Sunday, 25 January 2015

Unpaid bill? No holiday for you mate! Government plan to prevent people with unpaid bills from leaving the country.

"If you are innocent you have nothing to fear". How many times have we heard this mantra, this un thinking chant, every time the Government introduces some new law against "Terrorism" or what ever happens to be the fashionable fear of the moment.

When the Government introduced it's E-Borders initiative we were told it was just to track terrorists."If you are innocent you have nothing to fear". So what has happened? Detective Superintendent Alan Crawford , head of Border Policing Command has stated that people with outstanding Warrants and fines are already subject to being stopped at the Border, but this Government has introduced a pilot scheme in Scotland which goes further.

If you owe Council Tax or TV licence you will be subjected  to the kind of control we were told was to be used for anti-terrorism. Yes, thats right, anti-terrorism legislation if you don't pay your TV licence......and you think  that the innocent have nothing to fear?

For more information check:-

Friday, 23 January 2015

"Biggest Gang in Britain"

We rarely give a mention for a business or book but we make an exception for the works of Mr Stephen Hayes, a retired GMP detective who has now completed a trilogy of books on his life and experiences in the Manchester Police. ("Biggest gang in Britain"  "50 shades of Black and Blue" "Top Secret")

Anyone who has harboured suspicions about the GMP will find their opinions justified by Mr Hayes' revelations. But we won't spoil it for you. Go to his website, the link has been added to our list of 'approved' web-sites and see for yourself.

Community Action "Flash Demo" defeats Bailiffs. Inspiration for us all.

Carlton, Nottingham today. Hundreds of supporters of cancer sufferer Tom Crowford turned out today in a flash demo to block the path of bailiffs (spit) and turn them back, thereby preventing him from being evicted. (check here for more details.) Leaderless Resistance, the way forward!

Don't join joint committees involving the local Labour Party or Unions. They are a part of the problem. Liaison with state approved bodies in the fight against austerity is as logical as having a joint strike committee with the boss! Use social media to announce your flash demo but keep your identity secret. The police regularly wear helmets with face covering visors and hide their shoulder numbers so we should hide our names.

It is not "cowardly" as many people in the establishment monotonously say when activists hide their faces or names. Rather it is foolish to let "Them" know who we are. If you don't believe me check the next item (above) on the blog.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Solidarity with Charlie Hebdo. Stand up to anti-European terror.

This is apparently the last cartoon 'tweeted' by the French magazine "Charlie Hebdo" before the murderous attack on their offices. It is apparently the leader of "Isis". It looks pretty staid to me. Compare it to other cartoons of other people in the past.

A blood stained Hitler or General Togo as a grinning semi-monkey.
Or even an insect.

The 'offensive anti-muslim' cartoon pales into insignificance by comparison to these WW2 allied  cartoons. And there is the point often missed. It is not the cartoon which is the cause of offence but the fact that the writer / artist is disagreeing with Islam. 

But whatever the reason or cause of the mass murder in Paris we support freedom of speech and publish the last cartoon tweeted by "Charlie Hebdo" as a mark of solidarity and respect for the victims of the killers.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy NewYear to all our readers.

A Happy new year to all and sundry in Tameside and to all our viewers where ever they may be.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas and good wishes to all our readers / viewers.

May I wish all our viewers /readers a happy and joyous Christmas. Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all men. Easy to say but very hard to do. Let us try to be decent to others in future. May those in positions of power pause a little more often to ask themselves "Is this moral?" And may those who point the finger of scorn think whether it could more accurately be pointed at them!

The author of this Blog included

Friday, 19 December 2014

Imagine if this had been a parent? Social Services neglect child in care.

A disturbing story reached me last week. I have checked the facts and they are true. For legal reasons we cannot name the child or identify the child. Therefore the social workers, parents or other individuals cannot be named. but they are known to TC and in some cases have been met and interviewed.

Elizabeth (not her real name) is an intelligent 13 year old girl. She is in care because her mother is alleged to be an unfit parent due to alcohol mis-use. She has never been physically assaulted and her mother has access to her. Her mother never abandoned her to go on holidays abroad with a toy boy leaving her in the care of her 83 year old mother.

Her foster mother, however, did abandon her.

Elizabeth returned home one night from school recently to find her foster mother's own 83 year old mother on the floor senseless. She was looking after Elizabeth while her daughter was on holiday in North Africa with a young man. Elizabeth raised the alarm and the emergency services attended.

Read about it in the papers? No? Neither did I. Imagine if it had been the mother who abandoned Elizabeth. The local, if not regional or national, papers would be baying for blood. As it is Elizabeth has a new carer. Routine changes, not a response to this affair. This blog would suffer worse punishment if we revealed Elizabeth's identity than the absent carer has received.

The mind boggles! Rochdale is only 10 miles away and this is the level of care in Tameside. God help us!!

Over 50% of Tameside pupils attend crap schools, any sackings? Any action?

Once again a "Do as we say not as we do" story. Over half of Tameside pupils attend a school not considered fit for purpose. (See earlier posting). This means that a substantial number of well paid finish-work-at-4pm individuals are taking money under false pretenses. Let one of these educators join an "inappropriate" political party and they are out on their ear. But if  they are just crap at their job it's OK.

