Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Local MP supports youngsters

Local MP, Gordon Henderson, is pressing the new coalition government to not forget the needs of local manufacturers when allocating funds for the extra apprenticeship places it has promised.

The Government has pledged £775 million to fund 50,000 new apprenticeship places, focussed on small and medium enterprises. This is part of an intiative to get Britain working again by finding ways to support the creation of apprenticeships, internships, work pairings, and college and workplace training places.

Whilst welcoming the announcement, Mr Henderson urged ministers to consider fully funding NVQ Level 3 apprentices to ensure that enough skilled technicians and craftsmen are available once the economy picks up.

In a speech he is to make to Parliament, Mr Henderson said: “I very much hope that some of the money promised for apprenticeships will be set aside to help companies train more apprentices to NVQ Level 3. And boy do they need help!

“One of the problems is that currently employers can recoup only the training costs associated with apprentices and not the salaries of their unskilled new recruits. In the current economic climate many manufacturing simply companies cannot afford to take on apprentices, particularly at the higher level. We need to start thinking ahead. We need to help those companies get through the difficult times by subsiding the salaries of higher level apprentices.
“In my own constituency of Sittingbourne and Sheppey we have the only steel works in the South of England. Thamesteel has excellent training facilities and turns out highly skilled technicians. But like many other manufacturing companies it is suffering from the economic downturn and can no longer afford to take on as many apprentices as it would like, even though they will need skilled technicians once the economic situation improves.
“Now it is a sad fact that many of those who reach an NVQ Level 2 are not able to find employment, nor can they get onto an NVQ Level 3 course. However, the experience of Thamesteel is that all their NVQ Level 3 graduates find permanent employment, because they are highly sought after by other local companies who recognise the quality of their training.
“But that training is at risk because of the lack of proper funding. In Germany there is a comparable steel works to Thamesteel which operates an apprentice scheme fully funded by the state, including salaries.
“That steel plant trains up to three times more engineering apprentices than they actually require. On completion of their apprenticeship those fully qualified technicians and craftsmen are snapped up by other local small and medium sized businesses which do not have their own training facilities.
“Is it any wonder that Germany is the industrial power house of Europe? If we are really serious about building a high skilled economy in our country wouldn’t investing in NVQ Level 3 apprentices, in the same way that the Germans do, be a way of achieving that goal?”


No 1
Friday 1pm Sittingbourne High Street

Mother aged between 16 and 19, with child of approx 3 years
The Mother was dressed high heels, short skirt, made up as though going to night club, these are quite common in the High Streets of GB even seen alone or accompanied by spotty youth wearing shirt around waist sporting several Tattoos.

Child:” I want an ice cream”, starts to cry
Mother: Smack child round face “I told you aint getting no f**king ice cream, where do you think I get the f**king money from you little b**ard “hits the child again then throws empty alcohol pop bottle away.

A Mother chastising her son in the Garden

Mother: “I told you to pick those f**king toys up”
Son: “B**locks”
Mother: “Don’t you f**cking swear at me you little b**ard”

Mother and Son about 13, in Sainsbury’s Headcorn a rather select village/town, mother a rather fat women in her mid 30’s wearing skimpy clothing which would look nice on a Girl half her age and 2/3 her size

Son: “We will be late for the England game”
Mum: “F**k the football you little pr**k”
Son: “But mum you promised”
Mum “Shut your face for I kick you up the a*se, you and your f**king father think I am some sort of c**t.

