Thursday, 18 April 2019

Who Exactly Are The Retards Here?

Children at a special school have been accused of making derogatory comments about gender, race and sexual orientation – and teachers are not taking action.
Errr...
The report stated adults often ignore the language, seeing it as part of the “overall special education needs”.
Ofsted said many pupils had “additional special educational needs” including autism, ADHD and communication difficulties, with 17 of the 97 pupils boarding at the school.
I suspect the teachers have enough trouble teaching them to read, write and keep their hands to themselves, without policing them for wrongthink.
The report read: “A small core of pupils direct highly derogatory language at staff and peers.
“There is little distinction in school policies and practice about the type of derogatory language used.
“Adults too readily accept that all derogatory language is part of pupils’ overall special educational needs and is perceived as ‘swearing’.
“Some pupils spoken with stated that adults ask them to stop and they know they should not swear, while others continue to make derogatory comments about gender, race and sexual orientation that goes unchecked.”
At this point, you begin to wonder if the Ofsted inspectors come straight from special schools...

No, Actually, She Was A Wolf. Just Not An Alpha.

“She just turned 21 a few days ago and she got taken out of YO (Young Offenders) and put in remand with all the junkies and down-and-outs.
“There would be drug deals going on, lots of bullying. She was a sheep in a wolf’s den.
“She was the sweetest thing. She was a lovely lassie that made a mistake, and she was sorry for what she did.”
And more like the runt of the pack. But even weak wolves have teeth.

What was she in for, again?
Ms Allan was jailed for 16 months in February for two charges relating to a hit-and-run on Eastwoodmains Road in Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, on the evening of August 10 last year.
The student struck a 15-year-old boy who was out jogging at 9pm, leaving him unconcious and bleeding from the head, though he later recovered.
Ms Allan, who was 20 at the time, was later stopped by the police and found to be four times above the legal drink-drive limit.
Hmmm, time for this again:


Wednesday, 17 April 2019

If You Support The RSPCA, This Is Where Your Money Goes...

John Knibbs is wanted by police for leading a gang responsible for orchestrating dog fights.
Knibbs failed to attend sentencing at Lincoln Magistrates Court on Monday morning after being found guilty of animal cruelty.
The fugitive, formerly of Sleaford, was seen allowing dogs to fight each other in a video found by detectives.
He should be fed to his monstrous beasts when - if! - they catch him.

Sorry, that should be 'catch him again'...
This is the third time Knibbs has been prosecuted for dog fighting even though he was banned from keeping animal for the rest of his life in 2009.
But then, as I've pointed out before, if no-one is monitoring these scum, what's the point of a ban at all?
Hazel Stevens, RSPCA, said during the trial: "At the time of the raid Steele claimed to own all of the dogs.
"We are looking after the dogs in kennels for £15,700 a year. Some are so dangerous they need to be darted before the staff can go inside."
Why are you looking after them? They should all be shot, and not with tranquilisers. They are a drain on your precious resources, aren't they?

The Feminisation Of Justice,,,

Judge Barnes asked Nicholas Hamblin, defending, if Gunn has relapsed back into alcoholism after failing to turn up to the probation meeting.
She said: “You are asking me to give him yet another chance. He got drunk, and didn’t turn up. Why would it be suitable to adjourn at all?
“He was seen in public with a samurai sword, this is a serious matter.”
So you'll throw the book at him, yes?
Judge Shani Barnes was furious with him, but agreed to delay his sentence until he has met the service.
/facepalm

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

This Is What The #PussyPass Gets You...

...an ever-growing sense of entitlement:
A mother-of-two who was acquitted of murdering her abusive boyfriend following years of beatings has revealed how she is still waiting to get her children back - two years after she was cleared.
As if those two things should be related somehow. 'Oh, the jury thought it was OK to kill a man rather than leave him? Well, you must be a perfect mother!'
Elizabeth Hart Browne, 29, who stabbed Stephen Rayner in the neck (Ed: three times!) and accidentally killed him at their home in Acton, west London, has slammed the justice system and says that the courts need to do more to support women trapped in abusive relationships.
Why is it 'the courts' issue to resolve? There's plenty of services out there; there's Relate for idiots who think it's a relationship worth saving, and National Express for smart women who decide to leave the brute.

The courts only get involved when someone decides to take a life. As they should.
Elizabeth told the Mirror: 'No one comes from a perfect family home. And mine wasn't perfect. Far from it.
'But I don't think that because I have made that mistake I should have my children taken off me for the rest of my life.
'It seems like a further way to punish me because I didn't get the punishment the court wanted me to get. I didn't get life. This is my penance that I have to pay.'
Now, I made 'a mistake' once; I misread the recipe I was following and put a tablespoon of salt in, instead of a teaspoon.

I wouldn't call stabbing the man you've failed to leave for two years three times in the neck 'a mistake'. I'd call it murder. Why didn't the jury?
Jurors heard she had knifed Stephen twice before - but acquitted Elizabeth of murder at the Old Bailey after deliberating for 14 hours and 55 minutes.
You'd think this dim, self-absorbed bitch would thank her lucky stars she got a panel of idiots, and quietly fage into obscurity. But no. Because - emboldened by the acquittal - she now thinks she should be a mother again.

She doesn't seem to have learned she wasn't a fit mother before she plunged a knife three times into 'the man she loved'. Why on earth should she be considered one now? 

Do You Have To Be Thick To Work For Cleveland Police Farce?

...or do they undergo specialist training to be this dim?
Cleveland Police has said that under current legislation, the force will only investigate if a person is injured or in reasonable fear of being injured.”
Hmmm, ok.
Mr Fisher was knocked backwards to the floor as the dogs savaged him, while others set upon Sansa.
"As I fell, I twisted," he told Teesside Live. "There was a dog on top of me, I thought it's going to take my bloody throat out here, they were growling, they were crackers.
"I went through all those news flashes, people being set upon by their family pet and being killed or maimed."
Clearly, he was indeed in reasonable fear of being injured. So when are you bluelighting to his addr...

Oh!
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman confirmed the incident had been reported.
She added: "However, there has not been a crime committed and the owner of the dog has been advised regarding civil action."
Does the poor sod have to wait until the beast's owner misgenders someone?

Monday, 15 April 2019

Are We Teaching The Armed Services To Just Surrender Now..?

