Thinking about Heathrow

Extinction Rebellion is a movement sponsored by Billionnaires and those having gotten rich from the old way of doing business.

Now, come to think of it, Britain being an Island nation, relying on transport and especially so, air travel, Extinction Rebellion pours a lot of energy and money into fighting the expansion of Heathrow Airport, just as Britain has left the EU.

Of course the Paris Climate agreement needs to be properly referenced in thecourt proceedings about a third runway, but the loss of the expansion case is only a temporary stoppage and will be addressed by the appeal that Heathrow Airport plans to do. It’s a matter of changing the wording and show proper reference to the agreement.

Whilst I strongly support the reduction of carbon emissions world-wide, which would include an improvement of air-travel for all countries. Extinction Rebellion spent and continuous to spend an awful lot of energy to concentrate on Britain, doing an extra sacrificial deed and asks us to cut off our almost only viable connection to the outside world.

Of course we do have ships, we do have the Euro tunnel to Paris and Belgium but why ask Britain to be the first to reduce commercial activity.

Of course if Britain cannot have air capacity, they would re-channel air traffic via France but the air travel as a whole will not be reduced.

It is a matter of changing methods of transport and trade world-wide, so that all nations have a fair amount of responsibility.

It seems doubly weird that Keir Starmer, prospective leader for the Labour Party, strongly supports Extinction Rebellion and so does Sadiq Khan. Is it any wonder that Extinction Rebellion now has put up camp in one of London’s most left-wing council’s namely Tower Hamlets and moved into our commutiy centre.

Apparently residents have not been consulted prior to this. Our local area is getting deprived of services and they get replaced by birds, bees flowers and fruit trees; and we hold a totally free, yearly fireworks extravaganca nearby. As if that will pay our council taxes.

I  suppose you can achieve sensible world-wide policies by supporting inventions that develop the new technology we need and not by stopping traffic. Extinction Rebellion put their eggs into the demonstrations basket. How crude.

Their radical actions are designed to actively disturb our economy by stopping traffic, interrupting public transport to weaken our economy but that does not help changing technology.

TV interview about Raine’s closure

A freelance journalist and camera operative will be outside of Raine’s Foundation school in Approach Road today at 2pm today, 22. Feb. 2020 and all our residents who want to participate in this filming are more than welcome to join us. The interviews will be shown on national TV.

Please let us know how the closure of Raine’s school affected you and your family.

Whilst we see a few school amalgamations taking place in the borough, Raine’s parents were hit especially hard as our closure and planned amalgamation does not go anyway as planned. We did not expect this to happen as we just had a brand-new building with refurbishments of the Lower school, costing £17 Million, money that will not be spent in the best interest of Council tax payers in the borough.

Our parents work locally and expected to send their kids to the local school and we all paid our council taxes, which were invested into that new school building. Instead the council wants to spent more money on building a new school in Wapping instead and close our school here in Bethnal Green.

Please come outside of Raine’s school this afternoon and voice your concerns.

Honest decisions

I respect former Chancellor Sajid Javid’s decision to stand up to the government after all. One sees he is a grassroots politician because he can’t forfeit his advisors who helped him all along. He can’t discard them for a new team, appointed from above, just prior to the delivery of his first budget.

Character is also shown by the former Tower Hamlets, Conservative Councillor Andrew Wood, who stood down, a day after he had been refused – again – a potential parliamentary candidacy spot from his party. Being the only one of two opposition team councillors, together with councillor Peter Gold, Councillor Wood was tending to help against the closure of Raine’s Foundation school. Yet, the very rules his own government introduced made opposition to the Labour Council’s decision impossible.

Perhaps the more rules, the Tories’ introduce, which turn out to work against historic principles, – in this case a Church of England school having to close in an increasingly Islamic council – the more their own grassroots representatives feel unable to actually oppose Labour decision-making, especially if those decisions are strictly following government rules.

