Thursday, 22 November 2012

I was the victim of a hate crime...should I go to the Police?

Back in 1969 I was fresh off the boat from the other side of the world.  As I was just 5, my arrival coincided with the start of schooling and I happily started at the local C of E primary.    It was ok, there were 40 kids in my class, which seemed a bit busy, but I was learning to read and it was cool.   There was only one cloud...the other children kept calling me "Australian".   It used to feel like a punch in the mouth.  It hurt.  I went home and complained to Mum.  She was astonished!  How offensive! She told me to point out  to them that the two countries were 1000 miles apart.  Even this did not convince them to stop.   I had it from teachers, pupils, and parents. By the end of my first year of school I had shed my accent and the torment stopped.

Today I read about this and realised I could get justice!   I can't remember anyone's name now but if they interviewed everyone who was there in 1969/70 someone may confess?

WTF?  Last time I checked Australians and New Zealanders were broadly from the same race as Europeans.  When will it be a hate crime to call a Arsenal supporter a Spud?

Update;   Perhaps we should clog the courts with such cases? Have a "Call a New Zealander an Australian Day".     



Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Suicide bomb in Damascus



On 5th of November the street where Calfy lodged and some of her friends live, where I stayed when I visited, was visited by a suicide bomber. Many killed and maimed.  This is a residential district of Damascus where people live closely. God help them all.

Update:
Syrian human rights watch says 11 killed and many more injured.  Syrian TV says it was a bomb planted under a car.  Which fits with the pictures.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Today's letter to my MP

Dear Mr Heath,

Firstly congratulations on your appointment to Defra.  I am sure you'll be the most competent minister the beleaguered department has seen for decades, if ever.  May badgers and Ash dieback be the worst things you have to deal with.  I thought you came across very well on the subject of the badger cull on Radio 4.

Now to my point.  I have a very specific question, that is:

Should the BBC be allowed to override its Charter requiring it to provide due balance? 

The BBC Trust has stated that it “held a high-level seminar with some of the best scientific experts and has come to the view that the weight of evidence no longer justifies equal space being given to the opponents of the consensus” on anthropogenic climate change.

It now emerges that this policy decision was formed after a meeting of journalists and activists, with only three scientists present, only one of whom I have heard of (I have spent quite a lot of the last two years educating myself on climate science)

Is it OK for the BBC to brush aside its charter on the say so of vested interests in a secret meeting?  The BBC has spent a six figure sum trying to conceal who was at the meeting. The list of attendees was found on the Wayback Machine by a sleuthing blogger...It was historically on a BBC site!

A further thought: Perhaps if the BBC is to retain public trust it should not resist embarrassing FOI requests on the basis that it is a private company and answerable to no one?

I would very much like to know what, if anything, you intend to do about this?

Yours sincerely


Lilith Stuff




Update : Cassio at Bishop Hill kindly pointed out some errors with this letter.
Luckily I hadn't actually posted it at the time so have been able to amend it.

Dear Lilith,
For the record it was the BBC, not the BBC Trust, which organised this meeting with the IBT.
See http://www.ibt.org.uk/all_documents/dialogue/Real%20World%20Brainstorm%20update%2030Jul08.pdf
And the list of names found by Maurizio Morabnito had been posted on the IBT site, not on the BBC site.
See http://omnologos.com/full-list-of-participants-to-the-bbc-cmep-seminar-on-26-january-2006/ and click on "This list has been obtained legally".
Nov 13, 2012 at 5:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterCassio