0600 [0530] [0510] [0500][0440] Hrs GMT London Tuesday 09 November 2010 Editor © Muhammad Haque. Two items in the ‘news’ in the past 12 hours highlight once again just how economical the KHOODEELAAR! Campaign has been in the defence of the community against the agenda of Big Business and the hold Big business has over the public purse. The ‘rights’ of Baby P scandal Haringey Council social services [ex] manager Sharon Shoesmith will continue to be open to debate no matter how many times she goes to court to assert those. Compared to her still undecided rights and her equally controversial claims to those in context, the rights of the people in the East End of London as against the very serious Big Business agenda evident in the Crossrail scam of economic, environmental and social dislocation and damage are very clear and are not in need of determination by a court via a multi Million Pound series of actions. Why? Because there is the constitutional option available to the community to act in a way that does not cost the public anything yet produces results that would exceed a thousand times the costs of any legal action. That option is in the domain of democratic campaigning. And we have been doing this for the past seven years. The other of course is the news item that Tower Hamlets Council is to seek judicial review of the 2012 Games hosting bureaucracy LOCOG that has dropped Tower Hamlets from the ‘marathon route’ during the Games. We can point out here as well that Tower Hamlets Council should show that they have used the available constitutional option of democracy and or the democratic option to get LOCOG to change their routing decision before seeking a judicial review. There are two things wrong with seeking a judicial review. Firstly that in the UK a Judicial review is not an automatic route to getting ‘just result’. In fact the overwhelming majority of judicial review applications are denied by the court system, which is seriously defensive of the status quo. The second is the question of costs. Has the Council considered the democratic and the considerably less costly option? If it has, what democratic action has it taken over the LOCOG decision before deciding to go to court? How much is the application for judicial review going to cost? Is this affecting the Council’s delivery of vital services? If not how not? [Earlier texts] Counting the cost of court challenges mounted so far by Sharon Shoesmith! The costs, as released in a Parliamentary statement by a CONDEM minister, confirm once again the importance of alternative action to get ‘results’. Actions that the KHOODEELAAR! Campaign has taken during the past seven years in defending the East End of London against the Big Biz agenda Crossrail attacks would have cost several £Million if we had mounted our campaign via courts. Or rather if we had opted to use the ‘services ‘ of commercial lawyers. We did the same work and got across to the UK Govt. the same arguments that any commercial lawyers in theory might have done but we did so by using our own democratic, constitutional resources. Our work did not cost a single penny of the public in any court fees or fees paid to any lawyers. [To be continued] 0905 [0835] [0825] [0820] Hrs GMT London Tuesday 07 September 2010. Editor © Muhammad Haque. KHOODEELAAR! diagnosed years ago Gordon Brown’s ‘tenure’ [and more importantly his capacity, his ability, his ‘niche’…] as the UK Minister of Finance in the Bliared cabinet. In fact we began our diagnostic dispatches in February 2004 when we told Brown of the perils of capitulating to Big Business Military Industrial Complex agenda as in CONTEXT typified in the Crossrail scam at the expense of the UK economy…. We detected in 2004 in Brown’s behaviour a deep canal of dithering. It was based on our detection and diagnostic findings of the early and mid years of this decade that we relied on and as events have shown, been vindicated for. Everything we said [and we did so in public – and unlike Rupert Murdoch with his ill advised venture to put people off by charging for online access , we did not demand a charge for our contribution to the realm of truth telling] has been proven by OTHERS to have been utterly accurate and so we assert here that Tony Bliar is again faking it and is seeking to capitalise on a lie when he claims whatever he does about Brown’s lack of skills in the field of the latter’s ‘ministry’. We told the truth about Gordon Brown YEARS and YEARS before even Brown knew what [if anything] he would [or indeed could] do to get Blair out of that ‘seat’. On the evidence of our getting the entire Bliar cabinet of lies right in our contextual, continual, constitutional diagnosis, we say today [Tuesday 07 September 2010] that whoever is still labouring [in the ordinary sense of the root] under the misconception that Big Biz Military Industrial Complex will ‘rescue’ the UK ‘Economy’, and that that delusional rescue will occur via the UK public being held fiscally hostage for Crossrail for decades and that to scrap the MIC scam CrossRail would amount to utter, dire definite disaster for the so-called ‘London’ economy, IS wrong, wrong, wrong. We remind all these ill-informed individuals and ‘corporate’ cash grabbers of the disastrous consequences of their previous fakery, spin and hype and lies for Big infrastructure projects that came unstuck in big and costly ways…and we tell them to quit their fakery and their lying and to accept that if they sink the UK GDP even deeper than it already has been sunk then there will be no basis for them to expect the golden eggs of their looting by false pretence on the grand scale. We mean quite literally grand as in B Obama’s latest banal and Brown-sounding utterances over the apst 24 hours. As we have also said, exclusively and originally, that they are behaving and sounding more and more like the Muslim ruler! Shock horror indeed! Would the ‘vah-loos’ that G Brown so ignorantly and untruthfully bragged about and boasted of have suggested in a thousand years that he would fit the description of an ignorant imitator of one of the most reviled Muslim rulers! There indeed was a GIANT role model whom Gordon Brown aped and now B Obama is showing a starkly infantile propensity of aping. That Muslim ruler lived a few centuries ago. However, his giant schemes are mostly remembered for the abusive word that got added into the vocabulary of the Subcontinent. It is a word that wrongly is sued these days to mean anything irrational. So we say to Boris Johnson – who is not a stranger fantasies and make believe – to give his touting for Big Biz Crossrail a rest. Why? Because even the City of London friendly ECONOMIST has let on that Boris’s Transport for London are admitting that significant cuts are going to occur. Given that even the Guardian Grin is also admitting to having discovered the crassness of Crossrail, and publishing the admission in the week of the latest RMT strike against job cuts by CONDEM-aiding Boris Johnson, Boris Johnson cannot blame D Cameron if he, Boris is the one that is seen to come unstuck on his touting. So clear are the writings on the wall for Boris that when he made a sneaky dash into the Brick Lane area last Friday, he was mobbed by ‘mainstream’ media stringers and couriers asking him about the Crassness on the London transport network under his [Boris] watch! How ironic! That Boris should be hijacked by the transport crassness and that too in the vicinity of the Hanbury Street, Princelet Street, two of the targets for the Crossrail hole which would definitely have been dug had it not been for the correct work of Khoodeelaar! So we say to Boris again: Scrap Crossrail and run with what you have got! If you fail to heed this, you may indeed be run out! And then you will most certainly deserve to be! [To be continued] [ ]1455 [1438] [1015] [1005] [0925] Hrs GMT London Monday 16 August 2010. Editor © Muhammad Haque. The UK CONDEM Collusion for poverty creation in England and Wales is exposed once again this morning in the shape of the CONDEM-backing Guardian lamenting the fact that Nick Clegg their ‘nominee’ [pre 6 May 2010 UK “General Election”] continues to fail to take over the reins of power! The Guardian is positively sick of the dim state of affairs. The Guardian undermined the electoral chances of many small groups by ‘endorsing’ the Clegg-led Lib Dems party. Now the ‘organ’ is unable to substantiate its ill-advised ‘endorsement’. Yet the Guardian continues to fail to apologise for the wrong role it had played. As it continues to fail to tell the truth about Big Biz agenda scam Crossrail. Had the Guardian been run as a teller of the truth about UK politics at ‘home and abroad’ then it would have never been serving as a tout for Big Biz forces. Then the Guardian would have heeded the advice WE HAVE issued for almost 7 years now. The Guardian should have heeded it and told the truth about the UK economy [To be continued] http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/aug/16/nick-clegg-hopes-running-country-dashed “ Nick Clegg’s hopes of running the country dashed by prime minister Despite David Cameron being on holiday, the deputy prime minister has not been left holding the reins of power * Robert Booth and Allegra Stratton * The Guardian, Monday 16 August 2010 Coalition first 100 days Downing Street insists David Cameron is still in charge, but ‘Nick will be around and picking up some events’. It is the most power a liberal politician has had since the 1920s, although Nick Clegg’s hopes of becoming only the second liberal politician in almost a century to run the country have been rather set back by David Cameron’s insistence that he will remain in charge from his Cornish holiday bolthole. As deputy prime minister, the Liberal Democrat leader might have expected to follow his predecessors, John Prescott and Harriet Harman, in taking the reins of power today, albeit for just a fortnight in the dog days of August. But his senior coalition partner is not quite ready to let him follow in the footsteps of David Lloyd George just yet. From this morning Clegg might be the most senior working politician in the country but there will be no moving into No 10 and he will stay in his suite of offices at 70 Whitehall instead. “The PM remains in charge but while he’s on holiday Nick will be around and picking up some events,” a Downing Street spokesman said. Nevertheless, the next fortnight represents the most power a Liberal has had in Britain since Lloyd George stood down in 1922. Clegg will kick off with a “virtual” town hall event at the headquarters of the instant messaging company MSN and address rallies in Sheffield, Newcastle and Bristol as he tries to regain support which has slumped since his party decided to share power with the Conservatives. He is likely to announce the appointment, already leaked, of Alan Milburn, the Labour politician, to be a “social mobility tsar”. It is a far cry from Lloyd George’s agenda which involved winning the first world war, establishing a new international order at the Paris peace conference of 1919 and founding the welfare state. Clegg’s brief record of taking the reins from Cameron is far from faultless, as far as Downing Street is concerned. When Cameron was in the US on prime ministerial business last month, he used prime minister’s questions to call for Jack Straw to account for “the illegal invasion of Iraq” causing Downing Street to issue a statement that “the coalition government has not expressed a view on the legality or otherwise of the Iraq conflict”. No poll pact with Tories, says Hughes Speculation had been mounting that the Lib Dems’ fortunes in the opinion polls would necessitate some kind of electoral pact with their Tory coalition partners to ensure that they are not wiped out in the next election. Today the Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes ruled this out. He said: “Our party is committed constitutionally to standing in every seat. There will be no deals, there will be no pacts.” He said the coalition agreement had a life expectancy lasting the five years of the parliament, and after that battle would resume. Opinion polls show support for Lib Dems has dropped to 12%, down from 23% at the election. But Hughes hopes the Lib Dems can come through the next five years as a stronger party. “This is a five-year contract to do business with the Tory party because the electorate gave no party a majority,” he said. “We should have no preference at the next election between the Tories and Labour and other parties. We are going to stand on our own.” Nonetheless, Lib Dem anxiety about the polls is real. So real that the possible appointment of former leader Sir Menzies Campbell to the post of high commissioner to Australia is thought to have been held up, for fear of what could happen if a byelection is triggered in what is now a Lib Dem seat. • This article was amended on 16 August 2010. The original referred to Menzies Campbell in connection with the post of governor general in Australia. This has been corrected. Allegra Stratton * Print thisPrintable version * Send to a friend * Share * Clip * Contact us * larger | smaller Politics * Nick Clegg · * David Cameron · * Liberal-Conservative coalition · * Liberal Democrats · * Conservatives UK news More news * More on this story * Nick Clegg in an online Q&A on 16 August 2010. Hesitant display from cautious Clegg as he begins two weeks ‘holding the fort’ Michael White: The Lib Dem leader has not had the practice or the exposure that David Cameron has experienced – and it showed in today’s Q&A with MSN * Nick Clegg’s first day – minute-by-minute * Clegg confirms promise to end mixed-sex hospital wards * Clegg calls response to Pakistan floods ‘lamentable’ * Clegg to announce Milburn appointment as social mobility tsar * Alan Milburn joins Demos as it changes direction ”

