A day out

It’s a day out for many families and individuals who just can’t do much travel or go anywhere. A day out demonstrating seems the perfect solution. And compliments of HM Government, people can just come out, hold demos, sit in streets and enjoy the day.

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A lot of young people and also older ones, find the theatrical appeal of going against the grain fascinating. Sitting in busy roads, stopping traffic, showing the government that all power lies in those who sit-in, gives a sense of purpose I suppose.

It also provides cash-strapped and bored families a way to spend the day, it costing nothing.

I compare that with the young Afghan mother who sits in the street with her child, complaining of a lack of food, water and money, waiting for a Taliban fighter to chose her as new mate.

I suppose it would be only the people rich enough and full fridges to afford the time to stop food deliveries, holding police from fighting criminals.

I don’t see such demos to stop crime, I want to see the same amount of people who waste working time to actually report crime and take part in their community, talking to their neighbours.

I don’t suppose it’s whole communities who turn out for the demos in London. It seems to be some individuals who do not know their neighbours where they live who come to demonstrate to connect with somebody.

Instead of connecting to their local communities they just go out into the streets, demonstrating against the very people who provide for their plentiful lifestyles.

I think people need to invest more into their local communities to stop crime and anti-social behaviour to develop to the extent as it has develop in counties like Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq.

It seems logical that the people organising such demos – to save the planet – do that with an agenda to keep our law enforcement busy looking after demos instead of fighting criminals.

That seems a circular equation.

the Eureka moment

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Just having this Bingo feeling. The pain from my Arthrities in my knee woke me up early. One of two medical conditions I do not get any medical treatment for and which keep me unable to do much but blog. Firstly I got the arthrities in the knee and secondly I can’t wear my denture and I am toothless, which makes me less than photogenic.

So I blog.

There was a moment when my mind started associating things, namely when I learned that the father of Shamima Begum is in Bangladesh. Apparently one of the suspected rapists of my daughter also originates from Bangladesh, so I believe. I have some nice pics of two of the men who were accused by her of being rapists but they had expensive cars, sports coupees and they weren’t the run of the mill local lads. They drove BMW’s.

Could that have been one of the reasons why the CPS didn’t want to prosecute them?

But so far, we never associated anything to do with ISIS with Bangladesh at all.

Well of course the testimony of a learning disabled person is always difficult to believe but there we are. But then, when my daughter was in school they never even bothered to even give her an assessment or statement of special educational needs.

It just seems that the parents are the last people to find out about what is actually going on.

The second thing that alarmed me was when I watched the interview with the Chinese Ambassador on the Andrew Marr show yesterday. He was shown a pic or film of ethnic people being driven to a camp and women of being forcibly sterilised.

Of course here in Britain we do not forcibly sterilise women, we just make it very hard for them to get benefits and somewhere to live with their children.

I believe the Chinese Ambassador when he says, they treat all people equal, equally bad he should have said. They do have the one-child policy for anyone in cities.

Talking of equality. When I came to Britain women were equally pushed into child-bearing with generous benefits and easy housing. Now they are relentlessly prevented from having lots of kids by making benefits very difficult and housing even harder to get.

One could argue that sterilisation is one option to stop women from having lots of kids so they do not need housing or benefits but can work instead. So whilst the Chinese may carry out these procedures, the British attitude is not to intervene physically and so direct but indirect by policy instead.

But, to say the truth, my learning disabled daughter has now been sterilised here in Britain, so I have heard, as she has problems coping with further pregnancies and making sensible choices.

So there are those policies and diplomacies that seem to override directly naming and shaming what is actually going on.

Labour can’t loose this general election

Corbyn has the winning formula.

He appeals to

  • the young by promising to abolish university tuitition fees
  • the middle ages by supporting young students and older relatives and by improving workers rights, health care and public transport.
  • the old by promising free health care.

Nobody cannot vote for this unless they are rich and do not rely on public services. Since the rich are in the minority, they cannot possibly win any election.

Even though I fell out with Labour big time some years ago, this new election manifesto is likely to be a big winner.

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We have listened to the repetitive speeches how the Conservatives increased the employment rate but forgotten to mention that those people also increasingly rely on food banks.

Disabled and poorly dressed

Again this morning I saw a group of severely disabled people with their carers walking along a local road. Again I thought how poorly these people are dressed. Obviously they cannot shop for themselves but they do get a fair amount of disability money.

The clothes the people wear in Tower Hamlets care look like rags, second hand at best. Why is it not possible to dress these people pleasantly? Surely even the most disabled person feels better with nice clothing.

I have now heard it from various sources, which I won’t disclose that people in local authority care, not only Tower Hamlets, look drab, like they are wearing rags.

The next question is what is happening with these people’s money? Who looks after it and who monitors what happens to these unfortunate people’s money who obviously do not get any help to spend their money on clothing.

We hear so much about abuse in local care, how about monitoring what happens to disabled people’s money when they are in care?

