Donald Trump’s most fervent supporters are ready for him to become the 19th president [not the 45th or 46th] on March 4th. Why is that, and is there any validity in the belief? This article, reprinted from the link below, examines all the claims, where they come from, and much more.Continue reading
Nothing is quite as powerful or resistant to change as belief. That is a good thing when the belief is founded on truth and God-given fact, such as the scriptures.
Although the devil comes up with seemingly irrefutable evidence to contradict God and his word – as he did when he tested the Lord Jesus in the desert – just like Jesus we can answer him with the bible truths that are everlasting and not susceptible to change or alteration.
On the other hand, when a firmly held belief is contrary to the facts, it becomes a snare from which it is difficult to escape.Continue reading
Many of you will have read the title and thought, well obviously. However, these days it’s unfortunately not obvious, even for bible-literate Christians, that doing the right thing, and acting truthfully and honourably, is part and parcel of being a Christian.Continue reading
I remember a moment, as clear as if it happened yesterday, although it was about 40 years ago (!) and it prepared me for what is happening today. Indeed, it was crucial, even though I did not know it at the time. Thank you Lord.
Fast-forward to today. I watched a short video [thanks to OnesimusFiles] that examined today’s political and religious events in America (America principally, but also affecting the rest of the world). That too recalled the truths I refer to above. Both roots sprang up together – because everything in our lives is ordered by God. Continue reading
Why does ISIS exist? Why is it advancing almost unchecked? I have prayed these things without an answer. But the answers are more complex than we would like to admit.
We would simply like for the refugees to be rescued, and the bloodshed to end. Human nature yearns for peace and security in the Middle East, and the threat against Israel as well as other nations to be removed. It’s heart-wrenching to hear of yet another atrocity, bomb blast, mass execution! The souls of all right-thinking people are wrenched with pity, and in this I include many ordinary Muslims and members of other religions.
But here lies the problem – and the answer. It’s not at a time of war, but when they say “peace and security!” that “sudden destruction comes upon them”.
1 Thess 5:2-4 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief…”
Jordan’s King Abdullah is reported to have said that Israel “must choose between the mentality of “Israel the fortress” or “living in peace and security with its neighbors.”” The pressure to do so will mount as the attacks grow fiercer, and as the borders fall, making Israel more and more vulnerable. But at what price, peace? Continue reading
Big brother chips will take control of home appliances – but you must pay for ‘sinister’ technology.
You may have heard that the UK is running out of power. We have plenty of energy sources, but because of the green agenda, we’re not allowed to use them.
For one thing, Gordon Brown when he was Prime Minister signed a binding agreement in the EU to commit this country to “renewable sources” for energy, and on top of that, the EU has demanded we close down our coal- and gas-fired energy plants. Continue reading
Democracy? Don’t make me laugh! One battle-scarred veteran councillor delivers a devastating insight into what really goes on in your Town Hall
By ROBIN PAGE (26 April 2013)
Exactly one year ago, after three recounts, I was swept back into power as a local district councillor by a massive two votes. Despite an astonishingly vitriolic campaign against me, I unseated a Liberal Democrat — and life as a district councillor began again.
I say again because I had already done 36 years during an earlier stint as an Independent on South Cambridgeshire District Council. I’d resigned in 2006 as a matter of principle, fed up with the pervasive culture of political correctness and the crazy rules on ‘standards of behaviour’ for councillors introduced under Labour by John Prescott. Continue reading
I needed to read this twice to make sure I was not seeing things.
Far from arresting men (because it’s most often men) who pester women for sex in parks or engage in “immoral acts” in public, the Police have now “officially designated areas of common land, woodland and parks as a ‘Public Sex Environment’, or PSE.”
Were you planning to take your toddlers to see the bluebells, or have a leisurely walk with the dog? Well you might want to think twice before you stumble across a gay threesome or a couple having sex in a car watched by an audience of regular “doggers”, not just ignored by the authorities but officially sanctioned by them!
It’s gone too far.
I can’t stand it any more, and instead of letting it raise my blood pressure I’m going to have a rant.
I watch the TV News every morning before breakfast, usually BBC News and Sky News (although the topics covered on both are identical, even to the timing, so there’s no real difference between these two) and when after about two minutes I’m screaming at the screen, I have to go to Al Jazeera to find out what’s really going on in the world. [Sad, because Al Jazeera is pro-Muslim but it still covers world events in a more balanced way than the Beeb.]
In vain do I seek for information about the war in Syria, the economy in America, terrorism in Mali (or whatever). Continue reading
The Ayes have it! 400 of them.