Hopefully these are not typical examples of modern day motherhood

I am old fashioned and believe when in the presence of women and children you do not use foul language but that is now a thing of the past and is why I very rarely go in a pub any more with wife. Some years ago I was in Scotland and entered what I call a mans pub, as soon as my wife entered the Landlord shouted Lady in Bar and the swearing ceased. It seems the women are as bad as the men for swearing, drinking pints and bragging about their sexual exploits. My last visit to a Pub nearly ended in an altercation when I asked 4 men to moderate their language they took this as an affront to their freedom of speech and carried on till I explained that I had the right to protect my wife from such filth and gestured they may want to desist which they did. My wife an ex landlady said she had heard worse but that was not the point. So I now find it difficult to go any where without hearing swearing.
It has now crept into FaceBook any one using bad language on my face book I delete as again people must have a very low vocabulary to actual right a swear word, mind you the rate I am going I doubt whether I will have any friends on Face Book it seems twitter is better

Martin Clarke Sittingbourne

Monday, June 28, 2010

Was it One Finger or Two Fingers

One Finger Salute sent to me by an American Friend

I never knew this before, and now that I know it, I feel compelled to send it on to my more intelligent friends in the hope that they, too, will feel edified. Isn't history more fun when you know something about it?
Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future. This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as 'plucking the yew' (or 'pluck yew').
Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See, we can still pluck yew! Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodentals fricative F', and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute! It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as 'giving the bird.'


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Somali Gangsters

Somalia Gangsters
A friend of mine an ex Paratrooper related a story to me the other day which I think is quite shocking.
He has a grown up daughter, the mother went on to have another relationship and had more children. Her Son got involved with some Somali Gangsters sorry refugees and would be their delivery boy for their drug trade. His mother found out about this and had enough influence over the boy to make him stop, he went back to the Somali’s and was told if would not deliver drugs he would have to patrol the Tower Block they all lived in as a guard and was given a gun to do the job. They boy refused and was told that they the Somali’s owned him, he went and told his older brother who took him straight to the Police.

Police Advice:

This brilliant piece of advice was given by the Police, he was told to move as far away as possible not only him but the whole of his family which they have all done including my friends daughter.

Is this story true I do not know but I have no reason to doubt my friend but it I backed by the amount of reports about the criminal activities of the Somalis’. So do the Met Police do anything about these Somali’s who are in this country under sufferance NO, does the government who will not help British Subjects who are being held hostage by Somali Pirates and are allowing these thugs to live in our country do anything NO.

Martin Clarke Sittingbourne

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Budget

The Budget
I expect like most people the Budget is still a bit of a mystery but there are a couple of points which I would like to make:
1) The current problem was made by the last Labour government and its ineptitude over the last 13 years. So it is rather galling when Labour criticise and appear on Political Programmes
2) 20% is the right way to go but I get fed up with Labour Politicians and their lackeys in the press saying will hurt the poorest families. Surely the poorest in our society who have become poorer under Labour, first requirements are Food (No Vat), Children’s Clothing (No VAT) and a roof over their heads, the rent being paid for by their local Council. So instead of changing to a new Flat Screen TV they will have to make do with the old one. Some say it will make us more frugal and not spend so much but in reality it will make no difference, when the government dropped VAT to 15% it had no effect and nor will the extra 2.5%. For example a £500 TV now you will pay £87.50p VAT at in January you will pay £100 VAT an extra £12.50p you honestly going to tell me that will stop you buying the item?
3) Why have any Child Benefit! If you have children that is your decision so why should the TAX Payer help and if you got pregnant by accident why should the Tax Payer pay for your mistakes
4) They say we have Millions unemployed, so why has the government not done anything to remove the Million of Legal and illegal Foreign workers? Is it because British Companies and their share holders are making millions out of this low paid scab work force at the expense of the British Workers

Martin Clarke Sittingbourne

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Mail article on Bloody Sunday

A Saville scapegoat, and it was never going to be McGuinness
I think Ted Heath’s government should have fallen immediately after Bloody Sunday. It was their fault, and if – as I believe – Londonderry is a British city, such a major miscalculation and blunder should have brought them down.

