Wednesday, 31 July 2019
AlJahom in fine fettle as Boris takes centre stage:
"It is beyond scientific dispute that sea levels rises over recent years can be entirely attributed to the tsunami of lefty tears. I see no prospect of new development money being attracted to anywhere coastal anytime soon.
We get one of these days only once in a while, and it would be foolish not to enjoy it.
It would take a million monkeys with a million facebooks to sift and curate the best of the tsunami of pant-wetting that’s occuring right now. I’ll look forward to those with the time and money to do so bringing their best work."
A nurse who attempted to inject a patient with unsterilised water has been struck off.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said the decision was made to “protect the public” as there was a “real risk of patient harm”.I assume they mean 'more so than usual' in the NHS..?
Benjamin Ohisemuzaimen Isaiah was an agency staff member at the Critical Care unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.Ah. One of those 'skilled immigrants' we can't do without, I suppose?
While working in 2014, Mr Isaiah was found to have drawn up unsterilised water into a syringe before attempting to inject into a patient’s catheter.
It also found that during a night shift on May 14 of that year, he failed to write any nursing notes for a patient.
The day after, Mr Isaiah made a catalogue of errors while treating another patient in the unit.
During the treatment, the committee found he failed to carry out adequate blood sugar level checks, did not record the patient had a “hypo” on the nursing plan, and failed to turn off the patient’s insulin infusion without intervention from a colleague./facepalm
The blunders led to an investigation by the NMC. It was found that Mr Isaiah failed to inform an employer about this investigation.Why should you rely on the nurse under investigation to do that? They have a clear reason not to!
Tuesday, 30 July 2019
A serial meat thief is targeting Canvey’s Iceland - and threatening to stab staff if they stop him.
Hundreds of pounds of luxury meat has been stolen from the shop, in Furtherwick Road, which has been hit three times in four days.
The shop has released CCTV images of a man they believe can help police with the ongoing investigation into the incidents.What's the market for this? Who buys meat from a guy in the pub?
Store manager Dave Sturdy said “He must be taking £100 worth of meat, all luxury meat, each time.
“He is coming into the shop, filling up the basket and then just walks out.
“He walks by the cashier and says ‘don’t follow me or I will stab you, I have a knife’.
“It is the audacity of it all, just to be so calm.
“He calmly fills his basket, walks out, and then sprints up High Street.
“It is hard.
“We have reported every incident to the police.”
“We are doing all we can but there is not a huge amount we can do.”Well, no. That's what we pay the police for, isn't it? What are they doing?
A spokesman for Essex Police asked for anyone who recognises the man to come forward.Ah. Sod all. Can't even organise a steakout at the local Iceland....
...since the award, she said: “I have received a lot of explicit messages from men who seem to be under the impression that I hate all men.
“This couldn’t be further from the truth frankly”.I tweet a lot about dangerous dogs. This might give you the impression I want dangerous dogs dealt with severely, but this couldn't be further* from the truth...
She said was inspired by her own experiences of “manspreading” and other women’s stories of sexism.
She said she was also inspired by the “The Everyday Sexism Project”, founded by Laura Bates, which collects women’s daily experiences of gender inequality.Of course she was...
* is actually accurate
Monday, 29 July 2019
'The driver either had something wrong with him or didn't want to blow into the breathalyser, and after several attempts the PC decided to give up.'
They added: 'When I asked about him having to have a blood test, I was told by the PC that there was no point, as the driver was from Holland and would be shortly returning there.'WTAF..?
'Incidentally the elderly lady driver of the car that avoided the worst of the crash was breathalysed by the PC, but she was a law-abiding local lady- obviously she had not been drinking, but we will never know about the Dutchman.'Oh, of course! Low hanging fruit is always picked by the lazy....
A spokesman for Sussex Police said: 'An officer responded to a collision in Bracklesham Bay which was reported at 10.35am on Tuesday, where a Toyota car, with Dutch registration, had collided with a wall and parked cars.
'The cause of the collision was assessed as being a mechanical fault with the accelerator of the vehicle.'Wow! The cop had a certified forensic mechanic along with him! How handy.
'It was established that for medical reasons the driver of that vehicle was not able to give a specimen of breath.'And a doctor too! It's amazing they could all fit in the police car, isn't it?
'There was no reason to suspect that the driver was unfit to drive through drink or drugs and his arrest, in order to obtain a sample of blood, was not therefore justified.'Apart from the fact he crashed into parked cars and a wall, but hey, what do I know, I'm no detective, clearly..?
...it being too much like hard work.
His wife Susan say she has "lost all faith in the police" after the response. But Northumbria Police insist "enquiries are ongoing" and say officers continue to liaise with those involved.No, only with the injured party, and then, only after being shamed into it by the bad publicity...
The attack itself left the 58-year-old electrical supervisor needing surgery to the fractures in his hand and forced to spend three weeks off work.
He immediately rang 999 to report the alleged crime, but had to end his call to rush to the hospital.
On Thursday July 11, an officer called him to take a statement and Raymond offered details of nearby locations of CCTV.Which met with a 'Meh! Too much like hard work!' response...
"He never came to the house, it was just over the phone, and he said 'we don't normally bother with dog-on-dog attacks' - I said, 'excuse me, it's not just a dog-on-dog attack'.
He said he didn't think they would have time to go looking for CCTV," he said.They always have time. Time is all they do have!
Raymond claims he was left feeling the police officer - who told him it would be hard to prove the incident had taken place but agreed that because of his injuries an investigation would take place - "did not seem to want to know".Then he's a lazy bastard who should be dismissed from the farce.
Sunday, 28 July 2019
Saturday, 27 July 2019
For me, then, the health of a just society is measured by the way it treats the poorest, those on the edge of things. That’s why I support the mayor of Liverpool, his colleagues and 10 other councils across the country who are refusing to share sensitive personal data on non-UK rough sleepers with the Home Office.That's the Bishop of Liverpool, suggesting it's right to take a line of non-co-operation with the state.
I believe that no undocumented person will accept help from homelessness outreach workers if by doing so their details will be shared with officials who want to deport them. This is not a negligible risk. In the Home Office’s own words: “The service is not an enforcement approach, but action may be considered on a case-by-case basis.”That's what we have a Home Office for - to ensure that those not entitled to be here aren't, for long.
