Free swimming

Recently there was a report on parenting and its effect on childrens’ drinking habits, published by the left leaning think tank, DEMOS. They studied data based on about 15,000 children born in the UK in the last 40 years. The researchers at DEMOS found that the best approach was for parents to be warm and affectionate until the age of 10 and then combine this with more discipline. Then at ages 15 to 16 there should be more supervision. And it goes on …… activities for at-risk children are also important during school holidays when there can be more opportunities to engage in binge drinking, Demos says. I am sure any good parent could have come up with that advice, but how do we help parents to keep their children active in the school holidays? Perhaps the Westminster Parliament could follow the example of the Welsh Assembly Government, they fund free swimming in Wales, during the school holidays.


2000–2009 was warmer than the 1990s

The heat trapping nature of carbon dioxide and other gases was demonstrated in the mid-19th century. The green house effect is a fact; no scientific body of national or international standing has maintained a dissenting opinion that human influence is causing climate change. Despite variability from year to year – the period 2000–2009 was warmer than the 1990s that, in turn, was warmer than the 1980s. In fact, the average temperature over the first decade of the 21st century was significantly warmer than any preceding decade in the instrumental record, stretching back 160 years. In addition, today’s temperatures are warmer than the reconstructed mean temperatures going back more than 2000 years. There is a tendency for people to interpret their own experiences of day-to-day weather in terms of climate change, climate change is the climate of the entire globe. The current and future consequences of global climate change, apart from increased mean temperatures, are the amount, intensity, frequency, and type of precipitation, an increased risk of inland flash floods and more frequent coastal flooding. In 2010, Pakistan experienced its highest recorded temperature of 52.5 °C, and 333 mm of rain fell over a 2-day period in the Peshawar province. Moscow endured its hottest day (38.2 °C) in 130 years of records. Are these just extreme weather events, including our own, just weather; or are they portents of something to come?

sentences need to be tougher

The leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron, said that we have a “moral collapse” and that the “broken society” is at the top of his agenda. So, one expects that we will see some drastic changes, or will it be just spin and tinkering at the edges?

At the start of the riots we did have a failure of the police to be able to act and quell the rioters, because of their overwhelming numbers; the police had to take a step back and just watch the rioters get down to it. In recent years, the parents too, have taken a step back from the parenting of their children. Its all too easy for parents to avoid responsibility, because the state will do it. The role of parents gets less important as the schools and the state take over. No longer do parents give their children sex education, healthy eating advice, even morals are taught by schools. Schools are expected to be strict, because the parents are not. Extra resources are given to the high performing schools; if parents don’t live near a good school then their children have a much harder task to make their life a success. The Government gives parents free childcare, putting presure on parents to work when they may be needed in the family home. Schools and early years providers have to care for children from birth; with breakfast and after school clubs too, and then Government wonders why parents do not feel responsible for their children.

So now we have the Government blaming the parents for not knowing where their children are, but yet its the Government that fails to support marriage and two parent families.

Mr Cameron also said he wanted a “family test” applied to all domestic policies to ensure they did not undermine or “stop families from being together”. So the first thing that comes into conflict with is evicting families from social housing. Wandsworth Council have served a family with an eviction notice for their sons involvement with the riots, and that is before there has been a conviction, to me that stinks of playing politics with peoples lives. Iain Duncan Smith has said that people convicted of involvement in rioting could lose their benefits, even if they are not jailed. How disgusting that people claiming benefits are being singled out for harsher sentences, but why would our millionaire Prime Minister care about that? If the sentences need to be tougher, make them tougher for everyone.

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