And by a process we call Democracy, the Vox Populi ruled on Tuesday that marriage is no longer between a man and a woman, but between anyone, of any gender or persuasion.
From a Christian standpoint, I’d say that democracy is a flawed system.
If the principle is that the minority are always overruled by the majority, then all kinds of popular evils could be made legal. Why is there little to no media censorship, no regulation of internet porn, no clamp down on excessive drinking? The majority approve of it, so they carry the day.
Well, folks, the choice is clear — and I suppose there must be some people out there who approve of the bizarre and defeatist policy of Labour leader Ed Miliband.
There must be at least a couple of readers who think the EU is just maaaahvellous in every respect. Perhaps you are one of them? Perhaps you think the whole Brussels set-up is beyond improvement, and that it is somehow vulgar to try to get a better deal for Britain.
How many tireless workers, whose praises are unsung and whose faces we never see on the media channels, have made a lasting contribution to real peace and harmony between peoples? Plenty! And they deserve a bit of public applause and recognition.
So we can only gape in amazement as the committee of Norwegian worthies ignored all human candidates and instead awarded this prestigious prize to the European Union!
Remarks by the President
Washington Hilton Hotel
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Good evening, everybody. Good evening. I could not be more thrilled to be here tonight — (laughter) — at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. This is a great crowd. They’re already laughing. It’s terrific.
Now, if I do win a second term as President, let me just say something to all the — (applause) — let me just say something to all my conspiracy-oriented friends on the right who think I’m planning to unleash some secret agenda: You’re absolutely right. (Laughter.) So allow me to close with a quick preview of the secret agenda you can expect in a second Obama administration.
In my first term, I sang Al Green; in my second term, I’m going with Young Jeezy. (Laughter.)
MRS. OBAMA: Yeah.
THE PRESIDENT: Michelle said, yeah. (Laughter.) I sing that to her sometimes. (Laughter.)
He sings THAT to her??? Read the lyrics if you can stand to – they are very explicit – but find them here:
THE PRESIDENT: In my first term, we ended the war in Iraq; in my second term, I will win the war on Christmas. (Laughter.)
HUH? Win the WAR ON CHRISTMAS? Did you know there was such a thing? Well, it’s becoming more and more apparent that Christmas is detested by almost everyone for its supposed Christian overtones, and they have been de-christianising it for years. It’s not politically correct to have a religious festival that is so blatantly Christian. So it’s becoming a “winter festival” instead.
“In the past, Christmas-related controversy was mainly restricted to concerns of a public focus on secular Christmas themes such as Santa Claus and gift-giving, rather than what is sometimes expressed by Christians as the real “reason for the season” – the birth of Jesus.
Modern-day controversy occurs mainly in western countries such as the United States, Canada, and to a lesser extent the United Kingdom and Ireland, and usually stems from a contrast between the holiday’s significant social and economic role in these countries and its strong association with Christianity in an increasingly multiculturally sensitive and religiously diversifying society.
In recent decades, public, corporate, and government mention of the term “Christmas” during the Christmas and holiday season has declined and been replaced with a generic term, usually “holiday(s)”, to avoid referring to Christmas by name.
Also, many retailers are asked to greet their customers with “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings” than with the traditional “Merry Christmas”.
It has also been further argued that as western society continues to diversify culturally and religiously, public recognition of a potentially sectarian holiday, such as Christmas, may be seen as non-inclusive or offensive to non-Christians or non-celebrants in general.”
However, do you want to vote for a man who openly (even in jest) aims to “win the war against Christmas”? – presumably, to completely overturn any religious connection to that time of the year. It’s disturbing to say the least that these are the principles of a man whose words and actions affect many if not most of the nations round the world.
THE PRESIDENT: In my first term, we repealed the policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” — (applause) — wait, though; in my second term, we will replace it with a policy known as, it’s raining men. (Laughter.)
July 22, 2011 President Obama formally certified on Friday that the American military is ready for the repeal of the don’t ask, don’t tell policy as Pentagon officials said that nearly two million service members had been trained in preparation for gay men and women serving openly in their ranks. Enactment of the repeal will come in 60 days, on Sept. 20. The two-month waiting period is called for in the legislation passed late last year that ended don’t ask, don’t tell, the 17-year-old law that banned openly gay men, lesbians and bisexuals from military service. As of Sept. 20, service members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve our country, Mr. Obama said in a statement. Pentagon officials said they would be looking in the next two months at gray areas that might allow them to extend some benefits to same-sex married couples in the military. (Source)
IT’S RAINING MEN
What’s Obama referring to? He’s aiming to push the gay agenda even further!
