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What To Do About Mediterranean Migrants?

Posted in Al Quada, Australia, Britain, European Union, Human Rights, Immigration, Islamic State, News, Politics, United Nations with tags , , , , on 14/05/2015 by floroy1942

It will not have escaped your notice that the news is full of stories about the people from many nations trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to get to Europe. They are arriving in the hundreds every week, and with summer coming on you can bet it will only get worse. But what to do about it?

Migrant Routes To Europe

Migrant Routes To Europe

EU President Jean-Claude Juncker - A Difficult Problem But A Solution Must Be Found!

EU President Jean-Claude Juncker – A Difficult Problem But A Solution Must Be Found!

EU President Jean-Claude Juncker has put forward proposals to deal with the problem, but not everyone is in agreement with him. His highly controversial plan would see all E. U. countries take their share of 20,000 migrants over the next two years who would be allowed to settle here. I think the man lives in a dream world because that number will be reached within three more months and then what will he do?  Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May argues that “a quota would only encourage people to come – putting them at the mercy of “evil” people traffickers”.

Well, many countries like France, Germany, the UK, Holland, Belgium and Denmark have already taken in most of the refugees so far, while many eastern European countries have not taken their fair share. Mind you, this is not strictly fair because most of them want to come to Western European nations, often for the perks. But you could say that a more even distribution of these people is a step in the right direction.

The Truth

The Truth

In E.U. circles there is talk of doing something about the human traffickers that make it possible for them to cross in such numbers. For me, this is by far the most important decision, take on the traffickers and put them out of business. But the people on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea like Libya, Morocco and Tunisia do not seem to be too interested in taking any action against them, for they do not consider it their problem because the migrants all want to get to Europe and thereby ‘out of their hair’ so to speak.

So in fact it remains a European problem, but to do anything about it will require the cooperation of these countries, and that is a sticking point. Any real action taken would also have to be sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council, and that will I’m sure be the biggest problem of all.

UK Population Growth Forecast

UK Population Growth Forecast

It is a fact that many of the ‘refugees’ are not refugees at all, but so-called ‘economic migrants’. There is a big difference between those fleeing war and bloodshed and those who come here just to get a better job and live a more comfortable life. One cannot condemn these economic migrants for wanting to better their lives, but the numbers are growing to major proportions, and Europe cannot take them all in. If we did, a third of the entire world would be living among us and that is unsustainable.

The E.U. has rightfully become concerned because of the high death rate among those trying the cross the Mediterranean this year. In 2014 the number of people who lost their lives trying to cross was 3,400 but in the first months of this year a total of 1,800 have died. Half of last years total in just five months. Traffickers are currently abandoning the ships at sea and leaving the migrants to await rescue by European patrols.

Malaysian Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Jafaar

Malaysian Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Jafaar

The European approach to this problem is far different from that of Australia, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaya. In Australia for example, most are returned to their home country, and the other lands mentioned have begun turning away boats full of Rohingya and Bangladeshis that are heading for their shores. “What do you expect us to do?” Malaysian Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Jafaar said. “We have been very nice to the people who broke into our border. We have treated them humanely but they cannot be flooding our shores like this.” This appears to be a lesson that Europe has yet to learn.

To combat this problem the most obvious choice is to deport them back to their home country, but what then of those that are fleeing violence as in Iraq? At the best of times it is difficult to distinguish between genuine refugees and economic refugees. As you would expect, where they come from is a good guide, but that is not always clear.

Who Is To Say They Won't Be Entering Europe Posing As Refugees?

Who Is To Say They Won’t Be Entering Europe Posing As Refugees?

Another major problem for Europe is to distinguish between those who come for help, and those who are members of Islamic State (I.S.) or al Quada sneaking in to start a terror war across Europe. Nothing could be simpler than to hide among a boatload of refugees, most of whom do not have any papers, and claim to be a refugee from the fighting in Iraq or Syria. Without doubt this is a ‘clear and present danger’.  The British government already suspects that hundreds of young men who went to fight for I.S. in Iraq and Syria have returned ‘under the radar’.

