Friday, September 07, 2007

Sense and Sensibility

Sorry but I have recycled some material from my previous post here. I was going to take it down but it has alreadyelicited some thoughtful responses so there it stands as a testament to the …ahem creative process( lack of imagination)





A report has concluded that political correctness allowed a pair of homosexual foster parents to sexually abuse children in their care,( Adapted from the Telegraph article ) . Social workers were reluctant to investigate Craig Faunch and Ian Wathey for fear of being accused of prejudice Instead, they were viewed as "trophy carers" who had a "badge" which made their actions less questionable. (in fact)….they had been using the boys for sexual gratification.

The two were jailed last year for a string of offences against four boys, aged between eight and 14, at their home in Pontefract, West Yorks.
The victims were among 18 children placed with the pair, Yorkshire's first homosexual foster parents, between August 2003 and January 2005.An independent inquiry concluded that the children were let down by "failures in performance" …The panel, found: "The fear of being discriminatory led them to fail to discriminate between the appropriate and the abusive.” ." ….Michelle Elliott, of the charity Kidscape, said: "Common sense went out of the window when they allowed political correctness to take over in this case."

I have commented before on the way the BBC kept the incidence of AIDS among African immigrants a secret Lets have a look at what this Political correctness is and why it is so pernicious an evil. It is , I would argue, a special type of emotional thinking , the modern " Sensibility" but not the only one

It starts with the laudable aim of defending the weak against the strong . For this reason it is more acceptable for religious fundamentalists to deliberately kill as many innocent civilian as possibly?( Hamas suicide bombers ) than for a Liberal democracy , Israel, to selectively kill terrorist leaders responsible for a wave of suicide bombers. It is taken as read that the world will demonstrate against the tribal prejudice of white South Africans but ignore the equally tribal prejudice and occasional slaughter of other Africa ruling tribes that happen to be the same colour as the ‘oppressed' . Do they expect more from the whites ? There is a recurring theme of sublimated superiority certainly .

Once the left ,usually , have defined a group as victims, the attitude ossifies into an unbreachable wall protecting its members from all rational thought . For example the Dutch film maker Theo Van Gogh was ritually murdered for insulting Islam but the Guardian automatically sided with the “powerless” Islamic Dutch Morroccan killer. Look at the way the deaths of 52 innocent people were reported as compared the accidental killing of one innocent Brazillian. I don`t defend the Police , but the coverage of the fifty two was obliterated in days by this more agenda friendly story.

Essentially the formula is this
1 Identify the victim or victim group
2 Support them and their interests ,irrespective of any other factors

Thus America is always wrong even pitched against China but Tibet is always right against China ( and correctly in my view in the latter case).. One of the problems of identifying the victim group is that its personality becomes a single unit . For this reason little thought is given to homophobia amongst Jamaicans , or forced Marriages , or the cruelty of halal butchery as compared to the endless Parliamentary time wasted of fox hunting. I like the contrast between the Independent headline and the Telegraph concerning a suppressed report by the European Monitoring Centre showing Muslims were responsible for attacking Jews

INDEPENDENT- White Men Blamed as Attacks on Jews Rise- (Lie )
TELEGRAPH- EU ‘covered up’ attacks on Jews by young Muslims ( True)

Becoming part of a victim group makes you invulnerable hence the clamour to become one . Naughty boys now have “Attention -Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder”
“The way you feel about it “ increasingly trumps “ the way it is “ in a process His Grace has coined the word Diana-isation for. Campaigning against word poverty makes everyone feel good but attacking African leaders for poor governance is a 'downer '.Not a pop star to be seen..

Liberal guilt spreads and diffuses the semi understood categories .Greg Dyke described the BBC as hideously white . How so , Asians are over presented as law schools and medical colleges but noone would calling them hideously Asian?

When the white West was supposed to be breeding beyond control over population was rarely from our screen .It was agonised over with all the pre apocalyptic relish of latter day environmental ululators . Now population growth is largely caused by immigration and identifiable racial groups .” Wanting fewer brown babies “ as Tony Benn put it cannot be said.

Sometimes the self flagellation becomes chortlesome . Decca Aitkenhead claimed that Jamaican homophobia was the result of 400 years of slaves being sodomised by their white owners…. Rather than condemning attitudes a better emotion she wrote “Would be culpability” . The jaw drops .

We the good and virtuous people of this land have to retain our balance in a tidal flood of emotionalist hypocracy . When Ken Livingstone greets Yusuf al-Qaradawi because he is a major religious leader we must ask if he would meet a Christian leader with similar views. This leader would have to advocate the creation of theocratic state where homosexuality is punishable by death, wife beating permitted free speech , trade unions individual liberty democracy and protest crushed. I somehow doubt it . The Westerner is always guilty .

