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The UN Human Rights Committee Should Mind It’s Own Bloody Business

Posted in America, Britain, Child Abuse, Child Discipline, European Union, News, Parenting, Teen alcohol abuse, Teen Violence, Teens with tags , , , , on 25/07/2015 by floroy1942

I was angered yesterday when I read that the U.N. HRC is telling the British Government to ban all smacking of children as a form of discipline. The commission was ‘surprised’ to hear that corporal punishment had not already been banned in the country.

UNHRCThe report says,”The state party should take practical steps, including through legislative measures where appropriate, to put an end to corporal punishment in all settings, including the home, throughout (the) United Kingdom. It should encourage non-violent forms of discipline as alternatives to corporal punishment, and conduct public information campaigns to raise awareness about its harmful effects.”

Are these people living on the same planet as the rest of us? I would like to know what forms of ‘none violent’ punishments they think will work with todays British children.

So UNHRC! How Do You Handle This Little Devil?

So UNHRC! How Do You Handle This Little Devil?

In Britain these days if you tell a child not to do something they take no notice, or in many cases tell you to ‘F’ off! So what are you supposed to do in such a situation? Tie them to a chair and lecture them on good manners and doing as they are told? Don’t make me laugh! I rather think that many of the idiots who come out with this garbage don’t have any children themselves, or if they do, they are brought up by a Nanny because the parents are too busy pontificating to do it themselves.

It is a totally different scenario from when I was a child in the forties. Children in general were well-behaved, they were respectful, honest and did as they were told by their parents because they knew that if they didn’t they would get a smack. Very few got into trouble with the law, and if they did it was for silly things that kids do as a prank.

It is a sad fact that we currently have a ‘lost’ generation of teens and young people who really do not know where they fit in in society because they have not been brought up correctly. Very often, if you want to know where your child is today, go to their room and you will find them in front of the computer or on their smart phone trading nonsense with others on Facebook or the like.

Kids Playing In The 1950's

Kids Playing In The 1950’s

What happened to the days when young kids went out to play with others instead of just lounging around?

These days, everywhere you look you will see youth on their phone, walking down the street or at a table in a cafe. But, take away this essential apparatus and they wander like mindless sheep not knowing where to go or what to do. In our local shopping centre I have lost count of the number of people who have almost walked straight into me because their whole concentration was on texting someone on the phone.

 On The Booze Already?

Nine Or Ten Years Old On The Booze Already?

Today many of the teens and youngsters are totally out of control, depending on drugs and/or alcohol for enjoyment. Some are extremely violent, fight on the streets, steal anything they can, and kill without remorse, so you try chastising them with words!

The British crime rate for those under thirty is the highest anywhere in Europe, and this includes rape, robbery and murder! Never in the history of this country has there been so many brutal killings, murders and rapes every year, a few carried out by young children, and many by teenagers.

In One Ear And Out The Other

In One Ear And Out The Other

So why do you think this is? Could it be that we have not sat our children down often enough and given them a good talking to on discipline as the UNHRC suggests, or could it be that children have quickly become aware that we can do next to nothing against them if they do wrong because of the anti-smacking laws. You work it out!

You cannot get away from the fact that if you wish to have a well-behaved child who turns into a responsible and hard-working adult you need discipline at a very early age. You can tell a child a hundred times and they will take no notice, but one small slap on the behind or back of the leg and they get the idea immediately. This system has worked for centuries, but now suddenly its a No! No!

I freely admit that in the past there have been parents who have gone over the limit with chastisement and have been excessively cruel to their children, but that is not a good enough reason to ban it altogether. Every day there are car accidents – should we therefore ban all cars??? No of course not, common sense has to prevail. Wherever there are cases of child abuse go after the perpetrators but don’t ban all forms of discipline!

On The Times I had It At School, It Stung For A Short Time But NEVER Did Me Any Harm.

On The Times I Had It At School, It Stung For A Short Time But NEVER Did Me Any Harm.

During my childhood I had the cane from the Headmaster a couple of times, and my step-dad gave me the slipper across the backside a good few times for misdemeanors. It did me no harm, but taught me never to do it again.

Later in life when I brought up my own son and daughter I used proper discipline from very early on. In the beginning I found with my daughter for example that a very light slap on her leg and a stern look was enough to warn her not to do something. By the time she was three I never had the need to touch her. If I told her not to do something she didn’t because she knew I meant what I said. My son took a little longer, (boy’s will be boy’s) but with a few light slaps to the legs he did as he was told.

I am happy to say they both grew up to be exemplary adults, and never got into trouble or did drugs or alcohol.

My wife and I started with them very young and they quickly learned to do as they were told without fuss, and most importantly, without resorting to any violence. It is essential to start as soon as they are able to understand, but keep the punishments very mild. They will learn very quickly and then a warning look is all that is needed.

Heed The Message

Heed The Message

This business of sitting your child down in front of you and having a conversation with them about what they have done wrong is pure rubbish. There is only one system that makes the necessary impression on a child’s mind and that is a slap on the leg or behind. When they actually feel it the message goes home. Anything else is a waste of time.

I am however deeply against those who go too far with children. I believe that those who go beyond a mild slap should be punished to the full extent of the law. There is no excuse to brutalize children for whatever reason.

These namby pamby do-gooders need to know the value of proper discipline with children to ensure they grow up to be worthwhile members of society, and not clogging up our prison system.

Roy.

Raising A Generation Of Whimps!

Posted in America, Britain, Child Discipline, Children, English Schools, Modern World, News, Teen alcohol abuse, Teens, UK with tags , , , , on 07/06/2015 by floroy1942
Cheltenham Ladies' College

Cheltenham Ladies’ College

I could hardly believe what I was reading when a news report said that Cheltenham Ladies’ College, a girls school in Cheltenham, was considering dropping homework for students over the next five years because it was causing them depression. Instead they would get weekly meditation classes.

I have always maintained that if you pay proper attention in school, instead of, for example, writing text messages under the desk, you will learn all you need to learn. But, I do have to say that teachers today leave a lot to be desired in their methods. In my day, if you didn’t understand something you held up your hand and the teacher would explain until it was as clear as glass. Nowadays, many teachers don’t take the time to explain things to those pupils who don’t fully understand, and that is presuming they know enough about their subject to be able to.

Sir Anthony Seldon, Headmaster At Wellington College In Berkshire

Sir Anthony Seldon, Headmaster At Wellington College In Berkshire

Sir Anthony Seldon, headmaster at Wellington College in Berkshire, said in an interview that “mental health is a massive problem in Britain in schools and universities”. He said it was good the school was doing something about the problem, but doubted if banishing homework was the answer. He went on, “Life is stressful. Adult life is stressful, so unless we teach them to cope with that we’re not going to prepare them to cope in the adult world. That’s what schools are about – helping children learn to become adults, to learn to take responsibility themselves, rather than pampering young people.” Oh how right you are Sir!

