Friday, 21 October 2016

Kent Fails on Manston corruption : dig up the runway, sack more councillors, jail Infratil

What a dismal week for Kent.

First, the collapse of Leader Wells and UKIP on Manston with their only policy rejected as idiotic. No wonder Wells’ fat-suit has deflated as if somebody had pull the plug on him and his policies.

Or perhaps his UKIP colleagues are eating him piece by piece.


Rather the UKIP and Tory policy was simply pretending to reopen Manston while covering up the aquifer and monitors scandal and cancer.

Now Craig Mackinlay is caught up in a rape scandal with his aide in parliament. Exactly what Kent doesn’t need is a police raid on his Parliament and constituency office.

Nor what seems to be drink-fuelled excess on the rates leading to rape.

Parliamentary jollies to Hungary and Gibraltar, and Instro military-not-military drones debacle, seem to be in the absence of Craig fulfilling any part of his manifesto.

Certainly he could have been active on reviving the KCC links with Hungary and Virginia.

All those seemingly empty guff on the rates rather than ongoing policies. With Tim Kaine the former Virginia governor (and Virginia resident) now likely to be USA Vice-President it’s a massive failure of Kent’s efforts so far.


Then we have Space Cadet Russ Timpson of the Libdems who pops up after over a year to raise any sort of Manston manifesto… by calling for a Spaceport. I don’t think he’s quite understood the size of a Cape Canaveral – or the aquifer under the space runway.


Then UKIP were lucky to get away with just punching their own MEP and nearly killing him, and sparking yet another leadership contest.


But, a wider problem of parachute candidates is that what do they care if their constituency is dragged through the mud? Nothing to do with where they work and live.

Let’s hope Craig as a magistrate issues a full and frank statement of what’s been going on and assist police with their inquiries. For the rape incident, as well as the Channel Four fraudulent election expenses.

As with Matthew Scott the PCC Boy Commissioner a Tory Boy activist – and indeed Mackinlay himself as a former PCC candidate – we have the destruction of grassroots democracy with head office candidates simply traipsing from election to election form John O’Groats to Land’s End to be elected. And then do nothing.

For LocalCraig to claim on his election manifesto that he and his wife live and work in Ramsgate is as laughable as it is illegal. Our Chatham accountant may be able to count but he seems to struggle with geography. Perhaps he’ll just say anything to get elected.

We need a new law on local democracy banning anyone from being an MP who doesn’t work or live in the area for say 5 years previously. Plus doublehatter laws. At worst you’d have a local idiot for no more than 5 years. Or Gale for 30 years - though to be fair that's merely incompetence.

The rota of four public general meetings at RTC seem to have been pushed back to the last few weeks of the elected year. Handy for delay and lack of scrutiny ad keep taking the paycheck.

Indeed the rape lawyer at Broadstairs seems to have been brushed under the carpet on Craig’s watch too. Who is that lawyer?

Margate’s Joshua French on Death Row in the Congo has also been ignored by Mackinlay and Gale as they indulge in the pollution and cancer of Manston.

And silence on Thor mercury: streets around Westwood Ind Est: Farley Rd and Nash Rd etc

While the HSE are dithering again over the Pavilion and asbestos with Sanderson builders claiming there is a secrecy clause in their contracts with Wetherspoon on reporting asbestos removal.

Let’s hope they have cleaned it all up given workers without masks and piles of rubble dragged onto the pavement.

And to add insult to injury, a rerun of the Edwina Crowley Planning director farce with Abigail Raymond now also setting up her own private consultancy planning firm. Perhaps Consultancy Abigail will overrule TDC Abigail’s decisions or rubber-stamp them?

I’m sure Pleasurama’s mystery owners would be interested in that.

Certainly Madeline Homer as CEO on £120k with now not one but two Planning Directors in a row upto dodgy dealings needs to act fast.

As with Edwina the only option for Abigail, TDC or Consultant, is a P45.

The reality is UKIP and Tories have collapsed in less than 18 months of being in power at TDC and RTC. The danger as with UKIP at KCC where nothing has been done, we allow then to limp on for another 3 years.

I will stand against Trevor Shonk as KCC Leader to remove Trevor from what little power he has left, as the old and failed rump of UKIP – and stand for KCC leader in direct opposition to Paul Carter who has faded into obscurity along with the planes that fly out to sea.

I will write to the Chair of RTC and TDC and KCC requesting a vote of no confidence in our political leaders and call for Direct Rule from Westminster before May 2017.

A council tax strike will help spur that on – simply delay payment, make short payments and refuse to pay TDC council tax.

The council couldn’t be more useless could it?

In particular I will call for:

• cancellation of the Slipways café/building overbuild farce and Brett mess of another TDC clerk involved at the Port with John Bunnett following on the heels of the Gang of Four’s Brian White – both key figures in the Westwood Cross mess and destruction of the town centres

• cancellation of Wetherspoons mega-boozer and asbestos site – bizarre that the councillors haven’t called this in as approval was only given by one clerk. Even for East Kent that’s laughable democracy. If the councillors don’t take a firm grip of the civil servants and hire and fire for improvements and taxcuts then they will run riot on bumf and bloat and dodgy deals. And still no details of zerohours reforms by Sports Direct and Wetherspoons

• cancellation of the Ramsgate Kent fire station and replace with a new swimming pool

• $1 CPO purchase of the corrupt Pleasurama site and £3M TDC blood-money given to the Red Cross charity

• Increasingly I think corrupt or failed councillors should have the removal of their portrait from the council offices and a bonfire of their ceremonial robes

Our Killer Councillors with the cancer of Manston and Thor have failed us.

Time for Change


• no details as yet of the Eastcliff Bandstand repairs ready for the Sgt Pepper anniversary, or revoking of 100SE Rd garden-grabbing. Only in Thanet could the council ignore its own Local Plan

• no news as yet on the Old Police Station being made safe by Steve Albon at TDC, after a windowpane injured a passerby

• no news as yet on the demolition of Arlington House 1960’s tower block eyesore – which would assist the Dreamland amusement park of the future
• awaiting full details of the East Kent Supercouncil debates in Canterbury – none in Thanet?