There’s an ongoing conspiracy theory that says Obama is gay, and was even “married” during his college years and is seen in photographs wearing a wedding ring on his ring finger at that time. A spoof profile that he wrote for college lists one of his accomplishments as “deflecting persistent questions about the ring on my left hand.”
Be that as it may, it’s certain that Obama today does support gay marriage. In addition, his choice of song “Raining Men” is now hailed as a GAY ANTHEM, like “YMCA” by The Village People, and the gay community helped popularize it.
The song was written by Paul Jabara and Paul Shaffer in 1979 originally for Dave Balfour’s album ‘Stars’ (it was eventually discarded),and originally recorded by The Weather Girls in 1982. It was covered by Martha Wash (of The Weather Girls) as a duet with RuPaul in 1997, Geri Halliwell in 2001 and by Young Divas in 2006. The song is hailed as a camp classic and more recently as a dance anthem, gay anthem, and as a classic feminist anthem.
There is a gay blog called “It’s Raining Men” to which I won’t give the link but if you are that interested you can find it yourself on Google, and the strap line reads: “Breaking barriers and giving expression to the gay community” – therefore we have to ask ourselves why, of all songs, Obama would choose this one as his theme and anthem for his second term!
THE PRESIDENT: In my first term, we passed health care reform; in my second term, I guess I’ll pass it again. (Applause.)
I’m not qualified to comment on the Health Care Reforms, but I know they are hotly debated in the States – nonetheless, Obama chose to throw this comment in as another part of his supposed conspiracy agenda. Draw whatever conclusion you like from that!
European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso has told the Chinese public that the EU will become a fully-fledged ‘political union’ after the financial crisis.
Speaking to TV cameras after a meeting with Chinese leader Wen Jiabao in Bejing on 14 February, he said that the crisis has prompted a new wave of integration, however, citing the fiscal treaty agreed last month by 25 EU countries.
‘I want to make this very clear to Chinese public opinion. Because I understand when you see the news you may be putting some questions. Is the European Union really going to progress? I say: ‘Yes. No doubt about it’ … Precisely because of the problems in the euro area the conclusion has been to further integrate and to complete the monetary union with a fiscal union and, I believe, in the future toward a political union.’
Back in Europe EU President Herman van Rompuy said ‘Maybe not formally speaking, but at least politically speaking, all national parliaments have become, in a way, European institutions’, adding that it is the responsibility of national parliaments to ‘adapt’ to this new situation.
There is to be a massive movement of people on March 30th this year to surround Jerusalem (or as close as they can come) to “demand freedom for Palestine and its capital Jerusalem.” It is timed to coincide with ‘Palestine Land Day’.
(And Why Should We Be Concerned About It?)
Posted by Christine Pack
A movement inside of Christian evangelicalism called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) has gathered lethal momentum very unexpectedly. This movement had up until recently only been taught and believed inside the hyper-charismatic movement (think IHOP, Kansas City Prophets, Mike Bickle, etc.). But now, having somehow “jumped” from its normal carrier, rather than being “contained” as a strange belief system that would only impact a limited number of people, it suddenly began to go viral when in the United States big names on the political right began to align themselves with the big names from the charismatic Christian side.
Why exactly has the NAR, which makes alarming use of militant “warfare” language and talks of “taking dominion” over the world “one mountain at a time,” [PLEASE visit this page to see worrying evidence] gotten so big, so fast, and with so many big political names attached?
French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “liar” in remarks to US President Barack Obama overheard by journalists.
“I can’t stand him any more, he’s a liar,” Mr Sarkozy said in French.
“You may be sick of him, but me, I have to deal with him every day,” Mr Obama replied.
The exchange at the G20 summit was quoted by a French website, Arret sur Images, and confirmed by other media. The remarks – during a private conversation – were overheard by a few journalists last week but were not initially reported, the BBC’s Christian Fraser in Paris says.
Journalists at the bilateral press conference had been handed translation boxes but had been told not to plug in their headphones until the backroom conversation had finished. But those who did heard the revealing comments.
For several days there was media silence in France about the exchange – a decision had apparently been taken not to embarrass the French president. A correspondent for Le Monde newspaper referred to the conversation without the quotes.
But Israeli newspapers have reported it in full. It is said Mr Obama was taking Mr Sarkozy to task for voting in favour of the Palestinian bid for full membership of the UN cultural organisation, Unesco, a bid that was approved despite American opposition.
The remarks indicate a breakdown of trust with the Israeli leader which could have wider implications for the Middle East peace process, our correspondent says.
