WE really do have to drag our heads out of the sand and begin to admit some of the realities of life. Living in denial is utterly counterproductive.
The recent ‘advice’ given to the Chinese tourist by their airline company is a case in point. To my mind their recommendation for their passengers to avoid certain areas, particularly after dark, was a completely responsible act by an organisation that obviously had their customers’ best interests at heart.
Let’s be quite clear about this. Despite what the PC brigade would have us believe, ‘no go’ areas do exist in UK towns and cities. The majority of these areas, where taxis refuse to visit and even the police tend to avoid, are mainly inhabited by ethnic minorities and littered with illegal aliens, drugs and dangerous criminals. Heaven help anyone who dares to admit it however. I’ve no doubt even this ol’ boy will receive the usual hate mail and accusations of racism from the rose-coloured glasses brigade. Ah well on yer own heads be it.
Loved the headmaster who turned pupils away because he considered them inappropriately dressed. My teenage daughter takes more time getting ready for school than Kate Moss spends preparing for the catwalk. Schools are for learning not fashion parading. Besides, school uniforms are a wonderfull leveller and allow the pupils to concentrate on what’s in the memory bank, not the banks of the wealthy parents that allow their offspring to Lord it over those pupils less fortunate. Good luck to him.
Good luck also to Theresa May and her Grammar schools. To my mind the system I grew up in should never have been changed. It gave everyone an opportunity to better themselves. If you passed the 11- plus you went on to Grammar school and later a chance of University. If you failed, you had the opportunity to stay on in your existing school or, if you so desired go on to Technical College to learn a trade and subsequently enter into the tremendous cross section of apprenticeships offered up to those who qualified. Perfect.
Keep the faith.