December 4, 2008

0905 [0835] [0825] [0820]  Hrs GMT London Tuesday 07 September 2010. Editor © Muhammad Haque. KHOODEELAAR! diagnosed years ago Gordon Brown’s ‘tenure’ [and more importantly his capacity, his ability, his ‘niche’…] as the UK Minister of Finance in the Bliared cabinet. In fact we began our diagnostic dispatches in February 2004 when we told Brown of the perils of capitulating to Big Business Military Industrial  Complex agenda  as in CONTEXT typified in the Crossrail scam at the expense of the UK economy…. We detected in 2004 in Brown’s behaviour a deep canal of dithering. It was based on our detection and diagnostic findings of the early and mid years of this decade that we relied on and as events have shown, been vindicated for. Everything we said [and we did so in public – and unlike Rupert Murdoch with his ill advised venture to put people off by charging for online access , we did not demand a charge for our contribution to the realm of truth telling] has been proven by OTHERS to have been utterly accurate and so we assert here that Tony Bliar is again faking it and is seeking to capitalise on a lie when he claims whatever he does about Brown’s lack of skills in the field of the latter’s ‘ministry’. We told the truth about Gordon Brown YEARS and YEARS before even Brown knew what [if anything] he would [or indeed could]  do to get Blair out of that ‘seat’. On the evidence of our getting the entire Bliar cabinet of lies right in our contextual, continual, constitutional diagnosis, we say today [Tuesday 07 September 2010]  that whoever is still labouring [in the ordinary sense of the root] under the misconception that Big Biz Military Industrial Complex will ‘rescue’ the UK ‘Economy’, and that that delusional rescue will occur via the UK public being held fiscally hostage for Crossrail for decades and that to scrap the MIC scam CrossRail would amount to utter, dire definite disaster for the so-called ‘London’ economy, IS wrong, wrong, wrong. We remind all these ill-informed individuals and ‘corporate’ cash grabbers of the disastrous consequences of their previous fakery, spin and hype and lies for Big infrastructure projects that came unstuck in big and costly ways…and we tell them to quit their fakery and their lying and to accept that if they sink the UK GDP even deeper than it already has been sunk then there will be no basis for them to expect the golden eggs of their looting by false pretence on the grand scale. We mean quite literally grand as in B Obama’s latest banal and Brown-sounding utterances over the apst 24 hours. As we have also said, exclusively and originally, that they are behaving and sounding more and more like the Muslim ruler! Shock horror indeed! Would the ‘vah-loos’ that G Brown so ignorantly and untruthfully bragged about and boasted of have suggested in a thousand years that he would fit the description of an ignorant imitator of one of the most reviled Muslim rulers!  There indeed was a GIANT role model whom Gordon Brown  aped and now B Obama is showing a starkly infantile propensity of aping. That Muslim ruler lived a few centuries ago. However, his giant schemes are mostly remembered for the abusive word that got added into the vocabulary of the Subcontinent. It is a word that wrongly is sued these days to mean anything irrational. So we say to Boris Johnson – who is not a stranger fantasies and make believe – to give his touting for Big Biz Crossrail a rest. Why? Because even the City of London friendly ECONOMIST has let on that Boris’s Transport for London are admitting that significant cuts are going to occur. Given that even the Guardian Grin is also admitting to having discovered the crassness of Crossrail, and publishing the admission in the week of the latest RMT strike against job cuts by CONDEM-aiding Boris Johnson, Boris Johnson cannot blame D Cameron if he, Boris is the one that is seen to come unstuck on his touting. So clear are the writings on the wall for Boris that when he made a sneaky dash into the Brick Lane area last Friday, he was mobbed by ‘mainstream’ media stringers and couriers asking him about the Crassness on the London transport network under his [Boris] watch! How ironic! That Boris should be hijacked by the transport crassness and that too in the vicinity of the Hanbury Street, Princelet Street, two of the targets for the Crossrail hole which would definitely have been dug had it not been for the correct work of Khoodeelaar! So we say to Boris again: Scrap Crossrail and run with what you have got! If you fail to heed this, you may indeed be run out! And then you will most certainly deserve to be! [To be continued]

1515 Hrs GMT. LONDON Friday 26 march 2010. Editor © Muhammad Haqaue. Khoodeelaar! Told you so! That the office of ‘mayor’ at the expense of the people of LONDON was an abusive office. That it had been contrived by Tony Bliar who had no respect for democracy. That the post of “mayor at the expense of the people of LONDON” has been persistently mis-used and abused. Most spectacularly in their [successive post-holders’] peddling and in their touting for the MIC big biz agenda scam Crossrail. Now comes confirmation of yet another instance, albeit only confined to a single location in LONDON [in this news item] of Boris Johnson abusing the position and abusing the locally elected councils.  This illustrates the dangers of giving too much powers to a single holder of political office. The case for scrapping the office of LONDON mayor is made again. [To be continued]

http://www.regen.net/news/ByDiscipline/Physical-Regeneration/login/993030/

David Hickey, Regen.net, 26 March 2010

London mayor Boris Johnson has approved plans for a large mixed-use scheme on the site of the former Southall Gas Works in west London, overturning the decision of two local authorities to throw out the proposals.

