Sunday, 18 November 2012
Clarissa Dickson-Wright, of Two Fat Ladies fame, and her promotion of English rare breed pork, and wild rabbit, is not known for her shy, retiring attitude. Rather, she is a down-to-earth countrywoman and calls a spade a spade. It seems that she made a visit to Leicester to gather material for her new book, "Clarissa's England: A Gamely Gallop Through the English Counties" [ paperback; £7.99 Amazon] After getting lost on the ring-road, she found herself in a very unexpected place:
"I found myself in an area where all the men were wearing Islamic clothing and all the women were wearing burkas and walking slightly behind them." She went on to say that the men wouldn't talk to her "because I was an English female and they don't talk to females they don't know"
Clarissa says she felt like a complete outcast and pariah in the middle of her own country and describes it as one of the most frightening experiences of her life. And I don't expect she is an easily frightened woman.
Ibrahim Mogra, a city imam and assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain felt very hurt by her comments and bragged that there are 2,000,000 muslims in Britain "who are doing our bit for the country". I hope that doesn't include those blowing up buses and trains, disregarding our animal slaughter laws, training in terrorism, and standing idly by while a horde of Muslim males groom and rape our children, Ibrahim? Still, perhaps he means the employment opportunities offered in sorting out the mayhem some of his persuasion have caused.
Sir Peter Soulsby predictably had an attack of the vapours; he was very angry that "someone who breezes in from outside and paints a picture of Leicester that does not have any foundation in reality", Really? Is Leicester a closed town where outsiders are not supposed to come through the gates? They say the onlooker sees most of the game and I fear Sir Peter is too close to the action and cannot recognise home-truths.
(In passing, Sir Peter, are you going to buy that scout hut for your Muslim friends? Will you be lashing out with your own money if you do, or Leicester taxpayers'? And are you considering doing the same for the people who actually live in Thurnby Lodge?)
Cllr. Manjula Sood didn't believe that "one meeting in the street should mean you can label a whole city".Well, no Mr. Sood, she wasn't; she was labelling that particular area as frightening. One meeting with a Muslim in Leicester wouldn't have that effect, but it seems she met many. And so have I, and sadly, of all the minorities in Leicester, they are the only ones that were rude, surly or downright upsetting. Hindus and Sikhs are usually very pleasant; you can talk and laugh with them and there is mutual respect. Would that Muslims would catch on to treating women in the same way.
I expect Clarissa will be dragged back to Leicester to be photographed hob-nobbing with the local Islamists. Otherwise, she will be threatened with banishment from our TV screens. Pronounced as another kind of pariah. That would be a pity, she is a brave lady to say her piece, and damn the consequences.
You can read the whole story Here at the Leicester Mercury
Sunday, 11 November 2012
Polling day is Thursday 15th November and the British National Party candidate is Gordon Riddell. Gordon is a long serving member of the party and has previously stood for the party in Corby at town and county council elections. The by-election is due to the resignation of the Conservative MP Louise Mensch.
It is estimated that about half of Corby's population were born in Scotland, or are of Scottish descent. Scottish families started coming to Corby in the 1930's with the development of the iron and steel works. At one point, it was estimated that over 70% of the population were of Scottish descent. And even today, a quarter of a century after the collapse of the local steel industry, almost 20% of the population were born in Scotland. Our candidate, Gordon Riddell, is himself a Scot and was given a very warm reception by the local people we met.
* We wish Gordon all the best for Thursday *
Councillor Cathy Duffy, above, attended the Remembrance Day Service at East Goscote and laid a wreath of poppies on behalf of the British National Party.
Editors note: Eagle-eyed readers will notice that the photo has been cut. This is because the good Vicar of East Goscote is being hassled by his superiors, presumably for standing next to her. Perhaps he is a bit too Christian for their liking, in welcoming all his flock to the Service?
Saturday, 10 November 2012
More and more services are being added, Bomber Command at last recently. As well as the War Memorials, you can also find the names and resting places of those killed abroad in 2 World Wars.
But there are some graves of heroes that are forgotten. The Daily Mail published on Saturday an article highlighting the crumbling and neglected graves of some Victoria Cross holders, going back as far as 1857, and as recent as 1943. You can read the article HERE
There are many reasons that these graves are neglected; the family has died out or moved away, maybe gone abroad. It happens. The Victoria Cross Trust does what it can to restore them and restore the dignity of our VC heroes but it's funds are limited.
We owe it to all our War Dead, both to those in the distant past to those recently lost to treat all their graves with dignity. The VC holders highlighted here, and those myriad young servicemen lying in graveyards and cemetaries across Britain: let none be forgotten, let none be neglected, we owe them too much for that