• Astonishing with every Kent hospital and ambulance in special Measures and not one public statement from our MP’s or head of NHS (who is that?: all the more need for a PCC-type role for both Health and Education for accountability)

• Good to see Almeria UAL group of universities underway for closer links with EK universities and colleges – ASEAN too. And we need a top 200 global university in EK – I’m not convinced that many of the Beckham Studies non-courses will achieve that. I was astonished that one Advertising graduate had never heard of David Ogilvy, rather like studying Beckham Studies course and never hearing of Pele, or Beckham. I like CCU but reforms are needed especially with a new Broadstairs campus and Cliftonville for student digs rather than overbuild of Canterbury

• Some improvements on illegal drive-through after 10am in the High St – still parking on the pavements though and on a Sunday. It’s no parking at any time (especially on pavements and yellow lines) and delivery access only before 10am. Very foolish for the car-owners as people pushing past the cars with wheelchairs or pushchairs will undoubtedly scratch the paintwork or break the mirrors. And how foolish of Kent Police to charge £200M a year in tax yet somehow think they don’t issue parking tickets at night. Next they’ll be not catching rapists but making wolfwhistling a sexcrime and not investigating burglaries through windows.
No doubt payrises and drones expected instead. Let’s hope The Boy PCC Commissioner is taking a firm grasp of KP activity and budgets – he’s unimpressive to the point of being Barnesian so far.

• Unimpressive too is Susana Galvan the British Council director of Myanmar now Taiwan – more later on the most bizarre conference management I’ve ever seen. The British Council is a rather excellent and important disseminator of UK Culture (some excellent work in Thailand and Laos and Vietnam with MAG too, you’ll be reassured to hear how your tax is being well-spent) but to have this sort of overpaid nonsense on the rates is appalling

• pleased to see Lucky Iron Fish featured in Entrepreneur magazine with Unilever – hopefully as a forerunner of wider distribution

• no sign of the new UK and Laos postage stamp designed by a UK artist

• Good to see Heineken and Panasonic batteries taking wider root in East Kent – hopefully the innovative TOMS Shoes branching out from their first, new UK shop in Covent Garden as the official EK shoe

• Surin Charity busy working on developing schools for Buriram, Sisaket, Siem Reap and Battambang – a mix of Isaan and Cambodia: Justgiving site to follow soon. Thank you again for all your support for the first school especially Ellington School

• no news on the £50k RTC/DCLG Coastal Communities Fund for Harbour St from July– no doubt part of the absurd 30% reserves and thus of no use at all

• Green and the BHS scandal underway with a parliamentary debate on removing his knighthood and a description of a "Billionaire spiv and criminal" – and certainly should ban Lord “Grabafee” Grabiner the BHS CEO as a High Court Judge and QC. An appalling scoundrel and mess. Would you want Grabiner sitting on judgement of you or friends or family? A hasty judgment and off to the gallows as he rushes off to fill his boots at BHS? More later on GlickQC and Hollingworth fraudsters and BSB Sara Jagger and PB Law aka PBI law

• Interesting that the repugnant Andrew Conway of Stephens Law (another law firm to avoid like the plague) admits that his firm was involved with pretending to be Inland Revenue Officials – although but definitely wasn’t him, he says. How do these scoundrels remain lawyers instead of being struck off? Or private detectives not being licenced?

• ClicheWatch: if any politician uses the phrase: “not providing a running commentary on Brexit” it simply means they haven’t a clue – the sooner the whole mess is scrapped and we remain in the EU the better. It’s not gone well, so far has it?

• I must admit after its first 100 days, to being rather underwhelmed with the new May government. May is looking like Maybe. Decisions such as not to call and election next year, Hinkley, HS2, Heathrow delays etc all look to be drift. On Heathrow I’m not sure we need anything more than a redistribution of airlines among the existing airports. Heathrow is bust but Gatwick and Stansted empty. As is Birmingham which had by far the best policies of the airport debate. The Boris foolishness over Boris island has also set back sensible long-term plans for an airport off Norfolk or using derelict US airbases for EU flights that are the growth area rather than Asian flights within Asia that are the hype of a the aviation and cement industries.

• Crunchy policies by May on economic reform whether Whitehall out of Whitehall, or maximising DFID budgets beyond the gin-palaces of Brussels and New York are thin on the ground. 20k UK troops still on the ground in Germany, rather than new bases in Sierra Leone or Kenya, is Cold War bloat of benefit only to Germany’s economy. While new aircraft carriers and submarines are bloat and vanity-junk that wouldn’t last past the first drone missile. No wonder we keep losing the wars we fight. Churchill would have sacked more generals and admirals. And UK has no Space programme to speak of as Obama calls for Mars by 2030. OK there’s Timpson’s Manston-Space-thingy. FGM and Modern Slavery are worthy issues but of minimal relevance to UK – and don’t the police do those anyway? Knife crime and Climate Change and Air pollution and Cancer and Drugs deaths are all greater issues afflicting Britain. Certainly for a Prime minister’s new or defining policies. Hinkley and more nukes is unutterably foolish as the world moves to solar etc. Rather Brexit is looming as an albatross around her neck. Maybe though she’ll be excellent and win an election next year and do amazing things.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Rape Nation and BHS scandal and KCC Transport Plan - more EK corruption

Various points from the KCC Local Transport Plan 4 consultation:

1.I agree with most of the recommendations and raise the following points.

2.In particular I support Thames Gateway2050/Ebbsfleet(20k jobs)/Paramount theme park(27k jobs)/Lower Thames Crossing

3.I would highlight though:

a.the need for working links with Paramount and Dreamland (now bust again and further court cases – KCC CPO?) and my EKFOS-East Kent Film office and Studio project

b.Kent Police early involvement on Ebbsfleet/TG50 town planning ie combined police/fire stations etc

4.I would flag up a concern though of a forecast of Kent’s population increasing by 293,000 people? That’s a 25% increase in 15 years – seems high?

5.I disagree with Operation Stack lorry park size and cost: the plan for overnight parking seems relevant for smaller lorry parks/preventing roadside parking etc – again Kent Police early involvement. Stack is only a traffic jam 3 days a year so hardly a huge problem, requiring billions of pounds of cement - nor it is clear why Balfour are already appointed before the consultation has begun

6.Manston Parkway rail station is no longer relevant and can be cancelled and budget saved

7.Misc points: no allowance made for 1960’s tower block demolition/road layouts/housing eg Arlington House

8.Stone Hill Park ie a Discovery Park #2 or Kings Hill #2 is a concern given the Manston aquifer while Discovery Park #1 is still only 2k jobs from the 4k jobs of Pfizer. I would recommend SHP/DP#2 is cancelled and the aquifer site kept as parkland: Manston Green

9.On Discovery Park #1 I am concerned at plans for 500 houses – again random Kent overbuild – but also reducing the potential for STEM/vaccine jobs which was the very basis of government support, not another bog-standard housing estate for $1

Gloag/SHP haven't paid the missing Manston monitors fines/overflight fines yet...

