Political solutions

Councils really love it,

you collect signatures for petitions, you present the petition in council chamber and they can either allow or deny the request. Often enough they deny it, but, they still love it that you came to try because it is democracy in action.

Apparently it is extremely time-consuming to collect signatures for petitions on the whim of it being disallowed most of the time.

Many problems can be solved much easier and quicker if people go along the complaints route.

In Tower Hamlets you can complain three times about a problem within six months, if nothing has improved after that time you use Community Trigger. That shows up in the statistics as a failure for the council to solve a problem. They really hate that and actually have to improve things to resolve problems.

Whilst with the petitions and representations, they just do not have to do anything but deny it.

Another great route is complaining to the Ombudsman.

Many problems I get presented with have to do with Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs). In some council areas they have listened to people and removed road blockages but in others they just don’t. It’s made a political issue and powerful politicians try to push the issue. In Tower Hamlets that has led to this: “Let’s vote Lutfur Rahman again, he is the only politician to remove them, whilst Labour wants to keep them there”.

Taken from Facebook, local traders protest on road closures

Then people wonder why Lutfur Rahman again gets elected. Labour always uses the same political ploy, they enable more radical left-wingers to get into positions, whether it’s George Galloway or Lutfur Rahman because that is what they want to happen.

I have seen messages from London Fire Brigade and been told that the Met Police have officially requested the removal of road blockages for LTNs with no effect. That should be unlawful but unfortunately it is not unlawful for councils to not listen to concerns from emergency services.

Also it is wicked and cruel to first of all tell traders to open shops and then close the roads so that people cannot drive to them, this includes deliveries and pick-ups for orders.

Personally I do not think that particular politicians can resolve technical problems because technical problems should not have to rely on particular politicians, they should be there regardless of political leadership.

Just look at the issue of Fire safety in Tower Blocks. There are many Facebook groups and local politicians, even the new MP for Poplar and Limehouse, who is currently in court for alleged housing benefit fraud, says, that we need a political solution to solve the problem of paying for removing cladding.

But in the meantime, until the cladding is removed, there are alarm based solutions.

Yet, non of the politicians involved in the debate ever mentions this once.

Alarm based solutions enable the flat owners to install a smart alarm that is connected to other alarm owners via an App called Safeland. If one alarm goes off, all other alarm owners connected get alarmed as well. That saves people from patrolling blocks day and night.

It costs a little bit for the alarm and a yearly small subscription fee to Safeland but it is peace of mind. Yet media like TV channels have spent a lot of time portraying people as having to patrol their blocks and never mentioned the alarm based solutions people can instal.

So why do politicians and so many Facebook groups not mention this to their readers?

I think you can abuse the public by steering every problem into a political solution without mentioning the sheer brilliant technical ones.

left behind

whilst I am now repeat watching old detective stories, it seems that the discrepancy in content from old to new communications methods has fallen behind sharply.

Nowadays crooks use modern technology to scam us with sims bought in bulk, which they use to ring, text, email bought contact lists until somebody falls for the tricks.

I noticed that somebody obviously bought sims in their hundreds and the numbers are very similar within a certain reach. Answering the phone and telling them not to ring back, makes no impression at all.

What they notice is that you answered the phone and that is enough for them to keep trying.

There are many other scams these days like

  • Royal Mail pay for parcel re-delivery
  • NHS, Covid Scams
  • Romance fraud, among others, a full list can be seen on the Neighbourhood Watch website.

Today’s serials often assume that all people in a locality know each other. East Enders, Coronation Street, etc. all show that everybody knows everybody else.

But, in a large city like London, people often do not know their neighbours. If people are lucky they have a job, but do not necessarily have friends at work or where they live.

Along comes the fraudster, who tells you, after they contacted you via, perhaps your social media, that they are really interested and you are the best thing since sliced bread, when otherwise you just get the typical criticism at work and a lot of loneliness.

Todays films, detective stories, soaps, do not address this changed environment.

I think it is about time, that producers address this and make films, which are relevant and not just fit for past sentiments.

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A lot of people still assume that somebody contacting them has a moral compass and actually means what they tell you, but as a current TV advert shows, the man got robbed of all his pension by a guy who simply saw the money at the end of it.

I get so many scam calls per day, that it would be too time consuming to report them all. We all have this problem, lots of scammers and no time to do report.

I think that also the police would be totally overwhelmed to follow up all scam reports as the scammers use burner phones on a giant scale. Scammers can simply purchase sims and use and throw them away.

By the time the police investigate reports, the sims have been buried in the sands.

I think there needs to be a sensible solution to this.

One way of dealing with this is put your landline on answer machine and set your mobile to reject all unknown callers and refer them to the answer machine. Most people who really want to talk to you and are legitimate will leave a message.

football fairness

I can’t understand why UEFA doesn’t act immediately.

If the goal keeper had a laser pen shone into his eyes then that should bring an immediate decision about the validity of the goal.

If there was a problem with other discipline issues, they should have stopped the game and thrown the people causing the problems out of the stadium, would have delayed the game but increased fairness. source: The Guardian

What is most important to the players and the people, is the fairness of the game. Like this the win is being belittled and made bad.