The results of the Big Society is markedly visibly also on our own housing estate, where the local community centre becomes less and less available to local residents for family occasions on Saturday afternoons but stays open for Extinction Rebellion to cook up disruptions to London’s daily life.

Community Centres need to be for the community but if the community has no ability to actually run the centre, the availability becomes solely available for those who have the money to pay and don’t need close supervision. Of course Extinction Rebellion, sponsored by Billionnaires has plenty of money to rent local community centres, whether they are on the Police dodgy list or not.

I think local residents should be consulted on whether they will support that their community centres are used by radical groups or not.

I have decided to be cautious and no longer promote the decisions of the local Residents Association, who are very partial to Extinction Rebellion. Though they are all home owners, it’s not the poor local tenants who help those causes.

I’ve run a local website to promote Neighbourhood Watch and community safety but perhaps the close association with Extinction Rebellion has promted my local Residents Association to ask me to ensure that I do not represent them on my website.

We all have to be able to do as we see fit and act in our own and the best interest of those around us.

Funnily enough, Tower Hamlets have just announced a demonstration around Bethnal Green Station for the 22. February, which will bring all traffic to a standstill. Our council will be pleased that they were able to prepare that activity in one of their local Community Centres here in Tower Hamlets.

 

Worrying breakdown in local services

I have never experienced such a breakdown in local services.

  1. Our local secondary school, Raine’s Foundation is under threat of closure
  2. 2. Our local GP, The Mission Practise is refusing to give patients appointments.
  3. The London Chest Hospital was closed some time ago.

Taking this as a sign of a reduction in local services, residents should be concerned and make enquiries to their local Member of Parliament, their Councillor and perhaps the Mayor of Tower Hamlets as to why our local services are not delivering the care our community needs.

XR are the new A

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They yused to be called Anarchists and put all those A’s in a circle around our towns. You hardly see them now but instead we have Extinction Rebellion, who want to rid us of everything usual.

The cost of policing the Extinction Rebellion protests was huge. So far they had bills of

  • 3.5 Million for overtime
  • 6 Million for officers drafted in from 38 other forces
  • 11.8 Million staffing costs

for two weeks of protests, with costs constantly rising. As ER are supported by Billionnaires, they should have to pay those costs.

I used to support Extinction Rebellion’s online petition against the concrete works near the Olympic Park, that was an acceptable form of protest. I know they use our local community centre to do their road blocking art works and I shall – as a member of the committee – argue strongly that Extinction Rebellion will no longer be allowed to use our community hall to make their implements. If you don’t want our community hall used for making road obstructions please feel free to follow this link and contact the Secretary of the Residents Association.

We need new rules in what is sensible and what is a nuisance. Think, does it help me, does it help us now and in the future. If the answer is yes, then support and if it is no, do not support.

If XR really loved us they went spend all those billions, they have into installing vertical Moss walls onto our most polluted roads and put more trees out there.

 

 

 

 

 

Government investigates Tower Hamlets again

Apparently people like Sylvia Pankhurst and Danny Boyle are among a high-profile string of supporters of the Raine’s Foundation Trust and Steering Group and the many grateful parents and pupils who happily attend the school.

This new investigation is mainly concentrating around the illegal attempt by Tower Hamlets council, trying to close Raine’s Foundation, Church of England Secondary school and Sixth Form prior to a consultation.

Tower Hamlets Council made an application to the Government Schools Adjudicators in May for a zero published admission number (PAN), cutting the future pipeline of the school. A final decision on this application was due for February 2020. Yet the council already and illegally informed all new year 7 pupils, who had been given confirmed places for the year 2019/20 at Raine’s, that they had to leave Raine’s and be placed in other schools, mainly Oaklands.

Whilst the council told parents at meetings that there were only 29 viable applications for a year 7 place at Raine’s, for 2019/20, further evidence suggests that there were actually 70 – 100 pupils applying for places.

Incidentally all year 9s were also told by the council they could not progress to year 10 within the Raine’s Foundation school and should continue their education at Oaklands school.

