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

KHOODEELAAR! Stood up to Big Biz stooges in the UK Houses of Parliament and articulated the Community’s defence against the Big Biz plot as contained in the Crossrail hole ……CONTEXTUALLY re-citing the KHOODEELAAR! Action Report published on 13 June 2006. DEFENDING the Community in the East End of London

April 24, 2014

0346 GMT
CONTEXTUALLY re-citing the KHOODEELAAR! Action Report published on 13 June 2006.

DEFENDING the Community in the East End of London

As the House of Commons ‘Select committee’ on the ‘Crossrail Bill’ hears formal presentation of objections from several individuals and local groups in the Brick Lane and Whitechapel area in the Portcullis House, in Westminster, London SW1 starting at 1000 Hrs [0900 GMT] today [13 June 2006], the Khoodeelaar! Campaign is gearing up its pressure on the ‘new’ Tower Hamlets Council, which has been the single most culpable ‘democratic entity’ that has touted against the local community and has brought upon the Eats End the massive threat of the Crossrail attacks. The only democratic and constitutional defence of the community should have been a democratically elected body, the local council! Instead, it is the grassroots community based Khoodeelaar! That has had to be established to defend the community against the treachery and betrayal of the Blaired local council! The battle continues!

© Muhammad Haque/Khoodeelaar/CBRUK/LAWMEDIA 2006

No to CrossRail-hole Tower Hamlets Council programme Tues 13 June
Khoodeelaar publishes second Motion for the full Council meeting on June 21
On Monday 12 June 2006, Khoodeelaar! The Brick Land and Whitechapel London E1 Area campaign against the Crossrail hole Council delivered the first of a new series of Open Letters to Tower Hamlets councillors. They also included the texts of a draft motion for the full meeting of Tower Hamlets Council scheduled to be held on 21 June 2006. 
The demand for Tower Hamlets Council to Say No to CrossRail is the continuation of the demand made by the Khoodeelaar! campaign meeting held on 22 January 2006 which was supported by more than 1000 people who turned up to back the campaign against the CrossRail attack on the Brick Lane London E1 area. 
Today’s Khoodeelaar! Campaign activities also include the publication of the latest Khoodeelaar! exposé of the Crossrail-hole-plot backing controlling clique on Tower Hamlets Council – and an updated analysis of that clique’s lies for Crossrail as confirmed before the ‘select committee’ on the ‘Crossrail Bill’. 
• The Khoodeelaar! Letter to Tower Hamlets Councillors being published today [Tuesday 13 June 2006] will include the following legal and constitutional points:- 
• That Khoodeelaar! will take individual councillors to court – when the series of court actions is commenced as soon as possible after the conclusion of the current formal meetings of the ‘House of Commons Crossrail Bill select committee – and that the key ground against the particular councillors will be their roles in either misleading the community or making misleading communications or comments or statements to or about the community and for the CrossRail hole plan scheme project Bill
a. b. That Khoodeelaar! will support and where necessary initiate the full and comprehensive investigation of electoral fraud and offences that might have been committed at the 4 May 2006 elections. 
The idea behind the Khoodeelaar! campaign has been a deeply moral and a highly constitutional one – to apply all the known and commonly perceived concepts of democratic representation by causing all holders of public office in the locality to acknowledge their duties in context and to actively engage in delivering the representation that they are in office to deliver. 
In the campaign activities focussing on the Crossrail hole-inviting Tower Hamlets Council, we are today publishing details of the meeting of the Council ‘cabinet’ held on 6 October 2004. 
That meeting was observed by over fifteen members of the various local groups opposed to the Crossrail hole plan. During that meeting, the then chair of Tower Hamlets Council’s regeneration committee or the ‘lead member’ for ‘regeneration’ made a number of statements that were described by the CBRUK Central Executive council as misleading. 
CBRUK Central wrote to the Council’s chief executive Christine Gilbert putting on the record the organisation’s objections to the statements and role of Michael Keith. Christine Gilbert took her time ands did not reply until late in October 2004. When she did reply, she claimed that the interpretation by CBRUK Central of Michael Keith’s statement/s had been inaccurate. 
She asserted that she knew because she was present at the meeting concerned and that she also had seen the minutes of the meeting. When Cbrukcentral asked Gilbert to let them have a copy of the alleged version of the alleged minutes, Gilbert failed to deliver. That failure was not exceptional. 
Throughout her time in the post of chief executive – a post she occupied after being eased into it by Michael Keith who had played a decisive role in Gilbert’s appointment to the post for which a better candidate was rejected – Gilbert persistently defied the democratic requirements and let the community stay in the dark about all crucial decisions that he took for the controlling clique. Of all the damaging acts, her role in prompting the Crossrail hole attack on the East End has been the most far-reaching one confirming the Big Business and City of London agenda to uproot the community out of its home and to make the East End ready for takeover
…The Khoodeelaar! movement is here to help defeat that assault and betrayal.

DEFENDING the Community in the East End of London. The Morass that is the corrupt controlling clique in Tower Hamlets is undermining the widest extents and details and ranges of the ordinary people in the East End of London, in the Borough of Tower Hamlets. That is being undermined by the silence of the corrupted cabals that have been funded by successive opportunists in order to acquire short term gains and advantage. Silence of the “Bengali” “community” “leaders” in the weeks of British Media reports about Tower Hamlets Council and the Borough: How long will the latest lies “work”?

April 21, 2014

2350 Hrs  GMT London Monday 21 April 2014. 

DEFENDING the Community in the East End of London. The Morass that is the corrupt controlling clique in Tower Hamlets is undermining the widest extents and details and ranges of the ordinary people in the East End of London, in the Borough of Tower Hamlets. That is being undermined by the silence of the corrupted cabals that have been funded by successive opportunists  in order to acquire short term gains and advantage. Silence of the “Bengali” “community” “leaders” in the weeks of British Media reports about Tower Hamlets Council and the Borough: How long will the latest lies “work”?

It is a silence that is intriguing.

To put it most mildly.

Yet it is and has been inevitable.

Why?

For a start, there is NO Bengali Community in Tower Hamlets.

What there has been – and is – is a Bangladeshi one.

And the Bangladeshis are without a doubt Seelotee speakers.

So it is a Seelotee Bangladeshi community.

In the UK.

As in the inner London areas of Tower Hamlets, Newham.

Those whose mother tongue may not be Seelotee to begin with get to use  Seelotee 

in due course.

Seelotee (Sylhetti) is also the main language of the UK-wide Bangladeshis.

But these are only two of the key facts that the racists operating their craft

perpetrate.

To the racists, using platforms linked with Fleet Street, the idea of an independent Bangladeshi State remains anathema.

Contrary to the myths that the racists “sympathised” with Bangladesh in 1971.

Just why do racists in Britain persists in referring to Bangladeshis as Bengalis is directly linked with the racist empire line.

[To be continued]

Who destroyed Tower Hamlets? Here is a start on the Channel 4 Marketing programme for the City of London, as shown on Wednesday 16 April 2014 Part 1

April 19, 2014

 

 

Who destroyed Tower Hamlets? Here is a start on the Channel 4 Marketing programme for the City of London, as shown on Wednesday 16 April 2014 

 

Part 1 of the KHOODEELAAR! Campaign Diagnosis

 

 

How to Get a Council House; Party House – TV review

How do you get a council house? Sabrina and Lacey and Billie are desperate to know

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Tower Hamlets housing officer Brian in How to Get a Council House. Photograph: Richard Ansett/Channel 4

The explicit question is How to Get a Council House (Channel 4). The implicit subtitle is You Can’t, and we follow a selection of families as they try and fail. On paper, the requirements are difficult enough – you have to be on the waiting list for around a decade, or you have to have a bailiff’s notice in your hand, or you have to be on the streets. But that’s not quite enough, because there are thresholds for vulnerability even among the homeless, and you have to show that you’re more at risk than another homeless person. But it’s actually more difficult even than that.

Sabrina, a 30-year-old teaching assistant, had been on the waiting list for 12 years when a flat eventually came up – dinky, dead clean, pretty central and, at £150 a week, cheaper than anything she’ll find on the open market. But she still couldn’t afford it, and had to walk away with the housing officer staring, baffled, after, wondering what else she thinks she’s ever going to find. So the question underneath all that, at one point said out loud by a Tower Hamlets housing officer, is: can poor people afford to live in the centre of town? Especially the unemployed ones – what place do you have in a city, if you contribute nothing to its economy?

