Saturday, 20 September 2014

The Union is maintained!!

The Gordon Highlanders salute Queen Victoria, who had a special affection for the Jocks! We have all seen the classic films where the beleaguered garrison hears the pipes in the distance and knows rescue is at hand!

Glad you are still with us!! Scotland the Brave!!

Friday, 12 September 2014

New Charter try to screw pensioner out of £850.....sound familiar??

The "Advertiser" carries an interesting article this week by reporter Beth Abbit. See Here

All credit to them. It tells us that 81 year old Hilda Gannon has been presented with a bill of £850 to remove doors and flooring in her recently vacated New Charter house. The story reports that she was living at her house for 16 years and New Charter claim that Mrs Gannon, who is reportedly profoundly deaf, knew and agreed to the charges.

Sound familiar? It should do, because we carried a similar story about a different person in March of this year. See  here .

The similarity is most remarkable. Is this a deliberate policy of New Charter?

We make several observations. If she is a tenant of 16 years then she was there before New Charter was the landlord. Did Tameside housing have the same policy? If not what protection was extended to their former tenants?

New Charter Homes Ltd is a registered charity. What kind of charity treats the elderly in such a dispicable manner? One that needs to be asked what do they actually do to deserve the status?

How do they arrive at their prices? We already know that they charge £250 for disposal of bulky rubbish that TMBC charge £25 to remove. .

The most remarkable part of this sorry tale is that it is not unique. How many others have been similarly fleeced?

Blow the whistle, let us know.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

"We are on high terrorist alert"....local beat policeman.

On Monday of this week (8th September) Roy West was engaging in his film and photography hobby (A hobby which has seen his work being used by the BBC's "Caught Red Handed" programme) when he was approached, twice, by police officers asking what his was doing. Having determined from them that he was not acting illegally he told them he was engaged in his hobby of filming.

This satisfied the  police on both occasions. One of them even volunteering the information "We are on terrorist alert". But he was warned that he could be stopped again if he was seen photographing anything.

I have heard nothing publicly about a high terrorist alert though it is on various Government web sites. But if photographers are now suspects, should we not be told? Should we not be on the alert for suspicious clickers?

The problem is the growth in digital technology and mobile phone cams. In the past, unless you had your own darkroom, you sent your films off to be developed. The police alerted developers to report any suspicious pictures. Amazingly people DID send "sensitive" film to Max Spielman and Boots,  but no longer. A cable to the computer and a button pressed and there you are. Now the would-be terrorist can do their own recce. And risk being spotted and arrested. Or, worse still, mistaken for Roy West.

In some respects this is a shame. Paranoia over child abuse means that many parents cannot take photos of their youngster at school, in concerts etc.....though this does not appear to have saved the youngsters of Rotherham from abuse. On the other hand  I recall a local news story some years ago telling of how a Tameside CCTV watching  security guard focused his camera on an ATM and tipped off his confederates when money was drawn out and where the person was headed, thereby enabling their robbery. The story was swiftly dropped.

It is understandable that the state is concerned for it's survival against "terrorism". I just wonder to what extent "Terror" is used as an excuse to restrict our freedoms even more.

*And if you are reading this Roy, only joking at the end of paragraph four.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

First light bulbs, then vacuum cleaners next hair driers. The growing list of "Verbotenen Gegenstände"*

Many of you will have heard by now that the EU has banned importation of vacuum cleaners of more than 1600 Watts  power. In 2017 the limit will be reduced to 900 watts. Hair driers will similarly face a limit on power and face being declared illegal.

Now just imagine that we could travel back in time 10 years. Just suppose that in 2004 someone, me, had said that within a decade it would be illegal to sell or supply a certain kind of bulb, or hair drier or vacuum cleaner? What would be my fate? Sectioned? Ridiculed? Laughing stock of  Tameside? Probably all. Yet here we are in 2014 being told we are no longer allowed to use a particular type of cleaner because of.......I don't know why! Green issues? Cost?  A potential shortage of power? 

According to the European Commission, the new rules will help combat climate change and reduce energy costs by saving 19 terawatt-hours every year by 2020. That amounts to the electricity produced by more than four nuclear power plants for 5.5 million households.

Climate change? Not that old chestnut again. Do people still believe that? The climate of the earth is changing because of vacuum cleaners. Sorry, that won't wash. 

More worrying is the fact that due to the closure of old power stations due to age there is a potential shortfall in energy supply with associated possibility of power cuts and power rationing.

Now why worry about winter if there is "Global Warming"? Sorry I forgot, it is now "climate change". With fracking, the Russian control of gas to the EU, and now the shortfall of power generation in Britain it appears that there is more to this EU policy than just "The EU being the EU".