10.I appreciate it’s an overview plan but no mention is made of Climate Change ie new parks, room sizes, garden sizes, factoring in flats above shops/empty houses which aren’t recorded etc

11.The further road developments at Westwood Cross make little sense: it’s an out-of-town centre-built-near-the-town-centres so the problem of trying to design out traffic jams simply doesn’t work except by more and more Spaghetti Junction urban sprawl

For KCC and the Property Developers Group every problem looks like a need to pour cement on the rates

12.Dover and Ramsgate ports need a single plan ie EALP/Burgess rather than competition reducing the potential for both sites ie Ramsgate Ostend foot passenger link again etc. Hoverport site cleaned up

13.The emphasis on road safety and designing out traffic blackspots is a good one: is there a map of road casualties to begin that process more rapidly given the increase in deaths?

14.A specific traffic planning point: Germany last week confirmed that its car manufacturing industry (the largest in EU) will only produce electric cars after 2030 ie a KCC need for planning electric charging points/reuse of petrol station sites/cash-for-clunkers and extra recycling sites etc

15.A separate transport point: no provision has been made as yet for North Sea/Channel flood sensors/Arctic ice melt/tsunami surge as 1953 or 1978 deaths, or SS Richard Montgomery demolition/removal – and air pollution from shipping

16.On the Thanet part of the Transport Plan I would flag up misc points:

a.Old Police Station: still derelict and a schoolchild injured by falling window and glass recently – need for more office space

b.Carpet Warehouse: overbuild in town centre of housing

c.£8M Fire Station: wasteful and fake consultation – need for 2nd swimming pool instead

d.Ramsgate Arches/seafront/pedzone: pedestrian precincts

e.Pleasurama derelict corruption site: CPO – beachfront park

f.Eastcliff Bandstand – Sgt Pepper anniversary on 1st June: refurb Grade 1 listed

g.Slipway #4 KCC application: unclear what that involves - or Slipway 1

h.Pavilion: Wetherspoon mega-boozer and Grade 1 listed site and dodgy TDC process: CPO/cancel

i.Canterbury Pilgrim Trail

j.Pegwell Bay/hovercraft site protection /development

k.Van Gogh museum required: as site point or other refurb site

l.Landings attraction: a Jorvik style attraction ie Caesar, Hengist, Augustine etc

m.100 SE Rd garden grabbing/overbuild/TDC breach of their own plan – CPO/refurb

n.Concern over KCC slipways 4/Brett at Ramsgate Port - and revolving door of former Ashford council CEO

The KCC Transport Plan should also have formal oversight by the East Kent Supercouncil too.

On the £108M KCC overspend suddenly announced this week it seems less of an issue of only 5% savings on a £2BN budget. But, to help, the £20M Parkway and the £8M Fire station would go some way to the required savings.

A 2nd levy beyond the 1.99% referendum is illegal - and reductions in salaries and pensions, as well as job cuts, haven’t yet been fully considered by KCC yet.

I’m also concerned at c.10% of the 10k KCC staff on zero hours contracts - I appreciate the point that many of these are social services/2nd income jobs but KCC should lead in reducing these and setting minimum hours eg 2 days a week etc which leads to quality jobs and care.

Both Wetherspoons and Sports Direct have agreed to phase out their exploitative zero hours contracts.

As well the idiotic KCC shares in tobacco and fossil fuels could be ended as they will undoubtedly decline in value.

Thank you for all your messages about the death of Thailand's King: very sad, a great leader.

Time for Change


* the Manston fallout goes on with TDC/MP Wells, Mackinlay and Gale all calling for each other to resign. Good. They should go. They have done nothing and they will do nothing for 4 more years. They only had one policy to open Manston - not only have they failed but it was a bit of jiggery-pokery to get elected with no real aim of reopening it. You'll recall it fell to infighting within 6 weeks of being elected. The aquifer - and Infratil/TDC cancer pollution monitors scandal prevents it.

As KCC Leader I will dig up the runway, extradite Infratil's/TDC directors for corporate manslaughter charges, protect the aquifer and increase cancer tumour treatments and cemeteries.

* a bizarre Abigail Raymond new TDC Planning Director rerun of the Edwina Crowley old TDC Planning Director scandal: opening her own property consultancy along with her public sector job. Looks like another rP45 to me - especially with the Pleasurama and Dreamland and 100SE Rd mess and now Brett/Slipways. Should her consultancy be hired to argue against her TDC policies? Daft.

* Tim Howes the ineffectual TDC lawyer will no doubt want to remain silent on any TDC corruption and keep picking up the pay cheque

* Dodgy lawyers #1: Philip Green of BHS facing Parliament calls to be stripped of his knighthood for the BHS scandal - also Lord Grabiner/QC/Judge the Chairman of BHS? How can he continue to sit as a Judge? Along with corrupt lawyers/excusers such as Hollingworth and Glick QC and Steve Palmer PBLaw/aka PBI Law?

Even the Speaker of the LOrds has urged "get on with it" for Lords reform which is easy: end Hereditary Lords, Bishops and over 75's (more over 90 than under 40), cap at 500 and review election with 16 years vote and a P45 Committee for Grabiner/Archer/Mountfield etc

* Dodgy lawyers #2: Andrew Conway of Stephens Law: his firm./suppliers pretending to be HMRC Inland Revenue inspectors to gain information(!) - surely a crime with instant jail as with impersonating a police officer?

Repulsive abuse of their law role.

* Dodgy lawyers #3: no news as yet on the Broadstairs lawyer threatening the EK rape victim with jail for speaking up (who is that lawyer?) - the Ched Evans rape case also described as putting Uk justice back 30 years and concerning in Rape Nation with 100k rapes highest ever and only 5% rape detection

* UK literacy - thanks for the info WK: the UK literacy rape is 99%...except 5M (16%)of the population are excluded(!) as functionally illiterate so that's actually 83% Literacy - but the bar set low at a reading age of 8 years(!) by age 16. And we have Medway as bottom of the UK's primary school nation. A Rape Nation and Retard Nation on the rates.