Youth detachment

I followed the riots closely, especially as I am heavily involved in the Neighbourhood Watch and I must say, I am particularly shocked by the carelessness and dangerous behaviour of many rioters that took part in those very unfortunate events of the past 4 days. Luckily police managed to contain the uproar yesterday but it did take them 3-4 days to organise enough support to cope with the problem.

What I found very disturbing is that some young people enjoyed torching local businesses, and that they just referred to those businesses as belonging to rich people and they want to show that they hate them. This indicated to me that the education those young people received fell on deaf ears, that they did not understand the social importance of local businesses and what local community actually means and how important it is to have a vibrant and functioning local community.

I am currently looking for work myself and in one of the interviews the interviewer asked me why I studied business and I replied. It seemed natural to me because I grew up in a city centre and all my neighbours ran some sort of business or were managing one or working in one. The first time I helped out in a neighbours business, just for fun I my add, was aged 10 and I enjoyed very much selling Parker Pens at that time.

Today of course it would be unthinkable that a child can help out in a shop because of the child-working legislation but also the cut-back on personnel for many businesses means that there is less and less employment available.

When I went to business college we had the opportunity to get a work placement and I was working in a chocolate factory on the packing belt and that was a real eye opener. All this experience though made me feel very positive towards the local business and community in general. I would like to see more work placements for local school children, local businesses allowing young people to help with or without a wage and help to integrate youngsters in the local business community.

I do not support calls for a withdrawal of unemployment benefits to those who got involved in criminal behaviour, that would definitely pull the rug out under our welfare society and lead to slavery and forced working or total exploitation of those not getting any benefits.

It is very unfortunate that both criminals elements and also political radicals can exploit situations and in the spur of the moment get people to demand certain things or commit crimes, we should rather look at how we can get people to think before they act rather than stop basic services like housing and benefits.

1300:

Over in the Lords, The Archbishop of Canterbury says education itself needs to be rebuilt, as the building of “character” and “virtue” has faded over the past two decades. He says there are no “quick answers”, but it’s not just about discipline but about the ethos of educational institutions.

A parent’s worst nightmare

Some of the patients in Winterbourne View were actually forcibly removed from the care of their families when their behaviour as learning disabled adults became a bit challenging for the community or the families themselves. Thanks to  Panorama secret filming the abuse was detected. What about the many not filmed places where abuse goes on and it is not detected?

It is only due to the film evidence that police can bring charges. Often enough, when people with learning disabilities make accusations, the police will simply not take action because the evidence is deemed unreliable.

That brings me to the multimillion pound care industry. The care workers featured do not seem to be professionally trained. I have got some very worrying experience with social workers for example where they come into a home and make up stories of what they have seen and write out reports, which are sheer fantasy. We have also seen it on that documentary, that care workers made up reports to make it look good for the records. They do know what to write to get justification.

Families are now desperate to get their children back, trying to rather cope with them at home, as part of the Care in the Community system.

The most popular demand heard is that care workers, and I think that should include social workers have to get registered. I already demand better qualification for social workers and there needs to be stricter monitoring of vulnerable patients in and out of care. Who known what is being said between those four walls, who will ever know unless it is reliably recorded as in this film?

I truly and honestly think that the only people who really can appreciate a severely learning disabled person are loving parents or family, people who have a conviction for trying to help those learning disabled people.

Looking how the government now also cuts back on disability payments, we see that because the criteria tests are far removed from reality, that the government simply doesn’t understand the emotional needs of people. It doesn’t surprise me that those in house patients didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning, when they face nothing but boredom and abuse. There is no therapy in the daily routine but what the government’s cost-cutting strategies reveal is simply looking how commercially viable people can be and they believe that the ability technically to carry out a task also enabled people to emotionally do the task routinely. That is where the gap is. Technical and emotional ability are closely connected and some people only function properly when they feel emotionally good. And feeling emotionally good is different from person to person.

Some autistic people want to sit alone in a room, some child like adults need 100 teddies around them just to do a simple task, others need trusted friends around them all the time to feel good and confident.

There is the question of qualification for care workers and/or social workers. I just recently signed on as unemployed and was promptly asked whether I want to work as social worker. I have not gotten one piece of qualification at all, though plenty of practical experience. Social work is not profitable and a job for cast offs so it seems.

The secret is to start preparation for life in schools and at the school age. Teaching to help the disabled early to understand the world from their point of view must be a priority and is cheaper than paying out 90 million a year to look after learning disabled adults in care homes. What is happening today is that learning disabled children are put through the normal schooling process just to drop out as young adults and needing looking after in institutions. Our comprehensive school system assumes that all will fit into society but special skills are not taught. Those vulnerable adults must have been to schools once and those school experiences did not fit the needs of those people.

 

Prime Minister is on the ball

And again, David Cameron shows leadership when he says that a minister must have the ultimate power to sack employees of a service as he, the minister is in charge of the service.  David Cameron criticises a ruling, in which Sharon Shoesmith wins her case on unfair dismissal. She had learned from TV that she had been sacked.

Isn’t it the nature of sudden events that they can harbour also sudden sackings? It is a clause in almost every employment contract that sacking can occur spontaneously under certain circumstances.

