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Slave Labour In Saudi Arabia

Posted in Equality, Human Rights, Immigrants, Justice, Muslim, News, Ransom, Religion, Saudi Arabia, Torture with tags , , , , on 10/05/2015 by floroy1942
Satinah Binti Jumadi Ahmad

Satinah Binti Jumadi Ahmad

It seldom reaches the news pages, but in Saudi Arabia thousands of young Indonesian girls and women are working as virtual slaves in the homes of wealthy Saudi’s.

Until recently it was common practice for the family they were working for to confiscate their passports and keep them a virtual prisoner. They were paid little for working almost 24 hour a day and time off was almost non-existent. They were totally at the mercy of those that ’employed’ them.

Reading an article from last year I came across the fact that one such person, 41 year-old Satinah Binti Jumadi Ahmad had eventually snapped and killed her employer, stole 37,970 Saudi Arabian riyal (£6,140) and fled the house. Although she has always claimed she acted in self-defence, she was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death by the Saudi court – unless her family paid the sum of seven million riyal in ‘blood money’ to the family. From the report it would seem that this is acceptable practice under Islāmic Law.

Her family immediately tried to raise this ‘blood money’ from donations but fell far short of the target. Thankfully the Indonesian government stepped in and paid the al-Garib family their ransom.

Saudi Execution

Saudi Execution

From the report it seems that it is not uncommon for Indonesian women to be in this situation, for at the time of the report there are some 246 migrant workers on death row awaiting execution. The Indonesian government says it has so far saved 176 migrants from the death penalty by paying the ransom.

After saving Satinah Binti Jumadi Ahmad the Indonesian government entered into negotiations with the Saudi government to try and improve the living standards of its citizens working in the country. According to the Human Rights Watch, in February of this year negotiations were agreed that allowed Indonesian domestic workers to keep their passports, communicate with families, have time off and get paid monthly. Mind you, for the government to agree to this and have the affected families follow the new rules is something else again.

With all their money it would hardly seem credible that wealthy Saudi families would stoop so low as to keep what accounts to a slave in their house. It is clear that in Saudi immigrants have little or no rights whatsoever. It does not surprise me that eventually some individuals snap and kill their employer when forced to work under such conditions. Having to take beatings day after day is not what I would call ’employment’.

Roy.

We Do Have Some Barmy Politicians!

Posted in Britain, Children, England, Liberal Party, News, Parenting, Parliament, Politics, UK with tags , , , on 08/02/2014 by floroy1942

I couldn’t believe what I was reading when an article appeared about Lib. Dem. MP Jenny Willott complaining that girls are scarred for life by the tradition of: “Pink for girls and blue for boys”.

Our Lib Dem Equality Minister

Our Lib Dem Equality Minister

She told Parliament that this idea “hampers girls at school and holds women back in the workplace” Where on earth did she get that load of bunkum? According to her, the ‘(en)gendering’ of toys, i.e. dolls for girls and cars for boys, “instructs children on how they are supposed to feel and behave”.  She is quoted as saying, “It is not fair to make little girls feel that they should not be kicking footballs or building with Lego, and it is equally unfair to make little boys feel ashamed of playing netball or of pushing a doll along in a pushchair,”

Girls Only

Girls Only

In her opinion, ‘a girl growing up with dolls will never have the opportunity to find out if they could be an engineer in adult life, and conversely, a boy who does not have a sewing kit will never know if he could be a great designer.’ What a load of rubbish. So I suppose according to her theory, all the world’s great male designers spent their growing years playing with sewing kits!

According to this crazy woman, (I hesitate to use the word politician):  “It is a really important issue and it’s fundamentally important to our economy as well, it’s not just a side issue as I think it sometimes can be portrayed. It is a really important one to the future economy of this country.”

Oh! So now the economy of the nation is in jeopardy because little girls play with dolls and little boys kick a football. I am sorry Ma’am but you are a raving lunatic.

Boys Only

Boys Only

There are bitter complaints by feminists about the toy manufacturers who ‘gender’ toys in advertisements, complaining that for example, Meccano  sets are aimed at boys who will later all become engineers while the girls will not have a chance because they play with doll’s.

What she fails to realize is that no child of three, four or even eight has any idea what they will do when they become an adult. That is the furthest thing from their minds. No girl child of five is going to think, ‘Oh! I have to be a nursery school teacher because mummy keeps buying me dolls!’ No boy will think at such an age, ‘I am going to be an engineer because daddy bought me a Meccano set!’

It is not until much later in their young lives that any child develops an idea of what profession they wish to follow. With the state of the job market these days, for many you take what you can get so choice doesn’t really come into it.

