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.

The blame game

I keep on hearing that Lutfur Rahman is the bad boy, it is all his fault and the great and good Labour Party has nothing to do with his wrong-doing.

WRONG

Lutfur Rahman’s reign happened during a period of Labour administration in Tower Hamlets and whatever happened is as much Labour’s fault as it is Rahman’s fault.

I remember the extremely bad quality of the home improvements we got. They didn’t even give us matching window locks to save money. Our toilet had to be replaced after a few months as it broke due to bad quality.

Whatever happened in the admin of Lutfur Rahman also is equally the fault of the ruling Labour Party. People have decided to allow Mayoral elections for Tower Hamlets and Labour simply cannot wash their hands of elected candidates by blaming them and pretending it has nothing to do with them.

This LTN scheme for Tower Hamlets has produced extremely bad results for more traffic in residential streets.

traffic is sent around Wellington Row, a once peaceful residential area. Such plans are in place for other neighbourhoods too. This is what a Liveable Street looks like now. Lutfur Rahman has promised to return traffic to normal and that is what makes him popular with voters.

More telling off for Tower Hamlets

Now the Ombudsman has upheld a claim against Tower Hamlets Council for obstructing investigations. See report from ELA here.

What is the point in Tower Hamlets having a Mayor when nothing good comes of it. First there was the scandal around Lutfur Rahman, allegations of election fraud, led to his downfall and then the government sent in observers to shadow the council administration.

But whilst the investigators left satisfied that things are in order the Ombudsman finds otherwise. And of course the legal action against the council in respect of the illegal activities trying to close down schools make me question how effective any Mayor in Tower Hamlets may be.

There are obviously huge muddles going on, which even the Mayor cannot resolve.

I have never negatively spoken about Tower Hamlets and especially not John Biggs, with whom I sat on the Police and Community Safety Board for years until John Biggs decided to close down a 300 year old school, which is attended by my daughter. We love Raine’s Foundation school #300moreyears.

 

 

 

 

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