secret lies – not in the public interest

The Shamima Begum case opens old wounds for me. It has to do with lying. Apparently the parents of Shamima Begum had stated, so I believe, that they did not know that their daughter had planned and/or went to Syria to join Islamic State.

I want to know how it is possible to brainwash a child so perfectly that they won’t tell their nearest and dearest family about it.

I went through a very similar experience with my severely learning disabled daughter who kept it a perfect secret for years that she had sexual relations with a number of local Asian men who apparently had raped her.

She would not tell me about it for many years, apparently she had been convinced that she could not betray her friends, those Asian men.

As soon as I found out about the facts I went to police to report the matter. But then, the Crown Prosecution Service said that it would not be in the public interest to prosecute the case, against the protestation of the local Police Officers who wanted the prosecution to go ahead.

Apparently then later, the police didn’t mind prosecuting such cases outside of Tower Hamlets, but thy swept the problems in Tower Hamlets under the carpet.

The prosecution would have found out how it was possible that a girl could be convinced to keep something so terrible an almost perfect secret for years.

I believe similar techniques are used to groom youngsters online to join terrorist organisations.

Though I do not believe that the men who raped my daughter had something to do with terrorism, but they certainly used grooming techniques, which were totally subversive.

It should be in the national interest to prosecute Shamima Begum to find out what grooming techniques were used to get her to throw away her future for such terrible deeds.

Though in my daughter’s case it was merely sexual exploitation on a local Tower Hamlets level, in Shamima Begum’s case it involved terrible terrorist and international contexts, which have completely gone out of hand.

Therefore on second thoughts it’s slightly suspicious to me why the government wants to prevent a trial of Shamima Begum in Britain as a trial will reveal the intelligence behind the problem. The intelligence services could have found out about grooming techniques had they looked further into the case of my learning disabled daughter who fell victim of such groomers as long as 20 years ago, when the CPS made their best effort to ignore the problem.

I don’t think that Shamima Begum should be entitled to British Citizenship but a trial could produce definite legal presedence for the many ex-British terrorists who joined Islamic State at the time and they must be shown that they no longer have a right to return here and that law has to stand up to future scrutiny as well.

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.



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.

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.


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.

better coordination for fighting crime

Lets hope that Theresa May’s strategies work out and that the plans for the new National Crime Agency work out well. In the USA we have the FBI, Federal Bureau for Investigation and here we are going to have the NCA. From the outline it seems that the power to coordinate police work and identify national priorities, doesn’t look dissimilar to our local arrangements with the SNT whereby residents have a say in policing priorities.

It does make much sense to coordinate national priorities and therefore distribute precious resources sensibly. But that approach is just like the NHS started off, a national health organisation that did well on national resources but was then taken apart into single health authorities. I sincerely hope that the national approach at least works for policing when the government decided they did not want it for health. I think the financial principle would be the same really.

I cannot see how the SFO, Serious Fraud Office would need dismantling and re-integrated with the NCA because as the name implies it is also a national organisation already that just deals with serious fraud alone but already on a national basis. Since a similar command structure already works well in anti-terrorism work the police is bound to have developed a winning strategy against crime.

As Neighbourhood Watch coordinator I think that any national agency will compliment the existing Safer Neighbourhood Structure, which also sources from units who are flexible and used as needed in hotspots. It is excellent to have a thorough national infrastructure that is localised from region to region with fixed units in the region and flexible national units that can move from place to place as required.

Crime is really quite flexible and often uses the latest technology so a dual strategy of local and national policing is the correct way to deal with it. Thanks Theresa May, hope to compliment policing well from our little local area. The principle on which Mrs May relies is well titled in her paper Policing in the 21st Century, reconnecting police and the people. I just hope that this will result in better sourcing and support for Neighbourhood Watches in all areas of the UK. Especially here in Tower Hamlets the reconnecting police and the people are of immense importance when the borough officially stopped supporting Neighbourhood Watches around 8 years ago. But we are trying hard now to re-establish the scheme.

A very interesting consultation, currently carried out by the Met police asks residents and businesses, service users in general, how they perceive policing to be most effective, especially from the counter and direct customer contact point of view. I think there is something in the pipeline in that much contact probably will be made by phone rather than by counter in smaller stations.  Yet with policing it is another case rather than housing services because people just love to see those local coppers in uniform and police on patrol and popping into the station is rather lifting confidence and so an essential service. It is especially important for the older generation. I also belief that police officers themselves rather like to get a personal impression of a person than talking to them over the phone.


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