Johnson approved the Southall town centre plans, which are intended to build up to 3,750 new homes, of which 30 per cent will be affordable, at a public hearing at City Hall last night.

In January, Johnson chose to call in the scheme following a decision at the end of last year by Ealing and Hillingdon councils, whose boundaries the development will cross, to refuse the application by site owner National Grid on the grounds of increased traffic congestion and threats to local ecology.

But as a condition for giving the scheme the green light, Johnson has said that only 2,500 units can be built before South Road bridge, which is near the development site, is widened by the developer to ease congestion.

He said: “West London is an important driver for the capital’s entire economy and within a decade it will become one of the best-connected regions in the UK with the arrival of (London’s east-west network) Crossrail. Failure to give the Southall application the go-ahead and develop this key Brownfield site could be detrimental to the future economic prosperity of the area.”

A legal agreement attached to the application will see the developer contribute more than £22 million towards the transport infrastructure improvements, education and health facilities and improvements to the public realm, the Greater London Authority said.

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1440 [1435] Hrs GMT.

London Friday

26 March 2010.

Editor © Muhammad Haqaue.

KHOODEELAAR! Noting UK CRASS role player cabinet minister at the expense of Transport, Andrew Adonis, has exposed his banal grasp of his ‘Cabinet Ministerial’ role by expressing an utterance of ‘welcome’ to the London High Court ruling that his [Adonis] Department for Transport’ has acted in a crass, shoddy way in its Big Business-set zeal to rush off to build a Third Runway at Heathrow…How could Adonis be even treated as being in control of his faculties after this toe-curling display? How can anything he states after this be treated as being ordinary, decent and honest? [To be continued]

1305  Hrs GMT London Friday 19 March 2010. Editor © Muhammad Haque. Khoodeelaar! had said for years that Boris Johnson’s ‘judgement’ was flawed on Crossrail. That Crossrail, was itself flawed. That The London Assembly was itself, flawed in failing to quiz the occupant [oops! INCUMBENT]  ‘ as mayor’ in the name of London… not a word along those lines had come from Len Duvall. Now, all of a sudden, Duvall says Boris Johnson’s ‘judgement’ is flawed. How come? Both Boris J and Len Duvall back big business Crassrail……. We update our diagnoses of BOTH, below   …Khoodeelaar! had told Boris Johnson so! And the CORRUPTING London Assembly members of ‘all Party political  pretensions’ so! That Boris Johnson was in serious danger of being ‘careeristically coupled’ in a crass  way with his co-courier of the initials BJ  [as in Boris johns= BJ =Bertha Joseph= BJ ]=BJ  BJ =a trap of the. Double Nammy!!] Had told Boris to liberate himself from that particular crass careeristic coupling. Coupling= mayor+ mayor’s nominee… we had done so on the evidence that Boris Johnson had  already displayed prima facie  lack of judgement on far too many other occasions, issues and topics and matters. And that on bertha Joseph he was being openly brazen in his refusal to listen to the critics who were raising serious ethical, democratic and constitutional objections against his appointment of the careeristically  compelled party-political turncoat  to the London  fire authority. Now that the pressure has proven untenable and bertha j has resigned, the ‘opposition’ parties, in the form of Len Duvall  are now uttering words to the effect that Boris’s backing for bertha josephs until now has highlighted Boris j’s …[wait for it] … lack of judgment!  Just as Khoodeelaar! had said weeks earlier… how are  it that the likes of  Len Duvall  are saying so now? And why limit the ‘sub-diagnosis’ to Boris Johnson’s ‘lost’ deputies and nominees? Why is it that the same Boris has perfectly impeccable judgement when it comes to his touting role as a tout for big business agenda Crossrail scam?  Is it in any way linked with the fact that Duvall, a reliable tout of Big Business scams himself,   is in no position whatever to opine let alone give judgement on the concept of ‘integrity’ and ‘judgment’ of anyone else in ‘London  local government’?  Mr Duvall , ‘OBE ’ is  deft at career enhancement and self-promotion… he should have the decency to  realise that most people in London  generally and those in the ‘deprived’ east and south east of London, are not impressed by most holders of posts on local councils or on the London  Assembly…. To most people in London, local councillors and London Assembly post-holders and time-servers are failing the communities in whose names they seek and grab the posts they are in. [To be continued]

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Stepping down: Bertha Joseph was suspended by Brent council after she spent donations on gowns for mayoral balls

Boris Johnson loses fifth ally as Bertha Joseph quits over sleaze

Pippa Crerar, City Hall Editor

19.03.10

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A fire chief who spent £900 of donations on two ballgowns has become the fifth senior Tory appointed by Boris Johnson to quit her post.

Bertha Joseph, who bought the clothes while she was Mayor of Brent, stood down as deputy chairman of the London Fire Authority last night.

Ms Joseph had been appointed despite Brent suspending her for six months for bringing the council into disrepute. Mr Johnson had rejected demands to sack her and gave her two weeks to make her case. But it became clear her position was not tenable.

Opposition parties welcomed the decision but said the delay raised questions about Mr Johnson’s judgement.

They attacked the timing of her departure, after a fire authority meeting at which she helped vote through job cuts. Several members stormed out after chairman Brian Coleman banned them from asking about Ms Joseph’s position, and threw out a TV crew.

Labour’s Len Duvall said: “You have to question the integrity and judgment of this Mayor standing by someone who has been disgraced and banned from public office.”

Brent suspended Ms Joseph after an inquiry found she encouraged two firms to sponsor the dresses she wore to mayoral charity balls. She claims she is the victim of a political vendetta.

Mr Johnson’s spokesman said a “compelling case” had been made against Ms Joseph and he had accepted her resignation. After a series of rows and scandals he had already lost political advisor James McGrath; deputy mayors Ray Lewis and Ian Clement; and Olympics advisor David Ross.

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London

Thursday 18 March 2010.

Editor © Muhammad Haque.

0508 [0500] [0435] Hrs GMT London Thursday 18 March 2010. Editor © Muhammad Haque. KHOODEELAAR! No to “Big Business agenda scam Crossrail…” CAMPAIGN has told them so for years. And years. And years. That the EXISTING transport infrastructure in London was the real priority to be addressed with any money that was available for transport. And that Crossrail was not a priority and so the money allocated to it should be used instead to meet the urgent needs of the existing infrastructure. If this is done then jobs will not only be cut but new ones created. But in the transport management in the name of London, there is no coherence. No competence. And no history of honesty, transparency. The result is that they are prepared to waste £Billions on Crossrail but are openly blatantly gloating of their stupidity involved in ‘saving’ £16Million on the tube where they are making hundreds of jobs redundant! Nothing could prove our diagnosis of the stupidity of Ken Livingstone’s regime more clearly. Livingstone failed to tell the truth. Livingstone neglected to tell the truth and chose instead to play the role of a tout for the Big Business forces that are at work to rob the public under ‘big infrastructure project’ slogans and labels. His true legacy is the mess that is evident in the deepening mess and wastes and losses in the London transport ‘system’ [!] today. Boris is doing exactly as Ken had done. Where does it say this? In the Guardian. The Guardian’s resident grinning peddler for Ken Livingstone has ‘certified’ [!!!!!!]  Only last week that Boris is doing as Ken Livingstone would have done!   “Ask Ken” said the grinning peddler for Ken Livingstone’s remaining career ambitions operating via the London Guardian. [To be continued]

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London mayor Boris Johnson a ‘hypocrite’ over Tube cuts

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The London mayor has been branded a “hypocrite” by unions and attacked for “broken promises” over plans to axe Tube ticket office jobs.

Transport union TSSA said Boris Johnson was “elected on the promise to keep all stations open and fully staffed”.

Tube bosses announced plans to axe up to 800 jobs last week, under measures to make savings of £16m a year.

Mr Johnson, who heads Transport for London (TfL), said his record on delivering promises was “outstanding”.

The TSSA said Mr Johnson plans to cut more than 2,000 hours from booking station opening times across the capital.

‘Broken promises’

The union, which branded the mayor “hypocrite of the year”, published a list of all 278 stations which it said would close earlier in the evenings and at the weekends under cuts planned by Mr Johnson.

TSSA leader Gerry Doherty said Mr Johnson “signed our petition in 2007 when Ken [Livingstone] was planning cuts at 40 stations and he was elected on the promise to keep all stations open and fully staffed”.