Ken recently cried like a ludicrously bloated baby when apologising to Jesse Jackson for white enslavement of blacks .He says nothing about the Arab enslavement of the same people over a longer period which is still ongoing .

I have been wondering if there is a right wing version of the emotion trumping the facts. I am going to carefully suggest there may be...

Instinctively one believes that acts against children allow us to suspend all rational distinctions but should we ? We would agree would we not that to look with lustful thoughts at picture of a child being raped ,depraved as it is , cannot be as bad as raping a child . That does not seem to have applied in the case of Chris Langham who was publicly convicted of what is almost a “Thought Crime" of equal seriosuness . I am aware ,naturally ,that support for such a repellent industry as child pornography is physical abuse by proxy ,but that there is still a distinction between this and actually molesting a child .
.I suggest that in this difficult case we should still be clear minded enough to distinguish between a man’s soul for which he answers to God, and his actions, which we may punish with far greater severity here. Where are Liberty for Chris Langham ? We on the right are quick to support Liberty when they spot the encroachment of the concept of thought crime into jurisprudence and common acceptance even when it is those “ countenancing “ terrorism but silent on his behalf . His crimes are quiet severe enough to warrant considerable punishment imprisonment ,of course, but they could have been a lot worse. That is the truth
It is not easy to look at emotive subjects with sense but when I look at the horrifying results for the boys in the charge of Craig Faunch and Ian Wathey when clear judgement was suspended , I see we must always be on guard against allowing sensibiltiy to defeat sense.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is not easy to look at emotive subjects coldly and god knows I don find it easy myself but when I look at the horrifying results for the boys in the charge of Craig Faunch and Ian Wathey when clear judgement was suspended , I see we must always be on guard against suspending our faculties whatever the temptation. (newmania)


You're telling me! I've at lat received a YouGov survey asking for my political views - they'd cut me off their panel for a few months.

Anyway, this survey is largely about TAX. Bloody emotive, that is.

I'll post a cut and paste job if I can

Auntie Flo'

Anonymous said...

YouGov survey I've just completed:


If there were a general election held tomorrow, who would you vote for?


Conservative

Labour

Liberal Democrat

Scottish National Party (SNP) / Plaid Cymru

Some other party

Wouldn't vote

Don't know



Gordon Brown says public sector workers' pay must not go up this year by more than 2 ½ pence in the £ - so that someone earning £400 a week would get a £10 pay rise. Bearing in mind that a higher increase would probably require higher taxes, or job cuts among public sector workers, how do you regard this increase?


Broadly reasonable

Broadly unreasonable – they should be paid more

Not sure


Do you think the gap between what rich and poor people EARN each year in Britain is...


Much too large

Too large

About right

Too small

Much too small

Don't know


Since Labour came to power ten years ago, do you think the gap in EARNINGS between rich and poor people has...


Grown wider

Stayed about the same

Narrowed

Don't know


Since Labour came to power ten years ago, do you think the gap between what rich and poor people own in terms of WEALTH and PROPERTY has...


Grown wider

Stayed about the same

Narrowed

Don't know


Do you agree or disagree with this statement: 'What really matters is the gap between the poorest and the middle, not the richest people'?


Agree

Disagree

No opinion


Do you think the gap between what rich and poor people OWN in terms of wealth and property in Britain is...


Much too large

Too large

About right

Too small

Much too small

Don't know

Anonymous said...

YouGov survey continued:

Do you believe that millionaires and people who earn over £2,000 a week (or £100,000 a year) pay their fair share of tax?


Yes, they do pay their fair share

No, they do not

Don't know


Do you agree or disagree with this statement: 'Gordon Brown should now make the richest people in Britain pay more tax'?


Agree

Disagree

No opinion


The top rate of income tax is 40p in the £. Do you think this is...


Too high

Too low

About right

Don't know


Would you support or oppose the following proposal: to charge the owners of expensive houses 1p in the £ each year on the extra value of each home they own over £1million?


Under this proposal, people owning a home worth less than £1 million would not pay the new tax, while those owning a home worth £2 million would pay £10,000 a year, and those owning a £10 million home would pay £90,000 a year.


Support

Oppose

Don't know


Some executives in private equity firms pay a tax rate of 10p in the £ on most of the money they make from investing in companies they buy. Do you think this is...


Too high

Too low

About right

Don't know


The Chief Executives of Britain's top 100 companies earned nearly £3m each on average last year, almost 100 times the average income of their employees. Do you think the Chief Executives' earnings are...


Too high

Too low

About right

Don't know


If you had to describe the Chief Executives' earnings in one word or phrase, what would you say?




From what you know, do you think that bonuses paid to people who work in financial services in the City of London are generally...


