Tuesday, October 26, 1999
The focus on a recent Kilroy TV programme was on the
family and community problem of truancy. This is a serious
problem and, as usual, the programme failed to come up with
an answer and although Robert Kilroy showed passion in
trying to seek an answer it followed the winding path that
led to nowhere.
The Kilroy programme is not alone in failing to find an
answer. Government committees, new powers for the police,
new legislation to impose fines on parents of truants,
endless TV programmes, newspapers articles, solutions
advocated by parents and schoolteachers have all failed to
combat this extremely damaging long term blight on any
youngster that plays truant.
Let me make the position crystal clear to youngsters and
their parent's, education is the supreme gift. For the
generations of today, and tomorrow it is the passport to a
wonderland of enjoyment and prosperity.
In my time at school you were very fortunate if you
mastered the three 'R's because there was no family welfare
assistance and every opportunity that presented itself to
make a little money to help to feed and clothe the family
had to be taken. If this meant time off from school then it
was unavoidable. Today it is very different.
I propose to talk direct to any youngster who is
reading this and who thinks it is clever to play truant:
I'm sorry but you are in the muggins clan. You may think
that it's smart to fool around while the other kids are
working in the classroom but you will pay the price for
this in years to come. There are glaring examples on our
streets for all to see where people with poor education
are forced into a life without quality. In the future it
will be even worse.
The welfare benefit system in its present form cannot
be maintained. It is like communism an ideal in theory
but a loser in practice. In years to come people will
have to rely more upon themselves and that is not a bad
thing. The left wing philosophy was to brainwash people
into relying upon the State. By people relying on the
State the bureaucrats were able to control them. To a
lesser degree and in a different form the Establishment
also practices this psychology.
Education is knowledge. Knowledge creates wisdom and
when you are in the company of a wise man it is
remarkably uplifting and a great experience.
Fools are losers. Which member of the muggins clan
was, or is, successful. The answer is none. If you fail
to get your priority right and lose out on gaining an
education you are a loser. No one has respect for loser's
only sympathy or contempt. Would you support a sportsman
or team that were habitual losers? I wouldn't and I don't
think you would.
There may be a genuine reason why you have played
truant (you see truancy is a game kid's play - investing
in your future is for real and has to be taken very, very
seriously). For instance you may be victim of bullying. I
know a great deal about bullies because I was only small,
about 5'5'' and a prime target for the bully. I learnt
very quickly that you have to stand up to a bully and I
did so in the only way I knew how - I gave him worse than
he wanted to give me.
Now we are all made differently. Perhaps, you don't
want to, or can't, respond in the way I did and I bet I
could not match you academic ability or the alternative
things you are good at it. So use your head. Don't give
in. Get the help of a superior force. First explain to
your parents your problem. If their advice is not, in
your view, satisfactory then politely tell them you would
like to go to your teacher and explain what is happening.
If the teacher shows little, or no interest, thank him
for his time and then knock on the door of the headmaster
and, again politely, explain to him your problem. If that
doesn't work pick up the telephone book and look up the
telephone number of the surgery of your local Member of
Parliament and make an appointment to see him. On your
appointment explain to the M.P. your frustration and
problem. If he doesn't do anything send me an e-mail and
I'll do my best for you but you first must go through the
procedure I have outlined.
Now I would like to respectfully address
parents: The first people with responsibility for
children are the parents. If the school problems of a
child of yours are too much then you too must seek
help and could accompany your child in seeing the
above mentioned people.
In my view teachers are not paid to be surrogate
parents. They are trained to teach and it is a valuable
profession to society.
I shall now speak directly to teachers. It is
probably correct that most teachers are parents
therefore the commonsense question is, what do teacher
parents do to combat bullying or any other problem
their own children may have at school? If that which
they do solves the problem why isn't it applied to
Government's of blue and red persuasion have spent
large amounts of money on many schemes for schools and
some were a waste of time and money, and never had a hope
of proving beneficial. Therefore, I am going to suggest a
scheme that I believe may give the answer that is
The Government should consider the setting-up in each
school a Parents Association.
A parent wishing to be a Panel member should put his
or her name forward. The association should invite
parents to elect candidates to form a panel to run the
association for a given term of office. The conditions of
office for each Panel member should be clearly defined
and any member in breach of a condition should appear
before a select committee of his peers and suitable
Elections should be held at regular intervals of time
and if a child of a parent on the Panel leaves the school
the parent should automatically offer to resign which
may, or may not, be accepted.