“Now here he is in 2010 planning cuts six times those planned by Ken Livingstone [former London mayor]”.

At Mayor’s Question Time at City Hall in central London, Labour Assembly member Navin Shah said: “Boris Johnson misled Londoners when he told the assembly that no ticket offices will close under his programme of ticket office cuts.”

Green Party Labour Assembly member Jenny Jones said: “Going back on his promise about staffing Tube stations properly isn’t only about whether or not we can believe anything the mayor says in the future, but also about his making life less safe and more difficult for thousands of Londoners.”

Last week, Tube officials said the post closures would include 100 managers, 450 ticket office posts and up to 200 other jobs.

However a TfL spokesman ruled out compulsory redundancies and said posts would be closed through not filling existing vacancies, voluntary redundancies and redeploying staff.

Mr Johnson said: “Our general record on delivering manifesto promises is outstanding and a tribute to the hard work of everyone who is working flat out to make life better for London.”

Mayor of London transport advisor Kulveer Ranger said: “Every station with a ticket office will continue to have one.

“All stations will be staffed at all times when trains are running, and stations will feel safer by moving some staff out of the office and amongst the public.”

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1540 [0820] Hrs GMT London Saturday 06 March 2010. Editor © Muhammad Haque.  KHOODEELAAR! TOLD YOU SO! That ALL touts of Big Business bring bad news in their wake. In fact they cause bad news in their places. And communities suffer. People pay for the abuses of powers that may be available to touts who peddle the agenda of Big Business Military Industrial Complex. Ken Livingstone, who made ‘friends’ with Gerald Ronson and his likes from the culture `and the environment of London’s OTT-hyped ‘Square Mile’ the still misleadingly called   ‘the City of London’, did that too. Livingstone, whilst in office of ‘mayor’ in the name of the people of London, took money from Ronson a few years ago. Then he claimed to have forgotten all about that money. Until, years later, the Murdoch-owned Sunday Times INSIGHT team found evidence of the money transfer! Livingstone very reluctantly admitted that cash receipt. And then went on to put the blame on someone else [who in turn and conveniently was NOT named by Ken Livingstone or by his coterie of publicists at the time] in his re-election campaign. That shows that even Livingstone knew that he should never have sought the cash from the likes of Gerald Ronson. That was also historically and in the context of the published archives of media reports about him in the UK, a rare example of Ken Livingstone being caught out.  For in his opportunistic and often egotistic, undemocratic and questionable  ‘career’ posing as a progressive, Ken Livingstone has been the subject of accurately perceived criticisms over a wide range of abuses of his powers in the name of the ‘democratic electorate of London’ but he has escaped the actual accountability of being caught red-handed with say cash in his hand. Except on this one occasion. Cash was involved. And the cash could not have come from a more unacceptable cultural, not to speak dubious political source. Other touts of Big Business don’t behave differently. But they never volunteer information far less confessions to the abuses they do commit and perpetrate. They have to be investigated. They have to be found out and caught out. They have to be exposed. That is the only way that little people can avoid being misrepresented, violated by the touts in place occupying the positions of power in the name of the little people. Crossrail has been touted for by all placemen and place women. They defer to Big Business. The touts defer to the agenda of Big Business. They utter like parrots the scripts written and handed to them by other touts and agents of Biog Business. In London in the past ten years, there has been no other caser other than the smaller scaled 2012 Games Hosting one than the Crossrail scam. No reason is ever given for the secret society like promotion of it. And even when the peddlers and the touts are exposed, criticised for their lack of competence and relevance over other decisions they make, they are treated as SAGES when they repeat the mantra written for them by the secret forces behind the agenda for Big Business Crossrail.   Just how this is being perpetrated is witnessed in Tower Hamlets. It is clear that after their initial failures – when the Reichmann adventure [arriving in Tower Hamlets via North American de tours] failed to produce the necessary legitimising focus for the Right to congregate on the former Isle of Dogs, they have been allowed by Blair to do so and they are now taking over the huge chunk of the East End of London under one guise or another. Not least by imposing one high tower after another…And Crossrail, is a tool that is being used to derive the assault on the economy and on then environment of the East End of London. Progressive Ken Livingstone’s Reactionary legacy! Indeed!!!    [To be continued]

TEXTS below taken from the web site of the ESTATES GAZETTE:

“Boris Johnson sees towers of money for Crossrail   By Nadia Elghamry on September 9, 2009 11:43 AM    | No Comments | No TrackBacks   Boris Johnson clearly had something to celebrate on Twitter yesterday.

Under his MayorofLondon moniker he wrote:  Crossrail is an unstoppable force. Thanks a billion to the European Investment Bank! #TfL #London

http://bit.ly/17zAIL

So we’ve been wondering in the office if this means he will step back from using his planning powers to force Tower Hamlets to reconsider its decision to reject Commercial Estates Group’s 63-storey Columbus Tower in Canary Wharf, E14. Johnson called in the decision last week because it “would deliver a significant contribution to Crossrail”. EGi subscribers can read last week’s story here. Well, it certainly one way to decide tomorrow’s skyline.

Image is by Dr. Progoganda used from Flickr under the Creative Commons license. Categories: Development, Infrastructure, London, Regeneration, Transport, planning Tags: boris johnson, canary wharf, columbus tower, commercial estates group, crossrail, london mayor, mayor of london, planning, tower hamlets, twitter No TrackBacks  TrackBack URL: http://www.estatesgazette.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-tb.cgi/63780 Leave a comment  What a user pic? Get a Gravatar! Sign in to comment, or comment anonymously. Name  Email Address  URL   Remember personal info? Comments (You may use HTML tags for style)   Subscribe to comments by e-mail?

0820 Hrs GMT London Saturday 06 March 2010. Editor © Muhammad Haque.  KHOODEELAAR! TOLD YOU SO! That ALL touts of Big Business bring bad news in their wake. In fact they cause bad news in their places. And communities suffer. People pay for the abuses of powers that may be available to touts who peddle the agenda of Big Business Military Industrial Complex. Ken Livingstone, who made ‘friends’ with Gerald Ronson and his likes from the culture `and the environment of London’s OTT-hyped ‘Square Mile’ the still misleadingly called   ‘the City of London’, did that too. Livingstone, whilst in office of ‘mayor’ in the name of the people of London, took money from Ronson a few years ago. Then he claimed to have forgotten all about that money. Until, years later, the Murdoch-owned Sunday Times INSIGHT team found evidence of the money transfer! Livingstone very reluctantly admitted that cash receipt. And then went on to put the blame on someone else [who in turn and conveniently was NOT named by Ken Livingstone or by his coterie of publicists at the time] in his re-election campaign. That shows that even Livingstone knew that he should never have sought the cash from the likes of Gerald Ronson. That was also historically and in the context of the published archives of media reports about him in the UK, a rare example of Ken Livingstone being caught out.  For in his opportunistic and often egotistic, undemocratic and questionable  ‘career’ posing as a progressive, Ken Livingstone has been the subject of accurately perceived criticisms over a wide range of abuses of his powers in the name of the ‘democratic electorate of London’ but he has escaped the actual accountability of being caught red-handed with say cash in his hand. Except on this one occasion. Cash was involved. And the cash could not have come from a more unacceptable cultural, not to speak dubious political source. Other touts of Big Business don’t behave differently. But they never volunteer information far less confessions to the abuses they do commit and perpetrate. They have to be investigated. They have to be found out and caught out. They have to be exposed. That is the only way that little people can avoid being misrepresented, violated by the touts in place occupying the positions of power in the name of the little people. Crossrail has been touted for by all placemen and place women. They defer to Big Business. The touts defer to the agenda of Big Business. They utter like parrots the scripts written and handed to them by other touts and agents of Biog Business. In London in the past ten years, there has been no other caser other than the smaller scaled 2012 Games Hosting one than the Crossrail scam. No reason is ever given for the secret society like promotion of it. And even when the peddlers and the touts are exposed, criticised for their lack of competence and relevance over other decisions they make, they are treated as SAGES when they repeat the mantra written for them by the secret forces behind the agenda for Big Business Crossrail.

Just how this is being perpetrated is witnessed in Tower Hamlets. It is clear that after their initial failures – when the Reichmann adventure [arriving in Tower Hamlets via North American de tours] failed to produce the necessary legitimising focus for the Right to congregate on the former Isle of Dogs, they have been allowed by Blair to do so and they are now taking over the huge chunk of the East End of London under one guise or another. Not least by imposing one high tower after another…And Crossrail, is a tool that is being sued to derive the assault on the economy and on then environment of the East End of London. Progressive Ken Livingstone’s Reactionary legacy! Indeed!!!