I have a vision for this country – one shared by many others – that has no room for the hostile environment. This is rooted in my faith as a Christian, and in the long traditions of our country as a place of welcome and care for the displaced, traditions enshrined in the NHS, of care for all, of the pursuit of lawful justice certainly.That'll be the NHS that's being bled dry by people not entitled to its help? And the lawful justice that says if you want to live here there's a way to do so legally?
I guess religion really does rot the brain, after enough exposure...
...it's your fellow columnists you should be addressing. They did as much as anyone to lay the groundwork for this disaster:
There were places to start an inquiry that might have seemed obvious: the alleged murder of a boy – a schoolfriend of Beech’s named Scott – which Beech claimed had taken place in plain sight on a public road at a busy time; or talking to Beech’s wife of many years. For months, the police failed to investigate either. The Panorama team was astonished to find we were ahead of the police in contacting both Scott and Dawn Beech.At this point, who on earth would ever be 'astonished' to find themselves ahead of our politicised, no-longer-fit-for-purpose (sorry, Jacob!), hopelessly inept police farce?
In the case of Scott and the school records, no deep intrusion into Carl Beech’s life would have been needed to corroborate or disprove his story. There would have been no serious risk of victim shaming. But by now the police were operating from a different playbook, one that relied on publicity rather than diligence to encourage witnesses to come forward. It had worked in Operation Yewtree, the investigation into high-profile sexual offences by Savile and others.Maybe, Ceri, when you've finished basking in the warm glow of having pointed out the elephant trap that everyone else had remarked on while it was being built, you might like to put your researchers to work on Yewtree as well.
Because if you think Operation Midland was a joke, boy, have I got news for you!
If you worry about one consequence of Operation Midland, it should be this: it put the public in danger. Carl Beech, a paedophile and a risk to children, remained at large for years longer than necessary because the police failed to investigate him fully.And the people in charge of the police failed to hold them to account, in fact, positively encouraged them to charge down this path.
And what did they get for it? Not a great deal. It hasn't markedly harmed their political careers. Even the ones who chose poorly.
So don't just blame the police. Point the accusing finger at the puppetmasters, not the puppet.
Friday, 26 July 2019
...it's that this probably isn't grounds for immediate deportation:
Shofi, an asylum seeker who needed a Bengali interpreter for the court hearing, said: “You are not police. You can’t make me do this.”
He then drew out the kitchen knife and threatened: “I will stab you,” and held it towards the Travel Safe Officer’s face.
The officer called 999 and the police arrived to find Shofi holding the knife by his side on the platform.Not, as you might expect, armed officers. Just Taser. Which they didn't use until they had to:
The police struck Shofi on the hand with a baton but he continued to keep hold of the weapon. When he moved closer to an officer, he was Tasered.Any other country's police would have used real ammo. And removed this problem for good.
Judge David Hatton QC said the Travel Safe Officer was distressed and alarmed by the experience.
Parliament had dictated that Shofi should be jailed for at least six months for the offence unless it was “unjust” to do so.You surely can't think...?
Judge Hatton said it was an isolated incident, wholly out if character, from a man with no previous convictions.In this country. What do you know about what he's done in his home country?
A psychiatrist had concluded that Shofi was vulnerable with a history of mental illness and the judge said it would be unjust to impose an immediate prison term./facepalm
Concerned Bromley headteachers have banded together to write to parents over significant concerns with...The appalling behaviour of the children they are expected to teach?
...schools funding.Oh. Of course.
More than a dozen secondary heads sent the letter home yesterday outlining worries over a lack of investment, budget cuts and classroom sizes.
According to the letter, heads “felt it necessary to demonstrate that these issues are not unique to any one school”.There's more than a dozen schools in Bromley, though. I guess it isn't an issue for the others?
The letter said: “As we commit to the campaign for improved levels of funding for our schools and pupils, we feel fortunate that we are so strongly supported by parent and carers.
“We know that a number of parents have made representations to their local MP, to the Department for Education and wider government.”So you're basically asking parents to lobby the authorities?
The Department for Education has said previously that school funding is at its “highest ever level, rising from almost £4bn in 2017 to £43bn by 2020.”Hmmm. Where's the money going, then?
Maybe the comments will shed some light:
Thursday, 25 July 2019
Former magistrate Melvyn Hall, 71, said the dog had been ‘getting on his nerves’ because she kept ‘following him around’, the RSPCA said.So of course, he hit his 'beloved pet' over the head with a hammer, strangled it, then dumped it in the nearby river. As you do.
Appearing at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, the former NHS worker from Ashfield Mews in Wallsend was handed an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, after admitting two counts of causing unnecessary suffering under the Animal Welfare Act.Former magistrate AND former NHS worker, eh?
It also said he was given a lifetime disqualification on owning all animals other than goldfish, and told to pay £1,000 in court costs.Why the bizarre exemption for fish?
Customers leaving Aldi were told to stay in their cars and off their phones by the police during an incident on Saturday, according to one "panicked" shopper.
Shortly after 5pm, the store in Tewkesbury Road, Cheltenham was descended on by police.Police who had clearly forgotten all those warnings about what they are and aren't allowed to ask citizens to do.
The lady added that "some people were trying to take photos and were told no photos and to put phones away".To which the answer should have been "Under what laws, officer?" They would have been stuck then.
Unless this was a terrorist incident. Was it?
Police said the incident wasn't related to the store at all but was the apprehension of suspected shed burglar.There you go then. Just more evidence that, given the slightest opportunity, the police will abuse their authority. This attitude must start at the very top.
Wednesday, 24 July 2019
Ronnie Tretton, 34, appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Friday where he admitted burglary after he stole a gold watch worth £880 from a house in Woodside, Leigh, on May 23.
With this latest incident, Tretton now has 100 offences from 38 convictions, dating all the way back 24 years to his first offence in 1995 when he was just ten-years-old.Well, with a record like that, at least he's going straight to j...
Judge Samantha Leigh...Oh. Bugger!
...stated that Tretton’s victim had been left shaken by the incident and that they were now feeling vulnerable in their own home after someone had trespassed.
Yet Judge Leigh chose to defer the sentencing hearing and allow Tretton out on conditional bail, meaning he must not go near Woodside, Leigh.
Until then he must obey the terms of his licence conditions.Yeah, what are the odds he won't, eh?
Judge Samantha Leigh gave Tretton a warning that if he reverts to his old ways whilst on bail he could face time in prison once again.Errr, I think the 'if' is redundant. Like you should be.
“We will come back on September 27.