Many people today are unable to handle even a little stress, and that is mostly due to their upbringing, or more likely, lack of it. Most children today are spoiled rotten by their parents, but when they get introduced to life’s problems they have no clue on how to handle it, and before anyone mentions it, I know there are exceptions, but the majority of youth can’t handle real life when they grow up because they have not been shown how to.

Depression

Depression

The main problem with kids today is that they get everything handed to them on a plate. When they cannot get what they want, like a laptop or the latest mobile phone they sulk and get depressed. Most often they cry  “All my friends have one. Why can’t I?” This philosophy has many drawbacks, for firstly it does not teach them the value of anything, and secondly can cause the deep depression that so often leads to drugs, and/or alcohol abuse.

Headteacher Eve Jardine-Young of the Cheltenham School said the average age at which depression was first diagnosed had fallen from 29 in the 1960s to 15-and-a-half early this century. She said, “What we’ve been reflecting on a lot in the last few years are the big national trends and international trends in the worsening states of adolescent mental health. We’ve created this epidemic of anxiety for ourselves as a society, and if our obligation as educators is to try to the best of our ability to set young people up as best we can for whatever the future may hold, then to ignore this whole area or to trivialize it is really irresponsible.”

This Is No Way To Escape Facing Real Life

Binge-Drinking – This Is No Way To Escape Facing Real Life

Personally, I doubt that stopping homework is going to cure the problem, for all it will do is make these youngsters less likely to use their brains and increase their desire for ‘an easy life’. Young people today have no idea whatsoever of what they will have to face when they eventually leave school and have to work for a living.

This is one reason for the drug epidemic we have today. Instead of having the mental strength to face what life throws at us they turn to the only escape they know, drugs, or in many other cases, alcohol. Go through many towns and cities in Britain on a Friday or Saturday night, and you will find many teens comatose on the pavement or getting into a fight on the streets. For them alcohol is an escape from the problems of living in today’s society, but in the long term it does not help.

Teachers Need To Interact More With Their Pupils

Teachers Need To Interact More With Their Pupils

As a parent it is your responsibility to educate your children in such a way that they can understand that life does not hand them everything they wish for. Naturally the schools are part of this process, for children need to know that they must work hard to get what they want, and it begins with a good education. Teachers must be able to spot those having trouble with the lesson material and do all they can to make them understand.

If the children/teenagers are getting depressed because they cannot handle homework then the answer is not to stop it, but to make them understand that it is an essential part of their education. It will make them think, and use their brains to come up with the correct answers.

Life As A Teen Is One Big Party - But Wait Until The Crunch Comes!

Life As A Teen Is One Big Party – But Wait Until The Crunch Comes!

If I went to work and was feeling somewhat depressed I would not expect my boss to say, “It’s OK Roy. Take a couple of days off until you feel better!” Ha! Fat chance of that happening. Life today is full of pitfalls and traps that can cause people to feel insecure, but you must have the mental strength to overcome these problems and move on. Something today’s generation seems to be lacking.

The sad thing is, as we move forward in time and these youngsters have children of their own, the problem will get even worse because they will have no idea on how to handle such a situation with their own children because their parents let them down.

It's Time For Parents To Take An Active Interest In Their Children

It’s Time For Parents To Take An Active Interest In Their Children

If you wish to bring a new life into the world then you must be prepared to guide them as they grow up, and teach them that life is not the proverbial ‘bowl of cherries’ by preparing them for the hardships of becoming an adult. Teach them to recognize right from wrong, teach them that to get anywhere in today’s world you must have knowledge and be ready to work hard. Most of all, teach them that drugs and alcohol are not an escape from life’s problems.

I think that unless something drastic is done to educate our children in the correct way, and prepare them properly for adulthood, we are headed for major problems in the future. May God help us all.

Roy.

One Up For France

Posted in Britain, Child Abuse, Child Discipline, European Union, News, Parenting, Police, Teen alcohol abuse, Teen Violence, Teens with tags , , , , on 08/03/2015 by floroy1942

It would seem that France is not bowing to pressure from the rest of Europe on an important issue. It concerns a law that was accepted by the rest of Europe but not by the French, and for that I applaud them, for they at least are showing common sense.

images (1)You may be wondering what I am on about so I’ll tell you. This post concerns France’s refusal to enforce the ‘no-smacking’ rule for children that has cascaded across the world ever since Sweden first banned it in 1979. It is now forbidden to use ‘corporal punishment’ (i.e. smack a child) in 44 countries across the world, but to date France refuses to back it. I think they have the right attitude.

I still remember the old saying: “A smack in time stops a crime” and its as true today as it ever was. During their formative years children must learn right from wrong, but few do these days. If they do not, we end up with a mess like we have today, where teenagers and young adults are the cause of a good proportion of the crime in society today, run wild whenever they feel like it, drink excessively and take to drugs.

The Statistics Tell It All

The Statistics Tell It All

It is essential to teach from a very early age what is acceptable behaviour and what is not. If you begin early enough just a light tap on the hand or buttocks is enough to teach them right from wrong. Naturally, I do not advocate ‘beating’ a child for that is over the line.

With my own children I used the prescribed method from the time they learned to walk, and a light slap on the buttocks was necessary only two or three times and they learned quickly. When my wife or I said they should not do something they stopped immediately. In later years they both conformed to the norms of teenage and adult behaviour without a problem. I am happy to say they both turned out to be exemplary adults who never turned to drink or took drugs.

People's Opinion

People’s Opinion

In contrast to this, a brother of my wife used the ‘no-smacking’ rule and his boy was such a nuisance that the family told him to leave the boy at home when he came to visit. He used the old and tried method on his second son and he was as good as gold.

When I look at the world today, I see Britain’s youth in particular, running wild on the streets especially at weekends when they all go out drinking to excess. There are fights in Disco’s and on the streets and the Police are constantly trying to stop them. We have children as young as nine or ten committing murders and many of today’s’ teenagers hang around on street corners in gangs looking for likely victims and even robbing convenience stores on the High Street. Teenage crime has gone through the roof since I was a child, in fact crime in general has escalated to levels unheard of in my time.

GoodI blame the ‘Anti-Smacking’ Laws that have all but made it impossible to teach a child discipline, honesty and respect when they need it most. This fact is most noticeable these days in the general attitude of many who think of themselves first before considering the needs of others.

It is true that in the old days some parents overstepped the limit when it came to child chastisement and were excessively brutal, but in general these were few and far between in my experience and certainly did not warrant a blanket law for everyone, but it happened and now we are stuck with the consequences.

So all things considered, I applaud the stance taken by France where normal child chastisement is allowed. I hope they continue with it and not bow to outside pressure from the E.U.

Roy.