To make this point, there’s a succession of unemployed people, plus Sabrina, who I think was there as a devil’s advocate case study (but what about the people who aren’t unemployed? What about the people who do everything right, who don’t have children, who aren’t ill, who do nothing to dent their market value, who perform a social service, what happens when they can’t afford to live here? Who’s going to assist your teachers then? Never mind what can she afford, what can your city afford to lose?). But parking her …

Lacey was a single mother whose benefit cap made it impossible for her to stay in her flat. There was a time when she could have appeared on the telly as the right kind of poor person – married to a soldier, she could have been on Bake Off or in one of those programmes about choirs – but since she left her husband, no longer. Her situation, especially as she faces the prospect of having to move with the kids into a hostel or a B&B, is very affecting. She ties herself up trying to present it to her kids as fun, somewhere between a holiday and an adventure, and her acute young son asks her if they’re going to live among other people who are homeless. But it doesn’t really work on a human level. There’s a reason Cathy Come Home doesn’t have an arch young narrator doing a stupid voiceover. To really get under the skin of people in a desperately anxious situation, more creativity is needed. You can’t just do an audit of their monthly outgoings.

 

 

 

 

 

In the end, she doesn’t have to move into a B&B; the council finds her some emergency accommodation, a flat almost identical to the one she’s just been evicted from. She’ll be able to stay there until another flat that she can’t afford becomes available. Having adjusted her expectations down to near homelessness, she is utterly delighted.

Billie is a little more naive; pre-school twins and another child only a little bit older, she talks vaguely about getting a job once her youngest are at school, inviting the viewer to think things like, “Well, if you’re out of action for the next four years, can’t you do that in Wales?”

Ray, clean after years of various addictions, with a CV to match that series of events, is the only one who seems at all angry at this predicament; he’s also the only one who doesn’t eventually find anywhere and has to move city altogether. I guess the implication there is, know your place, povos. An identical flat to your current one, just as precarious, will only be found for the truly grateful. But maybe not – the real offence of this programme is all the obvious questions it doesn’t ask, all the well-known facts it doesn’t say. It calls the housing benefit bill “unsustainable” and never says this is because working people on minimum wage can’t afford their rent either. It says there’s a shortage of stock and never mentions that this is because councils were actively barred from building any by Margaret Thatcher. It’s like making a programme about global warming where you just follow polar bears around, saying “there really isn’t any food for them, here. Is it sustainable for them to still want to live in the Arctic?”

Moving on: someone said to me once that nobody over 30 would ever really understand “structured reality”, the Made in Chelsea-type shows in which real people behave artificially, but over time come to inhabit their artificial selves, so that, neither actor nor person, they become a third being, a kind of bought-in screen-bot. I offer that to you vis-à-vis Party House (E4). I don’t really get the point – load of young people, have parties. But I am over 30.

Who destroyed Tower Hamlets? Here is a start on the Channel 4 Marketing programme for the City of London, as shown on Wednesday 16 April 2014 -1

April 19, 2014

Tower Hamlets elections 22 May 2014. The search must continue to find integrity, honesty, reliability, trust among both the candidates as well as among their “backers”…..The Guardian carries proof that Mr Kenneth Livingstone is confused or is confusing the public. Earlier this month he endorsed Labour Party’s John Biggs. Today in a letter published online by the Guardian, he is saying, “Lutfur Rahman can stand on his record”. So who is Mr Livingstone backing today?

April 18, 2014

Tower Hamlets elections 22 May 2014. The search must continue to find integrity, honesty, reliability, trust among both the candidates as well as among their “backers”…..

The Guardian carries proof that Mr Kenneth Livingstone is confused or is confusing the public. Earlier this month he endorsed Labour Party’s John Biggs. Today in a letter published online by the Guardian, he is saying, “Lutfur Rahman can stand on his record”. So who is Mr Livingstone backing today?

On 09 April 2014, the eastlondonadvertsier.co.uk 

published a ‘news’ item saying this  from Ken Livingstone:  “I’m endorsing John Biggs for Mayor of Tower Hamlets.”