A bystander during a Royal Marines ceremonial parade in Portsmouth 'felt very upset' when she saw the head and legs of the tiger pelt the drummer was wearing.
Sonia Livingstone, a Reading-based civil servant, told the Express: 'It's head and legs were clearly visible and I just felt very upset.
'Surely we should not be using animal skin when they are in such danger.
'There is just no need for it in 2019.'
So they patiently explained tradition and ceremony to her, yes?
A military source said: 'Band majors already practice with synthetic skins. Real skins can last for decades but must be cared for and used sparingly.
'Though they haven't been hunted for many years the decision has been made to end the use of real fur for this.'
A Royal Navy spokesman confirmed real fur is 'being replaced by synthetic versions as and when required'.
We're doomed.

#Chavs, Kids And Dogs - A Recipe For Disaster...

...from Land's End to John O'Groats, the stories are the same. Disorganized parenting, lack of foresight and dogs revered as weapons, more than pets:
The horrific attack allegedly by a 'bulldog-type breed' took place near the town of Looe in South- East Cornwall.
A 28-year-old woman believed to be the dog's owner was spotted shortly afterwards covered in blood. She claimed she had been attacked by her boyfriend and was pleading for help to leave the scene.
That dog has been 'transferred to kennels' rather than being shot by armed officers at the scene of the arrest. Dig deep, taxpayers! It's going to be there a while.
It is understood by the Daily Record that the mother had left her little boy in the care of her sister's partner, Chris Cooper, who owns several terriers and lurchers.
But neighbours claim he had gone outside to play football and left the baby in the house alone with the dogs.
That dog took a one-way trip to the vet before Police Scotland could put down their tablets and smartphones and get out there to soak the Scottish taxpayer for its keep, which I suppose is something...

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Entitlement...

A gran who went on a spending spree after scooping £22k at bingo is now surviving on egg on chips after her benefits were cut.
'Surviving', eh?
The 63-year-old divorcee forked out on a Walt Disney World holiday to Florida - her first in more than a decade - colouring books and a specialist chair for her arthritis , reports Birmingham Live.
But city council tenant Jean says she is now at risk of losing her home after most of her benefit payments were stopped following her win. She has been left struggling to afford to pay her rent and is taking antidepressants because of the stress triggered by the thought of being evicted.
What did she expect?
"I haven’t had any benefits since August last year. The DWP is saying I squandered the money just to get benefits - but I didn't.
"I bought colouring books because if I can’t go out that’s what I sit and do. It’s my hobby. I had one holiday and that was the first I’d had in 11 years.
"I bought a recliner chair for my health, as I have arthritis in my legs. I bought new stuff for the house, things I’ve never been able to replace as I haven’t had the money. "
You 'can't go out', but you could fly to Florida..?
“I can’t even go to a food bank because of my chronic diarrhoea. They don’t have food I’m able to eat.
But they did in Disney World?
“It’s been seven months, I just want my benefits back.”
And there you have it. This is what the pervasive benefit culture does to people.

H/T: GeorgeSmiley via Twitter

At What Point Do You Stop People Breeding...?

A mother has brought legal proceedings against her seven-year-old son's primary school after she claimed staff made him wear a fluorescent bib because he was autistic.
How else are they supposed to know who to watch? It's not like you weren't told about it.
She said: 'It's just not right - it's massive discrimination. Looking back on it I think the classroom teacher mentioned a bib during the week - but I didn't really think about it, it didn't click until Charlie said something.'
It's the school's fault you can't be arsed to pay attention when the school is telling you what measures they'll take to keep your child safe?

Or....wait, is it to keep the other children safe?
She added: 'I knew during lunch break he's not always allowed out because he has been accused of hurting the other children, I know there's an issue there which the school have to work with me on.
'But they seem to think the best way to deal with it is to make him wear a bib so that teachers know that he's autistic.'
And a danger. By your own admission. But if you get the feeling this woman suffers from a massive case of entitlement here; you're not wrong:
It is by no means the first time Mrs Logan has clashed with the education authorities over the treatment of an autistic son.
Her other three boys, Brendan, 18, Leighton, 16, and TJ, 12, have all been diagnosed on the autistic spectrum...
She does have one child who doesn't.
Mrs Logan also has a daughter Marina, 20.
 Naturally, she doesn't work.
The full-time mother said: ‘I’ve had to fight for all of them. It’s been an absolute nightmare I shouldn’t have to fight like this constantly.’
Maybe you should have thought of that before you went on churning out children destined to be nothing but a burden on the state?

Friday, 12 April 2019

Ah, Essex 'Parenting' At Its Finest...

A parent has branded a council’s action as “diabolical” after workers removed a young boy’s tree house.
Julie Howard, 55, said her step son aged 12 spent his birthday money to buy tools to build the tree house in London Road, Vange.
In his mother's garden?

Well, no. Not exactly.


The angry parent said: “We were told it had to be removed for health and safety reasons.
“I told them that young people have nothing else to do as we have no parks or youth clubs about.”
Really?

 Liar, liar, pants on fire...
“When the council workers came down on Wednesday my step son sat in the tree house in protest.
“The council worker was even trying to get him down by telling him that his dad has McDonald’s food for him.”
And what were you doing? Taking selfies?
“They then came round to our house to speak with us about the health and safety dangers.
It is an eyesore but it is not hurting anyone.
“I think what the council has done is diabolical.
“We were told that if my son fell from the tree we would be liable for it.”
Yes. Because you're an incompetent who shouldn't be in charge of a goldfish, never mind a child.

Yes, They Will Tell You This...

...and they are lying, the lazy bastards:
Mr McGourty, a specialist lorry driver, said he was confronted by the dog's owner and their friends after the attack.
"They told me if I went to the police about it, 'it would end badly' for me," he added.
"They don't even know me. I went to police about it and I haven't heard much since. I was told there's not much that can be done for dog-on-dog attacks."
Presumably there's also 'not much that can be done' for threatening behaviour?

Of course, now there's potentially bad publicity, the police are in 'No, no, of course we'll do something!' mode.
Police have said they are investigating the incident and are asking for anyone with information to contact them.
The 'something to be done' is....well, claiming to be investigating.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

'Lenient Leigh' Strikes Again!