And if there is no hidden agenda, no conspiracy, what is there? We are being ordered around on a matter we had no chance to vote on by people who never mentioned it in their manifestos at the Euro election for reasons that have not been explained fully.

That's Dictatorship.

See Here and also here

*Forbidden items

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Rotherham, it was known about but who cares about the white working class?

What can be said about the Rotherham affair? This is a non-party political blog but it must be admitted that the British National Party said this was happening but were ignored.

I am of the opinion that these child victims were of scant interest to the authorities because they were working class as much as because they were white and their abusers were non-white. Indeed it is this anti-working class bias which shows itself repeatedly in the attitude of the authorities as much as a PC motivated fear of being seen as anti-Asian. Remember the Harold Shipman affair? It was only when a former Lady Mayoress died and her solicitor daughter complained that the local Plod took the complaints seriously. When a close associate of mine was nursing his dying mother a couple of years ago he noticed that the patronising and superior attitude of Tameside "carers" and officials ceased when they saw his two graduation photographs (he has two degrees) and they realised he was not a "pleb".

The authorities can take action when they want. As I write this I am looking at a document called a "Child abduction warning notice" under section 2 of the Child Abduction Act 2002. It is a threatening notice produced by GMP. It basically warns the person on whom it is served to have no contact with a named child on pain of a seven year prison sentence . It does not mention that it is only on the express authority of the DPP (now the CPS) that a prosecution will be undertaken, evidently the notice is designed to intimidate the working class who have no access to friendly solicitors!

So there we have it. The authorities have let the community down, so who can the community rely on?   

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Women only it legal? Unlawful??

A little bird has reminded me of a story from the past. From January 1996 to be exact. A Labour Party member took the party to an Employment Tribunal accusing them of unlawful sex discrimination AND WON! This was a move against the imposition of women only lists. The man was Mr Peter Jepson, former Labour Councillor for Audenshaw and former director of Tameside Enterprises Ltd. Now Dr Jepson, he is still of the opinion that such lists are discriminating and should not be allowed although the practise was permitted to occur by the Sex Discrimination (election candidates)Act 2002.

A simple complaint of "Sex Discrimination" is no longer likely to succeed but some commentators believe a complaint centred on Human Rights issues and E.U. law might have a chance......any offers?

Check here  and here  for further information.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Here's a mystery. When was Councillor Idu Miah born?

Just when was Cllr Idu Miah born? Why does he use, or appear to use TWO birthdays on official forms, depending on when they were filled in and who they were intended for?

Let me take you, the reader, through the maze which is Cllr Miah's filing system.

The documents lodged with Companies House give the birthday of "Idu Miah" , Company Secretary of Tameside Racial Equality Council  Ltd as being 10/05/1958.

The documents lodged with the Charity Commisioners give no birthday for the Trustees of Tameside Racial Equality, including "Idu Miah". Both sets of documents give the registered office as 183 Manchester Road Mossley, the sub-post office owned by COUNCILLOR Idu Miah. The trustees report gives the Racial Equality's Chair,Secretary and Chief Executive as being COUNCILLOR Idu Miah. The Charity Commisioners' web site report that "Idu Miah" is a Trustee of OIC Educational \trust, which runs a new \Islamic \college in Oldham. The Facebook entry for the college showed a number of the trustees including COUNCILLOR Idu Miah. We have borne in mind that "Idu Miah" and "Cllr Idu Miah" could have been two different people but this possibility has been ruled out by comparing the documents submitted to Companies House with those submitted to The Charity Commisioners. These show that "Idu Miah" and "Cllr Idu Miah" were "both" holding the same position of Company Secretary of Tameside Racial Equality Council. They also showed that the "Idu Miah" of TREC was the "Cllr Idu Miah" of Oldham islamic College.

 So according to the information available about the Racial Equality Council Cllr Idu Miah was born on the 10/05/1958.

Things now get a little clearer. Documents held by Companies House show that a director of \Tameside Citizens Advice Bureau is COUNCILLOR Idu Miah born on 10/02/1965. Not just one but several other documents show an "Idu Miah " with the birthday 10/05/1958

So there are the facts. The complexity of the documents is admitted and I commend those readers who have waded through the evidence with me! What they mean is open to various interpretations but this blog will ask The Councillor to explain the anomaly as soon as possible. Otherwise a question may be asked at the next council meeting

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Oppose Fracking....Oppose war? What are we not being told about fracking? It's military importance?