The problem of refugees has without doubt become a global problem and the sooner the United Nations recognizes this fact the sooner we can all do something about it.

U. N. Strike Force To Attack And Kill All Insurgents

U. N. Strike Force To Attack And Kill All Insurgents

The most obvious solution is to end the fighting in all these various countries so the people no longer have the need to flee to Europe, Australia or any other nation for refuge. As I have said many times before in previous posts, it is time the U.N. took some lessons from our grandfathers who stepped in to stop North Korea turning the whole Korean peninsular into a communist state. With the modern logistical methods we have today it should not be considered impossible to organize a multi-national force to go into Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Nigeria and any other country with an insurgent problem, and end it once and for all. Once there is peace the refugees can be repatriated to their homeland.

Roy.

What To Do About Returning European Jihadi’s

Posted in America, Britain, European Union, Extradition, Human Rights, Insurgents, Muslim, News, Parliament, Terrorism with tags , , , , on 29/09/2014 by floroy1942

Ever since the rise of Islamic State (I.S.), young impressionable European Muslims have been drawn to join the fight in Iraq and Syria by the hundreds. Quite rightly, governments fear the return of these people, for it is well known they have been radicalized by this insurgent group. Some have died fighting the Iraqi army, but I.S. has bigger plans for them, the effects of which will possibly be felt soon.

Spozhmay, A 10 Year-Old Girl Made To Wear A Vest In Afghanistan. She Was Caught When She Didn't Know How To Trigger It.

Spozhmay, A 10 Year-Old Girl Made To Wear A Vest In Afghanistan. She Was Caught When She Forgot How To Trigger It.

Many have been trained in the making of car bombs, suicide vests and carrying out other forms of terrorist atrocities. It is clear the intention is for these people to return to their home country and begin carrying out attacks on the public and government institutions. This leaves the European governments with a problem that must be tackled, but how?

Reading comments placed on English news items on the internet, shows that the general public is in favour of revoking their passports and not allowing them back into the country.

The Headline!

The Headline! Concentrate On The Headline Fella’s!

Here are a few samples: “The answer to these idiots is simple. they should be sent back to Syria whether they are British born or not and their passports confiscated, end of problem!” “If they are not dealt with very harshly, it will be a disgrace. I think they should be deported back to live with the killers they were with.” “Just send them back to Syria. Why waste taxpayers money on these traitors. Whatever happened to “You made your bed now lie in it.”

Naseer Muthana - U.K. Fighter With I.S.

Naseer Muthana – U.K. Fighter With I.S. – His Message: “So The UK Is Afraid I Come Back With Skills I Have Learned”.

Such actions as those suggested will be fraught with peril however because of the European Human Rights Laws (as usual). Australia can be very glad it is not in the E.U. for the draconian measures they have taken would never be allowed here under European Law. They have no qualms about deporting and revoking the passport of suspected terrorists.

Here in Europe experts are of the opinion that unscrupulous lawyers will defend such people by saying they have not committed any crimes in their home country, and therefore cannot be held or charged.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

The Defence Secretary has revealed that at least 69 returning radicals have so far been arrested and prosecutions are being prepared. He said, “Going abroad and fighting with Isil, Isil is a proscribed organisation, so these people are guilty of a criminal offence. And if we can get them into the courts on their return that’s what we will do. We have to put evidence before the court and that’s what is going on now.”

The Home Secretary, Teresa May, is currently busy preparing legislation to tackle this problem which should come into force at the end of November. What form this legislation will take is unknown at this time, but may mean revoking the citizenship and passports of these people.

ISIS Recruiting Poster

ISIS Recruiting Poster

Last year only 25 such people were arrested, but in the first six months of 2014 the number has risen to 69 so it is clear that the propaganda used by the radical Muslim clerics is working. It is known that at least 500 young British Muslims have been persuaded to fight in Iraq and Syria, and the number from all European countries tops 3,000.

Car Bomb - Would You Like To See This In A Crowded Market In Britain?

Car Bomb – Would You Like To See This In A Crowded Market In Britain?