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human size

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Quite interesting to read today that the size of humans depends on the weather, the climate and temperature. Humans are larger the colder the climate is and earth warming may lead to a smaller species.

Obviously it would be harder to maintain lifestyle, the hotter it is. If we were smaller, we would need less food, less fabric for clothes.

This is how nature responds to the extraordinary demand on earthly resources that not only increases in populations but also bigger people cause.

What I find astonishing that previously we had been told humans got bigger because of better food quality and health provision and not temperature.

Every day is an amazing day on this world, we always learn something new. Source: Microsoft News

Trees, trees, fires

Just saw this very sad story about the heatwave in Canada, Canada a very tree-rich and normally cold country. There are other countries, with not as many trees but where there were trees, like in Australia, in heatwaves, the trees start to burn and cause a lot of damage.

Yes, trees are good, but they are only good if they don’t catch fire.

Whilst we have this big tree-planting craze in Britain, we are also looking into the face of earth warming, heatwaves and potentially hither fire risk from earth warming.

But the more trees we plant, the more trees can also catch fire. Especially those trees in cities are potential fire traps if it comes to combustibility.

From California to Australia, bushfires are the great danger and many houses burn down in such natural disasters. We are staring the next heatwave into the face and greater danger from fires from trees is imminent.

I just wonder whether those who advocate planting more trees in towns have thought about the dangers.

Just the dangers from Grenfell are definitely there in high-rise buildings who have trees planted into each balcony, because if one of those trees catches fire and it is hot and dry, all the other trees around the building will also catch fire.

Really, people just don’t think.

Why is cladding seen to be so dangerous when trees, which in a dry state are like cinder are considered good? I apologise for using a Grenfell fire picture but I need to bring across the message how dangerous people’s unrealistic thinking is.

A wildfire has burned 90% of Lytton, British Columbia – the village that recorded Canada’s highest ever temperature of 49.6C (121.3F).Lytton’s mayor earlier ordered people to evacuate, saying flames had spread through the village in just 15 minutes. Source BBC

Those town planners who now want to increase the number of trees in London significantly because they think that temperatures stay the same do not take into consideration into what would happen if temperatures heat up.

Looking at the image, which I took from a post on Facebook it seems unlikely that any solution to this is easy. Modern approaches include reducing traffic, planting more trees.

That is a most simplified solution. Reducing traffic will also reduce the economic infrastructure, jobs and culture. More trees, will increase flammability of areas as in hot climates, trees catch fire really easy.

Whilst we now get a lot of people racing to plant more trees, flowers and everything green, hot weather will simply burn the lot.

The picture above shows that we in Britain are in a cool corridor but how long for? Those who want to make us believe that putting more beehives in our towns will solve the worldwide climate crises are selling a dream. We do need fertilising methods but we need those worldwide not just in our cities.

Carbon capture seems the most appropriate way forward and removing it on an industrial scale from our atmosphere alongside carbon emission reductions world wide by changing fuel types. Reducing traffic is not a solution that helps productivity.

Looking at ideas of Carbon removal, they all seem to be based on the idea that our temperatures allow for it, but they are likely to get hotter.

This was published in 2019 and is by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, published by Science Daily, doesn’t rely on trees or nature but is a technical solution, which can be applied in any weather. I think that is the best way forward.

“The technique, based on passing air through a stack of charged electrochemical plates, is described in a new paper in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, by MIT postdoc Sahag Voskian, who developed the work during his PhD, and T. Alan Hatton, the Ralph Landau Professor of Chemical Engineering.”

Dentist shortage

I think the demand on dentists has risen considerably with the higher use of social media. There are much more pictures taken, published, shown and those pictures must have perfect teeth.

Hence, dentists are one of the most needed professions today.

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You simply can’t show your face without good teeth and those who can pay the most to get the teeth fixed get the fastest service.

Whilst those wanting NHS services won’t be able to find a dentist easily because dentists find it much easier to make money selling their services.

The perfect smile has become one of the biggest selling points of the cosmetic industry, of which dentistry has become the latest gravy train.

See the protruding tooth on one side, that is a NHS denture that is slanted to one side and affects my facial expression.

Looking at my own pictures with my old denture, I wondered why it is that so many people with NHS dentures seem to have imperfect dentures whilst the paid for ones always look better. I was told that NHS services cannot access the full variety of tools required to make dentures perfect.

Of course that greatly disadvantages NHS dentist users from getting well paid jobs because I reckon you won’t even get an extras job as actor unless your teeth are perfect. And who is paying for it?

I am now waiting since a year to get a new denture and have to attend fortnightly fittings to just get a new denture. It takes a long time.

Not much progress – dealing with stereo types

Just wondering how little progress actually gets made because those making decisions are not qualified to make them. The new CIO constitutional frame work allows for great strides for charitable organisations, the way they can be set up and governed. But, as it is. charities often rely on volunteers, the volunteers are not qualified and set in their ways and so nothing can happen because decisions need to be made by those volunteers and can only be made on the basis of the knowledge that each person has.
Charities can actually charge for membership and they should use that to make companies pay towards regular running costs as to achieve more.

