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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By Nadia Elghamry on September 9, 2009 11:43 AMNo CommentsNo TrackBacks
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

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April 19, 2015

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0618 GMT 19 Apr 2015 Re- The Daily Mail – Ken Livingstone – Ed Miliband Government –Diagnosing the threat posed to Tower Hamlets Community from increased access given to Ken Livingstone by an Ed Miliband Government- Editor © Muhammad Haque 0605 [0540] Hrs GMT London Sunday 19 April 2015. —————————————————————————— also Diagnosing the threat posed to Tower Hamlets Community from increased access given to Ken Livingstone by an Ed Miliband Government [TBC] —————————————————————————— The Daily Mail lacks genuine ethical values. This is why the Daily Mail fails, even when the Ethics of the peddled outrage would justify claims made by the headlines. The disconnection between the Daily Mail’s own nasty business agenda and the universal values of Ethics is the main reason why the Daily Mail brand has never lived down its image of the British popular paper that appeased the Nazis in the 1930s. Had the Daily Mail been running on an Ethical Agenda then it would never attack ‘Labour’ for being Labour and the Mail would run stories on objective bases. That it is running the piece on Kier Starmer in this way means that the Mail is allowing Starmer to get away. Because the Mail is failing to list the real role that Starmer has played at the CPS. That role is itself a denial of all the core values for which the Labour Party was founded. Starmer’s last big move before he left the CPS was to BACK the DWP and IDS attacking the poor, adding criminality to being poor! But because the Daily Mail doesn’t believe in human rights or universal ethics,the crime of making the poor criminals that Keir Starmer committed is not even being mentioned. The Daily Mail carries on doing business, mounting false attacks at Labour for short term gains and then leaves the nasty sides of “Labour” [that are unleashed] when “in Power” unreported! Like the attacks on civil liberties that Blair and Brown fronted in the last years. [To be continued]

April 19, 2015

 Diagnosing the threat posed to Tower Hamlets Community

from increased access given to Ken Livingstone by an Ed Miliband Government

and

Editor © Muhammad Haque

0605 [0540]

Hrs  GMT London Sunday

19 April 2015.

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also  Diagnosing the threat posed to Tower Hamlets Community

from increased access given to Ken Livingstone by an Ed Miliband Government

[TBC]

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The Daily Mail lacks genuine

ethical values.

This is why

the Daily Mail fails, even

when the Ethics of the

peddled outrage would

justify claims made by

the headlines.

The disconnection

between the Daily Mail’s

own nasty business agenda

and the universal values of Ethics

is the main reason why

the Daily Mail brand has never

lived down its image of

the British popular paper

that appeased the Nazis

in the 1930s.

Had the Daily Mail

been running on an Ethical

Agenda then it would

never attack ‘Labour’

for being Labour and

the Mail would run stories

on objective bases.

That it is running the

piece on Kier Starmer

in this way means that

the Mail is allowing Starmer to get away.

Because the Mail is failing to list the real role

that Starmer has played at the CPS.

That role is itself a denial of all

the core values for which the Labour Party was founded.

Starmer’s last big move before he left the CPS

was to BACK the DWP and IDS attacking the

poor, adding criminality to being poor!

But because the Daily Mail doesn’t believe in

human rights or universal ethics,the

crime of making the poor criminals that

Keir Starmer committed is not

even being mentioned.

The Daily Mail carries on doing business,

mounting

false attacks at Labour for short term gains and

then leaves the nasty sides  of “Labour”

[that are unleashed] when

“in Power” unreported!

Like the attacks on civil liberties that

Blair and Brown fronted in the last years.

[To be continued]

the Daily Mail

STARMER

Operation Elveden the tainted ‘witch hunt’ into tabloid journalists

  • 18 Apr 2015
  • Daily Mail
  • By Jack Doyle Political Correspondent

NOW THE HEAT’S ON LABOUR LAWYER BEHIND THIS MESS

THE collapse of yesterday’s Old Bailey trial will raise question marks about the judgment of the Labour darling who took a central role in the disastrous and misguided prosecutions of journalists. Keir Starmer, who ran the Crown Prosecution Service for five years, was in charge when Operation Elveden began its tainted ‘witch hunt’ into tabloid journalists

Starting with dawn raids on suspects’ homes, mass arrests and long periods of bail, it ended in not guilty verdicts – and will now prompt a fresh examination of the tenure of the most controversial DPP of modern times.