From other news sites
- MSNBC Sarkozy to Obama: I can’t bear ‘liar’ Netanyahu 1 hr ago
- Asian Age Israel silent on Sarkozy ‘outburst’ over Netanyahu 1 hr ago
- New Statesman Sarkozy: “I cannot stand Netenyahu. He is a liar.” 1 hr ago
- Irish Times Sarkozy brands Netanyahu ‘a liar’ 2 hrs ago
- Yahoo! UK and Ireland Sarkozy told Obama he is fed up with Israeli PM 3 hrs ago
By PETER HITCHENS (edited)
Every crank, dingbat and fanatic in Southern England has found his or her way to the camp by the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral. Whatever your cause, it has a pavilion here, especially if it is a lost cause.
There’s a Buddhist shrine next to an arrow marking the direction of Mecca. Che Guevara, that old mass murderer, has his image on display. There’s propaganda against the ‘persecution of sex workers’. The Socialist Workers Party, those latchers on to every passing procession, have a stall that looks a little too neat and tidy for the occasion. Bolshevik discipline doesn’t really mesh with the world of Twitter and dope.
There really are signs against ‘capitalism’, a word used only by people who still think you can change human nature, which you sort-of can if you have concentration camps and an effective secret police.
And there are other placards enquiring rather aggressively: ‘What would Jesus do?’ People who ask this question always assume that Jesus would agree with them. Well, I suppose it’s possible. But what would He agree with, exactly?
Stand here long enough and you will be pinned to the wall, or to a pillar, by lots and lots of nice but rather silly people.
- There’s the man who thinks we invaded Iraq to punish it for not having a central bank.
- There’s the man who thinks the clue to the greed of the City somehow lies in the Channel Islands.
- And there are dozens of recently fledged experts on the wickedness of the City itself, though it is clear that this is a new concern for them. They are thrilled to have discovered that the City of London Corporation is so fantastically undemocratic. They had no idea that such wickedness still survived, and that they can be against it.
- There’s the slender public schoolboy with the looks of a tragic Thirties poet who, handed a megaphone, emits five minutes of the higher drivel about nothing in particular. ‘We are the people,’ he claims, adding: ‘We have forgotten what and who we are.’ Speak for yourself, sonny!
- And in these less religious times, battiness takes new forms. A dreadlocked man in a Rastafarian hat and glowing red trousers rages about world citizenship to an audience of perhaps 12, including me.
- In the mighty porch of the cathedral, a group of furry people are listening to a man play the guitar. I am reminded of Tom Lehrer’s song: ‘We are the Folk Song Army. Every one of us cares. We all hate poverty, war, and injustice . . . unlike the rest of you squares.’
I’m sure that if I had waited long enough, I would have been taken to one side by enthusiasts for flatulent diets, speakers of Esperanto, or persons who think that The Key To Everything is to be found in the measurements of the Great Pyramid.
My nostalgic side hoped to run into advocates of opening Joanna Southcott’s box, which was supposed to be unsealed at a time of grave national crisis, in the presence of all the bishops (it was eventually found to contain an old lottery ticket and a horse pistol). But such enthusiasts are scarce nowadays.
Later, as darkness and drizzle fall, and a general meeting of stupendous, award-winning tedium gets under way, I am reminded of that forgotten horror of the Sixties, the ‘teach-in’.
The people’s representatives (if that is what they are, as they don’t represent me) take an unbelievable amount of time to approve a bland statement about Egypt. They are, it turns out, in favour of democracy and against repression.
When I ask one – who has lectured me lengthily about the wickedness of the banks – what his qualifications are in economics, he concedes with a self-mocking smile that he doesn’t have any.
Where do they come from? It’s hard to tell, though a lot are obviously students with vague timetables. One says he works with autistic children, a rather noble calling. Wouldn’t he be doing more good if he went back to that? He doesn’t think so. To him, this is more important.
It’s impossible to dislike most of them, though I have to admit I carefully avoided the squad of four gaunt men with hollow heroin-abusers’ faces, dressed in war-surplus fatigues and kicking a football around.
And I tried not to meet the stern gaze of the astonishing bearded preacher, who strides backwards and forwards across the cathedral steps, expounding his own version of the Gospels, for hours and hours and hours.
If haranguing were an Olympic event, he could harangue for Britain. The only trouble is that – because he is always on the move – you would have to follow him backwards and forwards for several miles to follow his argument. As it is, you get a snatch of it and then it fades away, and then it starts again.
