Foreign aid is in the news again and particularly that given to India. A country that by it’s own admission neither wants nor needs it and actually asked last year for it to be stopped. It is embarrassing to them amongst other reasons because they have a foreign aid program of their own which gives out more than they receive. We are simply passing on cash to a foreign nation for further dispersal to destinations unknown.
Abu Hamza is in the news because MP’s are visiting him in prison to consult with him would you believe. I personally don’t care what he has to say. Unless he is being consulted upon his request for his final meal he should be left to rot. Terrorists and their sympathisers will receive no sympathy from me.
The Chief Inspector of Schools has stated that a quarter of England’s 21,000 primary and secondary schools have underperforming head teachers. They are apparently failing to get a grip of substandard teaching and trotting out lame excuses such as poverty and social deprivation. Neither of which in my view are valid. Many top students come from poor backgrounds. Very few heads have ever been sacked for any reason at all. Under 40 is the figure I read. This cannot be helping the situation. A well paid job for life at the top with no possibility of censure does not bode well for the pupils. He is correct to say that OFSTED inspections should be unannounced as I have said before. He also needs to bring the stick nearer to the gold plated carrot.
I have a lot of time for Pagans. Paganism predates Christianity and has been embedded into the culture of these lands for further back than written records go. The history of Paganism may not be the friendliest but modern Pagans wish no harm to others and peacefully coexist with their more modern, in their view out of touch, Christian neighbours. That’ll do for me!