The Science Of Child Spanking

Posted in America, Britain, Child Abuse, Child Discipline, Children, Modern World, Parenting, Teen alcohol abuse, Teen Violence, UK, USA with tags , , on 13/01/2013 by floroy1942

Scientists are losing touch with reality, that’s my opinion of today’s report on research published in the autumn 2012 Journal of Family and Marriage by researchers Andrea Gromoske and Kathryn Maguire-Jack into the psychological effects of spanking recalcitrant children.

Child Temper Tantrum

Child Temper Tantrum

The researchers believe that giving a very young child a smack across the bottom when they are naughty will make them more aggressive around age three, and lead to depression at age five. What a load of hogwash! I have never subscribed to the belief that you should not smack your children when they misbehave and I never will. At the age they are talking about a light smack is all that’s required to get the message home. It should never be necessary to give a small child a walloping on the backside because I believe that is bordering on child abuse.

Naturally Kids Are Against It

Naturally Kids Are Against It

Over the past thirty years, parents have been told they should never smack their children by people who are ‘in the know’, and look what has happened in the world. These ‘do-gooders’ have forced their opinions onto everyone and had laws put in place that actually forbid you giving your child a smack when they misbehave. Instead you are supposed to use psychology on children and tell them what they did is wrong and they should not do it again, but if they ignore you as most do, what then?

No Discipline

No Discipline

When this idea first gained a foothold in the seventies one of my brothers-in -law at the time used this approach with his first born son. He turned out to be a right little B&*T+*D and many of the family told him to leave the child at home if he came to visit. As you would expect, with his second child everything changed and he turned out well!

Binge Drinking Be-gets Violence

Binge Drinking Be-gets Violence

Many of today’s teenagers, are extremely aggressive, have little or no respect for anyone or anything, ‘binge drink’ and more often than not take drugs as a way out because they are unable to handle the normal stresses and strains of life. Many wonder why!

People have forgotten the basic fact that baby’s are like a blank slate and everything they learn comes from us, their parents. It is up to us to teach them the essentials in life like respect for others and the law, honesty, reliability, disappointment, and the basic ability to shoulder the many ups and downs of life in general.

Your Child?

Your Child?

The massive failure of parents over the last thirty years has led us to today where many teenagers turn to drugs as an escape from life’s troubles, get into gangs, steal, and in general look for an excuse to ‘have-a-go’ at the police as is witnessed regularly by rioting teens. In my opinion, any parent who really cares about their children would make the effort to teach them right from wrong at every opportunity. If as a parent you are not ready to do this, you don’t deserve to have children.

The trouble is, it often takes a smack across the backside to enforce the message, and this is what the scientists are saying is making very young children aggressive, and turning 5-7 year-olds into depressives. Poppycock!

Old Style Discipline - And It Worked!

Old Style Discipline – And It Worked!

Parents have been using this form of discipline for centuries and it has worked ninety-nine times out of a hundred without children having the symptoms these researchers describe. When a young child starts to get aggressive this must be got out of them at the first sign in the firmest way. They have to learn from a very early age that aggression is not the way to get what they want. That is why you have to be strict with children from the very beginning, for then they learn quickly and it no longer becomes necessary to repeat a chastisement. Given the opportunity, all children will get aggressive if they think they can gain by it – it’s human nature after all.

Embarrassing?

Embarrassing?

In countless supermarkets I have seen many young children throw a tantrum because they want a bag of crisps or sweets off the shelf and mother doesn’t want to give it to them. More often than not, as the child screams and shouts, she cannot be bothered to stand her ground and gives way. Naturally, the child learns that if they throw a tantrum they can get what they want and the seed is sown. Here a soft smack on the back of the hand or leg makes the point that they cannot have what they want when they want it and they should behave. Shouting at them to behave achieves nothing. But of course now we could get in trouble with the law because if you chastise your child in this way in public, there is always some ‘holier than thou’ arsehole who thinks they know better and calls the police. The answer is to either go outside or find a quiet aisle.

All Grown Up And Ready To Face Life

All Grown Up And Ready To Face Life

When my two children were growing up they both got a few smacks across the buttocks when they wouldn’t listen and in fact I even used a slipper with my son on a couple of occasions. I only needed to chastise them in this way three or four times and after that they took notice when I told them something. I never went in for child abuse or anything even close and I abhor those that do, but I taught my children all the qualities that are required of people and I am happy to say they both turned out to be exemplary adults, honest, hard-working and respectful. You never saw my son hanging around on a street corner wearing a hood and causing trouble for passers-by.

This Approach Will Never Work On Its Own.

Don’t Waste Your Breath Madam!

So I am afraid these scientists have got it dead wrong in my opinion. I have always believed that it is essential to draw a line on what is and is not acceptable behaviour, and make children understand what they need to know to be a success in life. It’s the old saying: “If you give them an inch they will take a mile”. The kind of message that is being sent out by this ‘research’ is extremely misleading and inevitably many parents will consider it ‘The Holy Grail’ of parenting. They will find out in future years when their off-spring go off the rails.

Roy.

‘Milking’ – The New Teen Craze.

Posted in Britain, Child Discipline, Children, England, Insanity, Modern World, Teen alcohol abuse, Teen Violence, Teens, UK, USA with tags , , on 05/12/2012 by floroy1942

To watch a video of some idiot pouring a pint of milk over his/her head makes me think that as a race we have finally lost all our marbles. ‘Milking’ is just the latest in a long line of crazy things that today’s youth seem to find ‘cool’, and to reach such depths I guess they must be bored out of their gourds. The following links will take you to some of these crazy stunts:

http://youtu.be/qtJPAv1UiAE

http://youtu.be/rObgXiQEV8g

This latest craze is as mind-numbing as ‘planking’ and posing as owls, but thankfully not as ridiculous as jumping from a fourth or fifth story balcony into a swimming pool below. This latter prank led to the deaths of many teenagers here in Spain who, while on holiday, thought it would be ‘cool’ but ended up splattered all over the tiles surrounding the pool. The following link will show you how dangerous this stunt is:

http://youtu.be/UJBWDFPgNQg

Teenagers have a lot to contend with these days I know, but most of their problems are centred around the fact that they have no real direction in their lives. For this I blame society, but mainly the parents. If you really care for your children, as a parent you are obligated to instill three basic rules into your kids: Respect – Honesty – Responsibility. Sadly today most if not all are sadly lacking. As a parent, try and remember the last time you had a heart-to-heart with your child about these three requirements for a responsible life style? Can’t remember – I’m not surprised!

Because these three basic principles are missing from teenagers today most have little or no respect, even for their parents let alone society. Their lives are so ‘directionless’ they do not know what is required of them. Its all about binge drinking, drugs and violence these days, and if your child is not involved in one or all of these they are usually tied to the computer. The period of going out and having a good time without getting ‘smashed’ or lost in drug haze has disappeared in the mist of time, probably never to return. Why is this? The simple answer is that the three basic requirements mentioned previously were never taught.