[To be continued]

TEXTS below taken from the web site of the ESTATES GAZETTE:

“Boris Johnson sees towers of money for Crossrail

By Nadia Elghamry on September 9, 2009 11:43 AM

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Boris Johnson clearly had something to celebrate on Twitter yesterday.

Under his MayorofLondon moniker he wrote:

Crossrail is an unstoppable force. Thanks a billion to the European Investment Bank! #TfL #London http://bit.ly/17zAIL

So we’ve been wondering in the office if this means he will step back from using his planning powers to force Tower Hamlets to reconsider its decision to reject Commercial Estates Group’s 63-storey Columbus Tower in Canary Wharf, E14.

Johnson called in the decision last week because it “would deliver a significant contribution to Crossrail”. EGi subscribers can read last week’s story here. Well, it certainly one way to decide tomorrow’s skyline.

Image is by Dr. Progoganda used from Flickr under the Creative Commons license.

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Thumbnail image for 2709595374_d35c53dbfe_b.jpgBoris Johnson clearly had something to celebrate on Twitter yesterday.

Under his MayorofLondon moniker he wrote:

Crossrail is an unstoppable force. Thanks a billion to the European Investment Bank! #TfL #London http://bit.ly/17zAIL

So we’ve been wondering in the office if this means he will step back from using his planning powers to force Tower Hamlets to reconsider its decision to reject Commercial Estates Group‘s 63-storey Columbus Tower in Canary Wharf, E14.

Johnson called in the decision last week because it “would deliver a significant contribution to Crossrail”. EGi subscribers can read last week’s story here. Well, it certainly one way to decide tomorrow’s skyline.

Image is by Dr. Progoganda used from Flickr under the Creative Commons license.

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1950 [1940] Hrs GMT  London Friday  05 March 2010 Editor © Muhammad Haque.  Khoodeelaar! Evidentially contextually commenting on the itv LONDON tonight report on Boris Johnson’s traceable utterances of confusion, contradiction and callousness about an altogether new airport in LONDON. The fact that even itv LONDON programme could decide to report on Boris Johnson showing his collected contradictions proved once again that Boris Johnson’s judgement was not there at all.. Which is a serious worry. The package included the bit, which they replayed for effect in which Boris Johnson was clearly confused. He said  ‘estuary’ when he meant ‘airport’.  Was it the result of nerves? Was it something even more serious? Yet the ready-made placeman on ‘LONDON affairs’, Tony Travers of the LONDON trading stall at the LONDON school of economics, had no doubts whatever. Filmed as literally standing on a LONDON  pavement, Tony Travers gave his ‘words of wisdom’ on the confused state of Boris Johnson’s mind..  To  Tony Travers, Boris was the man with the powers. And effectively there was nothing out of order in his contradictions, confusion and callousness as shown. It was Boris with the mandate from the electros of LONDON, uttered Tony Travers. . So that was all right then!!. Traverse contrasted the ‘more important’ [or did he mean the only important politician in then shown equation] Boris Johnson  as compared to UK con party leader David Cameron who paled into insignificance as an MP from a single, out of LONDON, constituency!  Perhaps traverse had read the report of the day [Friday 05 march 2010]  that had suggested that David Cameron’s personal rating in the polls done in marginal seats had dropped in the past few days. So Travers was on ‘safe’ territory. Until he was ‘consulted’ by LONDON  ‘mainstream media newsrooms’ to opine of the great matters of the perceptions of personalities. Travers has a track record of idiocy peddled as ‘expertise’. It goes back o his participation in fraudulent bidding for academic respectability at the expense of inner city east end of LONDON.  The fact that Travers is dug out of his lousy hole so frequently by both ITV and the BBC [and in the last years  of Ken Livingstone at the onion in LONDON  SE1 by the LONDON EVENING nostandards’ STANDARD] shows the poverty of thought on the parts of those who occupy  the spaces and the slots of ‘news’ and ‘comment’ in the name of the people of London.  Tony Travers had paraded the lies for crossrail in interminable numbers of ‘appearances’ on both broadcast and print ‘media’ in London for years. Then suddenly, without any sign of any care for rigour or evidence, he changed tack and started to echo what we had been saying all along. He did that when he discovered  that the genuine students of the UK economy were joining the school created by the campaigning daily diagnostics of Khoodeelaar!  No to “MIC Big Business agenda scam Crossrail” campaign over the previously five years [THAT is 2004 to 2008. It was in 2008 that Tony Travers showed public signs of changing his ‘expertise’ on Crossrail]. That was in 2008. Travers’ travesties have continued with his utterly idiotic lines uttered tonight on ITV London Tonight peddling Boris Johnson. It is only a matter of time before he ‘untraceably’ [!!!!]  Assumes the opposite and ‘opines’ to echo what is bound to become the ‘norm’ in the not too distant future: that Boris Johns has been acting at odds with the requirements of office.  The demands of office, the responsibilities of office which he held in the name of the people of London and which warranted that he behaved with manifest care and attention and competence. Watch this space.

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2310 GMT London Saturday 09 January 2010. Editor © Muhammad Haque. Khoodeelaar! No to lying to the local people by the local Tower Hamlets Council. Scrap the lying. Scrap the lies. Scrap opportunistic ‘democracy’. Scrap that DUMBocracy. Reinstate local people’s say on the local Council. Tell us where the local people are getting locally created jobs. Show us why the MAJORITY of ‘school-leavers’ are going nowhere! Tell us where the ‘Crossrail benefits’ are in the borough! Tell us why the people of Whitechapel, Bethnal Green ‘south’ Stepney should put up with new attacks on their environment as caused by CRASSrail hole and tunnel and dirt and dirty diggers, polluters, noise-causers… tell us what is ‘achievement’ in pushing Tower Hamlets young people into lives of despondency, confusion, despair. Show why when there is no excuse over snow and cold, the schools in Tower Hamlets fail. Tell us what legacy has Christine Gilbert left in the borough that is acceptable when it is a legacy of lies and lying and deception… Scrap the lies. Scrap ‘East End Lies’……!!!!!!!!!  [To be continued ]

  • 1815 Hrs GMT London Sunday 03 January 2010: Editor © Muhammad Haque. KHOODEELAAR! TOLD YOU SO!  Earlier this morning. And early this  morning. We did so to put on the record our view that there was no difference between the two ‘main’ Parties in Britain when it came to economic policy. We have done this on the evidence of the latest utterances and exhibitions by the two Parties’ designated mouthpieces. In the case of the UK Con Party it was David Cameron. In the case of the Gordon Brown-fronted Blaired Party [that had been known as the ‘Labour Party’] it was Ben Badshow [Oops, Ben BRADSHAW] who did the spouting and the uttering. And what utter untruthfulness they both uttered! These time-servers, Cameron and Bradshaw are not mechanical robots. They possess faculties of rational thinking. At least that is what it says on the label. MPs! But they both parrot. Who? They parrot their true bosses, Big Business . There is thus no prospect of democratic accountability to the UK public emerging in the ‘New Year’ for Government decisions. Or for decisions that are made in the name of Government. Or for decisions that are made by the head of the Government as the spinmeisters decide he should do to keep up with the frenzied, the frenetic addiction to ‘politics and Government by latching forever onto catchy headlines’. So we find G Brown is flaunted by his ill-informed and ignorant propagandists today [Sunday 3 January 2010] as at once resembling a hard hat-wearing soldier [who has come out fighting, as the supplicatory, OTT-‘loyal’ Mirror group website has him this afternoon] while elsewhere on the propaganda sphere Gordon Brown is reported, again in the past 100 minutes or so, as having declared another plan involving spending worth £Billions. One full hundred billion Pounds  worth of expenditure!…There is no evidence on that showing that G Brown is on this planet Earth any more. Let alone that he is on the soil in Britain. Had he been in either place, he would have found that the UK GDP is a function of a maximum  capacity which is far smaller than these huge, gigantic sums would want and need it to be. Add up all the known active ‘economic’ variables for a given productive period and what do you find? You cannot even find productivity that matches a fraction of One hundred Billion Pounds worth of debt and liabilities…. In this trend of irrationality, imprudence reigns supreme and accordingly, wasteful, debts-amassing Crossrail will roll! All the way into the deep, deep hole of debt ands despondency…[To be continued

Retrieved from “The Globe and Mail” website at 0254 Hrs GMT London Weds 26 Nov 2014 for contextual evidential reference only – How Big Biz is bragging and boasting of its continuous conquest of the Tower Hamlets land!

