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FUBAR Paper Review: 16th August 2014

I will be reviewing the papers this morning with Jon Gaunt on FUBAR Radio at 11.30am (remember you can listen on line or download the app for free, and there is no subscription charge).

I am not sure which stories we will be discussing, but below are a number which have caught the eye this morning:

RSPCA is now destroying half the animals it comes into contact with from The Daily Mail. It is worrying when a brand that you have grown up trusting and think you know as a ‘safe pair of hands’ proves to be anything but. The RSPCA still advertise for subscriptions on the TV saying they never put healthy animals to sleep, but the question is who determines the health of the animal. It is true that there are now more rescued animals been adopted in the UK from the likes of Spain, Bosnia and Romania (we – ALStrays Transport – transport them legally through DEFRA and TRACES controlled regulations), and the background to many of these animals is unknown, but the article covers lifelong pets and the appalling treatment of the owners by the RSPCA. With so many cases been dismissed by the judges, and no compensation been paid (never mind the loss of the animals life) this is a disturbing story, not least because the RSPCA has also wrongly picked on the elderly, sick or mentally impaired — the very people who most need their pets for comfort and companionship. There are many theories as to why the charity acts as it does. But the main problem seems to be the type of people now running it — who include extreme animal rights activists. Take Dr Richard Ryder, a former director of the militant Political Animal Lobby, who is a member of the RSPCA’s ruling council. He has suggested that animals are morally identical to human beings so should never be used for food, clothing — or enjoyment. He thinks people who disagree are guilty of ‘speciesism’, which he compares to racism and sexism.

The Mail also have a story about Travelodge removes the Bible from every room, and are hiding them behind reception. I am not remotely religious, but I am not offended by those that are, and I have stayed in hotels throughout the world that have had similar literature. So what? Stick it on a drawer if necessary. Seems like yet another example of political correctness gone mad, and totally necessary. Out of sight out of mind doesn’t mean it no longer exists and I am increasingly of the view that for those that chose to come in live in the UK for a ‘better life’, for ‘more opportunities’, they should take us as we are or stay at home. That said one part of the article did make me smile:

When requested, the receptionist could not find a copy and said no one had ever asked him for one in his four months of working there.Instead, he suggested using the hotel’s free wifi to ‘Google it and read it online.

With the start of the Football Season (remind me did it ever end?) it would be remiss not to recognise the 50th anniversary of Match of the Day and the Guardian has a good article referencing the 20,000 that viewed the original, and featuring a great photograph of Jimmy Hill (now unfortunately suffering from dementia and caught up in an unsavory family dispute). MOTD has to have one of the most recognizable theme tunes, certainly one that defines my youth, but with the advent of Sky and so many lives games it isn’t something that I watch these days. Maybe now Hansen has gone to be replaced by Phil Neville I will tune in tonight, but in all honesty it all seems rather outdated and scripted now. Still better than ITV but then again my gran would be better than Adrian Chiles.

Turning to more serious matters the suicide by Robin Williams has brought out the inevitable articles on depression with The Guardians Suicide and silence: why depressed men are dying for somebody to talk to article stating that suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50, which was a surprise.The thrust of the article is that the subject doesn’t receive the same focus as say testicular cancer, and the issue with counseling is that there is a tendency to say what they want to hear: “She discharged me and told me that I was healthy and better. But actually I wasn’t better, I was just better at lying.”

Does anybody actually understand the exam system these days? What was wrong with CSE’s, GSE’s and A Levels? I come across children these days with A*** in some sort of AS+ and I ask the what they think about something and I may as well have been talking to a brick wall. Of course it is good that more children are going to University (keeps them from having to find a job for 4 years, teaches them what debt feels like) and if it is true that Universities are dropping the less meaningful courses we may start to have graduates with at least some relevance to what the work place requires. The Guardian choose to go with the Number of women and students from deprived areas off to university hit high angle, but the real issue with their article is how many readers will actually have understood all the % and statistics that they threw at us!

Absolutely no surprise that most papers covered the Farage to stand as MP story with The Express article from Farage himself the stand out one, and now I at least know where Thanet South is! Going to be interesting to see how UKIP do, as they undoubtedly appeal to a cross range of traditional voters who ‘want our England back’ and Farage does seem to have the one thing that non of the other leaders have and that is a passion for the UK. The rest all seem more concerned with what the EU is doing and how we can part of it, rather than what we in the UK need and how to deliver it.

Cannabis time again with both The Mail Cannabis oil helped cure my cancer, claims father who was given two years to live and The Guardian Medicinal cannabis and the caregiving community giving it away for free covering the story, with The Guardian getting my vote for referencing Saving Grace, one of my favourite films!

Living in Spain I was drawn to the article in The Times Wealthy Britons turn their home thoughts abroad which claims that middle-class property buyers from the UK are taking advantage of the strong pound by going on a spending spree overseas. The established coastlines of Spain and France top the list of property hotspots, with transactions up by 84 per cent and 65 per cent in the past year respectively. In all honesty not seeing that in our part of Spain, although the established areas of Marbella, Benidorm and Costa Blanca are all doing pretty well. The thing that remains to be seen is the definition of wealthy: wealthy enough to buy the property, or wealthy enough to afford the lifestyle that a second property entails because without the associated spend from new owners Spain will continue to suffer big time, with its One Trillion Euro Debt

And finally, as far as dangerous sports are concerned the cows would well and truly have been home before I categorised chess as a dangerous sport but The Guardian (again) made me chuckle (and yes I know it is a serious matter) with their story Two players die at world chess event in Norway

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