It should be clear that if all 3,000 of these radicalized youth return to their home country and begin a campaign of terror there will be massive casualties, be it from bomb attacks or direct assaults. The countries most affected will be France, the U.K., Holland, Germany and Denmark where the majority originate.

Suicide Bomber - Would You Like This To Happen On The Streets Of London?

Suicide Bomber – Would You Like This To Happen On The Streets Of London?

The problem is, there is no legislation to cover this type of event for it has not come up before. It has to be accepted that even terrorists have their rights under European law, even if the laws are wrong in my view. If you take a hard-hearted look at this situation and realize that these are cold-blooded killers with no remorse or pity, then you must surely come to the conclusion that they are not deserving of protection through our laws.

UK Passport - Just Take It Away And Send Them Back!

UK Passport – Just Take It Away And Send Them Back!

In my opinion, if it is known that certain individuals have attended terrorist training camps or have fought for the I.S. terrorists, then they should be refused entry at the border and their passports revoked. The only way we can protect the British people from terror attacks by I.S. is to stop their killers from re-entering the country.

I.S. Are Even Training Children For Terrorism.

I.S. Are Even Training Children For Terrorism.

It must be made known to all that going to Syria or Iraq for the express purpose of joining, or being trained by I.S., will mean they can never set foot in this country again. They all have families here, and the thought of not being able to see them again may be sufficient to stop, or at least slow the flow of  recruits from this country. Many people are of the opinion that once these people are refused entry their families should also be deported.

Cutting Off I.S. Money Flow

Cutting Off I.S. Money Flow

With the projected aim of I.S. to begin attacks in Europe due to various countries joining the USA in bombing them in Iraq and Syria, it becomes essential  to have some form of legislation in place to stop these people from re-entering the country. Not to do this invites atrocities, like the rumoured attack on the subway system in London and New York.

Tube Train London - An Ideal Target During Rush-Hour!

Tube Train London – An Ideal Target During Rush-Hour!

It is difficult to imagine a rush-hour subway train blowing up in a tunnel, which will maximise the blast and the damage. The casualties could be in the hundreds from just a single bomb. There are of course many other prime targets like the Houses of Parliament or Buckingham Palace for example. If attacked, both would be a huge propaganda coup for I.S.

It is clear the potential targets are wide and varied and to guard them all sufficiently is impossible. For this reason The British government, and those of other involved European countries, must think hard and come up with legislation that will put an end to this threat once and for all! I wish them luck!

Roy.

The Julia Gillard ‘Muslim Speech’ – The Truth

Posted in America, Britain, Conservative Party, England, Europe, Human Rights, Immigrants, Muslim, Religion, UK, USA with tags , , on 07/01/2013 by floroy1942

Julia Gillard, the fiery Australian Prime Minister, is reputed to have given a speech telling Muslims who cannot accept and live by Australian standards to leave the country. It has been shown that she did not in fact give such a speech but that it was fabricated from other sources.

Barry Loudermilk

Barry Loudermilk

In fact it comes from an American Air Force veteran by the name of Barry Loudermilk who, after 9/11,  put his thoughts into a letter which he posted to friends with a copy to the local newspaper, the Bartow Trader. Within a very short time it was passed on to State newspapers, and very soon Barry Loudermilk was inundated with letters from people all over the country who agreed with what he wrote.

The following is the text of his letter dated October 2002:

At a high school in Oklahoma, school officials remove “God Bless America” signs from schools in fear that someone might be offended.
At a Long Island, New York television station, management orders flags removed from the newsroom, and red, white, and blue ribbons removed from the lapels of reporters. Why? Management did not want to appear biased, and felt that our nation’s flag might give the appearance that “they lean one way or another.”
Officials in a California city ban U.S. flags from being displayed on city fire trucks because they didn’t want to offend anyone in the community.
In an “act of tolerance”, the head of the public library at a Florida university ordered all “Proud To Be an American” signs removed so as to not offend international students.

Politically Correct Attacks Against America
I, for one, am quite disturbed by these actions of so-called “American citizens”; and I am tired of this nation worrying about whether or not we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11th, we have experienced a surge of patriotism by the majority of Americans. However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled in New York and Washington, DC when the “politically correct” crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others.