This is not the first time that David Cameron has queried the powers of judges. The other occasion were the privacy rulings of late, whereby prominent persons can have a secret double life, protected by the law.

It almost seems as if the law wants to protect social workers who protect child killers. Sharon Shoesmith is quoted as saying: “You cannot stop the death of children”. This is an astonishing statement from someone whose job it is to save children and protect them from harm. equally perplexing is Sharon Shoesmith’s statement that it was really Ed Balls who brought the Social Work Department into malfunctioning by sacking her instead of admitting that her department had been in disarray all along.

I just wonder where it all goes wrong in Mrs Shoesmith’s mind, that mind that thinks that children die anyhow. Does the woman even belief that Social Workers can do any good at all? I am asking myself why did she want her job back if she beliefs that children die in any case?

Again I would like to strengthen my call for a better qualification structure for Social Workers, who should have to go through much tougher qualifications, which are standardised and are to the highest expectations.

Impact statements from victims of crime

It should not be a new thing but something that should have happened all along that a victim of crime and others who suffer from the impact of crime can have taken all their financial and personal injuries taken into account. Why is that only a new thing in Britain since about a year?

It is in my view because Britain just does not want to know about victims very much. Even the impact statements today are flawed and faulty and incomplete. The resounding problems of violence from housing to mobile phone contracts, to extra travel costs and phone calls are wide and far-reaching and there is little or no financial help available to those who need it. In fact a victim  of domestic violence can be out of pocket for thousands of pounds just because of housing problems by having to flee domestic violence and housing providers refusing to pick up the cost of this.

I am coming under the impression that victims of crime are still the underdogs and are the real victims not only from physical violence but also from the aftermath of having to attend to the social and financial problems caused. Especially when perpetrators are part of the establishment, the families that are top dogs in the UK today the victim stands little chance to ever recover from the ordeal in any which way you can think of.

police murders protestor at G20 demo

That is a turnout for the books and surprises me that an inquest jury found that Ian Tomlinson had been unlawfully killed when excessive force was used to restrain him at the outskirts of the demonstration.

Mr Tomlinson was pushed and shoved and hit with a baton, which aggravated his present health condition and caused him to die. Just when I thought that it is too dangerous for people with unstable health to gather demonstrating it has been ruled that even people who are not 100% fit can go and protest without fear of being stupid for going there when some police action injures or even kills them.

I have been questioning whether those type of demos in such locations are an ideal playground for protests in any event because it is difficult for police to channel protestors on the locations that are not dangerous to the properties around them.

I think a lot is asked of police officers who are often attacked themselves and prone to injury too. A better solution must be found to let off steam from those who wish to exercise their right to protest and demonstrations have to be made more user-friendly, so that people can protest in peace in locations that are easy to control and safe to use.

I think the inner streets of the business areas of inner London are not ideal because demonstrators also cause a lot of damage to property there and attack police officers as well.

The sky is the limit for rents in Tower Hamlets

Space is in short supply in Tower Hamlets, the most overcrowded and poorest borough in the country. The poorest despite having the Docklands Development Corporation there and projects like Canary Wharf.

Living space is forced to built into the sky and with higher housing developments we see a sky-high increase in rent. That is a worrying trend-setter I may say, considering that rents are rising and housing benefits are lowering.

In a new development in Bethnal Green the private developer offers flats for purchase or part-purchase. Yet the chances are that most dwellings within are given to homeless people, rents and deposits paid by Tower Hamlets Councils.

Whilst the benefits ceilings are set by the government / councils at £230 for 1 bedroom, that is the charge developers make in rent for a small open plan or a 1 bedroom flat.

It does not take a mathematical genius to work out how expensive housing benefits payments are going to be. Yet would it make much difference if councils had more power to built council homes when rents are set to rise to current market levels all around?

The current market levels are set by housing benefit levels available.

So there is not really a free market in housing rents as those rents are set by governmental benefit levels in any case. So is government making their own life harder than necessary or are builders so much in charge of policies, through their generous party political contributions that we are becoming depending on high rent levels dictated to us by government?

At this rate a free housing market cannot even start to develop because housing developers know they can depend on rent rates at the rate set and calculate how much they will have coming in minimum before they even start building those expensive looking new housing developments in the poorest borough in the UK.

At one of the newest buildings, the lowest rent is £230 at week for a room, which is no more than a glorified prison cell, only differences are, slightly larger, very small built in kitchen and one has the key to the premise.

It would be wrong now to say that older buildings with decent sized flats, should increase their rents to meet those inflated new prices as that would be throwing the baby out with the bath water indeed.  In fact the whole trend in housing is wrong in my view and does not result in a real market value for rents but in a government set rent level by the manipulation of housing benefits to a very high level indeed.

No old council flat can possibly be compared to those new-style apartments, who are purpose built to house a single person and are given to small families instead. This current housing policy trend was started by New Labour and it does not justice to current housing needs and certainly does not set a real market value of rent levels. It merely allows housing developers to built expensive housing for homeless persons or other benefit recipients who would not be living in London if councils weren’t paying those sky-high rents for them.

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