Archive for July, 2013

The ‘Right To Die’ Debate

Posted in America, Britain, England, Europe, Government, Health, Human Rights, Justice, UK, USA with tags , , , on 31/07/2013 by floroy1942

The Right To Die

The question is: Should a person with no ‘quality of life’, due to disability or an incurable disease, have the right to end their own lives with or without the help of others? This problem has been bouncing around the legal system in many countries for decades, and currently we still have no satisfactory solution. Some nations like Switzerland, where euthanasia was made legal in 1942, take a more understanding view than others of the suffering that such people undergo. In America, Britain, and many other European nations, with the exception of Holland and Belgium,  governments stick to the letter of the law.

Swiss Assisted Suicide Rates 1998 to 2009

Swiss Assisted Suicide Rates 1998 to 2009

I can fully understand the stance of people who are completely paralyzed and can do nothing without help, along with those who must suffer excruciating pain every day wanting to end it all. In such circumstances many of us would feel the same, but sadly the law does not agree. Under British law, If a person in such a position were to be assisted in ending their suffering by a family member or friend, the law seldom takes action, but anyone with a medical background, be it a doctor, nurse or carer would immediately be charged with murder.  That just does not make sense!

I believe the law should recognise that it is better for someone to die in the controlled environment of a hospital where their passing can be made easy, than taking the desperate measure of being placed in a Muslim area with a placard insulting Allah around their necks. The latter would be effective, but I think I would certainly prefer a hospital bed.

Results Of A Pew Research Centre Poll In 2005

Results Of A Pew Research Centre Poll In 2005

The big problem as I see it, is that the law does not have a clue about the suffering that such people go through. You have to imagine being in a wheelchair for example, not being able to move a muscle and not being able to do a single thing for yourself like eat, drink, turn on the TV or go to the toilet. Every second of the day you are dependent on someone else for things that you took for granted before tragedy struck. Imagine being in excruciating pain every minute of every day without end. I am not sure I would have the fortitude to withstand such a thing, so I can fully understand the desperate need to have a dignified end to a life that is no longer worth living.

On top of your own pain and anguish is that of your loved ones who suffer with you. Imagine if you will what a loving wife or husband must go through, having to be there every minute of every day doing everything for you except breathing. Such a situation does not destroy one life, it has the same effect on those closest to the patient. I am seventy, and thank God in reasonable health, but I would hate to be such a burden to my wife.

Better To Fade Away With Medical Help

Better To Fade Away With Medical Help

Without doubt, it is time for the government and the Justice Ministry to take a look at this ‘crime against humanity’ and re-assess the laws guiding assisted suicide. I am sure that with reasonable consideration and debate, a satisfactory system can be worked out that allows such things in a controlled manner. I truly despair at the people who demonstrate against such legislation, and it would be poetic justice if at some time in the future they face this heart-rending situation themselves. After all, they shoot horses don’t they, so why should a human being suffer just because of some out-dated law.

Roy.

Hire Brits Over Immigrants? What A Joke!

Posted in Benefits, Britain, Children, England, Europe, Immigrants, Parenting, Primary Education, Teens, UK with tags , , , , on 29/07/2013 by floroy1942
Matthew Hancock

Matthew Hancock

I had to laugh when I read the comments made by Tory Business and Education Minister Matthew Hancock that companies should hire British citizens over immigrants. I fully agree with the sentiment, but to be honest, its practically impossible.

If, as a business owner, you had the choice of an immigrant capable of doing the job with the absolute minimum of training over a Brit who’s education standard is so low he may never learn to do the job, which would you choose? Sure, there are many qualified people in the UK, and if they are not lazy, or benefit cheats, they demand high wages, whereas an immigrant will do the job for a lot less money. So again, which would you choose?

The Effects Of His Mismanagement Of The Education System Now Become Apparent

The major slump in our education system, fostered and nurtured by the previous Labour government under Tony Blair, has made the majority of UK residents below the age of 45 practically unemployable for many skilled jobs. The majority, and in particular the young, cannot read or write properly and have the aptitude of an ass for skilled work.