So where do we go from here? Good question – but one thing is sure, teenagers will continue their quest for the insane, zany and ridiculous because they have nothing better to do. Perhaps in a few years time the YouTube sensation of the year will be a video of some young teenager topping himself just for the sheer hell of it. Impossible, I don’t think so.

Roy.

The High Cost of Teenage ‘Binge’ Drinking

Posted in Britain, Children, England, Teen alcohol abuse, Teen Violence, Teens, UK with tags , , , on 03/12/2011 by floroy1942

The Facts Speak For Themselves

A shocking report out yesterday from the health campaign group Balance has finally put into perspective the results of UK teenagers ‘binge’ drinking. The high consumption level of alcohol among today’s teenagers reached the point long ago where it became a national disgrace, but now, after research by this group, the the real dangers are becoming clear.

 

Cirrhosis Patient

The medical profession has become increasingly worried by a 400% increase in alcohol related liver disease over the last eight years. This figure compares with a 61% rise nationally, and is related to persons between 30 and 34. In  2002, 89 cases were reported in North-Eastern England alone, but this has now risen to 189 last year. Balance highlighted the fact that many cases are among young people in the age group 20 to 25, and some are as young as 11. Quite rightly, doctors describe the results as an epidemic.

Balance Director Colin Shevills said; “It is particularly concerning, as here in the North East we have the highest rate of 11-15-year-olds who drink in England and the highest rate of under 18s admitted to hospital because of alcohol.”

Life's Great! - To Hell With Tomorrow

I still remember what it is to be young and brash, and to feel that it will never happen to you, but the drinking habits of Britain’s’ teens has gone way beyond the reasonable. As a teenager you think only of the moment and don’t even worry about the hangover you will have in the morning, but many are now finding out there is a price to pay, and it will affect the rest of their lives. For a young life, with hopefully a long a fruitful future ahead, the news that you have an incurable liver disease will be devastating.

Typical Saturday Night

To try and reason with teenagers on such a subject is useless, for they naturally enough I suppose, feel as if they are invincible, something we have all felt I guess. Many 20 to 30 year-olds are now being diagnosed with terminal liver disease, and at such a young age that is tragic, but there always come a time when you must ‘pay the piper’.

Alcohol Related Deaths Rising

One particular case quoted in the report is of a 41 year-old ‘party animal’ who drank 3 bottles of wine plus lager a day, and now suffers from cirrhosis of the liver and will be taking close to 100 pills a week for as long as she lives.  The pills will not cure her sickness, but only keep it in check, hopefully. She also spent almost half of the last two years in hospital and her liver could fail at any time. Cirrhosis sufferers have a very poor quality of life, and never know when their liver will fail completely, which of course leads to death.

Three For the Price of Two?

According to many experts, the problem has developed because of the availability of cheap alcohol in supermarkets and other places, and of course non-adherence to the laws forbidding the sale of alcohol to persons under age. Part of it is also the lack of future prospects felt by much of today’s youth, trapped as they are, jobless because of poor education standards due to the failure of the education system in Great Britain. Parents must also share a major portion of the blame for not exercising proper parental control. Something that seems to be out of fashion these days.  

Top of the League

In many British towns and cities the Saturday night picture is always the same, teenagers vomiting and urinating in the street, and the park benches and pavements littered with comatose drunks. Of course there is also the question of young girls getting ‘wasted’ on a Saturday night and finding out shortly after that they are pregnant. Britain has the highest rate of unmarried teenage mothers in Europe. Let us also not forget the violence that often accompanies ‘binge’ drinking.

The Body Can Only Take So Much Abuse

It’s a sad snapshot of life in today’s Britain and the likelihood of the pattern changing in the near future is bleak. Only a tiny few will perhaps read the report in the newspapers, and those that do will ignore it as being something that will never affect them. Well, let’s face it, liver disease is something old people get. Right!

Roy.

Britain’s Drunken Youth

Posted in Britain, Child Discipline, Children, England, Parenting, Relationships, Teen alcohol abuse, Teen Violence, Teens, UK with tags , , on 24/04/2011 by floroy1942

Once again Britain is in the news for all the wrong reasons. A report out today by the think-tank Demos, shows that British girls are the biggest drinkers among females in the developed world, and for that you can read ‘on the planet’.

Early Start On The Road To Hell

A third of all 13-year-olds questioned by the survey team from YouGov stated they had been drunk at least twice, and one in three aged between 11 and 21 said they had drunk so much they had lost control and/or thrown up. As if that is not enough, half of all 15 year-olds said they had been drunk at least twice, which is double the average for other OECD countries where these statistics are gathered. Researchers reported that many drank to excess because (a) it made them feel good, and (b) they could forget all their troubles.

Binge-Drinking UK:

It has been known for many years that much of British youth are often obnoxious drunken louts, which is evident from the general attitude of foreigners who witness their antics when they go abroad on holiday. My wife and I live in Spain, and every year during the holiday season we see the same spectacle repeated over and over. Just one look at the faces of passers-by is enough to see their disapproval.

Good Night Out Last Night? – I Have No Idea!

Young girls dressed up like tarts (which seems to be the fashion at the moment) yelling their heads off, shouting insults at each other and passers-by with mouths full of foul language like no other. And as if that is not enough, they care not where they empty their stomachs of the excess of alcohol, and are as likely to urinate in the street too. Make no mistake, the young males are just as bad, but according to the report, they do not rank as high as their female counterparts.

One Careless Night Out Can Ruin Two Young LIves

The Demos report links the high consumption of alcohol among young women with the dramatic increase of teenage pregnancies during the last decade or so, another point where British scores are highest. It goes without saying that a drunken girl is more likely to have sex with some young stud feeling ‘hot under collar’ than a sober one. Some 11% said they had sex without a condom and the same number said they regretted it later. The number of young girls giving birth has rocketed in recent years, some as young as twelve or thirteen.

It does not surprise me that the report indicates most of the blame for this current behaviour can be laid at the feet of the previous Labour government. It was Labour who brought in the longer opening hours for pubs, bars and clubs, and admittedly, this would not have been a problem in any country other than Britain. But so fixated are the British youth on booze that all they see is the opportunity to stay out all night drinking.

A David Attenborough ‘Tongue-in -Cheek’ Look At Binge-Drinking:

A Regular Sight On A Saturday Night

More to the heart of the problem I believe is the steady erosion of family life in the UK, where parents have no idea what their children are doing, where they are, or who they  are with. The parents are usually sleeping blissfully, untroubled by their offsprings whereabouts when they stagger up the garden path at 3 o’clock in the morning, and make a dive for the toilet to throw-up.

