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Painted Ladies

May 17, 2010
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Someones going around in East London defacing the H&M adverts showing two beautiful bikini clad women standing on a beach by blacking them out with paint.

Just been called by a friend who notified me that someone seems to be going around covering up the bikini-clad women on the new H&M advert adorning a fair number of our bus tops at present.

I went to see for myself and found one vandalised at the bus-stop on the westbound side of East India Dock Road just two stops before Burdett Road. Someone has taken a roller and a can of black paint to the two ladies in the poster, and completley blotted them out.
The same apparently had occured to the same advert at the Bus Stop in Burdett road by the Post Office Depot. Workmen had been seen scraping the paint off of this one, and I saw the evidence of this myself, where the scraped off paint was still on the floor.

Vandalised H&M Advert at a Bus Stop in East India Dock Road

I wonder if these adverts were attacked for religious reasons or sexist/feminist one?………..

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Did Lutfur Ali really get paid £1262 per day?

May 16, 2010
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Dr Kevan Collins Tower Hamlets current CEO mentioned on the Tower Hamlets Website that he would miss working with Lutfur Ali;

Statement by the Chief Executive

Assistant Chief Executive, Lutfur Ali, resigned from his post on 17 March after deciding to move on.

Chief Executive, Kevan Collins, said that he was sad to lose Mr. Ali but appreciated his decision. Dr. Collins acknowledged the significant contributions by Mr. Ali as the Assistant Chief Executive responsible for leading key parts of the Council’s business.

Mr. Ali leaves a legacy of achievements including his contribution to our level 3 in the new Comprehensive Area Assessment score, an excellent rating for the new Equalities Framework Assessment, a highly successful Tower Hamlets Together Campaign, a thriving third sector, and a policy and performance team that has helped the Council achieve a host of national awards for improving service delivery.

Dr. Collins said he would miss working with Mr. Ali, and added that Mr. Ali’s considerable contributions to the borough and the Council were widely recognised most importantly in the way in which the Council had extended and improved its understanding of the needs and aspirations of residents.

Mr. Ali joined the Council in 2008 after a distinguished career in the private and public sector.

As readers know, this blog revealed that Mr Ali probably only attended to his duties at the council for most of his tenure for only 2 days a week. Although the current CEO stated in the press release above that he would “miss working with him”, why didn’t he seem to notice his colleagues absence from his desk for 3 days a week?

It would seem that Mr Ali’s council pay-packet of £10,100 per month didn’t include timesheets, or any sort of oversight. Why did no one at the council notice he seemed to be skulking off to work at the National College for 3 days a week for anything upto £1400 per day?

If the research put forward by this blog turn out to be true that for most of his time he was only working for 2 days per week at the council, then his pay-packet per day at the council would come to around £1262 per day.

The council still hasn’t answered Ted Jeory’s question of wether taxpayers are still paying his salary, even though he has resigned.

Again this blog asks, why does there seem to be no investigation into this man, and what seems to be a huge abuse of tax-payers money?

How Does the Council Handle Moonlighters?

May 14, 2010

Evidence has been presented on this blog, of what appears to be solid proof that Mr Lutfur Ali former Assistant CEO of Tower Hamlets, was working 3 days a week at the National College whilst also working for the Council.

Mr Lutfur Ali the former assisstant CEO for Tower Hamlets who resigned back in March 16th 2010 under a flurry of accusations regarding his character, has now come under the spotlight again for his time spent with the National College.

For those of you who have been following this, will remember the documentary ‘Britains Islamic Republic’ on Channel 4 where concerns were put forward regarding Mr Ali’s suitability for the role as Assistant CEO for Tower Hamlets Council at £125,000 per year. As the documentary highlighted there were candidates for the job far more suited and qualified for the position.
After watching the Documentary, the National College apparently noticed Mr Ali’s face as someone who was working for them and contacted Tower Hamlets Council with obvious concerns regarding his employment. Andrew Gilligan reported on his Telegraph blog that Kevin Collins (Tower Hamlets CEO) replied to enquiries regarding these accusations that

“Every member of staff is under a contractual obligation to work full-time for the council unless explicitly stated otherwise”.

