The lost card world

The only thing I support about Labour is their trial to introduce a basic income in Wales. I really think a basic income would solve a lot of secondary problems of the rich and the poor world we have right now.

For example a lost card world has emerged.

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What this means is that if people hang around long enough outside of train stations or bus stations, they can bet to find a lost travel card somewhere, if not more than one.

What happens then is that a person advertises this lost card on social media. Yesterday I came across a travelcard of a child being advertised on Facebook as lost.

Facebook told me they don’t mind this happening. Even though it breaches the privacy laws to publish the details of a minor without the parents’ consent, Facebook doesn’t mind.

Now not even TFL minds that their travel cards are advertised on Facebook, in the hope of -reuniting the card with the owner.

Even relatives of school staff are involved in this. I have not yet heard back from the school in question whether they mind that their staff and family are involved of advertising children’s lost travel card on Facebook.

Complications would arise if there is a common name on the card. So if two Peter Joneses lost their cards and the first one picks it up but it actually belongs to the second one, someone gets a lost travel card until the original owner reports it as lost to TFL, that is when it gets cancelled. There is quite a big movement on advertising lost travel cards on a Facebook group, that so far has attracted in excess of 25 k followers. TFL only cancels cards if the original owner tells them, not if they get to know the card is advertised as lost on Facebook. TFL in fact doesn’t mind that some persons advertise their lost cards on Facebook.

When it comes to bank cards the situation drastically changes. I have seen quite a few ‘lost’ bank cards advertised on Facebook. To be collected by the real owner in a local shop for example or the advertiser asks to contact him/her.

What I find especially worrying about bank cards is that the ‘finder’ has no way of ascertaining whether the card loser was the actual owner of the bank card or is indeed entitled to have it. It may be a stolen card or borrowed card or something similarly sinister.

In the case of lost travel cards the advertisers claim that poor people could not afford to replace the cards, as if they magically know that the loser is a poor person. But in the case of bank cards, such arguments do not hold water, as bank cards are replaced free of charge.

Then there are the lost keys advertised on Facebook. Quite amazing. I can imagine that if you are homeless a bunch of keys to a flat would be attractive to you, if it is advertised on Facebook. How indeed would the finder know how to sort out ownership of the keys.

People used to hand in lost items at police stations or in case of travel cards at TFL but now they put it on social media instead and I wonder what else happens.

Obviously only the loser of an items would know the item. For example on the day of my driving test I was so nervous that I lost my key in the local post office. Upon returning there the staff could remember the keys being lost and me and returned the keys to me. However had the keys been advertised on social media, quite a few people would have come forward to claim them. Or my daughter lost her travel card in a bus, the bus driver still had it on the return journey and could remember us and so returned it to me. But had this card been advertised on social media, it would have been different. There are quite a few people with that name on the card.

What is really important is that there is a degree of privacy between the card issuer and the card holder and the bond between the two is being interrupted by third persons who take on the role of re-distributing those cards to anyone who claims them thereby circumventing the genuine owner of the cards.

Those third parties, publish the names of card holders publicly without being challenged of doing so.

The blame game

I keep on hearing that Lutfur Rahman is the bad boy, it is all his fault and the great and good Labour Party has nothing to do with his wrong-doing.

WRONG

Lutfur Rahman’s reign happened during a period of Labour administration in Tower Hamlets and whatever happened is as much Labour’s fault as it is Rahman’s fault.

I remember the extremely bad quality of the home improvements we got. They didn’t even give us matching window locks to save money. Our toilet had to be replaced after a few months as it broke due to bad quality.

Whatever happened in the admin of Lutfur Rahman also is equally the fault of the ruling Labour Party. People have decided to allow Mayoral elections for Tower Hamlets and Labour simply cannot wash their hands of elected candidates by blaming them and pretending it has nothing to do with them.

This LTN scheme for Tower Hamlets has produced extremely bad results for more traffic in residential streets.

traffic is sent around Wellington Row, a once peaceful residential area. Such plans are in place for other neighbourhoods too. This is what a Liveable Street looks like now. Lutfur Rahman has promised to return traffic to normal and that is what makes him popular with voters.

More and less, it’s a con

Since the dismantling of Council run schools has progressed, we see the growth of free and private schools. But, those are no longer the luxury, lush kind, they are often in inadequate premises and with a lack of facilities.

There is no mod con, it’s just con.

Weren’t we all jealous of these luxury, pads in rural environments, castle-like structures, promised luxury upbringing for the wealthy.

Unfortunately today’s Conservative policies have ensured that private schools now means, paying more for getting less.