The camp is scruffy, ugly and dispiriting. The last time I saw so many of these bubble tents was in Mogadishu in the middle of a horrible famine, when many of them contained dying babies.
Now you can’t tell what or who is in them because they’re mostly zipped up tightly. Not having my own thermal-imaging device, I cannot be sure, but in several hours at the camp I saw little sign of life among the tents. (Photo actually taken with thermal imaging camera showing 90% of tents unoccupied at night.)
There’s a lot of sensitivity over the heat-sensitive pictures which seemed to show that most of them were empty by night. ‘They falsified it,’ a determined young man tells me, in between thrusting pamphlets at me and giving me a forbidding reading list.
Nobody made any great efforts to deny that a lot of cannabis was being smoked. If there really was a war on drugs, I suspect the police could devastate the camp by simply enforcing the Misuse Of Drugs Act 1971. But of course there is no such ‘war’, and the police aren’t interested.
There’s quite a lot of smoking of ordinary cigarettes going on, an interesting reflection on a generation that prides itself on not being fooled by corporate greed and consumerism. So why did they fall for that bit of it?
It was time to go into St Paul’s itself. I had hoped for Evensong, the most beautiful and potent service of the Church of England.
It would have done the campers good to listen to the haunting, 2,000-year-old words of the Magnificat: ‘He hath shewed strength with his arm. He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seat: and hath exalted the humble and meek. He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away.’
Someone might then have explained to them that this was a promise of eternal justice, not a programme for government. Alas, it was some other modern service, its bare, plastic language weirdly out of tune with the clouds of medieval incense and the gorgeous feudal robes of the clergy. And the sermon, like so much of the Church of England, was infected with modern Leftwingery and talk about ‘equality’, which sounds nice in theory but always ends up very nasty in practice.
From outside the giant doors, you could just hear the bearded preacher roaring distantly, like the sea.
And I contrasted the great classical majesty of the cathedral, one of man’s most successful attempts to combine reason, science and hope, with the chaotic, self-righteous festival of drivel outside. Yet there’s no doubt which of the two is closer to the mood of the modern world, more’s the pity.
We watch the news with a sense of disbelief but not surprise. Many of us had said “if this goes on, there will be rioting in the streets”. But we meant that the poor, the oppressed, the angry, and those treated cruelly and unjustly would hit back with a protest so strong that this country would reel from it.
In the event, the rioting was even worse because it was the result, not of protest, nor in support of basic human rights, but a selfish greedy and criminal desire to loot and burn for the sake of it, just because they can.
The bible said “lawlessness shall increase” and it is. It said this:
2 Tim 3:1-5
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come, for people will be…
lovers of themselves
lovers of money
disobedient to parents
despisers of good
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
This we see all around us, growing worse by the day.
There has always been selfishness and lawlessness. But throughout history that evil was contained and restricted by physical distance and location, by lack of speedy communication, and by the unavailably of graphic media, as well as the inclination of most people to be law-abiding and moral. All that has been swept away.
Today we see gangs organised via Twitter and Blackberry messaging, being directed round the streets by mobile phones.
Today we see the result of that mayhem instantly via a live feed on TV, encouraging others to go out and do the same thing the next day.
But given all that is true, what are some of the recent causes underlying the situation we are witnessing of rampant uncontrolled lawlessness roaming our streets? It’s not hard to identify because these are issues that are being discussed in every gathering of normal people (but somehow not in the corridors of power, where a corporate insanity prevails.)
For many years the education system has been infiltrated by left-wing, liberal, and fanciful new-world ideas that have removed discipline and straightforward studying of the facts, and replaced them with “yuman rights”, and propaganda for the cause. Instead of educating children, they introduced them to the idea that anything goes, and nobody must complain. We ended up with generations of illiterate yobs whose only aim in life is to take from society and escape all consequences.
Whether or not you believe in the death penalty for murder, it was a turning point for this country when we decided to imprison killers instead. It was the leading edge of another liberal agenda to see criminals as “victims of society” instead of those who needed punishment. Year by year we have watched the justice system strain and break. Shorter sentences, more lenient courts, fewer people arrested, while crime escalated at an alarming rate. The police are hogtied by nit-picking rules and regulations that forbid them to violate anybody’s “rights” (apart from the victims of crime, naturally). Add to this the prevailing attitude of the authorities that it’s illegal to defend yourself or (as they call it) “take the law into your own hands” and you have the disgraceful situation of innocent citizens brought to court for trying to defend their own property or lives!