Too high

Too low

About right

Don't know


People who settle in this country from abroad, even if they are British Citizens, can choose to pay no British taxes on income or capital gains they earn abroad if they do not bring them into Britain. They are called 'non-domiciles' for tax purposes, and are taxed only on income and capital gains they earn in Britain.


Do you think Britain should...


Leave the tax treatment of these 'non-domiciles' as it is

Make 'non-domiciles' pay full British taxes, including income and capital gains they earn abroad, after they have lived here for 20 years

Make 'non-domiciles' pay full British taxes after they have lived here for 1 year

Not sure


Some 'non-domiciles' say that they would leave if the rules were changed so they had to pay full British taxes.


Do you think would be...


A serious problem

A shame but necessary to make taxes fair

No problem – I am happy that they should leave

Don't know


'Non-domiciles' can live in Britain for many years but their estates are not liable for inheritance tax when they die.


Do you think this is...


Fair

Unfair

Not sure

Newmania said...

I`ll have to look at that tommmrow Flo I `m cream crackered now

Anonymous said...

YouGov last bit:

Before Labour came to power ten years ago, Gordon Brown promised to tighten the rules so 'non-domiciles' pay more tax. He has not done so. Do you think this is mainly because...


He now believes it would hurt the British economy if "non-domiciles" paid full British taxes

The Labour Party receives millions of pounds in donations from non-domiciles

Don't know


The Labour Party has received very large donations from people like Lakshmi Mittal, Sir Ronald Cohen and Lord Paul who are 'non-domiciles', and thus not paying British tax on their overseas assets and income.


Do you believe the Labour Party should accept donations from 'non-domiciles'?


Yes, they should, as long as they live mainly in Britain

Yes – but only if most of their income and capital gains are earned in Britain and they pay taxes on these

No, they should not

Don't know


Do you think people who are non-domiciled in Britain should be allowed to be members of the House of Lords or House of Commons and vote on British laws?


Yes, they should, as long as they live mainly in Britain

Yes – but only if most of their income and capital gains are earned in Britain and they pay taxes on these

No, they should not

Don't know


If the rules are changed to make 'non-domiciles' pay more British tax, and it was decided to use the money in one of the following three ways, which option would you prefer?


Cut inheritance tax

Cut stamp duty for homebuyers

Reduce the standard rate of income tax

Don't know




Lord Laidlaw became a Conservative member of the House of Lords three years ago but he is still a resident of Monaco, not Britain, for tax purposes. The Conservative Party owes him over £3 million and still receives large donations from him.


Do you think the Conservative Party should accept donations and loans from people like this who are not resident in Britain for tax purposes?


Yes, there is no reason to turn down such support

No, such donations should not be accepted

Don't know


Do you think people who are non-residents in Britain for tax purposes should be allowed to be members of the House of Lords or House of Commons and vote on British laws?


Yes, they should be able to be peers or MPs

No, they should not

Don’t know


In general, do you think rich men give large sums of money to political parties mainly because...


They believe in what the party stands for

They want something out of the party

Not sure


Do you agree or disagree with this statement: 'Rich donors to political parties generally have too much influence over their party'


Agree

Disagree

And finally...


What should be the limit on donations by any one person to a party each year?


There should be no limit

The limit should be more than £1 million

The limit should be £1 million

£500,000

£100,000

£50,000

£10,000

£5,000

£1,000

The limit should be less than £1,000

Don't know


If a limit were set, then political parties may well have a lower income than they do today, unless other changes were made. Which of these proposals would you favour most?


More money from taxpayers generally to help political parties fight election campaigns, the amount to be linked to the party's vote at the previous election

Each voter at general Elections should have a second ballot paper on which he or she could give £3 of taxpayers' money to their local party

No more taxpayers' money should be given to political parties

Don't know


At the last election, election Britain-wide spending by political parties on national campaigns was limited by law to around £20 million. (There were separate limits on local spending by each candidate.) At the next general election, do you think...


There should no national spending limit

The limit should be higher than £20 million

The limit should remain around £20 million

The limit should be reduced to £15 million

The limit should be reduced to £10 million

The limit should be reduced to £5 million

Don't know

They missed a question:

Is B ruin's more obsessed with with money (his), tax or power?

Money

Tax

Power

He's insanely obsessed with all three

He's just abso - f...ing - lutely insane

He's insane, power mad and s*dding greedy


Auntie Flo'

Newmania said...

Preaching to the choir Flo but the choir likes it all the same

Steven_L said...

"He's insane, power mad and s*dding greedy" (Flo)

He's bitter. He thinks we should all be kicked in the head equally as hard unless we fawn over him.

Newmania said...