The steady increase in the number of broken homes has also had its impact on teenage behaviour, as they often feel they have no-one to turn to when they are troubled. The survey shows that for many, drinking is an escape from all their problems.

Young people rarely have anyone to talk to about their troubles because the parents as a rule do not have the time, or the inclination to sit and talk to them, and for this reason they must find their own way, which sadly is often the road to ‘binge-drinking’.

The Labour tactic used to address the growing problem was government messages to ‘Drink Responsibly”, which naturally fell on deaf ears.

Parents And Binge Drinking:

In The Cold Grey Light Of Dawn!

The Demos report suggests that the government should do more to prevent people under the drinking age  from obtaining alcohol in any form. They suggest that TV and Internet advertising of alcohol should be banned, but to be honest, I do not see that solving the problem.

Social attitudes must change, and parents need to make more effort in becoming involved with their children by giving them better guidance as they start life’s perilous journey. But there again, considering the shortfalls of the present generation of parents, who will be fit to do this?

Roy.

Young People Today Unemployable?

Posted in Benefits, Britain, Budget Cuts, Child Discipline, Children, England, English Schools, Equality, Government, Human Rights, Immigration, Insanity, Modern World, MP's, Parenting, Parliament, Political Correctness, Primary Education, Primary Schools, Teen alcohol abuse, Teen Violence, Teens, UK with tags , , , , , , , , , on 05/03/2011 by floroy1942

It will come as a surprise to many that UK business people consider most of our youth unemployable.

According to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), 76% of executives agreed that young people lack the skills necessary for today’s business world, and not surprisingly, they blame the education system in the UK. They claim the country is heading for a significant skills crisis that will eventually damage the economy.

Their main concerns are young people’s lack of discipline and poor timekeeping (61%), a shortage of workplace skills (63%), and a bad attitude coupled with lack of ambition (66%). Naturally, this does not apply to all young people.

Sign of the Times?

I for one do not subscribe to blaming only the education system for the current crisis, as I consider modern social attitudes a major contributor. We are deeply entrenched in a period in history when our youth often requires, and is given, everything handed to them on a plate, and more importantly, many consider it their right! Sad as it may be, that is the general consensus of opinion among much of our misbegotten youth of today. Ever heard the phrase “I want it, and I want it  now!!!”

Children today have become so privileged they don’t need to do a darned thing to earn the things they want: “I had to buy my son a computer because all his friends have one!!!” – Sound familiar? I heard this from a close friend.

Friends of ours have a three-year-old girl who has so many toys, their house looks like a toy store. When received she plays with them for a few minutes and then they lie untouched, and if this continues, and it probably will, how is the child ever to value anything in the future?

This sort of thing has led to the attitude we see in many today who believe life owes them a good living. This is the fault of the parents alone, who must bear responsibility for this current viewpoint among some of today’s young people.

Exam Time – But I Know I’ll Pass!

To be sure, the poor standards of education are just another nail in the coffin if you will, for there is little doubt that standards have dropped drastically over the past three decades. The previous Labour government was to blame by continually making exams easier in an effort to massage the pass rates for GCSE’s etc. If you want to look good in the eyes of the public and show how well the education system is doing,  just lower the pass rate until everybody passes!

This attitude may have made the government look good, but when I see the levels of English in many of today’s young people it makes me shudder. They have been let down badly by the education system, for by far the greater majority are now semi-literate by old standards. They can’t spell for toffee, and as for putting a dozen words together to make an intelligent sentence, forget it! Have you ever seen ‘Teen Speak’?

You may be interested in a blog I wrote some time ago on this subject:

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2009/06/20/its-not-mi-falt-i-carnt-spel/

As a further example, take a look at the comments some people post on web page news items and you will see what I mean! Sometimes even the news items themselves show disgraceful errors.

See What I Mean?

In my opinion, not all problems within the education system can be laid at the door of government, for another contributing factor is the extremely poor standard of teachers. Many are hired before they are even qualified.

In my day, a teacher knew his subject inside out and you could ask any question and get a proper answer, today however, it seems some teachers do nothing more than quote from the lesson material book with little understanding of the subject in depth. Should some enterprising student ask a question they have to “look it up”.

I apologize in advance to those dedicated individuals in the teaching profession who do not fall into this group, for I know full well there are good teachers out there.

Yet one more facet to this saga is the interference of the ‘Bleeding Hearts’ Brigade (Human Rights/Politically Correct idiots) in our education system. Along with the collusion of a weak government of the time, they successfully stamped out any form of discipline in our schools by having laws passed that forbid any form of punishment for not paying attention, disrupting classes or even refusing to learn.

Physical Attacks a Daily Occurrence

Over the past two decades, more than 50% of teachers have at some time or other been attacked in the classroom by unruly pupils, some even with a knife! This is an intolerable situation, even more so because the current laws forbid any form of punishment. These same laws have given us a legacy of undisciplined youth that knows it cannot be touched, and feeds the rate of illiteracy like nothing else for they cannot be bothered to learn in school.

The Future For Many

There is without doubt a huge shock awaiting many of the current generation when they finally leave school and try to get a job. You can be fairly certain that too many will swell the queues outside the local Dole Office for they will be unemployable in anything but menial tasks.

So, because of our lack of foresight in educating and disciplining our young, we are creating a huge future burden on the Welfare System that may well be unsustainable. Not only that, and far more dangerous, we will become dependent on importing those with the necessary skills to work in industry, while our own people do the menial jobs that require no qualifications or skills.

The big problem is, can we go back to how it should be? I think not for it is next to impossible to go back!

Roy.

Any Excuse For Thuggery? – The Student Riots.

Posted in Britain, Demonstration, England, English Schools, Free Speech, Germany, Government, Insanity, Justice, Modern World, MP's, Parliament, Police, Police Complaints, Prison, Riot, Teen alcohol abuse, Teen Violence, Teens, UK with tags , , , on 12/12/2010 by floroy1942

Last week saw the centre of London turned into a battlefield once again as students rioted in protest over the increase in tuition fees. As usual it turned nasty, with major property damage and an attack on members of the Royal Household.

The Peaceful Part of the Student Demonstration

Any demonstration, organized for whatever purpose in the UK today, is hi-jacked by a criminal element intent on ‘having a go’ at the police, and causing as much damage and destruction as possible just to satisfy their own warped lust for violence.

That there were tens of thousands of peaceful demonstrators at this event is beyond question, but sadly, as usual, it was the criminal element that got into the news.

Among much of the youth in Britain today, there is an underlying current of violence seething just below the surface that finds an outlet when good people take to the streets to protest against something they perceive as wrong. The end result is always the same, a pitched battle with police that escalates into innocent people being caught up in it.

Is This What We Want on Our Streets – Anarchy?

Among a crowd of 100,000 peaceful demonstrators, less than 100 thugs can turn the event into something reminiscent of a war zone in a matter of minutes. It is true to say that many people, initially innocent, start getting aggressive trying to protect one or more of ‘their’ number being arrested by the police, and so it escalates.