November 26, 2014
Retrieved from “The Globe and Mail” website at 0254 Hrs GMT London Weds 26 Nov 2014 for contextual evidential reference only -

How Big Biz is bragging and boasting of its continuous conquest of the Tower Hamlets land!

The main developer of London’s expanding Canary Wharf district is the subject of a £2.2-billion takeover bid. (Toby Melville//REUTERS)

Brookfield among suitors lured by Canary Wharf’s new growth phase Add to …

Canary Wharf, the financial centre in east London’s old wastelands, is entering a new phase – one the project’s late Canadian founder, Paul Reichmann, would never have imagined.

A hint of Canary Wharf’s future can be found on the 39th floor of the development’s signature skyscraper, One Canada Square. It is stuffed not with bankers but with young men and women trying to invent the next killer app or software breakthrough. In the 1990s, this collection of 140 startups would have been called an Internet incubator and might have been housed in a decrepit warehouse. Today it’s a “technology accelerator” and their home is a pristine office space atop Britain’s second-tallest building.

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Songbird Estates PLC, the London company that controls the Canary Wharf development, has a vested interest in the success of the startups. It hopes they will gain traction and expand into Wood Wharf, the centrepiece of Canary Wharf’s next big expansion phase. For Canary Wharf, the future is not the monster banks courted by Mr. Reichmann. It’s small offices for small companies, and apartments that will see Europe’s premier financial centre evolve into a proper residential neighbourhood.

One residence, called the Newfoundland tower, will rise 58-storeys and contain about 600 apartments.

“To cater for future demand, we are now looking at residential development and commercial buildings specifically designed for London’s burgeoning TMT sector,” said John Garword, Canary Wharf’s company secretary and legal counsel, referring to the technology, media and telecom industries.The expansion will see Canary Wharf add 11-million square feet of commercial and residential space, most of which will be built in the next decade.

The heady growth might be why the Qatar Investment Authority and Brookfield Property Partners, the real estate arm of Toronto’sBrookfield Asset Management Inc., made a £2.2-billion ($3.89-billion) takeover bid for Songbird in early November. It is also why Songbird rejected the bid.

Songbird chairman David Pritchard said the 295 pence-a-share Qatari-Brookfield bid, pitched at a discount to net asset value (NAV), “significantly undervalues” Songbird and its development pipeline. Analysts Miranda Cockburn and John Cahill of Oriel Securities said “we agree that 295p is too low given the potential of Canary Wharf.” Songbird should have a December, 2014 NAV of 352 pence a share, they said, and they could “comfortably justify” 400 pence given the company’s growth prospects.

Under British takeover rules, the bidders have until Dec. 4 to make a new offer. Brookfield declined to comment.

Songbird and Canary Wharf have a fearsomely complicated shareholder structure and one of the biggest investors, Simon Glick, the secretive diamond trader who was close to Mr. Reichmann, seems to have deep affection for Canary Wharf. Mr. Glick, 66, and his father Louis backed the project from the beginning. Mr. Glick is known as a long-term investor, not a flip artist, and unless he sells, Songbird might be takeover proof. His New York office declined to comments about his plans.

A new offer for Songbird will have to please a lot of investors. The Qataris already own nearly 29 per cent of Songbird, which is not nearly enough to put them over the hump. Mr. Glick is the second-biggest shareholder, with 26 per cent. Farther down on the ownership pile are China Investment Corp., with almost 16 per cent, and Morgan Stanley, with 8.5 per cent. A smattering of funds and public shareholders owns the rest of the thinly traded stock.

Brookfield is in the basement. It has no ownership at the Songbird level; instead it owns 22 per cent of the subsidiary – Canary Wharf Group itself. Songbird owns nearly 70 per cent. Oriel Securities says the messy ownership helps to explain why the shares have always traded at a discount to NAV. It also explains why Brookfield is keen to end its position of powerless ownership and nab control. Brookfield did not use passive slivers of equity to build a managed asset portfolio worth US$192-billion at last count.

To call Canary Wharf a great success would be an exaggeration even though the development is now profitable, 97 per cent occupied and alive with restaurants and expensive shops that sell everything from rare scotch to Italian shoes. The project’s roller-coaster history has shown that is highly vulnerable to property downturns, the whims of politicians and the outsized egos of developers.

In the 1980s, the area, known as Tower Hamlets, was full of decaying docks that had been attacked by the Luftwaffe in the Second World War. Paul Reichmann, whose Olympia & York Developments had built First Canadian Place in Toronto and Manhattan’s World Financial Center, fastened onto the 83-acre site with the encouragement of Maggie Thatcher. They envisioned Canary Warf as the symbol of new Britain’s free-wheeling capitalist economy and Mr. Reichmann embarked on what was then the world’s biggest office development.

Howard Dawber, strategic adviser to Canary Wharf, remembers Mr. Reichmann fighting an uphill battle from the beginning. At a ground-breaking ceremony in 1987, a local stevedore named Peter Wade, who didn’t like the idea of towers replacing docks, released a herd of sheep into the VIP gathering and threw in a few bee hives for added fun.“Reichmann was smart,” Mr. Dawber says. “He met with Peter Wade, offered him a job and made him the first head of public affairs.”

Eventually, Canary Wharf’s relatively low rents and massive, purpose-built trading floors with double-backup power systems attracted some of the biggest names in banking, including Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Lehman Bros. But by 1992, both O&Y and Canary Wharf fell victim to the recession, the global property glut and the massive debt used to finance Mr. Reichmann’s build-it-and-they-will-come vision. Crucially, Canary Wharf also suffered because it lacked adequate subway and light-rail connections.

In 1995, with the help of the Glick family and other investors, Mr. Reichmann regained control of Canary Wharf, only to lose it again less than a decade later, when a Morgan-Stanley-led consortium took control of Songbird. Mr. Glick went with Morgan Stanley, leaving Mr. Reichmann out in the cold. At the time, Mr. Reichmann in a rare interview told Property Week magazine that he did not feel bitter towards Mr. Glick. “Simon Glick invested with me in Canary Wharf, but I took it as a matter of course that Simon’s family’s interest should be his priority,” he said. “And he got a deal from Morgan Stanley that would have been impossible to get from anyone else.”

By then, Canary Wharf could be judged a success, thanks in good part to billions of pounds of tax waivers and the extension of the Jubilee subway line to the development. It took another hit during the 2008 financial crisis, when Lehman vanished. Its new strategy recognizes that growth will no longer come from the big banks even as it prays the banks it has will stay put.

Canary Wharf will get another boost in 2018, when the £15-billion east-west Crossrail project is completed. The new train system will allow travellers to reach Canary Wharf from Heathrow airport in 40 minutes. By then, Canary Wharf’s status as Europe’s premier commercial megaproject should be assured, barring a banking meltdown. The question is whether Brookfield, with Qataris at its side, will make it a “Canadian” development once again.

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0942 GMT London Tuesday 25 November 2014 retrieved from Local Government Chronicle website – “NHS England is acting unlawfully by failing to properly involve and inform patients about its primary care commissioning decisions, a High Court judge has said.”

November 25, 2014

NHS England primary care decisions ‘unlawful’, High Court rules

NHS England is acting unlawfully by failing to properly involve and inform patients about its primary care commissioning decisions, a High Court judge has said.

In a ruling with wide ranging implications for the commissioning body, Justice Popplewell last week found NHS England had and continued to flout key sections of the NHS Act.

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Lawyers said NHS England could now face legal challenges over its historic decisions about primary commissioning

These require commissioners to ensure individual patients are consulted or informed about the “development and consideration” of decisions about or changes to primary care where they affect health services they might use.

The lawyers who brought the case claim NHS England could now face legal challenges over its historic decisions about primary commissioning.

According to court papers seen by LGC’s sister title Health Service Journal,Justice Popplewell declared that NHS England “has acted unlawfully by reason of its failure to make arrangements for the involvement of patients in primary care commissioning decisions as required by the National Health Service Act 2006”.

