The new PM, Mr. Brown has pre-empted the Queen’s Speech in a very rude and unconstitutional sort of way to announce some of the wonderful things he’s going to do for Britain. Two of his outstanding offerings are: (a) to force all young people to stay in school or training until the age of 18 and (b) to build even more ‘affordable housing’ in addition to the millions of new houses that have been ordained by New Labour already. If I could believe the former meant things like apprenticeships and work experience in the real world, it might be a good thing – but unfortunately, of course, it means nothing of the sort. It will just be another move of extreme idiocy, like aiming at 50% of youth going to university – an arbitrary act supposed in theory to improve opportunities, but in fact reducing them by lowering educational standards for everyone and giving them qualifications which are a complete waste of time and which no employer takes seriously. So the totally non-academic oafs who currently disrupt education for those pupils who might actually benefit will now be forced to go to further education colleges, etc, and ruin those too. What an incredibly stupid idea! Pure gesture politics, as usual – quite obviously what we should really be doing is letting the kids who aren’t interested in academic learning out of school as soon as possible, so they can do something practical and start earning a living and perhaps a bit of self-respect, leaving the brighter ones to benefit from a proper education. But that would be far too obvious for a New Labour politician, wouldn’t it. And then the housing. Southern Britain is already disappearing under an ocean of concrete and shoddy building. We have some of the highest densities of population in the world. The answer? Build more housing, of course. Would it be too much for someone to stand up and point out that the reason we have too little housing and it is all too expensive is that there is not enough space and too many people already, and that encouraging hundreds of thousands more people to immigrate to Britain every year is making it worse! Of course, we could just go on letting people in and building more and more housing until there is no green space left. On the other hand WE COULD SIMPLY STOP MASS IMMIGRATION AND ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO LEAVE. The pressure of demand would immediately relax, house prices would go down and we wouldn’t even have to build half the extra housing already announced. We are a small country, and there is a limit to the number of people who can live here comfortably. We should aim at reducing the population, not increasing it! Oh – but of course you’re not allowed to say things like that, are you, because it’s ‘racist’. So come on, all you Iraqi terrorists, Somali gangsters, Latin American drug-smugglers and Russian mafiosi and the rest – come on over to the UK and join the merry throng. Our Prime Minister will provide housing for you all, and England’s green and pleasant land will be a complete shithole soon, like the rest of the Third World.
Another excellent quote from Douglas Murray's Neoconservatism – why we need it :
'As anyone walking through a town centre today can testify, a large proportion of the people our education systems are producing are not very nice.'
'The education system in Britain has, for a generation, cultivated the nurturing of (self-)esteem over the nurturing of knowledge and expertise'.
….'to elevate the the pedestrian and encourage the base.. is not just to do a disservice to a generation: it is to abandon them, from the beginning of their lives, to thwarted existences of bafflement, ignorance and rage.'
It's almost uncanny how it captures exactly the feelings I have when I am forced to go shopping in central Oxford – let alone London! We have created a nation of thugs and slobs, largely by destroying our education system and lowering every possible standard under the deluded principle of 'inclusion'. And now we have to live with the consequences.
I've just been watching the second episode of the latest That'll Teach 'Em series on TV, where they take bolshie modern schoolkids and put them in 1950's school conditions and see what happens. It is quite fascinating to see the effect just a week of strict discipline, order and real education has on most of them. Admittedly it is 'only' a TV programme, but you can see that some of the kids are genuinely shocked and amazed at being treated as children and not prematurely as adults (they're all 16), and how confused some of them are at first at being challenged by the teachers instead of having their brattish little egos indulged at every turn. But the interesting thing is that most of them very quickly start responding in a positive way to it all, and realising that it's actually better to have order and discipline, and get a sense of achieving things rather than having everything handed to you on a plate, with a pat on the head just for being there. This series is a 'girls versus boys' one, which is particularly intriguing. It's a joy to see the boys transformed from the usual sullen, swaggering, 'look at me, I'm cool' idiots to enthusiastic, good-humoured, keen schoolboys happily dissecting small (dead) animals and really enjoying competitive games, etc. Whereas the girls spend so much time complaining about all the things they really, really can't live without, bitching between themselves, and having hysterics about hands-on biology and school dinners involving real food. Nothing could better illustrate the feminisation of modern education and the dire effect it has had, not only on boys but on girls, too. And nothing could be a better argument for segregated secondary education. But will any of this have any repercussions in the real world? Of course not, because the ideologically obsessed fools who have been ruining British education for decades are still in charge. If I had kids I'd do anything to make sure they went to decent independent schools – in the hands of New 'Labour' there is no hope for our state school system – and the new 'touchy-feely' Tories under Cameron won't do anything better either, by the look of things.
You can see so clearly from all these sorts of series that so many of the deplorable aspects of modern society go back to the hopelessness of most state education and the process of destruction of an excellent system that started in the late 60's. The rudeness, the laziness, the slobbiness, the self-indulgence, the lack of respect for anyone or anything but themselves, the arrogance, the ignorance, the abysmal standards, (the list goes on and on) – they all start in the schools. All the rubbish 'initiatives' and social engineering projects of the current apology for a government are a complete waste of time until we have an education system that inculcates decent standards and discipline right from the start. But we quite obviously aren't going to get that, are we? It's so depressing. Once again my mind turns to emigration.