Do you want to understand how fracking will affect us? I do. The government won't tell us though.  A recent report on the subject has been so redacted (ie censored) as to be virtually useless. The report tells us that fracking will have three major effects on the areas where it occurs, on services, property prices and an un-named third area censored out. This could be referring to the growing belief that fracking is a con-trick on a par with the "dot-com" trick which made millions for those in the know at the expense of ordinary folk. Tim Morgan, a former head of research at Tullet Prebon has said as much. So has "Russia Today". The initial high production level of fracking will soon run out and be reduced to a fraction of that which we need for long term viability. 

So what use is something that has such a short "Shelf life"? How about the fueling of a Blitzkreig campaign against Russia? This time starting in the Ukraine?

(Fact:: Russia and China have signed an agreement to trade with each other in domestic currency and not the dollar, including trade in oil) This could spread to the rest of the BRICS countries (Brazil Russia India China and South Africa) Faced with economic defeat the USA could try for the military solution using the Ukraine as a Casus Belli. (Excuse). And don't forget the  boycott of EU food produce by the Russians, assuming you have heard of it in the first place! BBC silent again!

The undoubted fact that there is something about fracking that the government wants to be kept quiet, while admitting that property prices will be adversely affected indicates the seriousness of the situation. 

I urge all readersof this blog to watch Russia Today....while we are still allowed to!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

School Uniform, the official policy. Opinions and views, but no law.

It is soon going to be "Back to school" with all that that implies in cost.  As a service to our readers we provide you with the official policy on school uniforms. The single largest cost at this time of year.

The Department of Education has produced a booklet on School Uniform which can be studied hereThere are some interesting views and observations which clearly show that if the guidelines are adhered to then there will be few problems in state schools regarding uniforms. They must be of good quality, reasonably priced, there should not be a monopoly of supply nor should they be of such cost that they de facto exclude pupils from school.

"There is no legislation in place that deals specifically with school uniform or other aspects of appearance ".

So says the second sentence of the document. School uniform is to be decided by the Board of Governors though in principle the Department of Education approves of it. Similarly the Department sees the importance of school uniform in building cohesion (THAT word again!) but accepts that some slack be be granted in the case of individual culture, belief or personal circumstances.

The bottom line is that uniform is not enforced by legislation but by school rules and the rules cannot be so strict as to lead to a pupil being prevented from attending school.

But please read the document yourself, and remember who provided it for you!

Cats heads found in bin bag in Rusholme. Not far from "Curry Mile". Council mystified.

A bin-bag of severed cats heads has been found in Rusholme by a council worker. They were found near Walmer Street East and Basil Street, an area just off Wilmslow Road -"Curry mile". A Manchester City  Council spokesman said "At this stage we have no way of knowing how these animal parts came to be where they were discovered". Oh no? Please, don't patronise us.You have a damn good idea, and I'll give you a clue, it's not a pet shop, clothing shop or pub ....if there are still many pubs in that area.

During the Seige of Paris in 1871 high prices were paid for "Roof Rabbit" as cats were nick-named. My late mother told me that during WW2 the local women would not buy rabbits from the butcher if it had it's head, paws and fur removed. Such an animal could have been a cat. Feline cookery has a long pedigree. 

The authorities are running round like headless chickens, or is that cats? The RSPCA are to be called in to deal with "Animal cruelty"  even though the council, using health regulations, has immense power to enter premises and search/inspect them. As we all know from watching the BBC's "Call the Council". All that is needed is a couple of swabs from each Restaurant and then DNA tests for Feline DNA. "They" have spent similar amounts of time and effort to pursue on-line "racists" so let the authorities spend a little of that effort on a genuine problem.

Of course, a local squad of jihadist ISIS members could be responsible, working their way up from cats to dogs then humans, but unlikely. Cats scratch and the jihadists like easy targets.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Has full blown censorship come to Tameside??

My fellow Citizen Journalist (Blogger)  Curmudgeon has a disturbing story on his blogsite Curmudgeon . Click on the link.

It is claimed that access is blocked on council computers to the sites of certain "Political Bloggers". No names are given. Probably in a vain attempt to hide the fact and stop the creation of  a Political Martyr. Tameside council are no strangers to political censorship. Remember the "cohesion" document case in 2008 and the council meetings with editors to "suppress sensationalist reporting"?

Censorship, far from being the sign of a strong and ruthless government is a sign of a weak and frightened government. It is a sign of something being hidden that must be kept away from the rest of us, something we must not be told. Kept secret lest we turn against it, repudiate it.

Despite the council's "Big Conversation" and the Labour Party's origins  in a down trodden and oppressed working class it is clear that in Tameside freedom is an endangered species and needs protecting in the wild. Tameside Citizen is committed to freedom of speech and expression..are you?