What these ‘innocents’ do not seem to understand, is that the person or persons they are trying to defend from the police are there for the express purpose of causing violence, and turning the whole event into a riot.

I am convinced that those responsible for initiating the violence last week have never seen the inside of a university, and probably never even finished secondary school. These are the type of people responsible for much of the thuggery in our towns and cities, and who spend their time selling drugs, getting drunk, stealing cars and anything else that is not nailed down. Most will without doubt become inmates of HM prisons.

Students or Thugs? I Think the Latter!

The police have issued photo’s of those individuals they have been able to identify as troublemakers. If you wish to have no more repeats of last weeks violence and know them, you should turn them in.

It is worth noting one of the comments attached to the following Daily Telegraph video report which reads as follows:

hey kids, lets learn how to kick the shit out of riotpolice:

A) coppers hate it when u splinter, coz they cant manage every splinter group. splinter like fuck!

B) coppers can’t see through there visers and shields if you spray paint in there face!

C) potassium nitrate+suger+naga jolokia (chilli) is your home made C.S gas (strong enough to fend off elephants)

D) thermite (easy to make and not illegal!)

E) petrol bombs, ad oil or styrophome (makes it sticky)

F) wear black

any questions?

It should be obvious to even the most dull among us that considering the atrocious use of the English language the writer is not a student!!! This is a prime example of why you too should back our police force against this rabble instead of complaining when they do the job we, the general public, ask them to do.

YOU Will Have to Pay For the Replacements! – Happy?

Because no-one, least of all their parents, has seen fit to give these malcontents a sense of direction in life they turned to the easy way of making money i.e. crime and violence. I am sure they are hooked on the adrenaline rush they get from destroying things they see they can never have.

There is little doubt that, as in other demonstrations, the mayhem witnessed had nothing whatsoever to do with the increase in tuition fees at universities.

At each successive demonstration more and more violence is aimed at the police, but sad to say, the public in general always sees them as the culprits. After a pitched battle in the city centre, where tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage is done, with scores of policemen as well as demonstrators requiring hospital treatment, the following days headlines trumpet stories of police brutality and heavy-handed tactics. Sorry! But I for one don’t fall for that crop of bullshit!

Maybe This is Why Your Insurance is Sky-High

Throughout history we British have boasted about our ‘Thin Red Line’ holding back hoards attackers, well, now we have the thin blue line and as a nation we should get behind them. During this last demonstration the police tell us their helmet visors were deliberately splashed with paint(Ref. above comment), forcing them to lift them so they could see. As soon as the visor was lifted they were savagely pelted in the face with rocks or billiard balls. Many suffered serious injuries as a result.

But do we hear this action condemned? No of course not, instead everyone is complaining about police attempts to confine the violence and destruction to a small area with a tactic called ‘kettling’. This means the police work to confine the violent demonstrators to a small area and thereby stop them from running wild throughout the centre of London.

 

It is a very effective tactic for which many shop and business owners should be grateful, for was this not enforced the damage would have been very widespread indeed. Who can tell how many shop fronts and cars would have been destroyed if these people had been free to roam the streets at will.

The sad thing is, instead of praise for confining the acts of destruction, the police were heavily criticised!

For the Police A Hopeless Task

It must seem to many that whatever the police do in such circumstances they cannot win public confidence. I rather think that if I was Chief Constable of London I would keep all my officers off the streets during the next demonstration, and let people see what happens when the thugs are given free rein. Then you will hear the screams of condemnation across the entire country with cries of; why didn’t the police do their job? You can’t have it both ways folks! Either you fully back the police when they try to keep the peace, or you don’t. But if you don’t, then quit moaning when your car, shop or house is vandalised during demonstration violence.

When their hands are constantly tied, and their efforts to maintain order vilified, why should they risk serious injury on our behalf?

The instigators of the violence are well aware of the press reaction after they have had their fun, and know full well that the police will bear the brunt of the blame by supposedly ‘inciting violence’.

Alfie Meadows

This weekend a youth was hit with a police truncheon and later required brain surgery. Needless to say it was banner headlines in the gutter press with cries of police brutality. Yet, no-one, and I repeat no-one, has yet questioned what the situation was prior to the incident, and what caused the policeman to lash out. For all we know the young man may have been about to bash in some policeman’s head with a rock and it was a defensive action. But no! Without any of the facts being presented the police get the blame for brutality. Either way, the young man does have my best wishes for a good recovery, and should it be proven the blow was unjustified the one responsible should be dealt with.

Not a Thug? Then Why The Mask?

Over the last few years our law enforcement body has come under constant attack by demonstrators for their supposed heavy-handed tactics, but in my opinion, if you are bent on violence and destruction “You Reap What You Sow”.

I am sure the organizers planned a peaceful demonstration, but the problem is, it’s practically hopeless trying to prevent it being hi-jacked by the criminal element. It is becoming impossible to separate the thugs from the people who just wish to make their voices heard. Once news spreads of any planned demonstration, those who get their kicks from violence turn up from all over the country relishing the idea of causing mayhem once more.

German Police Water Cannon in Action

I am of the opinion that our police forces should be given the same powers as German police. Violent demonstrations in Germany are usually over quickly, because the police are allowed to use proper containment and crowd dispersal tactics that here would have everyone screaming police brutality.

It is time our police were also allowed  the use of water cannon on the streets of our towns and cities when demonstrations become ugly. The time for pussy-footing around with this bunch of trouble makers should be ended once and for all.

On the Receiving End of Demonstrators Wrath At the Government

The fact that Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles got caught up in the violence will I am sure be thoroughly investigated. From the fierceness of the attack one would imagine that Prince Charles was solely responsible for the increase in tuition fees. It is shameful that such acts should be perpetrated against a future king on the streets of London.

It makes me think that Britain as a country has lost its soul and is descending into the dark pit from which it will never emerge. God help us all!

Roy.


Age Challenged (politically correct) Exodus

Posted in Britain, England, Immigrants, Modern World, Old Age Pensioner, Senior Citizen, Spain, Teen alcohol abuse, Teen Violence, Teens, Travel, UK with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 06/03/2010 by floroy1942

Good-bye Britain

It would seem those with the most common sense, and can afford it, are leaving Britain in droves. And why not? Statistics published today by the Home Office reveal that people over the age of 55 are emigrating as fast as they can get their bags packed. The main reasons are, fear of crime (but Gordon said…….), the weather, and the ‘creaking economy’. The Home Office graph shows the sharp rise in emigration since Labour came to power. No surprises there!

Only this last week Gordon Brown was castigating the Conservative Party for stoking people’s fear of crime in an effort to win the election. According to our erstwhile ‘I’m in touch with the people’ Prime Minister, this was all a pack of lies! Could it be then that all the emigrants are Tory voters who were conned by David Cameron?