I read quite often the comments people put on news stories on the internet and I am dumbfounded at the poor writing skills of many. It is clear that to string an intelligent sentence together for them is an impossibility, and as to the spelling skills – forget it. Example: “r u going to the disco?” – answer – “No I ar’nt, u?” While the language as per the example above may be fine for speed typing on the phone, it is not the language to use on a CV, which many bosses have reported seeing.

Immigrant Worker

Immigrant Worker

It was interesting to note that under Labour 74% of jobs were being filled by immigrant workers, whereas under the Coalition, that figure has dropped to 55%. Thank God that someone has at last had the common sense to ensure more British jobs for British people, but naturally that figure must be lowered even more.

The ‘fly in the ointment’ however is that next year we will be forced under EU Rules to accept immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria. I cannot speak for the Bulgarians, but from personal experience during visits to Romania I can tell you that they are reliable and hard-working. I am sure many bosses will want to hire them, providing they can learn our language.

The Knock-on Effect Of The Blair Years

The Knock-on Effect Of The Blair Years

Many UK bosses have already said that much of today’s youth is utterly unemployable.  To say that much of today’s youth in Britain are dim is understating it by a long way.

But the sad thing is, it’s not restricted to the youth, for many middle-aged people cannot spell or string an intelligent sentence together.  A portion of today’s UK workforce are lazy and prefer to live off the ‘Social’ rather than go out and work for a living. What is really sad is that the core of highly trained professionals in industry are getting older and will soon be retiring, if they haven’t already, and that will be the end of the British engineering and manufacturing industries without the influx of highly skilled foreigners from Europe and the rest of the world.

I had to chuckle when Matthew Hancock said more effort should be given to training local people for jobs. It really depends on the job though doesn’t it. If its carrying crates of vegetables from a truck into a warehouse its not a problem, even an ape could do that, but what if its a complex machining job like lathe work requiring accuracy measured in thousands of an inch? What then!

Apprenticeship 1950

Apprenticeship 1950

I do agree with one statement Hancock made, that apprenticeships should be brought back. This system of training for young people can be traced back to the 12th Century when young boys began  a training programme that would take them to adulthood when they were able to start out on their own. Although conditions changed over the years, the system was in place until the late 1970’s when it died out, mainly due to the decline of British manufacturing industries, caused in the main by the Unions running the country and demanding ever higher wages.

Micrometre - Today's Youth Would Not Even Know What It Is!

Micrometre – Today’s Youth Would Not Even Know What It Is!

The main essential point behind the scheme was to provide industry with a ready pool of skilled workers capable of doing complex jobs immediately. The system worked very well, and in it’s heyday made Britain a world leader in manufactured goods and engineering. The scheme is still struggling along in some sectors but is a shadow of its former glory. We need it back, desperately, for that is where our fully trained and competent workers of the future will come from.

Sadly, with the education standards today being what they are, with many youngsters struggling with basic reading and writing it will be a profound struggle. We need a government that will knock our education system into shape and get our children learning what they should in order to climb out of this pit Labour dug for us.

Back When Teachers Knew Their Subject

Back When Teachers Knew Their Subject

But then we come across another problem, and that is the education system itself. How can we expect to teach our children all the right things when many of the teachers couldn’t teach a cat to pee! I am well aware that many of them do a good job and are fairly well trained, however, there is an increasing number of untrained teachers taking over classes and that should not be allowed to happen. If many teachers were to take a GCSE or higher level exam in their chosen subject it is not certain that all would pass.

Years ago, when teachers were real teachers, knowledge came from their head because they all knew their subject off by heart and books were rarely used, whereas today it all comes out of the book. Take them away from most of today’s teachers and they are lost, because in many cases they just quote the book. Years ago if you asked the teacher a question he/she would give you the right answer immediately because they knew their subject inside out.

Raising Standards - That Would Help!

Raising Standards – That Would Help!

So that leads us to the conclusion that before we can revitalize children’s knowledge, we have to start training teachers properly so they are fit for the job.

Another thing that must be done is review the national curriculum. This business of skimming over such subjects as geography and history is detrimental to the overall education of any child. At least one foreign language should be a part of the national curriculum for obvious reasons. It should be German, French or Spanish, not as some bright spark in the government suggested last year, Chinese. Every other European nation teaches at least one, and often two or three languages as part of the curriculum. We do not have the right to the arrogant stance that “Oh everybody speaks English!”

