The mass abuse of young girls in Oxford, UK.
It is an education in how little we actually know about what is going on around us.
I am a pessimist and tend to assume the worst, but never imagined this.
Yet though it disgusts me, it does not much surprise me.
Like everyone who has any kind of public position, I know that an accusation of racism – even an entirely false one – could ruin my life.
I know it as I write these words.
If Thames Valley Police or Oxfordshire County Council and its social workers deny that their wretched responses to these crimes were influenced by the same fear, then I simply do not believe them.
Then there’s the issue that dare not speak its name.
When we set the Oxford case beside other recent events in Rochdale, we find that in both crimes the men were Muslims (often mosque-going ones).
How important is it that the convicted rapists and perverts in most cases regarded their victims as barely-human degenerates, ‘kufr’, unbelievers who didn’t count ?
It matters.. But non-Muslims should not be smug about it.
It reminds me of the assertion by Anthony Blair at the start of his Iraq War in 2003 that our Islamic enemies ‘hate our way of life’.
Because, as he said it, I thought: ‘Yes, and I too hate our way of life.’
I loathe the outcome of the sexual revolution, the Great Innocence Robbery that has replaced the pursuit of happiness with the pursuit of pleasure.
What an opportunity it has given to the evil and the selfish.
You don’t have to be Muslim to take advantage of the rape of innocence, believe me.
I have come to expect that children ‘in care’ are left almost completely unprotected from our modern hell of loveless sex, binge-drinking and casual drug-taking.
The very word ‘care’ sounds to me like a yellow, sarcastic sneer.
But one of these girls had a home and parents who thought they were in charge.
Those parents begged the police to act.
They took her befouled clothes to them and were turned away.
Can you imagine their despair ?
The authorities, whom they had relied on, and who are supposed to stand between us and evil, were not interested.
And so, on a filthy bed in a squalid house somewhere near you, these crimes and others like them still go on, and in most cases nothing will ever be done about it.
Moral panic ? .. I long ago gave that up.. Nobody listened.
(An extract from an article by Peter Hitchens, 19.05.2013)
The mass abuse of young girls in Oxford, UK.
My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy.
I can’t figure it out.. What am I doing right ?
Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition.
It asks too little of yourself.. And it will leave you unfulfilled.
We live in an age where we put superficial personality skills above deeper virtues.
It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly.
Do not mistake activity for achievement.
If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.
We live in age where people are judged not by who they are but how they present themselves.
I consider those are rich who are doing something they feel worthwhile and which they enjoy doing.
In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.
To love what you do and feel that it matters.. How could anything be more fun ?
I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world.. This makes it hard to plan the day.
(E. B. White)
Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows, against all he knows.
Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.
(Parker J. Palmer)
The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life…
It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.
Always believe something wonderful is going to happen…
Even with all the ups and downs.. never take a day for granted.
Cherish the little things and hug the ones you love.
My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.
We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
(Marian Wright Edelman)
One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm.
One needs to feel that one’s life has meaning, that one is needed in this world.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience.. This is the ideal life.
He whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
Work for something because it is good.. not just because it stands a chance to succeed.
Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.
In the end.. It is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
(Peter F. Drucker)
What is a weed ? .. A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Listen to your heart.. not to the crowd.
A good friend is there when you have nothing.. Or when you feel like nothing.
When you relinquish the desire to control your future you obtain happiness.
For many in the world.. Yesterday is gone.. Today is almost over…
And they will never see tomorrow.
The wicked man earns deceptive wages,
But he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.
Memories bring me comfort.. But they remind me how without you life has never been the same.
If you care about somebody, you should want them to be happy…
Even if you wind up being left out.
No harm befalls the righteous,
But the wicked have their fill of trouble.
Those who speak the truth are always respected.
Friends are the support bras of life.
The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
But the tent of the upright will flourish.
When an ignorant man neglects valuable advice…
He becomes the cause of his own misery.
I was tired of pretending that I was someone else just to get along with people, just for the sake of having friendships.
The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways,
And the good man rewarded for his.
There is no teaching better than the true practice of the awakening to one’s own nature.
I pull away, you pull me back, you grab my hand and wrap me around.
What you did not know is.. my heart is my hand.
(Coco J. Ginger)
The poor are shunned even by their neighbours,
But the rich have many friends.
Summon the power of your inner courage and live the life you are completely comfortable with.
Don’t underestimate the power of friendship.
Those bonds are tight stitches that close up the holes you might otherwise fall through.
(Richelle E. Goodrich)
Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.
Sometimes we have to stop caring.. and turn off all our emotions and feelings.. just to protect ourself from getting hurt.
If someone’s life is not enriched by their time with you, then you’re not doing something right.
The righteous care about justice for the poor,
But the wicked have no such concern.
Your best friend isn’t the one you call when you are arrested…
Because they are sitting in the police cell with you.
British taxpayers are subsidising the controversial sport of traditional bullfighting in Spain to the tune of £13.5 million a year via European farm subsidies, a report has disclosed.
Common Agriculture Policy payments worth more than £110 million a year are given to Spanish farmers using their pastures to rear fighting bulls and, the study concluded, “without such backing bullfighting would probably be on the brink of financial collapse”.
Spain’s parliament is currently debating a new law which would declare bullfighting a protected national pursuit, a move that would overturn existing bans on bullfighting in the Canary Islands and Catalonia and would guarantee public subsidies for the industry.
The government’s move to enshrine the status of bullfighting comes as the industry suffers extreme difficulties in the face of public spending cuts which have seen local councils slash funding for annual fiestas featuring taurine events.
Roger Gale, the Tory MP for Thanet North, and the president of the Conservative animal welfare group, called on the subsidies to be axed.
“I don’t think British taxpayers will be too chuffed to find out they are paying for Spanish bullfighting.. The commission needs to stop making excuses and sort it out.”
(An extract from an article by Bruno Waterfield, Brussels, and Fiona Govan in Madrid, 15.05.2013)
This disgusting spectacle has its days numbered.
I believe that in the last five years the number of corridas has fallen by nearly 50%.
The aficionados will blame the crisis but the reality is that youngsters just aren’t interested.
As for Catalunya, I think I’m right in saying that even if the corrida is declared an asset of cultural interest the Catalans can still prohibit it.
San Sebastian has taken steps to outlaw bullfighting, too.