Zifiso Ncube had left a party in the early hours of July 8, 2018, and was making his way home when he started targeting cars in Pleasant Road, Southend.
The 23-year-old drunkenly stumbled into one car which “upset him” and so he proceeded to start smashing up three vehicles in the street.
One of the cars had to be written off. After hearing the noise, residents came out into the street and confronted Ncube who armed himself with a plank of wood.
And a broken bottle. With which he threatened to stab the residents.
Ncube was charged with three counts of criminal damage to property valued under £5,000 and one count of threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place.
Sentencing him at Basildon Crown Court yesterday, Judge Samantha Leigh said...
Oh, FFS!
Judge Leigh handed Ncube one year and six months but suspended the sentence for 12 months.
As conditions of his suspended sentence, he must complete 250 hours of unpaid work, 30 days of a rehabilitation activity requirement and the Thinking Skills programme. Ncube was also ordered to pay £320 in compensation and banned from entering Pleasant Road for two years.
So the next time this waste of oxygen gets drunk, he'll hopefully target Judge Leigh's neighbourhood...

Another Good Reason For Brexit*...

A Romanian dog rescue charity is using £5,000 fundraising to go and pick up dogs off the streets over there - but says Brexit could impact their work.
Well, good! We have enough animals needing rescue in this country (mainly because it's easier to adopt a child than an animal from a big UK charity), there's no need to import more.
Leaving the EU could limit the numbers of vulnerable dogs taken to new homes in the UK, the charity’s chairperson has said.
'Vulnerable' dogs like these, perhaps? Frankly, this is a good thing.
Next week a group of the charity’s volunteers is heading to Romania to help combat a street dog problem.
Volunteers will travel to Braila, a city in eastern Romania, where they will team up with Dog Rescue Norway and a local vet to round up stray dogs which will then be neutered.
And left in Romania. As they should be.

* Even if we do now have to fight until Hallowe'en for what we voted for....

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

More Judges Like Hurst, Please!

Armsden-McClennon told the court he wanted to change his ways after he and his 17-year-old accomplice, who cannot be named because he is a juvenile, both admitted robbing two party guests at a flat in Saffron Lane on Friday November 9.
Ah, that old chestnut.
Judge Hurst said that both teenagers had criminal records and despite all previous interventions from the youth court and allied services: "It didn't stop you committing these offences."
He told Armsden-McClennon: "It's said you regret it and are an angry young man who wants to change."
 But astoundingly, this didn't proceed a '...and so we'll let you off with a suspended sentence'!
Armsden-McClennon, whose criminal record was more serious than his co-accused, was sentenced to seven years detention in a young offender institution. The juvenile received a five-and-a-half year detention sentence.
Whereupon he displayed exactly how sincere his 'wanting to change' schtick had been...
Armsden-McClennon suddenly erupted in fury, pointing at the judge and shouting: "I hope you die you piece of f****** s***."
The judge took it with aplomb.
The judge said: "If you carry on you can have some more."
/applause

Just As Useless North Of The Border...

Checkout operator Janice said: “I’m absolutely disgusted by the way the police reacted to be honest, they just washed their hands of it.
“We contacted them 7 times on the phone and went to Maryhill police station that night to warn them this dog was walking about off the leash and could kill someone but they didn’t seem bothered.
They'll change their tune if they ever have to kick down the door of the house where this beast lives, I expect.
“They called Robert last night to say they hadn’t even been in touch with the owner yet, which I think is terrible.
“We’re absolutely heartbroken but there could be other people at risk now.
“This guy is online boasting about his dog killing people, he shouldn’t be allowed to have pets.”
Given it's Police Scotland, you might have more luck getting them to act if you can find a post where he's misgendered someone...

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Learning A Valuable Lesson...

A primary school in Dartford which planned to have a non-uniform day exclusively for students with 100 per cent attendance records has u-turned the decision.
The wear your own clothes day at Fleetdown Primary School was set for Friday (April 5) before some parents described it as cruel, particularly for special needs children who require regular check-ups.
...that lesson being 'This is why you can't have nice things':
...the head teacher, Caroline Sadler, listened to the concerns before cancelling the event.
She told News Shopper: "Regular school attendance is vital in ensuring that every pupil gains the most from their educational opportunities.
"At Fleetdown Primary, we try to encourage good attendance and intended to introduce the own-clothes day as an incentive.
"However, following the negative reaction from some parents who felt it was unfair on children who had been sick and missed schooling through no fault of their own, we have decided not to go ahead with this particular incentive."
I don't suppose it occurred to this woman to simply say 'OK, we'll exempt registered special needs children who have proof of booked appointments', or even just 'These are the rules, take them or leave them', at any time?

What On Earth Made Them Think This Would Be OK?

Three police officers are being investigated for allegedly joining a protest outside the Sultan of Brunei’s west London residence, as businesses cut ties with his country after gay sex was made an offence punishable by death by stoning.
Scotland Yard launched an investigation after footage of the peaceful demonstration, organised by the Labour councillor Lewis Cox, showed officers smiling for the camera while holding LGBT flags.
What were they thinking? I mean, they surely know they should remain apolitical beca...

Oh.




Hmmm....

Monday, 8 April 2019

"OK, We've Gathered The Evidence Now..."

"...and it's bullshit, so off you pop!"
The rapper, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr, was accused of attacking a fan after his gig at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend on December 5, 2017.
Essex Police launched an investigation and, after interviewing the rapper in January, has told him he faces no further action.
What a waste of everyone's time.

All The Tell-Tales...

Fantasy:
In tribute after his death, a family spokesman said: “He was a lovable rogue with a cheeky smile and a mischievous sense of humour. He would do anything for his wide circle of friends and family, especially his five-year-old son, Logan, to whom he was entirely devoted.
“He was passionate about sports cars and he was a regular visitor to cruise events at Trafford Park and the Drag Strip at Santa Pod.”
Reality:
Coroner Richard Taylor said: “It is clear that he should not have been behind the wheel, he was a disqualified driver who had been drinking and taking drugs.”
Also speeding, and using a mobile phone...

