Christian values abandoned by wealthy Westminster council

Anyone who reads the report that Westminster council want to ‘criminalise free food for the homeless’ can’t help but be appalled and disgusted.  They want to ban a free soup kitchen that provides food for 150 homeless people in one of the richest of London’s boroughs because basically it amounts to the fact that they make the place look untidy.

What has this country come to when Christian values are thrown away because of a ‘litter problem’ and some disturbance to local residents who, given that they live between Victoria station, busy Victoria Street, a couple of theatres and with Westminster and Parliament just a stone’s throw away, a little noise from the slurping of soup is bound to get on their nerves.

This attitude is a clear indication that our councils are sick to the core and that anti-Christian attitudes and values have permeated the council who couldn’t care less for the homeless.  Nothing could have made this clearer than last years scandal when two senior council officials were investigated by the police for ‘cash-for-homes’ fraud.

This is the latest in a string of examples of councils having lost the plot – they are there to serve the people, not the other way around.  How about Westminster finding homes for the homeless instead of brushing them under the carpet or trying to kill them off by denying them basic human rights?

As bad as the Human Rights legislation might be, this is a clear example that there must be protection for those who cannot speak up for themselves and if the Human Rights Act and the European Convention Human Rights legislation provides that protection, so be it.

Doesn’t this also fly in the face of the governments drive to have local charities pick up the slack of the governments failure to support its people.

This disgusting, non-Christian view is unacceptable and goes against common decency.

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DWP defies court order

The Legal Services Department of the DWP has failed to adhere to the directions given by a Crown Court Judge putting them in contempt.

The Department for Works and Pensions took legal action in 2010 but have not yet made charges.  The DWP used the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 legislation normally reserved for crimes of terrorism; drugs; prostitution and gun running making accusations of benefits fraud.

Mrs K Hill, a spokesperson for the DWP in her reply to an enquiry made on by an MP says that “all action taken during this investigation, including the use of Management Receivers and the exercise of POCA powers, has been proportionate and necessary as part of the investigative process” and that the investigation is “conducted with due consideration of all legal guidelines and with appropriate guidance from DWP Solicitors”.

Under the powers of POCA, there is an entitlement to £250 each per week for living expenses.  This money is paid from the accused own bank accounts and money.

Initially, the DWP failed to make money reliably available for 16 weeks.  The situation resulted in an order being made by the Crown Court that the DWP had three days to sort out the living expenses.

Despite this order, the DWP remain unable to make the living expenses reliably available causing extreme duress, financial distress and making it impossible to buy food or to pay utility bills or rent.  The cold weather had dire consequences on existing health problems and disabilities resulting in a deterioration as a result.

There had been no income since July 2010 and despite the matter being brought to the attention of the ministers responsible for the DWP, including Gill Aitkin, the Director General of DWP Legal Services; they remain without basic human necessities – the Equalities & Human Rights Commission are taking an interest in the matter as such a situation is clearly not “proportionate and necessary”.

None of those having responsibility for this situation have commented.

Human rights, anti-obesity surgery and the NHS purse

The Human Rights blog operated by 1COR raises the issue of human rights and the NHS purse and highlights cases which have failed in the courts.

For years, the government have enjoyed the revenue generated from the tobacco industry; it seems that every town centre has the benefit of one of the many fast food chains.  In fact, new developments, shopping centres and the like depend on these chains as anchors to ensure the success of the venture.

Croydon University Hospital (Mayday) has a Burger King in the reception area of the hospital so obviously there is some sanctioning of such foods which are recognised as contributing to obesity.

Now the NHS is moaning about the lack of funds with which it has to deal and it’s all down to the terrible public who have no self control and are eating themselves to death.

No matter that the overheads of the NHS are recognised as being completely unacceptable with more administrators per capita than doctors or nurses – there are more people wielding pens and pushing papers than there are surgeons wielding knives and nurses pushing beds.

The high cost of the NHS is due entirely to these administrators who follow the government model of having more civil servants than they really need.

No one stops to ask why people indulge so heavily in all the things they know to be bad for them whether it’s eating too much, binge drinking or, in fact, smoking.

People live their lives under such intense pressure, from buying and holding onto their homes, getting a good school for their children, working harder to hold onto their jobs to pay for the house and feed their children and to pay for all the things that consumerism has convinced them that they need in order to survive.