Most controversially, he pushed the use of an almost unheard of 13th century law – misconduct in public office – to go after journalists for what amounted to them simply doing their jobs of informing the public. Despite the best efforts of prosecutors and millions of pounds of public money, juries have almost universally refused to convict, and after four more reporters were cleared yesterday and all but a handful of cases withdrawn, Elveden was left in ruins.

Already a KCB and a QC, in a few weeks’ time Sir Keir Starmer is likely to add MP to his lengthy list of titles and be returned for the safe Labour seat of Holborn and St Pancras in north London. It will feel like a natural step for the son of ‘Guardian-reading’ parents who named him after the founder of the Labour Party, Keir Hardie.

The 2001 ‘human rights lawyer of the year’ is so admired by Labour it reportedly delayed candidate selection in the north London seat so he could rack up enough time as a party member to get on the list.

With previous DPPs, it was a largely behind closed doors role. But under Starmer it was far more public.

Rather than shunning the limelight, he relished it. Some weeks it even appeared he was holding court with the media more often than Cabinet ministers.

All pretence of political impartiality went out the window, and he repeatedly picked fights with the Tories, most notably on human rights and the law allowing homeowners to defend their property against intruders. In one clash in 2009 a BBC interviewer questioned his impartiality, pointing out his political background and role in a ‘Socialist Alternatives’ magazine.

He also angered the Tories when he said plans to scrap the Human Rights Act would ‘shame’ Britain.

He also re-wrote the law on assisted suicide – quickly dubbed ‘Starmer’s Law’ – setting out circumstances in which those who help others kill themselves can expect to escape prosecution.

0554 GMT 19 Apr 2015 Diagnosing the threat posed to Tower Hamlets Community from increased access given to Ken Livingstone by an Ed Miliband Government

1148 Hrs GMT Sat 18 April 2015 Khoodeelaar! Action diagnosis of the toxic contents of the English court system which prevents justice from being seen to be done as dodgy off-shore outfit Specsavers allowed to buy secrecy by the High Court! [The online “Private Eye” copy about the High Court secret deal, secretly and secretively procured by Specsavers is reproduced below the KHOODEELAAR! Action montage]

April 18, 2015

Khoodeelaar! Action diagnosis of the toxic contents of

the English court system which prevents justice from being seen to be done

as dodgy off-shore outfit Specsavers

allowed to buy secrecy by the High Court!

[The online “Private Eye” copy about the High Court secret deal, secretly and secretively  procured by Specsavers is reproduced below the KHOODEELAAR! Action montage]

1142 GMT 18 Apr 2015 Khoodeelaar! Action diagnosis of the toxic contents of  the English court system which prevents justice from being seen to be done  as dodgy off-shore outfit Specsavers  allowed to buy secrecy by the High Court!

in the back
Business practices that are a blinking cheek
Specsavers, Issue 1390
derek dyson.jpg
SHORTSIGHTED APPROACH? Specsavers director Derek Dyson, whose involvement in trying to contrive unfounded claims of dishonesty against opticians emerged in court transcripts

A COUPLE of years ago Private Eye reported how the Specsavers group was using heavy-handed tactics and allegedly unfair contracts to oust partners running its local stores if they wouldn’t go along with practices like opening on Sundays (even though the stores are supposedly independent).

Three sets of partners running Specsavers stores as co-shareholders with the Guernsey-based Specsavers group took action in the high court, where judgments were reserved last year.

After several months, two of the high court cases have now been settled confidentially without the need for judgments – even though full hearings and closing speeches were made by both parties – on what Specsavers calls “mutually satisfactory terms prior to a judgment being handed down”.

Contriving events
The terms are confidential but transcripts of hearings from one of the cases show how a plan to get a couple of opticians in Bognor out of the business involved contriving unfounded claims of dishonesty against them. It emerged that Specsavers director Derek Dyson had emailed a colleague asking him if he would “get under the skin of this and develop a plan to resolve and put her [one of the opticians] back in her box or an exit plan?” The true version of events, said the optician’s barrister, included no dishonesty on her part but did demonstrate “the level of Mr Dyson’s dishonesty” in contriving events.

