COMMENT: Is this the death of free speech?

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NAIVE, reckless, racist or brave? Whichever of those you believe, the resignation of Rotherham MP Sarah Champion from Labour’s front bench shows we are continuing to bury our heads in the sand over the gang grooming and abuse of children. … Continue reading

Reflections from a witness to an outrage! The Photos

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It has taken a while, but now I can now bring readers the Photographic evidence of the disgraceful and outrageous scenes outside a Labour Party meeting. I am wishing to identify those involved from these pictures. They are of variable … Continue reading

Omar has his say!

After the
Rotherham by-election in which the far-right of our town had managed to bump up
into third place, I was concerned for the future of Rotherham; neo-Nazis and
extreme right-wingers polling over 6000 votes altogether? However, the
disillusioned people of Rotherham are not to blame, nor are the vast majority
racist. So why did they vote for the far-right? The most simple answer is
because the failures of the so-called Left.

The Labour
Party were supposed to be the voice of the people, of the working man but now
the modern Labour Party, with its New Labour mentality still pretty much intact
is a broken and blundering excuse of a political party which no sense of
morality and very little common sense. It was with all that in mind that I
decided to re-join the party and help it find its way once again, build bridges
in the community and re-establish itself as a serious political force who cares
for all, irrespective of colour, creed or social background.

However, I
was recently informed that the Labour Party had rejected my membership on
account that I had stood against them as a Monster Raving Loony candidate (you
really couldn’t make it up!) and because I mentioned that I’d stand in the
Rotherham by-election (I was never formally nominated) but the most disturbing
reason of all came when I was told that my criticism of the party had not gone
unnoticed. Democracy? You’re having a bloody laugh!

Unfortunately,
I’d forgotten that under Labour’s dictatorship one is not allowed to criticise
them at all. If they kill thousands of our armed forces, you smile and agree.
If they slaughter thousands of Iraqi civilians, you smile and agree because
that’s how democracy works in their perverted ranks; George Galloway spoke out
against it and was kicked out and the same thing is now happening to ordinary
rank and file members and to the general public who wish to join. You’re either
complicit in everything they do, or consigned to the dustbin of history. This
totalitarianism is the reason why I now wish Labour never win another General
Election. Personally, I would rather see a Tory government elected with an
overwhelming majority than the return of that notorious, despicable mob. Now,
some might say there’s an element of sour grapes in this account, which is true
of course but the biggest loser in the whole sorry episode is the Labour Party
who can no longer claim to represent socialism when they’re mired in constant
controversy, cover-ups and scandals. The likes of the Green Party, TUSC and
Respect seem to be the new socialist alternatives but they are embryonic in
comparison to Labour and will take time to grow.

In addition
to this membership apartheid, the Labour Party is now a graveyard for the
over-PC (political correctness) brigade and the bunch of loonies who subscribe
to wacky rules such as nurses not being allowed to tell a patient that they’ll
say a prayer for them and of course the most famous one, ‘We can’t put up
Christmas lights because it’ll offend non-Christians’- whether the latter is a
myth spread by far-right nutters is unclear but it wouldn’t surprise me if they
did actually say and believe that tosh! This kind of lunacy and all the other
negatives that come with over-political correctness are one of the main reasons
why these hypocrites and champagne socialists must never be allowed in a
position of power again.

In
Rotherham, the Labour dictatorship has a firm hand on a noose that runs right
around the town which they tighten day by day and until people start to see
that for what it is and boycott the despicable, hypocritical party, then
nothing much will change. However, allying with the far-right is never the
answer. Our ancestors fought two World Wars to eradicate Nazism as well as for
the continuity of the British Empire. Seeking moderate alternatives is the way
forward to create a real Rotherham Renaissance, not pandering to right wing
zealots and reactionaries; their message is to create barriers in our town, and
similarly the Labour Party are doing the same thing. However, as citizens of
Rotherham, we should do our utmost to fight against these divisions and
co-exist as one community united by a common language, common morals, values
and principles.  

Labour have
failed the British people, they’ve failed their own members, they’ve failed the
most vulnerable in our society and now they have failed the principles on which
they were founded.”

Omar Mehban

A little light reading

Just last week, as the #daftarrest case concerning a citizen who has been subjected to the most outrageous intimidation including the litigation she has been forced to endure, came to an end, Eric Pickles reissued the following two documents:

Town hall doors unlocked to social media and bloggers

Citizen journalists and bloggers should be let in to public council meetings

Letter from Bob Neill to local authority leaders: access to meetings pdf

Trying to tell the Judge something? At the same time local councils? I do hope so.

I imagine, the same rules apply to parish council meetings!

Jahangir Akhtar – Attempted Intimidation?

Rothpol received this email from Jahangir Akhtar at eleven minutes past midnight today:

“I request you supply me with the identity of the posters to you blog  of Chris and Ali who have both written that I have an ASBO.

I also want you to remove the posts as I deem them to be lies and slanderous.

I will await your response before referring this matter to my solicitors.”

Jahangir Akhtar

Rothpol has responded in the following terms:

“Mr Akhtar,
Would be grateful for the name and address of your solicitor, so that my solicitor may correspond with them on the matters you raise.”

A response from Jahangir Akhtar (jahangirakhtar@ymail.com) received 15:45 today:

“I made a reasonable request asking you to remove the inaccurate posts and also provide me the identity of the people have posted on your blog.

You have responded by posting my private correspondence on your blog.

You leave me no alternative but to let the legal system take its coarse. I am sure you will  get to know my solicitors name/  address when you are served the writ.”

This email was unsigned.

Rothpol has again responded in the following terms:

“Mr Akhtar,

re: Pre-action Protocol for Defamation

I note the contents of your reply.