“If you have fully complied with the terms of your licence I will hand out another sentence, but if you haven’t, and you have strayed back into your old ways I will not.”Place your bets!
Cops raced to the scene in Shadepark Gardens around 4.10am this morning after being called by the Scottish Ambulance Service.
On arrival, cops found an injured woman in the flat, having been bitten by dogs. Four officers were attacked by three canines at the property with a fifth allegedly being punched in the face.Presumably not by a dog?
Police Scotland are probing the incident 'with the utmost seriousness'.Of course they are. When it's a member of the public, of course, it's *shrug*....
Tuesday, 23 July 2019
Brandon Jameson was stopped by security at the entrance to the "family friendly" Stewart Park event at the weekend where the blade was found in his tracksuit bottoms.
The 20-year-old was one was one of seven teenagers locked up in June 2016 for the mob killing of defenceless car valeter Mr Tunney , 24, in Norton.Not 'locked up' for long enough, clearly...
Jameson wasn't named at the time of Mr Tunney's death due to his age - but a legal order preventing his identification expired when he turned 18.
Since appearing at Teesside Magistrates' Court on Monday for this latest offence, Jameson can now be named.What prompted them to search him?
Justices heard that security initially suspected Jameson had alcohol in his possession at the Marton park event, so searched him about 8.45pm last Friday, prosecutor Emma Cruickshank said.
Security then spotted a "shining object" in his tracksuit pocket which was revealed to be a large blade.
Ms Cruickshank said his behaviour "deteriorated" when the knife was spotted and he became aggressive towards the event staff.I hope they adjusted his attitude for him. Prison clearly didn't.
The judge, Mr Justice Andrew Smith commended the police officers in the case for their work.
He says reporting restrictions will remain in the cases of the 17-year-old and 16-year-old defendants, meaning they still cannot be named under a court order.
He says the welfare of the two teenagers outweighs the public interest in naming the youngsters.What does he think now, I wonder?
'When I eventually spoke to him I told him what had happened, and asked if he was aware of the Disability Act 2010.
'He said he had not thought about it. I told him I would be taking it forward as staff need to receive awareness training to avoid situations like this happening again.'There are pygmies living in the remote parts of the Amazon who are probably aware that assistance dogs are exempt. Where do people find these staff?
Phil Mehrtens, general manager at The Fleece says that dogs are not allowed in that area of the restaurant, because there are some people with allergies.
'There is one particular section which we don't allow dogs in because there are some people with allergies and others who really don't like dogs.''Others', eh..?
'But this has never been an issue previously because there are so many different spaces within our inn and it's exactly the same menu and service standards on offer.
'We have amended some of our operations so that this doesn't happen again, and invited her back so she could have a much more positive stay.'Why would she want to ever step foot in such a place ever again? If you employ staff that thick, who's to say they aren't confusing gravy browning with coffee or salt with sugar?
Monday, 22 July 2019
“I get very emotional now, even 18 months down the line - the slightest thing makes me burst into tears.”
Those are the words of Debra - she has asked us not to use her surname - who considers herself the victim of ‘fat-shaming.’By unkind passers by? Well, no.
She is one of three people in as many years to lodge a complaint with Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust after a consultant told her: “The only surgery I would book for you is bariatric (weight reduction) surgery or you’ll end up housebound and lifted out the window at the end.”Nice bedside manner, doc! But at least you aren't forced into a grovelling apology:
Debra from Mangravet in Maidstone, said: “I had a letter from the complaint investigation team saying he never meant to cause me any upset but ‘I needed to be told’ - that is not an apology.”No, it isn't. Makes a nice change.
“He just assumed I eat too much, but actually I eat quite healthily. I live off salads and vegetables. I’ve always been big. It’s something in my genes.”Your fat backside..?
Her neighbour, who claimed to witness the attack, told Shirley what she had seen. "She said she saw my cat walking around the corner and a big dog, different to the one I saw, followed her.
"My cat was looking back at this dog and didn’t know whether to run.
"The dog literally attacked, and she said it was horrific to watch. The policeman was not far behind and the dog wasn’t on a lead.
"He dropped the cat when the policeman called him back."The lying cops didn't tell the distraught owner the full story:
It was 6.30am when an officer knocked on her door.
"He asked me whether I owned a black and white cat and that he was sorry but that his colleague's dog attacked it.
"I was horrified and very quiet because I think I was in shock. They said there was a bit of blood on its tail so they brought it to the vets."In fact, it had multiple bite wounds and collapsed lungs. Injuries that should have been obviously far more serious than 'a bit of blood on its tail'.
She has made an official complaint to the Met Police after allegedly being told by an officer that the dog "didn't like cats".What the hell is a dog that's known to be a danger to other animals doing being unleashed in an urban area crawling with other people's pets? Why is it even still a police dog?
Spangle’s vet bills came to £8,000, which Shirley said the police are thankfully covering.No, Shirley, you're covering them. You, and every other taxpayer. Where do you think the police get the money in the first place?
A police spokesman said the matter was being investigated and alleged dog bits (sic) are taken "very seriously".The dog should be destroyed, and the handler reduced to counting knives in the evidence locker for the next ten years.
Sunday, 21 July 2019
Saturday, 20 July 2019
It is believed the cyber criminals got access to the Met's 'MyNewsdesk' application, which automatically pushes messages out across email and their twitter feeds.You'd have to have a heart of stone, wouldn't you? But wait, it seems outsourcing was the real issue!
In a statement issued some two hours after the hack, Scotland Yard said: 'The Met Police Press Bureau uses an online provider called MyNewsDesk to issue news releases and other content. When a story is published via MyNewsDesk, it appears on the Met’s website and Twitter accounts and generates an email to those who’ve subscribed to receive our news updates.
'While we are still working to establish exactly what happened, we have begun making changes to our access arrangements to MyNewsDesk.What, you changed it from 'Pa$$word' to something else...?
'At this stage, we are confident the only security issue relates to access to our MyNewsDesk account.
'There has been no "hack" of the Met Police’s own IT infrastructure.
'We are assessing to establish what criminal offences have been committed.'Don't you know...?
Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Wessell from West Mercia Police said: "PD Ivy's death was a shock to us all, in particular for those who were with her that day, all of whom remain deeply affected by it."Why would it be a shock that leaving a dog unattended in a car on a hot day can result in its death? It's not like it hasn't happened before...
"We accept that PD Ivy should not have died as a result of heatstroke and we have learned this very harsh lesson in the worst possible way.