H/T: Bucko via email

Saturday, 6 April 2019

More 'Benefits' Of Diversity Policies

Five people have been arrested after self-styled yellow vest protesters forced their way into a London coroner's court.
The group streamed their stunt live on Facebook as they stormed senior coroner Chinyere Inyama's office in Fulham, west London.
Were they protesting about the fact that this useless incompetent diversity hire is considered a 'senior coroner'..?
The protest related to the deaths of three teenage boys who were hit by a car as they walked to a 16th birthday party.
Ah. A very odd case indeed. Fahrenheit211 has more.

I Feel Sorry For Any Cats In The Care Of This Woman...

Joe Purvis took his Maine Coon cat, named Indico, to a vet in November last year and she was found to have three fractures to her head. The 12-week-old pet, bought for £50 several months earlier on Facebook, also had an open wound on the top of her head, and lost a leg while in Purvis' care.
He's exactly the sort of moron you'd imagine:
Sara Pratt, prosecuting, said the defendant had taken the kitten to vets the previous September and she had such severe injuries to her leg that they had no choice but to amputate it.
On November 9, Purvis then took her again to Coldicott & Kingsway Veterinary Clinic in Tewkesbury and was described by staff as smelling “overwhelmingly of cannabis”.
The vets did the responsible thing.
Purvis said to vets he “couldn’t cope with such a demanding animal” and that she was the “first and last” pet he would ever own.
A representative from the RSPCA went to Purvis’ home later the same day and he agreed to sign over the cat to them and he was later interviewed at Malvern Police Station.
And then this presented a dilemma; how on earth to get him out of such an open and shut case? Enter his defence.
Judith Kenny, defending, said ... she had seen pictures of the cat while she was living with Purvis and it was “happy and contented”.
You can tell that from a picture, eh?
She said her client had bought the pet a climbing structure and noticed she couldn’t climb properly so took her to vets on September 13 last year. A cat owner herself, Ms Kenny said it is often the case that once a young cat goes through such trauma as a major operation and re-adjustment to life, they are “never the same”.
It's not often the case at all. As a cat owner (did the magistrates check this, I wonder?) you should know.
“The reality is, then she couldn’t defecate properly in her litter tray anymore,” she explained, and went on to say she believes Purvis was not properly told how to look after her after the amputation and “struggled with her”.
Blame the vets, eh? Well, I suppose I'd be desperate too if I was stuck with this case.
Referring to the day in November in which he struck the cat, Ms Kenny said: “Only he knows the truth of the matter.”
“Why would he take the kitten to the vets and admit what he had done if he didn’t have some compassion towards her?”
Because he's a thick drug-addled cretin?
She said he became agitated at the vets because he “couldn’t afford to pay anymore” fees and had a hospital appointment later that morning. She said he is often “impulsive” and “that’s part of his difficulties”.
Yes, his 'difficulties'. Not the difficulties experienced by every living thing unfortunate enough to come into contact with him/
At the last hearing in February, Ms Kenny had said her client suffers from mental health problems and magistrates had ordered a probation report, including details of medication, to be compiled.
The medication he presumably should be taking rather than his cannabis?
The solicitor went on to criticise the coverage of the previous hearing in the Worcester News and the subsequent comments on Facebook.
“There has been absolute vilification of him in the press. When I read some of the comments, I just couldn’t believe some individuals can’t see that there’s two sides to a story.”
You have to have some brass neck to whinge about this, don't you?
Charles Townsend, chair of the bench, said: “The injuries are horrific and because of that there’s no doubt in both of our minds that you have crossed the custody threshold. There’s high culpability and greater harm.”
Good! So you'll be...

Oh.
Purvis was given 14 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.
*sighs*

Friday, 5 April 2019

I Think You'd Be Surprised, Actually...

"It's not great for kids to see these large fish eating the ducks, so we removed this large catfish and will work with the lake's owners to manage the risk posed by the remaining catfish population."
Are you kidding me? They usually love that stuff!

Wait A Minute…

Andrew Dixon is one of a dozen residents in Mallory Road and Onslow Road, Hove, who have resorted to desperate measures to stop commuters and holidaymakers from using their parking spots.
Hmmm, what sort of 'desperate measures'?
The 66-year-old said: “People park their cars outside my house for weeks on end and block the light. That is why I bought a Range Rover to preserve my space and keep them away from my house.”
But...wait. Won't that also block the light?
Mr Dixon bought his Range Rover to preserve his parking space, although he sometimes uses it for clay pigeon shooting.
*baffled face*

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Of Course They Can’t Help, You Have To Arrange The Camera Crew First..

The landlord was made aware by neighbours that the tenant of the property had not been seen in a while.
After the RSPCA said there was nothing it could do, police attended and heard the dog barking weakly. Officers then went into the flat and found a Jack Russell, which hadn't been cared for in a while.
And at that point the RSPCA woke up and decided to do their duty?
She is now in a kennel and will be rehomed as soon as she has been given treatment and has found new owners who love her. The police officer told News Shopper:
"She is obviously a very lovely tempered dog and it really tugs at the heartstrings. "We had to go out to the pet shop because she was so hungry."
Clearly not. What's the point of them, then?

Seems Only Right, When…

...often the ones who carry them do the same.
A Croydon shopkeeper who sold knives to schoolchildren narrowly escaped jail after being warned of the consequences of knife crime.
What 'consequences'..?
Raymond Morris, 56, admitted he knew he wasn't allowed to sell knives to under 18s but still sold several ultra-sharp craft blades to school children, on two separate occasions.
Morris worked in the discount store, owned by Mr Ram Vijay, 53, on a casual basis and received verbal training on knife and alcohol sales.
'Don't sell knives to kids'. There. I have now delivered some verbal training.
...the Judge, at Croydon Magistrates' Court, ended up handing him a four-month suspended sentence, telling him: "In the light of the current climate, this is a serious matter of custodial sentence.
"I am giving you four months suspended for a period of 12 months."
Morris was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and attend Think First sessions and rehabilitation classes to improve his understanding of knife crime and its consequences.
Oh, I think he has a full understanding of the consequences now. He understands there aren't any. 

