the tyranny of social workers

November 9, 2010

By Christopher Booker


Published in the Sunday Telegraph 7th November 2010

Refugees flee the tyranny of social workers

There was a time when Britain took pride in offering a safe haven to the victims of tyrannies in other countries. Today we see this in reverse, with scores of families each year fleeing this country as the only way to escape a vicious system bent on seizing their newborn children for no good reason. Last week I heard two more such horror stories and this week I will relate the first, in which I am legally compelled to disguise the names.

Roger and Carol lived happily in Doncaster with their five-year-old daughter. One day last November they had a marital disagreement, involving no more than raised voices. They were overheard by a neighbour who called the police. The couple were arrested and held for nine hours before being released without charge. But the police had summoned the social workers to remove the child, who had not been harmed in any way other than hearing her parents having a row – as countless children do every day.
 
The social workers obtained an interim care order, on the grounds that the child was “at risk of emotional harm”, and gave her to (more…)

TESCO TAT – A PRODUCT MADE IN CHINA

October 14, 2010

WHERE ELSE BUT CHINA TO MANUFACTURE YOUR CHEAP AND NASTY PRODUCT ?

IT IS THE BEST PLACE BY FAR TO PRODUCE DANGEROUS, SHODDY PRODUCTS, UNFIT FOR PURPOSE.

TESCO CAN ALWAYS BE RELIED ON TO KNOW WHERE TO FIND THE CHEAPEST RUBBISH.

Yes, this is about a TESCO own brand toaster manufactured in China and foisted on unsuspecting little me in the quaint belief it would actually work adequately.

I mean, what could go wrong with a toaster ? Either it works or it doesn’t. If the electric element heats up it will toast the bread. If it doesn’t heat up it goes back to the TESCO supermarket from whence it came for a full refund.

It is the second TESCO toaster I bought. It took a long time to realise just how badly made they are. The first toaster just stopped working one day and as I had had it a few months, I didn’t think I would get anywhere asking the rapacious Tesco Supermarket for a refund. So, I bought another one. Silly ! I should have known better.

Toast always seemed to get stuck and have to be prised out of the thing. You had to get a fork and poke and prod and lever the toasted bread out. The slot to put the bread in was particularly narrow, being obviously designed to take only the ‘ironed’, flat, mass produced supermarket white sliced rubbish apology for bread that TESCO foists on millions of people.

There was no way this tatty TESCO toaster was going accept crumpets or any bread you might have to cut with a bread knife unless you cut it to carefully measured widths so thin it would inevitably disintegrate before you got it into the toaster.

There was always a possibility of death by electrocution too if you forgot to switch the toaster off at the mains because your fork, or knife, or whatever, would touch the bare exposed electric elements that glowed red hot with death inducing electricity to burn the toast with.

Nearly all toasters used to be designed quite differently with a flap you opened to place your bread in and then close it to push the bread up against the electric element. It was quite impossible for toast to get stuck and so no death inducing poking around the naked electric element with metal cutlery was ever needed.

The reason I suspect this well tried and tested – infinitely more efficient and safer design – is no longer manufactured is because the interfering, goody goody EEC Euro control freaks sitting on their immensely stupid backsides at our expense in Euro fantasy land (that’s Brussels) have decided that particular, safer design of toaster is too unsafe and it would therefore be much safer if the electric elements were less open to view and were hidden away down a deep dark inaccessible slot in which you poked your bread into.

These Euro crazed idiots didn’t think of the law of unintended consequences on their interfering, busy body diktats.

With the original design of toaster no one ever had to poke around live electrical elements with metal instruments to prise out their toast. But with the newer design now forced upon everyone by the Euro Prats, a great deal of poking about with metal cutlery in amongst the exposed electrical elements of millions of toasters goes on, as toast is forever getting stuck.

But, back to the real shoddiness of a lousy TESCO product that is basically a death trap.

Like other toasters, the TESCO toaster has little vertical wires in front of the dangerous live electric elements to keep the bread away from the glowing red hot element because if slightly damp bread was to actually touch the electrical elements they could ‘short out’ and a fuse would blow somewhere, or else your plug would melt and catch fire or something.

This kind of typical accidental short circuiting fault in all sorts of electrical equipment is a very common cause of domestic house fires.

But these little wires in the grimly shoddy TESCO toaster are not the robust, firmly placed and rigidly immovable little wires they should be, securely anchored at both top and bottom so they actually do their job reliably of keeping bread away from the naked electrical elements.

Instead, the wires are thin, not at all robust. They are flimsy and bend easily as you put bread into the toaster. But the crowning glory of sheer breathtaking, nasty, dangerous, shoddiness is that the bottom ends of these wires – right at the bottom of the little bread slot of the toaster – are not actually firmly anchored at all.

Instead, the cheap minded designer of the toaster decided to simply run the wires through a little hole in a metal plate right at the bottom of the toasting slot. This saves the bother of soldering the bottom ends of these wires and means the toaster can be made more cheaply.

But guess what happens ? Why, the bottom ends of the wires easily pull out of their allotted holes as bread is prised reluctantly out of the narrow toasting slot. This is particularly likely to happen almost every time the toaster is used if, like me, you either make your own ‘real’ bread, or just buy it from a proper baker, and then have to cut it with a bread knife.

This non uniformly shaped slice of bread tends to easily catch on these pathetically flimsy protective wires in this cheap and dangerously nasty TESCO product. This is very likely to pull these wires out of the holes where they will randomly twist and bend as the toaster is used and they will snag your bread even more enthusiastlcally, until one day they contrive to touch two or more of the bright red hot exposed electric elements which will promptly short circuit your toaster, or house, or possibly your life.

So, that’s why my first TESCO toaster died so soon after buying it and this latest bit of TESCO Tat that passes itself off as a toaster has now got nearly all these wires waving in the breeze just waiting to cause a short circuit which will eventually kill the toaster, or me, or my family.

Meanwhile using the shoddy little rubbish TESCO toaster is just a nightmare.

Well done the Euro idiots and well done TESCO for producing a dangerous and breathtakingly shoddy product; and well done China for producing yet more sub-standard rubbish which is foisted on the rest of the World.