Thursday, 7 July 2011

The Closure of News of the World

As a former journalist I feel for the hundreds of workers who will lose their jobs. No one should be fooled by Rupert Murdoch's move to close the company. It is a financial decision based on the potential lawsuits which would have ruined the company anyway. If Murdoch is serious about holding people to account (as he is reported as saying) then why is the person who was editor of the paper when the phone hackings took place, still in her elevated position as head of News International? Hopefully the police investigations will reveal the names of all the culprits and they will be brought to justice, even those protected by giants.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Preachers of Hate in the Education System

I am not a huge Channel 4 fan but one must give credit where it is due and the Dispatches programme last week must be commended for revealing lessons of hatred in an Islamic school in Birmingham. The Darul Uloom school has complained to OFCOM about the programme but there is no denying what could clearly be seen on the recorded videos. I watched in utter disbelief as the Muslim speaker asked "Who drink the p..s (the other word for urine) of a cow?" The answer from students, "Hindus". Then he went on to declare "The Hindus..they drink the p...s of a cow, the cow is their God, they ride the cow, how can you ride your God? And so it went on. The misguided idiot seemed to have singled out Hindus for particular attack.

I am surprised that there has been silence from the Hindu organisations in Britain. But then I cannot say they have done much to represent the Hindu point of view in British society. Why do people still wonder where Hindus stand on so many issues of our day?

For those who speak out I expect the hindu voice should be heard, that we will not stand idly by while preachers of hate misrepresent our faith and spread animosity and intolerance within the education system.

I expect OFSTED which likes to make a song and dance about schools that should be in special measures etc and the Department of Education will have some more to say about this Islamic School in Birmingham. Lets wait and see.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Cameron and the Banks - Just do it!

It was disappointing to hear the use of terms like "want to" and "reach agreement" from the Prime Minister today when speaking on the issue of Bankers Bonus. These robber barons who at an international level caused a financial crisis, and in the UK already rake in millions of pounds from unjustifiable charges to their customers now have the tenacity to reward themselves fat bonuses at taxpayers expense.

The Conservative Party and The Liberal Democrats pledged to deal with this cowboy banking industry and all eyes are on them now to deliver on their promises. The term "want to do" is no longer appropriate. You are in Government now, just do it!