The case was bought by lawyers from Leigh Day on behalf of Danny Currie, a patient registered at the Jubilee Street practice in Tower Hamlets, which was threatened with closure after NHS England scrapped the minimum practice income guarantee.

Although the commissioning body later agreed a two year funding agreement for the practice, lawyers for Leigh Day argued that patients such as Mr Currie should be involved in any decision that affected services they used.

Richard Stein, a partner at Leigh Day, said the judge’s declaration “confirms that NHS England will be taking decisions about dealing with GP practices and the sector every day which are in fact unlawful until they put proper arrangements in place as they are required by law”.

“It is shocking that the body responsible nationally for producing guidance for other bodies to carry out these obligations haven’t done so themselves.”

Mr Stein said the declaration could mean that patients would have to be involved in discussions on changes to the GP contract, which are currently being held between NHS England and the British Medical Association.

According to the court papers, NHS England conceded it had acted unlawfully, telling the court it was “taking active steps to bring itself into compliance with this duty”.

NHS England has yet to respond.

© Muhammad Haque Picture NO TO APARTHEID HOUSING in East London Police and Protesters standing very close during this evening’s demo against Apartheid Doors at One Commercial Street London E1 (Aldgate East) Picture taken 1843 GMT Posted online 2142 GMT Wednesday 19 Nov 2014

November 19, 2014

© Muhammad Haque Picture
NO TO APARTHEID HOUSING
in East London
Police and Protesters standing
very close during this evening’s
demo against Apartheid Doors
at One Commercial Street

© Muhammad Haque Picture NO TO APARTHEID HOUSING in East London
London E1 (Aldgate East)
Picture taken 1843 GMT
Posted online 2142 GMT
Wednesday 19 Nov 2014

LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHRONICLE ++++BREAKING: Tower Hamlets accepts intervention package 18 November, 2014 | By David Paine Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman is to accept the intervention package put forward by communities secretary Eric

November 18, 2014

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Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman is to accept the intervention package put forward by communities secretary Eric Pickles, LGC has learned.

Mr Pickles announced plans this month to impose three commissioners on the local authority after an independent report by accountancy firm PwC identified governance problems and a “failure to comply” with best value duties, including the way in which grants worth £407,700 were awarded and the way property had been sold. LGC understands Mayor Rahman (Tower Hamlets First) is willing to accept and “welcome” the commissioners as long as the solutions they offer are “proportionate and workable”.

Mayor Rahman is understood to view the prospect of having commissioners in place until 31 March 2017 as “excessive”. There are concerns at the authority about whether the commissioners will have the power to veto appointments to key leadership positions and stop funding streams to certain voluntary groups, which Mr Rahman believes could have a negative impact on the voluntary sector.

The mayor is also said to be concerned that the commissioners could have an adverse impact on the market if they prevent property sales. There is also a concern that the commissioners will widen the scope beyond their remit. Mr Pickles gave Tower Hamlets a two-week deadline to accept or reject his intervention package and the council left it until late on Tuesday, the end of the that period, to respond.

At the time of the announcement, Mr Rahman acknowledged the PwC report highlighted “flaws in processes”, which he said were “regrettable”. Mr Pickles said two weeks ago that if Tower Hamlets accepted his intervention package he would appoint three commissioners, one of which would have “extensive experience of election law”, to oversee the permanent appointment of a chief executive, a monitoring officer and a section 151 officer.

The commissioners will also oversee the awarding of grants and property sales. They will report to the secretary of state on a six-monthly basis. Tower Hamlets, along with the commissioners, will now be asked to draw up an agreed action plan to secure the councils’ “future compliance with the best value duty” within the next three months.

1946 GMT London Friday 14 Nov 2014 KHOODEELAAR! Action citing the London Evening Standard website item by Robin de Peyer headlined “High Court throws out Lutfur Rahman challenge to government intervention in Tower Hamlets Controversial: Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman”

November 14, 2014

High Court throws out Lutfur Rahman challenge to government intervention in Tower Hamlets

Controversial: Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman
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Published: 14 November 2014 Updated: 17:39, 14 November 2014
A High Court judge has thrown out a second legal challenge to the government’s moves to send a takeover squad in to run Tower Hamlets council.

In a fresh blow to the borough’s controversial Mayor, Lutfur Rahman, a judge blocked a judicial review against the unusual step ordered by cabinet minister Eric Pickles.

Tower Hamlets council launched the review when the government appointed external inspectors to report on Tower Hamlets amid allegations of “mismanagement of public money”.
At an earlier High Court hearing in August a judge branded the application “hopeless” – but Tower Hamlets pressed ahead anyway.

And today the challenge was dismissed by a second judge at the High Court.

Local government minister Kris Hopkins said the challenge was typical of a “culture of denial” in Mr Rahman’s administration.

“We are pleased that the courts have thrown out Tower Hamlets’ legal challenge for a second time,” he said.

“However, it is disappointing that local taxpayers are having to foot the bill for the Mayor’s legal costs. This reflects a culture of denial in the local authority about the dysfunctional governance of the mayor’s administration.”

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It comes after communities secretary Eric Pickles announced plans to send in a takeover squad to run many of the functions of Tower Hamlets council after a bombshell report found it flouted spending rules over millions of pounds in grants and property sales.

Mr Pickles branded Tower Hamlets a “rotten borough” where there was evidence of “cronyism” and “corruption”.

Mr Rahman – who is Britain’s first directly elected Muslim Mayor – now says the council is “fully engaged” with cooperating with the government’s plans.

“Our case challenged the £1m cost of the audit and raises fundamental questions about the legal relationship between local and central government,” he said.

“We are disappointed that the judge refused permission for us to proceed to a full Judicial Review hearing. We are now fully engaged with responding to the Secretary of State’s proposals and will continue to do all we can to ensure that our residents interests come first.”

Eric Pickles “vs” George Galloway! Galloway’s RETURN to East London!

November 12, 2014

Eric Pickles “vs” George Galloway! Galloway’s RETURN to East London!
©VOTERS2014 | 12.11.2014 17:14 | Analysis | Indymedia | Social Struggles | London | World

Eric Pickles is featured more than once about the “rotten borough” of Tower Hamlets, London in the next issue of “Private Eye” (Issue 1379) (dated 14 Nov to 27 Nov 2014). Does the “Private Eye” coverage take the “crisis” to any resolution?

Eric Pickles is featured more than once about the “rotten borough” of Tower Hamlets, London in the next issue of “Private Eye” (Issue 1379) (dated 14 Nov to 27 Nov 2014)
Eric Pickles is featured more than once about the “rotten borough” of Tower Hamlets, London in the next issue of “Private Eye” (Issue 1379) (dated 14 Nov to 27 Nov 2014).
Does the “Private Eye” coverage take the “crisis” to any resolution? The Community in the Borough are not impressed by either Pickles or by his vaunted PR adversaries in the personages of G Galloway and Ken Livingstone, due to appear in the Mile End Road in the next 55 minutes, apparently in defence of the local Council’s “mayor”.
The local Community is not impressed for the simple reason that neither Mr Pickles nor his stated opponents not have shown much respect for the Community’s views!
They (Pickles, Galloway et al) are in their own ways trying to appeal to the Community for heir own agendas
This is why a new grassroots Campaign has been launched this evening (Weds 12 Nov 2014) in Tower Hamlets called VOTERS

Here are its modest aims

VOTERS Spelled out -
Voice
Of the Community in
Tower Hamlets in
East London asserting the
Right to democratic fair and ethical
Services from those seeking or getting our votes!
©VOTERS2014

1723 GMT 1716 GMT VOTERS Campaign launch news- Indymedia post heading includes Eric Pickles & G Galloway”

November 12, 2014
  1. 1716 GMT VOTERS Campaign launch news- Indymedia post heading includes Eric Pickles & G Galloway”
  2. https://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2014/11/518673.html

1721 GMT “VOTERS” in Tower Hamlets are NOT backing George Galloway tonight!

November 12, 2014

Eric Pickles “vs” George Galloway! Galloway’s RETURN to East London!
©VOTERS2014 | 12.11.2014 17:14 | Analysis | Indymedia | Social Struggles | London | World
Eric Pickles is featured more than once about the “rotten borough” of Tower Hamlets, London in the next issue of “Private Eye” (Issue 1379) (dated 14 Nov to 27 Nov 2014). Does the “Private Eye” coverage take the “crisis” to any resolution?

