Sitting London ducks

2019-election-results-pic_editedJust reading up on ‘what the Tory election win means for your money‘ and find it has little to do with the practicalities of current financial realities.

There are these red specks in seas of blue. London is like an out-landish Labour bastion amidst the blue rural regions.

It seems to be the land- and property owners elections. Yet the young people, who want to get a fair outlook on life, voted Labour, those people who cannot count on their land-ownership and have to look at University fees and interest to be paid on those.

2019-cartogram_editedIt doesn’t even bring much relief to think that the Living- or Minimum wage will rise and get allocated to younger people because the rents are too high and the housing costs and also commuting costs swallow up all earnings, making people reliant on food banks.

I personaly shouldn’t really complain, my pension is set to rise and I get free travel in London.

This election win, will mean little change to our current infrastructure. The same old class tensions will exist and probably be intensified through problems created in Scotland – who want to strive for Scottish independence and Northers Ireland, which is predicted to become part of the Irish nation within the next few decades.

Perhaps that is the reason why the visit of Boris Johnson to her Majesty the Queen took so long because is there really any way to explain to the Royals that the age of discontent has really only begun, rather than healed off?

Obviously – in terms of Brexit – the Brexitiers have won for England and Wales. Perhaps that will shape the future of the United Kingdom, in that it divides the nation and split off Scotland and Ireland from the Union.

Boris Johnson’s bariton voice can of course soothe emotional alarms instantly but rationally and analytically looking at this mess will simple not heal anything.

Those who are fobbed off by Boris Johnson’s calming effect really miss out on the reality of the situation.

Yes, the election results will calm foreign investors, will ensure that business knows how to prepare for the next few years but very little is resolved in terms of infrastructure and the one-nation agenda.

 

2019 general election

On reflection it was very risky of the Liberals to choose Jo Swinson as leader when her seat East Dunburtonshire is located in Scotland, a home nation, with gains for the SNP. I reckon she would have been much more likely to win a seat in an English contituency.

SNP gained 48 seats compared to the 35 in 2017.

The overall voting pattern, giving the Conservatives a clear 47 seat majority, was probably the voice of the people trying to end the uncertainty and make it easier for today’s business to invest and to make some certainty for jobs clear.

For the long term, I still think that the Labour Manifesto was better suited. In a climate emergency business cannot make good decisions other than those that lead to monetary rewards for individual investors. I don’t think that climate change will be profitable for anyone.

Yet the world cannot imagine change and business cannot change.

It will be interesting to see what happens to those arch Labour supporters up in North England who voted Conservative.

 

 

At the polling station

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He couldn’t remember his address, he gave the clerk various versions and she could not find any of them. The guy in front of me in the queue finally produced his polling card and was ticked off against the information on the polling card.

Then it was my turn, cleverly I thought, if I give her my polling card from the start, she won’t have problems finding me. She asked me whether I can confirm my name and address.

Yet the guy in front of me couldn’t even remember his address and was accepted.

Wow, what different measures are applied to different people. There was so much in the press about voting fraud. Doesn’t surprise me at all.

living wage cancelled by stealth

The longer this Tory government is in place, the higher the food prices rise.

It is not just the basic price, it has now also become apparent that previously sold basic products have changed. Low-level priced, good quality products are no longer available in many stores.

The quantities sold previously and branding has changed and prices have tripled. Even basic medications like Ibuprofen and Paracetamol are now hard to get on a low price.

Poundland used to sell 3 packs per pound, the last time I looked it was 1 pack per pound.

Supermarkets now give away their unsold foods to charities instead of throwing the food away but the price of that is passed on to regular consumers, who do not rely on food banks to get their food. Poor people (including the working poor) now just wait for the free food from food banks and that reduces the income food retailers actually get.

There are now more food banks in Britain than there are McDonalds restaurants. Our economy is on the brink of collapse.

I am not entitled to use food banks and have to pay a very high price for just everthing. Prices seem to rise each week.

It’s the person who earns more who have to subsides those on low wages. People do not only pay taxes to support society, they now also are asked to donate to food banks and other charitable enterprises to support others.

Reliance on charitable donations exacerbates inequality. Schools who rely on parental donations have less money if they are with poorer parents.

Clearly it must be much more efficient to bring into place a regulated support system that allocates resources on a fair basis to those on low incomes.

Now we got the living wage but reduced hours, so that jobs are shared out among more people who all earn a fraction of the wages one person could earn. So in fact we all earn less because we need to support others more. The living wage has cancelled out by stealth.

The same old

When I had these legal proceedings going on in a court of law against various Labour Party members, the Guido Fawkes website was used by a lot of people to communicate on a foul and abusive basis.

Now again, the same principle has come into play again in that Guido Fawkes has become the communications hub to try and ridicule the Labour Party because some conversation was published that Jonathan Ashworth made to someone else, which was then published by Paul Staines.

I am frankly very surprised that the BBC even bothers to invite Paul Staines to panel discussions of sorts and asks for that man’s opinion. The sensationalism associated with Guido Fawkes is more than embarrassing.

Quite remarkable that Labour members continuously need to seek reassurance via the right-wing communications networks. But I did at the time establish that the Guido Fawkes website was run via a German based Internet server.

National Broadband

The Labour Party is pushing for the roll-out of national broadband and wants to nationalise BT for that purpose.

As a former webmaster I must support this scheme because it helps the nation to utilise national communications networks, which are the least vulnerable to exploitation.