Imagine if the killings had happened in, say, Portsmouth.
The resignation of Mr Heath would have been an apology worth having – as well as perhaps sparing us several other horrors of that nasty Cabinet, which took us into the EU, massacred scores of good grammar schools and destroyed traditional local government.
So, for me, the Saville inquiry comes a long time too late, and is too hard on the Army, especially Lt Col Derek Wilford, who has been unfairly treated because of the need for a scapegoat.
But there is one good outcome. We can now quote Lord Saville’s report as confirmation that the sinister and unrepentant Martin McGuinness was ‘adjutant of the Derry Brigade’ of the Provisional IRA.

In other words, the man shamefully elevated into ministerial office by that modern-day Munich deal, the Good Friday Agreement, was the senior godfather of a criminal murder gang.
We are also told: ‘He [McGuinness] was probably armed with a Thompson sub-machine gun, and though it is possible that he fired this weapon, there is insufficient evidence to make any finding on this.’
Well, I think it interesting that Martin McGuinness is given the benefit of the doubt

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1287972/PETER-HITCHENS-A-genuine-Tory-speaks--Dave-flannel.html#ixzz0rNd9sIrA

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Labour's Legacy

Labour's legacy to Britain

Labour left us with no money - only waste and debt:

- They left every man, woman and child owing £22,400
- They gave us one of the worst budget deficits in Europe
- They left 2.47 million people out of work
- And they sold off Britain's gold at a 20-year low in the market.

Unless we act now to deal with this crisis, interest payments in five years' time could end up being higher than the amount we spend on schools, climate change and transport.

That's why we have to do something about it. The cuts that are coming are Labour's cuts.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bloody Sunday

Bloody Sunday
The Bloody Sunday Report has now finished a report that cost Millions of pounds 50% going to make lawyers very rich, one must ask the question this money could have been spent on Schools and Hospitals. The outcome was a for gone conclusion the only people to blame were the Paratroopers Why because this was a Milk Sop to the IRA so they would stop murdering innocent people and agree to the Good Friday agreement. Some may say the price was worth paying.
All those killed were innocent demonstrators the report tells us and we have to accept that but certain questions will need to be answered and hopefully over the coming weeks as the full report is digested in details they will be. Questions I would like to know
1) How come a well trained unit like 1 Para went berserk or did they?
2) Was Martin Guinness seen with a sub Machine Gun and what role did he play in Bloody Sunday?
3) Why has there never been an enquiry of such detail on atrocities committed by the IRA such as Warren Point?
4) Were rocks and bottles thrown by the demonstrators?
It has been reported that Para’s can not be tried for murder as they have immunity when attending the hearing but they can be charged with perjury if that is the case will all demonstrators who lied on oath be charged with perjury? Already one of the soldiers solicitors have said that his client shot the bullet that killed a protester as they have the bullet, yet the bullet passed through other objects before hitting the man. So did the Soldier intend to kill?
Many IRA murderers have been released from prison because of the Good Friday Agreement, the IRA and their Catholic supporters have won the Battle of violence, murder and intimidation mainly due to the surrender by the Blair Government so now is the time to put it all behind us and bury the past. Northern Ireland has returned to normality let it stay there

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I am a F**K because I am against swearing

It's funny how people get upset about the strangest of things an item appeared on my facebook using the word F**K I do not like this type of language so I replied

Martin Clarke Great Film love the big throws and exciting explosive sport but still not happy about headbutts, kick to groin and ground and pound

Saturday at 08:30 · .Grahm Governor That headbutt was fucking sweet!
Yesterday at 02:34.

Martin Clarke Grahm Governor will be removing you from my facebook I see no need to use bad language

Yesterday at 08:43 · .Ken Pfrenger Well it was fucking sweet.

Yesterday at 11:38.Martin Clarke Obviously we have different attitudes on good manners Goodbye

Yesterday at 12:25 · .Ken Pfrenger I take it all in context...there are times where a person saying fuck is just spot on...like..."That headbutt was fucking sweet!". I don't find that offensive at all but when I read a blog like yours where gay people are referred to as "homo's"...well I find that offensive. And mind you I am not even all that sympathetic.

Expressive language compared to calling people homo's...well you do the math.
13 hours ago.Christopher Amendola Pompous much?