Impossible Unless We Increase Education Among The Young

Impossible Unless We Increase Education Among The Young

It will be a long road before British people can join the job market in a serious way because we must first get our teachers capable of teaching properly, then begin with teaching our children in a very serious way all they need to know. Only with these two steps will we be able to ensure that our future generations become employable in a modern world. Otherwise the rest of the world will blindly pass us by.

Roy

Whatever Happened To Honesty And ‘Truth’?

Posted in America, Britain, Children, Christianity, Justice, Parenting, Police, Religion, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 28/07/2013 by floroy1942

Rahoy - WHAT? Spanish Politicians Are Not Corrupt!

Rahoy – WHAT? Spanish Politicians Are Not Corrupt!

Over the past few years there have been various examples of famous people like Strauss-Kahn (who denied prostitution charges and is now charged with pimping), and the current Spanish Prime Minister Rahoy, who denies corruption charges (not proven – yet), who prove beyond doubt that honesty and truth are all but dead.

Finally Caught? Maybe!

Finally Caught? Maybe!

The word ‘truth’ has little meaning today, for everyone from politicians to the man in the street will never own up when they have done something wrong. The two ‘gentlemen’ mentioned are by no means the only public figures to be caught out, there have been many cases in Britain and other countries too, for they all do it. Criminals, and particularly killers, who have been literally caught in the act all plead ‘Not Guilty’ in court.

Do I need To Elaborate?

Do I need To Elaborate?

But it extends much further than that, for governments, and their opposing groups, will all fabricate the number of dead and injured in, e.g. a civil war to suit their purpose. Prime examples are the Syrian government when they tell us the rebels have killed ’80 people and 30 children’ just for the propaganda benefit, or use chemical weapons and say it was the rebels.

Hamas have always grossly exaggerated the number of civilians killed in Israeli attacks purely for propaganda purposes. As you can imagine, the Press play a major roll in this for they too sometimes boost the figures and certainly exaggerate the women and children deaths in such conflicts to increase circulation. Its become a pattern that has spread across the world.

Muslim Brotherhood Violence In Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood Violence In Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt are falsifying the number of people supposedly shot by the Army during demonstrations. I can just imagine the conversation: “The government is reporting 6 dead and 14 wounded in our last demonstration”. To which some bright spark will say: “That’s not enough, let’s make it 50 dead and 70 wounded. That sounds much better!”

As another example, there are few nations in the world where elections can be held without accusations of vote-rigging afterwards. In innumerable countries these charges are made by the losers simply because they lost, and in others it is a fact.

Ariel Castro - At Least He Pleaded Guilty

Ariel Castro – At Least He Pleaded Guilty

Ariel Castro, the American kidnapper, rapist and killer has for many years been the only criminal in a court of law to actually plead guilty, and he did it to escape a death sentence. He had an ulterior motive that saved him from an almost certain death sentence if found guilty after a trial, and he presumably thought it better to continue living in prison than to die. But as to the rest, the days of someone caught red-handed pleading guilty to their crime are long gone.

In most homes, our children lie to us on a daily basis these days. “Have you been drinking”? to which the answer is invariably “No Mum!”, or when home late they will say they were with so-and-so when in fact they were with someone they know you do not approve of.

$1.4 Left On A Bench - Would YOU Hand It In?

$1.4 Left On A Bench – Would YOU Hand It In?

If you found a bag full of money or an iPad on, say a park bench that has been left behind by someone, would you turn it into the police? If you saw the person who had left it behind walking away, would you run after them to return it? Most people today would say No! Many people who find a wallet or purse with money in it just take the cash and drop the item in a convenient waste-bin.

I am from a much older generation where we were taught the value of honesty and truthfulness, and I can assure you that I would hand the bag, purse or wallet in to the police, and if I knew who it belonged to I would return it, but these days I am in a distinct minority with the exception of many older folks like me.

