Sunday, December 12, 2010

HEROES AND FOOLS


On occasions a photo can say a lot more than pages of prose. On the right Cpl Ricky Ferguson MC gravely injured in Afghanistan, a true hero.

On the left the stupid son of a wealthy pop star who has issued an apology for defacing the Cenotaph. He now says he is ashamed, or was it his parent's public relations firm that said that. Frankly it is an apology that needs to be made in person preferably in court.

It is not entirely young Gilmour's fault that he behaved so foolishly, because he has been failed by both his upbringing and his expensive education.
A history student at Cambridge should at least have the common sense to look around the corner to read the sign on the monument. A history student should know what happens when mob rule takes over the streets.

Unfortunately the constant denigration by the glitterati of our history and the sacrifices made for our freedoms have left too many of our young people with a warped view of society and the world.

One could say that there are not enough proper graduate level jobs in the country, so why should the tax payer artificially fund so called vocational courses that cannot cannot possibly provide employment. It is a fraud perpetrated on the young people to say that everyone who takes a degree in Football Studies, or Food Styling with Photography, or Television Outside Broadcast [production operations], is going to be able to gain employment in those specialities.
I wonder if some courses are more about providing jobs for the lecturers than a viable career for the students.
One thing I am certain of is that the unacceptable violence, and the desecration of the Cenotaph, on Saturday have damaged any case against the rise in the tuition fees.

5 Comments:

Blogger Margot Kinberg said...

Norman - You really make some powerful and well-taken points. There are so many forces at work that there is plenty of blame to go round for this kind of conduct. Ultimately, of course, each of us takes his or her own decisions, and is responsible for them and their consequences. As you say, though, the answer is not quite as simple as that...

8:12 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Margot-Thank you.
My wife and I are still furious at these incidents. My mother and mother in law lost respectively a brother and a father in the First World War, and our fathers and uncles fought in the Second World War.
However much we support the students case [our grandchildren will incur these raised fees] nothing excuses the violence which could well escalate if both sides do not act responsibly.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Margot Kinberg said...

Norman - You're exactly right. This matter must be settled without any further violence. And I understand exactly why you and your wife are so upset. It's a desecration of the memories of truly courageous and honourable people.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Jose Ignacio Escribano said...

You're absolutely right Norman. You have all my support.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Thanks very much, Jose Ignacio. I am afraid the UK is broke, and can no longer can afford to provide low cost tuition at university. That is the harsh reality.
We are cutting the budgets for police, schools, coastguards, and roadworks etc etc.
They are even phasing out the Independent Living fund that helps severely disabled people buy care and support.
Coastguard stations are being cut from 19 to 8.
But incredibly the country is providing billions in overseas financial aid [borrowed] to among other countries China and India. This allows our politicians can strut around the world and act as if we are still a great power.
2011 will be very very tough, but things will miraculously improve before the election in 2015!

10:13 AM  

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