The elected parents will be the link between the
teachers, the parents and the students. All complaints
and directives relating to the school must first go
through the Panel. If any parents are not satisfied with
the manner in which the Panel has dealt with the matter
then they should have the right to a meeting with the
Headmaster of the school to put their case direct.
It may also be necessary to have an area office where
reports from the Panel of each school send regular
reports and a fully trained area consultant should be
available for each Panel to seek advice.
Regular meetings should be held and invitations sent
to parents to attend these meetings. A parent who does
not attend should be asked for an explanation and this
should be recorded.
The project will only be successful if the Panel is
chosen wisely and the elected members are caring and have
other essential qualities. The Panel members should have
a basic requirement of commonsense and be given training
similar in style, but of a different nature, to Justices'
of the Peace.
To ensure the elected panel members are of the right
calibre it should be financially rewarding for the panel
members and not a charitable grace and favour part time
hobby. However, it does not necessarily mean that
position should be full time. Funding should also be made
available to cover the cost of accommodation, preferably
in the precincts of the school, and facilities for the
Panel to carry out its functions.
The Panel should be advised, and perhaps involved, in
all decisions that effect the success of the students and
the school. There should be open access to the Panel, on
private and confidential terms, for teachers, parents and
Details of unruly students and truants should be
passed onto the Parents Association. The Panel should
then ask the teacher, the parents and the student to a
meeting and discuss the problem. When the association
members have considered all the facts they should decide
how the problem is best resolved and advise the three
parties of their adjudication.
School uniforms should be mandatory. This will
eliminate embarrassment for those whose parents cannot
afford the expensive trainers, etc., and peer pressure on
any student. Slovenly dress should not be tolerated and,
where necessary, strictly confidential financial
assistance should be given to any parent that cannot
afford the cost of a school uniform for their child.
Young would-be job seekers must be aware that pride in
appearance is essential if the purpose is to make a good
impression and it is better that students grow up makigt
this practice routine.
Non-performing teachers should also be asked to
explain to the Panel their lack of achievement.
The scheme may not work every time but at least there
will not be a regular breakdown of communication without
the culprit being identified and no parent will be able
to complain of ignorance with regard to any problems that
their child is experiencing at school if a Panel carries
out its brief correctly.
This is only a broad outline of the project. However,
even in the broad outline it is clear that the main
responsibility will be on the parents. It is their children
that make-up the attendance roster for the school and it is
only right that they, or their representatives, are involved
in the manner in which the school and children behave and
The children are our future; we must not let them
THE GRACE OF THE ALL MIGHTY
The denial of citizenship to Mohammad Al Fayed the owner
of Harrods, Punch magazine and Fulham Football Club becomes
sillier and sillier.
Every right thinking person in this country is aware that
our small Island is grossly overcrowded and the
predisposition of immigrants to have large families only
serves to compound the increase in the population.
So acute is the problem that many, many immigrants who
have become British citizens are outspoken in support of
ending immigration. And they are right.
Is it any wonder that prices and rents of residential
properties are at an all time high when so many are chasing
so few, and where is it all going to end?
However, the decision by a High Court Judge that the Home
Office is lawfully right to conclude that Mr. Mohammad Al
Fayed is unworthy of being a citizen of this country is
ludicrous. If this decision makes the law an ass what does
it make of the two-legged donkeys responsible for the
implementation of such a law?
There have been reams of newspaper pages explaining the
Establishment reasons as to why Mr. Al Fayed has been denied
the right to have a British passport because the media has
repeatedly told us. The so-called official reasons given out
are nothing more than speculation because Mr. Al Fayed has
not been charged with any offence and as he has not
committed any offence to all intents and purposes he is a
person of good character. As a person of good character with
his own visible means of support, assets to create
employment and who has already lived in this country for
many years, there is no valid reason to refuse his
application for citizenship.
It has to be said that unless the High Court Judge and
Mr. Jack Straw know more than they are telling us then they
are fools and an embarrassment to the citizens of this
country and the world at large.
Probably we can all name individuals, or groups, that
have been given British citizenship and which defy
understanding. I remember an interview on TV interview of an
immigrant who had come to these shores from Bangladesh and
was given citizenship. This worthy fellow citizen and
resident of Tower Hamlets in London had been here 26 years
and could not speak a sentence of conversation English. The
comments of this 'valuable asset' to the community were made
known by the use of subtitles.