Drugs and Alcohol
People fuelled by these are much more likely to be irrational and desperate. Too much crime is drug-related. Yet alcohol continues to be dirt cheap, and the licensing hours have been extended instead of cut. So unable are the authorities to deal with the drug problem that their recently proposed “answer” was just to make personal drug use legal because it’s impossible to stop it now. Yet people out of their heads on drugs and drink are frequently violent and abusive, stealing to support their habit, unable to work, ill and using up NHS resources, not to speak of the damage they do to their own and their family’s lives. (Much of what was stolen in the rioting was alcohol.)
Video games and computers
This is another huge area of concern. Very young children are getting access to the internet, seeing and involving themselves in things that scar their minds and corrupt their spirits. Social Networking introduces them to people they would not normally have known, and outside of all parental control. Peer-pressure means they will attempt things against their better judgement. Video games are violent and horrific, teaching them to kill and steal without mercy and without restraint. What they see informs their lives and educates them to believe in a world where everything is up for grabs, without consequences.
Music too, and TV programming, has become more and more sexually explicit and foul in every way. Censorship seems non-existent. Storylines are about all about getting your own way, no matter what. Crime is fun, and clever. Younger and younger children are reading magazines and other media that pushes them to conform to a sexualized and greedy lifestyle when they are too young to make adult decisions about the need for restraint.
Breakdown of the family, no discipline
At the same time, as we all know, the family has crumbled apart. With the open encouragement of successive Governments, marriage has been abandoned in favour of casual relationships, children being born to multiple partners, men drifting from one woman to the next, women raising several non-related children alone… meaning that the all-important input of a strong and reliable father-figure is missing. The only parenting that the children understand is getting their wants supplied. They witness arguments, abandonment and strife all their lives and conclude that there is nothing stable or good about the human experience. It’s “every man for himself”.
One strong incentive in life is to do better than those around you, gain a good education and train for a career that will reward you and your family in later life. However, that aim has been removed from the lives of many ordinary people. Much schooling is a joke and even now children leave without knowing how to write or speak correctly, and unable to do basic sums. They know nothing about history or geography and even less about science. Then when they try to go on to university they either drop out, unable to face the challenge of a good education, or else they are unable to attend in the first place due to cost. The only jobs they can get (if any at all) are menial and badly-paid. If despite all this they enter a profession that provides a good salary they are stung by the various taxes and disincentives this country has always provided to punish those who do well. Talent and Invention are shipped off to countries who know how to reward them, while we struggle on with a dumbed-down lack-lustre population that only knows how to toe the line.
No good role-models
Another incentive used to be the role-models people encountered while growing up. Now, many role-models such as footballers, rock stars and actors are famous for being loud-mouthed, drunken, adulterous and ignorant. It’s the evil of society that is paraded in the press and applauded, and made into entertainment. It is greed, selfishness, infidelity, pride, anger and hatred of religion that people see and hear. They conclude “this is how life is lived, this is how I should be.”
Hatred of God
The prevailing attitude of the media today is “bash the bible”. No holds barred in portraying Christians as ignorant depraved fools who deserve no consideration from society. Every sinew is stretched out to find yet another way to disprove the Christian truths, whether in the Press, on TV or just in private conversations.
Children may not have been taught anything about history, but if any conversation arises with a religious element they suddenly “know” all about the bible, how contradictory and “repressive” it is (even though they have never seen, let alone read, one.) It seems as if TV producers work to a golden rule that Christians must appear in every drama and cartoon, to be mocked and resented and shown up as corrupt and self-serving idiots.
It’s no wonder churches are empty and Christianity has such a bad name. But along with that goes the intense fear of “judgement” that people instinctively feel! Anyone who is Christian knows the knee-jerk response “how dare you judge me?” when anything about God is mentioned.
Deep levels of sin have produced a bad conscience in society, but instead of owning up to sin people would rather do away with God, so as to avoid unpleasantness. When they are told by everything they hear and see that God is judgemental and repressive, they join in the chorus, rejoicing in their freedom to do as they please.
When a child as young as 10 gets a message from a gang of friends who say they are going into the city to smash and burn shops and loot whatever they can carry, what is there from the list above to prevent him saying “I’m there.”
Is there any parental disapproval? NO! His Mum is probably too busy watching TV with her new boyfriend, and even if she stands in his way, she’ll be told to F-Off.
Is there any fear of the police or the legal system? NO! Even if by bad luck he was arrested he wouldn’t be charged, and would be let back home with nothing more than a caution. Then he’d be even more proud of his status in the gang!
Is there any personal inclination to avoid criminal behaviour? NO! “Everybody else is doing it” and the more they succeed the better they feel. Everything he watches and everyone he admires spurs him on, rather than the opposite.