* a good Parl report on Railways - horrified to see though that Southern/Sussex Rail and the trade union dispute over a 2nd guard opening doors etc has taken place - yet there has been no review of disabled access without a guard. It involves putting out a heavy ramp etc - surely it's David Brentian to leave a wheelchair user stuck on the train in an emergency? And a no-brainer for Internet of Things that DofT have no data on ticket machines used/broken/ticket types etc

* Good the 2nd Deepcut inquiry has been agreed for Private Benyon another murder-suicide and coverup

* World Death Penalty Day last week but silence on EK's Joshua French in the Congo - left to rot on Death Row. Perhaps it could happen to you or your family.

Time for Change



* new sentencing laws on carrying and selling knives

* concerned at the Pavilion asbestos and TDC dodgy deals for selling off sites to bolster their own salaries after repeated failure (see the Richard Styles blogpost below) - the councilors are feeble in losing control of the council to the civil servants to lead them hither and thither

* July Updates:

* Working on a misc issues: Magellan Anniversary - Spain and LatAm, Almeria Universities links and Kent-Thai orchids

* Also Solomon Islands cruise ships

* Benelux strategy: Panasonic and Phillips - DNA bathroom mirror

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Manston is a cancerous growth on the Kent body politic

Tim Garbutt KCC Leader 2017 candidate, and MP 2020 said:

"Not unreasonably, the latest Manston airport reopening report describes it as extreme risk and slim-to-no-chance of success. Even by 2040.

Rather, the Manston report is 86 pages of more backside-covering and wasted costs by TDC council and merely delaying the inevitable in not ending this farce and digging up the runway to protect the East Kent drinking water aquifer.

While Page 54-55 of the report has Sir Roger Gale MP confirming he knows of both radioactive low-level waste(!) at the site and problems with the aquifer - under the runway

And he details how Paul Carter's forecasts for Discovery Park growth/employment are false.

And yet he clings to the bizarre view that a Parkway station would somehow make Manston viable - over 2 years after the airport closed.

The report is all the more worrying that UKIP and Farage had reopening Manston as their main policy - yet the report details that Brexit (there other main policy) means it's even less likely for airlines to use UK airports especially Manston.

While UKIP were supporting the reopening of the airport, the report details how most previous flights were at least 60% empty if not 80% empty. The only full flights were the gunrunning and drugs night flights when the airport was supposedly closed at night.

We now need a Parliamentary inquiry into this ongoing farce and waste soaking up TDC and KCC and Dept of Transport funds.

And if Kent Police are incapable of a prompt and credible investigation then the Belgian Police should be called in as part of the Ostend gunrunning flights investigation.

Why Charles Buchanan of Manston is still licensed to run airports as at Lydd (and still involved in the Riveroak bid for Manston as Northpoint Aviation Services)is jaw-dropping failure by the CAA and Kent Police.

And a criminal inquiry is needed into the very real dangers of the radioactive waste, aquifer pollution and KCC/TDC/Infratil - and on through Gloag - deliberate corporate manslaughter in removing the noise and air monitors and faking the data causing untold cancers in the local population.

Clearly Sir Roger as MP is an elderly and out-of-touch buffoon and should resign and have his knighthood and pension removed. He's already harrumphing about resigning in 2020 if the Riveroak bid fails - don't wait, go, and go now.

Similarly, toxic sludge such as Farage as former UKIP leader/Thanet MP candidate and current South East MEP, and Wells TDC Leader, Carter KCC Leader and Mackinlay MP should resign.

They've been revealed with Manston as buffoons at best, or deliberately endangering the public for their own careers at worst.

Manston is a cancerous growth on the Kent body politic to match Bhopal or Klity Creek or nearby Thor mercury.

Our politicians and civil servants, and Infratil, have not just failed us but deliberately and repeatedly endangered us."

Time for Change



* new sentencing laws on carrying and selling knives

* concerned at the Pavilion asbestos and TDC dodgy deals for selling off sites to bolster their own salaries after repeated failure (see the Richard Styles blogpost below) - the councilors are feeble in losing control of the council to the civil servants to lead them hither and thither

* July Updates:

* Working on a misc issues: Magellan Anniversary - Spain and LatAm, Almeria Universities links and Kent-Thai orchids

* Also Solomon Islands cruise ships

* Benelux strategy: Panasonic and Phillips - DNA bathroom mirror

* One Essex Court and Inns fraud: Grabiner, Glick, Hollingworth, Leavor etc

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

East Kent Supercouncil - or more of the same?

Tim Garbutt, KCC Leader 2017 and MP2020 candidate said:

"With the collapse of East Kent - indeed KCC - into a muddle of corruption and the pensioners of yesteryear, a new East Kent Supercouncil makes sense.

A Farageland of UKIP has proved to be mere idiocy, and Paul Carter of KCC along with the failed Kent UKIP of Latchford, Wells, Shonk and Heales rely only on the public's goodwill and patience as their offices end.

Reform of East Kent is needed with the Manston monitors corruption with Infratil and cancer, and even the latest GIAA/OLAPF £500k EU Ramsgate port fraud shows the councilors and civil servants are incapable of improvement.

Pleasurama is an icon of such failure that a Supercouncil may be able to overcome with P45 reform - and the Kent Police districts reform are a viable template.

TDC is overstaffed with 750 people for a small District council for example, and failures such as the Slipways and 100Se Rd garden-grabbing mess and drab events.

The sudden removal of the Grade 1 listed pontoons in the Royal Harbor, mystery of the £3M Pleasurama cost and Harbour St Coastal Communities Fund are part of the ongoing murk and secrecy that passes for EK democracy.

Questions over how Ramsgate's £17M tax-take is spent are worth considering. It seems to be spent on clerks in Margate telling us there is no money and nothing they can do.

Madeline Homer has had 18 month as TDC CEO and there have been no improvements - a role with a £120k salary and pensions is very unlikely to continue without P45 reforms.

The Flint Michigan-style contamination such as Thor mercury is an affront of corporate manslaughter as is the Manston collusion of civil servant such as Berry, Button, Sproates and Howes clinging onto their salaries and pensions, requiring clawback and jail, and Infratil extradition.

An East Kent Supercouncil simply attempting to rejig the same staff and salaries and pensions under a different name is doomed to failure - rather the first Canterbury Council consultations this week need to detail existing staffing and costs etc and areas of reform.

Only substantial reform is acceptable: the overbuild of Manston New Town should be cancelled and runway dug up, and Howes Barracks district dumping reviewed, along with the mess of Dreamland.

Improvements such as the KCC Transport Plan with Paramount theme park, new bridge and Ebbsfleet New Town need to ensure the highest environmental standards in room sizes, garden sizes and parks etc and a more detailed review of Operation Stack beyond merely starting up the cement mixers for 3 days of traffic jams a year.