Surely these matters coming to light now and Mr Ali’s contractual obiligations which he clearly seems to have broken should finally highlight the need for an investigation.
The evidence put forward yesterday is undeniable, directly from the National College and stored publically at the excellent FOI website, showing dates worked for the department by Mr Ali.
It shows that while under the employment of the council he was getting paid between £450 to £900 per day for services at the National College, plus VAT which currently stands at 17.5%.

I’m no accountant and dont really fully understand employment matters, or even why he should get paid VAT as part of his salary, but does this now bring his pay to betwee £528.75 and £1,057.50 per day.
That figure doesnt even include his expenses, which the FOI requests shows could be a maximum of £80 per day, which in itself is more money per day than most living one of the most deprived boroughs in England. Recalculating this again now gives potential figures between £608.75 and £1,137.50 per day.
So in the first month of employment Mr Ali who worked 13 dates for the National College, and who already gets paid £10,100 per month for Tower Hamlets potentially took home that month anywhere between £7913.75 and £14787.50 extra on top of his Council pay-packet.
Not a bad month for someone who seems to be holding down two part-time jobs.

Mr Ali started at the Assisstant CEO position on Monday September 1st 2008, and was appointed the responsibility for ‘Policy, Performance and Delivery’ at the counci. How much of that responsibility was he burdened with when he was also getting paid vast sums of money working for the National College on Thursday and Friday in the first week of his employement at the council. This seems to suggest that in the first week he only worked for the council for 3 days. In fact if you look at my figures here, In his first month of employment at the Council he was also employed by the National College for a total of 13 days, 11 of those during the week. Furthermore if you look at the figures closely they seem to suggest that on average he was only working on average 2 days a week at the council whilst under the employment of the National College.

Peter Golds the Blackwall & Cubitt Town Conservative Councillor who has been accused by some sections of the community of acting out a witch hunt against Mr Ali, should stand fully vindicated under the spotlight of this new evidence regarding Mr Ali.

Mr Golds who has alway held that;

“Nothing of this is personal, I just want to see the correct processes are followed”

had previously also called for an investigation into Mr Ali’s employment and the way this was carried out. Has the council carried out that investigation? When shown these documents from the National College stated that its

“absolutely staggering. I find it extroadinary, that somebody could have one of the most senior positions on the council, one of the most highest paid jobs in local government, and still be working for many days each month for another organisation”.

These previous allegations and the evidence provided here on this blog, raise some serious questions?

Did the council know he was working for the National College for more days a week than actually present at the council? Are the highest paid positions within the council with the most responsibility actually allowed to be part-time positions? Is this an efficient way to spend tax-payers money?

How does this reflect on the wider community who are living in over-crowded, deprived and un-healthy conditions, whilst their council employees seem to get paid vast amounts for holding down two part-time positions.

Why were the council not aware of Mr Ali’s role at the National College?
It seems that the council do not record centrally whether their employees hold other positions outside of the council as highlighted in a previous FOI request;

“I regret that information on officers/employees that have roles outside of the council is not recorded centrally and is therefore not available. This is recorded on each individuals HR files. It is estimated that the cost of locating and retrieving the information requested would take over 18 hours.”

taken from IGT_FOI_02_2727 at

The above statement from the council confirms that outside roles are recorded on employees HR files. This raises more questions, did Mr Ali submit this information to his HR file? Did he lie, regarding his outside employment? or did the council let him skulk of to work at the National college up to 3 days a week?

So to put it bluntly as the man in charge of Policy, Performance & Delivery;

Is it council Policy regarding officers who earn more than £120,000 per year to not investigate whether they work for outside organisations?
How well can these same members Perform if working for outside organisations for 3 days a week?
And finally how much can these officers Deliver if only working 2 days a week?

Finally Tower Hamlets Watch asks this council publicly has there been any investigation into Mr Ali’s affairs?

Days worked by Mr Ali At National College

May 14, 2010
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Just to make it a litter clearer for people.  I’ve taken the liberty of showing the exact days he worked for the National College whilst also being employed in his position as Assistant CEO for Tower Hamlets

September 2008 – 13 days, 11 weekdays
Thu 4, Fri 5, Sat 6
Tues 9, Thur 11, Fri 12
Mon 15, Fri 19, Sat 20
Mon 22, Tues 23, Fri 26,
Mon 29

October 2008 – 15 days, 12 weekdays
Wed 1, Fri 3
Tues 7, Thu 9, Sat 11
Mon 13, Thu 16, Fri 17, Sat 18
Mon 20, Fri 24, Sat 25
Mon 27, Thur 30, Fri 31

