I don’t really understand the argument against grammar schools because I don’t understand what’s wrong with the principle of selection by ability. It’s used pretty much everywhere else, from sport to space-programs. If there was a way I could know how it felt to be opposed to the idea of grammars then I would try it.
Am I right in thinking that selection by ability is the only way to have a ‘two-tier’ system which is fair? A ‘two-tier’ system cannot be avoided because parents don’t care about other parents’ children. It seems to make sense, then, that the state mitigate this natural trait.
Then I should ask, a couple of questions to Erdogan:
1- If Israel is a “terrorist state” years ago why you signed a military alliance with Israel?
2- If Israel is a “terrorist state” what about the Saud Arabia and other Arab countries that kills Muslim Arab children in Yemen?
3- If Israel is a terrorist state” why you have sold the Mavi Marmara victims to Israel at a deah monkey price = 20 millon dollars?
4- If Israel is a “terrorist state” why your son’s ship trade with Israel?
5- If Israel is a “terrorist state” as a Muslim why you accept their Eternal Jewish Servant and Courage medals and David Horn?
6- If Israel is a “terrorist state”, why you give them Kurecik Base to protect Israel against Iran?
7- If Israel is a “terrorist state”, at first why you recognised Jerusalem as a capital of Israle on 28 June 2016 when you signed an agreement on the Mavi Marmara affair in Jerusalem?
8- If Israel is a “terrorist state” why you are still co-chairman of the Greater Middle East Project that only works for Israel?
9- If Israel is a “terrorist state” while you spreading hate and hostility amongst people, why you are still the beloved Muslim leader of the Israeli politicans and Jewish think tanks?
10- Who are you in reality, will you show your true face to your disciples who filled up with your hatred to non-Muslism and Turks who love Ataturk?
So far except EU I haven’t been in any anti US, NATO, the UK, Israel, Germany, in a word any anti-West campaign and hereafter including the EU I will not be in any anti-West campaign either which organized by Erdogan backed groups within the knowledge of him in order to save himself and his Islamist regime.
The Republic of Turkey is a Western country and will be stayed as a Western country in the Western league, whatever anti-Turkish Western Erdogans, Turkey’s Erdogans, even Erdoğan’s pro-China and Russia leftist supporters in Turkey and abroad think that there is no place for Turkey in the West, no Turkey is in the West, not just since 1923 or 1299, Turkey has been in the West since 1071 when the Turks officially entered into the Anatolian Peninsula.
I had no idea until yesterday the gender pronoun argument was a global phenomenon. I was reading a comment on a blog thread and the person mentioned a piece by Douglas Murray in the The Spectator about an interrogation a young teaching assistant was subjected to by faculty-staff at her university. The young lady recorded the Stasi Staff and sent the content around the world. I had thought it was a minor question, the reserve of attention-seekers.
It’s a global psychotic episode. Continue reading
Earlier this month, elsewhere online, I was following and sometimes entering a discussion about poppies. There had been a story or two about why celebrities or politicians were not wearing them, or were wearing them, and someone in one of the lefty papers typed a piece saying that poppies were racist now. Or something like that. I have one or two minor opinions about poppies and Armistice Day itself, so I joined the discussion.
On the treatment of women, in terms of pay and other matters, I think women today should understand the pay gap isn’t motivated by ‘sexism’ and should shut up.
I recommend to anyone interested the collected letters of Valeria Belletti.
These are published in the book ‘Adventures of a Hollywood Secretary: Her Private Letters from inside the Studios of the 1920s’ (Yes, I know, the title’s awful.) This fine lady got herself a job as Sam Goldwyn’s secretary, and sent many letters back East to her friend Irma. Continue reading
What a man takes for granted, what he offers almost as an aside, is where you’ll find the things he thinks but doesn’t state openly. Then again, perhaps I’m reading too closely?
In his most recent Sunday column, Peter Hitchens writes that:
It is, beyond doubt, the case that our treatment of the mentally ill is a terrible mess. It is also beyond doubt that much mental illness appears to be linked to legal or illegal mind-altering drugs, now far more common than they were 30 years ago. This long predates the era of Islamic terror. One of the first cases was in 1992 when Jonathan Zito was stabbed to death by Christopher Clunis, a total stranger (and longstanding drug-abuser) who was severely mentally ill. This horror, oddly enough, took place at Finsbury Park.
How does a 1992 case of violence pre date ‘the era of Islamic terror’?
What ‘era’ is that?
On August 3 1989 Mustafa Mahmoud Mazeh blew himself up in a hotel in Paddington, becoming the first ‘martyr’ in the plot to murder Salman Rushdie and anyone else involved in the hideous crime of publishing a novel.
In 1983 a truck stuffed with TNT was used by a group – called, oddly enough, ‘Islamic Jihad’ – to murder 241 US Marines in Beirut. Continue reading
I used to be a red-meat-loving angry and intolerant atheist, whose favourite pastime – when not sucking marrow from the bones of dead babies – was munching on pork scratchings and slurping them down with a cold pint of chicken blood.
Things have changed.
Tim Farron has resigned. This seems to me to be evidence for the existence of God, and an answer – finally! – to the ‘problem of evil’.
Why does God allow evil to exist in the world when he has the power to do something about it? Well, now it seems God has finally taken action to reduce the evil in the world by removing Tim Farron from politics.
Why hatred is not the answer!
Hate Lives On
Hate lies waiting hidden, deep swirls of black
And ugly thoughts buried but not quite gone
The stirrings ripple through the haze of anger
And distress. But surface thoughts give not a hint
Of churning rage and seething rage which will not still.
Forgiveness may dispel the deep disruptions of your hurt
But will it be enough to stop the war, and death of love
The final blow which kills the hope of further life and joy
Can no one cure your fractured soul ?
I detest political correctness. I think it’s the enemy. I mean there are many enemies, but they all come together under one rubric, which is one person is trying to tell another person how to think.
Mr Utley has commented on the wooden delivery of Mrs May’s response to the Manchester mass-murder. As it happens, I agree with his analysis, but I think it misses the point. To consider her style of delivery is to choose not to consider the content – and it’s the content that matters. Probably this point is self-evident, but when we consider surface-matters we can easily be distracted from what’s important.