East Kent deserves better, and a Supercouncil may be able to deliver on that."

Time for Change


* Silence from Kent Police on the above investigations and Channel Four electoral fraud: try DCI Morgan Cronin yourself:

* Interesting that Kent Police seem to have finally bought the UAV drone they deni3ed they were buying and all without the PCC detailing it: - how long before the rules of operation are expanded and then removed? And why would it be an addition to the police helicopter as well as UK satellites etc?

* As with the horrifying 5% detection rate of rape we seem to have deskclerks as managers rather than detectives, and a surfeit of technology and Gucci kit in the absence of results

* July Updates:

* Working on a misc issues: Magellan Anniversary - Spain and LatAm, Almeria Universities links and Kent-Thai orchids

* Also Solomon Islands cruise ships

* Benelux strategy: Panasonic and Phillips - DNA bathroom mirror

* One Essex Court and Inns fraud: Grabiner, Glick, Hollingworth, Leavor etc

Monday, 26 September 2016

Is Lord Grabafee of BHS the nadir of the House of Lords - or the High Court?

What to do about the BHS scandal?

Over 80 stores closed and 11,000 jobs lost and a pension black-hole of £500M. A business sold for a quid by Philip Green styled as Sir Shifty by the Daily Mail, and Lord Grabiner the Chairman, styled as Lord Grabafee by the Financial Times.

The backdrop of Dominic Chappell a serial-bankrupt buying the business for a quid seems as absurd as it is crooked.

For crooked is what BHS seems to be – not just a business deal gone wrong. BHS was producing lavish profits while the sale was lumped in with various other Green property deals.

Fishier than the fish swimming around his super-yachts on his Summer holiday.

And most dubious of all if not downright criminal was secret shareholders not listed in the plc accounts – who were also suppliers to BHS.
A rat’s nest of financial jiggery-pokery it what it seems to be.

But there’s more.

Not content with destroying BHS, Lord Grabiner still sits on the woolsack in the House of Lords, presiding over legislation and policy and issues.

And worse (and how did this ever arise) he’s also a High Court judge – in theory sitting on cases such as BHS.

And worse (how does this go on) he’s also a QC with his own firm of lawyers, One Essex Court, passing cases through to himself and his judicial colleagues.
Something stinks.

Sure it’s Grabiner – he protests only lightly at being billed as Lord Grabafee but the problem is systemic.

Not just within One Essex Court: Grabiner’s colleagues, Leaver or Glick QC (another of the strange conflation of lawyer and judge) and Hollingworth.

Hollingworth is the rather bizarre part-time magician – sleight of hand a speciality no doubt - and a self-confessed High Court fraudster.

His word may be good for rabbits out of a hat or handkerchiefs up his sleeve, but worthless in the courts.

A Hollingworthless in effect.

Glick is perhaps just old and doddery and incompetent rather than out-and-out crooked. Still less than ideal for High Court material though.

They've been caught out they just want to remain silent.

The final absurdity is both Glick and Hollingworth are taken under Grabiner’s wing in his rather disreputable firm - and provided with parliamentary business(!) on tax reviews and so on.

But within the legal profession itself something has gone wrong if the publicly-provided justice system has in effect excluded the public to leave it as a mere plaything and ATM for lawyers.

By that I mean:

• closed courts
• end of jury trials
• regulatory authorities constituted of lawyers and barristers: SRA and BSB rather than normal Trading Standards or Police and CPS investigations
• cod-courts of disciplinary or review tribunals
• barristers termed self-employed yet working in a firm and acting together as employees – a rather strange variant of zero hours contracts
• junior judges and masters who also serve as lawyers – as with Grabiner prosecuting cases they’ve generated for themselves or friends
• a random approach to their own rules – the High Court for example is only supposed to try cases over £100k or serious public interest
• uncapped and unregulated lawyer fees – not just increasing the cost of courts but chilling justice

Simply put are we allowing lawyers too much of a free hand in self-regulation?

Should we be striking off or jailing more of them?

And do the courts need closer scrutiny and oversight?

A judge like Grabiner left to his own devices in court – or the Lords, never mind the BHS boardroom - can cause a lot of damage.

And frankly I’d expect more of Keir Starmer the Keir Hardy of the courtroom, a cloth-cap QC and now MP but also former Director of Public Prosecutions.
What’s he waiting for on legal reform? A Lenin Starmer to come along?

Apart from any of the above points, minor tweaks such as cancelling the death penalty in the Commonwealth nation could easily be done given UK is the Supreme Court for many of those nations.

Why would a DPP and QC and MP perpetuate, that given the UK death penalty was abolished decades ago?

While Norman Fowler the new Speaker of the House of Lords has urged a “get on with it” approach to Lords reform: few doubt it’s over-stuffed at 800 Lords or elderly with more Lords over 90 than under 40, and old-fashioned with hereditary lords.

And bishops – a system found nowhere else except Iran or the last absolutist monarchies in Dubai and Brunei.

Nothing more complex than a combination of voluntary resignations and names out of a hat could reduce the Lords to the size of the Commons before Xmas.

Appointed or elected Lords and tenure is a separate matter – but if jury service is banned after age 75 there’s a useful benchmark.

But surely the disgraceful Lord Grabafee incident highlights the need for wider reform.

Should Grabiner continue to sit as a Lord? Or a High Court judge? Or even a QC or lawyer?

I’m not sure I’d want him preparing legislation or handling court cases given his evasion over BHS and criticism from Parliament.

Why has he not sacked Hollingworth or Glick or called in the regulators given the confessions from fraud?

And if self-regulation of the Lords and High Court is supposed to work why hasn’t the same “get on with it” approach resulted in Grabiner already been struck off?
After Jeffrey Archer and Mountfield has the nadir of the Lords and High Court being reached?