Honesty Is Right

Honesty Is Right

When out and about in the summer I usually carry my wallet and phone etc. in a ‘belly bag’. A couple of years ago I was in a bar with my wife, and after going to ‘water the flowers’ I accidentally left it in the toilet. I didn’t realize until about five minutes later, when a waiter came by and asked a group of about six young Englishmen drinking at a nearby table if it belonged to them. Immediately one of them jumped up and said it was his, but for some reason the waiter didn’t believe him, perhaps it was his eagerness I don’t know, but then he approached our table. I told him it was mine, described what was inside and he handed it over. It was a good demonstration of the dishonesty of very many people these days, and the basic honesty of one, that I will not readily forget.

As a child it was instilled in me that I should always tell the truth, I should not steal, and I should always turn in lost property to the police. Sadly, parents do not seem to take the trouble to teach their children basic honesty these days, and for that matter neither do the schools. In most cases this is because the parents themselves have either not been taught honesty, or have conveniently forgotten it.

Sunday School For Kids

Sunday School For Kids

Part of the reason could be that my generation were brought up in a more Christian atmosphere where practically everybody went to church at some time or other, and we even had religious education in schools. Now-a-days of course many people are atheists, and even those who are not only go to church one time to be married and never darken the churches door again until they die.

Many people today have a strong dislike or an utter disdain for religion and most of the time cannot be bothered to even think about it. We are even afraid to wear a religious symbol for fear of upsetting the Muslims. Say what you like about the old believe in Christianity, but the one thing it taught everyone was a profound respect for each other, the law, and honesty. I am not saying that everyone should start going to church again, but it would be nice if the old values of respect, truth and honesty were to return, but I doubt they ever will.

Roy.

Another Abu Ghraib Debacle

Posted in Afghanistan, Al Quada, America, Arab, Britain, Insurgents, Muslim, Sharia Law, Taliban, Terrorism with tags , , , , on 23/07/2013 by floroy1942

It comes as no big surprise to me that al Quada has launched an attack on Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad Iraq to free 500 of their compatriots awaiting execution. This terrorist group has once again been quietly growing in strength since the death of bin Laden, and with so many of their commanders and top echelon fighters  locked up in cells in this infamous place, it seemed to me inevitable that at some time or another they would make an attempt to free them. This they have achieved with overwhelming success.

Abu Ghraib Prison - Bahgdad

Abu Ghraib Prison – Baghdad

The latest news from Iraq government sources indicate that many of the prison guards were involved in helping the prisoners to escape, and to be honest, that doesn’t surprise me either. In a country suffering great turmoil like Iraq, it is very difficult to know who to trust. Whether the government likes it or not, groups like al Quada have many sympathisers among its population.

So now, not only Iraq, but also Afghanistan, Pakistan and many other nations can look forward to more attacks by terrorists, and who knows, maybe the western world also. We should not make the mistake of thinking this jailbreak has little significance, for it can have a huge impact on future al Quada operations. Many of those awaiting execution were senior commanders in the group and will want revenge, and probably do their utmost to get it.

Sunni Victims of Car Bomb Attack

Sunni Victims of Car Bomb Attack

We are now at a period in history where inter-tribal violence in the Arab world is getting greater day by day. We in the West can only be grateful, for the moment at least, that they are fighting each other and not committing atrocities in our countries. Rightly or wrongly, I believe most of this unrest has been instigated by groups like al Quada, who have clearly changed their tactics from the direct confrontation of the last decade, to the more clandestine approach of fermenting unrest, and  thereby undermining governments.

Terrorist groups, and in particular al Quada, are behind much of the trouble in the Arab world. In this I include Egypt, Libya, and of course Syria. They have for a long time indicated they want Arab countries to be totally Muslim in word and deed, and accept Sharia Law. Egypt is a prime example. It has always been a secular country with a mixture of religions living side by side without one being in a dominant position. Turkey is another prime example where unrest has stirred, initially over the loss of parkland, but later spreading to demand the downfall of the government. In Syria, Assad’s main problem was he didn’t see al Quada operatives coming until it was too late.

Christian Victims of Muslim Mobs

Christian Victims of Muslim Mobs

In other countries like Pakistan, India, Sudan, Mali and some far eastern nations, we have seen the escalation in attacks on Christian communities in the hope of driving them out by inciting inter-religious conflict.

