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Political correctness

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Dear Son,

I have never been a fan of political correctness. Dreamt up by a bunch of white middle class liberals it has caused more harm than good.

They tell us that all whites are racists. When it is pointed out that they are white and therefore racist they make up all sorts of excuses why they are not white! I was told by one white man that he wasn’t white – no! He was in fact a Catholic living in Northern Ireland and an oppressed minority, therefore he couldn’t be a racist.

I asked him to think of the following scenario:

In a certain area black men walking alone are being attacked by a group of white men. One night a black man misses his bus home and can’t get a cab so he walks home. On the way home he spots a group of white men coming towards him. Of course he doesn’t feel afraid because he can spot from around 500 meters that the men are in fact Catholics who live in Northern Ireland and are on holiday. Therefore they can not be racist so he has nothing to fear.

Rubbish of course.

I was once told by a white women that all whites were racist but she wasn’t because she was in fact Romany. She wasn’t Romany at all but chose to live a lifestyle similar to Romany people. Social Services classed her and her family as Romany but this was a lifestyle choice of her own. But because Social Services classed her as Romany – she was Romany, part of an oppressed minority and therefore could not be racist.

Well son sometimes I use your mothers Lady Velvet shampoo which is especially formulated for black woman’s hair. I make a lifestyle choice to use a black woman’s shampoo so applying the logic above – I am a black woman. Not only that, I am attracted to women, which make me a lesbian and with the problem with my calves, I’m disabled. So as a black disabled lesbian woman I can not be sexist, racist or homophobic.

Which is rubbish of course.

It can be argued that both ethnic Indians and Pakistanis in the UK are oppressed minorities. There are sections of each group that hate the other and regularly fight each other. These are racist attacks because the people attacked are attacked for no other reason than their ethnicity. But according to political correctness this doesn’t happen.

If we believe the PC rubbish then as a white man I hate the black woman I am married to. The love I have for your mother is infinitely wide and twice as high and four times as deep. On this basis alone I know they are liars.

But these white middle class liberals don’t have many non-white friends and usually feel uncomfortable in the presence of non-whites. Instead of seeing a therapist and confronting their own demons, they demonise every white person but include an exception for them selves and their ilk.

Demonising people based on the colour of their skin is racism.

The Politically Correct movement is inherently racist.

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September 26th, 2005 at 9:01 pm

Posted in Culture,Politics

A few firsts and then a quick rant.

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Dear Son,

we had our first bath together last Friday and on Sunday you went swimming with me for the first time. You’ve been swimming with your mother, but this was the first time that I came with you two.

Jamesy P is in the charts with Nookie. This is an old song for you as you first heard it last February in Trinidad when you were still in the womb. Hearing it on the radio isn’t quite the same as the sound system you followed around Port of Spain or the ones that drove past when we watched from Tragarete Road.

Hopefully we’ll be out in Trinidad for carnival on the 19th and 20th February 2007. 20th February 2007 will be Shrove Tuesday. The French name for Shrove Tuesday is “Fat Tuesday” or Mardi Gras. The next time your hear someone talking about having a “Mardi Gras” and it’s not on Shrove Tuesday, point out that they are an idiot and then explain why.

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September 26th, 2005 at 7:42 pm

Posted in Misc

First word.

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Dear Son,

you did two things today of note.

The first was to have a rant at the TV just like your dad: is was incoherent and rambling and lasted for ages. Sunday mid day politics TV gets your goat.

The second thing that you did today was say your first word. Me, your mother and Grand Ma Warner all heard it and we are sure it was meant and not an accident. After 16 weeks you said “hello”.

Hello to you too son. You’ve had your first word, and if your like me you’ll want the last word.

But you won’t get it.

Oh no.

I don’t think so.

Not today.

Or tomorrow … 🙂

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September 25th, 2005 at 7:26 pm

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Owen scores first home goal.

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Dear Son,

after scoring against Blackburn last week, Owen got his first goal at Saint James’ Park today. Me and your mother are waiting for the goal to be shown on Match of the Day so I can’t comment. You are too busy on the breast to care although you have been watching UKTV History with over the last few weeks, Adam Hart-Davis being your favourite presenter.