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• an interesting Transparency International report on local government secrecy and corruption: as at TDCC it’s clear the FOI reforms needed reform with details of contracts etc simply refused or hidden. And an interesting point in the report on the cost of public sector workers placed on other duties/suspended rather than sacked

• The Ramsgate Port admitted £500k GIAA/OLAF fraud seem sot have disappeared into the ether with the Pleasurama and election fraud

• Good the Ramsgate Deputy Mayor has bene sacked for the Moslem racism – UKIP in Kent is simply an irrelevance – stale and crooked pensioners and failed Tories led by the nose by the civil servants and pretending they’re doing something

• The first ever UK councillor in Ian Driver fined £23k and threatened with jail over secret council documents - and prosecuted with public funds - is outrageous

• The silence on Thor mercury and Infratil contamination is merely corporate manslaughter allowing the public to be polluted

• Manston runway still not dug up – nor the housing at Discovery Park science park cancelled or focus on vaccines

• Good AMR raised: vaccines in farm animals a key issue for supermarkets and butchers and farmers over the next few months – the good folks of Waitrose already beginning on delivering on AMR-friendly meat

• An improved Ramsgate pedzone and seafront on illegal parking – no cars after 10am on any day needed, and cars clamped and removed if parked on pavements

• Impressed with Thailand’s OTOP and Kenya’s Artisan Fashion programmes – the latter Vivienne Westwood handbags etc with crafts and cow-horn etc

• No news as yet on Kent Orchids and UK-Lao postage stamp designs

* Horrifying the USA admits using phosphorous in Iraq and now Russia using phosporous, napalm and cluster bombs in Syria - war crimes trials must be needed and stockpiles in Egypt, Sudan, Angola etc:

* a fascinating BBC documentary on the Lairg Asteroid impact crater in Scotland and USA crater, requiring far more UK Space research:

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Misc points:

* July Updates:

* Working on a misc issues: Magellan Anniversary - Spain and LatAm, Almeria Universities links and Kent-Thai orchids

* Also Solomon Islands cruise ships

* Benelux strategy: Panasonic and Phillips - DNA bathroom mirror

* One Essex Court and Inns fraud: Grabiner, Glick, Hollingworth, Leavor etc

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Is China eating Thailand and Britain’s half-time orange?

Chinese investments in UK are under scrutiny at the moment. The new Hinkley nuclear power station and the nuclear industry are the main consideration, thankfully delayed for review by the new PM Theresa May regime on cybersecurity fears.

Certainly China could hack into nuclear technology – it has floors and floors of cyberhackers in PLA buildings and uniforms on various projects. While the Chinese nuclear company CGN – part of the Hnkley consortia - has been arrested in USA for nuclear espionage. And there are even cybersecurity concerns over the new UK electricity SmartMeters – all the lights going off at once everywhere isn’t ideal.

That said, the Hinkley deal is just an awful business arrangement – hugely expensive now and in the future and highly contaminating with faulty technology, and electricity 3x the current rate.


UK nuclear technology is fairly awful in general – Sellafield power station from the 1950’s phase of weapons production is still hugely contaminated as detailed in the BBC Panorama expose two weeks ago. And bizarrely UK is attempting to sell a nuclear reactor to Vietnam rather than solar power or other industries.

As awful and misguided a policy as the Agent Orange contamination that lingers through DaNang province, and Vietnamese and American families, for generations to come. Hopefully President Obama in Laos has raised the issue there - and highlighted the MAG and USAid and DIFD work that would be of immense value.

The sooner the UK’s 15 ageing nuclear power station are closed as in Germany, Italy and Japan, the better. To be fair to the Hinkley project and EDF, only France has made any great effort to make nuclear viable in the past – although the English Channel power stations on the French and Belgian coasts are also contaminating, as was the dumping of waste in the dark days of the 1970’s.

All of it now relegated to the nuclear dustbin of history.

But if nuclear is kicked into touch then China has another string to its bow.

~~China and Football kicks off~~

And surprisingly for all the fanfares of a global economic power and Golden Era of UK-China relations, China has only invested c.$40BN in UK since 2005 – a sizeable sum but not extraordinary for the world’s largest economy. Parliament details only 156 projects by China in UK in 2015-16, creating just 2,833 jobs and safeguarding another 3,899 jobs.

The UK gives away c. $20BN in DFID charitable aid each year by 2020, for example. And that doesn’t include public donations and fundraising which is even higher.
Rather, China is focusing on pushing its investment not into the wider UK economy but into sport especially football. All as part of its 2030 National Plan marketing activity.

Birmingham City, West Brom, Wolves, Manchester City in UK, and AC Milan, InterMilan and Atletico Madrid abroad, have all taken the Chinese dollar. And now Liverpool is valued at £800M for a possible takeover by China’s Everbright plc.

Interestingly Man City as with the Siamese Foxes of nearby Leicester City has attracted Thai investment with Shinawatra previously, and now King Power. While Reading FC just off the slopes of Microsoft’s Silicon Thames Valley have sponsorship from Thailand’s Carabao drink.

Lord Green the previous Trade Minister and former CEO of HSBC spoke often of the impact of UK football in Asia – none more so than in Thailand – and previous rather fumbled opportunities for sports diplomacy, now being actively reversed in Asia-Pacific.

For what better marketing activity option can there be for Chinese brands (name any if you can) than being associated with Premier League football clubs? Instant brand name recognition and associated values every Saturday to a youthful crowd. Plus regular and repeated television, radio and internet exposure.

~~UK Sports Diplomacy~~

Ambassadors across Asia and the Pacific are now deftly bringing into play a range of football projects eg Arsenal Summer schools, U21, Women’s football and so on, as The Gunners for example are brought up to coordinate the rich array of excellent FA grassroots projects for Sports Diplomacy projects.
While the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United and Chelsea and so on, are being moulded into a more cohesive platform that’s to the benefit of the teams, the players, the Premier League and UK plc.

And 1.3M Kent citizens should cheer on such activity with support through the terraces, supporters clubs, sports shops and football boardrooms whether at Gillingham or Ebbsfleet Utd or Charlton Athletic or Crystal Palace or West Ham or Brighton.

ASEAN and Latin America are two key growth regions for UK economic, diplomatic and cultural value - especially with burgeoning TPP growth filling the ports and railheads and factories and warehouses and shops, that UK could falter on if it doesn’t use all the players in its team.

Just as well, as China’s mandarins have developed a National Plan through to 2050. A BBC World documentary showed over 70,000(!) pitches stadiums planned for reconstruction, 20,000 training centres and summer schools and investment in the Chinese Super League.

Tom Dyer the Chinese National Coach spoke of the importance of youth projects in China and interestingly how every Chinese sports kid wanted to play like Messi. And plans for 50M Chinese playing football.

Woefully, Dyer laughed at “China’s inability to beat even Thailand in World Cup competitions” so far. A little harsh on Thailand given their OK World Cup performances in the Asian competitions.