What people generally do not understand is that anybody who provides broadband hosting services, can completely and totally monitor the communications that are done via that network.

There is no privacy. Privacy is an illusion that people generally have. The more service providers there are, the less certain can people be who actually can monitor their activities.

Every email sent, call made, message, picture is stored somewhere on a server and can be called up and looked at by a person if needed. Even when they are on an encrypted services, the service provider can still look up your messages in plain sight, even though others cannot see that.

If you are now subscribed to a hosting service for your Internet communications or broadband, they can actually look at and monitor what you communicate.

I had access to server-side communications, I ran my own commercial websites and could store any communications made via the web services.

I would be very careful to sign up with web service or broadband providers, which are springing up like mushroooms all over the place. The more there are the more it is likely that your information and communications can be exploited and shared without your knowledge.

collapse of public accountability

I have just received an email from the chair of the Tower Hamlets Safer Neighbourhood Board (SNB) asking me to meet him for coffee to see if I can be of use. He copied in 3 serving police officers at the Met too.

I refused. It is abhorrent to think that one person can decide who gets the local voluntary positions. That is not democratic and there is no accountability.

There is now a collapse of democracy evident so far as the voluntary sector is concerned.

I used to be the chair of the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association. That was a post created out of a network of elected local Neighbourhood Watch panels, who democratically elected the chair of the local Association, which in turn worked in partnership with the local Metropolitan Police.

The then Mayors Office for Policing in Crime (MOPAC) funded the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association.

When my daughter became a successfull performance athlete in her sport, I needed to spend a lot more time to bring her to training sessions, starting at 6am, ending at 9pm and in between there was schooling.

I had a good relationship with local Safer Neighbourhood Teams and Neighbourhood Watch was set up through the SNT officers verifying the residents who registered as Neighbourhod Watches. I helped establish over 100 Neighbourhood Watches in Tower Hamlets.

Now my daughter has grown older and no longer needs as much help to get to and from places and I have more time to commit to the community again.

Unfortunately my successor in Tower Hamlets dissolved the Association. A new system called OWL was established, which is in fact just a communication system that works one-way. The police use it now to communicate with registered users only to give information on current situations and distribute news letters and invites to events.

I have been in communications with the national Neighbourhood Watch Network and attended one of their seminars. The former London Neighbourhood Watch Association has also been dissolved and there is no infrastructure left as it was previously.

Local people now often use WhatsApp to communicate among themselves, which is quite effective. Meetings with police are held via the SNT network and take place 4 times per year.

The SNT panels have a representative with the local Safer Neighbourhood Board.

The tax payers corp

Does anybody else play the game Criminal Case? I have been playing it from the start and it is about solving crimes and finding the culprit. As the game develops – and I am now on level 472 – one of the judges, develops a Justice corps, which starts to kill those which are not complying with ever stricter legal requirements.

That reminds me of how the Tax Payers becoming more and more a law onto themselves. Many posts on Facebook are about how undeserving those are who do not pay a lot of taxes and that only those paying a lot of taxes are acceptable human beings. It’s really frightening.

A huge thank you for all the publishers who push the plight of poor families this Christmas. Metro is one paper who published about a family with 7 kids having had benefits reduced. thanks also to MSN.

At the beginning of our civilisation, all families owned a house and had three plots of land on which they grew crops in rotation and fed themselves. (see a study about this) That was an equal standing but since then society has developed away from direct dependance onto the land and society has industrialised and people have become dependant on centrally run systems. We now have huge wealth gaps and some can earn Billions whilst others work all day for a handfull of pasta.

Don’t vote Tory

Boris Johnson yet again hints at further tax cuts. Tax cuts mean cuts in services. Tax cuts mean subsidising business on the expense of the poor working people.

The different principle of Tory v. Labour is simply that Labour would nationalise key industries and services. The Tories would privatise everything.

Privatisation is people running a business that has to make a profit. The more people run our services the more profit they need to make to create a living from it. The more profit has to be made, the more expensive anything becomes.

To make a profit, the business pays as little wage as possible to its employees. Or to say it in better words, the business employs as few people as possible. This then forces those not in work to create their own business to do something.

We see the creation of the working poor, people who got jobs but can’t afford to buy food. People get enslave to work for those who create profits for themselves, from which they pay less taxes to provide services for those who need them.

Overall a government collects taxes to run services for the nation. The less taxes they collect, the less services they provide.

Of course those who make a lot of money from their companies, they couldn’t care less about services provided from the state. They simply buy their own services. Hence we see private health care, private schools, private homes. etc.

The poor and ever increasing poorer masses have to do with the small amount of services the state provides and share the spills of the rich, that they can get hold of. Because Tories reduce taxes, the services the poor masses get, become worst and worst.

On the other hand if Labour wins, we get nationalisation of services and utilities and that will make everything cheaper for all of us. Because if now 100 companies run a service, 100 companies will need to make a profit; we all have to pay for those profits.

But if a state runs the services, we just need to pay as much as it costs to run that service, the material and the wages of those running it, which is of course less than if private businesses run it.

 

 

Pollution in Tower Hamlets

Here is the most recent map on pollution in Tower Hamlets.

It shows, for example, that the location of Raine’s Foundation school is in a better spot than other schools near Commercial Road for example.

Yet the council will determine school quality only by the amount of academic results achieved and not by the health of the pupils as part of the equation.

My personal experience is that my daughter went to a school near Commercial road for 2 years and ended up having to get a brown inhaler for asthma. Then changing school to near Victoria Park at the north of the borough, was found to be healthy.

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