Is there any reason to resist? NO! Because he “needs” to “have things” like the rest of the world, and his Mum won’t buy them. He wants new trainers, and the clothes that his friends wear, and all those “must-have” electronic gadgets, and the drink that dulls his unhappy memories, and he knows he’ll never be able to have them without stealing. So why not? Society “owes him”! “THEY” have things, so why shouldn’t he?
And I must say, when big businesses, banks, government departments, celebrities, and the high-fliers in this country are so dismissively arrogant about their billions of ill-gotten gains, while others have nothing, it’s not surprising there is a deep resentment amongst ordinary people!
Finally, is there any fear of the consequences? NO! From whom could there be consequences? His mother doesn’t care that much, his friends already approve, his school won’t intervene and to be sure he won’t be hearing anything about God and the Ten Commandments anytime soon.
‘It’s going to be Lehman on steroids’
In an unusually stark warning, the head of the European Commission said leaders must find a convincing solution to Greece’s debt crisis when they meet today or the global economy will pay a heavy price.
(Daily Mail 21st July 2011)
- Nicolas Sarkozy makes ‘pact’ with Angela Merkel to gain German help
- Crunch talks in Brussels could lead to death of euro if there’s no agreement
- Osborne says crisis could lead Britain into recession as serious as 2008
- British banks have £200bn tied up in weaker economies that risk default
- UK homebuyers face costlier loans due to Greek, Spanish and Italian debt
- Chancellor calls for single eurozone bonds
- Clegg: ‘We are an not island economy. We can’t turn our back on the world’
George Osborne, The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, urged European leaders to ‘get a grip’ when they meet today in a bid to resolve the debt crisis and warned that if action was not taken, ‘we see the potential for a set of economic events that could be as damaging as 2008‘
German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Nicolas Sarkozy met and are believed to have made an agreement. One result of their talks announced this morning was a limited DEFAULT on the debt, but where that leads nobody can predict. It’s a very rocky road for all the other EU partners.
And, although Britain does not use the single currency, he said failure to deal with the financial calamity could engulf the UK. David Cameron said Britain faced ‘very bad consequences’ unless decisive action is taken.
Amid mounting fears that the economic recovery could now be reversed unless other countries start to get on top of their massive debts, Mr Cameron warned of a lack of leadership over the issue. That appeared to be a swipe at the French and German leaders ahead of the crunch Brussels summit. Others have echoed this feeling.
To add to the instability, American politicians appear unable to reach agreement on a move to raise government debt limits.
Former Treasury secretary Lawrence Summers warned last night of a ‘financial Armageddon’ and a worse economic crisis than in 2008 if a deal is not struck.
‘It’s going to be Lehman on steroids,’ Mr Summers declared, a reference to the bank that collapsed and triggered the first crisis. Without agreement by August 2, the U.S. government will have to impose immediate spending cuts of about 44 per cent to stave off a default on its huge debts.
CHRISTOPHER BOOKER: The euro now threatens the world with economic meltdown
“No EU leader has ANY practical idea of what can be done to halt this gathering catastrophe.”
While Britain has seemingly been transfixed by ‘Murdoch-gate’, rolling down on us all like a tsunami is a crisis so immeasurably greater that by comparison it makes the misdemeanours of a few journalists, policemen and politicians look quite irrelevant.
Today, as the eurozone’s leaders gather in Brussels to discuss yet another bail-out for Greece — whose borrowings are expected to reach 172 per cent of its GDP soon — they do so against the background of a stark warning from the IMF that Europe’s runaway debt crisis is now threatening a global ‘earthquake’ that could wipe £400 billion off the value of the economies of the world, including our own.
A study by the think-tank Open Europe finds that the European Central Bank alone, in charge of the euro, now faces liabilities of £444 billion — a third of the entire value of Britain’s economy.
As this colossal shadow looms ever larger over our future, two things become clearer by the day. First, no one has any idea of just what mind-boggling sums are now at stake in this crisis.
The second is that no one — not the EU’s leaders, not the world’s bankers, not those in charge of institutions such as the International Monetary Fund or the European Central Bank — has any practical idea of what can be done to halt this gathering catastrophe.
Germany and the Netherlands are fiercely opposed to another massive Greek bail-out — some £400 billion is being demanded this time — arguing that private investors should now be made to weigh in and help. The European Central Bank is, however, utterly opposed to the involvement of private investors.
The likelihood is that the EU’s leaders will again come to some form of hopeless compromise that will temporarily save their faces, but will act only as a sticking plaster.