Just seen it. It wasn’t anything special but they all count and that’s what counts.

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September 24th, 2005 at 10:10 pm

Posted in Football


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Dear Son,

this morning at around 6am I was changing your nappy, for the whole time you were preoccupied with the radio alarm clock. Maybe it was the red LED numbers that caught your eye as red tends to get your attention. This got me thinking about how you will view technology when you’re older.

When I was a kid digital watches were the height of technology. When they first came out you pressed a button on the side of the watch and the face would light up and show you the time with a red LED. The LCD watches came out and I got one for Xmas 1980. It told the time, the date and had a stop watch as well so I could time events. It even had a programmable alarm. I think this was when I became obsessed with the correct time because the watch told the full time : hours, minutes and seconds. We had a teletext TV that told the exact time so I could sync my watch everyday. Around 1984 I bought another digital watch for myself. This had 24 hour display, hourly chime (it could be set to beep every hour or every 30 minutes), a count down, stop watch and you could wear it whilst diving. All over the UK on the hour various beeps would be emitted from wrists. At the time I could see no future for analogue watches.

I got my first computer when I was 12 years old, a year after first getting a games console. Games for our Atari console cost £35 pop in 1982 when that was a lot of money, I still think it’s a lot of money now. A mobile phone is more powerful than the Sinclair Spectrum that arrived in 1982, so is an iPod. In fact my iPod Mini has a 4 gigabyte hard disk, the first Intel computer I bought in 1992 had a 40 megabyte hard disk and you couldn’t get bigger at the time.

When your cousin Lewis was born I took the early train to Newcastle and then another up to Hexham and took some pictures using an APS camera. They were developed using a one hour service the following Monday and scanned that evening and uploaded to the web. Digital cameras existed in 1999 but were very poor quality unless you had a few grand to burn.

Within minutes of your birth I had sent a picture of you to Uncle Phil using my phone and two hours after you were born I had published pictures of you on the Internet. When Lewis was born the one hour developing of photographs was a minor miracle and APS photo’s came back with a contact sheet which at the time was thought of as advanced.

You live in an age where the Internet will be ubiquitous to the extent that it will disappear. For us TV got better when a fourth channel was added, cable and satellite TV were a revelation. Your Great Grand Mother Cleaver wasn’t impressed when she first saw television. They were showing tennis and the picture quality was poor. “You can’t see the ball” was her considered opinion.

For some of us who grew up recording stuff off the radio the video recorder was a must have item. Now they are being slowly phased out as people use hard disk recording instead. That will become old hat some day soon as we have TV on demand already. Trails have started for TV on mobile phones, which also double up as MP3 players and cameras.

What ever comes next you will find normal, you don’t know a time before the Internet, mobile phones and digital cameras and when you hear us grown up’s telling stories about these times you’ll think we are old farts. And you’ll be right.

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September 24th, 2005 at 9:58 pm

Posted in Technology


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Dear Son,

last night it was the MOBO awards – music of black origin.

This title is a load of rubbish for many reasons.

Firstly human being as we know them started life in Africa and those people were black. Therefore everything we know from fire to the Hubble Space Telescope is of a black origin.

Secondly they ignored the largest population of black people in the world – African’s – until 2005. They don’t seem to have a category for anything black that comes out of South America and they completely ignore the whole of the Caribbean except for Jamaica. Jamaica has given the world reggae but little else. Trinidad and Tobago has given the world Steel Pan, Calypso and given London the Nottinghill Carnival.

You would think that Jamaicans invented carnival and brought it to London with the Windrush. Calypso came on the Windrush with Lord Kitchner, possibly the worlds greatest calypsonian. But he was born, bred and became successful in Trinidad before coming to the UK. That aside when record shops are trying to sell carnival music over the Nottinghill Carnival season they stuff an area full of Jamaican CD’s and deck the area in Jamaica flags. The Canboulay rioters spin slowly in their graves.

