Tradition in Tower Hamlets won an important step

A message from Mickey Ambrose:

“Please find attached the following news article which is online today and will appear in this weeks East London Advertiser – well done to everyone for getting to this stage with Tower Hamlets Council.

Children can join Raine’s in September, say lawyers | Politics | East …

Raines is open for all years come September 2019 and the local authority on the instruction of the High Court have to write to all the year 6’s they turned away initially who were offered a place at Raines for this September and they have write to all the year 9’s they turned away to join other schools. The Sixth Form is Raines Sixth Form and NOT Oaklands Sixth Form.

More details to follow now we have to win the WAR as this is not over yet……..

ALL YEAR GROUPS ARE OPEN FROM SEPTEMBER 2019 – and anyone that has been bullied into leaving can return to Raines this September – please inform your family & friends that the school is open for business.

Thank you.”

Our residents will be relieved to hear it.

Personally I am not particularly religious anymore. I like the school because the teaching standards are high and the Church isn’t too pragmatic and despite forcing pupils to take religion at GCSE, religion itself is more tolerant and open-minded.

We have to see that it is important to have a traditional school in Tower Hamlets, which is suddenly overrun with new Academies and Free schools.

Whilst I support a recent campaign by Humanists to stop forcing relgious assemblies on all schools, I see the importance of making everybody feel important and as part of the community.

Not alienating any religious beliefs is an important corner stone to community cohesion, which thrives by the non-hate campaign.

Whilst the High-Court has forced the Council to write to all parents, that their kids can attend Raine’s C.o.E. school, the High Court also has granted permission to challenge school-worship law.

I support both. I think that the Church of England is modern and open-minded enough to see the importance of secular and unitary education.

An arm and a leg

Dr. Rowan Williams incumbent Archbishop of Canterbury

Dr. Rowan Williams incumbent Archbishop of Canterbury

I cannot join in with the current hysteria about MP expenses and that is on all seats in the house.

It’s wicked to say the least to allow claims to go for years and years, including those for birth baths or duck’s houses and then suddenly to pull the strings and make those, who just went along for the ride, doing what they were permitted to do, quit their jobs, they were elected to do.

It would be more democratic to put it to the vote of the constituents who gave those afflicted the choice whether they want their member of parliament to change or not.
Even the Archbishop of Canterbury agrees with me on this point. See BBC article about this.

I agree with William Hague that outright fraud must be addressed but to jump to conclusion and assume fraud is wrong.  Conservatives must lead by good example and not jump the accusing bandwagon that Labour invented by snooping too much and accusing the opposition. We should not let ourselves down with opportunist sensationalism.

This current tendency to circumvent parliamentary procedure through death by administrative error is highly concerning.

It is up to those scrutinising claims, allowing the payment who should be to blame and those who claimed them, of course they do not get alerted if their claims are allowed.

All MPs should get a year’s warning, telling them from this and this date, all expenses will be strictly scrutinised, get yourself an accountant to do your books and be more careful.

That would be fair I would say. But this choc-a-block sudden turnaround from years of lax procedure to a sudden u-turn make politics an even less attractive profession to aim for than it previously was.

I remember the hysteria breaking out prior to the monarch getting to have to pay taxes, there was this similar blame culture developing that we now see extending to MPs.

I think it may be quite difficult to determine for an MP what he can claim or not, a birth bath may well be an essential piece of garden furniture when an MP entertains guests from the constituency, why not?

The mortgage things are more difficult to explain but if it is being paid, it shoes how lax the controls are and the blame should be shared with the body that pays out those claims, they should ask for sufficient proof before they pay out money for a mortgage.

I think it is terrible that our society has become so trivial and entertains the masses with such public rituals over expenses today and something else tomorrow. Next its miles flown, steps walked, the amount of shoes one wears off, etc.

It requires a certain amount of disrespect to treat public figures and elected representatives in this way; its become our blame and shame culture that needs to change quickly.

There should be a public ridicule risk insurance because on each and every occasion people who faced the public wreath did what they did was right by the culture they was in.

Such affairs like MP’s expenses could be resolved tactfully and without making such a public spectacle about it. 

MPs could be quietly alerted to their over-claiming and given the opportunity to correct the error and pay back any expenses claimed in error in a dignified manner. It is not as if this is an isolated incidence, clearly there are confusions and misunderstandings, most likely due to grey areas in the MP expenses schedules, lax checks, as explained above.

Dr. Rowan Williams has my full support in this matter, whereby such public spectacles allow the clearance of a substantive number of political representatives and a ridicule of our parliamentary democracy for no benefit. It disrupts governmental procedure and democratic process.

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