The film about Nelson Mandela comes out and before the credits have rolled they announce his death.
The drama about The Great Train Robbery runs on BBC and just before they screen it the death of Ronnie Biggs is announced.
Hope they don't make a show about me, not even if I'm to be played by Dame Helen Mirren.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Saturday, 14 December 2013
Stephen Hester, Shake me up, Judy
|"I have come down" repeats Grandfather Smallweed , hooking the air towards him with all his ten fingers at once to once, "to look after the property".(*)|
Scan credit: George P. Landow at Victorian Web
Stephen Hester will step down from the leadership of RBS this month with a payoff thought to be in the region of £1.6m, according to Wiki, nearer to £6m if you include share options (according the The Mirror). He earned around £1.2m a year, making £6m over his term in the seat, and took an additional £6.5m in bonuses and pension payments in 2010, after which people started to put pressure on the new government to DO something.
Only, since Stephen Hester was a Conservative donor, they didn't try very hard and as for the Lib Dems, Vince Cable decided to ignore the occasional story he heard, adopting his standard position of hazy old duffer who cannot be expected to remember anything or grasp the significance of it if he does.
At the time of the previous story which featured Hester, it was felt that I had been rather hard on a man who was not in direct control of the insurance group and anyway, was turning round a failed bank. Furthermore a man who knew the difference between right and wrong and had said so in a video interview to the Telegraph. (May be behind a paywall, depending on your usage)
"It is an extreme example of a selfish and self-serving culture which the whole banking industry is tagged with," he said, adding that it was the board's job to ensure that sort to behaviour has no "validity in the future".It recently emerged that RBS used another special group of which Hester will no doubt claim to have come over all Vince Cable about, the Global Restructuring Group, GRG, with thanks to Felix Salmon at Reuters who has presented the story clearly. RBS foreclosed loans because it could get more immediate value out of stripping the assets the debtors had put their lives in to. Using the GRG group, it engineered defaults to give itself permission to help itself to the fruits of other people's labour, selling them a knock-down prices to its own subsidiary, West Register.
Perhaps unusually in this day and age, the story seems to have bubbled under with the debtors being unable to form a coherent pressure group. Possibly that is because it is very difficult to distinguish, from the outside, a good business being pushed under by the bank and a bad business which should be stopped before it gets any worse. When stories started emerging in July 2013, RBS and Hester coolly said they could not comment on individual cases, implying that debtors must all be unreliable complainants - and no doubt some of them are. The Tomlinson Report draws together the method the bank used. Lawrence Tomlinson also credits an investigation by the Sunday Times and the work of Sir Andrew Large.
Many in the banking trade have counted on this story being too convoluted to grasp . They have forgotten that Mr Dickens already explained it in 1853. This year was the 160th anniversary of the conclusion of Bleak House.
In the illustration above, the old payday lender Smallweed has extended rolling credit to Captain George who has used it to buy a shooting gallery. This barely makes enough to keep him and an assistant in tea and bread but earns just enough to keep paying Smallweed his interest. Probably it is a bad business but George is making his payments and trade might improve.
It then transpires George has an asset he was not aware of; he holds a letter from a late friend which can be used as a sample of handwriting to positively identify the writer of other documents and letters. Smallweed knows to whom that sample has value and he wants to be rewarded for brokering the deal. The only trouble is, George takes advice and is certain that he does not want to be involved.
Smallweed then brings pressure on him because the loan is not secured just against George's own person but the property of his friend Mr Bagnet. Smallweed demands full repayment, knowing full well that George has no way to do it and must therefore surrender the letter for inspection. Which he does.
If people are capable of following the plot of Bleak House and how Smallweed manipulates George to get what he wants, they are capable of understanding what RBS was doing. Shake me up, Judy.
(*) Yes, I know Smallweed says this when he goes to Krook's house rather than George's shooting gallery, but the sentiment fits best.
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Labels: Banking, Economics, Law, Management, uses of literature
Friday, 6 December 2013
Social Workers have too much free time
....the chief executive of the British Association of Social Workers Bridget Robb says the report on social work in the UK offers an insight into how stressed, overloaded and under-resourced social workers have become.Source ITV News
This week Essex social workers, a health trust and members of the judiciary have found themselves side-tracked by having to deal with the outrage over their handling of an unwell Italian woman.
