New deal – old concept

Whilst I missed watching the Brexit debate yesterday, I now watch the Youtube replay. Strikingly Boris Johnson mentions we need a New Deal. That reminded of the works program the DWP had as slogan.

Looking this up online, it appears that New Deal was first used by the US President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s. That was between World War I and World War II.

There are no fresh ideas from this government, which is quite disappointing, perhaps that is a reason why Boris’ deal was voted. down.

That is now the third time that Britain recycles the New Deal idea.

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Couoncillors Hussain and Golds at the Mile End East by-election, unfortunately won by Labour

How does photo ID prevent postal voting fraud? The argument Peter Golds from Tower Hamlets brought forward was  – on the Sunday Politics program – that there was massive voting fraud, to do with postal voting fraud, which happened in Tower Hamlets.

Photo ID does not prevent postal voting fraud as you do not need a photo ID to send in a form.

Photo ID has been introduced in Northern Ireland and it is working fine.

Perhaps getting a photo ID should be made more user-friendly, to accommodate those who are dyslexic or have time-constraints. A British passport for example now allows the up-loading of selfies for the picture, marvellous. Perhaps they could also consider allowing other forms of photo ID like a bus pass.

 

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.

Schools beware

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Raine’s Foundation, C.o.E. Secondary in Bethnal Green

Yesterday’s ruling on the Raine’s Foundation case against London Borough of Tower Hamlets was wedged firmly in favour of the council. Of course the case was brought by a pupil and their legal team.

Unforunately I thought the arguments were really weak on the side of the claimant, making it very easy for the defendant to win outright. I had no input whatsoever into the legal case.

This case however sets a very dangerous presedence for schools. It means that if your pupil roll falls in two successive years, your Education Authority can apply to set pupil intake to zero the following year and announce a planned closure prior to any consultation having taken place.

This case centered solely around the duty to consult prior to inducing closure proceedings and in this case the judge found that councils cane induce closure proceedings prior to consulting.

Yet, Governing bodies do have a duty to constantly watch the financial health of a school, which solely relies on pupil numbers to get sufficient funding to run it.

Who runs governing bodies, it’s the local councils. Councils put Local Education Authority Governors onto school governing bodies and the minutes of those governor meetings are run via the Local Authorities Governance Services.

So whose responsiblity is it if schools run dangerously into financial trouble due to a lack of ready action plan when pupil numbers fall in successive years?

Slacking on monitoring will mean that councils simply close down schools that suffer a lack of attendance, may that be due to changing demographics or other factors. That can have a very adverse effect on the local community.

Unfortunately it has become a trend to just shove people around. Councils move them out of the borough to allow local housing to be occupied by rich investors who chose to let the flats/houses to the wealthy with fewer children, which diminishes a demand for local authority school places.

Schools get closed or amalgamated if rolls fall with little punishment for the local education authority who failed to induce their LEA governors to avoid a sudden change.

The council argued that it is easier to set pupil numbers to zero and not allow any pupils into a school rather than allow them onto the roll to disperse them onto other schools later. That means, education authorities will have a means to deny childen education at a school of their choice.

In fact the number of schools can be diminished sharply over a period of 2 years the most.

love your neighbour

There is this Poker game going on, Europe says, there will be no deal possible and UK is likely to drop out without a deal and UK says, we’ll drop out without a deal anyway.

It’s just like children trying to impress each other, proposing strength that just aren’t there really.

So the EU has gotten Britain over a Barrell because of the Irish and Northern Ireland border.

I am trying to get to find out what the history of this is and how everything went to pot in these areas.

I know something about a potato famine, killing many Irish people because the UK took all those spuds away as exports. Yet being an immigrant without any relatives in Northern Ireland or Ireland, the facts are hazy for me. But looking this up on Wikipedia it seems the Irish Free State got established in 1922, not that long ago. In 1949 Ireland became a Republic.

Well it seems the British government needs to have a look into the relationship with the Home Nations because we constantly see squabbling over Scottish or Welsh independence. Perhaps the Queen wants to stand down and allow some fresh thoughts into the debate, as longest serving monarch, perhaps she also has the most troubles over her reign.

It is very important to firstly get on with your neighbours and always keep friendly with them because if circumstances change and a country is under International law and regulations, then there is nothing that can be done.

Britain cannot blame the EU for applying international law to the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, to ask them to do so, would be completely crazy. Unless of course the UK has gotten a secret argument and asks the EU to join a British deal with Britain being in charge. Yet that would jeopardise all other arrangements the EU would have with other nations.

Whilst Boris says Britain can save 1 Billion per month, the Insititute for Fiscal Studies says it would cost business 1 1/4 Billion to deal with administrative and other changes.

A no-deal Brexit would push the borrowing requirements for the UK to a 50-year high. So where is the rational basis for wanting out of the EU?

 

You spin me right round baby

At least the childish games of Boris Johnson are up now as he wrote to the Court of Sessions in Scotland to explain that he will ask the EU for an extension is no deal could be set by 19. October 2019.

Boris of course thought that the EU could not see through the bluff. Everybody with only half a wit would know what was happening.

There is a demonstration on 19. October 2019 called

People’s Vote March – Let us be heard!