We watch as our government skims the cream from society and run up extraordinary debts that we have to shoulder and pass on to our children; our elderly are dying due to lack of care, compassion or humanity and disabled people are driven to suicide by legislation designed to reduced government spending for those who need it while the banking industry pass off their sub-prime debts to society while they continue to live a champagne lifestyle with eight and ten figure bonuses being the norm.

Who can honestly say that they are happy?  Is it any wonder that more and more people are turning inwards to escape from the realities of a world gone completely insane.  Comfort eating, binge drinking and a complete disregard for the implications of smoking are inevitable results of our modern life.

Money for medical treatment may be running low so those who could benefit from such treatments are being refused but with MPs, Euro MPs and bankers living a life of luxury at the expense of the rest of society who can wonder when someone needing treatment feels that their human rights are being abused when such treatment is denied to them.

Avoiding contempt of court: Tips for bloggers and tweeters

Post: http://ukhumanrightsblog.com/2011/03/07/avoiding-contempt-of-court-tips-for-bloggers-and-tweeters/comment-page-1/#comment-4006
Date: March 7, 2011
Author: Adam Wagner

Our Response:

Legislation introduced in this country, such as POCA, undermines the judicial process and removes the presumption of innocence before guilt is established or proven.

It is only right therefore that the media should not prejudice a case through negligent or emotive reporting that serves no purpose other than the sale of newspapers through sensationalism and could pervert the course of justice to the point that a guilty person might be freed and more importantly an innocent person might be found guilty.

Another aspect of fair-play however is the contempt the courts and officers of the courts (as well as government departments who feel they are protected from prosecution) that occurs in the execution of the law or in upholding legislation which is poorly understood and for which no controls are in place.

An example of this lies with our pet hate POCA (Proceeds of Crime Act), which allows management receivers (officers of the court) to be assigned to “manage assets” and who then proceed to liquidate those assets and pocket the proceeds themselves.

This piece of legislation provides for such companies to benefit to the tune of £17million (2007 figures) and there are no checks on balances of their activities; there is no one to oversee the results of their work; no one is held to account when errors are found and there is no one with whom responsibility for the actions of these officers of the court lay.

The course of justice is perverted and there is no one paying attention to this travesty – so much for transparency when the whole process is so glass-like that no one can see what is going on and more importantly, no one really seems to care.

Irish Times: Irish Man, Aged 60, Arrested for Posting a London 7/7 DVD to a Judge

Man sought by UK authorities over alleged sending of DVD

A MAN sought by the UK authorities for allegedly attempting to pervert the course of justice by sending a controversial DVD to a judge and jury foreman during a trial relating to bomb attacks in London in July 2005 has appeared before the High Court after being arrested in Co Meath.

Sheffield-born Anthony John Hill (60) was arrested by gardaí at his home in Carrick Street, Kells, early yesterday morning on foot of a European Arrest Warrant, Mr Justice John MacMenamin was told.

Mr Hill’s extradition is being sought in relation to his alleged actions during the trial of several people on conspiracy charges related to the attacks on July 7th, 2005, that took place on the London underground and a London bus.

It is alleged that, in May and June 2008, Mr Hill sent several copies of a DVD entitled 7/7 Ripple Effect to the judge and the foreman of a jury at the trial at Kingston Crown Court of people allegedly involved in assisting the 2005 bombings.

7/7 Ripple Effect is a film, available on the internet, which claims people accused of involvement in the bombings are innocent and that the bombings were an “inside job”, perhaps involving state intelligence agencies in either Britain or Israel.

The British authorities claim copies of the DVD were sent, in packaging with Irish postal marks, between September 2007 and December 2007 to five relatives of people who had been killed during the bombing.

In court yesterday, Sgt Seán Fallon said that when arrested at his Kells home at 8.14am, Mr Hill, when asked about the DVD, had said: “I sent it. I believe those men to be innocent.”

Sgt Fallon said Mr Hill had said that a friend of his had made the DVDs and that copies were made on his computer.

Gardaí took possession of computers at Mr Hill’s home yesterday and will apply to the court to send those computers to the British authorities.

The matter was adjourned by Mr Justice MacMenamin to February 18th and Mr Hill was remanded in custody.

More information from: http://mtrial.org

UK Human Rights – Protections of freedom bill under scrutiny

Post: http://ukhumanrightsblog.com/2011/03/02/protections-of-freedom-bill-under-scrutiny/
Date: March 2, 2011
Author: Adam Wagner

Our Comments:

Teresa May and the government are, as they say, full of it –

“Today we have a rare opportunity. The Bill gives us a chance to roll back the creeping intrusion of the state into our everyday lives, and to return individual freedoms to the heart of our legislation.”