Muslim 'Rent-a-Mob'

Muslim ‘Rent-a-Mob’

You can be forgiven for wondering how I came to these conclusions, but if you think about it, the easiest place to ‘rent-a-mob’ is in an Arab country. It takes but a few whispers in a few ears from insurgent group operatives like al Quada for the word to spread, and before long you have a full-blown riot on your hands complete with all the trimmings. When the demonstrations began in places like Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria for example, I am pretty sure that as the first people joined the core mob they had no idea what it was all about. There is something hypnotic about a baying crowd to Arabs, and they want to join in the excitement. After that it takes little to persuade them they are demonstrating for a worthy cause. Especially if you tell them “It is the will of Allah”!

Britain's Violent Youth

Britain’s Violent Youth

It is pretty much the same with the groups of youth in places like Britain, and other countries, who travel from one demonstration to another to ‘have a go at the Police’, smash things, or do some looting. What starts off as a peaceful demonstration is quickly taken over by the small core of violent youth who want to have a go at ‘The System’, but for them its only because they love violence.

There can be little doubt that if you want to take over a country, the best way to do it is from the inside. This tactic has led to the fall of many Arab governments over the past decade and will continue until the insurgents get what they want, i.e., control of a country. The Taliban tried it in Afghanistan and were thrown back by international intervention, but once the foreign troops leave they will be back.

al Quada Will Be On the March Again Soon

al Quada Will Be On the March Again Soon

Such a massive jailbreak could have been avoided if the condemned prisoners had not spent months, and possibly years awaiting execution. In my opinion, if a person is a convicted terrorist and condemned to death, the sentence should be carried out within days. Had that happened there would have been next to nobody for al Quada to free.

Solves All Problems

Solves All Problems

If a person has had a fair trial and the evidence is overwhelming, why keep them on death row for months or years. The same goes for convicted killers in any country. Some in the States have been on death row for ten years or more. Why?

It will remain quiet for a little while now while the escapees get back to their camps and catch up on what has been happening, but I predict that soon, we will see a new wave of violence.

Roy.

Muslim Law and Rape

Posted in America, Arab, Britain, England, Equality, Human Rights, Justice, Muslim, Religion, Sharia Law with tags , , , , on 22/07/2013 by floroy1942

Anyone who thinks that rape is not ‘condoned’ in Muslim law had better think again. I read with pleasure that a Norwegian woman who was raped in Dubai and sentenced to 16 months in jail for ‘having sex outside marriage’ is to be released. How magnanimous of the Dubai authorities! Mind you, they didn’t have much choice after the international condemnation they received for this farce.

Marte Deborah Dalelv's  - Rape Victim

Marte Deborah Dalelv’s – Rape Victim

Marte Deborah Dalelv’s was sentenced after she reported a rape to the police and was promptly arrested for having sex outside of marriage, drinking alcohol, and ‘lying to the police’. According to Sharia law, before charges can be brought the rape must be witnessed by at least four men or the rapist has to confess, and only then will charges be brought.

In the case of Ms. Dalelv the rapist, a Sudanese was charged and received a 13 month sentence for having sex outside marriage and consuming alcohol. Notice the difference, the rapist gets 13 months jail time and the victim gets 15 months. So much for Dubai justice!

Dubai - Built On Foreign Capitol

Dubai – Built On Foreign Capitol

When you travel to Dubai, you can be expected to honour the standards and traditions of the country just like anywhere else. The UAE is a Muslim country with strong Muslim laws, but they seem to apply more to foreigners than to their own, even though the international business people and visitors outnumber the locals by about ten to one. Most are from America, Britain and the rest of Europe, and contribute hugely to the wealth of the country. Dubai relies on foreign money and would be nothing without it, so why do they come down so hard on foreigners?

Quite rightly there was international outrage at the news that this woman, a rape victim was to be charged with having sex outside marriage. As you would expect, the Norwegian government was the most vocal, followed closely by all the Civil Liberty and Human Rights groups. This action is certainly going to make any western woman think twice about reporting a rape in the future, knowing that she could end up with a prison sentence herself.

It seems to me that women visiting the country should seriously consider wearing an old-fashioned chastity belt complete with a very big padlock. I for one would like to see the face of a Muslim rapist when he sees that!

Dubai Police Car - No Rattling Fords Here. Nothing But The Best!

Dubai Police Car – No Rattling Fords Here. Nothing But The Best!

