Archive for the ‘Ed Balls’ Category

24/7 CCTV surveillance in family homes

3 August 2009

The Express reports a sinister programme instituted by none other than raving commie lunatic Ed Balls.

THOUSANDS of the worst families in England are to be put in “sin bins” in a bid to change their bad behaviour, Ed Balls announced yesterday.

The Children’s Secretary set out £400million plans to put 20,000 problem families under 24-hour CCTV super-vision in their own homes.

They will be monitored to ensure that children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals.

The nightmare of 1984 has arrived, courtesy of glassy-eyed Fabian, Ed Balls. No doubt, these families will face censure for “impure” thoughts when they express themselves to their families and friends.

Private security guards will also be sent round to carry out home checks, while parents will be given help to combat drug and alcohol addiction.

Can we assume that these “security guards” will be CRB checked? Has Balls been CRB checked?

Around 2,000 families have gone through these Family Intervention Projects so far.

But ministers want to target 20,000 more in the next two years, with each costing between £5,000 and £20,000 – a potential total bill of £400million.

Ministers hope the move will reduce the number of youngsters who get drawn into crime because of their chaotic family lives, as portrayed in Channel 4 comedy drama Shameless.

Put more police on the streets, get rid of the tick-box targets culture, health and safety bolleaux, risk assessments and send more people to prison. That’s all you need to do to stop crime, you power-crazed freak.

Sin bin projects operate in half of council areas already but Mr Balls wants every local authority to fund them.

He said: “This is pretty tough and non-negotiable support for families to get to the root of the problem. There should be Family Intervention Projects in every local authority area because every area has families that need support.”

That’s not “support”, that’s control. Black is white, freedom is slavery.

But Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling said: “This is all much too little, much too late.

The Tories, will be expanding this evil programme?

Cross-posted

Update:

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the communists
and I did not speak out – because I was not a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me –
and by then there was no one left to speak out for me.

Pastor Martin Niemöller

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Juicy Reads

25 July 2009

With his usual clarity of thought and incisive argument, Daniel Hannan lashes out at the BBC for its partisanship in promoting the Greens over UKIP in the Norwich North by-election – despite UKIP proving to be more popular than the Greens.

The Mail reports that three Ethiopian exchange students went missing on a trip to Parliament. Unconvincingly, the police say their police’s primary concern is for safety of the three. Somehow, I doubt that! Their student visas expire on September 9th; I can’t help wondering if they’re hoping to extend them ‘unofficially’. Labour’s stance on this – and more importantly, its actions – will be very interesting indeed.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Venomous Balls can’t resist smearing Purnell, suggesting that his decision to quit the Cabinet in June was due to a “midlife crisis”. I look forward to Purnell’s retort. Clearly Balls doesn’t want yet another career opportunity prized from his clammy grasp, when Brown drops off his PM’s perch.

Balls will also be frothing at the mouth at the Tories’ plans to bring back O levels – killing two birds with one stone.

I doubt many would disagree of Jeremy Clarkson’s colourful description of Brown – it seems pretty apt to me!

Simon Jenkins contends that Britain is losing its sense of proportion over swine flu. I contend that the government has done everything it can to hype up this piddling disease. There are so many more important things that a government can and should concern itself about – swine flu is not one of them.

Mandelson, Balls and Woodward vie for position

5 July 2009

Brown has been mighty cosy with Shaun Woodward lately – probably because Woodward can impart Tory tactics and inside knowledge to Brown’s desperate, dirty fight-back.

It seems that Mandy and Balls are resentful of his closeness to Brown, as they both wish to occupy that very position – Mandelson, because he wants to control Brown, and Balls, because he wants Brown’s job.

Neither want an ex-Tory MP mucking up their chances.

Once Woodward’s out of the way, they might turn on each other.

Prosit.

Read the Mail‘s article.

Bercow watch: Balls in breach of House rules

26 June 2009

Today, a third test of Bercow’s resolve presented itself in the form of Ed Balls, Brown’s bruiser. Since Bercow’s appointment as Speaker, he has passed one test and failed one; he berated Brown for pre-announcing his HoC statement in the press but showed his partisanship repeatedly by favouring Labour over heckling issues.