Drunken Violence

Take a walk through the centre of any town or city of a Saturday evening if you dare. The drunken teenager culture so prevalent in English life today means you will more likely end up in the casualty department of your local hospital rather than back at home. When you consider that you are not even safe in your own home there has to be a point when people say enough is enough! But not to worry folks, it’s all Tory propaganda!

English Winter

No-one can fault people for wanting to get away from today’s dull, grey and wet English weather and exchange it for a life in the sun, you would be mad if you loved English weather! Like me, most over 50’s will remember when summer’s were real. First the awakening of Mother Nature after her winter sleep with the woods (we had them then) carpeted with snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells, followed by three months of balmy warm weather slowly moving into autumn and harvest time as the leaves turned all colours of brown. Not any more, climate change has taken care of that. Now the British people, and others, are faced with major storms, snow and ice, and not to forget the annual flooding that has become a main feature of English weather.

Spanish Winter

As far as the ‘creaking economy’ is concerned, life must surely be better somewhere else. Gordon Brown, along with the aid of the bankers, has driven the country into debt to the tune of billions of pounds, and its anybody’s guess as to when the economy will recover. But immigrants are still given thousands of pounds in handouts which they should not be entitled to (some to pay for the £2 million houses they are living in) just so Labour has their votes.

John Bull

Quite rightly, most people in this age group feel that Britain has lost its national identity and is unrecognisable from the country they grew up in. They have seen the gradual erosion of the British way of life, sucked out by the Labour Party since it came to power. In those far off days crime was so low that it wasn’t even necessary to lock your door when you went away on holiday. My grandparents never did, but try that today and you will find your house empty when you return.

The Home Office figures reveal that a staggering 42% of people over 55 wish to leave for sunnier climes, and 38% hope to do it in the next 5 years. The most favoured places for ex-pats are France, Spain and Cyprus, with many considering, or have moved to, Australia and New Zealand. It is certain that the unexpectedly high exodus of the moment is but a drop in the ocean compared to what it will be in five to ten years time. By then I fully expect the percentages to increase dramatically as people get so fed up with it all they do not even wait for retirement.

It all goes to prove that this once mighty and proud nation is finished. Ethnic Britons might just as well get out and leave the land to the immigrants and their ‘masters’, the Labour Party. History has shown that the glory of any nation is but transitory, and now it is the turn of Britain.

Last One? Turn Out the Lights!

I once joked, ‘Will the last Englishman to leave the country please turn out the lights’. Little did I realise the time for ‘lights out’ was so close. Sometime within the next twenty years the immigrant population in the UK will be high enough for them to take over completely and when that time comes I can see a mad scramble for the boats.

There will be many who think I am mad because of my views, but Hear Ye!, many people thought Enoch Powell was mad when he made his famous speech in the House of Commons, and he turned out to be right! History will prove one of us right!

I shouldn’t be so gloomy, after all at my age it hardly matters. Does it?

Roy.

Gordon, You’re So Out of Touch!

Posted in Britain, Elections, England, Immigration, Justice, Muslim, Parliament, Prison, Teen alcohol abuse, UK, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 03/03/2010 by floroy1942

Praying for a Win?

Gordon Brown has once again proved how out of touch he is with the people of Britain. In a speech given to the Thames Valley Police last Monday he had the gall to suggest the ‘fear of crime’ by the population was nothing more than a political ploy by the Tories! What planet does this guy live on?

Fear of crime has been one of the main causes of concern for people in all walks of life for a decade! People no longer feel safe walking down the street of most towns and cities in the UK, and certainly not in their own home. Since the rise of the drunken yob culture in Britain it would be a brave man or woman who walks through the town centre on a Saturday evening. And yet, our esteemed Prime Minister thinks it’s a Tory ploy to get more votes.

Labour has been soft on crime ever since it came to power, in fact, it has exasperated the situation with its immigration policy because many of those responsible for the crime wave are immigrants. The Justice System is on the verge of total collapse due to his governments policy of releasing prisoners early and giving shorter sentences to ease the prison overcrowding instead of building more prisons.

Edlington Twins

Someone who commits cold-blooded murder gets less time in prison than a caring relative who assists a terminally ill patient in great pain to die. Career criminals are given community sentences which most of them ignore, and vicious torturers like the Edlington twins will be out in less than five years with a new identity.

He told the Thames Valley Police that in the last ten years prison sentences have ‘gone up’. What were they prior to that, zero? The number of repeat offenders who were released early has gone up dramatically since Labour swept to power in 1997, but nothing has been done to get these people off the streets.

Habitual Criminal Walid Salem

The case of Waled Salem the Egyptian career criminal who was caught by millionaire Munier Hussain and finally taught a lesson is a fine example, a lesson I might add that saw Hussain and his brother go to jail and Salem let off!

Prisoner Tag

Now Labour is apologising to jailbirds who will not be released early under the cancelled End of Custody Licence (ECL) Scheme and offering them early release with a tag. Under the ECL scheme, prisoners were released up to eighteen days before completion of their sentence, but under the new plan, they would be released up to four-and-a-half-months early! I can hear the cheers from the prisoners from here!

Another bone of contention brought to light yesterday by Lord Cary, a former Archbishop of Canterbury, accuses the government of ‘a strident and bullying campaign’ to marginalise Christianity in the name of political correctness. He said; “We have reached a point where politicians are mocked for merely expressing their faith….I cannot imagine any politician expressing concern that Britain should remain a Christian country. That reticence is a scandal and a disgrace to our history”.

Outspoken

Speaking before the Christian Broadcasting Council he highlighted two cases of people being victimised because of their faith. Olive Jones was sacked from her position as teacher for offering to pray for a cancer patient with whom she was working, and Caroline Petrie, a nurse in Somerset was suspended for offering to pray for a patient on her ward. She was later reinstated after a public outcry.

He is not the only one of our top clergy to express such a view. Last month Dr. John Sentamu the Bishop of York made his views known with the following; “Christianity is being pushed out of public life in a ‘ferocious and insidious manner'”.

Just how far down this ‘Politically Correct’ path are we expected to go. The government is without doubt backing this ridiculous practice, and so are the courts. Are we to remove all signs of religion in the country so we don’t upset the Muslims. Must they rule our country? Unless drastic steps are taken to reassert the rights of Britons in their own country, they will be within a few short years. They are already well on the way to achieving complete domination of local and national government.

Its the same old ‘elections are near’ bullshit from both the major political parties who are trying to dazzle, or more likely ‘con’ us into voting for them. As usual they pump out the same old rhetoric of how they alone are capable of ‘saving the nation’, but its all a smokescreen because once they are in power all the promises will be forgotten and it will be ‘business as usual’.