In my view, Muslim men seem to think they can rape a woman whenever they please because the chances of them being arrested are slim to none, and even then, more often than not, will never come to trial. Really, four male witnesses required for a conviction? I guess if there were only three the rapist would go ahead anyway because there are not enough.

There can be little doubt that Muslim law is on the side of the male in society, for these same laws subjugate women to being mere chattels to be used by men as they see fit. Women have no rights under Muslim law, and we all know about them having to cover themselves totally in case “they inflame the passions of men”! Maybe that is the problem with many Muslim men, they are only capable of thinking with their penis.

Nonsense Time – English Humour!

Posted in America, Britain, England, Europe, Modern World, Travel, UK, USA with tags , , , on 17/07/2013 by floroy1942

If there is one thing that shines out as a British benefit to the world it is their humour. Every culture has its own brand of humour, but none have been exported all across the globe like that of the British.

The following was sent to me by a friend and I would like to share it with you. All were reported in the British press at one time or another, and have been collected together by some unknown person who receives my thanks. Enjoy:

From the British Newspapers: 

Commenting on a complaint from a Mr. Arthur Purdey about a large gas bill, a spokesman for North West Gas said, ‘We agree it was rather high for the time of year. It’s possible Mr. Purdey has been charged for the gas used up during the explosion that destroyed his house.’ (The Daily Telegraph)

Police reveal that a woman arrested for shoplifting had a whole salami in her underwear. When asked why, she said it was because she was missing her Italian boyfriend. (The Manchester Evening News)

Irish police are being handicapped in a search for a stolen van, because they cannot issue a description. It’s a Special Branch vehicle and they don’t want the public to know what it looks like. (The Guardian)

At the height of the gale, the harbour-master radioed a coast guard and asked him to estimate the wind speed. He replied he was sorry, but he didn’t have a gauge. However, if it was any help, the wind had just blown his Land Rover off the cliff. ( Aberdeen Evening Express)

Mrs. Irene Graham of Thorpe Avenue, Boscombe, delighted the audience with her reminiscence of the German prisoner of war who was sent each week to do her garden. He was repatriated at the end of 1945, she recalled. “He’d always seemed a nice friendly chap, but when the crocuses came up in the middle of our lawn in February 1946, they spelt out ‘Heil Hitler’.” ( Bournemouth Evening Echo) 

There can be no doubt that even London Underground train drivers have a sense of humour when broadcasting messages over the train’s tannoy system:

A list of actual announcements that London Tube train drivers have made to their passengers…

1) ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, I do apologize for the delay to your service. I know you’re all dying to get home, unless, of course, you happen to be married to my ex-wife, in which case you’ll want to cross over to the Westbound and go in the opposite direction.’

2) ‘Your delay this evening is caused by the line controller suffering from E & B syndrome: not knowing his elbow from his backside. I’ll let you know any further information as soon as I’m given any.’

3) ‘Do you want the good news first or the bad news? The good news is that last Friday was my birthday and I hit the town and had a great time. The bad news is that there is a points failure somewhere between Mile End and East Ham, which means we probably won’t reach our destination.’

4) ‘Ladies and gentlemen, we apologize for the delay, but there is a security alert at Victoria station and we are therefore stuck here for the foreseeable future, so let’s take our minds off it and pass some time together. All together now…. ‘Ten green bottles, hanging on a wall…..’.’

5) ‘We are now travelling through Baker Street … As you can see, Baker Street is closed. It would have been nice if they had actually told me, so I could tell you earlier, but no, they don’t think about things like that’.

6) ‘Beggars are operating on this train. Please do NOT encourage these professional beggars. If you have any spare change, please give it to a registered charity. Failing that, give it to me.’

7) During an extremely hot rush hour on the Central Line, the driver announced in a West Indian drawl: ‘Step right this way for the sauna, ladies and gentleman… unfortunately, towels are not provided.’

8) ‘Let the passengers off the train FIRST!’ (Pause ) ‘Oh go on then, stuff yourselves in like sardines, see if I care – I’m going home….’

9) ‘Please allow the doors to close. Try not to confuse this with ‘Please hold the doors open.’ The two are distinct and separate instructions.’

