Do we believe that GCHQ don’t spy on paedophile MP’s?

Edward Snowed has revealed to us that we have all been weighed and measured by GCHQ and the NSA in America (1). The reason we are told we need this level of scrutiny is because amongst us are terrorists and paedophiles (2).

Does anyone really believe ‘The Government’ hasn’t subjected MP’s to the same level of observation as the rest of us? Do any of us really believe that MI5, GCHQ and the NSA don’t know what every Honourable Member gets up to (3)?

These spy agencies are failing to stop paedophile MP’s or wannabe ISIS goons, so why do we tolerate their abuse of our privacy, and who will believe that the security services aren’t being selectively ineffective when they miss opportunities to prosecute establishment criminals for decades (4)? Just how credible can our spies be when they can find no fire despite a sky full of smoke?

It’s time to reform these agencies, and with them the entire establishment. Let’s start with parliament. Let’s make a new rule. If you want to be an MP you must never, ever, rape children. What the public wants is not hard to discern, they just want decent people doing a decent job, not a bunch of old boys who close ranks to protect the sexually deviant (5).

Our local MP, Sarah Wollaston, voted against whistle blower protection in high level paedophile cases early this year (6). The proposal, put forward by John Mann MP, would have afforded workers protection from prosecution under the official secrets act. Currently, if your work is covered by the official secrets act, you face prison if you expose criminality to the press or police. If your boss is an MP, for example, you wouldn’t be a witness if you spoke out against them, but you could become a defendant in a case mounted against you.

Find out how candidates in YOUR area voted on this unsuccessful initiative here.

Notes

1. http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/jun/21/gchq-cables-secret-world-communications-nsa

2. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4243082.ece

3. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jul/01/secret-court-investigatory-powers-tribunal-ban-mi5-gchq-spying-parliamentarians

4. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3041209/Labour-s-Janner-not-charged-alleged-child-abuse-Prosecutors-say-not-public-peer-86-trial-age-dementia.html

5. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/19/establishment-stopped-me-exposing-greville-janner-25-years-ago

6. http://www.totnesmonster.org/2015/03/26/why-is-paedophilia-an-official-secret-worth-keeping/

BREAKING: Katie Hopkins Found Dead at Exeter Home

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Popular hate speech columnist, Katie Hopkins, has been found on a rickroll parody blog post.

Sadly the professional troll is still breathing, despite her repeated efforts to motivate murderous types (and almost everyone who isn’t evil).

In fairness she probably won’t give a damn that I’ve written this, in fact she claims to revel in criticism.


Despite her assertions to the contrary, all this effort to damn her fellow man is having a damaging effect on Hopkins, as the woman carry’s an alarm that is connected to the police, because she fears being murdered.

In her latest outpouring Hopkins suggested using gunboats instead of rescuing people fleeing war torn countries.

£42,000 Costs for Totnes Traffic Scheme, and counting…

A most controversial traffic scheme in Totnes has used up £42,000 so far, and that is before Devon County Council launch an appeal at Bristol High Court.

As of April 14th the ‘ETO’ in Totnes, which sees cars enter the Fore Street/High Street half way up and go either up town, or down, has cost thousands of pounds with £15,000 been spent on legal advice alone, due to the court case.

These cost look set to rise as the council are seeking leave to appeal a judgment against the ETO on a technical issue. Specifically, the new system should have been approved by the Secretary of State because it changed the route of Bob the Bus.

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Devon County Council have £5,000 held back in case the appeal fails and the road must be returned to the old ‘one way up’, which critics say encourages rat running through town.

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Last week a racist ex-banker spoke out in support of a war criminal, who in his turn was speaking out to support the words of a man so privileged he encountered grease for the first time during a sandwich eating performance.


Meanwhile, Sarah Wollaston, fresh from voting against whistle blower protection in high-level paedophile cases, turns to twitter to tell you the reason you can’t get a doctors appointment is because of Labour.

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All this hasn’t stopped the electorate though, in their droves they either do or don’t vote. And you have to wonder why?

 

 

Totnes Traffic – The Data is Weak, the Feelings Are Strong

The best evidence about the Totnes Experimental Traffic Order is weak, so it pains me that it splits the town. The only report we have lacks evidence for the conclusions it draws. It doesn’t prove that the new traffic flow is damaging trade, because it doesn’t prove anything at all.

The only hard statistics we have are from the ticket machines on the street and in the car parks. Here’s what we know: The same number of motorists are using car parks, numbers are similar under both systems, but people are currently parking for longer. On the other hand, On-Street parking has decreased. That is it.

We have anecdotal reports of an increase in footfall in some shops, we can probably balance this with a decrease in other shops. There are 14 new businesses registered on the high street on top of the normal replenishment rates. But while this correlates with the ETO being in place, we can’t say it is because of the ETO being in place.

Our high street is the best in Devon for its low vacancy rate, currently 3.2%, down from 5.9% before the ETO. This is strong performance against a national backdrop of Highstreets containing more than 11% empty shops.

I don’t know how difficult or expensive it is to engage with the High Court in Bristol, but whether it was the best use of time and money remains to be seen. If I were running a struggling business mounting a High Court case would seem a potentially expensive proposition, a scheme that might not only fail, but might well distract me from improving my business.

Before the court case, Totnes was on its way to shared space. These are the steps that were needed:

1. Create pinch points at Seven Stars and King William pub: Done

2. Halve amount of traffic: Done

3. Extend Civic Square right across road, to blend directly into the Butter Walk, do the same at the Mansion House: Not Done.

Shared space hasn’t happened despite there being the time, money and motivation to implement it. The sad fact is that as soon as the court case started, the time and money were tied up. The energy and enthusiasm of Councillors and council officers to deal with Totnes High Street is now diminished. They are fed up with it, they have had their fingers burnt.

Neither did the judges decision give any satisfaction. The outcome of the case was that the plans should have been run by the Secretary of State, because they changed the route of a bus. Specifically, it changed the route of Bob the Bus. This is a technical issue affecting all bus routes in England, although quite how the Secretary of State will deal with all these traffic islands, crossings and lowered curbs is unclear. Generally, councils don’t consult him about such trivia, but this time the judge ruled they should have. What he didn’t do was commend one system over the other.

Devon County Council have asked for leave to appeal the judgement, I wonder if the fact that Bob the Bus is driven by volunteers, who don’t hold PSV licences, will form part of their case, it’s not a commercial bus like other commercial buses.

Whatever happens with traffic flow in the town centre, all seem to agree that traffic at the Morrisons roundabout and along Station Road can be a nightmare, something about that roundabout is broken. Many believe returning to the old traffic flow would lessen pressure on Station Road, others point out that the Fore Street/High Street isn’t a through road, you’re only supposed to use it to park and shop, not to get from A to B.

And then we have reports of people coming out on twitter to show their support for one system over the other, facing verbal abuse on the street. Lifelong friendships have been broken over this issue. I wonder when the dust settles on the road layout, whether this sort of behaviour still lingers in the air like a bad smell?

In the spirit of democracy you may wish to sign a petition. Here’s two you might like, if you can’t decide which way you prefer the traffic flow, you could always sign both. Before you dismiss them, be aware that the council are paying attention to these.

Sign here to return to the One Way Up (currently on 385 signatures)

Sign here to keep the current system (currently on 574 signatures)