 

Former mayor of London Ken Livingstone has endorsed Labour candidate John Biggs for Mayor of Tower Hamlets in the May elections.

 

 
Ken Livingstone with Mayor Lutfur Rahman
Ken Livingstone with Mayor Lutfur Rahman

The announcement comes after a team of government-appointed auditors visited the Town Hall on Friday to launch an investigation into allegations of “mismanagement and fraud” at the council.

Last week, Mr Livingstone appeared on the BBC and defended Mayor Lutfur Rahman over a BBC Panorama report that prompted the investigation.

The endorsement of Mr Biggs marks a shift of allegiance from the former Labour Mayor of London, who campaigned for Lutfur Rahman when he was elected in 2010.

In a statement released today, he said: “John’s represented the most diverse constituency in Britain with integrity.

“He worked with me for the eight years I was mayor, throughout which I was impressed with his honesty, competence and ability to unite communities.

“I’m endorsing John Biggs for Mayor of Tower Hamlets.”

Mr Livingstone recently became an advisor for Mayor Rahman’s £900million regeneration of Whitechapel.

He campaigned for Lutfur Rahman in the 2010 mayoral election against his own party after Mr Rahman was deselected by Labour and ran as an independent.

 

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The GUARDIAN website said this on Thursday night:

Lutfur Rahman can stand on his record

We were not surprised that Scotland Yard concluded there was no evidence of fraud at Tower Hamlets council (Report, 17 April). Senior officers reached this conclusion after examining files handed over by communities secretary Eric Pickles following a Panorama programme condemned as having racial overtones, not least by a whistleblowing member of the production team. The programme alleged that directly elected mayor Lutfur Rahman was channelling disproportionate grant funding into Bengali-run organisations, but such organisations only received 8% of funding, despite these communities making up a third of the population. It called the mayor unaccountable, despite the fact he has answered more questions in council and attended more scrutiny committees than any other borough mayor.

It is no coincidence that Britain’s first and only black elected mayor has been the focus of endless accusation. None of the ensuing investigations has found evidence to substantiate the claims of a corrupt administration mired in Islamic extremism. But this has not stopped the allegations being repeated by rightwing journalists and irresponsible local politicians seeking electoral gain in running down the borough and a breakdown in community relations. Enough is enough. 

Tower Hamlets is a high-performing council, winning numerous national awards and accolades in recent years. Despite fighting unparalleled levels of deprivation, its school results are among the best in London. It has not closed a single library, youth club or children’s centre. It has reinstated the education maintenance allowance scrapped by the coalition, provided bursaries for poor university students and delivered more new homes than any other council nationwide.

The upcoming mayoral election should be fought on policy and not muckraking that threatens to do lasting damage to the community spirit on which this diverse borough prides itself.
Ken Livingstone, Simon Woolley Director, Operation Black Vote, Mohammad Taj President, TUC, Christine Shawcroft Labour party national executive, Steve Turner Assistant general secretary, Unite, Leon Silver President, East London Central Synagogue

GLASGOW DAILY RECORD

April 13, 2014

Barbara Driver storm: Tory councillor who shocked housing meeting with rape comment steps down

 

DRIVER, 77, stunned colleagues at a housing debate when she said “when rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it” – now she has confirmed she won’t be standing for re-election at next month’s elections.

SWNS

Barbara Driver

A TORY councillor who said “when rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it” during a housing debate has stepped down.

Former mayor of Cheltenham Barbara Driver has decided not to stand in the upcoming May elections as a result of her gaffe.

The 77-year-old – who last year lead a report looking at sexual exploitation -  stunned colleagues by using the phrase to describe how powerless planners are to control a housing development.

She said: “There is a saying and I am going to say it: When rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it.”

In a statement released last night, Councillor Driver said: “Following the controversy over a comment I made at a council meeting this week I write to inform you of my intention not to seek nomination as a candidate for the forthcoming local elections in May.

“Once again, I am truly sorry ?for the damage this thoughtless and inappropriate comment has caused and I believe the right thing to do at this stage is to step back from public life.”

Her comments were widely criticised by politicians and campaigners.

Karen Clarke, from the Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, said: “Making these comments, that have nothing to do with what she was talking about, is quite shocking.

“Rape has a devastating impact and there’s no possibility that anyone could ever lie back and enjoy it.

“When people in positions of power make throw away and flippant comments like this it perpetuates the myths around rape.

“Someone in a position of authority should know better. Apologies are not enough.”

Three official complaints have been made prompting the referral of the matter to the council’s monitoring officer who will consult with two independent advisors.

They will decide what action to take – and whether to refer the incident to the standards committee – within four weeks.

Speaking from her home on Friday Councillor Driver said: “Unfortunately it was wrong what I said.

“By no way do I condone rape – it is atrocious.

“I was trying to put across – badly I will say – the fact of developers having not put much social and affordable housing in and the council saying

we can’t do anything about it.

“But I used a term that I had heard years ago without thinking.

“It was totally dreadful. it was done without thinking about the rape bit. I know that sounds silly.”

A Cheltenham Borough Council spokeswoman added: “The council has taken the matter seriously, as has Councillor Driver, and a full and sincerely apology has been issued to the mayor and copied to all councillors”.

From an anti-cuts Councillors’ blog: Protest against expulsions of anti-cuts cllrs Gill Kennett and Dean Kirk from the Labour Party

April 13, 2014

Protest against expulsions of anti-cuts cllrs Gill Kennett and Dean Kirk from the Labour Party

Posted on April 11, 2014 by Pete Radcliff
On Thursday, 10th April, Hull Labour Councillors Gill Kennett and Dean Kirk were notified by letter that they had been expelled from the Labour Party. Earlier they had been informed by their Labour Group that they had been indefinitely suspended from the Labour Group for not voting for cuts. Dean abstained, Gill voted against but both had been prominent in denouncing the cuts budget which will lead to the loss of approaching 500 jobs and the services they provide, as well as an increase in the Council Tax by 1.9%.

Since their election, Gill and Dean had consistently opposed the cuts in Hull’s jobs and services. Opposition to the cuts had been the policy of the Hull Labour Group in opposition, at the time that they were elected: Gill and Dean have been true to their electoral pledges, the Hull Labour Group has not! Instead the majority Labour Group has alienated the electorate and trade unions by doing little or nothing to challenge the cuts demanded of them by the Tory/ Lib Dem government.

Gill and Dean were allegedly expelled because they set up an Independent Labour Group on Hull Council . The letter of notification of their expulsion implied that they therefore supported another party than the Labour Party. But the Hull Independent Labour Group was merely established by Gill and Dean as they had been indefinitely suspended from the Labour Group. Having been excluded from the Labour Group, sharing the same outlook, they naturally needed to organise together on the council. No moves have been made by them to support candidates standing against Labour.

Gill told the campaign ‘We believe we stand in the best traditions of the Labour Party. It is our party. It is not a party which should be bringing devastation on the jobs and services, which our working class communities depend on.’

Much is made in Labour Groups about being united and being disciplined to the whips. Unity has usually been fought for and supported by socialists in the Labour movement. But unity to defend our communities – not unity that facilitates attacks, such as these cuts, on our communities. The cuts of councils like Hull are opposed widely not only in those communities but also within the Labour and trade union movement. Demanding unity in implementing cuts is only ‘unity of the graveyard’ – that will kill the Party as a voice for working class people.

That is why socialist Labour MPs in Parliament throughout its history have been forced to defy whips. Nye Bevan’s defied the whip in 1955 in opposition to nuclear armament; in 1983 35% of MPs defied a 3-line whip on the decision to go to war in Iraq; and most recently MPs defied the front bench decision to support the Tory’s benefit cap. Usually such defiance does not lead to serious disciplinary action, for fear by the Party leadership that it will cause worse division.

To now victimise socialists acting on their mandate and their principles is clearly provocative. It does damage to those trying to get a Labour vote from those opposed to cuts. It is a worrying indicator of how an incoming Labour government will treat those in its ranks who oppose austerity.

We call on all anti-cuts activists in their campaigns, trade unions and Labour Parties to propose motions against the expulsions of Cllr Kennett and Cllr Kirk, and demand that they be reversed.

Please pass on any motions of support for Gill and Dean to our email address as well as any personal messages of support for them. We will pass them on and with your permission publish them on this website.