I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to America. In fact, our country’s population is almost entirely comprised of descendants of immigrants; however, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some native-born Americans, need to understand.

If You’re Among the Politically Correct, Here’s What You Need to Know
First of all, it is not our responsibility to continually try not to offend you in any way. This idea of America being a multi-cultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language, and our own lifestyle. This culture, called the “American Way” has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom. Our forefathers fought, bled, and died at places such as Bunker Hill, Antietam, San Juan Hill, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf, for our way of life.

We speak English, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn our language!

And Yes, We Do Trust in God
“In God We Trust” is our national motto. This is not some off-the-wall, Christian, right wing, political slogan. It is our national motto. It is engraved in stone in the House of Representatives in our Capitol, and it is printed on our currency. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation; and this is clearly documented throughout our history. If it is appropriate for our motto to be inscribed in the halls of our highest level of government, then it is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools.

If God Offends You, Here’s What to Do
God is in our pledge, our National Anthem, nearly every patriotic song, and in our founding documents. We honor His birth, death, and resurrection as holidays, and we turn to Him in prayer in times of crisis. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture, and we are proud to have Him.

It’s Our Heritage
We are proud of our heritage and those who have so honorably defended our freedoms. We celebrate Independence Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Flag Day. We have parades, picnics, and barbecues where we proudly wave our flag. As an American, I have the right to wave my flag, sing my national anthem, quote my national motto, and cite my pledge whenever and wherever I choose. If the Stars and Stripes offend you, or you don’t like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet.

This is Our Culture – If You Don’t Like It You’re Free to Go Elsewhere
The American culture is our way of life, our heritage, and we are proud of it. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don’t care how you did things where you came from. We are Americans. Like it or not, this is our country, our land, and our lifestyle.

Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion about our government, culture, or society, and we will allow you every opportunity to do so. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I highly encourage you to take advantage of one other great American freedom, the right to leave!

My thanks to Barry Loudermilk.

If You Don't Like It Here - Leave!

If You Don’t Like It Here – Leave!

Having read this you will recognise many sentences that were supposedly used by Julia Gillard in her ‘speech’ last year, but in actual fact, parts were removed from this letter and put together with the idea of making a speech that she has supposedly given. She did not!

John Howard

John Howard

In 2008 many sentences from the letter were coupled together in a separate piece about ‘Muslims in Australia’ to give the misleading impression of a speech by the previous Prime Minister John Howard.

While the greater majority of western people agree whole-heartedly with the sentiments expressed by the original writer, it is sad that modern politicians do not have the balls to come out and say plainly what everybody is thinking.

German opinions:

I am 100% convinced that with the exception of the “Politically Correct” nut-cases just about every indigenous member of society in Europe, The United States and Canada will agree whole-heartedly with Barry Loudermilk’s letter, and the sooner our politician’s recognize the fact so much the better. At some time in the near future the people will demand to be heard! If you want your country back, go and see your local MP, Congressman or political representative and demand action before it’s too late.

Roy.

Question – Should Julia Gillard Have Made Her Controversial Speech?

Posted in Afghanistan, America, Britain, England, Equality, Europe, Human Rights, Immigrants, Religion, UK, USA with tags , , on 04/01/2013 by floroy1942

There has been a huge reaction to my previous post that revealed whether or not Julia Gillard the Aussie Prime Minister actually gave a speech to the public on immigrants in Australia, telling them in a nutshell to either adapt to the Australian way of life or leave. So this leads us to the question, is such a speech justified?

An Australian view on Muslim immigration:

American Muslim Demonstrations

American Muslim Demonstrations

It is interesting to note that the great majority of comments on the post fully agree with her sentiments. Many countries like Great Britain, France, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, The United States and Canada are facing the problem of unruly Muslim immigrants pushing the boundaries of religious and human rights freedoms to new  limits for their own ends.

In many countries they demonstrate daily for the right to have Sharia Law in their communities, build more mosques, and basically ignore the laws of the land and do as they please.