"We have therefore taken on board everything that the review has identified."What a pity you didn't take on all the other lessons that other forces have leaned the hard way. Or maybe just listen to the advice you arrogantly dish out to the public?
Pity they just churn this stuff out, not actually read it...
Friday, 19 July 2019
An IT worker caught in a paedophile hunter sting has been spared jail after a judge heard...Some pathetic sob story about caring for an elderly parent, I suppose.
...his partner is due to give birth to their child any day.Ummm...?
Denys Terebenets, 27, wept in the dock as he was handed a three year community order and allowed to walk free despite admitting a raft of child sex charges.FFS! It's not as if he's going to be needed in the child's life, is it? The mother isn't as gullible as m'learned friend:
Ben Knight, defending, told Minshull Street Crown Court ... that Terebenets and his partner are no longer living in the same property, and that 'social services are involved'.Good for her.
Sentencing, Judge John Edwards said he had been convinced by the mitigation put forward by Terebenets defence team and agreed with a probation report which recommended his risk to society was best managed in the community.
"These organisations deploy decoys to ensnare individuals such as you," he told Terebenets.
"That fact remains indulged yourself with two people whom you believed at some stage were children in the most sickening and perverted conversations.
"I hoe (sic) you appreciate the harm that cases such as these involve - you are feeding a burgeoning market.
"You could have no complaint if I passed a deterrent sentence.
"But Mr Knight has persuaded me that the public is best served if I put you on a rehabilitation course."The public would be best served if you put him on a plane back to wherever he came from...
A young mother was shot with a Taser in the street in front of shocked schoolchildren.Bloody trigger happy police...
The disturbance broke out in front of shocked onlookers which included schoolchildren from St Nicholas School and the nearby Hamstel Junior School.
The young woman, who lives in Southend, was allegedly chased by two attackers, who she also claims were armed with a cosh, before they then fired a Taser at her. The incident took place near to the Premier Store at the corner of Sherwood Way.Lovely! Chavs have Taser now. Superb.
Describing the incident on Facebook, the victim said: “Thankfully it was nothing too serious but there was talk of ammonia too.
“I got off lucky, as did my friends. I was helped so the only thing I have is a burn.
“I was actually petrified - I thought I was being chased with a knife.
“I would rather have an electric shock than a stab wound.
“Fortunately, I just have a couple of marks, some broken sandals and that is all.”Seems a bit too nonchalant about assault, doesn't she?
Police were called and an investigation was launched to trace those involved. It is claimed the victim and her alleged attackers are known to each other and there is no wider threat to the public.
Officers have since arrested two individuals on firearms offences in connection with the incident.How curious.
Thursday, 18 July 2019
A woman was bewildered when a waiter ordered her to take off her sun hat on a blisteringly hot day.
She was sitting in a pub garden on Saturday when she was told by staff that she must remove her hat so she could be seen by CCTV.I'm assuming he meant only 'briefly', rather than 'for the duration of your stay'..?
Shortly afterwards the perplexed pub-goer messaged Sussex Police to see if the venue was within its rights to do so.
A Sussex Police spokesman said the force has “no policy for asking licensed premises to request that patrons remove headgear and would not involve themselves in enforcement of any such requirement in individual premises”.
But a Wetherspoon spokesman said it was necessary for pub staff to ask customers to remove all hats when visiting any of its UK venues.They. of course, say that it's to assist the police:
Eddie Gershon, speaking for the pub chain, said: “ We apologise for the inconvenience caused to the lady.
“However, customers are asked to remove their hats in all of our pubs and outside spaces.
“The reason is that if there is an issue in our pubs and we need to hand over CCTV to the police, then they are able to clearly identify people.
“This is not able to be done if people are wearing hats.”Or burkhas. Luckily, you won't get people wearing those in a pub. Though it might be fun to see what they'd do if someone did walk in with one...
The spokesman also added that if a customer has a specific reason for wanting to keep their hat on, either for religious or health reasons, they are not made to remove it, just asked to look at the camera momentarily.Hmmm.
...it's that our Immigration Service isn't fit for purpose.
Yet this would have raised no alarm bells, no reconsideration of his claims. No renewed interest in him at all.
Why is everyone piling on the security services, and ignoring the shambles of the Immigration Service?
Khater was born in Darfur, Sudan and told immigration officials he had left the country in 2008, travelling to Libya and then to Greece, France and on to Britain where he arrived in July 2010.
He claimed he had been involved with the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in Sudan and had been detained and tortured by the Sudanese authorities.
He was granted leave to remain on July 26, 2010, and worked as a security guard for Portcullis Security Solutions from late 2016 beginning an accountancy degree at Coventry University the following year.OK, so far, so usual...
On August 13, the day before the attack, he drove to Peterborough to apply for a passport through the fast-track scheme but was told he was ineligible to use the scheme because it was his first application.A passport? Where did he want to go?
Three years earlier, his father had passed away and his mother had also become ill and he wanted to go home, he said.'Home'. Let that sink in. The place he supposedly fled from in fear of his life.
Yet this would have raised no alarm bells, no reconsideration of his claims. No renewed interest in him at all.
Why is everyone piling on the security services, and ignoring the shambles of the Immigration Service?
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Councillor Childs told MailOnline: "One of my children currently attends a local independent school.
"My children like all children are entitled to their privacy ... I will not say anything more on this matter other than to say that these decisions should be made by parents and carers taking into consideration each child’s unique skills, abilities and needs.
"My own family’s decisions are made on this basis and are not up for public debate. My views on the privatisation of publicly owned state schools through the academisation of publicly owned schools remain clear and should not be confused with my family’s personal decisions."Who is this chap, and just why should anyone care where he sends his children?
Councillor Nick Childs is deputy leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, and chairs the Children Young People and Schools committee in charge of education in the city.
He was elected in May as part of a slate of candidates approved by the city's active Momentum campaign group. He regularly shares tweets from Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party, and far-left pressure groups.
And he is leading the fight against plans to turn struggling Moulsecoomb primary school, rated inadequate by Ofsted, into an academy. This would pave the way for the school to accept private finance, and take it out of local authority control.
On Twitter he has slammed what he calls a "fetish for privatisation" at the Department for Education, called schools watchdog Ofsted "an enforcement agent of neoliberalism" and spoken of his "socialist vision" for education in the city. Just last week he tweeted: "Privatisation fetish won't provide our children with good education. Our city will."Ah. Now it's all clear. Just another hypocrite.