No adverse publicity
Another optician took Specsavers to an employment tribunal where the company’s attitude was again in evidence (Eye 1331). When she tried to have a hearing adjourned two days after a miscarriage, Specsavers contested the proposal. Finding against the company, a judge noted: “It did not in our judgment require any medical expertise whatsoever to realise that an appellant in such circumstance might well be very distraught and distressed and in no fit state to attend the hearing of her appeal.”

The Eye understands that the “mutually satisfactory terms” agreed in the high court amount to massive payments to the opticians who had their businesses taken off them in return for no adverse publicity for Specsavers, which commands almost half the optical care market and runs contracts for government bodies including the DVLA and the Department of Work and Pensions.

It might suit these parties for nobody to know what Specsavers gets up to, but the secret justice doesn’t do much for other opticians who might have suffered at Specsavers’ hands.

0831GMT Sat 18 Apr 2015 Contextually UPDATING on t’ Guardian writer Zoe Williams dated 17 April 2014 when she ‘reviewed’ C4 ‘How to get a Councl House’ – “The explicit question is How to Get a Council House (Channel 4). The implicit subtitle is You Can’t”

April 18, 2015

0831GMT Contextually UPDATING on t’ Guardian writer Zoe Williams dated 17 April 2014 when she ‘reviewed’ C4 ‘How to get a Councl House’

Zoe W said in para 1

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.”

Friday’s reports (17 February 2015) (East London Advertiser website and the London Evening Standard website) on the statements by High Court Judge Mr Justice Cobb condemning the shameful behaviour of Tower Hamlets and Havering Councils, warrants a review of what our Movement had done two years earlier to make sure that such shameful behaviour did not happen at all—–Lutfur Rahman, who chaired that “Cabinet”, asked Rabina Khan, to answer the Question (reproduced below) as put to Tower Hamlets Council’s ‘Cabinet’ [on 03 July 2013] – The Question focussed on “the behaviour of the Council over the past relevant years to satisfy any Constitutional, Democratic & evidential question that may arise as to the authenticity and the veracity of the claims that have been made and are often made in the name of the Council as an entity to the effect that the Council has actual systems and measures in place to hold the relevant decision-makers to account?” The Question of 222 had at least four clearly divisible parts, all integral to the issue of whether the Council had accountability, transparency and compliance with Constitutionality and Legal Duty in place Rabina Khan read out her response from a written script that suggested that prior to that Meeting she had spent time preparing that answer She answered by saying that Tower Hamlets Council did have all those things (accountability, transparency and compliance with Constitutionality and Legal Duty) in place Which means – is Mr Justice Cobb wrong to have found the behaviour of Tower Hamlets Council shameful in the case? Or was Rabina Khan “perhaps” given an assurance by Council employees who were not telling the truth? “Perhaps”? [To be continued]

April 18, 2015

By © Muhammad Haque 2132 GMT Friday 17 Apr 2015 Evidentially citing the texts of the Guardian piece by someone called Hilary Osborne- hope they are not related to the dreadful Neo Con looter of everything that is social How Osborne and Cameron are looting Society, making the poor poorer and making themselves ever richer (Gideon Osborne’s own personal wealth is mentioned in the latest fortnight Private Eye officially dated today) I shall examine the banality, the ignorance and the stupidity of this Guardian piece itself in a later Commentary [To be continued]

April 17, 2015

By © Muhammad Haque

2132 GMT Friday 17 Apr 2015

Evidentially citing the texts of the Guardian piece by someone called Hilary Osborne- hope they are not related to the dreadful Neo Con looter of everything that is social

How Osborne and Cameron are looting Society, making the poor poorer and making themselves ever richer (Gideon Osborne’s own personal wealth is mentioned in the latest fortnight Private Eye officially dated today)

I shall examine the banality, the ignorance and the stupidity of this Guardian piece itself in a later Commentary

[To be continued]

The Guardian piece by Hilary Osborne

“Councils are offering landlords cash payments of up to £4,000 to accommodate homeless families as a shortage of social housing forces authorities to court the private sector with taxpayer-funded incentives.

