Introduction

I thought that I had better add this introduction for the benefit of readers who otherwise would plough straight into the main topics of the site without any understanding of why the site exists in the first place or the background of the person that wrote it.

I do this in an effort to head off the initial and understandable reactions of people from a left wing, socialist or Labour background (the 'PC Brigade') who would otherwise dismiss the content out of hand as 'right wing propaganda written by some lazy good-for-nothing toff who wants to keep the working classes in their place. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I was born in 1951 and I lived until the age of 24 in a council house on a council estate in Luton, Bedfordshire. My parents both voted Labour and as I grew up I heard stories about my Grandfather who suffered bad health, not being able to pay for a doctor or medicines to help with his chest and respiratory problems. Because he was ill, he was often unable to work and therefore had even less money to pay for the doctor. A downward spiral. (Doctors would not refuse attention to poor people but it meant getting the family into some serious debt). I was (and still am) outraged that any person in need of medical attention should have any difficulty at all in getting the help they require.

All around me I saw people who couldn't afford to buy their own houses, were in low paid jobs and had little chance of bettering their situation. Our house had no insulation, vents in every room and just one fire in the living room and the other rooms were cold and damp. On a winter's morning I had to scrape the ice off of the inside of my bedroom window and I had much time off school  with a near continuous sore throat and suffered with chilblains on my toes. Being ill and very bored, I read lots of technical encyclopedias that were in my room. I also read lots of other books; the Famous Five by Enid Blyton was one of my favourite series along with Just William and Jennings. Luckily, I seemed to do well at school and (dare I even mention it) passed my 11+ exam and went to Luton Grammar School. There I made new friends and discovered that they lived in better houses than I did and some even had central heating!

Just to digress slightly, my first experience of political correctness (PC) came in 1965. Of course, I didn’t recognise it as that at the time but it still came as a nasty shock.  One morning during assembly at Luton Grammar School, the Headmaster coolly announced that for ‘political reasons’, the Grammar School was to close and was to become a Sixth Form College. As from the start of the next school year, all pupils would have to attend their local neighbourhood comprehensive.

I remember being quite surprised; ever since I could remember, teachers and parents had been emphasising the importance of working hard and passing the 11+ which was the first step to getting a good education which would help you through life. I didn’t fancy the local comprehensive either, knowing as I did that most of the yobs from the council estate that I lived on went there! But what’s that the headmaster just said? The last two years – the fourth and fifth forms to be, would be allowed to stay on to complete their GCE examinations – oh wow, my reprieve had just come through!

On further investigation, I found out what the ‘political reasons’ were that the Headmaster had briefly alluded to. Apparently, the local Labour council had decided that streaming in education was ‘elitist’ and that if a first class education was not to be available to all then, unfortunately all would have to settle for a second class education. (This is a clear example of how PC always reduces standards)

Thus my mind was made up that something must be done to help poor people improve their lot and when I left school I helped out  the Labour Party at local elections by canvassing and driving people to the polling stations. As time went by, I began to question some of the attitudes expressed by party members as they didn't really seem to hold water or to help those that they should have helped. I started work as an apprentice and joined the Labour Party. When I finished the apprenticeship,  I joined the union and was (briefly) a shop steward in a small part of GEC-Marconi. Again, I questioned the attitudes of some of the members as they seemed not to make much sense and seemed motivated by some kind of malice.

For me, the best way to better myself was to start my own part time business and now being fully qualified, I decided to move on to another similar firm that paid about 25% more. There I got on very well with one of the other employees except he was a true blue tory and we had some spectacular arguments, often falling out. (If you were alive today Ken, I would be happy to apologise.) But I had to admit that some of his arguments made more sense than the ones I was putting forward.

 I got married in 1974 and went full time with my business in 1976. I worked six and sometimes seven days a week. When I had children of my own, I wanted to read them the 'The Famous Five' books that I read when I was a child. It was then that I found libraries under Labour council control had banned  them from their shelves. When I enquired why, I was told that they were about 'middle class children whose families had servants and were not relevant to modern situations'. Maybe, I thought but they were also very good stories that taught children self reliance and the difference between right and wrong! This was my second encounter with Political Correctness, although I didn't realise it at the time. Just another case of malice or envy I thought.