Those old council schools were purpose built and could house pupils in adequate rooms and facilities but today’s free schools just mean free to charge a lot for less.

My local private school promises astro turf facilities for sport but in fact they take their pupils to the local park and make them race on asphalt pavements on lanes, not wider than 60cm.

There are free schools in former office buildings, that do not have any sports facility but a roof top or another simply sticks their kids in an underground car park for break.

When I saw on TV yesterday that Tony Blair was the only successful Labour Prime for a while then I must say, he probably did more harm to Labour than good because he helped the Conservative establish their current modus operandi.

I now find myself, having to contact social services because I am concerned about a lack of care for children in private school facilities.

My local council is busy housing the poor in far away areas whilst the new residents of Tower Hamlets, who work and earn have to pay through the nose for small private schools, that have to rely on local parks to even have somewhere to take their kids in their breaks.

My local private school has put razor wire all around the premises but uses our local parks as outlet for their lack of space.

But, it is the local residents who pay through their service bills for the up-keep of parks and streets. ASB charges for leaseholders have trebled when in the past the Home Office just paid for police officers to be placed in localities around the city. Now police officers have been reduced and local residents have to pay to fund council employed police officers and ASB patrols through local landlords, when in fact a lot of ASB is being brought on by commercial activities in local parks, which attract drug dealers and hooligans to come into our neighbourhoods.

prevent the wrong person election

It seems almost comical that in Tower Hamlets, they are running a referendum to prevent Lutfur Rahman from being re-elected as Mayor.

It’s like getting rid of democracy because people could vote for the wrong person.

But, that is not what democracy is about. Democracy is about making elections possible and not to prevent them. If we would devise electoral practises to get the correct person into place, we would almost already have fascism.

Hello Tower Hamlets. If people don’t like the Mayor, they can remove him. But you can’t stop a Mayor from getting elected. That is not what democracy is about.

Lutfur Rahman was removed before and any Mayor will be removed again, if they turn out to be unsuitable. People have to learn the difference between a good and a bad Mayor, they cannot learn if you do not allow them to have a Mayor because the Mayor is not sticking to t he rules.

What is at stake is the principle. Should there be a Mayor, which can be elected by the general public, regardless of his status as councillor or should be have a Leader of the Council, selected by Councillors from elected Councillors only, not allowing the people to choose from any candidate standing.

Old v. new

That’s progress I suppose; all the people who live in Tower Hamlets around those high-rise new blocks and in the high-tech environment constantly post on social media, stating how much they love their new environments.

Yet, I see those historical small old houses living people, who are in corners of low development, who constantly protest about somebody wanting to built a new house around where they live.

Beats me.

I just wonder how they ever gotten over the pyramid stage, surely there were people, even in Egypt, who protested about new buildings or old trees being in the way of progress.

There is always some important history in every plant, building, landscape, though live goes on.

I thought that in the age of online browsing, it should be easier for people to accustom themselves with things other than in their immediate environment. Of course I try to be appreciative of all sentiments.

We hear about a lack of new homes. Could that be that people are afraid to build because somebody always protests about those new housing developments in their neighbourhoods?

If you now try to prevent new homes from being built, you stop somebody from having a home and enjoying their life.

For the sake of saving some old crumbling buildings, you must not allow those who need homes to suffer.

culturally pre-occupied

I think it is wrong to use the term racism when accusing the UK of being institutionally racist. The UK is culturally pre-occupied. It’s about the culture not the race.

Literally the UK allows anybody who accepts the culture top-jobs.

UK not deliberatelly rigged against ethnic minorities. BBC source.

Lock-down’s not working for me

I have had the worst start to the New Year.

I reside in a building that is plagued by bad plumbing problems. As soon as it rains above the normal, which is just a little bit, my drains block either my sink or my bath.

It takes the landlord then around a week or more to unblock it.

My kitchen waste gets through the same waste pipe as my bathroom waste and as the bathroom pipe has been blocked by upcoming silt, I am totally unable now to

  • use my washing machine or diswasher if I had one
  • have a shower/bath
  • use my kitchen sink

as all my waste water from kitchen and bath, come out in my bath tub.

The idea of lockdown is that you spend time at home and do not use public bath and shower facilities. Unfortunately for me, I can’t use my personal facilities either. I have been getting a lot of excuses.

Just wondering how is it furthering public health if people can’t wash properly at home?