Oi what about my post /....sigh ..ok perhaps not all that interesting

The Ludingtonian said...

newms -

Well, I for one thought it one of your better posts. It's definitely food for thought - once you sort of mentally insert the punctuation, chiz chiz.

I don't think the situation has a hope of being changed however. We're going through a strange period now where the single most important moral imperative is not to be seen to be uncaring. That is, if you are caring, i.e., "passionate", about the welfare of others then you are a good person. If you are not passionate you are morally bad. And you must not only be caring, but be seen to be caring.

It's all complete irrational, of course. But if you attempt to employ some rationality then you are, by definition, not passionate, so are one of the bad guys.

The mere fact that you felt it necessary to include the disclaimers shows just how strong this social force is. Like I said, I think it's too strong at the moment to do anything about except to wait for the bandwagon to pass on by. But in the meantime, a lot of people are going to be treated unjustly.

Newmania said...

Lud that is it isn`t it ..I do apologise for the punctuation I `m afraid I`m a rotten typist and with work ,wife and so on I just run out of time. Must try harder ...

I `m not sure I quite agree I think the way to go is to re connect caring with thinking . In the romantic period these two aspects of man became seperated and you are right its as if the feeling was good enough on its own.
On its own its a selfish thing . WE do not express emotion by bashing the piano with our fists but by playing it with our skill and considered acts .


I may return to this actually its an interesting way of looking at it

Anonymous said...

re the YouGov question about the proposed 1p in the pound tax on homes worth a million or more.

I that why B Ruin has passed ownership of one of his houses - allegely worth £700,000 - to Sarah?

Because the regulation creep intends to extend this - through regulation creep - into a swingeing tax on the value of our homes?

Auntie Flo'

Steven_L said...

Your post is interesting newmania, it is an interesting thought for the day and a refreshing alternative to the mainstream media.

I'm just not sure what I think because you are dredging up some pretty big issues here.

Cameron was recently talking about how as things become more common they become less shocking.

Pornography is very common, I'm not averse to looking at pictures of people's ex girlfriends that like having naked pictures taken of them. I'm a 27 year old single man, all my peers do it too.

Thing is, as porn becomes weirder and more and more strange fetishes are basically advertised online more and more people want to try them out.

Kiddy porn has to be a no-go area. It is advertising child-abuse, not sexual activity between likeminded consenting adults.

Steven_L said...

You bring in wider issues regarding the regulation of the sex industry too.

People are always going to want to have sex with each other. Having my willy sucked is the best experience I've ever had in life and I can't see how any other experience could possibly be better.

When do we have a serious discussion about regulating the sex industry. People who sell porn and sex-toys distribute propaganda to encourage people into being more open and daring about sex. Where do we draw the line when we are not talking about abuse and are talking about the role of sex (and family) in the capitalist world?

Newmania said...

Having my willy sucked is the best experience I've ever had in life and I can't see how any other experience could possibly be better.


Eye wateringly frank SL...splutter. I think there are some difficuot moral problems . I see little the government can do to make much difference . In1`m not agaunst pornography but if I `m honest it does start to get slightly opprerssive now it is so inescapable all day( I f you look for it )

Arthurian Legend said...

N, as devestating a post as Hitchens or Phillips at their best.

Your metaphor of piano playing to illuminate how properly to express emotion (and the contrast with today's Sensibility) is acute.

Surely an invitation from the comment editor of a major daily can't be too far away..?

Newmania said...

The piano thing is not mine alas althpough i cannot recall the source.and my invitation to Mount olympus is alreadt pencilled in thanks


It is scheduled for the day after hell freezes over

Newmania said...

..and only if I`ve learnt to type even then

CityUnslicker said...

the worse the typing of the average blogger the better their thoughts are.

I would say that, wouldn't I?

Newmania said...

I always suspected I was genius CU and now I know . I find no fault with your analisquiddlyumplkin at all.

electro-kevin said...

Hi ... Newmsie

Political Correctness = Political Correction

Born of a laudable desire to correct iniquities of racial and sexual nature.

This has mutated into 'correction' vis-a-vis brain washing now that the Nation haters have discovered its usefulness as a weapon for both procuring power and for sheer spite.

(Kevin's English Dictionary)

Newmania said...

Allo EK...yes I noticed you did something on the same event ...it was really good and you thing the other day on income was superb

electro-kevin said...

Thanks for your contribution to my post:

Communism in the Yooo Kay.

I was moved by it to tell you the truth. My wife threatens the same sometimes - to leave home and live on benefits. There's no doubt that in lesser marriages it's carried through and that the foundations of our society are erroded by comprehensive welfare.

electro-kevin said...

Threats made in the heat of rare arguments, I hasten - as with you.

Newmania said...

Salutations brother EK

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