Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Whistle Blown

One of the unreported matters (so far) from the council meeting on the 27th January is a comment made by Jo Lovelock about the planned investigation into bullying in Children's Services prompted by a whistle blower talking to the press.

She told the meeting that the complaints would be investigated and if found to be unproven action would be taken.

Go girl, threaten people who have kept quiet about bullying because they have been scared to speak out against their management with disciplinary action.

That's one way to make sure that any questions of bullying are buried... threaten to bully the bullied even more.

UPDATE: I have had an assurance from the Chief Executive that whistleblowers will be protected, even if their allegations are not proven.

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Issue 64 Has Gone to Bed

Issue 64
  • Guest Editor: Rafa Benitez
  • Harry Redknapp's Facebook
  • Spurs Before and After Ramos
  • When Harry Met Gordon
  • Spurs Museum
  • Ray Wilkins: Coaching Legend
  • Stevie G - The Long Road to Freedom

On Sale 31st January vs. West Ham

Saturday, 24 January 2009

How Can You Tell When A Politician Is Lying...?

...his lips move.

I reminded of that joke when I see the latest bid by the Government to tax the poor. Plans are afoot to raise the amount debtors have to pay in fines by up to 233%, yet the Ministry of Justice (sic) tells us that "no decisions have yet been made". Pull the other one, it has bells on it. If you want to know what Government plans are, just look out for these tell tale phrases:
"We have no plans to" and "No decision has been made."

At what point do these bozos not understand that when a person is in debt the main reason for them being in debt is that they have no money? It is a simple concept, but one that seems to have escaped ministers.

Contrast that with the treatment handed out to the banks. When they get into a little difficulty with their cash flow a blank cheque of money taken from the poor is handed over. Northen Rock employees are even getting a 10% bonus. Quite sickening really.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Coroners and Justice Bill

Just when you thought that they couldn't get any more breathtaking in their arrogance, the Labour Party are trying to push through a section in the Coroners and Justice Bill that would allow a minister to authorise the sharing of personal data from Government databases with anyone including commercial organisations for whatever purpose they saw fit in order to "achieve policy objectives".

Labour are building a Gestapo state before our very eyes.

This is a monstrous abuse of power that Labour wish to foist on the British people, You can be sure that the supine MP for Reading West will back it, a man with less backbone than a jellyfish when it comes to sucking up to ministers.

Remember these are the people who introduced surveillance powers, lying through their teeth that it was to combat serious crime and terrorism, then allowed them to be used by local councils to snoop on schools admission applications. These people cannot be trusted.

Write to your MP, unless it's Salter, in which case you're wasting a stamp.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Comment is Free

I'm beginning to think the local Labour Party has lost the plot, blaming all and sundry for their ills rather than face up to the fact that they are an arrogant bunch of fools.

And as Salter's web page attests to, they really haven't got the hang of this Interweb thingy wotsit either.

So it was that a Labour apparachnik called 'Whitley Jim' was dispatched to the getReading site to out me as "that Lib Dem Warren Swaine" after I'd left a few comments there. If the dur-brain had bothered to check he would have found that it was no secret that 'Was' was me, a fact well known by all the regular posters. Although I thank him for complimenting me on my six-pack, or at least that what I assume he meant when he called me gutless.

Monday, 19 January 2009

Resignation Special

I know it's fashionable in some circles to call for the heads of political opponents, but in truth it is very rarely justified. I went to see Russell Brand last night and he brilliantly exposed the motivations and hypocrisy of the media and politicians in whipping up public opinion.

However, the news that Pete Ruhemann, or Mr. Lovelock as he is otherwise known, has finally resigned as lead councillor for Children's Services is one of those times when I feel it has been fully justified. We are talking a systematic failure on his watch and whether it is compliance or a wish not to rock the boat, the lack of any sort of local investigation doesn't sit happy on a local press who content themselves with printing positively spun press releases signed off by the lead councillor responsible for it.

And if he'd gone with just one acknowledgement that he was sorry that he'd let Reading's children down, I'd have carried some respect for him. But he didn't.

I wonder if Pete Ruhemann saw Russell Brand and is now doing a little "I am the news" dance at home tonight.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Hang on a minute!

I'm only half way through copying stuff from my old blog to Blogger and it's been discovered.

I guess nothing is a secret anymore!

Update: Writing fanzine stuff, so the upload is on hold for the next couple of days.

Sunday, 11 January 2009

A Cut Above the Rest

Saturday saw a double dose of culture... Arsenal v Bolton and the brilliant stage adaptation of Edward Scissorhands at Sadler's Wells. I've seen a few ballets in my time, but generally I have to be honest and say it's not my most favourite of the arts. However, this show was stunning. I'd like to tell you to go and see it, but you can't. It finishes its run next weekend!