Detroit Mosque

Detroit Mosque

Sharia, as we all know is the most barbaric form of justice on the planet, and mosques are rapidly increasing in number, getting bigger and bigger until they dominate the surrounding area of any town or city that allows them.

Tower Hamlets London - Completely Taken Over By Muslims

Tower Hamlets London – Completely Taken Over By Muslims

In many places Muslims have taken over entire towns and boroughs within cities where they refuse to integrate, or accept the laws, culture and language of their ‘adopted’ country.

Julia Gillard is falsely credited with giving a speech that told Muslims and other immigrants to either accept Australian law, culture and language or leave. The full text can be seen in my post – https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/did-julia-gillard-give-a-controversial-speech-on-muslims-in-australia/

Julia Gillard - Australian Prime Minister

Julia Gillard – Australian Prime Minister

But what if she had actually given this speech? For many politicians it would have been the death knell for their political careers. Naturally there would have been much ‘huffing and puffing’ in political circles, even though most would have applauded the speech in private. I also believe such a speech would have been warmly praised by the majority of ordinary people, and every man woman and child on the street would have been solidly behind her.

Victim Of Muslim Rape

Victim Of Muslim Rape

As previously mentioned, many countries have been forced to accept hundreds of thousands of Muslim immigrants, and even though many have arrived as refugees from the violence in their homeland and were taken in, housed, cared for and fed by the indigenous tax-payers, they still seem to think that we, their generous hosts should change our ways, culture and beliefs to accommodate them.

Muslim Demonstrators At A Military Funeral

Muslim Demonstrators At A Military Funeral

In Britain there are almost daily protests by Muslims demanding we turn our country into a Muslim state to accommodate them instead of accepting thankfully all that we have done for them. When funeral processions of our soldiers killed in action against the Taliban paraded through the streets there were gangs of Muslims holding placards calling them ‘killers of innocent children’ and ‘murderers’ while screaming abuse as the coffins drove past. This does not sound like people who are willing to accept their adopted country to me. Anyone trying such a thing in a Muslim country would have been stoned to death!

Self Explanatory

Self Explanatory

So is it time one of our western politicians stood up and said the things that need to be said? I think so, and I know I am not alone in this. It may only take one politician to stand up and say loudly the words attributed to Julia Gillard for others to follow. We should also bring the full force of our law on these people to let them know we will no longer stand for their hatred. For too long our law enforcement agencies have been afraid to tackle these people for fear of being branded ‘racist’ or upsetting the ‘politically correct’ brigade.

There is a massive undercurrent of feeling among the general public that we must put these people in their place, for otherwise our own cherished culture, beliefs and way of life that have stood for more than a thousand years will disappear forever.

Enoch Powell - A Man With A Vision Of The Future

Enoch Powell – A Man Of Vision

It was Enoch Powell who on the 20th April 1968 gave his famous ‘Blood in the Streets’ speech at the General Meeting of the West Midlands Area Conservative Political Centre, first raising the problems of mass immigration, and predicted accurately as it turns out, the problems we have today.

UK Immigration Figures During The Blair Years

UK Immigration Figures During The Blair Years

At the time he was worried about the huge influx of people from the Caribbean and African nations, but as it turned out, to their great credit, they integrated readily into English society and are respected today. Then the numbers were but a drop in the ocean compared to Lionel Blair’s ‘Multi-Cultural Britain’ plans. Today, it must be said that many Muslims have integrated reasonably well into our society but the vast majority continually refuse to do so.

Such Hate For Their Adopted Nation

UK – Such Hate For The People That Feed And House Them

Right now we need a new Enoch Powell who is willing to stand up and say what must be said, and he/she should not be alone, for in every western country that is suffering this problem there must be a politician somewhere who sees things a they really are. The only question is – do they have the nerve?

The words incorrectly attributed to the Ausssie PM are clear: IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT HERE – GO BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM!

Roy.

Did Julia Gillard Give A Controversial Speech on Muslims in Australia?

Posted in America, Britain, David Cameron, Europe, Germany, Islamic Revolution, Muslim, Obama, UK, USA with tags , , , on 28/08/2012 by floroy1942

E-mails are right this minute flashing around the globe saying that Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, made a speech saying ‘in a nutshell’ that “Muslims must adapt to the Australian way of life and accept the country for what it is, or leave”.