"Not yours, taxpayer..."
What's the difference?
A spokesman from Nottinghamshire Police said: 'Nottinghamshire Police has been made aware of an unauthorised encampment at a school playing field on Bingham Road in Radcliffe upon Trent.
'The Rushcliffe Neighbourhood Policing Team has been in the area to engage with and respond to any concerns from both the local and travelling communities.'Yes, they are there to be impartial, and listen to the concerns of the people who are breaking the law.
One person, who did not wish to be named, told Nottinghamshire Live: 'We are at our wits' end and have been sickened by the behaviour.
'The horse was dragged by a rope around the neck and was then kicked in the head. It is heartbreaking.
'We have called the RSPCA and they have opened a case and are taking it seriously but they won't come down without the police.
'We have also seen them swing a dog around by the neck too.'Funnily enough, when it's a Kent housing estate, the police spring into action and seize the animal immediately.
What's the difference?
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Lucy Daniels, representing the teenage defendant, who is now heavily pregnant, asked for her to be spared a prison sentence.
Ms Daniels said the fact the baby survived the ordeal should be taken into account.*blinks*
Thankfully, the judge was having none of it this time:
Lady Justice Simler replied: 'It was not because they pulled back. It was more luck than judgement.
'The intended harm was the snuffing out of a life.'If only she'd wanted to snuff out that life, though, the NHS would have been glad to assist.
Lady Justice Simler jailed Pearson for 11 years and sentenced McKenna to ten years in prison.
The teenage defendant received four years long term detention.Some moderately decent sentences for once.
A Guide dog fundraising summer fete has been cancelled after travellers parked up on the field where it was meant to be held.
Caravans arrived at the site more than a week ago and still remain despite mounting pressure to leave from locals.Jesus wept! Every year its the same. Decent, law-abiding taxpayers are shafted while the state wrings its hands over a 'persecuted minority'...
Their presence has forced officials from the charity Guide Dogs to cancel their annual fundraising event.
The travellers are occupying fields that form part of the organisation’s Atherton Training Centre near Bolton, Greater Manchester.And when they do leave, the problems still aren't over.
Though the travellers left the private land yesterday, a spokeswoman for the charity said it is too late to reorganize the fair in time for Sunday as volunteers clean up the site.Why do flytipping laws never, ever apply to these 'people'..?
Monday, 15 July 2019
A man has been charged after an incident involving a machete blade at...Croydon? Islington? Barking?
...Bury St Edmunds railway station.Oh.
Police arrested two men yesterday (Thursday, July 11) after a stop and search, that led to one resisting arrest and running onto the railway tracks. Trains were suspended throughout the altercation.
Aaron Neziri, 18, of no fixed address, has now been charged with possession of a knife/ bladed article.
He was remanded and appeared before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court today (Friday, July 12) - where he pleaded guilty. He has been remanded in custody for sentencing on August 2.Meanwhile, in Norwich:
Work is due to start on a £1 million mosque and community cafe being created at a former pub site in Aylsham Road in Norwich.
A new mosque is needed to accommodate the East Anglian Islamic Centre's growing congregation of 250 people which is currently based on Rose Lane.Soon we'll no longer recognise England.
H/T: wiggia via email
Graffiti vandals have a “human right” to express themselves...Wha...?
...says a fledgling city councillor. Recently elected Canterbury Labour member Mel Dawkins made her bold claim during a debate about increasing fines for the offence.Of course it's Labour. The criminal's friend.
Cllr Dawkins, who represents St Stephen’s ward, was interrupted by community committee chairman Cllr Neil Baker, who retorted: “They don’t have the right to commit criminal damage.”No doubt muttering under his breath '...you stupid woman'.
But she continued: “You can’t stop creativity and I don’t think increasing fines will be a successful deterrent. It’s squishing something that everyone has the right to do.”Here's the 'lady' in question. Be a shame if anyone defaced this photo and...wait, no it wouldn't. It'd be art!
The bid to increase fines was recommended for approval by the committee by eight votes to four. Another proposal to crack down on fly-tipping was also backed.Yes, you read that right. There's three more morons as well as her.
Sunday, 14 July 2019
Saturday, 13 July 2019
Today in her court in Reading assistant coroner Alison McCormick said the killings of Mr Shackley and Mr Imi were not an appropriate case to provide an unlawful killing verdict because she could not be sure, beyond reasonable doubt, that Mr Coopey was speeding at the time of the collision or that the cannabis he had smoked impaired his ability to drive.
Instead, the coroner provided a verdict of 'road traffic collision' in respect of both deaths - and added that she would be sending a report to the Highways Authority to see if future deaths could be prevented on the road.Well, if parents did some parenting....yes.
Today outside the inquest into the men's deaths Coopey allegedly assaulted a press photographer, swearing and spitting at him before trying to rip the camera from his neck, before going on to tell the court to 'Google it' when claiming the cannabis in his bloodstream would not have impaired his driving.Who is this yob? What sort of upbringing has he ha...
Oh! His parents are both police officers.
Adrian White, a police collision investigator, told the inquest his reconstruction of the incident led him to the view that the accident could not be avoided.
He was immediately challenged by lawyers for both victims' families who told him his science was wrong, to which Mr White countered 'science isn't wrong.'Really?
The inquest heard Mr White's accident investigation reconstruction report said Mr Shackley would have been walking to the right of Mr Imi and would have been obscured from Mr Coopey's view at the time of the collision - significant because Mr Shackley was wearing a brightly coloured top and so would have been more visible.
Mr Buckett, representing the Shackley family, said: 'You make the assumption that Mr Shackley was to the right of Mr Imi at the time. Why did you make that assumption?'
Mr White replied: 'I have to give the benefit of the doubt to the driver.'
Mr Buckett said: 'Why is that? You're looking at this presumably in an impartial manner, not looking to give the driver any special treatment.'But was he, we muse...?
Mr White said he had to consider whether a prosecution would follow his report and for the benefit of a theoretical defence team, he had to consider the worst case scenario and he said his report had been peer reviewed when it was suggested it was misleading.Peer reviewed by other police officers, naturally!