The same with crime reporting. If there were more anonymous crime reporting local facilities all over Britain, we could crack the hold that criminals have on whole swathes of our society.
Yet, nothing of the sort happens very fast.

What I also realised that its often always the same people.
We often remarked it on the local voluntary sector level, that it’s always the same people who show up to meetings and engage with organisations. Now it seems it’s also always the same actors, we see in films. I have no qualm with the ones we do see, they are all brilliant actors and seem jolly nice people but for a whole country, to always only show the same actors over and over, seems strange as if there are not enough people to go round to give more than a few people a job.
Human progress is not as flexible as I thought. Many people are set in their ways and not able to adjust to new situations quickly. Yet they hold all the strings.
Was just thinking that Thüring only got accepted because his skills were badly needed during war times. His personal choices were not appreciated widely it at the time.
Don’t we just love to create heroes and condemn them whilst they are alive and then praise them once they are dead.

I just hope that people don’t’ think that all those who strive to achieve change today but run against a wall don’t take it personal. We can only achieve what we are allowed to achieve and otherwise just have to go along with what is there and available.
Just when I had this court case. It went on over three years and now we see small amounts of progress being made in controlling hate speech at least on the Internet, whilst before this wasn’t even possible.

On the opposite site of the spectrum, we see those former heroes, who were embellished with statues, now being villains. Those former heroes achieved their fame by repressing others, mostly slaves. 

What we all really need is a little respect, to say it in the words of that famous Aretha Franklyn song. 

concerning crime trends

I am quite amazed that the police only advertises Crimestoppers for Anonymous crime reporting instead of seeking more service provision from localised providers.

It’s a bit like having only one hospital for all the sick in Britain. Britain has a population of over 64 Million, yet only one anonymous crime reporting service among constant complaints by the police that there is concerning under-reporting for crimes.

Neighbourhood Watch is notoriously under-developed and growing Neighbourhood Watch groups would increase conscience and ability to repel crime, especially the scams and App led type.

Whilst I already often moaned about the normalisation of crime in some BBC programs like East Enders and now Time, I definitely miss an effort by the police themselves to help grow an army of local reporting networks.

Just imagine, that if only 1 % of the population wanted to report crime anonymously, the one service in Britain could never cope.

What we need is that every Neighbourhood Watch Association provides local crime reporting services for those who do want to provide information without getting involved.

In Tower Hamlets, we are leading the way.

Yes and No Ronaldo

It’s just a symptom of today’s reliance on icons, that every gesture is taken as total truth. Ronaldo’s pushing away of coke bottles, has supposedly wiped billions of the coca cola value, reports Microsoft News.

Of course for constantly upping your fluid levels, water should be the main source of liquid. However when it comes to protecting the body from germs, Coke can help.

Especially when you are exposed to elements and unknown germs, like in Open Water swimming for example, it is a known cure for unwanted ailments to have a bottle or can of coke afterwards.

Football pitches are very clean these days. Ronaldo probably can’t remember the times when footballers had to wade and sometimes slide through muddy pitches. In those days, Coke could have been a lifesaver.

Airlines on the forefront of freedom fighting

I am really glad that Ryanair take up the fight for a freedom to travel. As much as I do not fly nor have a car, I defend the right of everybody to move freely.

As the BBC reports, a conglomerate of travel industry owners are taking the government to court over restrictions and the government’s method to determine who is save and who isn’t.

They rightly question whether there is a secret political agenda, which that implies in my mind, in the government’s ideas.

Just as Boris Johnson tried to close down parliament, now he tries to stop travel.

Just as I am equally concerned about focussing on cycling, which the Labour Party now pushes. Closing down roads stops vulnerable residents from getting deliveries of food for example .In some areas, delivery firms refuse to attend because they cannot get to the addressee.

It’s all good to say that people should walk and cycle more but what if you can’t? If health conditions stop you from cycling or walking, what are you supposed to do.

There are quite a lot of articles online, which actually find that the Green movement has been founded by the Nazis. The idea to isolate yourself away from the world, stopping free travel and communications stems from that ideology.

Even as I do not own a car, I definitely rely on car transport, for deliveries and travel if I want it.

Being stopped from commuting, if you do not use a cycle is taking people’s rights away.

Remember what brought Ken Livingstone down where the bendy buses and I reckon once the LTN schemes are installed, that is what will bring Sadiq’s reign to an end.

I can only see what Khan does to Neighbourhood Safety in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. He has created a totally secretive system, which does not give any notification to residents on how it works.

Committees are established, which do not even circulate minutes of meetings.

The Police and Crime Commissioner in London should not be the same person as the Mayor of London, this should be politically independent, instead Khan aims to politically control policing and safer Neighbourhoods.

We are told not to take part in anti LTN demos as that would be political, but isn’t it political to stop deliveries, free travel to keep locals dependent and remove their ability to get food?

What this shows is that both Labour and the Conservatives now try to restricts freedoms, which is a bad sign and may point to conflict, which always removes people’s freedom to move.

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