Monday, 19 June 2017
I was forced to walk, at noon, in the 82% heat today on my way to St P's. That's 27% to you foreign folks out there and it is not something we are used to. It was remarked when I arrived, tired and weary, that only 'Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.' "You," they said in unison, "Are not English!" Much hilarity ensued!
Three days running this heat has hit us and in the south we will get a bit more tomorrow. Up north it is wet of course, but that is what they are there for, to catch the weather falling over the Atlantic!
I confess I prefer this heat to the usual rain though an ideal temp of somewhere in the 70's would be more workable. Even typing is hard when great drops of sweat keep landing on the keyboard.
I'm sure I saw a Duck Billed Platypus walking past as I made my way home.
Last night the folks who endured the fire in the tower saw the beginning of the end of the 24 hour news coverage of their story. This was because a right wing nutjob took it upon himself to copy the Islamist type attacks and late last night drive his white van into a crowd of Muslims leaving a mosque where they had been attending Ramadan prayers. He crashed into a group who were busy aiding an aged chap who had collapsed. The driver hit them and killed one and seriously injured several others. While trying to escape he was caught by the crowd and rescued from them by the Imam from the mosque and handed over to the police.
Today Theresa May desperately trying to look human rushed to the mosque muttering about ending 'right wing extremism.' I am left wondering if she would include the 'Daily Express' in her 'right wing extremist' list, or the 'Daily Mail' and naturally Rupert Murdoch's 'Sun?' All these as well as the 'Telegraph' another extreme right wing paper that has gone downhill to make money have blamed Muslims and immigrants in general for every wrong and for many years, this is now the result.
Genuine questions regarding immigrants exist, genuine questions regarding some mosques and their imams need investigating, the media, and these papers in general have not done this! Instead they play in the fears of the 'white working class' in general and the population altogether with half truths and deliberate distortions, that is how they make their money. By such usage Rupert Murdoch and others have a control over the country they ought not to have in a democracy. I am unaware of any cash Murdoch might invest in the Tory Party but his influence is clear, Michael Gove, removed by Theresa the minute she got the job has been returned as 'Environment Secretary,' a job he is singularly unfit for with his opinions totally at variance with environemntal reality.
The media can be useful, the newspapers can inform, educate, build up, however what sells is sensation so news is replaced by sex stories and 'shock horror' tales, individuals are attacked or sentimentalised with no concern for the reality, they are used and abused with no control over the media possible, this is because the Conservative Party need the papers to get votes!
There are more right wing nutjobs out there, almost as many as there are Islamist nutjobs, extreme propaganda from either side must be opposed by truth, we do not have the media able or willing to do this.