The lawyer told him his accident reconstruction test had been flawed because it involved one police officer wearing dark clothing standing still at the side of the road - whereas in this case there were two people, moving and one of them had light coloured clothing on. He added: 'So, all three variables on the evidence that is now before the coroner, demonstrate that your scientific approach does not fit the facts of this case.'Heh! I quite like this lawyer. He's outwitted the plod nicely/
Mr White conceded that based on the evidence given by Mr Coopey during the inquest, that was correct but he contested that Mr Coopey's evidence was unlikely to be correct, based on his calculations.Wha..?
Mr Hinchliffe said to Mr Coopey: 'You asked to borrow your father's car. Your father gave you strict instructions as to when you were to return it.'
Mr Coopey replied: 'Which I don't normally obey.'Lovely! And yet, knowing that, they still let him drive the car.
The magistrates put Coopey on a new youth rehabilitation order including supervision for 24 months, a 20-day 'thinking skills programme', a safe driving course, 100 hours of unpaid work, and a six month curfew.I think that's something the whole family needs. And the police farce, too, for employing such hopeless people.
Yousef's grieving father Ghaleb Makki shouted: 'F*** you! Where's the justice for my son! Where's the justice?' as the jury delivered the verdict today.Looks like it's right there in front of you:
The stabbing was an 'accident waiting to happen' as all three indulged in 'idiotic fantasies' playing middle class gangsters, the jury heard.
Despite the privileged backgrounds of both defendants, they led 'double lives'.
Calling each other 'Bro' and 'Fam' and the police 'Feds', the defendants and Yousef smoked cannabis, road (sic) around on bikes, 'chilling' and listened to rap or drill music. They would post videos on social media, making threats and posing with 'shanks' or knives.
The court heard how hours before the stabbing, Boy B arranged a £45 cannabis deal and the teenagers planned to rob the drug dealer, a 'soft target'. But the robbery went wrong and Yousef and Boy B fled, leaving Boy A to take a beating.
Boy A then later pushed Yousef who called him a 'p****' and punched him in the face. He told the jury Yousef pulled out a knife and he responded by also taking out a knife and his victim was accidentally stabbed.Not really a tough one for the jury, was it? And this so-called 'father' should be ashamed of his self-pity when he reads about this case:
The grieving father of a four-year-old who was killed by the driver of a stolen car has slammed the criminal justice system for 'letting his daughter down'.
Violet-Grace Youens's parents are not allowed to read out their full victim impact statement, including details of her horrific injuries, in court in case their daughter's killer is upset by it.They have legitimate grounds for anguish.
Friday, 12 July 2019
Essex Police were called shortly after 2.30pm on Friday, but by 3.36pm, the centre had received an email saying no further action would be taken....is when they are trying to get out of doing any, clearly.
But maybe I'm being too harsh. Maybe this wasn't a very concerning crime?
Kaira Barnes, 20, was working at Artability - an activity centre in Rayleigh Road, Eastwood, providing support for adults with learning difficulties - when two women entered and stole her phone and purse after attacking her.Oh...
Now, the community of Eastwood has raised more than £1,500 to boost security in the area.Hopefully, by sacking a few lazy blue-clad backsides in the Essex Farce...
But there may be another reason for their lack of enthusiasm about this crime:
Kaira said: “The two women, one of whom was pregnant, walked in and shoved a pen and paper in my face.
“They said ‘post code’ so I got my phone out and brought up maps then called down another member of staff to help the service users.”
Kaira said the women then began looking at the jewellery and other works of art the centre sells before they cornered her in the kitchen.
“One of them started laughing and put a tea cosy over my head as some kind of distraction. It was quite a large one so covered my face and she then grabbed my phone.
“She also made off with my bank cards and my ID.”Hmmm. They don't sound as if English was their first language, do they?
“It was really frightening. I just froze. I didn’t really know what was going on.
“I had two vulnerable adults with me and they were really upset.
“One of the women barged one of them out of the way on her way out of the centre which was really upsetting for him.”But I guess Essex Police weighed up the issue of vulnerable learning disabled people and possible Eastern European criminals and decided political correctness and avoiding more people realising what a shithole Essex is becoming won out...
After reports of the incident went viral on social media, former council candidate Kimberly O’Connor launched a Go Fund Me to help improve security.By installing CCTV. So next time, Essex Farce will have images to ignore as well.
Via CJ Nerd, news of a crowdfunding project:
Enough is enough. That is why a judicial review process is being launched today. The goal is to push the Corporation towards becoming much more robust, transparent and equitable in meeting its fundamental requirement to be impartial.
Such cases are complex because the law is itself hugely complicated. But the action is cleverly pitched by the barristers who have framed it. The focus is not on the thousands of individual cases of bias that News-watch has exposed – that would be a fool’s errand in the courts. They are, though, part of the supporting evidence. Rather, the attack is on the BBC’s internal processes for ensuring impartiality. Put bluntly, they are simply not fit for purpose.A very worthy cause.
Thursday, 11 July 2019
From burials in pyramids to scattering ashes and even plastination, there has been no shortage of ideas about how to deal with human corpses.
But with graveyards and crematoria almost full in Britain, the conundrum of what to do with the dead has resurfaced with new urgency. Now a leading public health expert has suggested...Oooh, wait, wait!
OK, pray continue.
...the sides of motorways, cycle paths and even brownfield or former industrial sites could be transformed to house the dead.Wait, what?
That's...going to make laying flowers on the grave a touch problematic, isn't it?
“We need to challenge local authorities and county councils and say as part of their greening strategy – which we must do as part of [mitigating] global warming – let’s put the burial situation into the thinking,” said John Ashton, former president of the Faculty of Public Health.Have you ever been to a cemetery or crematorium, John? They tend to be pretty green places already.
The upshot, he said, would be the creation of new woodlands and green spaces that would aid greening, help the climate, improve access to the countryside and tackle the graveyard crisis in one stroke.And presumably bring peace in Palestine, solve the energy crisis and cure the common cold too?
A police officer who assaulted his wife, twice, has avoided jail.
Instead Sergeant Daniel Hughes, 40, from Basildon, was ordered to carry out community service - and pay his wife £300 in compensation.Not a real cop, at least. Just British Transport Police, or rather, he was...
Mitigating, Richard Atchley asked for six months for Hughes to pay the fines.
He said: “He is in a negative financial situation.
“He is unemployed and has no income.
“He has ambition to get back in the saddle and find work.
“His father will pay £50 a month starting in seven days.”He didn't get the sack, mind you. He resigned before they could sack him.
Wednesday, 10 July 2019
“I believe that this incident is the most stupid act I have ever witnessed in my entire life. You simply could not make this up.”Really? Strong words. Let's see.