Balls announced the scrapping the government’s National Strategies for Education in the media before giving a statement to that effect in the House.

Conservative MP for Christchurch, Chris Chope, in a point of order, called for Balls to apologise to the House for pre-announcing the scrapping of the policy in the media:

“On Wednesday Mr Speaker said when ministers have key policy statements to make the House must be the first to hear them.

“In clear breach of that ruling, today the Schools Secretary has announced through the Guardian and the BBC that the Government has abandoned its literacy and numeracy strategy.

“Either Mr Balls is himself illiterate or contemptuous of the Speaker’s ruling – or both.”

He asked the Deputy Speaker what powers she had to coerce Balls to apologise to the House and was told that the matter would be put to Bercow.

Balls had announced the scrapping of prescriptive teaching and oversight of literacy and numeracy periods in primary schools. The move is calculated to save £100 million per year.

Let’s see if Bercow can improve his score.

Fausty’s choice – top weekend articles

17 May 2009

Fausty has been so busy reading and assimilating info of late that she’s not had the inclination to post her views. Fausty wonders how journalists, bloggers and various media types, like Iain Dale manage it.

Fausty is a new blogger – still learning the ropes.

Britain’s graduates inadequately educated

16 May 2009

I’m constantly amazed by the lack of quality of the postings of alleged graduates. Most often, posters’ grammar, spelling, punctuation and presentation would suggest that they’d received a sub-standard education.

We all err, but the current crop of ‘graduates’ makes me fear for the future. Here’s an example, purloined from a Telegraph comment:

I am a low income worker , a graduate , an honourable person. I am disapointed. We all knew that MP’s were second to estate agents and far a trust is concerned, but after this I am supprised that the general public dont rise up and march on the commons demanding the whole lot be fired and a newly elected government be formed. I pay more than a third of my income tothe government and I have to pay for 16k sterio systems and nonexistant mortgages when I strugle to be able to take my family abroad or even in this country on holiday each year. I want to stand in front of these fat pigs in there little boys room known as the commons and discrace each and everyone of them in public view. We had the remnants of a democracy that has now been distroyed by greed and selfishness. For one all should lose the right to a state funded pension for years of service due to years of theft. And for those that did get expenses i wouldnt be surprised if they didnt even pay the correct income tax on those expenses as a benefit in kind. For this they should face the wrath of english law. Part of me wanted to become a candidate but now every party is morally tainted and there are non I would wish to represent. It is now time to call the new election and prevent any current politition which is tainted in the slightest from running for a seat even if they are high up in government . even if they are in the cabinet. They should no more be alowed to steal money from the mouths of my family in the name of greed.

If they refuse then the people will speak and march on them.

The queen should demand the disbanding of parliment and put faith back in the publics hands by calling for a new govenment.

While I’ve highlighted the most obvious errors (including some punctuation and grammatical errors and logic errors), the above piece has so many, that I’ve ignored the trivial.

This comment is so poorly constructed that had it been subject to examination in my day (1970s), it would’ve been branded a “fail”.

Is this not a glaring example of the failures of the government, which has purloined absolute power over educational establishments over the last 12 years?

Does Ed Balls have no shame?

Venomous Balls – expenses fiddle

15 May 2009

After being rumbled by the Telegraph for an expenses fiddle by Balls and Cooper, Balls exudes venom. I wonder if it was aimed at a particular journalist, or all of them in general.

The Telegraph reports:

At one point, Miss Cooper and Mr Balls, the Children’s Secretary and a close ally of Gordon Brown, had their expenses docked, after each submitted two monthly claims for mortgage interest of nearly £1,300.

At the time, their mortgage statements showed the interest-only element of their mortgage stood at £733.

Officials also warned them that they had submitted the same claim, for the month of July 2006, twice.

Hmmm. That sounds like they tried to get away with double-claiming but were refused by the Fees Office.