The revelation comes in the same week that the Conservative party was criticised for promising to extend the right to buy to housing association tenants, which threatens to exacerbate a property shortage by selling up to 1.3m homes causing councils to struggle to replace them.

Many councils in London and south-east England are now advertising cash incentives to private landlords. Westminster council in central London is paying up to £4,000 to landlords who take on council tenants. Tower Hamlets in east London recently advertised a £2,500 payment for one-bedroom properties to landlords agreeing to let to council-vetted tenants for two years and a £4,000 lump sum for homes with two or more bedrooms.

In Haringey in north London and the nearby borough of Barnet , private sector landlords are being offered one-off payments of up to £3,000 if they sign up to a two-year tenancy. Southwark council in south London is offering up to £2,000 .

The housing charity Shelter said the offer of cash payments showed that the balance of power had switched between councils and landlords. “Landlords don’t need local authorities, but local authorities need them,” said Zorana Halpin, a policy officer at Shelter.

Amid warnings that councils are already struggling to replace properties being lost under the existing right to buy scheme for council homes, the “golden hellos” being offered to private sector landlords underline the difficulties they are already having housing homeless families and individuals.

Rising rents in the private sector, combined with cuts to housing benefits introduced in 2011, have made letting to councils a less attractive proposition for private landlords, while councils are faced with growing numbers of people to house.

Other councils have recently introduced or increased payments in a bid to sign up landlords. In November, Hounslow in west London upped its payments; in March, Basildon in Essex announced it would start paying £1,000 for 12-month tenancies and £1,500 for 24-month tenancies.

So desperate are councils for housing stock that the payments are often offered for properties in a different borough. Westminster council told the Guardian it had made payments to landlords with properties outside London in a bid to house people on its waiting list.

David Lawrenson, a housing consultant, said landlords often regarded council tenancies as a higher risk than traditional lettings, while rising rents made the private market more appealing financially. For instance, in Haringey, the average market rent for a two-bedroom property is £1,5556 a month, while the maximum local housing allowance payment for the same home is £1,109 .

Lawrenson said: “There is supposed to be some kind of agreement to stop councils competing with each other, but these landlord incentives suggest that they are not working, as they still seem to be competing with each other to try to get that stock in. It’s only going to get worse as rents continue to rise.”

The biggest payments are offered to landlords who take on tenants put forward by the council on long-term contracts. The rent for these tenancies is paid in housing benefit claimed by the tenant. Other schemes exist for landlords who lease their properties to councils for up to five years.. In both cases, tenants would otherwise have to be housed by councils in temporary accommodation such as B&Bs.

Landlords signing up to the schemes do not get a deposit from the tenant, so could end up using the cash payment at the end of the tenancy to fix any problems. However, they are not obliged to do so and the money is theirs to keep.

Benefits for 12-month rental contracts are paid under the local housing allowance (LHA), which was cut in April 2011, making private sector tenants more lucrative to landlords.

Halpin said: “Local authorities used to procure large volumes of temporary accommodation from private landlords through leases – the rents they could pay were in line with market rates and it meant no void periods for landlords, so councils had a bit of negotiating power and the deal was attractive to landlords.”

Halpin said that councils’ purchasing power had been reduced: “The fact that councils are prioritising their spending to make sure people are being housed is a good thing, but we are concerned that they have limited resources and are having to use some of them to pay these incentives. Ultimately, the only long-term solution is to build more affordable homes.”

Melanie Rees, head of policy at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said councils had been given more freedom to help homeless people by finding them a home in the private rented sector. However, benefit cuts have reduced the rents paid to private landlords. “But welfare reform – in particular the benefit cap – has cut the amount of benefits that people receive and made private landlords in some areas more reluctant to let to claimants,” said Rees.

“In some areas, offering incentives to private landlords may well be cheaper than using temporary accommodation – and a better option for the tenant than being stuck in a poor quality B&B.”