Perhaps we could save money for the council tax payer by sacking these incompetent teachers. They are plainly unable to do their jobs so they won't be missed.

Of course we could give them a second chance. Let them promise to stick to TEACHING and to improve the level of teaching. No lectures on not eating "Big Macs", no persecuting pupils for selling unapproved sweets and crisps in the school yard, no obsessive behaviour on enforcing school uniform etc etc.

And finally, stick to "The three Rs" and leave social engineering and cohesion to the politicians.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Ashton Jobcentre Sanction pregnant woman for telling the truth.

A 19 year old pregnant woman has been sanctioned by Ashton Jobcentre for telling the truth! When she was interviewed by B&Q for an unpaid placement she told them she was pregnant. B&Q originally stated she would therefore be given light duties but they later changed their minds and told the Jobcentre they would not require her. Accordingly the Jobcentre sanctioned her. FOR TELLING THE TRUTH. This is the same Jobcentre which employs G4S security guards who threaten claimants.  For further details see:- here 
also :-here and :-here 

We can't claim a "scoop" since other blogs have beaten us to this story but we are mentioning it because it deserves a wider circulation. Visit the other blogs which have covered this story.

Friday, 12 December 2014

"Academies to blame for poor results" Cllr Ged Cooney

Ofsted have reported that in Tameside only 49% of Secondary pupils attend a "good" or "outstanding" school.

Councillor Ged Cooney has blamed the academies in Tameside for the poor Ofsted result obtained overall for the Borough. He said "We have known for sometime that the borough's academy schools, which the council has no control over, were negatively affecting this score." Going on to claim the result was "disproportionately impacted by Academies"

So much for the tragedy of this story, now for the farce. Cllr Cooney laments "However, we are frustrated that we have no power to work with these schools and we are not clear who is doing this if it is happening at at all."

Haven't you Cllr Cooney? We are clear who is doing this. You are, or were. I refer you to 24Dash com of 29th June 2011:-

 Cllr Ged Cooney said: “We already have a track record of working in partnership with New Charter to raise educational standards and help improve the local community.

"New Charter already has significant involvement with the school and surrounding community and is well placed to take the school forward to a positive future.”

Your working in partnership with New Charter does not seem to have worked!

New Charter Academy received a "requires improvement" score, Copley received a "Good" result.

Having all those councillors on the boards of New Charter companies has clearly not paid off. Perhaps this explains the departure of various councillors from these boards. Cllr Cooney is not on the board of New Charter building any more. Neither is Cllr Ricci. While Cllr Kieran Quinn, council leader, resigned on 5th November 2014, last month......

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Triumphalist gloating by two councilors. Just about all they are fit for.

Having been involved in the persecution of Roy West and his partner for several years the tattooed deputy leader of Tameside council has taken time off from praising the dubious pleasures of "Stickey Vicki" to make a posting on his "Dukinfield views" website glorifying the fact that.. errr............ Roy no longer lives at his old address.

The Dukinfield councilors must be short of work if they can afford to spend time leafleting somewhere where Roy USED to live. Perhaps Taylor is taking heed of Judge Osbourne and growing a thicker skin. Working his way up to leafleting Roy's current address when he grows some balls to match his thicker skin.

This man really is the pits. Barely able to write a coherent sentence without his ghost writer he writes about there being "one to many" villains in Dukinfield ("too"), "Dukinfields happiest street" ("Dukinfield's") "This years Christmas cards" ("year's").

I believe he needs to remember the biblical statement, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

One law for them, one law for us; New Charter flout planning rules.

New Charter's ruthlessness in dealing with tenants who are "anti-social" is well known. They were even cocky enough to appear on BBC TV in the series "Neighbourhood watched."

They are not so keen on obeying regulations.

A few weeks ago the building site on Cavendish Street, the former Katherine House, was working away on a Sunday, in breach of the planning permission granted. Tameside Citizen has been reliably informed that a complaint WAS made to the planning department. What came of it is not yet known. But what IS known is that on Sunday 30th November and last Sunday (7th December) the site was again working away!

This Blog hopes that New Charter's cavalier approach to planning regulations receives the same treatment as it would receive if it were you or I doing it....but we are not holding our breath!!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Council leader says the council will dispose of their land as they see fit

Addressing the council meeting on Tuesday night (2nd December) Councillor K Quinn said that the council is dedicated to building affordable homes which will be "100%" for Tamesiders. In an obvious reference to comments made on local Blogs the council leader, in his keynote address, said they would continue to dispose of "their" land as they saw fit in pursuit of this aim. Presumably this means more free land for local social housing companies.

We wonder what "100%" for Tamesiders means? It is the landlord who lets the property. Is he admitting that he has control or influence over local landlords. Some local social landlords have close links with housing in Oldham. Can he guarantee a "Tameside for Tamesiders" policy will be enforceable?

Talking of local social landlords,  a motion was considered in the name of Cllr J Fitzpatrick regarding tax avoidance by major companies, listing Google, Starbucks and Vodaphone. No mention of local housing company and registered charity New Charter Homes which is able to avoid paying council tax on it's vacant property for a period of time by virtue of being a charity. Odd omission!