Monthly Archives: March 2011

Anarchy in the UK?

How does one get called an anarchist in Britain in 2011? By marching with statist unions in favour of a protected bureaucracy, a gargantuan welfare budget and an untenable national debt of course!

After mob vandalism erupted around the fringes of the Trade Union Congress’ (TUC) organized March for the Alternative, two allegedly conservative newspapers, the Telegraph and the Daily Mail, took the view that the extreme left-wing rioters who ran amok through the City of London were anarchists.  However, anarchy is a political philosophy which calls for the abolition of government and advocates societal organization predicated upon voluntary cooperation. This is the polar opposite of the desires of the black-bloc who saw fit to smash banks, attack police and vandalize public property at the weekend.

So pro-government were the main body of protesters that they were addressed by the Labour leader Ed Miliband in Hyde park, who referred to them as “the mainstream majority”, ad-nauseum. The quixotic Mr Miliband threw around arrogant allusions to the suffragettes and the anti-apartheid movement, and even chose to invoke Martin Luther-King in his pep-talk to the mass of government paid malcontents and union agitators who gathered to demand that they continue to be propped up by private sector taxes. It seems that noone told Mr Miliband that this was supposed to be a “march for the alternative”, because there was a conspicuous lack of alternative on offer in his pandering, sycophantic sermon.

Perhaps the strangest aspect of this “anti-cuts” protest is that there hasn’t been a cut in government spending , nor will there be under the current coalition. Public spending is set to continue rising despite UK growth forecasts being revised down to 1.7%, from 2.1% for 2011. 

UK Government spending is to continue rising

Of course the real reason for the “protests” is open, unadulterated class-warfare, wrapped in a cloak of hardcore Keynesianism. This is evident in the March for the Alternative website which suggests,

“an alternative in which rich individuals and big companies have to pay all their tax, that the banks pay a Robin Hood tax and on [sic] in which we strain every sinew to create jobs and boost the sustainable economic growth that will generate the prosperity which is the only long term way to close the deficit and reduce the nation’s debt.”

That’s right folks, the TUC’s grand economic plan is to hobble Britain’s largest industry through punitive taxation, in order to spend the revenue on more public-sector jobs, thus increasing the strain on the already overstretched productive economy; all  of it presented in the most unlettered fashion.

March on!

To the Secretary of State for Education, Opposing Creationism in Schools

Letter of February 16th 2011;

Dear Mr Gove,

Michael Goves free-schools initiative has attracted applications from anti-science groups

 It has come to my attention that an organization known as The Everyday Champions Church has applied to found a school in Nottinghamshire under the free schools legislation. Various articles report that the aim of this project is to tout Christian scriptural dogma as evidence-based fact. The Daily Mail, Independent and various other media sources quote Gareth Morgan the pastor of the church, “Creationism will be embodied as a belief at the Everyday Champions Academy but will not be taught in the sciences. Similarly, evolution will be taught as a theory.” I assert that this statement provides unequivocal proof that the pastor is unfit to be considered to educate the nations’ children. His profound misunderstanding of the word theory, as evidenced by his flagrant misuse of the term, disqualifies his organization from receiving public funds in aid of their enterprise on the grounds of gross incompetence. After all Newton’s gravity was only a theory but it would be unthinkable to allow a school to pretend that there was a competing explanation for falling apples, especially one which should be ‘embodied as a belief’. If the department for education has any respect for itself as an authority on pedagogy it must ask the pastor to delineate the predictions he and his group have made based upon the hypotheses of creationism, then submit these for peer review and testing, prior to an educational facility being founded on the principle; although I would not hold out any hope of that coming to pass.                                                            

You have stated that, “A due diligence unit will monitor applications for new schools and arrangements in existing schools so there’s no risk of extremism taking hold.” Will this ‘due diligence’ be orchestrated with the same shambolic, laissez-faire disregard for civility which currently allows sectarian Muslim schools and madrasas to teach doctrinal Islamic jurisprudence as if it were the immutable truth, in open contradiction to British legal maxims and culture? I hope you will agree that nothing could be more extreme than the sinister lie that the foul, albeit temporal, authority of the mad-mullahs-of-Mecca has been bestowed upon us by the largesse of an infallible deity for all time; divine right is always wrong!                  

Sir, it is the fundamental right of any individual to subscribe to a superstitious or faith based doctrine if he so chooses, however it is emphatically not his right to present such whimsical fancy as fact, in order to pervert the intellectual development of minors. The parties of god have dined at the table of vapid ‘multiculturalists’ and ‘progressives’ for too long, at the expense of the true British values of rationalism, scientific endeavour and secular democratic law. Need I remind you that it was the advance of science and industry which propelled Britain to its greatest heights and bequeathed to the world the technological principles of modernity, from evolutionary theory to the foundations for modern computing? Further that two of the greatest chapters in the illustrious history of this nation have been at the expense of religious authority and scriptural teaching: the precepts of the Magna Carta and the abolition movement respectively. Thus to accept a greater incursion of faith based regimes into education would not only malign the very definition of the word, but deny this nations children their birth right as successors to Charles Darwin who, if he were here to say so, would back me in demanding that you reject any free school application forwarded by religiously motivated parties.

Yours Sincerely,

Edward Burroughs

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The Department for Education were commendably quick in sending a predictable, perfunctory response: