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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surpressing creativity

I am an ardent follower of BBC programs. Perhaps it has been chiselled into my brain to stay tuned to BBC TV programs because it was my first place of work here in Britain.

Yet, watching BBC TV has become a bit of a chore. Has it to do with financial constraints or do they just not want to provide varied and interesting programs.

Whilst I think the presenters are all very nice people, to constantly show us the same antique programs has become boring. How to buy, sell, value antiques has gotten to the major TV sensation. We can even see those programs first thing in the morning.

Then there is endless cookery and not just once, those programs repeat constantly. Whilst Strictly come Dancing is very enjoyable, it seems that all the nicety ends there.

Yes, we have the hospital soaps, those along with East Enders are now used to help people diagnose and deal with common mental ailments. Sort of community grievance hubs.

I completely stopped watching the after-nine programs, which usually contain murder of one type or another, as they make me feel very uncomfortable.

So what is there to do? Winter will put restrictions on what we can do out-doors. But I do not want to have to spend on a lot of money on channel subscriptions. There are now a lot of them.

Perhaps volunteering is one way to get out and be useful. It is however hard to find voluntary roles, which also help with creativity.

I am just wondering whether the monotone repetitiveness of BBC TV programs is due to a lack of money or whether the main British channel, e.g. the BBC do not want to allow foreign viewers to get an insight into the minds of people. Anyhow why do they worry about the TV license, they won’t have a lot of viewers left at this rate.

Well we are putting on a jolly good show about the Brexit debate, minds have not been opened further ever before, but that is where it stops.

Mind you, for foreign intellegence services, having to transcribe and monitor all those debates will be very time-consuming, so I wonder whether there is a tactic behind the method on one hand to bore foreign viewers to death with constantly the same stuff or antiques or cooking and on the other hand keep them busy with our political discussion to disable them from being effective in their own right.

The British have long been brilliant tacticians, but lets hope it stays this way.

photo id

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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.

 

Keeping level-headed

81345182-1905041525+-+London+Regional+Summer+Championships+2019I was helping para-swimmers during the London Regional Swim England Para Championships at the London Aquatics Centre yesterday.

Whilst I had planned to watch the TV debate about the forthcoming Brexit date and had an invite to attend the huge demo in central London, I had completely forgotten that I had signed up to help out with the swimming event.

That is what’s really important that we keep services for people going and not disrupt everything like Extinction Rebellion obviously think is the right way to go about things.

Whatever somebody wants to achieve, the main objective always needs to be that whilst there is a long-term goal, we always need to be able to let those on the ground to get about their daily business.

Thankfully we have great laws and good rules in place, which prevent from crash-outs and catastrophic failures of our services.

Making sure there are food supplies, people can stay save, health care, education and communications stay in tact, are just a few of the things, which do not seem important but they really, really are.

Mesmerising EU negotiations

I was just getting ready to go to my Thursday walking group, when the news were announced that a deal has been struck.

I dropped everything and kept on watching.

Again the central issue of the backstop had been discussed and what the stance of political parties was.

Whilst the EU summit begins, Juncker rules out a Brexit extension, even if Boris sends that letter, asking, because the new deal is fair and balanced.

So that puts a stop to all those House of Commons commotions, the votes to stop a no-deal Brexit and ask for an extension if a deal cannot be verified by the MPs.

It also puts us under a lot of pressure to either

  • Accept the deal
  • Exit without a deal
  • Or remain

On the 19. October is the large Remain demonstration through central London. I shall be watching the House of Commons debates that are about to happen over the weekend and not miss a single word.

State schools under threat from legislation

“We need a better definition for school”, said Amanda Spielman.

Having watched this morning’s Victoria Derbyshire program it came to light that a school, which was warned by Ofsted twice, and asked to close, cannot be closed by force because legislation is not in place to do so because the school is not officially a school.

Ofsted’s leader, Amanda Spielman said that a school had been warned against operating but that pupils cannot be stopped from attending.

Transcript of Victoria Derbyshire program: (This is not a full transcript, there are gaps)

Ambassador’s High School in South London, a private school, was found to be operating illegally because it wasn’t registered with the government was only the second school to ever be prosecuted. Nadia Ali from South London who runs it was also to be found by Ofsted to be wilfully neglecting the children. Despite the prosecution, neither Ofsted, the local authority nor the court had the power to close it down.

Ofsted estimates that currently as much as 6.000 children are currently being educated in illegal, unregistered schools.

The prosecution was last month but Nadia Ali refuses to close the school. She was sentenced to Community Service last month but the court could not order the school to close, neither could Ofsted or the local authority.

The school caters for 4 – 14 year olds has twice applied to be government registered and twice it has been rejected by Ofsted for not meeting the Independent Schools standards.

In February this year Ofsted found there was no plan in place to actively promote British values. 6 out of 11 teachers had not been DBS or criminal record checked. There was no capacity for improvement at the school.

Last year inspectors found books that encouraged parents to hit their children, if they don’t pray; they also found books that said that a wife does not have the right to deny her husband. (Apparently children did not have access to the books).

End of transcript.

Victoria Derbyshire program provided evidence that this school in fact operates for 21 hours per week, to the amazement of the head teacher, who pretended not to know, rules make is statutory that educational establishments cannot operate for more than 18 hours without having to apply for school status.

Fact is that if people can open pop-up schools and defy Ofsted orders to stop operating and keep on teaching children anyhow, how can state schools, which depend on per-pupil funding exist?

State schools rely on permanent pupil attendance, a steady flow of pupils and long-tertm planning but pop-up schools can operate at hoc, charge parents money for sending kids and that makes the necessity for state schools unimportant.

It makes the running of state schools a high-risk endeavour if pop-up schools can emerge whenever and wherever they want because they drain the supply of pupils to state schools.

Schools like Raine’s Foundation, a Church of England school, which complies fully with all legal requirements, has a brand new building, are having to close because they cannot attract enough pupils. Raine’s are located in Tower Hamlets, an area with a high number of Muslim residents.

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.

Labour’s Ofsted plans

So when I read this, I was doubting that the Labour plans to demolish Ofsted would be a good idea. With all those new schools springing up, if there is no inspections or regulatoins we go into doomsday scenarios with all types of radicals or weirdos starting schools with little prospect of regulating them.

Our local C.o.E. school has plans to close it because it’s low pupil numbers cannot sustain the school and provide quality education under the per pupil funding scheme, yet a private school with only 45 children on the roll, charging 2,500 per year can be run on an 18 hour per week basis?

Somehow this doesn’t stack up for me. How can a school with only 45 pupils be allowed to operate on a private basis but a state school with 28 pupils in year 7 and hundreds of other pupils including 6. Form cannot operate, due to financial constraints?

I think instead of getting rid of Ofsted, Labour should get rid of all those unsuitable small private schools operating. But then, here in Tower Hamlets that would cause havoc for them.

So why did the current government change school regulations to enable all those free schools in the country?

 

 

cabin fumes and breathing problems

That’s what happened to me when I worked at City Airport. The story was, that because my pension was delayed, the DWP wanted to find me a job prior to my oncoming retirement at the age of 62 1/2.

I passed the tests for working at the airport and was given the job at London City Airport as a Passenger Service Agent. I worked at the check-in desk and boarded passengers onto the planes.

Pretty quickly into that employment I started getting breathing problems. I went to my GP about this and said, that everytime I left the house, went up that little hill towards the road, I gotten breathing problems and I never had a problem like that before.

I didn’t even go into the planes, I only worked around the airport. I am really glad that those breathing problems have now ceased. My employment there lasted for 3 months and it took some time to get my breathing back to normal afterwards.

the real inflation

a packet of paracetamol has gone up from 45p to 75p in Sainsburys.

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