The Labour strategy of allowing in hundreds of thousands of labour supporting immigrants has kept them in power for far too long and now it is time they were put out to graze. They have done more than enough damage to our homeland, damage which I am sorry to say, may be irreversible.

David Cameron

No government in the history of our nation has done as much damage to our once proud nation, and so successfully sabotaged all the sacrifices made by previous generations to keep our country great. It is time for them to be consigned to history with the hope that the next government has the guts to salvage what is left of our land and our culture before it disappears into history. Whatever you do, don’t expect ‘Smoothie’ Cameron and his bunch to change anything if they win the election.

May God have mercy on us all!

Roy.

National Military Service – A Cure For What Ails Us?

Posted in Britain, Child Discipline, Children, England, Justice, Prison, Teen alcohol abuse, Teens, Theft, UK with tags , , , , , , on 18/01/2010 by floroy1942

Yahoo’s editor has posed the question in his column: Should the UK reintroduce national service in the Armed Forces? In the last decade Britain’s youth has become the most savage on the planet, and it is clear that neither government policies, nor the intervention of all the ‘limp wristed’ Goody Goodies have made an iota of difference. The British justice system is in tatters, with the courts incapable of handing out proper sentences for crimes committed by youths because the prisons are overcrowded or the Law considers them too young. The best the Government and Courts have been able to come up with is the infamous ASBO or Anti-Social Behaviour Order, which only places certain restrictions on them. These have become so ineffectual that they are viewed by most toe-rags as a badge of honour and are completely ignored anyway.

So what is the answer? Is the reintroduction of national service the solution to sorting out these malcontents once and for all? In short, I think the answer is yes, but not as we have known it in the past.

Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Greece have all reintroduced national service successfully to combat youth crime and the ‘yob’ culture. So why not Britain?

Comments on the news column show that many people are afraid their loved ones, once committed to national service, could end up in places like Iraq and Afghanistan and this fact is turning people away from the idea. To make this work a compromise is needed.

It has been suggested that young criminals be given the choice of jail time or serving in the army, with repeat offenders having the choice removed and being committed to serve a fixed term.  This could work in some cases but not all. The compromise suggested earlier would mean that young offenders be given the assurance they would not be sent to a war zone during their period of sentence. That takes care of parents concerns.

But what of the time spent in the Army? David Cameron of the Tory Party has suggested a non-obligatory period of six weeks for all 16 year olds, note the non-obligatory! Six weeks could never provide the necessary deterrent with violent youth because just as the malcontents got used to the idea they would be free with insufficient time to learn anything useful. Young criminals would need to spend a minimum of nine months in the loving bosom of the Army before any sort of character changes could manifest themselves. Within that time, it is fairly certain the constant application of strict discipline could begin to change the way these people think of themselves, and their place in society.

Each ‘soldier’ could in that time be fairly accurately judged by their instructors as to whether they are fit to re-enter society. If they are deemed not to have learnt anything they stay in until they have. Simple.

But what of the army? What could they do with all these nasty individuals? We are constantly hearing the army is under-manned and there is insufficient manpower to fight two wars, i.e. Iraq and Afghanistan. I am sure that handing over some of the UK Base tasks to the criminal element after sufficient training, would make more manpower available for the front from our volunteer army. But what jobs? Well, how about Transport, Administration, Security, Supply and Catering just to quote some examples. These are jobs that do not require intensive long drawn out training and could be done by many criminals. The added advantage is it would teach them a trade for use when they are released.

So how could you be sure those working in ‘Supply’ for example, (thinking they have been handed a golden opportunity to make some money on the sly) don’t start selling army property behind everyone’s back? Well, after finishing their ‘Basic Training’ and before any of them start becoming productive, they should be given a guided tour of the the National Military Detention Centre at Colchester. Just the sight of what goes on in that military prison will scare the pants off them. Normal prisons are holiday camps by comparison (well, come to think of it, they are anyway). After all, why should they not be subject to military justice while serving their sentence? If they do not break the rules they have nothing to fear.

There would of course need to be one major change to army thinking. The new ‘softly softly’ attitude to recruits would have to go out the window for the detainees. A soft hand with them would make the whole exercise a wasted effort. They need the iron fist to instil the normal  attitudes of decency, respect and responsibility that the rest of us take for granted. There are more than enough drill instructors who would love to put these misfits through the hoop.

The hard cases will only respond to men who are tougher and stronger than they are, and in any army drill instructor they will meet their match. It’s the story of the ages; power respects power! I am sure any low-life who thinks he is tough will soon wilt when he is doing a ten mile run through the Cairngorms in pouring rain with a 30lb pack and an Army instructor yelling at his heels.

I am no psychologist, but I am fairly sure that nine months of army training will make for a more mature and responsible citizen. Once these young people have finished their ‘sentence’ they could be given the choice of staying in.

Some readers may now be thinking they have found a flaw in my plan, because many of the youth criminals today are as young as 10 and 11 years old. Does that matter? Naturally, there are ways to downscale the action plan to cover these junior horrors. Many of them think they are tough anyway, and their age is no reason to go soft on them because they are only 10 years old. If they are old enough to commit murder, as many have, they are old enough for a taste of junior army life.

One concession to their age could be made by making them do only six months instead of nine months or a year. No! Young as they are, they can still turn out for inspection and parade at 06.00hrs every morning just like army recruits. If they spend the day learning to march, to keep themselves and their environment clean plus continuing their education under strict supervision they are sure to learn the error of their ways. Many of the normal infantry training tactics used in the army today such as physical education and assault courses, scaled to fit the trainees of course, would be a benefit in teaching them to work as a team, to help and respect each other. After all, if it can work in other countries, why not Britain?

There will always be the few hard cases who think they are tougher than the system, and some will run away because after all, an army camp is not a prison. But that’s OK, 48 hours in a real army prison will soon make them realise that co-operation is the best way out, and 48 hours is all it will take.

All this would place a burden on the army, and would be expensive to set up, but consider this! In the medium to long term, how much government money would be saved by getting these criminals off the streets, along with the eventual major reduction in the crime rates across the country? I am well aware that the Upper Brass of the Army has already said it is against the idea of the army being used as a sort of ‘prison service’, but what other effective solution is there. I am sure that with the proper organization this whole plan could be made to benefit the Army in many ways.

Life in  the army can be hard, and training would be structured such that we would eventually get back to the situation where criminals, once they have been through the mill, will not return to crime for fear of having to go through it all again. As in the old days, the only way to fight perpetual crime is to make the punishment such that criminals will not wish to subject themselves to it again.

Say what you will, but the best deterrent for crime is the fear of punishment.

The days when a youth can commit murder and get away with it because of his/her age has to end. Only then can we all live in peace and without fear of a group of youths hanging around on a street corner. It is time we stopped being soft on criminals or we will end up with total anarchy.

It’s time for positive action, but who will dare?

Roy.

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