That is for another referendum to close the discussion once and for all.

The dictator’s speech

I think that the Boris speech at the Tory Party Conference was just an empty shell of promises, which were not even the most effective remedies for the ailments that society suffers from.

There is the promise to spend Billions on new hospitals. A real populist measure, that does not expect people to live more healthily but merely offers to treat their illnesses.

The promise of a higher living wage. This measure will drive up food prices even more and make it impossible for smaller businesses to continue trading.

The promise of a new EU Brexit agreement. It has already been rejected by the EU.

I must admit, I would be aroused by Boris’s speech had I been in the audience. But then if you watch the speeches of other dictators, who electrify large audiences, you will see that it is simply an emotional effect and psychological trick that makes people happy to listen to some speakers.

The reality is a different matter.

Tax cuts are not cheaper

Just watched Boris Johnson’s first Prime Ministerial speech to the Conservative Conference. He is an excellent and enthusing speaker but what he said was fairly empty propaganda.

I have not heard anything reliefing the pain of those who suffer through increasing homelessness.

He just promoted higher productivity, but said almost nothing about environmental improvements.

The biggest mantra is always the tax cuts and I would say tax cuts increase the costs for all of us on a constant basis.

The requests for charitable donations have trebled in all our daily lives. We are also providing considerably more voluntary services since the Conservatives introduced the Big Society.

Housing costs have increased significantly for those who bought their dwellings through improvement costs, may that be because of cladding or repairs.

At the supermarket are the requests to donate to the local food bank and constant request to donate to charitable deeds either through sporting or social events makes significantly more dents in all of our pockets rather than having a higher but regular tax contribution.

Crowd funding is another indirect taxation on us all.

I ask all of you to work out how much you have actually spent on donations since tax cuts have been introduced.

The speech was very emotionally satisfying to listeners but contained little proper politics. A lot of empty spin nevertheless.

In contrast Diane Abbott, the first Member of Parliament of colour, at least made reference to a real person of achievement, Dina Asher-Smith who is winning medals at Doha at the moment.

It’s not about installing women prime ministers who make the typically male policies, to be progressive. It is about making life good for all of us.

 

 

 

 

Honouring Jo Cox

Boris Johnson actually said: “The best way to Honour in Jo Cox’s memory is to get Brexit done”.

There it is again, the sheer repetitive intellectual poverty of those privately educated Tories who say the same thing again and again and again.

For years we heard as standard answer to all queries: “Yes but we improved the employment rate”. That was the one for all answers of all answers and it always worked. Whatever the opposition said, this one answer solved all problems.

Now Boris is the standard bearer for repetitive, almost notorious answers by saying, we need to get Brexit done, to every query put.

If an old person keeps on saying the same thing over and over, they get diagnosed with Alzheimers, Dementia and the like but if a politicians keep on repeating themselves in parliament, then it is a good thing. It doesn’t surprise me that Margaret Thatcher suffered from extreme Dementia in old age that is because of her working schedule and working methods. It cannot be healthy for anybody, having to repeat the same process over and over again.

Not being able to show compassion for people must affect your mental health.

We have automation for repeats even in production but for politicians they actually repeat the same phrases over and over again.

the undertone

I just can’t stay away from watching the endless and repetitive House of Commons arguments around Brexit.

Boris’s undertone is threatening, saying that bad twitter comments will last as long as Brexit is not delivered. Boris did not apologise to the MPs who were attacked by aggressive pro-Brexiteers. This is a surrender to those who haunt us to deliver Brexit or else.

As the law states, the result of a referendum is not a law in itself, it is simply an expression of popular opinion and the government can or cannot act upon it.

I this government would really respect democracy, they would speak in a more sombre tone and not expect that satisfying Brexit would silence all problems forever.

Of course the anti-Brexit club are less openly threatening and more polite, yet that should not be a reason to give in to the loudest voice.

As parents, we should not give in to temper tandrums, such as Brexiteers are like little children stamping their feet.

Calling the members of the lower house being part of a surrender bill and giving rise to thinking there are traitors in the house, is simply an abuse of position.

Even if Brexit is delivered, that will not stop the democratic process, there is almost half the population who want to remain, who will not be silent.

The current discussions seem to me like to men haggling for the price in a carpet. The silly games of Boris Johnson offering an election at a time, which could not be more unsuitable for holding one, shows that he is not in tune with the reality of the situation.

If Boris Johnson is so sincere, that he wants an election, he can simply stand down and resign. The whole government can resign and give people a chance to vote. Obviously that would be a great reason to ask for another extension for Article 50.

It is really concerning that the Conservative Party is so worried about the far right and the result no Brexit would have. Why are they so eager to please them?

As this government can ignore the homeless, the desperate, poor and sick day after day, they cannot ignore the loud voices of the right-wingers who demand Brexit. I think that people are now so thoroughly fed up with this Conservative Government that even the threat of Jeremy Corbyn seems reasonable compared to the endless repetitive rhetoric of Boris Johnson, who is of course a great actor, perhaps he should become one and make money from films.

But please do not confuse Boris Johnson’s acting with Winston Churchill, who worked in the film industry. Winston Churchill had to deal with a real wartime scenario and not with the imagination of war.

 

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