The Julia Gillard Premiership.

A little research however has proven this not to be the case. It does however highlight the on-going controversy among private citizens in most western countries, that the minority Muslim populations have far too much power, and are trying to turn them into Muslim states. I write of course of countries like Great Britain, Canada, America, France, The Netherlands and Germany among others.

In all of these countries the Muslim minority refuse to integrate, demonstrate openly on the streets for Sharia Law, and refuse to accept the culture and traditions of their adopted country. All this makes me think it is perhaps time that the leaders of these countries have balls enough to stand up in public and let these people know we will never surrender our lands to their ideology!

In conclusion, I add the ‘so-called’ Gillard Speech:

‘Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia Law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks. Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques.’

Prime Minister Julia Gillard-Australia: 

Julia Gillard – Australian Prime Minister

‘IMMIGRANTS, NOT Australians, MUST ADAPT . Take It Or Leave it.
I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali, We have experienced a rise in patriotism by the majority of Australians. ‘

‘This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.’

‘We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian,
or any other language. THEREFORE, if you wish to become part of our society … Learn the language! ‘

‘Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented . Certainly it is appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture. ‘

‘We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us. ‘

‘This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you to take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, ‘THE RIGHT TO LEAVE’. ‘

” If you are not happy here then LEAVE. We did not force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU adopted. ‘

Some people will consider this a hate speech, but it is not, it is purely an attempt by the indigenous populations of many countries to assert what is theirs by right and by God.

So come on Prime Ministers David Cameron, Stephen Harper, Mark Rutte, Jean-Marc Ayrault, Angela Merkel and President Obama, where are your balls? This is after all what we are all thinking!

Roy.

The ‘News of the World’ Suicide.

Posted in Britain, England, Europe, Government, Mobile Phone, Modern World, MP's, Parliament, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 10/07/2011 by floroy1942

When a newspaper decides to commit ‘hara-kiri’ you know there is something desperately wrong with the industry. So much has been written over the tabloid News of the World (NOTW) phone hacking scandal that there is no point in my repeating it, so let’s take a look more at why such a thing happened in the first place.

Fleet Street - Back When Reporters Were Honest

Up to the middle of the last century, newspapers were all about reporting the news as accurately and quickly as possible, and to get a ‘scoop’ was every editors dream. They reported the facts as they occurred, and usually without too much embellishment.

Then the inevitable happened, competition suddenly became fiercely contested when the ‘big money’ moved into Fleet Street and took over.

Since that time newspaper owners have become sharks in the aquarium, and the biggest on the block is Rupert Murdoch, owner of NOTW. He owns by far the largest share of all media reporting in the world. 

Richard Murdoch - Owner Of News International

His company, News International, owns 137 newspapers in Australia alone, 5 major ones in the USA, another 5 major papers in the UK plus 18 internationals. He owns 34 magazines, 23 TV channels spread between the USA and Britain, and 19 cable companies. Now he even wants to buy the UK TV channel BSkyB.

Murdoch has a stranglehold on news reporting across the english speaking world so we must all ask: Should one man be allowed to hold so much news reporting power? There is little doubt he has a great influence on the British political scene, especially during elections. It has been proven that biased reporting can sway the public to vote a certain way.

Over the years, with the arrival of king sharks like Murdoch, news reporting has steadily become worse as the business became more cut-throat. The idea of just reporting the news, along with journalistic integrity and honesty, went out the window when the drive to make money took over. The focus changed from pure reporting to the sordid task of generating profits at any cost, even to the extent of trashing people’s reputations. 

'Gotta Have A Scoop" Or My Ass Is Grass

Every newspaper reporter and editor is now hounded to get the ‘scoop of the century’ every day because that sells newspapers. To these people it no longer matters if the facts are correct, or even if the whole story is made up, as long as the front page story attracts people to buy their newspaper. This is true of all British newspapers, be it the trashy rags at the lower end, or those at the top.

