Clumsy mistakes

Noone can accuse the British for ousting people for clumsy mistakes. We have accepted all horroundes mistakes that Boris Johnson made, from the letterbox ladies to the Care homes. Yet Harpers is an American publication and published a letter about censorship and Freedom of Speech.

During my time at the High Court, I suffered the most horrendous online bullying, being called names and people generally very negative with swearwords woven in.

Now I find myself warned by Facebook if I say something that offends somebody there and they threaten you with expulsion if you say something as hateful as that again.

I re-posted an optical trick illusion – it was clearly marked as such – Facebook deleted the video saying it was not realistic.

Taken censorship to that breadth and width is overdoing things a lot.

Perhaps, now in hindsight, I would not bring the libel action again on the strength of radicals posting over-radicalised stuff, just to make their case and impress the Anarchists, I would just argue as I did in a recent posting, that people who do not like education come up with all kinds of tricks to make educators look silly.

But also perhaps I had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and the trauma of what had happened to me, even though a very long time ago – was still firmly wedged within my psyche. It helped me to get over it though.

The over-anxious police actions like they recently happened to Olympian Bianca Williams are a sign of the time.  This kind of stuff happened in Germany during the 70s everywhere, its just that they didn’t search you, they locked you up for months. I wouldn’t attribute that to racism, they are generally freaked out about the fact that they lost control over some crimes.

I went to Lidl yesterday and wondered why the queue at the self-checkout was non existant when normally most people queue there. I attribute that to the fact that they sold knives only available at the cashier.

 

 

The cost dimension of protests

police men with a group of people in a rally

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The days of the speaker’s corner collective have long gone and now protests have taken on larger and more expensive dimensions.

Whilst everybody must have the right to voice opinions, the cost of such protests are going far beyond what law makers imagined.

The law must include the cost liability of protests.

Some organisations are riding rough shot with our resources and lest not forget that every police officer who attends a protest cannot deal with those issues that appear to make our every-day lives pleasant or not like reducing burglaries or drug dealing in our communities.

There is a difference between employment related strikes and protests and wider issues, which take place in our streets. All organisations who organise large scale protests must be made liable for the cost of policing them.

The media puppets

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Shame, that I’ve taken the Christmas decorations down this year, as this time now, feels just like a loooooong Christmas. Even better because it recreates the time of rest we used to have in the older days.

Yet around Christmas time there was a hype in the media about people with mental health problems and an increase in domestic violence.

But all that talk about mental health suddenly died down completely. The Sunday Times, published a graph showing the real impact of deaths from Corona Virus and it is microscopically small, in relation to the mass of the population.

But this outbreak has been played up so much by the media, that they are literally seem to be under some kind of threat not to report about other problems occurring as a result of Corona Virus isolation.

Today we hear reports that even the Police will no longer investigate some crimes, criminals being released early. People have to stay with those they normally live with and some manage that only because they know they can leave each day.

But, I suppose the isolation policy will bring crime down that relies on transport and distribution, such as drug dealing.

What about those who need restbite from looking after others.

I think we will get some stark statistics later on in the year with regards to secondary problems caused through the Corona Virus isolation.

There are some voices who question our freedoms being taken away like movement and certain basic human rights of association and family life.

Thankfully most of us can manage because of the Broadband and energy provisions not being disrupted.

The naughty list

I need to support it that Extinction Rebellion are listed on a Counter Terror Police list as organisation of concern.

It is not about the aim, it is about the method. Anybody can pronounce they are doing it for the good of us all but if they, in fact, disrupt our daily lives severely and cause extreme expenses to our policing budgets, which prevents our police to concentrate on other pressing issues, must be seen as a concern to national security.

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out of London

Just as the County Lines gangs have moved so much of their business out of London, politicians demand that more politics and business should be moved out of London too.

Obviously there cannot be a connection between the drugs business and the politics just as the deployment of soldiers into Afghanistan and the smuggling of Opium from Afghanistan are not connected.

County Lines gangs were always quite ahead, quick thinking and using latest technologies and exploited the situation.

