Is it about culture and not colour? This is the all-important question. Oswald Spengler thought it was. For him, culture was independent of race. The foundation of his theory that the West is in decline is that cultures are free-floating. They are as it were living things; organic , with a natural life –cycle of birth, growth, decay and death. The West has reached the period in its cultural life-cycle – ‘civilisation,’ when it is naturally in decline. Such a theory runs into difficulties immediately if it is associated with race, because race is not a temporary, changing aspect of human existence.
The former Radio 4 controller Mark Damazer has called for more blacks and ethnics to be present on the ‘Today’ Programme on Radio 4 and also on ‘The Archers’ (An everyday story of ethnic folk, like ‘East Enders’?).
Damazer said it ‘makes sense’ for the station to be more representative of Britain’s population and said he regretted not having done more in this direction when he was in charge. This follows the BBC Trust’s demand that Radio 4 do more to appeal to ethnic minorities, younger listeners and those in the north.
Damazer was responsible for getting rid of Radio 4’s Introductory morning compendium of traditional musical airs from the four parts of the UK (‘Early One Morning’ for England, ‘Men of Harlech’ for Wales etc,) almost certainly on the grounds that such references to the four nations of the country did not fit in with his vision of the new, vibrant, multiracial, multicultural Britain. (‘The BBC is not neutral on multiculturalism. It believes in it and promotes it’ – Senior BBC executive in reply to complaint by columnist Jeff Randall).
Historians have studied the outbreak of the French Revolution by tracking the daily movement of the price of bread in Paris in the period preceding it. The same study could be made of the price of food in the days preceding the outbreak of the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has said that world food prices hit a record high in January for the seventh consecutive month. It’s food price index was up 3.4% from December to its highest level since 1990, when its measurement of food prices began.
‘As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends correspondingly to increase. And the dictator … will do well to encourage that freedom. In conjunction with the freedom to daydream under the influence of dope, the movies and the radio, it will help to reconcile his subjects to the servitude which is their fate.’ Aldous Huxley: ‘Introduction to ‘Brave New World’.
The Report by the Health Service Ombudsman Anne Abrahams which has revealed shocking instances of the gross lack of basic care for the elderly in NHS Hospitals has spurred a rash of heart –searching along the lines of ‘How, why, can this happen? What can we do to ensure that elderly people are given the care and respect they deserve?’ Etc.
Additional Training is Required? Not Really
The line coming out so far is that ‘additional training’ of Nursing Staff is required. But the reasons for the appalling third – world conditions to which our father and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers are so often condemned in state hospitals go far deeper than mere lack of ‘training.’ How much training do you need after all, to know that old, sick people must to be fed and kept clean? How much training is required for anyone to treat old, dependent people with compassion and respect?
"K and I got met on (An Asian dating Agency) in 2008 and found that we both got on really well. We arranged to meet up at one of the events , and let’s say there was no looking back. I think we both knew that we had met our best friend in each other, and that for us was the most important feeling’’.