2 hours ago.Ken Pfrenger LOL!

2 hours ago.SamboMan Josh I have just logged on I can not see what you getting upset about either of you
about an hour ago

Stephen Koepfer That video was fucking sweet!

I relpiede basicaly saying that I saw no need to use the F88K word and I did use the word Homo and i objected to the slang word Gay as it is an old English word meaning Frivolous,happy. out going his reply

Ken PfrengerJune 15, 2010 at 6:33pm
Re: Homosexualls
You could not leave a reply because you unfriended me. Have you not read your own blog? In the first couple of pages the word homo comes up in three blog post titles.

Now don't get me wrong, I am not a huge gay rights supporter. I think they should be treated just like everyone else but I just find it ironic that the 'f' word is offensive to you yet you feel ok using the word homo which is a known derogatory slag term just as Fag is used here in the USA. I guess that if you feel homo is not a slur then that is another thing but that is not common usage and you know it is not.

Yes he was right I had used the word Homo but in the title of the article the headings being copied from Newspaper articles, because I am critical of minority groups who get preferable treatment over others I listed as homophobic, Anti women or racist. Yet one tittled "Prison for Homo's" I said it was disgusting that two guys were put in prison for 14 years just because they were homosexual So I am dammed if I do and dammed if I don't

I do not think it would look very good if a head of organisation goes around writing letters using bad language

Monday, June 14, 2010

Scotland loath the English

I have no interest in Football and it escapes me that it is called the beautiful game but what I can not understand he the attitude of some Scotsman when it comes to the English . In Scotland they selling T shirts with "I support Scotland and any one else but England" plus many other such slogans, even Scotsman who live locally including my son in law loath the English Football Team. Is it because the Scottish very rarely qualify and the Scots feel sub standard I do not know, yet in Afghanistan Scots , English, Welsh and Irish fight and die together, our troops have done this for centuries. Some say its just the social outcasts who are like this but can you remember Andy Murray's outburst. My Friends in the Martial Arts World do not have the same narrow view so why the rest

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Our Troops

This Saturday saw the Annual “Trooping of the Colour” I do love the Pageantry only the British can do properly, this year they also showed the Grenadier Guards in Action in Afghanistan. I feel a great sense of pride in these young men and women who are prepared to give the ultimate sacrifice “Their life for the benefit of others”
I never wanted to join the forces I but have known and taught lots of Armed forces Personnel and do feel some regret that there was not Conscription when I was 18 years old, I would have done my 2 years and most probably enjoyed it. Yet I was dismayed the other day while talking to a neighbour where he told me of a situation where a serviceman just back from Afghanistan decide he wanted to buy a house in Sittingbourne and settle his family only to be told his two children of Secondary school age could not be accommodated in any of our schools in the area. Now if that is true that is an absolute disgrace considering some of our schools have taken on Afghan refugees, immigrants children many who can not even speak the language, yet when one of our own wants access NO JOY, here are men and women who put their lives on the line for their country so surely they should be treated as exceptional cases but then again the Left wing Guardian readers would not like that

Martin Clarke Sittingbourne

Friday, June 11, 2010

Cuts in Uni

Whinging Students
The Government have said that the cost of Universities has to be cut and I quite agree hear are some ideas
!) Lecturers earn their money by taking more lectures, this way we can cut back on lecturers
2) Cut back on research, this is a luxury the Public can only afford when times are prosperous, get the private sector to fund this
3) Shortened the Holidays Christmas 1 week, Easter 1 week, Summer 3 weeks, that’s about what the rest of us get and you would be able to cut the courses down by at least a year. Government save money and the students do not spend so much.

Pubs and Clubs in University Towns are booming yet Students have no money? Students have no money but manage to go on a Gap year?