They used

  • fake number plates and bogus car rentals companies
  • burner phones
  • bikes to move drugs before the national on our bike strategy came upon us
  • deployed expelled students in their drug trade

I think that the National Crime Agency must be sleeping with their eyes wide open.

When I sat on a local stop and search panel, I quite clearly pointed out that the statistics relating to drug dealing also related to stop and search results.

Overall the panel was dissolved, knife crime shot up and here we are. A big mess.

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 American conundrum

It is absolutely terrible that the current problems with

  • Prince Andrew’s alleged association with convicted American Epstein
  • The Dunn family and the American Anne Sacoolas

could be compared.

I don’t want to get into the like-for-like comparison because there is so much human suffering through wrong-doing involved.

But I can’t help noticing how Prince Andrew is being urged to volunteer his evidence to the American investigators, from the highest level whilst Anne Sacoolas has the support of Dominic Raab to stay where she is and not come to the UK for assisting the criminal investigation.

There seems to be no proper understanding on both sides of the Atlantic that both countries need to work together and volunteer for individuals involved in investigations to assist.

 

Political Sunday

Sunday mornings have become sports, political and shopping days, perhaps in that order. The BBC channel starts the day with ‘Match of the Day‘, then comes ‘Politics live’ and ‘Sunday Politics‘. The bigger shops open at 11:00.

Personally I do not want to be a member of any political party as I cannot find any I can fully agree with. I strategically support some political parties at certain times but only temporarily.

Residing in Tower Hamlets, a large Muslim population, Labour stronghold, I am completely in a reversee environment as soon as I help at my sports club in Hackney, which has a big Jewish community. Both boroughs are now policed by a joint force from Met Police, which sort of streamlines relgious frictions.

Our council, like all councils, relies on finance restrictions imposed by central government. Yet it always depends who lives and works in a borough to see what services are needed. Obviously councils with a larger proportion of financially secure residents can enjoy a different electorate from those who have another demographic.

There are national policies like the PPI refunds, which helped us recoup some of the debts incurred up to January 2005 and the Pension policies, which enable us to be excempt from the bedroom tax and gives us the Freedom pass are national policies, currently upheld by the Conservative government, which I find attractive.

Just for the purpose of reason, making council tenants move out of bigger flats, does not make the space available in private homes and houses. So I oppose Bedroom tax as it is needlessly discriminating and ineffective.

Unfortunately Britain has a history of stupid taxes, like taxing the amount of windows (1696) or the Poll tax.

Environmentally friendly policies are pushed by the larger parties, they need to do it to get the votes, which is a good thing.

I have just had an email from Gov.uk stating the non-EU trade agreements, which are in place should we leave the EU without a deal. This makes some grim reading, you can see all the agreements in place and it is not a lot.

That makes it very understandable why so many politicians argue day and night about the Brexit issue.

Some political parties have now come the conclusion that they should reverse the Article 50 and remain in the EU.

This is all good and valuable but to get engaged in those current affairs to a great extent would literally make it impossible for me to keep an eye on the bigger picture. It is very time-consuming.

 

 

 

 

Nobody knows anything

Perhaps the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal is not so bad after all because it forces Northern Ireland business to fill in customs declarations about what they import or export. The case of the lorry cabin, belonging to a Northern Irish company, registered in Bulgaria, driving 39 people to their deaths, is a compelling case for it.

Very strange

Yesterday I received a thick envelope in the post. Upon opening it, I found it contained an invitation from the Co-operative Party to join them.

Looking up their website, I was attracted to their Broadband and mobile phone prices but noticed that our contract still goes till next year.

So I read that booklet, they included, which sounded good and knowing that my family in Germany always had a Co-operative in their village, which all the local farmers used for banking I was tempted to be impressed.

Then I read the membership procedure on their website. The Co-operative Party is strongly connected to Labour. Labour refused my membership application some years ago, just after I had a attended the local Jewish Synagoge for a multi-faith service and we are members of a swimming club in Stoke Newington.

Strangely enough, even now, here in Tower Hamlets, I cannot even become a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator for my local ward, when years ago I had been the Chair of the Neighbourhood Watch Assocation, working closely with local police in this borough.

How things change. Local law enforcement seems to be strongly affiliated with the local Labour Party.

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