The bare bones as everyone knows are that a visiting Italian woman had an episode associated with a condition of being bi-polar. The police took her to a mental hospital which sectioned her although she explained she was a foreign national and said she wanted to go home. Bi-polar people are irrational when they are distressed, but then so are some people who are not bi-polar. This is not the same as lacking the capacity to give consent, the capacity may fluctuate. Besides, going home seems pretty rational to me. Best place for her.
She was pregnant but that makes no difference in this instance. What matters is that a foreign national who had committed no crime was detained against her will. The only thing the Health Trust should ever have done was stabilize her and put her on a plane home, with an escort if necessary, after liaising with the Italian authorities. Their citizen, their problem. She was not exercising her EU rights to remain in Britain.
Instead, for reasons which have yet to be disclosed, the hospital 'looked after' her for the next ten weeks from 13 June 2012 to 23 August 2012 . Ten weeks is ample time to arrange a short plane ride. Her right of free movement, also established in EU law, was interfered with. She had a right to be ill where it suited her, not the Health Trust. She now says that she was shocked and had no inkling that she would be forced in to surgery. No, but somebody knew because the Health Trust did nothing until she was ripe (39 weeks), then they applied for emergency powers, giving the judge (Mostyn M-J) the bum's rush late one afternoon. Mostyn agreed to let them act without seeking her consent on the pretext that she lacked capacity to consent and that it was in her best interests. That is, he took at veterinary approach . He did not check thoroughly for capacity or lack thereof.
The Trust is going to have to explain why it chose to do that and how it colluded with Essex cc social workers to give the judge no time to make an order returning her to Italy.
We have many British citizens and traumatised refugees who may need ten weeks adult in-patient care. Towards them we have a humanitarian duty. Instead we have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on in-patient care, lawyers, social workers and court time to hold someone who could, and should have been treated in their own country.
Our humanitarian duty to this lady was to escort her home safely as quickly as possible, which is where she wanted to go. You do not need a degree in law or social work to see this. Nor do you need to be a whackjob conspiraloon to ask "Why were they holding on to a foreign national whom they were anxious to get rid of after the birth?"
Surely it is obvious that if you say you are snowed under with child protection work, what you do is send home those who want to go and who can be cared for by their own social service departments,. Essex CC knew that the baby is half-Italian, half-Senegalese and that her mother, father, siblings and grandparents - the whole extended family - are in Italy. It may be she will be adopted, but it is in her interests to be adopted in Italy because that is where her real family is. It is where she is from.
The judges, being separate, do not notice they are being hustled. Although Mostyn M-J agreed to hear the interim care application himself, the social workers obtained a different judge, Parnell, to hear it. That way they controlled what Parnell was told. Classic control dynamic; limit the extent to which the marks can compare notes. Later, Judge Newton recorded that he did not understand the background which had been obscured from him. He did not ask himself 'why is this obscure?'.
Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, yet you cannot play upon me is what the judges should have said. Only they could be, and were.
Their final step will be to get Judge Munby to reluctantly agree that since the child has been attached to the foster carers for so long and speech will now be well-advanced at 15 months, the social workers will be allowed to continue as per the adoption order. He will find it very hard to resist this argument.
I call bullshit. Social workers have got too much free time and they've been using it to do baby-selling, using our dollar to fund the farming operation. Plus, they've now made sure that any pregnant or post-natal woman feeling a bit dicky will not call her doctor in case they end up snatching the kid, so we can look forward to an increase in suicides. The correct name for this is 'anti-social work'.
If the social workers don't like that conclusion, perhaps they should behave differently.
Silver lining though - it is now published right round the globe that if you come to Britain they'll knock you on the head and nick your baby and tell you it's legal. The BNP itself could not have come up with a finer deterrent to immigration.
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Labels: EU, Freedom of expression, Law, Nationality, NHS
Monday, 2 December 2013
|A load of stinking offal|
A foreign woman who was raped whilst in hospital is being told that she cannot take action because the rapist claims that he was legally obliged to fuck her and that it is alright as she's a nutter and anyway, they took the precaution of knocking her out first.