The truth is the politicians and the money men run around like headless chickens while Europe is on the point of being sucked down into a black hole, the depth of which no one can begin reliably to guess at.
Not a month goes by without further mountains of debt emerging into view — as Spain and Italy join the list of debtors headed by Greece, Ireland and Portugal. Gone are the days when it could be imagined that the richer countries of Europe, led by Germany, could happily afford to bail out the sums run up by the reckless borrowing of their poorer colleagues.
So vast is the problem that it is becoming obvious all the money in Europe couldn’t hope to solve this crisis, which threatens not just the countries of the eurozone, but also many other nations with an economic meltdown without historical precedent.
And all this has ultimately been brought about by the determination of Europe’s politicians to cling on, at almost any cost, to the most reckless single blunder in their 50-year-old dream of building what amounted to a ‘United States of Europe’.
It was way back in the Seventies, as they looked for new ways to ‘integrate’ Europe, when they first came up with the idea that there could be no more dramatic way to symbolise their dream than to unite Europe round a single currency.
This dream was never based on any hard-headed financial calculations. It was always just a political project, a way to weld all the different countries unshakeably together by giving their ‘Europe’ that supreme defining characteristic of a nation state, its own money.
Yet even in those early far-off days there were more practical men who warned that such a breathtakingly ambitious project could only work if ‘Europe’ was given a fully-fledged ‘economic government’, with the power to shift vast quantities of money and other resources from the richer countries to the poorer, in the hope that all their inequalities of income and economic performance could eventually be levelled out.
This was precisely the magisterial advice given by Sir Donald MacDougall, a top Treasury economist, when in 1978 he was commissioned by Roy Jenkins, then President of the European Commission, to produce an official report on the implications of any attempt to create a single currency.
But so intoxicated became Europe’s politicians by their political vision that when, in the Nineties, the foundations for the single currency were laid by men such as Jacques Delors, Helmut Kohl and Francois Mitterrand, all these hard-headed warnings were brushed aside.
And when their beloved euro finally came into being at the end of the 20th century, the script unfolded exactly as the sterner critics had predicted.
Right at its heart, the single currency was based on two crucial flaws. On the one hand, its founders took pride in the fact that all the countries which joined it could borrow money at a single, low interest rate.
This would assist the richer countries, such as Germany, to become even richer, by allowing their industries to expand. But it would also encourage poorer countries, such as Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain, to finance their own expansion by borrowing ever more recklessly.
We could be entering the darkest time the world has seen since World War II
Hitherto, when countries faced the crisis that would inevitably follow from such wild overspending, they had two ways to stave off disaster. One was that they could jack up interest rates to halt the crazy overborrowing.
The other was they could allow their currency to devalue, enabling them to recover by selling their goods and services more competitively abroad.
But for all those countries locked into the strait-jacket of the euro, neither of these steps was available to them anymore.
Exactly as predicted, the Greeks, the Irish, Portuguese, the Spaniards and others all borrowed hundreds of billions of cheap euros as if there was no tomorrow — enabling each of them to enjoy runaway economic booms, which were hailed as wonderful examples of how ‘Europe was working’.
But, eventually, as we have seen in the past two years, came the dreadful and entirely predictable nemesis, when those debts piled up to quite unmanageable levels. And what has been the response of those in charge of the euro?
The only thing they could not contemplate was that they should admit their great experiment had failed, and that they should allow all these bankrupt countries to drop out of the project which had brought about their downfall and find their own answer to their problems by regaining the power to control their own currencies.
Instead, they have resorted to the final desperate measure of attempting to bail out the countries in crisis by chucking at them ever more astronomic sums of money, which the hapless recipients have little or no prospect of ever being able to pay back.
And before we console ourselves that at least Britain has managed to stay out of this catastrophic experiment, let us remind ourselves just how horribly we, too, have become entangled in this disaster.
Last week, our MPs were asked to vote, without a debate, to double our lending to the IMF to £20 billion.
This is just one of the many ways in which we and our own economy are now being drawn into the same bottomless pit of international lending, supposedly to rescue those countries already facing bankruptcy by handing over to them astronomic sums of money which they can almost certainly never repay.
The IMF warns that this crisis will set off an earthquake that could not only wipe hundreds of billions of pounds off the global economy, but which could well do it such damage as to make the banking crisis of 2008 look like a mere hiccup.
We could be entering the darkest time the world has seen since World War II. And the terrifying fact is that, as yet, not one of Europe’s supposed leaders has the slightest idea what to do about it.
How much easier it is to indulge on sanctimonious hysteria over the misdeeds of an octogenarian media tycoon.
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