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Maybe Not Now, But He Seems To Aspire To It…



The dad of an 11-year-old boy who threatened to ‘”shank” his classmates with a pen knife has defended his son and criticised the school for “fanning the flames”.
As you'd expect from someone whose woeful 'parenting' has come into stark focus...
The dad said: “In light of what has happened we, as a family, understand the community’s reaction.
“We in no way condone what has happened but the way that the events have been portrayed are totally untrue and wildly over-exaggerated.
“The fact is, that although wrong, my son took a bottle opener into school and it wasn’t a knife or a ‘shank’.
“There was a small blade implement which is used to remove the foil from a wine bottle but this hardly makes my son Jack the Ripper as some people’s reaction seem to suggest.”
Even Jack started somewhere..!
“My son had no intention of hurting anyone - he chose a bottle opener from a kitchen draw (sic) full of knives.”
Well, your son's dim. It clearly runs in the family.
“We are disappointed at the lack of professionalism that the school has shown in the handling of this incident.
“Although we understand they have a duty of care, we feel that in this case it should have been dealt within a more open-minded manner and instead of an instant knee jerk reaction to permanently exclude my son.”
 They were probably glad of the opportunity.
“The school should have viewed all of the facts - my son’s impeccable previous behaviour and the fact that this is totally out of character for him based on his past.
“Regarding the school’s statement to the Echo and the letter sent out to the parents after the incident, I would’ve thought that the school would try to calm things down regarding the situation considering that there is an ongoing investigation into what has happened and more evidence is coming to light.”
I feel 'more evidence' isn't going to help.

Another Triumph For Mental Health Services...?

Speaking outside the flat, Ian Grant confirmed that his cousin had schizophrenia and that there had been a ‘couple of incidents with police’ in the past, but added that he was ‘not like that, he’s not violent’.
Another neighbour said: ‘He wouldn’t hurt a fly. We take him food round to help out.’
Hmmm....
But they said ‘he does become very edgy when he doesn’t have his weed’, which he smokes ‘a lot’.
/facepalm
Police have said the latest attack has 'not yet been formally linked' to the other four, but the culprit or culprits could be suffering from mental health issues.
There is nothing to suggest the stabbings are terror related.
Apart from them causing terror?
Tarek Elmadkhoun, 32, said this morning: 'It happened just outside my door. My wife heard some talking at 5am. She's a bit worried.
'I just moved here one week ago. To be honest it's a bit worrying. My wife doesn't speak English. She doesn't know what to do.'
Kelvin Ojo, 36, added: 'It's scary now, this is not normal.
'It's been peaceful for a while until all this drama started coming up. Now I'm starting thinking about moving from this area, I'm not liking it.
'It could happen to anyone - my friends, my family, it could happen to me. It's really scary.
'We don't even know this guy they are talking about, so it's really scary.'
London. So very enriched.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

What's Missing From This Story..?


Most of the tabloids are running this story today, with the focus on the Air Ambulance's intervention that prevented loss of life.

But what's not mentioned is any police action against the dog's owner. Is that because there wasn't any?

Can that really be true?

Catch 'Em Young...

The girl, who cannot be named because of her age, targeted three homes in a 12-day period stealing items including a knife.
She was eleven.
Despite the seriousness of the crimes and because of her young age she was only sentenced to a six month contract with the Southend youth offender panel. It means her sentence will consist of working with agencies to try and stop her committing more crimes.
*rolls eyes*
Her mother was also punished.
Oh! Well, that's certainly a change!

Errr, 'punished', how, exactly..?
First she was ordered to attend the meetings throughout the six months.
Ooh! Harsh!
Her mother must pay £250 compensation to the first victim and £40 to the third victim in £20 instalments.
Why so low? Because she's on benefits, of course...

Monday, 1 April 2019

Impotent...

The woman claims it took half an hour for a police dog unit to arrive on the scene, who then told the group there was 'nothing they could do', because 'all their resources were in central London.'
Then why turn up at all? And what's more important than a gang terrorising children?
She added: 'The travellers changed out of their bloodied clothing and were laughing at police. They removed their number plates and put on their Irish number plates.'
Of course they were laughing at police. Why shouldn't they? They are a laughing stock.
'One of the students is the daughter of a Polish diplomat. She was put in a situation where she was unsafe.'
I wonder what would have happened if they'd tried this in Poland, with Polish police?

"Conan, what is best in life?"

The head of a school trust embroiled in a row over classes about LGBT rights says staff have been left "distraught".
Hazel Pulley, chief executive officer of the trust which runs the school, said some staff had lost weight and were not sleeping.
Yes, it's Parkfield again. Bewailing the dilemma their progressive policies have (inevitably) lead to.

Going for the sympathy vote is unlikely to win them any sympathy, but why not try it anyway..?
"We moved what we thought was the issue to one side but we can only do that for so long or otherwise, quite rightly, we will be seen as being discriminatory to one of the protected characteristics."
Nice petard. You look good hoist on it.

H/T: CJ Nerd via email

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Tweet Of The Month

 A double this month. From the topical:


To the ripost:

Post Title Of The Month

Making a brave fightback against the market dominance of Tim Newman, here's the Stigler at Mark Wadsworth on the Comic Relief disaster:


And Natalie Solent at Samizdata offers a musical interlude:


Quote Of The Month

LegIron on why EggBoy is no hero:
"And yes, an egg is pretty harmless as a weapon of choice but consider the egg recipient’s point of view.
They don’t know it’s an egg. They feel something hit them, sometimes hard, and then they feel wet stickiness at the point of impact. Loonies are out shooting and stabbing people with a horrible regularity these days. If you felt a sudden impact followed by a wet, sticky feeling at the point of impact, what would your first thought be? That some arse has thrown an egg? Or that you might have been shot or stabbed?
Tell you what – if I felt an impact, then a wet stickiness spreading from that point, turned around and saw the assailant… I am not going to check if what I’m feeling is egg or blood. I am going for that assailant first. They might go for another wet sticky patch and if it’s not egg I might not survive it.
I am not going to check if he has a knife in either hand. No time for that. And I will do a damn sight more than slap him or punch him. At that point I have no choice but to assume it’s him or me."

Post Of The Month

Al Jahom on the beginning of the end for the car as symbol of personal freedom.

Who Could Have Predicted This..?