Raines Foundation Interim Executive Board (IEB)

Whilst the previous board of governors were dismissed, acussed of being unable to run the school, an Interim Executive Board was put into place.

The school advertised a position of parent governor but we were told at the last meeting with the borough that no suitable person could be found to fill the post. I had applied for it. As a former LEA school governor, I should be more than qualified. But I suppose they didn’t want anybody on the board who would want to put a spanner in the works of their devious plans.

In the interests of ‘transparency and openness’it might be interesting to see what the Interim Executive Board (IEB) of Raines Foundation secondary school have been getting up to and you can download all ten documents here.

Raine’s Foundation hired Irwin Mitchell Solicitors who went to the High Court and obtained a judgement including directions to Tower Hamlets Council that they have to write to all parents and pupils who were originally told that they cannot continue their education at Raine’s that they now can continue their education there.

Yet, the council, to date, has not followed that order of the judge.

There are now new applications in preparation to again go to the court for further orders by the solicitors Irwin Mitchell.

It seems very strange that the council tries every trick in the book to dismantle the only traditional school with a 300 year history in the borough.

Please also see a good article from  Wapping Mole though I would not want to go so far as to call for a return of Lutfur Rahman.

It is just really sad that our current Labour council under John Biggs, makes such dreadful decisions. John Biggs. It was a seriously political and administrative mistake to illegale incite the closure of a traditional Church of England school in Tower Hamlets. It will cost the Labour Party a lot of votes.

No Poppies at the Tower Hamlets Homes Engagement Conference

I went to the first of the three Tower Hamlets Homes engagement conferences in the borough of Tower Hamlets today on 12 November 2011 and was amazed that no member of the THH staff wore a Poppy in their lapels. I thought it looked like a policy not to wear them. Considering that only yesterday loudspeakers throughout London Underground helped travellers to wear their Poppies with pride, Tower Hamlets Homes has no policy to endorse the wearing of Poppies at all.

Of course it speaks volumes that our Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson instructed staff to give out messages of support for the Royal British Legion on London Underground yesterday but that today a Tower Hamlets Social Housing Landlord and provider refuses to wear them at all. I would say it is correct to use the term refusal because considering that tomorrow there is a laying of a reef outside of Bethnal Green Underground station to remember the tragic deaths there, it is obviously a policy not to wear Poppies for Tower Hamlets Homes staff. Neither did I see any of the attending residents or others wearing poppies.

What does it mean? It obviously means that Tower Hamlets Homes does not do a lot to endorse the British Army, the British Legion now and/or in the past. People can draw their own conclusions from those facts.

Election Day

Yesterday I went up Bethnal Green Road and saw Mr Abjol Miah, the local Respect parliamentary candidate standing at the bus stop outside the post office, giving out leaflets. I told him that I remember him having knocked on my door previously and I then told him I am a Conservative and I am going to vote Conservative too. He mocked me, saying that one sees more Respect members than Conservatives in the area. Just earlier in the day a large group of Conservatives, among them Zakir Khan’s mother stood outside our local C.o.E. school giving out blue Conservative balloons and I thought that made great impact. Therefore I went up to the Conservative office in Brick Lane, got some more balloons and marched back down Bethnal Green road to show some presence in the area.

Today started with a cold morning and now we have a beautifully sunny day to come out and cast the votes. I think we have one of the most hotly contested elections in a long time and the voting took a steady pace. I thought there were more people coming out this time.

I began the election day at St. Elizabeth School polling station, and stood outside with the local candidates Matthew Smith and Nur Baksh. There was a crowd of Respect Party members and eventually the police came along and said we are too many and block the footpath but we Conservatives were assured we are OK, we had 3 people standing there. Respect were very civil to offer all other parties a breakfast of croissant and hot tea. But when the police talked to them, Respect agreed to cut the number of pollsters to 4, to reduce their numbers. I passed on the croissant but then enjoyed the tea. It was also very nice to see the old friends and neighbours that came to vote and I felt really at home.