And there is a rather fizzy and exciting Thai Football League with dynamos such as The Untouchable Thundercastles of Buriram sticking the Isaan ball in the back of the net. Or Chonburi Sharks smoothly gliding through the choppy waters with of the league, and Police United with several arresting performances.

China though are ruling themselves out of the next World Cup or two – but marshalling their forces to reach beyond that as a sporting superpower.
I wouldn’t bet against them, would you?

A 1.2BN population, 1M under 6 years of old now, but being schooled in football, and the world’s largest economy, will be putting just 11 players forward in its national team.

That will hard to beat.

Britain has already discovered that a Sporting Superpower is worthwhile but difficult achievement, not just with the Premier League and heft of the other Divisions but the glittering success of Team GB in the Olympics.

China’s success isn’t guaranteed though: if UK with 0.8% of the world’s population can come second in the medal table, even above China. And that, after rather ho-hum previous Olympic performances. While both La Liga and Bundesliga tread carefully around UK teams in Europe.

Greg Dyke the former FA CEO’s rather sensible reforms have been kicked into the long grass for a muddling-along amateurish approach that should be offside in 21st century major UK sports, and millions of dollars in tax and lottery funding and ever pricier season tickets.

~~Future UK and Thailand~~

While if the dynamic UK Sports and Tourism Minister, Kent’s Tracey Crouch has urged spending on UK sports infrastructure such as Olympic pools for all 33 UK counties or opening the expansion of the new Gravesend Cycling park (who know of 42 acres of cycling excellent in Kent?) then as a qualified FA referee she’s familiar with the dynamic Women’s football barely begun in Thailand or ASEAN as yet.

Thailand’s dynamic UN women group already calling for female participation and support in sports such as muay thai.
And UK should be developing more non-traditional sports ahead of Tokyo 2002 display sports: isn’t Takraw essentially Keepy-Uppy and Tech Tokyo rich in potential for computer games football and other sports?

UK and Thailand football exchanges and cohesive sports and cultural programmes haven’t yet been brought into play. Thailand schoolkids probably shouldn’t learn some of the terrace songs although it would broaden their language skills and appreciation for the difficult job of the chap in black.
The FA is second to none in exhibitions with say Manchester’s National Football Museum, Stadium Tours whether Arsenal or Wembley or Chelsea, and the rich heritage of the 1966 World Cup from the singing Sixties and UK social changes.

But the FA and clubs are weakly-promoted: Lonely Planet England guidebook places football – any football team or ground - as 17th out of 20 top UK attractions to visit – first is Stonehenge still only 5,000 years young.

The China 2050 National Football Plan ensures China plc is intent on eating Britain’s and Thailand’s half-time orange in football, as well as drinking their cup of Bovril - and taking the football shirt off their back too.

The whistle has blown for kick-off and it’s all to play for.

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-Princess Patricia Military Hospital for the Canadian military and Canadian Red Cross in WW1, a conversion of St Lawrence College, the alma-mater of the former head of the British Army until 2010, General Richard Dannatt. And one of numerous Canadian bases in Ramsgate and Thanet that would be interesting to details part of the WW1 Anniversary commemorations in UK and Belgium. And to establish firm links with Canadian towns and organisations, say Medicine Hat or Yellowknife or Montreal and the Canadian Army and Red Cross and ice hockey clubs.

- The GPO and Royal Mint issuing various stamps and coins to celebrate the links needed in East Kent too for the rare orchids.

- And good to see Chief Canuck Mark Carney of the Bank of England launching the new banknotes – the Canadian-issued plastic polymer notes supposedly with a hint of maple - at the Turner Gallery recently. If only East Kent’s dynamic Givaudan could replicate the tang of the sea or fish and chips for the UK notes or an East Kent local currency, or the Treasury or local banks a favourable Euro rate for East Kent’s Benelux tourism trade and SME’s.

- Kent’s links with Virginia and Hungary unfortunately still gathering dust, as Chimay etc and become rejuvenated – and what wasted opportunity from the Virginia Ships conference with the then-Senator Tim Kaine now the Democrat Vice-Presidential candidate.

- Interestingly General Dannatt spoke out last week on the scourge of the antimalarial drug Lariam/Mefloquine used by UK troops but causing numerous health problems of hallucinations etc. I took it in India and stopped rather than risk malaria. 11,000 doses still in stock for UK troops is outrageous.

- Good that RNLI Margate lifeboat station - unbelievably foolish building on a Blue Flag beach. But part of New East Kent with the collapse of UKIP and Gale and any TDC policies at all. Time for the Manston runway to be dug up and the drinking water site left as a park, and I've put in an offer on the Pavilion to reopen it as a jazz club and Buddhist temple - something more than a mega-drab Wetherspoons mega-boozer and TDC dodgy deals.

- Good to that Kent Police are clamping down on illegal parking in the pedzone and seafront - but more ASBO noise work needed on radios blaring outside etc.

- More later on KORA, Project Gilgamesh and UN Police and the Bridges of Battambang and Kwai revisited.

Misc points:

* July Updates:

* Working on a misc issues: Magellan Anniversary - Spain and LatAm, Almeria Universities links and Kent-Thai orchids - fab UK-Lao postage stamp

* Also Solomon Islands cruise ships, and thoughts on Senegal and Mali

* Benelux strategy: Panasonic and Phillips - DNA bathroom mirror

* One Essex court and Inns fraud: Grabiner, Glick, Hollingworth, Leavor etc

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Ramsgate council corruption - Kent on Sunday letter

Dear Editor

Your Letter of the Week in last week’s Kent On Sunday from Richard Styles, Town Clerk of Ramsgate Town Council: “We welcome DFL’s and work hard to improve” is rather concerning on several points, not least that so much of it was self-serving tripe.

Leaving aside the rather nonsensical debate on sweary-tattooed Locals or DFL’s – how would anyone know one from the other, or particularly care?

And let’s leave aside whether he was writing in his official capacity, with councillor-approval.

The serious point though made by the previous correspondent, is that Ramsgate along with several other Kent coastal towns – as well as the inland Crap Towns - has suffered from the KCC, London councils and central government policy of social dumping from prisons or inner-city estates or drug clinics.

The Howes barracks London council scheme in nearby Canterbury is that policy only magnified and foolishly perpetuated.

A generation or two later on, and the problems of anti-social behaviour, drug crime and so on are more evident than in most small towns. And all that is exacerbated by the lack of job creation programmes and brain-drain, given the 4,000 job losses at Pfizer/Discovery Park, ferry closures, coalmine closures, Dockyard and port closures etc.

