Posted in History

No, children, it’s our own Horatio

From today’s Times Diary:-

Readers reveal more historical revisionism from our children.   Richard Goss writes that his family was driving through north Norfolk when he told his kids that the village they were passing through, Burnham Thorpe, was Nelson’s birthplace.   “What?” asked an amazed ten-year-old. “Mandela was born here?”

So those trendy teachers are still instructing children about an African historic figure, but ignoring a hugely important hero of our own British history.

Posted in Random thoughts

Expiry dates on things?

Every day I take antihistamines partly because, particularly in hay fever season, my eyes just stream all day, and partly because I have a page full of allergies which make the eczema I have had since I was nine months old much worse.

Over last weekend I ran out of the tablets.   But upstairs I had some that had been there for a long time, maybe a very long time, like years and years.

I took one in the morning  –  fantastic, I felt really good all day and didn’t need to take any more.   Usually when the eczema is bad as it has been for some time I need to have three a day.   So, with that result, I have gone on using them and have continued to need only one a day.   I shall come to the end of the pack soon, probably another ten days or so, but until then……..

This leads me to think that the old pack, (from a different manufacturer), has stronger tablets.   I suppose it is just another example of Nanny State giving us what is good for us by reducing the power of the medicine.

Posted in Judges

Judge thinks it’s OK to assault someone if the victim is not vulnerable

We are not supposed to criticize judges, but really !

Today we learn that a Judge gave a cricketer a suspended sentence for assaulting his wife because he was not convinced the woman, “an intelligent woman with a network of friends”, was vulnerable.

The man was found guilty of beating his wife with a cricket bat, of slapping her until she lost consciousness, and of forcing her to drink bleach.   The man admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Whether the woman was vulnerable is quite immaterial.   However strong she might be, she was assaulted  –  and forcing her to drink bleach could have killed her.

Suppose it was the judge who had been assaulted, he would not expect his assailant to be excused because the judge is an intelligent professional man.

It is the offence that should be punished, not whether the victim is vulnerable.

Posted in News

£7.5 million home in Epping Forest bought for cash

Just seen an Essex Live report on Twitter that 9,500 homes in Essex were purchased last year by buyers who paid for their new properties outright with cash.

The most expensive one was in Epping Forest which sold for £7.5 million  –  in cash.   The report doesn’t say where the house was but it guesses it was one that sold in High Road, Chigwell.

The fact it was cash does not, of course, mean that it changed hands for a great wad of dirty £50 notes, although it may have done!   It means that the purchasers didn’t buy it with a mortgage.

It reminded me that when I was Agent for Epping Forest it was always said that houses changed hands in a certain road in Chigwell as people went in and out of prison, or alternatively had to leave the country in a hurry.   But that can’t possibly be true of Chigwell !

Posted in Christmas

Who knows about Twelfth Night

It seems nobody around these parts knows about Twelfth Night.  thumbnailca3x6dn3

They all put their decorations up at the beginning of December, some even earlier.   They take them down on New Year’s Day.

A drive from the edge of the town to my home yesterday found only a few houses with Christmas lights on, and in my road only one house in addition to mine had bravely kept their decorations until Twelfth Night.

I read this year that the Church recommends 17th December as the date for decorations to go up, although they themselves usually decorate churches from the start of the month.   I don’t put mine up until about that time, with this year being the 19th.

It is a pity that people either don’t know or just ignore the traditional Twelfth Night.

Posted in Uncategorized

Sepoy Agent brought back to life

I see I haven’t published any posts on this my original blog for a100_1954 good many years.   As I took on more and more subject-specific blogs, websites and Facebook and Twitter accounts I found I just didn’t have time for my own blog.

But every now and then I have wanted to publish something myself and have thought I should come back to Sepoy Agent.   So I’m starting the new year by bringing the blog back to life.   I have stripped out most of the old and no longer relevant posts from the past, and have just left a few.

From now on I will post as and when I have something I want to say, and I look forward to some good stories.

Posted in Europe

Should the BNP be a recognized political party?

We really must make up our minds about the BNP.    Then take a decision and abide by it.

Is it a recognized political party or not?

Here in Britain, the BNP is a registered party for election purposes.   It is not banned.   It is not illegal.   It is permitted to put up candidates for election.   If they are successful at the ballot, then they become legal councillors, MEPs and, probably quite soon, MPs.     Once elected these people are entitled to sit in the chamber to which they have been elected;  entitled to draw any pay or expenses and enjoy any resources which go with the job;  entitled to their proportional share of committee places;  and entitled to the services and everyday courtesy of the officials in that council or assembly.

That is what any other political candidate, duly elected, would be entitled to.   As things stand now, a successful BNP candidate should be in no different circumstances.

Yet today we learn that the two new BNP MEPs are finding that nobody is prepared to sit next to them in the European Parliament, and that they believe they are being denied information and consultation afforded to other MEPs.   Indeed the European officials have confirmed that they will not be consulting them on some matters.

If we believe that BNP members and candidates are such pariahs that nobody will be prepared to work with them at a Council, in Europe or in Westminster, then the position is quite clear.   The law should be changed to ban the BNP from being a recognized political party.

This would, of course, interfere with an individual’s human rights to believe what he/she wishes, to stand as a candidate professing those beliefs, and to vote for candidates who support those beliefs.  It would also open the door to future dictatorship where quite moderate parties could be banned.

But we can’t have it both ways.   Either we allow the BNP to exist as it does now and afford them all the rights and courtesies afforded to other elected candidates, or we ban the BNP.