I spotted a film camera across the road and Channel S came over to interview Nur Baksh and then asked me; not being a candidate myself I was taken by complete surprise but managed a comprehensible answer.

I then went off to Bow East to help with a final leaflet drop. My bad eyesight took its toll and I fell over like a plank of wood at an address where I didn’t see the steps in the path up to the door. I now nurse a very bruised knee and my leg feels like a plank of wood as well.

Yet I am hopeful we will get a good result and the turn-out looked promising. What we need is a majority in the council to make effective changes needed. But even then the outcome of the Mayor consultation vote is also important because all the councillors cannot function properly if a mayor takes over the running of the local council.

Nick Clegg more popular than Winston Churchill

According to Nick Robinson’s blog Nick Clegg is more popular than Winston Churchill in a comparison to Dunkirk. Well, I don’t know what Nick Robinson had for breakfast today but it must have been something very special to say that a party that wants to allow convicted murderers and paedophiles to vote is more popular than Churchill. Just to even put such issues as a priority shows that the Liberal Democrats are out to shock and use the effect to get people to vote for them out of boredom. We’ve seen the phenomena with George Galloway, who is a very funny and brilliant entertainer in the Hackney Empire but has little clue about real politics.

The Liberals do not have any serious agenda, they merely put pressure on those who know how and make their life that little harder with ridiculous priorities like letting paedophiles nd convicted murderers vote. Maybe Nick Clegg wants to volunteer to deliver their ballot papers in person, or would he suggest the postal vote perhaps?

It is kind of sad that politicians need too much spin to get a vote and the good looks and youthful charms are what got Tony Blair into government and in the last US elections the powerful women’s worker’s vote was what secured George Bush the presidency.

If certain politicians give us the feel-good factor, its just like watching the favourite actors in our best soap. To be good on TV one just needs a some natural talent and acting skills and this is what can make a political leader these days. It is a natural result of the mass-media that screens ready-made entertainment into our homes, that we just like the guy or girl that makes us feel the best.

I tested that out for myself when I posted completely un-edited clips, recorded on my computer camera and there was only one person who thought the message in the clip was factually good and historically correct but the rest just slammed the short film into the ground because it wasn’t entertaining enough, with other words it was not spun.

The media produces mass hypnosis and probably in the end political parties will come to train prospective parliamentary candidates in acting and speaking lessons before they allow them to stand for any political office. Candidates could be selected with criteria like how photogenic they are or how they come across on camera. Luckily for Gordon Brown those criteria were not important for him but then he pushed through when his more popular fore-runner quit and left him in charge of the situation. The Phantom of the Opera effect is what we’ll see in politics in the future, when the serious guys work quietly behind the curtains and we’ll only see the popular fronts acting in front of the scenes.

Is anybody today still really interested in getting the fine details or is the majority of the population just content to get happily presented politics and would not complain as long as they have their food on the table?

It can be hard to get people to leave the TV and come to meetings in the community to discuss matters of importance because many rather just slump in front of the TV after a hard day’s work and many won’t even come out to vote any longer because everybody expects things to go on smoothly because it has always gone on smoothly. We simply do not have nasty surprises because the British just always functioned and went the way of righteousness.

I think people need more active encouragement to take part in local decision-making themselves and get a better direct relationship to the problems that are facing politicians today instead of getting ready-made solutions presented to them.

Politics these days are merely consumed with negligible participation and we can see as little as 35% turnout in elections. We need to increase an interest in polls but to give the vote to criminals is not the way to increase the percentage rate and that the Liberals want to attract fringe groups like criminals as one of their first priorities shows that they happily slap in the face the hard work serious politicians put in to contain criminality when the Liberals want to make them feel better about their crimes and status as criminals.

Maybe Nick Robinson and Nick Clegg had breakfast together, to feel like a band of brothers and to come to the point of thinking that making criminals vote is what Winston Churchill would have wanted and that it is that, which makes Clegg popular.  Oh my God, just had a thought, is this the reason why the Liberals are so popular in the former home of the Kray twins, that the Liberal Democrats want criminals to vote?
But to bring this conversation back round to Winston Churchill, we had here in Tower Hamlets the sad occasion arising that the Labour led council decided to name 2 tower blocks after a well-known Russian anarchist, who gotten himself engaged into a shoot out with the police here in Tower Hamlets and incidentally at that occasion Winston Churchill attended and almost gotten himself killed in the process. And whilst here in Tower Hamlets Labour and the Liberals are great chums, we see that the support for criminal action is prevalent in the minds of those who want to give criminals equality.

Labour’s and the Liberal’s strategies to fight crime and anti-social behaviour are not constructive and effective enough to make a difference, a difference so great that we would actually see a reduction in crime and betterment for society. And this qualitative difference in the approach is often not transparent and covered up with spin and good public performances. Nick Clegg reminds me of the cheeky chap character, that’s all  he is.

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Equal opportunities in Tower Hamlets?

I just browsed the online E=edition of the East London Advertiser to see whether the ELA reported about our CCTV petition for Parkview estate that I delivered to the full council meeting Wednesday a week ago, just one day before the ELA comes out on the Thursday.

Unfortunately I could not find an article about our petition that asks for CCTV on our estate to bring us the same standard of safety and security that private housing residents can enjoy, in the East London Advertiser. Social residents run a much higher risk of becoming a victim of crime than residents in private housing developments do. The council’s argument is that they would only put it in if the level of crime would justify such a measure but private housing developers do not want to expose their residents to the risk in the first place and put in CCTV as a preventative measure, which is taking good care of those residing in such blocks. Tower Hamlets council obviously wants to see victims of crime first before they would consider CCTV as standard in local housing estates. This just shows that residents are not valued as much by social housing landlords Tower Hamlets Homes and ultimately by Tower Hamlets council who still own the freehold of the property that Tower Hamlets Homes now administers as ALMO.

When I browsed through the online version of the East London Advertiser issue 4/2/2010 that people who took part in the “You Decide” event and voted for CCTV on their estates are still waiting for them 1 year on.

Yet this criticism “has to be” expressed in the East London Advertiser rather than the flagship paper “East End Life” because East End Life doesn’t allow any free discussion in their paper, they repress any type of criticism by refusing to publish reader’s letters and comments that would be critical of the Tower Hamlets Labour Council’s policies and decision. I think that it is against the law and contradicts Freedom of Speech and Expression that a local authority can publish a borough wide newspaper and not allow reader’s comments. East End Life promotes Council events like “You Decide” each week with the promises made but fails to face its own failures by also allowing the criticism that follows their own inability to keep the promises made. One reader calls East End Life Soviet Style propaganda, which is not far from the Hitler style propaganda, painting everything glossy, saying we do this, we win that but never delivered on those promises made and knowing that they are not able to deliver on those promises.

The dilemma about East End Life has now also become a point in my Defamation Proceedings against John Gray who actually complains in his Defence that I dare to criticise the Labour Party in a reader’s letter to the East London Advertiser.

Another reader’s letter in the East London Advertiser comments on the rise of Labour Party employees within the Labour Party council. One of the latest appointments apparently is a person called Takki Sulaiman who previously worked at Haringey council and who appointed Sharon Shoesmith as head of Children’s Services there. I understand Sharon Shoesmith still fights her dismissal from Haringey council over the Baby P affair.

I have been laughed at for failing shortlisting by the local Labour Party for nomination as Bethnal Green and Bow parliamentary candidate and for having joined the Conservative Party. Labour proves here that they look after their own, even if they fail with parliamentary elections they get a job in a town hall if all else fails.

I think the job selection processes in the Town Hall right now should be objected to detailed scrutiny for each applcation and each applicant failing to be appointed, that is not a member of the Labour Party should ask a detailed explanation why they have been refused.

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