2024 GMT 17 Apr 2015  FLASHBACK ACTioN How Bliar Brown made Thatcher-ed Housing  even crisis worse!

2024 GMT Fr 17 Apr 2015 FLASHBACK ACTioN How Bliar Brown made Thatcher-ed Housing crisis even worse!

April 17, 2015

2024 GMT Fr 17 Apr 2015 FLASHBACK ACTioN
How Bliar Brown made
Thatcher-ed Housing
crisis even worse!

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The Pickles betrays loadsa tickles as he reveals extra dosh handed out to Tower Hamlets Council! Irony is not the word! 1202 GMT 16 Apr 2015

April 16, 2015

The Pickles betrays loadsa tickles as he reveals extra dosh handed out to

Tower Hamlets Council! Irony is not the word! 1202 GMT 16 Apr 2015

The Pickles shows loadsa tickles as he reveals extra dosh handed out to Tower Hamlets Council! Irony is not the word! 1202 GMT 16 Apr 2015

Homelessness IS CREAED BY TOWER HAMLETS Council in the East End Tower Hamlets Council Clique in the 1970s and 1980s used its own racist Kemp tactics for social cleansing as this EXCLUSIVE KHOODEELAAR! Investigation confirms In 1987, the London Hospital (‘Royal London’) put on auction a row of residential and properties they owned in New Road (Stepney) Many vital Education, social and poverty-relieving charitable projects and activities were ongoing from the properties that the London Hospital put n auction in 1987 Question- Why did the London Hospital do that? Ans – Because that would be easier for the London Hospital managers than making the properties fit for habitation [To be continued]

April 16, 2015

Homelessness IS CREAED

BY TOWER HAMLETS Council in the East End

Tower Hamlets Council Clique in the 1970s and 1980s

used its own racist Kemp tactics for social cleansing

as this EXCLUSIVE KHOODEELAAR! Investigation confirms

In 1987, the London Hospital (‘Royal London’) put on auction a row

of residential and

properties they owned in New Road (Stepney)

Many vital Education, social and poverty-relieving charitable

projects and activities were ongoing

from the properties that the London Hospital put n auction in 1987

Question- Why did the London Hospital do that?

Ans – Because that would be easier for the London Hospital managers

than making the properties fit for habitation

[To be continued]

This © Muhammad Haque picture

[seen on the right in the AADHIKAR Action Montage]

[below]

was taken

in Brick Lane on Tuesday 15 February 2011.

The spot where the picture was taken is yards

from 170 Brick Lane London E1.

It was at that address that in 1987 Muhammad Haque

was requested to chair a meeting held in honour

of a social campaigner and academic then visiting

the UK from Bangladesh.

Those who proposed that Muhammad Haque chaired

the meeting included the man

seen on the right (with his back to camera).

We shall later show his face looking at the camera.

The man on the left is Lutfur Rahman who was getting into

car after a meeting he attended at 164 Brick Lane

on Tuesday 15 February 2011.

Minutes before this image was pictured,

Lutfur Rahman

was asked by the man (seen here )

on the right to speak to Muhammad Haque.

Lutfur Rahman said, in Seelotee (to the effect that)

he had already spoken to

Muhammad Haque (a few minutes previously)

These events are at the centre of our

UPDATER REPORT on the Future of the

Community on the East End of London

due here shortly

September 1987 t0 16 April 2015

-27 years and 7 months

[To be continued]

© Muhammad Haque picture was taken  in Brick Lane on Tuesday 15 February 2011.

0555 GMT Thursday 16 April 2015 KHOODEELAAR! Action Report David Orr [below, in the file photo] sat at the western end of the table while Muhammad Haque sat at the north-eastern side as the arguments took place between the two The place was a room on the first floor of 170 Brick Lane The 1987 Muhammad Haque ‘meeting’ David Orr was Witnessed by this man Pictured b © Muhammad Haque near 170 Brick Lane n Tuesday 15 Febrar 2011 [To be continued]

April 16, 2015

0555 GMT Thursday  16 April 2015 

KHOODEELAAR! Action Report

David Orr [below, in the file photo]

sat at the western end of the table

while Muhammad Haque sat at

the north-eastern side as the

arguments took place between the

two The place was a room on the

first floor of 170 Brick Lane

The 1987

Muhammad Haque ‘meeting’

David Orr  was

Witnessed by this man

Pictured b © Muhammad Haque

near 170 Brick Lane n Tuesday

15 Febrar 2011

[To be continued]

0555 GMT Thursday  16 April 2015  KHOODEELAAR! Action Report David Orr


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