Resident Tana Jackson told The Argus: “I noticed a group of three men, one of whom had a hawk on his arm. Another man was walking on the beach with another hawk on his arm waving it up and down making the bird flap its wings. The seagulls in the near vicinity were extremely distressed and were flying around and squawking in a terrible state.
“He told me he was from Southern Water and that they had hired the men with the birds of prey in order to move the seagulls along from the Heene Road beach as the water was being polluted with bird poop.”Errr, what's the first thing a frightened creature - particularly a seagull - is likely to do..?
A spokesman for Southern Water said: “We have demonstrable evidence that bird pollution can affect the quality of bathing water. This work is part of our ongoing bathing water enhancement programme, which the public very much supports, and our aim is to tackle all the different pollution sources. The birds of prey used are tethered to a falconer’s arm, and is there to act as a positive visual deterrent.”And an encouragement to crap some more!
Seagulls do indeed produce a lot of it. Almost as much as Southern Water's PR department:
Last week Southern Water was fined £126 million for failings including polluting the environment with sewage.Get that sorted first, eh?
...until you realise we're dealing with the NHS:
To prevent a repeat in the future, an email was sent to all staff insisting that all babies needing a lumbar puncture must have their name band checked with the results on the neonatal unit, and that this should be documented in the medical notes.If the email wasn't headed up 'Check you've got THE RIGHT BLOODY PATIENT..' I expect it'll be ignored.
Tuesday, 9 July 2019
Under the draft rules, internet companies are expected to introduce strict new age checks on their websites or treat all users as if they are children.Like government departments do, you mean?
Critics have said that the move will 'infantilise' web users and severely limit online advertising, potentially driving local newspapers to collapse and causing serious harm to national titles.But who knows best?
In response to the criticism, the Information Commission Elizabeth Denham said yesterday that the code would not lead to additional verification requirements for news sites. She said: 'We want to encourage children to find out about the world, we want children to access news sites.
'So the concern about the impact of the code on media and editorial comment and journalism I think is unfounded.'You think, eh?
She told the immersive and addictive technologies select committee: 'We don't think there will be an impact on news media sites. They are already regulated and we are not a media regulator.'I don't think you've thought this through...
"...please will all racehustlers, shyster lawyers and local politicians eager to curry favour take their seats."
Anab Ture, Shukri’s aunt, told the Guardian that her sister had brought her children to the UK to escape the civil war in Somalia and find safety.
“She came here for a better life. We want a thorough investigation to be conducted and for the police to work with us.”The police aren't supposed to 'work with' anyone, they are supposed to investigate crimes.
She paid tribute to a “good girl”, who helped look after her four younger siblings and support her mother.
“She wanted to become a doctor, she loved helping people.”
She added: “I want to make sure the family’s voice is heard.”Family voices are sometimes heard. And sometimes not.
Members of the local community and anti-racist campaigners led chants of “Shukri’s life mattered” and held a banner saying “justice for Shukri Abdi”.Justice is sometimes hard to find. I don't recall the local Somali community getting up on their hind legs and screeching about 'injustice' when Mariam's bullies walked free, do you?
Greater Manchester police continue to say that they found no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.Note that phrasing - they 'continue to say'. It's almost as if the 'Guardian' believes that's somehow in the teeth of evidence to the contrary...
“She had been telling us of the bullying for months. We want the police to listen.”
Maz Saleem, an anti-racist campaigner, vowed that protests would continue until the community felt justice had been done.Which 'community' is he talking about..?
Monday, 8 July 2019
So, it was Pride Weekend and every company that thought they could get some free publicity was donning rainbows faster than a six year old girl with a new packet of glittery felt tip pens.
The National Theatre was no exception:
And then...it all went horribly wrong:
This of course attracted the sort of attention the NT didn't want:
Yes, Stephen, you're missing something. Something the inestimable David Thompson likes to call psychodrama.
It's the 'identity group eating itself again'. Or as Monty Python put it, The People's Front Of Judea syndrome. It seems these lesbians are, if you believe Twitter, a secretly US Alt Right funded lobby group. Not just a bunch of women in sensible shoes wanting a drink.
To misquote Henry Kissinger, “The reason that identity group politics is so vicious is because the stakes are so small.”
A man has been caught on CCTV writing damning, racist messages about Islam on walls and shop fronts.Those ghastly white supremacist young yobs!
Images of the suspect, who is believed to be in his 60s or 70s, have been released.Oh...
The graffiti, written in several languages including Persian and Arabic...*looks at CCTV images*
Well I never!
Sunday, 7 July 2019
Saturday, 6 July 2019
Richard Clarkson and Ian Pedrick had more than 60 years' of life saving experience behind them when they were fired from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) after the incident in Bolberry Down near Salcombe, Devon.Oh dear! Were they racist? Sexist? What could possibly have caused such immediate action?
Richard and Ian, who followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by becoming a member of the coastguard 42 years ago, were part of a team sent to the scene of a runaway car.
But when they got there the crew stood down because the vehicle had stopped further down the slope and no lives were in danger.
The pair decided to change out of their coastguard uniform and used Richard's personal Land Rover and equipment to tow it back from the cliff edge.*blinks*
But because the coastguard vehicle had not been brought back to the station they were both still on duty and moving the car was not in their remit.
They were deemed to have committed a technical breach even though they has not used the coastguard's Land Rover or any supplied equipment.If you're thinking this sounds a little familiar, you'd be right. Yet more slavish devotion to 'the rules' rather than a pragmatic approach with people who are, after all, volunteers.
I wonder if the MCA is also now headed by an expensive CEO from the professional charity sector?
'If we had taken the coastguard Land Rover back to the station none of this would have happened.'Yes, it's that barmy. Or rather, to be expected when the people in charge are no longer hired on the basis of their dedication but rather on how well they parrot the required progressive agenda.
The owner of the car, who has not been named, said he was 'appalled' the two men had been sacked and described the dismissal as a 'total overreaction'.As will everyone who reads about it.
The MCA said it would be 'inappropriate to comment at this time'.Translation: "We've got to have time to get our PR Team on this quickly!"
Hearing nothing, I recently let the RSC know that I feel I must resign as I do not wish to be associated with BP any more than I would with an arms dealer, a tobacco salesman or anyone who wilfully destroys the lives of others alive or unborn. Nor, I believe, would William Shakespeare....how do you heat your house? Is it with the waves of smug superiority pouring off you?