My landlord says they do not have the necessary staff available to deal with repairs in good time.

stange comparisons

Amazing how – when you go onto the Microsoft news front page today – you get 2 news next to each other

  1. Dominic Cummings to leave Downing Street by December
  2. The Yorkshire Ripper died aged 74.

It’s how news outlets can create associations in people’s mind. In this case it’s good riddance for both of them. Despite the involvement in society for Mr Cummings had nothing to do with criminality. But the press managed to associate the worst criminal with a political advisor in this context.

I think Mr Cummings is just a dad with a young family and he is vilified by the media and blamed for everything bad. The only thing he is perhaps guilty of is using langauge, which is not polished enough to be understood by today’s linguistic media patrols.

Joe Biden’s election will cause a rummage through the political world in Britain and as it just coincides with Britain leaving the EU and a turnaround in political agendas, it will be interesting.

I am not involved at all in politics these days, not at all.

bank’s negativity

My online banking has asked me to allow them sending me messages about account movements.

But, yea but no but, they only sent me the outgoings. The balances they predict only contain negative messages. E.g. your balance is nearing zero. Yet, where is them calculating in my predicted income.

Fact is my online banking messaging system does not include income scheduled.

Of course every proper capitalist does not have a guaranteed income. Every income is the best one can hope for in a positive outcome.

Just reminds me when I deal with the current Chest Hospital development situation.

Crest Nicholson had dire financial problems in 2009 alongside other developers like Barratt. That just brings home that those, being part of the private finance initiative, need to make money to survive. They cannot rely on a backhander from government reserves, they need to built their own reserves.

Chest Hospital remains boarded up, but since the planning permission has finallyl been granted, perhaps something is going to happen sooner rather than later.

So it makes me smirk at best when those complaining about profiteering from private developers say that they (the developers) want to make a profit.

But the council house building has also hit rock bottom.

So what do we do? Do not build any new houses because there is no money for councils to built them? Do we just let areas rot away and leave humans to sleep in tents in the streets?

Private house developers do build homes for those earning lots of money but if we do not allow them to build homes and refuse their homes because we only want council houses then we just do not get homes.

Well, that depends on the government that is currently in place and this creates the political and financial climate.

My stance has always been, allow a private developer to built on the former Chest Hospital site rather than just let the site rot away, allow rats to become cosy in the old buildings and help protesters feel happy about having prevented a perfectly sensible housing development.

Who wants to live next door to rotting buildings and smelly old hospital amenities?

Some protesters even came up with the issue of light. They argued that the Chest Hospital development would take away the light on neighbourhing houses. Yet, they completely forgot that we have in excess of 150 mature trees in only one estate next to the site and those trees take away considerable amounts of light from residents already there. So where is the argument?

It’s really a spot of bother if Resident’s Associations want to prevent others from moving into their area. How can they ever develop a positive relationship in the community with the push away attitude?

It’s always easy for those already in a home to say to others they are not entitled to have one.

Yes, the protests may have improved the quality of dwelling offered by Crest Nicholson but that has only pushed up the price to those who already have lots of dosh.

Whilst in the meantime the poor people have to put up with being put into former commercial offices, which have been converted to bad quality homes, the Chest Hospital protesters are only concerned about the quality of housing offered to those with lots of money.

Emotional conundrum

whilst I do a few blogs, I explain another time, why I can’t write about everything on the same blog, I get the most followers on this blog. On this blog I write mainly about personal things.

I spend a lot of time watchng detective stories and listening to the radio at the moment.

There is one for the trick box. Whilst radio channels mainly tell us how much we need to be close to others to be happy, the Covid-19 brigade tell us that we need to be apart. Hence we get a new lot of demonstrations around town.

Whilst now even the police describe themselves as a family, when one of them sadly has been killed in the line of duty, I watch detective stories from around the world. Anywhere from Sweden to Australia, the motive for crime is almost always the same, it’s emotional.

Even material greed is based on emotional need, the need to control others through wealth and property.

So I decided to listen to chat radio channels instead of lstening to music that asks me to get a partner or be unhappy forever.

Now on LBC this guy, sorry I’m bad with names, he goes on about right-wing bloggers who spew out conspiracy theories to keep Trump in. Trump, the King of Fake news.

I just ask you all to be more analytical to prevent emotional mechanisms to take over our lifes and encourage us to make bad decisions.

Of course we all have to live within the given rules, the rules made by those who rule but that is the same everywhere.

We all have to put up with a load of nonsense just to get roofs over our heads and food into our mouths.

Probably that’s why I watch so many detective stories because most detectives actually want to find out the truth. Unfortunately detectives only come into play once someone’s gotten murdered. What we really need are life detectives who try to find out about things truthfully without anybody being killed first.

But governments who are in charge of us do not have the knowledge or the power to turn things around. They can only administer.

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