With 45% of youngsters going to University, there is over kill many can not get jobs after they graduate, many courses are not worth the paper they are written on are invented to so more Tutors get jobs and various governments can say how marvellous they are, What this country needs is tradesman Plumbers, Carpenters, Electricians etc then maybe we can get rid of all this foreign labour which has added to our crisis. Or do the middle classes think letting their children go into trade is demeaning

Martin Clarke

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Hard Times Ahead

Hard times ahead
Because of Labour mismanagement the UK is heading for hard times and our new coalition government have told us we the public can put our suggestions forward.
With riots in Spain, Greece and the TUC predicting the same will happen in the UK when the Public Sector pay cuts hits there will be trouble ahead, interestingly enough when all the foreign labour were taking Englishman’s jobs the TUC were very silent .
Has anyone thought of curbing the extravagances of the European Union, we in GB contribute £40 million a day to this corrupt organisation, the obvious answer is to leave but that will not happen as too many politicians have their finger in the pie. One answer is to trim their Civil Service by say 30% this would save us £12 million a day another idea is to send all the foreign cheap labour working on the Olympics back home, I recently read that 70% of the Labour on this project was foreign. Give there jobs to Englishman who would no longer claim the Dole and would pay tax on their earnings.
Finally on a Local level why did Morrison’s bring 200 foreign workers from the North down to the new Ware House those jobs should have gone to local workers and one final point when the company who bought the old Mill site apply for housing permission the Council should only agree if they employ English workers and a penalty clause should be included to make sure they do.
I hope our New MP Gordon Henderson can put these ideas forward to the PM

Martin Clarke

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Clarke Family visit Turkey

Holiday in Turkey

I organised a holiday in Kalkan Turkey for myself and Valerie plus 5 grandchildren, John, Vicky, Susan and Anthony. In January 2010 I was 60 and we celebrated our 40th wedding so I thought I would splash out and make this a memorable year. A five bedroom Villa was hired which had a swimming pool, marvellous view plus much more it was not cheap but worth every penny and I could recommend it to anyone. Why not have a look on the internet at http://www.kalamardream.com/index.html

Kalkan is a small Mediterranean resort known as the Beverley Hills of the Turquoise Coast. Cobbled streets wind down to the small harbour where visiting yachts lie at anchor and gullets line up to take visitors out to Snake or Mouse islands which appear to float on the crystal clear water. Kalkan is a small town with a cosy intimate feel about it, the visitors return year after year, and many have purchased properties and built new lives there, enjoying at least 300 days of sunshine and far away from the pressure of the outside world

The family had a great time the weather was great, food was great, the sea was like a tepid bath and the people were the most friendly you could meet. The whole place was clean beyond belief every toilet was tiled top to bottom and regularly cleaned, it is a hilly area and having my new hip only 10 weeks ago I am not back to the fitness I would like to be, so puffing, panting and sweating was order of the day.
Turkey is no longer cheap prices have risen dramatically since I was there last June. The roads and the driving leave a lot to be desired and the fact the airport was a two hours drive gave a lot of comments from the kids “We nearly there” but the beauty of the whole coast line made up for this.
Scooters seem to be the main mode of transport it is nothing to see a whole family on one scooter, Mum, Dad and two children, plus who needs a truck to transport good when you have a scooter.

Turkey is well worth a visit, the only thing that puts me of returning is the journey!

Why? well I live with in an hour of Gatwick we are told we now have to arrive three hours in advance, three hours in a place with extortionate prices, then on aeroplane with seats so small my knees touch the seat in front and my shoulders wider then the seat, four more hours of frustration, then two more hours going through Dalaman airport, then a further two hours car drive, A 12 hour journey and you arrive in the foulest of moods not a good way to start a holiday. On our return we spent over an hour checking in, why they do not allocate seats and tickets in advance is beyond me then all you need to do is go to Bag drop of point to off load your suit cases. Dalaman air port is even more expensive you are no longer allowed to bring bottled water in so you are forced to buy water at £2.50p a bottle, small beer is £7 and a snickers bar is £3.50p, Dalaman airport is a total rip off. Yet I endured all of that and still had a good holiday