As I visited customers in 1978, I saw litter uncollected, troops manning fire engines and dead bodies going unburied. All this under a Labour Government! The 1979 general election passed and I watched disheartened as Mrs T did her 'Francis of Assisi' speech outside Number 10. But as the years progressed, I grew to admire her common sense approach and found it infinitely better than the nonsensical whining's of Michael Foot, Neil Kinnock and the like.
   
From that point on I completely dropped my Labour bias and I have always examined issues from the commonsense point of view. I was in two minds over Mrs T's sale of council houses but I realised that keeping people in council houses just perpetuates the dependency that the occupants have on the state. The more people that are dependant and don't stand on their own two feet gives some sort of legitimacy to the outdated and unnecessary socialist, nannying approach from government. These people, as I mentioned above, just seem to be on a class war from the past and they portray the Tories  as the bogeymen. Yet in reality modern Tories are only really in favour of efficiency and against waste. Nothing is more wasteful or costly than fat government as it produces nothing and saps the public purse. (Under the current government, it has expanded out of all proportion and despite Gordon Brown's 'promise' to reduce it, adverts in the Grauniad continue unabated.)

Since 1997, a million jobs have been lost from manufacturing in this country, only to be replaced by nearly one million public sector jobs. As these jobs don't actually produce anything, this all has to be paid for by the decreasing numbers of jobs that do! Hence incredibly high public spending with little noticeable improvement in services. Unfortunately, this system  perpetuates itself in so much as the people employed are very likely to vote for the government that gave them the job - turkeys not being noted for voting for Christmas.

I think the key to helping people is education. This allows people to stand on their own two feet and live their own lives. A safety net must always exist for those that need help (under this government the safety net has become a fishing net) but at the moment the state wants to control every aspect of a person's life. This is counterproductive. I very much agree with ex-President Ronald Reagan when he said that the most frightening thing imaginable was to answer your front door and find a man standing there who says 'I am from the government and I am here to help.'

Unfortunately successive governments have let educational standards slide dramatically rather than take on the left wing dogma that has invaded the classroom. Apparently teachers mustn't teach anymore as this is 'oppressive' and their function now is to be like a helpful friend to the pupils who will only learn what they want to! Rules, such as grammar apparently 'stifle the child's creativity and oppress them'. But common sense reveals that the reverse is actually true. Our language is a common medium through which we all communicate and to express ourselves clearly and unambiguously and therefore we need a common structure.

Programming a computer is the same - to get the desired result we have to stick to a syntax that the processor understands otherwise the result will be a crash! When the child leaves school unable to read or write properly and applies for a job, the result is also a crash that leads to a life doing unskilled jobs or on the dole. So rather than oppressing the child, grammar actually liberates the child to be a free spirit armed with the means to make their own way in life. The elite in New Labour & Blue Labour know all this of course, it just doesn't affect them as they send their children to private schools. What hypocrisy!

This brings me to the common thread that runs through all this political correctness, left wing dogma, socialism or whatever you wish to call it. That thread is that political correctness defies common sense, it does the opposite of what it sets out to do, it actually makes those things worse. Worse than that, the people who perpetrate it must be aware of this and therefore must either deny the evidence of their own eyes or have another agenda (or  be completely stupid). 

As I have been researching this problem, I have come to realise that really there may be another agenda. After all, political correctness is really socialism by the back door (Marxism without the gun). It is also the EU by the back door. Much of this PC nonsense begins life in the unelected and unaccountable and corrupt EU commission. This body resembles the old communist Soviet Union with its centralising of power, loss of individual freedom and plain old lies and corruption. Why on earth would anyone consider being part of a system which has already failed so dramatically? The British people certainly wouldn't if the whole story was put before them. Instead it is all being done piecemeal and by stealth.

 So that is the story. Starting out with good reasons to have a socialist view of the world, I realised that far from socialism being the answer to all our problems, it is in fact often the cause. Wonderful and worthy as socialist ideas and political correctness may sound, they  encourage dependency, they kill free spirit and enterprise, they hide or reverse truth.

What's that? You say you don't believe me? Just read through the site and see how it does it in all those areas of our lives where we have problems. If you still don't agree then please do let me know.

Enjoy!

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