November 2008 – 12 days, 12 weekdays
Mon 3, Tues 4, Wed 5
Wed 12, Thur 13, Sat 15
Wed 19, Thur 20, Fri 21
Wed 26, Thur 27, Fri 28

December 2008 – 14 days, 13 weekdays
Thur 4, Fri 5, Sat 6
Wed 10, Thur 11, Fri 12
Wed 17, Thur 18, Fri 19
Mon 22, Tues 23, Wed 24
Mon 29, Tues 30

January 2009 – 13 days, 12 weekdays
Thur 1,
Mon 5, Thur 8, Fri 9,
Mon 12, Thur 15, Fri 16,
Mon 19, Tues 20, Fri 23
Mon 26, Fri 30, Sat 31

February 2009 – 12 days, 12 week days ?? 3 days a week
Mon 2, Tues 3, Fri 6
Mon 9, Tues 10, Fri 13
Mon 16, Thur 19, Fri 20
Mon 23, Thurs 26, Fri 27

March 2009 – 14 days, 14 weekdays again 3 days a week
Mon 2, Tues 3, Frid 6
Mon 9, Tues 10, Fri 13
Mon 16, Wed 18, Fri 20
Mon 23, Tues 24, Wed 25
Mon 30, Tues 31

April 2009 – 12 days, 11 weekdays, 3 days a week
Fri 3, Mon 6, Tue 7 Wed 8
Thu 16, Frid 17, Sat 18
Mon 20, Thurs 23, Fri 24
Mon 27, Tues 28

May 2009 – 13 days, 13 weekdays, 3 days a week
Fri 1, Tue 5, Wed 6, Fri 8
Mon 11, Tues 12, Wed 13
Mon 18, Tues 19, Fri 22
Tues 26, Wed 27, Fri 29

June 2009 – 14 days, 14 weekdays, 3 days a week
Mon 1, Tues 2, Fri 5
Mon 8, Tues 9, Thu 11
Mon 15, Tues 16, Thu 18
Mon 22, Tue 23, Thu 25
Mon 29, Tues 30

July 2009 – 11 days, 11 weekdays, 3 days a week
Wed 1, Fri 3
Mon 6 Tue 7, Fri 10
Mon 13, Tue 14, Fri 17
Mon 20, Mon 27, Fri 31

August 2009 – 9 days, 8 weekdays,  on average 3 days a week
Sat 1, Mon 3 Thur 6
Mon 10, Thurs 13, Fri 14
Mon 17, Fri 21, Thurs 27

September 2009 – 5 days, 5 weekdays
Tues 1, Wed 16, Thu 17
Thur 24, Tues 29

It seems that he was working on average around 3 days a week for the National College whilst being employed by our Council. More importantly he was also charged with the responsibility of  ‘Policy, Performance & Delivery’ which seems to be a highly paid non-job, that only needs full attention for around two days per-week.

Surely this requires the full attention of the council, and should require the council to fully investigate these matters? The first question that needs answering is how many days was Mr Ali actually in attendance at Tower Hamlets Council?

More importantly, as Ted Jeory pointed out in a letter to the editor of the East London Advertiser published on 19 March 2010, that although he’s officially resigned under these allegations, are the council still paying “£10,100 of our council tax money on his salary for every month of his outstanding notice period.”

Mr Jeory also alludes in that letter to the suspicion that there may not even be an investigation actually being carried out. Without any official council declarations, then who knows?

Exclusive Evidence regarding Lutfur Ali

May 12, 2010
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One of my many colleague’s who share the same principles as I, has informed me of some information that has recently come to light.

This is exclusive news to this site, never reported before regarding our Tower Hamlets council, is that Mr Ali who resigned from the council earlier this year under a flurry of accusations, was actually working for another organisation. The fact that he was working or moonlighting is the matter under discussion.

Using the excellent public ‘Freedom Of Information’ website a request was sent to the National College and has been recieved back. Here is the FOI Request and Response from the National College which proves without a shadow of a doubt that Mr Ali was moonlighting. Infact not only was he getting paid between £450 to £900 per day for his considered opinions, but the first week of his employment at London Borough of Tower Hamlets as Assistant CEO, he worked at the National College on the Friday and Saturday of that week.

As this news has just come in, I must digest this information, before writing a better piece, and writing it up here.

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