People on Universal Credit are leaving Brighton and Hove City Council almost £400,000 short when it comes to paying their rent.
Eight per cent – or about one in 12 – council tenants are behind on their rent after receiving the new payment that combines housing benefit, child tax credit, jobseeker’s allowance, income support, working tax credit and employment support allowance.
These 948 people owe 38 per cent of all rent arrears, leaving the council with £368,000 in unpaid rent for the first nine months of the current financial year.
Naturally, everyone knows this is all the fault of the eeeeeevil Tory policy!
Councillor Tracey Hill, in charge of housing, said: “The Labour council takes very seriously the impact that Conservative Government welfare changes and austerity overall is having on the ability of many in the city to maintain their housing, including our council tenants.”
Green councillor David Gibson, spokesman for housing, said: “As more tenants are moved over to Universal Credit, arrears will get worse – and along with the misery of being in debt they will be forced to choose between food and rent.
“Then it is the council that has to pick up the pieces left by austerity.”
Except there might be a wee bit of a clue here in the comments:

Yup. The Tory masterplan here seems to have been 'Hey, you rely on these useless spongers for votes? Fine. Have some consequences.'

And unlike other Tory masterplans, it's worked.

More popcorn, anyone?

Friday, 29 March 2019

The Day Is Upon Us At Last...Or Is It?

I am, of course, setting this post up in February. And I'm not returning to it.

So where we are right now will be a surprise, perhaps. Time will tell.


We voted for it. Now we should get it. Will we? Let's see.



Open thread!

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Surveillance...


A reminder. They are always watching...

I Think The Term You're Looking For Is 'Stone Liar', Your Honour...

Nazir was found guilty of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control and perverting the course of justice today (March 19) following a trial at Cambridge Crown Court.
The court heard how Nazir was set to be sentenced in regards to two offences today. One relating to the injury and one relating to administration of justice. He was sentenced to 30 months in jail.
A pretty tough sentence for this sort of offence, given it was just another prospective dangerous dog owner injured, and not an innocent member of the public..
Talking about Mr Nazirs trial he said: "You and your family belong to the same community and Mr Hussain and his family. He said he has known you all his life.
"At your trial you said that was wrong and you didn't know him. It was found you were a person whose words are not to be relied on."
Gosh! Fancy that...

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Killing With Kindness

The chief executive of a leading homeless charity says “well-meaning people” who give money to beggars are fuelling the drug and alcohol addictions of those on the streets.
Ooh! Controversial!
Andy Winter, from Brighton Housing Trust, said the main challenge is the city’s tolerant attitude to begging.
He said giving money was a “disincentive to seeking and accepting help”. He said that with the charities in the city, nobody should go hungry on the streets of Brighton.
Quite. And you'd think he'd be an unimpeachable source.
He recently met Brighton business owners who are concerned about the increasing antisocial behaviour associated with tents and encampments that have become established in the city.
Good. It's about time someone started standing up for the people who want to go about their day without being accosted by a scruffy drug addict begging for loose change.

Doubling Down...

A Humberside Police spokeswoman said: "A phone call was made to the complainant by Inspector Wilson to update him on his complaint to the Force, which is standard procedure."
Yeah, I have to agree love, it does indeed seem to be 'standard procedure' in all police farces that when you're in a hole, you call for a mechanical digger to get you deeper even faster...
Quite!

"There was never any suggestion he shouldn’t engage in politics or debate around the subject in question, he was just asked why he would want to, knowing it would cause distress and upset to others in society."
So, there you have it. The modern police farce fails at everything from petty crime to dangerous dogs, but when it comes to hurty feels, an Inspector calls!

And makes an even bigger arse of himself.
"The complainant was also advised if he felt his Human Rights had been breached, he may want to seek legal advice."
Translation: "We don't care if we get sued, the taxpayer's on the hook for it anyway..."

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

"How Dare You Try To Gather Evidence!"

...a lawyer believed to be representing the victim, has written to Essex Police listing a series of complaints about the investigation.
According to US website TMZ, the woman was upset that police asked to view her phone records and emails.
Standard practice. Despite what the Common Purpose top cops might think should happen..
The complainant, who suggests she may stop cooperating with police due to her disappointment at the handling of the case, also claims police came to her house 'unsolicited'.
Errr, yes. And?
Nelly’s lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, filed a response to the lawsuit, arguing that the woman should not be allowed to remain anonymous and “avoid public scrutiny”.
This could get quite interesting.

Not Good Enough For The Throne, Ma’am?

More than 1000 rolls of premium German toilet paper rejected by the Queen have been donated to a Croydon school.
Rejected by her personally? It must be like Izal!
German company Hakle sent 90 packs of bog roll to Buckingham Palace to ensure the monarch has access to one of life's necessities in case of a 'no deal' Brexit shortage.
Ah. I see.
After the palette was turned away by security due to safety fears (Ed: *boggle*), a staff member of the Dusseldorf based company suggested they should gift to Woodcote High School, based in Coulsdon, where her brother Peter Mack works as Deputy Head.
How cozy!
"Whilst it was done as a publicity stunt, there is a serious element to it.
"In case of a no-deal Brexit there is a real chance the UK could run out quickly, since we import far more than we produce."
If that's the worst that Brexit is likely to inflict, I think I'll survive...

Monday, 25 March 2019

I Can See Where They Get The Time To Do This...

A mother today threatened legal action against a south London primary school after she accused teachers of forcing her son to take part in an LGBT ‘Pride’ event.
Izoduwa Montague claimed Heavers Farm Primary School, South Norwood, failed to get her permission for four-year-old Izaiyah to become involved in a session called ‘Proud to be Me’ without her permission.
Now, if you're wondering how they have time for this, well, this picture from the 'Times' will give you a clue:
Future 'Daily Mail' copy editor!
School head Susan Papas said the focus on Pride and LGBT history was one of a number of themes studied by pupils each half term.
Other topics included black history, disability awareness and the environment.
But not spelling or writing in coherent English, which you might think was a bit more important...

This Is Really Tragic, How Can I Laugh?


*bites tongue really hard*
Today her devastated adoptive mother Michele, 52, warned other people of the dangers of extreme food challenges.
She said: 'I remember raising my eyebrows when Bethan started the game, thinking "how old are you?" and telling her to spit them out.
'She was like a little hamster with her cheeks bulging.
'She danced off to the toilet to get rid of them and it was only a while later we realised she had been gone a long time.'
*bites even harder*
Mrs Gaskin sobbed: 'She looked perfect and so beautiful. It was just like she was sleeping.
'So many people have said they play a similar game with marshmallows. Even my 90-year-old aunt said she does it with Maltesers.
'This just shows how fragile we are.'
*bites all the way through tongue*

Mmmpht mmgh *gurgle* nnth!