And I presume, when you catch an Uber to the RSC, you insist it's electric. Oh, but wait! Where's the electricity come from? Better get on your bike.
You know what I think Shakespeare would have said about fossil fuels? "Gadzooks! No more lighting rushes to see in the dark? Verily, I pray thee, sign me up!"
Friday, 5 July 2019
Police searching a graveyard after reports of a sexual assault say no offence took place at the scene.Hmmmm...
"Our officers received an account from a woman and they have reviewed local CCTV.
"Today, Sunday 30 June, we have spoken again to the informant who has confirmed no offences took place at this location. Enquiries are ongoing."So did anything take place at all? Did it take place somewhere else?
Zahir Abbas had drunk four bottles of whisky and taken crack cocaine and heroin when he lost control of his car, crashed into another vehicle and hit a wall.
Leeds Crown Court heard an off-duty PCSO went to help after she saw the incident as she made her way to work.Whereupon he showed the gratitude we've come to expect from his kind:
Abbas swore at at her and tried to get out of the car but she refused to let him leave. He groped the officer on two occasions when she turned away.Pity she didn't pepper-spray him into a grovelling heap, but they don't have that on them off-duty, I suppose...
The justice system treated this crime as it's wont to do. With indifference. They let him go - on bail.
The incident happened around 3pm on December 1 last year in Horbury, near Wakefield.
Abbas was released on bail but was arrested again on February 9 this year after a police chase through Dewsbury and Heckmondwike.
Abbas was the passenger in a VW Jetta which sped away from police on Willans Road. The vehicle was driven at double the speed limit, went through red lights and mounted a pavement.Who could have predicted he'd fail to take advantage of their leniency? Well, anyone who can read:
Abbas has 26 previous convictions for 50 offences, including drink driving, failing to provide a breath specimen, being drunk in charge of a vehicle and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence./facepalm
Abbas was jailed for four years and one month.No. That's what he was sentenced to - anyone really think that's how long this menace will be off the streets?
Thursday, 4 July 2019
Is it tasty?
I wonder if Spurs sells popcorn?
Six months following the protest, the chain's sales dropped by more than nine per cent and owners of franchises in predominantly white suburbs began to lose money and sell off their restaurants.
The company’s chief operating officer, Mark Farrelly, said in an interview during the height of the boycott that they were facing right-wing backlash'.The boycott is the favoured weapon of the Left, isn't it? Protesting in this way is a weapon both sides can use.
I wonder if Spurs sells popcorn?
Zornica Dukova had been put under a restraining order in 2017 not to contact Higgidy Pies recruitment staff in Shoreham.
But she sent “numerous offensive and threatening” emails this year.
Dukova, 39, a Bulgarian national of Aymer Road, Hove, admitted the charge before Crawley magistrates. She must pay a £50 fine, £30 surcharge and £85 costs.Why pies? And why this particular pie company?
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
What on earth is there to decide?
The boy had been convicted of two rapes just days after allegedly attacking the girl in the restroom of a secondary school in spring last year, her father said in a report by The Times.
The girl's father has also expressed his anger at how the school handled the situation and for allowing the boy to be in school without supervision despite his convictions.And you'll never be allowed to know who this boy is, or even which school this was. Because the State values his 'privacy' above your children's safety.
The girl’s parents also approached Ofsted, who first told the couple they could not help because they inspect schools rather than look into complaints.
The government education watchdog has since apologised in a letter to the family for their insensitivity.*speechless*
In the letter, Ofsted said that they downgraded the school's safeguarding adding that it was not effective and deemed as inadequate.Ya think?!?
Masterful! How can it fail..?
Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman, who is leading the investigation said: "The release of this footage is the next step in what has been a fast-paced, and extremely challenging investigation.
"We need to identify the man shown in the footage urgently, even if only to eliminate him from our enquiries. I need to hear from anyone who knows who he is. If this is you, it is imperative that you contact my team immediately."If you can recognise yourself from that, contact Mensa too!
Tuesday, 2 July 2019
Last night, Basildon councillors agreed the plans for the major road between Fortune of War and the Pound Lane junction.
It comes after pressure from the Government to reduce air pollution.Hmmm, I wonder what it could be? A diversion away from populated zones? A low-emission only zone?
The debate was wrapped up quickly and voted in favour by 39 with just one abstention.Well, it must have been a very sensible one, if they all...
Oh, maybe not:
Basildon Council has agreed plans for a 50mph limit along a stretch of the A127 to cut air pollution.Yes, of course! Obviously, the answer is to increase the amount of time vehicles spend in the zone! It's genius!
The force said the man detained at the scene was taken to hospital after it is believed he suffered a medical emergency.I always assumed that a 'medical emergency' was a heart attack, stroke, premature labour. Something of that ilk.
Never in a million years would I have dreamed it would one day mean 'nutcase on the loose with a knife'.
The dog only joined Staffordshire Police in early April, after passing the 13-week training course with handler PC Karl Mander.
Chief Inspector Donna Harvey, from Staffordshire Police, said: 'Police dogs are our family, not property, and our thoughts are with the dog and his handler at this time.'The dog showed a lot more courage and dedication to duty than the rest of the 'family'. At least it got stuck in!
New legislation also known as 'Finn's Law' came into force last month, which gives greater protection to all service animals.
The legislation introduced tougher penalties for those convicting of harming police dogs and horses.Nutters, however, will get away with it...
Monday, 1 July 2019
Voice is going to become the chief way that we make our wants known to computers – and when they respond, they will do so with female voices.
This detail may seem trivial, but it goes to the heart of the way in which the spread of digital technologies can amplify and extend social prejudice.*rolls eyes*
In these instances, the technology adapts to pre-existing stereotypes, and so helps to perpetuate them. This will become increasingly important as children learn from their own interactions with a voice assistant.
But this gendering is not inevitable.In some markets, Britain among them, Google offers a male voice for its assistant, though Alexa and Siri are always female.Wait, what..? *checks iPhone*
Yup. My Siri is male.
Jones, from Brecon, admitted two charges of unnecessary cruelty to animals, relating to two dogs that were injured.
He was given a custodial sentence because he was not allowed to keep dogs, having been previously convicted of having a dog dangerously out of control.A pointless sentence, since no-one ever enforces it. But when all you have is a hammer...
All three defendants were banned from keeping dogs for life....you'll just keep on missing those nails!