Women Engineers Are Not As Rare As You Think!

Women Engineers Are Not As Rare As You Think!

With the  gender equality achieved by women at the moment, there is little to stop any woman from becoming an engineer or a male from being a dress designer. Regarding the latter, most of the world’s top designers are men, and I’m sure they didn’t all get sewing kits as children. The crux of the matter is always: ‘Do you have the qualifications and are you good enough at your job.

What Is The Fuss About? We have 'Gay' Dolls For Boy's These Days!

What Is The Fuss About? We have ‘Gay’ Dolls For Boy’s These Days!

When I say this, I am not denying that there is still some bias in the world, but if a woman clearly has better qualifications than a man she has a good chance of getting the job. There are some jobs that are traditionally reserved for men like working in a coal mine or on the shop floor of steel mills. This has nothing to do with gender, but more to do with the fact the work is extremely arduous and requires levels of strength that women do not possess.

I just cannot believe that our politicians would waste time debating such a stupid topic, and it makes me wonder if this woman is fit for the job she has been given by those who voted for her. Mind you, if asked she would probably put it all down to the fact that she only ever got dolls to play with as a child.

Roy.

Illiteracy And The Internet

Posted in Benefits, Britain, Children, England, English Schools, Government, Immigration, Insanity, MP's, Primary Education, Primary Schools, Teens, UK with tags , , , , , , , , on 14/07/2011 by floroy1942

For many years companies have complained about the poor levels of reading, writing, and numeracy among our young people seeking work. Most are nowadays considered totally unemployable for all but the most mundane of tasks.

Charles Duncombe

Now a major ‘online’ entrepreneur has added his ten cents worth, and I believe it hammers home the message. Mr. Charles Duncombe, who is director of Just Say Please Group, has come forward to say that the low levels of literacy in the UK are now hitting the web-based sales market to the tune of millions of pounds a year.

He said:”I know that industry bemoaning the education system is nothing new, but it is becoming more and more of a problem with more companies going online. This is because when you sell or communicate on the internet 99% of the time it is done by the written word.”

At Least Dorothy Perkins Hires Semi-Literates

According to him, the problem is bad spelling on websites that put off potential customers who may think the site is bogus or untrustworthy. When recruiting staff for his company he was “shocked at the poor quality of written english“.

Giving an example of the impact on internet sales, he had measured sales per visitor on his ‘tightsplease.co.uk’ site and found sales jumped significantly after a spelling mistake had been corrected. He said: “If you project this across the whole of internet retail then millions of pounds worth of business is probably being lost each week due to simple spelling mistakes,”

If You Don’t Know, There’s No Point In Telling You. Duh!

Mr. Duncombe was astounded at the poor levels of spelling and grammar from both school and university graduates. When writing a curriculum some even used ‘text speak’ (i.e. replacing the word ‘for’ with 4 for example). He went on to say that given a simple spelling test, most were hopelessly inadequate without access to a computer spellchecker.

Even our last Prime Minister was afflicted. Gordon Brown was a notoriously poor writer, due supposedly to his bad eyesight. In a letter to the family of a soldier killed in Afghanistan he made several mistakes which led to arguments over who should check his correspondence before it was sent.

The CBI’s head of education and skills, James Fothergill,  echoed Charles Duncombe’s statement by saying, ‘he was shocked at the number of companies who feel it necessary to give extra literacy classes to potential recruits just to get them up to the required level of competence. He said:  “Our recent research shows that 42% of employers are not satisfied with the basic reading and writing skills of school and college leavers and almost half have had to invest in remedial training to get their staff’s skills up-to-scratch”.

It looks very much like this will be the pattern in the future for UK companies, and it will not end until the education system is sorted out. It is not necessarily the fault of the youth themselves, for they have been let down badly by the education system as a whole, which has steadily declined in excellence since the 1950’s. Now, even the teachers could not pass an old-style exam for literacy and numeracy. It’s the blind leading the blind!

Says It All Really!

When you consider that over a hundred years ago this country began the Industrial Revolution, and fifty years ago we had the best scientists in the world, today’s picture is more than grim. Both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown have much to answer for, for there is little doubt they have destroyed the very foundations of our country (i.e our education system) by turning the majority of people into semi-literates with no prospect of decent employment.

The Dole Queue-The Future For Britain’s Dumb Youth

This is already starting to impact our Benefits System with an ever-increasing number of young people on the dole, and it will get worse until it becomes unsustainable.

From now on it looks like the United Kingdom will have to rely on immigrants for brains!

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.

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