Towns such as Gillingham are as desolate and derelict as downtown Homs.

Other seaside towns such as Bournemouth and Torquay are not so far away and have done better in revitalising their tourism offering. While the French and Belgian seaside towns, and inland towns such as Lille or Bruges, literally the other side of the Channel from East Kent, are booming.

Rather than Brexit maybe we need more French or Belgian civil servants? We've paid for them and they speak English?

The only growth industries in Kent are expanding the councils and town clerks, or tarmacking the fields. An unproductive tax for both the private sector and Climate Change.

How can KCC’s £2BN annual budget achieve so little? Plus extra for Education and NHS and Police etc? The empty racism and idiocy of UKIP has proved pointless as the other parties and serves only to further diminish East Kent.

It’s concerning that an unelected official like Richard is adding to the problem, rather than merely watching from the sidelines as usual, in his unapproved letter.

To say that TDC is hard-pressed and its budgets reduced through austerity policies by 40% is laughable excusitis.

TDC is hard-pressed by government and the public with budget cuts, because it is corrupt, idle and incompetent.

Neither the public not government, rightly, trust it with any funds. Those funds it does have, it merely wastes or spends on itself until the corruption and incompetence is self-evident to the most obtuse tattooed local or DFLer.

The recent Ramsgate Port GIAA/OLAF £500k fraud on Richard’s watch, or badly-run elections and the Channel Four fraud investigation, are but the latest examples of corruption.

Richard may just be buttering TDC up though, as so far RTC’s £400k budget is provided via TDC before its £30M tax-fund was reduced by corruption and waste - along Richard’s excessive 30% reserves/slush-fund for failure.

What a waste of tax to have it simply stored away, or spent on 750 staff (hardly a small council) administering nothing.

But for Richard to suggest that RTC is trying hard by putting out half a dozen tree/flower pots and the Xmas lights is ridiculous. What is he doing for the other 364 days of the year beyond writing letters to Kent on Sunday?

The town Xmas tree was derided as one of the worst ever last year along with décor on the cheap of underpants and bra's(!) strung along the street.

While the verbiage of RTC being part of a consortium planning large investments in the town via coastal communities is twaddle – the secured Coastal Communities Harbour St fund has disappeared without trace into the council coffers along with the Pleasurama £3M corruption funds.

Even Chatham’s best Ramsgate MP LocalCraig Mackinlay has stirred to stumps to now protest the Pleasurama farce – again on Richard’s watch:

Excessive town clerk salaries as in Broadstairs for £40k – almost the same as for Paul Carter running KCC – are a wider issue of funding and responsibility failure.

The silence on the Manston–Infratil removed monitors and cancer and Thor mercury contamination though is merely corporate manslaughter.

The problems are not hard to fix:

· full and automatic monthly FOI

· end double-hatters of the same councillors in multiple seats

· party manifestos issued - rather than standing for election to do and say nothing

· councillor questioning of the civil servants activities rather than seaside nodding donkeys

· cap exorbitant civil servant salaries and pensions, expenses, cars etc

· merge some back-office functions as East Kent Council

· develop a cross-channel North Sea Union with Benelux and EU

· fixed-terms/retirement and higher councillor salaries to stop duffers and dead wood continuing: 10 years/under 75 years old?

· reduce the ceremonial stuffed shirts of chairman and vice-chairs and lord lieutenants and so on

· Ramsgate’s £17M in council tax governed by a reformed RTC - and far smaller TDC and EKC, and KCC

· end fossil fuel and tobacco investments and KCC Construction Group

· directly-elected mayors and KCC Leader, and end election fees (what happened to free and fair elections?)

· ban political parties or a cap of 30% of seats at local level

· even the Free Economy of Citizen’s Income as Finland and Switzerland and Utrecht and free utilities

While I’ve volunteered to take on the Grade 1 Listed Ramsgate Pavilion through the Community Fund process – rather than the bent TDC process or more years of dereliction and asbestos or a bog-standard boozer with Wetherspoons.

The DCMS Princess Victoria coronet along with Vincent Van Gogh’s letters should have their natural home in a Ramsgate museum if Richard can be roused from sleeping on the job.

Secretive and incompetent councils like RTC and TDC are too old-fashioned for reform except by P45. While the multi-agency muddle of the public sector buck-passing and low productivity can only be improved through faster reform and a Kent Magnitsky List of corrupt or incompetent officials.

Hence my “Stop the Corruption. Stop the Pollution. Stop the Construction” campaign for KCC Leader 2017 and MP2020.

Can it really take more than 6 months of Special Measures for a failing hospital or school or council to improve – or for Kent, as a supposedly beacon council, to have so many? Or the first-ever councillor (but not journalists) in UK history with Cllr Ian Driver gagged over supposedly secret council documents on Pleasurama?

Richard invariably refuses FOI requests under the 2008 law, on salaries, budgets, activities etc through the 1960 Public Bodies Act – deliberate and wilful secrecy that can only be met by clawback of salaries and pensions when the details eventually emerge.

Whether as a DFLer or Seaside Tattooer, Richard unfortunately is part of the problem not the solution and merely spouting excuses while riding the decline down, and only delaying his demise.

His early resignation would be of more help than his letters.

Tim Garbutt, Ramsgate

Time for Change


Misc Timbits:

* fab news on Cambodia railway links almost completed at Thai border after Khmer Rouge sabotage - see @timg33 and UK launching various Cambodia projects
* astonished Grabiner (Lord Grabafee) of the fraudulent One Essex Court firm and BHS scandal still a High Court Judge and Lord - we're not short of either or better
* appalling lawyer scams of pretending to be from Inland Revenue - more later and very dodgy PB Legal
* no news on Broadstairs rape lawyer yet
* horrifying UK drug deaths report last week highest ever: c.1,600 - Helmand/Afgh and Shan/Myanmar heroin and West Africa cocaine routes
* Southern Water abysmal - profit clawback and Board salary cap needed
* fab Daily Mail campaign on improving cataracts NHS delay and surgery - most common UK operation so no excuse ofr - and UK Eye Week with the good folks of Vision Express eye-van, Specsavers and Sightsavers (yes, you too Boots the Opticians and Rotary and Lions) - 39M blind globally and 150k in UK a simple problem to solve
* more later on Lifebuoy CSR Kenya/East Africa, Lucky iron Fish, Toms Shoes and Siobhan Mackenzie kilts/cloth - great brands
* I didnl't see much of the Paralympics but UK 2nd for medals incredible - and Boccia - a sporting superpower