Mr. Al Fayed never arrived at Heathrow Airport with only
a begging bowl and an English vocabulary limited to 'Social
Services', but instead has invested millions of pounds in
this country, gives work to thousands, pays enormous amount
in taxes, is extremely charitable and saved Fulham Football
Club. If the rest means nothing the fact that he has saved a
football club automatically qualifies him for a red carpet
welcome to citizenship.
The Harrods owner may have a chequered career but is it
any worse than that of Lord Archer who could be the first
Mayor of London. As far as I am aware, Mr. Al Fayed may have
given bribes but he has not accepted any, at least not in
brown envelopes or arranged to have hush money passed over
on a London railway station. Surely, the real sin is taking
a bribe, not the giving.
How many bribes were given by employers to get strikers
back to work when the loony left ruled? Were Prime Ministers
Lloyd George and Disraeli paragons of virtue? Was the
relationship between Prime Minister Harold Wilson and multi
millionaire Lord Kagan. the maker of the Gannex raincoat,
purely platonic in financial terms? Was the infamous Honours
List of PM Wilson an error of judgement or were there other
considerations that pleased dear Harold's bank manager?
I appeared with Lord Archer on a TV programme and he was
very reticent about shaking hands with me on TV. Strange, as
a retired villain perhaps I was the one that should have
been wary of shaking hands if the stories circulating about
Lord Archer are true. But then I have a rule of treating
people as I find them and ignore reputations.
All over the world good people mourned when the angel
with human frailties, Lady Diana died in a car crash in
Paris. Mr. Mohammad Al Fayed not only deeply shared in this
mourning but his sorrow was devastatingly doubled because he
also lost a son and heir in the terrible crash.
Therefore, is it any wonder that he is anxious to find
out the truth? What right does anyone have to deny him this
right and his entitlement to query and examine every piece
of evidence that suggests it was an accident. He is surely
allowed to have his beliefs, which are based on the evidence
revealed in the investigation that he has instigated. Is he
not entitled to spend his money in seeking the truth, the
whole truth and nothing but the truth and what would you do
if you were in his position? If in his quest for the truth
he may make an emotional public outburst that may not be
fully factual does it mean that he should stay silent? Of
course it doesn't.
Despite the attempt by the Establishment, with the
connivance of the media, to brainwash us into believing that
Lady Diana and Dodi Fayed died an accidental death and that
the driver of their Mercedes car caused the crash. I don't
believe them and every person whose opinion I respect on
such matters, shares my view.
I will keep this view until the following questions are
1) Why have none of the paparazzi cashed in
on his version of the accident and written about it? They
were eyewitnesses and know more than most about the
accident. Their sole reason for being there was to make
money so why aren't they selling their story and why are
the newspapers not running true to form and dangling
mouth-watering cheques before them to entice them to tell
2) Why has the arcane white Fiat car never been
3) Where is the explanation for the flash of light
that could have temporarily blinded the driver of the
Mercedes in the tunnel?
4) Why was there an unnatural accumulation of carbon
monoxide in the blood of the car driver - and only in the
blood of the driver?
5) If the allegations that the driver was a drunkard
how come he was a senior valued and trusted employee of
the Al Fayed family and if the blood tests on the driver
are correct how come no one realised he was incapable of
6) Why does the media persist in saying the driver was
drunk when we have seen on TV CCTV footage of him just
prior to driving the car, which shows that he was not
7) Why has there been no trace of the mysterious
8) Why did Earl Spencer make an emotional but
outspoken speech at the funeral of his sister Lady Diana
but has been virtually silent since that time?
9) Almost immediately after the fatal Paris crash
there appeared a newspaper report that said that some
weeks before the crash the Mercedes car, in which Lady
Diana and Dodi were travelling in at the time of the
crash, had been stolen and then found. The report then
went on to say that there is now a device available that
can be fitted to a car and by remote control cause the
car to crash.
If this report is true then experts on this subject
should advise us whether such a device is available.
There are other unexplained events surrounding the fatal
crash that require to be answered and until they are
answered the jury is out.
In the name of the British people the authorities have to
stop this monstrous denial of justice and give British
citizenship to Mr. Al Fayed even if means that some
riff-raff has to be denied a British passport in the next
week or so.