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Sympathy For The Family Of The Devil Now..?

The family of a mum who was kicked to death on the street yelled out 'scum' as her murderer 'smiled' when he was taken down to the cells to face more than 18 years behind bars.
A domestic? Well, no.
Florin Ion was jailed for life after murdering 47-year-old Julie Hunt, a complete stranger to him, near Lakeside Shopping Centre in Thurrock while she was on her way to work at around 8.30am on Friday, April 20 last year.
The defendant, who was 31 when he carried out the brutal attack, knocked Julie to the floor when the two of them came face to face. He then proceeded to kick and stamp on her head in full view of several passers-by, fracturing her bones and causing severe brain injuries.
Strange name. Not very Essex, is it?
Ion, from Romania, had only been in the country for around four months when he savagely assaulted Julie.
He'd been on a bus to catch a ferry back to his homeland when it stopped at a Lakeside stop for a comfort break.

Already at that stop was the victim, on her way to work. She made the mistake of catching this creature's eye as he ran for a bus he thought was his.
The callous attack was witnessed by several people as they made their way to work on that Friday. Mr Stocks, who was driving the tanker, attempted to intervene, pulling a crowbar out of his truck to try and stop Ion.
But the court heard how Ion's aggression only intensified when bystanders approached him.
Nevertheless, they ran him off, and held him until police arrived. Sadly, far too late for the victim. You'll no doubt be wondering if he tried an insanity defence?
Mitigating on Ion's behalf, Paul Mendelle explained how Ion thought the victim was going to kill him.
/facepalm
Five independent experts examined Ion during the course of last year to determine whether any underlying mental health issues could explain the unprovoked attack.
All of them concluded that there was no explanation for the incident other than Ion's anger
All this delayed the trial. But it's only taxpayer money, after all.

The most shocking thing was the judge's summing up:
Judge Lynch passed a sentence of life, with a minimum tariff of at least 18 years and four months.
In her sentencing remarks, she said: "I also take into account the family of the defendant - their pain too I appreciate is great.
"I hope this can be conveyed to them afterwards - it is a tragedy for many people."
How heartwarming.

H/T: Ted Treen via email

Taking Us For Mugs, With The Full Consent Of The State...

A couple with three children are desperate to move out of their “overcrowded” one bedroom flat.
Well, why did they move into it then?
The couple have lived in Poynings Drive in Hangleton since 2005, but their problems started when their first child, three-year-old Maryam, was born.
And it has got worse since their second and third daughters were born. The youngest, Hibba, is now ten months old.
So you knew you had no room, but kept having children? How is that the council's fault..?

How is that somehow the responsibility of the taxpayer..? Who is, after all, keeping you:
The family receives £176.05 per week from income support and £48.10 from child benefit per week. Mr Ishaq said rent is £76 per week which he gets in full from housing benefit so the income support and child benefit does not go towards rent, but he said he does have to pay council tax.
Currently the couple are unemployed, after Mr Ishaq suffered from a back injury in 2004 and Widad stays at home to look after the children.
Ah, the 'back injury'. Well, I suppose it's time to return to the classics. Clearly, 'mental health issues' have had their moment of fame.

Friday, 22 March 2019

Generation Snowflake...

A poll of almost 38,000 UK students suggests rates of psychological distress and illness are on the rise in universities, with “alarmingly high” levels of anxiety, loneliness, substance misuse and thoughts of self-harm.
Oh no! This is serious!

*reads further*
The findings were based on responses from a self-selecting sample of students who took part in an online survey.
*shrugs*

*turns the page*

Play Silly Games, Win Silly Prizes...

Luke Blackhurst, who was living in Sillwood Street, Brighton, had not been seen for a couple of days after he had been out with friends.
The opening of an inquest in to his death heard it was not unusual for the young man to take different drugs, including ketamine and morphine.
He was found dead in his home after a night out.
Another Darwin Award winner shuffles off this mortal coil...
The inquest heard Mr Blackhurst’s last activity on his laptop was searching the internet for the side-effects of eating out-of-date noodles.
His mother said she suspected the off noodles may have killed him.
Clearly, he got his street smarts from his mum!
Miss Blackhurst said her son had money stolen from his flat a week before his death and was concerned of a third party involvement.
A one-armed man, perhaps?
Ms Hamilton-Deeley said further enquiries will be carried out to address some of Miss Blackhurst’s concerns and Mr Pinder’s suspicions.
Sure, why not? It's only taxpayer money, after all.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Maybe It's Because He's A ....Wait, A 'Londoner'?

A Londoner accused of leaving crack cocaine and cannabis in a Pinehurst shop claimed the drugs were not his...
Oh, sure, that old chestnut.
...as he had robbed them from a dealer.
Oh. Well, that's different!
The 38-year-old Brit from Richmond-upon-Thames, who joked he was from Jamaica when asked his nationality by a court clerk, told JPs as he was marched from the dock: “12 weeks? That’s nothing. That’s a swim in the ocean.”
Perhaps that's what he should have been sentenced to...?
Randall declined the services of a duty solicitor, instead opting to represent himself.
And he did indeed have a fool for a client!
By admitting to the drugs and assault offences, Randall automatically activated an eight week suspended sentence given last November for a stalking offence.
He sounds quite a bit like this chap

H/T: wiggia via email

There's Only One Way To Find Out....

Later this year, the blue badge scheme is expected to be updated to allow people with less physical disabilities to apply.
This will include people with ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar, autism, epilepsy and agoraphobia.
Don't ask me how people with agoraphobia get out to the car to drive about, because I just can't even...!
However the fear is the new rules could lead to disputes over rights for the limited spaces available.
Well, it seems there's a way to resolve this. To your corners, combatants!