The woman was in Britain for a two week training course and became temporarily confused by the parking system at Stanstead Airport. She called the traffic police who concluded she was a hysterical Latino type and that she should go to hospital to calm her down.
The woman was detained by the hospital - which turned out to be psychiatric unit - because there were hardly any other crazy people from Essex to deal with. The woman wanted to go home, but as she apparently lived in an uncivilized place called Italy, the hospital continued to define her as an utter nutter and hung on to her claiming that it was all for her own good. You cannot trust these foreign types, Mafioso and so forth.
After about five weeks it became apparent that all she really needed was a good seeing-too, probably a lesbian, but it needed to be all legal. Normally no one in a theraputic relationship with a patient is allowed to have sex with them, so a court order would be necessary.
Essex Social Services and the lawyers appointed to 'see to' the woman went to the Court of Protection where they got Mr Justice Mothballs (adulterer and known as 'Mr Payout' when he was divorce lawyering) to agree that it was definitely in her interest to have a good porking, sort her out no end, women, who'd have them, by the way, did I tell you my wife of 30 years, the cow, is trying to insist I have to pay her money if I want to trade her in for a younger model...not that I have any problem with women, do I ladies?
Mr Justice Mothballs signed the order and further agreed that she should be shoved on a plane as soon as possible thereafter since that was what she had been requesting for the previous month, but she couldn't possibly be allowed to go without being shown the error of her ways.
There was a slight difficulty in finding a normal heterosexual doctor who actually wanted to fuck an unconscious and thereby unconsenting woman, regarding that as unethical and disgusting no matter what the stupid paper said, but eventually a psychopathic doctor was found who was running for a job at Stafford Hospital. He found the erotic possibilities of the court order and an entire theatre team watching him stick it up her, legally, without consent, an amazing aid to performance. Apparently the videos are to be put on Youtube.
The woman woke up back in Italy, walking funny and finding a knife-wound to her belly, suggesting that the doctor had fucked her in an unusual manner, more like something out of Stephen King. She wondered if she had been impregnated and was going to give birth to the devil but it turned out that precisely the opposite had happened and the doctor had collected tissue at the request of Essex Social Services. Social workers claimed she is much better now that she had experienced a Real Man but, perhaps surprisingly, she claims she does not. Told you, prob'ly a lezzer, the ungrateful bitch.
The woman is currently undergoing explorations to see if her ovaries are still there or
This was confirmed by Judge Noballs at Chelmsford Crown Court, where the woman brought a suit against her treatment. The judge said that the woman certainly sounded sane now, but she might go all funny and foreign at any moment and anyway, she could not possibly be interested in the whereabouts of a five-pound tumour which was now being used in research or broken for spares or something.
An interesting question from this is how was the tissue recorded? Normally tumours of this size have to be formally recorded and in particular the name of the host must be on it, but due to the court order and the rape, this tumour was less traceable than even a calf born in a dairy herd. Intriguing.
Essex Social Services have reminded people that they are very keen to protect any young women who think they might be feeling a bit panicky. You are invited to ring them to report any you may know of, particular if the young lady is fit and of child-bearing age.
Birthrights - legal briefing by Elizabeth Prochaska
John Hemming MP. Careful visiting the UK whilst pregnant.
John Hemming MP. Bipolar UK issue statement in support of mother
John Hemming MP Italian Mother: Statement 1
John Hemming MP Italian Mother : Statement 2
Update: according to John Hemming the case has been transferred from Chelmsford to the High Court where it will be heard by the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby. Sir James gave a recent address on the reforms he hopes to see.
Mr Justice Mothballs has previously made his opinion of Sir James Munby clear by naming seven pet pigs after him. Fat lot of good it is being educated at Amplesides, complaining about the secularists and describing oneself as a Catholic if you are going to sign orders to slice up a woman to get to her baby - and probably an Italian Catholic woman - in secret.
Essex County Council timeline
(Sorry, above link mysteriously 404, will restore data on new link).
Court of Protection - orders
Adoption Ruling of February 2013
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