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Wednesday, 19 August 2015
The past few days I’ve had problems with the email account which support this blog. A hacker has been sending emails to many on the address list.
Although I’ve undertaken all the advised security changes/precautions, the spamming continues.
Therefore I’ve decided to close the account and have opened another which has a minimal change - a dot between subrosa and blonde. (It has been changed in the contact link over there >>).
May I ask you to change this in your address books please. My apologies for the inconvenience but the matter appears to be beyond Yahoo’s control. It’s certainly beyond mine.
Posted by subrosa at 09:56
Thursday, 9 July 2015
George Osbourne’s budget has fairly inflamed the wrath of socialists if social media is a measure of general opinion.
It’s amazing how so many people have an opinion on a part of the budget when it’s obvious they haven’t even read the specifics.
What did we do without tax credits? Initially these were introduced by Labour to help businesses keep wages low and also for governments to keep pensions well below those of Germany, Switzerland, Sweden etc.
These are now seen as an entitlement rather than a temporary help to those suffering financial hardship.
Stupidly, I happen to mention on someone’s Facebook page, that I agreed with the stopping of child tax credits for those who choose to have more than two children. I rather enjoy reading the person’s page because, although she’s of a left-wing persuasion, she has a sense of humour which shows the self-deprecating side of many Scots.
The comments became personal and rude and of course many involved a completely understanding of the issue.
I do believe that those who have more than two children should not expect the taxpayer to support them other than by child benefit. Not so long ago I listened to one woman say she only needed to have one more child to be able to live a very comfortable life. This was said in the presence of her mother, who I know has been a hard working woman all her life. Her daughter has never worked and of her four children, three have different fathers. None has any contact with their fathers.
This latest policy may not make the above mother more responsible, but I do hope it makes some think before they decide to have more family. Having a child is a gift, not an entitlement. Expecting others to pay for the upbringing of your child shows how our society has lost the concept of responsibility.
There are no children in poverty in this country. There are only irresponsible adults. We must stop throwing money at these adults and make them take responsibility for their decisions.
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Police Scotland have now contributed to the Scottish Government’s ‘named person’ policy. Their reason is that the new police set-up may not have the capacity or resources to cope with policing the plan which involves all under-18s.
They may have a subtext about their own organisation but their points about this policy are viable.
Police Scotland warned that such a “significant change for all authorities including Police Scotland” could make it harder to identify at risk children.
At what point should police become involved and what will their powers entail?
Here’s a typical family scenario:
Prior to leaving for school child has an argument with his mother about the contents of his/her lunchbox. Mother put banana instead of cake.
Child comments to friends in classroom that his mother is ‘horrible and making me eat things I don’t like’. Teacher overhears the comment and immediately jumps on wee Jimmy as he’s made a comment which could be regarded as child abuse. Wee Jimmy, delighted to be given such individual attention, exaggerates or even lies about his mother’s statement (as children are very prone to do).
Teacher goes to head of school who decides to telephone social work. SW in turn decide the police should become involved and before the family know it, wee Jimmy and his brothers and sisters become wards of court.
This type of scenario takes place is many family homes on a daily basis and the ‘named person’ policy gives the state the power to divide and destroy families.
Please sign the petition and tell as many of your friends about this because it must be stopped, otherwise the consequences will be horrific for all families living in Scotland.