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

"Won't Somebody Think Of The Children!" Part 78056

Ms Bardsley-Smith said: "I was amused at first but then I realised I found it annoying.
"It's not something you want to see at eye level when you are out shopping.
"There is a place and a time to be selling or buying things like that."
Ooh!
Ms Bardsley-Smith said: "There are a lot of families in the area. I wouldn't want my child to ask what it is.
"Thankfully I was on my own when I was out shopping. I would say it's insensitive.
"If they are going to sell things like that, they should be at the back of the store."
Knives? High in salt & sugar sweets?
Dozens of 'Bonkin' Bunny' vibrators were reportedly stacked between slinkies, Finding Nemo bath towels and sweetie-themed candles at the store in Tolworth, south London.
Oooh, matron!

This Is A Refreshing Change...

Schoolchildren from Bromfords School and Sixth Form College in Wickford were spotted throwing litter over a bridge while bullying a child who was self harming in the River Crouch. When members of the public tried to intervene they were then threatened by the students.
Charming!
In a message from Bromfords, seen by the Echo, a spokesman from the school apologised for the behaviour of the students and confirmed the injured pupil’s school and police had been informed.
Wow! That's certainly different from the usual 'not in school, so not our concern' attitude.
The incident took place on February 7 but Essex Police could not provide any details about what has happened since the incident.
*rolls eyes*
A statement from Deputy headteacher John Edwards, given to the eyewitness, stated: “I am sorry if the behaviour of a small number of our students has fallen short.
“It is very disappointing for me to hear that any of our students are behaving in such a manner, bringing our school into disrepute.
“The action of these few individuals is not indicative of the behaviour of the overwhelming majority of our outstanding students.
“I sincerely apologise you were witness to such behaviour and can assure you that we will be addressing within out assemblies.”
Gold star for that man!

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Just Let The Farmers Shoot Them!

Police say they would been (sic) keen to develop a DNA dog database to tackle the growing problem of "sheep worrying" which is leaving thousands of farm animals in the UK dead or injured every year.
Sounds familiar!
NFU Mutual says sheep and other farm animals worth an estimated £1.2m were attacked by dogs last year.
But it's feared that number may be much larger, with a recent survey finding only 39% of farmers reported all attack incidents to police.
Because they have finally discovered what small shopkeepers and burglary victims have already sussed - they don't do anything.

Unless they can build a hugely expensive and utterly pointless database, of course.
...the NPCC says budget constraints mean it is not currently possible to build such a database.
Note the 'currently' in there.

"Run, he's got a stick with a nail in it!"


Yikes! Modified how? Does it fire poison darts?
Officers searching Southend as part of Op Sceptre have today found a knife that has been modified to allow for a better grip.
The knife, which had tape around its handle, has been seized and will be destroyed.
Oh....

Monday, 18 March 2019

The Modern 'Conservative', Ladies And Gentlemen...

...give him a big hand!


With MPs like this, how could Teresa lose a General Election..?

"Nice Progressive Society You Got Here...Be A Shame If Anything Happened To It."

A Birmingham primary school that taught pupils about LGBT rights as part of a programme to challenge homophobia has suspended the lessons indefinitely until a resolution is reached with protesting parents.
Wait, didn't they say they'd stand firm?
Previously Parkfield said they would continue as normal after the Easter holidays.
What changed?
Mohammed Aslam, a spokesperson, said: “We welcome these developments and reiterate that the school needs to work with parents in a spirit of partnership and cooperation and not against them in educating their children.”
Isn't it precisely this sort of craven capitulation in the face of religious dogmatism and refusal to integrate that drives the so-called 'right wing backlash' against Islam?

So why do they do it?

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Israel. It's Always Israel...

Muslim students have berated Chelsea Clinton at a vigil for the victims of the New Zealand mosques massacre, saying she is to blame for the attack.
*blinks*

Wait, what...?

Has Chelsea Clinton been a part of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy© all along...? Has she been hanging out on 4chan?
Leen Dweik began castigating her in an astonishing moment caught on video. 'This right here is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words that you put out into the world,' says Dweik, gesturing to the vigil for the 49 who were killed in Christchurch when a white nationalist shooter stormed two mosques.
'And I want you to know that and I want you to feel that deeply - 49 people died because of the rhetoric you put out there,' Dweik continues, jabbing her index finger toward Clinton as other students snap their fingers in apparent approval of her words.
And now I'm feeling like I must have missed some vital part of US political news that I really should not have missed.

And then I read on...
According to NYU student Rose Asaf, who posted the video on Twitter, students at the vigil were angry about Clinton's accusation last month that Rep Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, used 'anti-Semitic language and tropes' while criticizing Israel.
And these students are the supposed products of progressive US politics. Just as Chelsea Clinton is. There should be no difference between them.

But there appears to be one. And if modern progressive educational opportunities can't fix it, can anything?

Never Missing An Opportunity...

...to strip citizens of their legally-held possessions:


Ms Ardern said she would like to see semi-automatic weapons banned and was one of the issues she was looking 'at with immediate effect.'
...to clamp down on free speech:



...to ban the things they personally dislike by claiming a spurious connection:


Never ever forget, these people see a horrific crime as a golden opportunity. 


And perhaps, just perhaps, we should regard them as worse than the criminal who kicked all this off..?

Friday, 15 March 2019

What 'Getting Tough On Knife Crime' Really Means...

The attack took place on August 1 outside the boy’s home in Rochford and it is understood the defendant and the victim had been friends until a disagreement.
The grandfather said: “The attacker took exception to something and began baiting my grandson on Snapchat saying he was going to get him.”
The victim was stabbed in the stomach and the back and was rushed to hospital with serious injuries and thankfully made a full recovery, but has been left traumatised.
Another knife crime, another young thug looking at a long stretch ins...

Wait!
...the 16-year-old who stabbed him was able to walk free from court after admitting one count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent - which for an adult can mean a life sentence - and one count of possession of a knife.
The criminal must attend a youth offender panel designed to minimise the risk of reoffending by liaising with agency workers for a year.
/facepalm

And How Are The Public Supposed To Know..?

Speaking after the case RSPCA inspector Prisca Giddens said: “The sentence imposed by magistrates highlights the seriousness of the offence.
"Courts impose disqualification orders on people convicted on animal welfare offences to protect further animals from suffering.
“It is important to reiterate to the public that we rely on them to tell us if someone has breached a ban.
"We depend on the public to be our eyes and ears and we take breaches of bans very seriously - as do the courts.”
So you'll be campaigning for a central register of animal abusers with bans to be set up, then?

No?

Well how on earth do you expect the public to know?