Eric Pickles is featured more than once about the “rotten borough” of Tower Hamlets, London in the next issue of “Private Eye” (Issue 1379) (dated 14 Nov to 27 Nov 2014)
Eric Pickles is featured more than once about the “rotten borough” of Tower Hamlets, London in the next issue of “Private Eye” (Issue 1379) (dated 14 Nov to 27 Nov 2014).
Does the “Private Eye” coverage take the “crisis” to any resolution? The Community in the Borough are not impressed by either Pickles or by his vaunted PR adversaries in the personages of G Galloway and Ken Livingstone, due to appear in the Mile End Road in the next 55 minutes, apparently in defence of the local Council’s “mayor”.
The local Community is not impressed for the simple reason that neither Mr Pickles nor his stated opponents not have shown much respect for the Community’s views!
They (Pickles, Galloway et al) are in their own ways trying to appeal to the Community for heir own agendas
This is why a new grassroots Campaign has been launched this evening (Weds 12 Nov 2014) in Tower Hamlets called VOTERS

Here are its modest aims

VOTERS Spelled out -
Voice
Of the Community in
Tower Hamlets in
East London asserting the
Right to democratic fair and ethical
Services from those seeking or getting our votes!
©VOTERS2014
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1540 Hrs GMT London Wednesday 12 November 2014 – KHOODEELAAR! Campaign Defending the Community is again having to defend basic journalistic standards as we are faced with no alternative but to point to and correct the Ignorant, racist and corrupt “East London Idiotiser” which has posted (time 1158 Hrs today) this (texts quoted below) “news item,” that has even got the name of the venue, the location of the venue fatally wrong – wrong- wrong! There is no pub called the “Water Lillie”. The name is not Water Lillie either. It is Water Lily as in the Bangladesh National Symbol – the Bangla word being Shapla, which translates to waterlily in English! The Seelotee language word is Vett. The OVERWHELMING majority of Bangladeshis in the UK and in Tower Hamlets speak, think in and communicate Seelotee. Shapla is an imposed word as well in this linguistic, social and cultural context. The venue of the “left” collection in the name of “save Lutfur Rahman” is being staged by quite a few belonging to the same “affiliations” (all trading and running their operations “left” banners) who had gathered very much in the same street 10 years ago to “launch” the bid to let Galloway have a platform after his ouster by Bliar. That venue was the “Genesis” in the same Mile End Road only a few doors down east from the “waterlilly”. The Waterlilly Mile End Road London E1. The same building was known for ages as The Wickham House and was renamed the Waterlilly following the “transfer of ownership”. It has undergone a number of dodgy change of ‘owner’ confections and contrivances. More on that in due course . For the last few years, it has been used as a venue for meetings, many held by Bangladeshi groups. And as a venue for weddings, a thriving business! That the “East London Idiotiser” got the name, the location so wrong merely serves to reinforce our assertion that it is also a deeply crass and racist outlet. As for the “left” leaflet we have used here to illustrate the analysis, we have more to say to denounce their racist lying and corrupt plugging of their “solidarity” which is as toxic as the venomous plugs given to the racist programme fronted by Eric the Pickles. [To be continued]

November 12, 2014

1540 Hrs GMT London Wednesday 12 November 2014 -
KHOODEELAAR! Campaign Defending the Community is again having to defend basic journalistic standards as we are faced with no alternative but to point to and correct the Ignorant, racist and corrupt “East London Idiotiser” which has posted (time 1158 Hrs today) this (texts quoted below) “news item,” that has even got the name of the venue, the location of the venue fatally wrong – wrong- wrong!
There is no pub called the “Water Lillie”.
The name is not Water Lillie either.
It is Water Lily as in the Bangladesh National Symbol – the Bangla word being Shapla, which translates to waterlily in English! The Seelotee language word is Vett.
The OVERWHELMING majority of Bangladeshis in the UK and in Tower Hamlets speak, think in and communicate Seelotee.
Shapla is an imposed word as well in this linguistic, social and cultural context.
The venue of the “left” collection in the name of “save Lutfur Rahman” is being staged by quite a few belonging to the same “affiliations” (all trading and running their operations “left” banners) who had gathered very much in the same street 10 years ago to “launch” the bid to let Galloway have a platform after his ouster by Bliar.
That venue was the “Genesis” in the same Mile End Road only a few doors down east from the “waterlilly”.
The Waterlilly Mile End Road London E1.
The same building was known for ages as The Wickham House and was renamed the Waterlilly following the “transfer of ownership”.
It has undergone a number of dodgy change of ‘owner’ confections and contrivances. More on that in due course .
For the last few years, it has been used as a venue for meetings, many held by Bangladeshi groups.
And as a venue for weddings, a thriving business!
That the “East London Idiotiser” got the name, the location so wrong merely serves to reinforce our assertion that it is also a deeply crass and racist outlet.
As for the “left” leaflet we have used here to illustrate the analysis, we have more to say to denounce their racist lying and corrupt plugging of their “solidarity” which is as toxic as the venomous plugs given to the racist programme fronted by Eric the Pickles.
[To be continued]

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Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman staging rally in last-ditch battle with Eric Pickles

11:56 12 November 2014Mike Brooke

Embattled

Mayor Rahman [left] and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles
Embattled Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman holds a protest rally tonight in London’s East End in his fight against Communities State Secretary Eric Pickles.

Comment
He is rallying support against the move announced in Parliament last week ordering government commissioners to take over his £1.2 million Town Hall budget after auditors found it failed to provide “value for money.”

Joining Mayor Rahman at the Water Lillie pub in Spitalfields are Respect’s radical MP George Galloway and former London Mayor Ken Livingstone.

He has circulated a “defence” appeal through social media claiming a witch-hunt is being waged against him while local democracy was being “undermined”.

Rahman’s message says: “You may have heard that despite Pickles’ sending in the attack dogs, the report he ordered found no fraud or corruption in Tower Hamlets.

“He has seized on any flimsy excuse to shut down the 37,395 voices that voted for Mayor Rahman and for a council that stands up to the cuts.”

The Communities Secretary’s move to send in commissioners, announced in the Commons on November 4, came after a PricewaterhouseCoopers report into Tower Hamlets funding declared a “dysfunctional” administration.

Three commissioners are now overseeing and exercising council budget powers and are reporting directly to Pickles. Their powers over the next three years include allocating grants, hiring and firing staff, sales of public property and council publicity.

The Labour majority Opposition on the council has called for the mayor to step down.

Tonight’s rally aims to shore up his tenure as directly-elected mayor with his executive powers over one of the country’s biggest local authority budgets.

Keywords: Eric Pickles Lutfur Rahman London Tower Hamlets

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1258 [1234] GMT London Weds 12 November 2014: The KHOODEELAAR! Action Defending the Community by Defending Ethics, Morality and Evidence. Contextual diagnosis of ‘Private Eye’ and its racist role in corrupting Society and undermining democracy. When it comes to reporting against racism, Private Eye has NEVER been any good at all .And this view is held by our Movement that has been in existence throughout the entirety of the magazine’s life, so far. The terrible thing that Auberon Waugh had warned about when Ian ******* was made “editor” [in the 1980s] has happened and no title in Fleet Street has shown any courage to expose the racist, corrupting, antidemocratic role that Ian ******* has been operating via the magazine. The STARKEST example on racism is the absence of Private Eye from the records about the Stephen Lawrence Investigation which are uniquely held by the Daily Mail! A billion ironies there! [To be continued]

November 12, 2014

Contextual diagnosis of ‘Private Eye’
and its racist role in corrupting
Society and undermining democracy.

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1258 [1234] GMT London Weds 12 November 2014:

The KHOODEELAAR! Action Defending the Community by Defending Ethics, Morality and Evidence.

Contextual diagnosis of ‘Private Eye’

and its racist role in corrupting

Society and undermining democracy.

When it comes to reporting against racism, Private Eye has NEVER been any good at all .And this view is held by our Movement that has been in existence throughout the entirety

of the magazine’s life, so far.

The terrible thing that Auberon Waugh had warned about when Ian *******

was made “editor”  [in the 1980s] has happened and no title in Fleet Street has shown any courage to expose the racist, corrupting, antidemocratic role that Ian ******* has been operating via the magazine.

The STARKEST example on racism is the absence of Private Eye from the records about the Stephen Lawrence Investigation which are uniquely held by the Daily Mail! A billion ironies there!

[To be continued]


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