10) ‘Please note that the beeping noise coming from the doors means that the doors are about to close. It does not mean throw yourself or your bags into the doors.’

11) ‘We can’t move off because some idiot has their hand stuck in the door.’

12) ‘To the gentleman wearing the long grey coat trying to get on the second carriage — what part of ‘stand clear of the doors’ don’t you understand?’

13) ‘Please move all baggage away from the doors.’ (Pause..) ‘Please move ALL belongings away from the doors.’ (Pause…) ‘This is a personal message to the man in the brown suit wearing glasses at the rear of the train: Put the pie down, Four-eyes, and move your bloody golf clubs away from the door before I come down there and shove them up your  @rse sideways!’

14) ‘May I remind all passengers that there is strictly no smoking allowed on any part of the Underground. However, if you are smoking a joint, it’s only fair that you pass it round the rest of the carriage.’

My sincere thanks to the anonymous person who collected these stories that we can all have a bright moment.

Roy.

Why Do We Not Care For Our Soldiers?

Posted in Afghanistan, Al Quada, Britain, England, Health, Taliban, Terrorism, UK, World War 2, World War One with tags , , , on 16/07/2013 by floroy1942
Afghanistan War

Afghanistan War

I was to say the least shocked when I read a report that more UK soldiers and veterans have died after returning home than are killed in Afghanistan. According to the BBC Panorama programme, last year a total of 50 serving and ex-soldiers committed suicide since returning from the front line where they are fighting the Taliban, whereas only 44 have died in Afghanistan, and 4 of those were not action related.

Of the 50 dead, 21 killed themselves after being repatriated back to the UK, and 29 veterans also committed suicide. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has been accused of giving insufficient care to soldiers who have suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) while engaged against the Taliban. The MOD has remained coy and said only that the suicide rates among serving and ex-servicemen was lower than the civilian rate.

An Unnecessary Casualty

An Unnecessary Casualty

It is true that men in war do suffer severe mental hardship, especially when they are wounded or have a friend blown to pieces beside them by a road-side bomb, as was the case with L/Sgt Collins, a Welsh Guardsman. He was diagnosed with PTSD by the Army and given 10 months of intermittent treatment before being discharged by the doctors. He twice tried to kill himself, but eventually hung himself in a lonely spot in the Preseli mountains in Pembrokeshire.

With all of the extra knowledge the medical fraternity has gained about such problems over the past fifty years, one would imagine our soldiers get decent treatment, but it would seem that such people have been failed by the system.

WW1 - Going 'Over The Top'

WW1 – Going ‘Over The Top’

The stresses and strains of combat in today’s armed forces are somewhat different from that of the young men who went to war in 1914 and 1939, for today there are many more possibilities of the care for soldiers who have suffered mental anguish. In the 1914-18 war any soldier who suffered mental breakdown was ‘shot at dawn’ as a coward, and by the time we went into the Second World War things had improved somewhat, but nowhere near enough.

I do not wish to belittle the standards of today’s soldiers, but in these two previous wars the soldiers had to suffer far more than they do today. Back then there was no six-month rotation on the battle front, for regiments fought until they either died or were ‘almost dead on their feet’ from tiredness before being sent behind the lines for perhaps a couple of days or a week’s rest before being thrown into the fray once again. This went on for more than five long years, and the only real excuse for not being at the front-line was to be severely wounded, in which case you would be repatriated and discharged.

Normandy on D-Day

Normandy on D-Day

The front-line of today bears little comparison to going ‘over the top’ into a hail of lead from hundreds of machine guns and artillery during the First World War, when every soldier knew he had less than a 10% chance of surviving. The same can be said for storming the beaches during the Normandy Landings for example. Many will say that men were made of sterner stuff back then, even though many of our soldiers who came back suffered mental anguish just like today, but the main point is, they were left to deal with it themselves for there was no such thing as PTSD treatment like we have today, and even less understanding of the condition.

Granted, in those days you usually knew in which direction your enemy lay, but today we have hidden enemies with the detonator for a road-side bomb in the hand which does make a difference.

Which ever way you look at it, the MOD should be more able to take care of our serving soldiers and veterans, especially when you consider all the advances that have taken place since the 1940’s in understanding the mental stress of being in battle. When all is said and done, they are all hero’s!

Roy.

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