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Respect Parties Kevin Ovenden Missing Since Monday

June 1, 2010
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Kevin Ovenden, Respect Party campaigner of Newham and Viva Palastinia member is one of those 28 Britons missing since Israeli commandos stormed the Gaza aid flotilla.

The Respect Party apparently have knowledge that he is unharmed but detained by the Israeli authorities at Ashdod.
Also another Tower Hamlets resident is among those detained Nur Choudury. Lets hope they are both safe and well and will be released soon.

The full list of British nationals (provisional) is as follows:
Laura Macdonald Stuart
Ebrahim Musaji
Jamal Sayed
Parveen Yaqub
Baboo Adem Zanghar
Ahsan Shamruk
Mustafa Cengiz Ahmet
Tauqir Sharif
Boudejma Bounoua
Mohammad Bounoua
Sakir Yildirim
Kenneth O’Keefe
Ali El-Awaisi
Mohammed Bhaiyat
Lort Phillips Alexandra Mary
Sarah Nancy Colborne
Ismail Adam Patel
Nader Daher
Mahi Mohammed Abid
Nur-E-Azom Choudhury
Kevin Ovenden
Peter Venner
Clifford Gardner Hanley
Muzzammil Layth Chogley
Jamaluddin Mohammad Farid Elshayyal
Hassan Al Banna Ghani
Lazrag Salah
Ali Altan

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Local Homes Initiative Deemed A Failure

June 1, 2010
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The former leader of the Council Lutfur Rahman’s much lauded ‘Local Homes Initiative’ which promised a £20 million package designed to help an extra 500 families escape overcrowded conditions and place them in suitable accomadation has been deemed a failure by sources within the council.

At an average cost of £250,000 pound’s for each home, the council’s buy-back scheme set up in March 2009 as part of the ‘Local Homes Initiative’ has only so far bought back around 75 homes at a cost of £19.5 million over a year later. In February 2010, only 65 had been bought back, and at that time only 39 families had been rehoused, with former tenants still living within the properties bought and payed for by the council. How many of them now are still not being used correctly? Remember also that while these homes were being bought back that the council’s ‘Right to Buy’ scheme was still in full swing and going strongly

Senior staff are now trying their hardest to run damage-limitation in releasing the figures, as it comes to light that a fraction of those 500 families living in awful conditions and promised to be helped are indeed still living in overcrowded accomadation.

Whats confounding their efforts still, are the facts that in the past few months, perfectly fine 3 bedroom homes within Cotall Street, 97 council properties, have been demolished to make way for what seems to be a private development. Also the same £20 million pound figure was quoted last year by the council for saving Robin Hood Gardens with over 250 homes, which the council at that time argued that they didn’t have the money.

As part of the ‘Local Homes Initiative’ last year I also reported about the £8 million pound scandal in my post ‘Council sells 8 pieces of land to RSL for £8 pound’ regarding giving away our land at a £1 a pop to greedy RSL landlords

This scheme is an admittance by the council that the facts stand that most residents applying to the waiting list that now stands at over 20,000 people, are willing to wait for the security of tenure that exists in Council Tenancies above those offered by others. In one year it seems the council have wasted almost £20 million on buying back 70 odd properties, and at the same time have knocked down 100 perfectly suitable accomadation. Also deciding in the same year to demolish 250 homes, in its bid to cosy up to the private sector, selling our land, and homes from underneath us.

Official sources from the council are still unwilling to respond to requests for clarity, as they now seem to be chasing their own tails, none knowing what the other is doing.

The Local Homes Initiative is now giving away millions of pounds for homes sold for a pittance over 10 years ago, is also involved in selling our land for a £1 a time, whose initiating members have been in talks with the HCA in getting Grants for local RSL’s so they can build on this land grab. All for what?, all to make a small dent in our overbloated waiting list.

Our elected officials are now guilty overloading the already overburdened services and infrasture that already exists in this boruough. The council seems to think that in one of the nations most overpopulated boroughs, that in itself supports some of the worst deprivation statistics, and health consquences because of the density, that they can build another 43,000 homes, bringing in over 80,000 extra people without creating any lasting damage.

Confusion abounds in an authority where its Chief Executive is unwilling to officially respond to accusations of his Assistant ‘Lutfur Ali’ getting paid almost as much, if not more than our Prime Minister for only working two days a week. If the people of this borough, dont soon take notice of whats happening and do something about it, our entire area will be transformed, not for the better but for the worst……

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Lutfur Ali paid more than the Prime Minister

June 1, 2010
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Its come to light today that ‘Lutfur Ali’ is probably getting paid more than the Prime Minister. With the Prime Ministers pay at £142,000 and our man with the plan’s Lutfur Ali’s at £125,000 with executive benefits, probably leads this far and above the Prime Ministers. Sources within the council tell me that his bonuses and benefits package could be as much as £50,000 pounds per year. Taking his overall salary to over £175,000 pounds per year. Official sources within the council refuse to comment on this, as this for some reason is deemed personal information which they claim comes under the protection of the Data Protection Act.

Also we can take it that although he resigned over two months ago, that executive contracts make it extremely difficult for the council to actually stop paying him, so we can honestly say he is probably still getting his £10,100 pounds a months salary as pointed out by Ted Jeory on the 19th March 2010.

Council sources have repeatedly denied that there is any investigation into this man, who apparently was completly unqualified for this job, who also again apparently lied on his CV, regarding not only his qualifications but also his experience. Yet this man was given cart-blanche access to one of the largest council budgets in the country.

£10,100 per month, not bad for working 2 days per week, and now what seems like not working at all and still getting paid. How many other faceless over-paid tin-pot dictators walk the corridors of the grubbiest little council in britain?

With no official response from the council, we can only wonder at what’s going on in that place………

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28 Britons Illegally Held By Israeli Authorities

June 1, 2010
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The Gaza Aid flotilla of 6 ships carrying 10,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the beleagured people of the gaza strip who have been under virtual imprisonment for around 3 years now, was attacked in international waters in the early hours of yesterday morning. After IDF commando’s illegally stormed a ship 40 to 90 miles off of the Gaza coast clearly within international waters, and carrying automatic weapons, were then set upon by those on board in an act of defense. The commando’s then proceeded to kill anything up to 20 or more people.

Press TV’s Hassan Ghani (A Scottish Citizen) who was on board the Flotilla and was reporting from on board at the time of the attack;

“we have had several injuries here, one is critical, he has been hit in the head. We think he may die if he does not receive medical treatment immediately……we are being hit by tear gas and stun grenades. We have navy ships on either side and ahead. We are being attacked on every single side, we are in International waters…”

before being cut off, and has not been heard of since.

There were upto 28 Britons on board at the time, and as of yet there have been no confirmations from the foreign office if any of them are among the dead. Watching BBC our state-run media outlet fails to mention these 28 britons or their fate. The ships were towed to the Israeli port of Ashdod where the 700 activists were detained, some refusing to leave the ships where further clashes occured. Although Israel clearly have acted illegally in the boarding, killings and detention of the peaceful convoy, our own Government and the UN have responded with nothing but words, such as ‘deplorable’ and ‘unnacceptable’. No actions have been taken as of yet against these crimes, by our government.

We can only hope that not just our own citizens but others including a Nobel Laureate, German and Swedish MP’s , and also a holocaust survivor, are all safe, being medically and humanely treated and hopefull will be also released soon.

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