I have to inform you that your attitude and general demeanour thus far, is quite simply unacceptable and will not go unchallenged.

I requested the name of your solicitors as per the Pre-action Protocol for Defamation which you are required to do promptly, when requested.

I again request that you inform me of their name and address, so that letters of claim may be exchanged.

This request, if unheeded is a very serious matter and I advise you to comply.”

Nothing further has been heard from Akhtar. Bullying and attempts at intimidation, will not work here!

Parliamentary report – Denis takes on Birkdale clinic and it’s executive Promod Bhatnagar

This parliamentary question by Denis MacShane to Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary on this very topical issue raises some very important points:

“Denis MacShane (Rotherham, Labour)

Will the Secretary of State send officials to investigate the Birkdale clinic in Rotherham and its executive, Mr Promod Bhatnagar? Scores of women have had PIP implants at the clinic and are now being told that they have to pay £2,900, in cash, to be screened and looked at again. Mr Bhatnagar has threatened groups in south Yorkshire with “unimaginable consequences” if they raise this issue. After his very unclear statement, will the Secretary of State finish by saying that as in every other European country, and standing with the women of Britain, taxpayers do not mind paying for a few hundred women to be properly investigated? My constituents have contacted me saying that the women of south Yorkshire should be able to go to their general practitioner, go straight into hospital and be seen to, and we should clear up all the fuss about bills afterwards.”

Andrew Lansley (Secretary of State, Health; South Cambridgeshire, Conservative)

I think I have been absolutely clear about what I expect to happen, in relation both to women treated through the NHS and what I expect of private providers. I have also made it clear that if private providers will not or are unable to meet that standard of care, the NHS is available to support women. It is absolutely wrong to say that we are somehow responding to women differently from other European countries, because across Europe countries affected by this are taking exactly the same view that we take. From theyworkforyou.com.

What can possibly be meant by; “Bhatnagar has threatened groups in south Yorkshire with “unimaginable consequences” if they raise this issue” Editors emphasis.

The Birkdale Clinic

Birkdale Clinic PIP implant page: http://www.birkdaleclinic.com/cosmetic-surgery/surgical-breast/pip-breast-implants/1828/

Read the letter from David Nicholson [PDF 49KB]
Read the letter from the Chief Medical Officer [PDF 53KB]
Read the PIP Breast Implants interim report

The Rotherham Advertiser: Patient slams Rotherham clinic over breast implants

London Evening Standard: Adverts to advise PIP implant women

BBC: Breast implants: Andrew Lansley calls for clinic action

Top Ten Posts last week – Total 1134 page views

Thanks again to everyone for a nice solid week. The post, Gerald Smith case goes international – Swedish ‘Kristdemokraten’ picks it up! now has a total of 955 hits and still counting! Just think what might have happened, if it were not for the Eurozone financial mess, to preoccupy them? Angela Merkel, of Germany’s Christian Democrats, has rather a lot of other issues to deal with!

Home page 429
Gerald Smith case goes international – Swedish ‘Kristdemokraten’ picks it up! 123
From RikiLeaks inbox – RMBC playing unprofessional games? 92
An appeal for information? From RMBC 63
Specially for Independents thinking of standing next May! 59
Friend of Old Rotherham brings us these two stories that will amuse you! 54
Principles in Rotherham Public Life? 39
Rob Foulds probes further? FOI 372 – update on developments 32
Rob Foulds writes again on woeful RMBC website – FOI 372 19
The Leader’s Files – Roger Stone New! 15

Community Champion – We deal firstly with his complaint

An email dropped in my inbox Friday evening from P.J. Cawkwell, Rotherham Community Champion, Labour Party member, buddy of the Deputy Leader of RMBC Jahangir Akhtar and denizen of Conisborough, Doncaster, it read:

“Hello

You are excluding me from Rotherham Politics simply because I don’t follow in line like xxxxxx and the other people you have on their, all back slapping and cheering each other on as you bully and harass the Borough Council and/or its Officers.  That continue’s to this day as I refuse to fall in line.

Actually, my letter in the Rotherham Advertiser was correct.  The website address was correct, the content was correct, your view on Chris was correct”

Firstly, You are not banned from Rotherham Politics, it is online for everyone to read.

As for making a comment, the reading of all three pages of About Rotherham Politics is advised, before making comments, as comments will not be published if adjudged to be outwith the spirit of basic etiquette that this blog subscribes to, along with most blogs of our kind. Having comments published, is not a right, but a privilege which recently yourself and others have abused.

The key to getting a comment published is for it to genuinely add to the debate or contribute new information on the subject matter under discussion. In your case, none of your recent comments pass any of the criteria above and consequently they have been rejected. You are very welcome to comment further in the future and hope you will enjoy greater success, as a result of reading this advice.

Secondly, your defence of my criticism of the falsehood contained within your ‘Tiser letter still contains a falsehood that I simply must challenge. I quote from your email; “your view on Chris was correct” This is simply an outrageous distortion of the truth!

I draw your attention once again to the post in question: The Bank of Rotherham – From the Taxpayers Alliance, please read it very carefully. This story, was free of opinion from either myself or on behalf of Rotherham Politics. We also have a disclaimer, I quote, “We are not responsible for the views of contributors, nor for the content that this site links to.”, that means we do not endorse the opinions found through links provided on this blog.

So It seems incredible, that you should continue to state that Rotherham Politics and/or it’s editor Rik, are opposed to Mr Chris Hamby or his project to revitalise High Street and it is offensive to us that you continue to repeat your undoubted libel, safe in the knowledge that ordinary folk have no chance of redress!

I will deal with the other element of your email separately as it appears to be dealing with another issue.

Rik