We have been hit by a succession of scandals in Fleet Street over the years as one newspaper after another is caught out in a lie, or publishing incorrect information. If they end up in hot water over some report that was prefabricated or incorrect, they just print a small half column retraction a week later and its business as usual.

Breaking News - The Profumo Scandal

The story that gets editors salivating the most is a dark secret or scandal about some politician or other, for it allows their imagination ‘full rein’. We have only to look back at the Profumo case of 1963 where the newspapers went to town on the Conservative politician John Profumo for his ties to the prostitute Christine Keeler. During the 80’s and 90’s various Conservative MP’s evoked the ‘righteous’ wrath of Fleet Street, as did many Labour MP’s during their following period in power.

I will not deny that sometimes the attacks are justified and truly ‘in the public interest’. In the case of last years Westminster expenses scandal for example I, along with many others, feel that what the newspapers did was justified. That M.P’s fiddled their expenses to the tune of tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds is worthy of a hundred front pages, and Fleet Street certainly got the full milage out of that story.

These days you hardly ever read a ‘good news’ story in the newspapers because they cannot drag themselves away from the darker side of life. Good news does not capture the minds of ‘Joe Public’ and therefore affects sales.

When you look at the whole journalistic world today you should ask yourself: Whatever happened to integrity, morality and truth?

The simple answer is, these core values that used to be held so high by our forefathers, have died. They are lost in the cesspool of corruption, lies and the desperate need to sell papers.

Where The NOTW Is Headed

If you are one of those who believes everything you read in today’s newspapers ‘because it must be true’, then you are a fool, and perpetuate the downward spiral of a once mighty and respected profession into the black hole of oblivion.

There can be little doubt in today’s world that most tabloids are fighting for survival, for with the rise of computers and internet technology over the past two decades, their role has been severely diminished. This may explain their thirst for explosive scandal for they see this as the only way to survive. The more outrageous the story, so much the better.

For most people, the advantage of a newspaper is that you can take it with you and read it at the local coffee shop or during a break at work, which you cannot do with a computer. Until today that is!

The Future Of News Reading?

Now we see the market being flooded with tablets and smart phones that you can carry with you, so the role of the newspaper is likely to diminish even further. At some time in the future, the entire industry will have to change its focus as people come to rely more and more on their electronic gadgets and internet news channels.

Given the current state of the journalistic profession, that may not be such a bad thing, but it makes you wonder, will the evils of printed news be carried over to the internet? We shall see! 

Roy.

Another Reason For Banning the Burka

Posted in Afghanistan, Arab, Britain, Europe, Human Rights, Immigration, Islamic Revolution, Justice, Modern World, Muslim, Parliament, Police, Police Complaints, Political Correctness, Prison, Religion, Sharia Law, Traffic, UK, UN, USA with tags , , , , on 16/01/2011 by floroy1942

Debate has been extensive over whether democratic nations should ban the burka, following the example of France. A very recent occurrence in Australia highlights the need for all western nations to take action on this subject.

The Burka Hides All!

A burka clad woman was pulled over by an Australian policeman for not having her provisional number plates displayed correctly. What ensued was outrageous, and were it not for a video camera running in the back of the police car, the constable could have had his life and career ruined by the woman who claimed he was racist. She claimed he pulled her over because she was wearing a burka and accused him of trying to remove her face covering.

On being released she went to the local media with her story and also filed a complaint against the policeman for racism. When the case went to court, the film was shown and the constable exonerated. The woman then claimed, through her lawyer, it was not her in the car but someone else.

Thankfully justice was served, for the judge did not believe her and it is said she could serve six months in prison.

You can see the full report using the following link:

Which One is My Wife?

The whole episode does however indicate that Muslim women can use the veil as a refuge from justice by the very fact they cannot be identified with certainty. This is wrong in our open society and should not be allowed.

Who Knows What the Burka Hides!

Muslims claim religious grounds for covering their women’s faces and I have no objection to that, but when they live in our society they should live by our rules. Everyone here is readily identifiable from facial features, but where the burka is concerned, even a man can wear one and pass himself off as a woman. This is wrong and it is time to put an end to this farce.

Roy.

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