At this time before the general election and the hoped-for defeat of the Tories and Lib Dems we must continue to oppose the destruction of our services and defend those like Gill and Dean who have held the ‘anti-cuts’ banner so high and so well in the Labour Party.

Solidarity with Gill Kennett and Dean Kirk!

 

On Thursday, 10th April,  Hull Labour Councillors Gill Kennett and Dean Kirk were notified by letter that they had been expelled from the Labour Party. Earlier they had been informed by their Labour Group that they had been indefinitely suspended from the Labour Group for not voting for cuts. Dean abstained, Gill voted against but both had been prominent in denouncing the cuts budget which will lead to the loss of approaching 500 jobs and the services they provide, as well as an increase in the Council Tax by 1.9%.

Since their election, Gill and Dean had consistently opposed the cuts in Hull’s jobs and services. Opposition to the cuts had been the policy of the Hull Labour Group in opposition, at the time that they were elected: Gill and Dean have been true to their electoral pledges, the Hull Labour Group has not!  Instead the majority Labour Group has alienated the electorate and trade unions by doing little or nothing to challenge the cuts demanded of them by the Tory/ Lib Dem government.

Gill and Dean were allegedly expelled because they set up an Independent Labour Group on Hull Council . The letter of notification of their expulsion implied that they therefore supported another party than the Labour Party. But the Hull Independent Labour Group was merely established by Gill and Dean as they had been indefinitely suspended from the Labour Group. Having been excluded from the Labour Group, sharing the same outlook, they naturally needed to organise together on the council. No moves have been made by them to support candidates standing against Labour.

Gill told the campaign ‘We believe we stand in the best traditions of the Labour Party. It is our party. It is not a party which should be bringing devastation on the jobs and services, which our working class communities depend on.’

Much is made in Labour Groups about being united and being disciplined to the whips. Unity has usually been fought for and supported by socialists in the Labour movement. But unity to defend our communities – not unity that facilitates attacks, such as these cuts, on our communities. The cuts of councils like Hull are opposed widely not only in those communities but also within the Labour and trade union movement. Demanding unity in implementing cuts is only ‘unity of the graveyard’ – that will kill the Party as a voice for working class people.

That is why socialist Labour MPs in Parliament throughout its history have been forced to defy whips. Nye Bevan’s defied the whip in 1955 in opposition to nuclear armament;  in 1983 35% of MPs defied a 3-line whip on the decision to go to war in Iraq; and most recently MPs defied the front bench decision to support the Tory’s benefit cap. Usually such defiance does not lead to serious disciplinary action, for fear by the Party leadership that it will cause worse division.

To now victimise socialists acting on their mandate and their principles is clearly provocative. It does damage to those trying to get a Labour vote from those opposed to cuts. It is a worrying indicator of how an incoming Labour government will treat those in its ranks who oppose austerity.

We call on all anti-cuts activists in their campaigns, trade unions and Labour Parties to propose motions against the expulsions of Cllr Kennett and Cllr Kirk, and demand that they be reversed.

Please pass on any motions of support for Gill and Dean to our email address as well as any personal messages of support for them. We will pass them on and with your permission publish them on this website.

At this time before the general election and the hoped-for defeat of the Tories and Lib Dems we must continue to oppose the destruction of our services and defend those like Gill and Dean who have held the ‘anti-cuts’ banner so high and so well in the Labour Party.

Solidarity with Gill Kennett and Dean Kirk!

1325 [1322] [1312] Hrs GMT London Wednesday 09 April 2014. Campaigning for an end to corruption in Government – centrally, regionally and locally: Our Exclusive diagnostic and coverage so far of the Maria Miller Scandal. Continuing from the time BEFORE this afternoon’s news that Miller had at last “quit as a Cabinet Minister”. Here is what had been being building up as a way of centrally mainstream Media d Rightwing Media joining Leftwing Media against Dave’s handling of the Miller scandal:

April 9, 2014

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Campaigning for an end to corruption in Government – centrally, regionally and locally:

Our Exclusive diagnostic and coverage so far of the Maria Miller Scandal.
Continuing from the time BEFORE this afternoon’s news that Miller had at last “quit as a Cabinet Minister”.
Here is what had been being building up as a way of centrally mainstream Media d Rightwing Media joining Leftwing Media against Dave’s handling of the Miller scandal:

In the SKY NEWS PRESS PREVEW on Tuesday 8 April 2014:

AADHIKAROnline the KHOODEELAAR! Campaign Defending the Community:
AADHIKAROnline transcript of theSKY NEWS PRESS REVIEW clip containing the SUN’s Political Editor Tim Newton-Dunn (Eton schooled) elaborating on why the SUN
has reported today (Wednesday 9 April 2014) the reporting by the COMMUNIST Morning Star on the Maria Miller scandal.
Excerpts:

Tom Newton-Dunn: The MORNING STAR, the one and only. And this is what the Government have done. With their handling of this story. They’ve managed to unite the SUN, the Daily Telegraph and the Mail .. Right-of-Centre Press with the MORNING STAR, the bastion of “Communism” 
SOUND of laughter by female voice/s
Tom Newton-Dunn (continuing): in this country. They’ve (Morning Star, being displayed by SKY NEWS) also got a very good exclusive.. tomorrow.. The Government (David Cameron., No 10 Downing Street) (has aborted) 61 different attempts to set up a “Maria Miller Must GO” petition on the Government website..There’s a little man – or woman- sitting at No 10 (Downing Street) pressing DELETE frantically all day long….”
[To be continued]

2318 [2305] [2258] Hrs GMT London Tuesday 08 April 2014 ANOTHER EXCLUSIVE © Muhammad Haque Ethical COMMENTARY! Maria Miller CONTINUES to fail to show respect to basic decent values.

April 8, 2014

2305 [2258] Hrs GMT London Tuesday 08 April 2014

ANOTHER EXCLUSIVE © Muhammad Haque Ethical COMMENTARY!

Maria Miller CONTINUES to fail to show respect to basic decent values.

 

So toxic has she become in this context that Smarmy “Dave” Cameron  has now been lambasted (i n the last few minuets literally) by a fellow Eton-boy, the Sun’s Tom Newton-Dunn. As if ti make things worse for Smarmy “Dave”, the SUN is favourably REPORTING the EXCLUSIVE done by the “Communist Morning Star” on the dirty deeds that Dave’s Downing Street cabal has been made to engage in- to SHUT DOWN public criticism (61 such have been deleted, according to Tom Newton-Dunn reporting the Morning Star’s own exclusive) on Maria Miller’s behaviour and the dire desperate damage-limitation misdeeds that Downing Street has been exposed as having been engaged in…

 

[To be continued]

 

Wednesday’s MORNING STAR [09 April 2014]

has been praised by the SUN and by its Political Editor Tom Newton-Dunn on SKY PRESS PREVIEW!

 

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By © Muhammad Haque, Organiser, the BHANGEELAAR! Campaign: 2155 Hrs GMT London Sunday 06 April 2014. BHANGEELAAR! The “No to an Elected Mayor System in Tower Hamlets” Campaign UPDATED with telling accuracy of all the forecasts, predictions that the campaign made in 2010 in Tower Hamlets:

April 6, 2014

By © Muhammad Haque, Organiser, the BHANGEELAAR! Campaign:

2155 Hrs GMT London Sunday 06 April 2014.

 

BHANGEELAAR! The “No to an Elected Mayor System in Tower Hamlets”

Campaign UPDATED with telling accuracy of all the forecasts, predictions that the campaign made in 2010 in Tower Hamlets:

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Shahab Uddin Chanchal, pictured by Muhammad Haque in

Whitechapel on Sunday 6 April 2014,

recalled the 2010 NO to Elected Mayor

System  CAMPAIGN that he and 

Muhammad Haque

had both joined….

The first NO meeting that both attended was in “Bethnal Green South” at a ‘centre’ near the Cambridge Heath Road.

Almost all the participants were confident that the NO Campaign would be supported by the “official Labour Party”.

But the mysteriously secretive cabal that claimed to be the “official Labour Party leadership” in Tower Hamlets LIED when it scrapped the NO stance and quietly slid into the “YES” mode.

The rest of the disaster, as they say, is now part of local political folklore!

 

It has cost the ordinary people in Tower Hamlets dearly.

Is the “Labour Party” “leadership” in Tower Hamlets up-to the job this time round?

This is the key Question the answer to which is very overdue!

[To be continued]


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