But back to the MOBO’s and their other great crime – sucking up to American music. Obviously they have to keep their sponsors happy and to do that they have to have a high profile, so big American stars are invited and get their arses licked. The whole of English culture, including the input from foreign shores, is prostituted to the corporate agenda of the music business. Just like the fast food industry, they want to homogenise music so that everywhere you go you hear the same old over hyped crap. Anything original or different and unable to provide big enough returns to keep the music execs in nose candy is ignored or killed. I once watched a German music program and witnessed some German rap music. In between the German words could be heard the words “bitch” and “hoe”. How long before there is no corner of the world untouched by the culture and beliefs of the USA? There are places where children can get a carbonated soft drink with plant extracts but can’t get clean water. The MOBO’s are part and parcel of this process.

If you are having an awards ceremony that recognises only black music and therefore mainly black artists; are these same artists then excluded from awards that don’t discriminate based on ethnic origin? The MOBO people will claim that they champion “urban” music and not black music but this falls down on two counts : why have the world “black” in the title and why then do they ignore Pan? Steel Pan is urban music, especially in Trinidad and through out the UK as well.

But what do they mean by “urban”? Mega rich, big car and house? I’m confused son, maybe I’m too old to understand.

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September 24th, 2005 at 8:21 pm

Posted in Culture

Trevor Phillips

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Dear Son,

Trevor Phillips, the head of The Commission for Racial Equality has been talking again and this time he has been talking about Britain walking into an ethnically segregated future. He suggested that schools should be used stop this happening, not by forcing schools to take people from out of their areas but moving catchment areas or even moving schools.

I was a bit confused when I first heard of what Trevor Phillips was going to say. This is the same man who thought it would be a good idea for black male pupils to be taught separately.

So does he still think that separating pupils based on their enthnic background is a good idea. And where would you go to school? Two and a half days at the white school and two and a half days at the black school? Make no mistake, once separate classes for black boys were started there would be an outcry that from ethnic group X that their children were behind ethnic group Y and that they should have separate schools as well.

From the BBC web site:
GCSE results in England show that “black African” girls are scoring higher grades than “white British” boys.

If we are to have black boys educated separately then surely white boys should more help than black girls? Black girls should get the less able teachers to even things out? Where do we start and where do we end?

We already have segregated education in the UK. We have schools that are reserved for Jewish children only. Anyone can convert to Judaism and then send their children to a Jewish only school but how many do? Not that many to make a statistical difference. Anyone can become a Muslim or a Sikh but the same number who convert to Judaism convert to these religions – they are linked to a pupils ethnic origin.

This country doesn’t have open borders so we can guess with a high degree of accuracy someone’s parents or grandparents country of origin by their stated religion. Muslims will be from Pakistan or Bangladesh, Hindus will be from India, Sikh’s will also be from India. We do have a problem with West Indian religions but I’m guessing that they will be Catholic.

So when we hear talk of “faith schools” we are actually talking about ethnic segregation as these “faith schools” have to be situated somewhere as pupils can’t commute for a couple of hours everyday just for school. So if we have a Muslim school in a Bangladeshi area then the pupils will be of Bangladeshi extraction. Children of other ethnic backgrounds who live amongst them will not be welcome at that school.

The sooner “faith schools” are closed down the better, this will do more to aid integration than any other scheme devised. It is also worth noting that the biggest attribute that affects a child’s ability at school is the income of their parents. The richer the parents the better the child will do. So if anyone is serious about increasing standards at school they should eradicate poverty. Simply introduce a top rate of income tax of 150% for people who earn more than 200k a year and spend the money on education and housing.

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September 23rd, 2005 at 4:40 pm

Posted in Politics

New faces for the Toon

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Yesterday was a good day in the transfer market for the Toon. Michael Owen signed on a four year contract, Jenas moved to Spurs for £7 and Nobby returned from Aston Villa. As part of the Nobby deal James Milner went the other way on loan.

A few weeks ago I was very down beat about Newcastles chances this season and the first few games of the season proved my worst fears correct. But with these signings I am now hopefull of a strong finish. Some defenders in January would be nice as well.

I still have my doubts about Greame Souness but a trophy would put that to bed.

Howay the lads!

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September 1st, 2005 at 7:21 am

Posted in Football