When Clegg announced the intention to deal with this issue, we thought that finally something meaningful was to be done about the 8000 odd ways introduced by Labour to make us all criminals.  The government can make as many opportunities to repeal laws as they like so rarity need not enter into it.

Instead we have a Bill to protect freedoms that are our birth right; we have amendments to water down powers that should not exist – they have well and truly missed the point; or have they.

We’re not seeing a government that is removing unlawful legislation and giving back to the people what is rightfully theirs, we continue to stagger under the burden of laws that have been introduced to protect us from the threat of terrorism and to induce us to part with more and more money in the form of fines, charges and other stealth taxes and at the same time the government continues to ignore their own pledge to be more transparent.

Clause 61 of the Magna Carta gives people the right to Lawful Rebellion and the time seems to be fast approaching where the scenario envisioned in the movie “V For Vendetta” will become a reality.

The government cannot continue to remove power from the people; undermine the Crown; find ways to segregate and separate neighbours from one another (divided we fall); taxing the people into oblivion while allowing ten figure bonuses for chinless wonders and causing disabled people to contemplate suicide due to poverty and distress; while ensuring their own gilt-edge salaries, pensions and expense regime.

But then, apathy rules; the majority have become content to sit in front of their TV watching mind numbing shows like Big Brother and the X Factor; being encouraged to believe that they can achieve fame and fortune without the benefit of hard work then being penalised for doing so; being isolated from each other – even to the level that each member of a household will be segregated in a technology induced cloud of entertainment via their Sky box or X-box or via their PC while they twitter or book their faces all over the Internet – constantly searching it seems for fame and fortune within the confines of their bedroom.

Gone are the days when children played together in the streets and neighbours developed a bond of friendship and community; when families got together.  These days people spend their time in splendid isolation even when out socialising they are glued to their phone either sending or receiving messages.

Maybe it’s too late to reverse the trend, Ministers and local councils are accumulating more and more power with each piece of legislation that is allowed to go through; stealth legislation is introduced when Parliament is not paying proper attention; plans are afoot to remove the Crown and the House of Lords so all the power will lie in the hands of politicians whose most ardent intent is to get back into power so they promise what they know the people crave the most while at the same time enjoying the many benefits of their position over and above what is really needed to do the job.

What if someone raises an objection?  Don’t worry, there is enough legislation in place to prove that a voice of dissent is, in some way, linked to terrorism and there are severe and draconian penalties in place to deal with such objections and the state enforcement officers will descend on you like a ton of bricks and the courts will be hamstrung by the legislation they have to deal with.

UK Human Rights – Henry VIII powers to be dropped

Post: http://ukhumanrightsblog.com/2011/03/01/henry-viii-powers-to-be-dropped/
Date: March 1, 2011
Author: Adam Wagner

Another stealth Bill being discussed in Parliament.

Our comments:

We’d all love to see the back of unnecessary and costly guano’s that do nothing but suck money from the public purse and give jobs to the boys.

As they’ve done in the past, with the media spotlight fixed on an external crisis and our very own Prime Minister sticking his nose in when he can’t keep track of the domestic situation, we have our ministers creeping around the corridors of power trying to exert their influence and deal another blow to democracy.

We had Jo Moore suggesting that the death of hundreds of innocents would provide a good smoke screen to hide councillors’ expenses; we’ve had David Cameron getting the taxpayer to foot the bill for his “personal snapper” (as reported by the Mirror 17/11/2010); we’ve had Fox Hunting debates obscuring anti-terror legislation in the form of the Proceeds of Crime Act (which has in itself done more harm to the democratic process by removing presumption of innocence) and now this Public Bodies Bill.

We have to ask if this is the “transparency” we can expect from the government?  Ministers have proven themselves to be arrogant, dishonest, greedy and self-serving; legislation permitting them to exercise more powers without scrutiny must not be allowed.

 Sir Ivan Lawrence Q.C. in his condemnation of the Proceeds of Crime Act said, “a law more draconian and manifestly unjust than anything ever devised by a state in modern times”.  He continued that this, “legally complicated, draconian and unjust system” has come about “mainly because Parliament does not spend enough time, or use enough care, in vetting the laws put before it by civil servants and politicians – goaded as they are by the tabloid press with little understanding of the consequences of what they do”.

So we have clear evidence that Parliament does not spend enough time vetting new laws, do we really need to give them an excuse to be “out of the loop” further?