Question for Cameron.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I wanted to email you a question but you only allow 1ooo chars on your website and I have a very serious question that requires a little longer than that.

I read today of the promotion for your minister Sajid Javid to “Business Secretary.”

Sajid is my local MP, and although he helped me and a number of residents recently with a serious problem in our village, I have grave concerns about this new appointment.

Given that Sajid became the youngest vice-president in the history of Chase Manhattan bank at age 25, it seems understandable why you would want him as business secretary.

I’m sure you’re aware Sajid moved to London in 1997 and joined Deutsche Bank as a director in 2000. In 2004 he became a managing director at Deutsche Bank and, one year later, global head of Emerging Markets. In 2007 he relocated to Singapore as head of Deutsche Bank’s credit trading, equity convertibles, commodities and private equity businesses in Asia. He was appointed a board member of Deutsche Bank International Limited before finally leaving the bank in 2009 to pursue a career in politics.

Between January 2005 and December 2010, trading desks at Deutsche Bank manipulated the IBOR submissions across all major currencies. They were fined £227 million by the FCA.

On 23rd April 2015 the bank agreed with U.S. and British authorities to pay a record $2.5 billion (1.66 billion pounds) for its role in a scam that ran from around 2003 to 2011 to fix rates such as the Libor to benefit their trading positions.

To date, the bank is still under investigation for allegedly fixing the Foreign exchange markets during the same timeframe.

Unless I have my dates wrong, it seems all this happened under Sajid’s watch – so to speak.

The irony is, as part of the deal, Deutsche Bank’s London-based subsidiary pleaded guilty to criminal wire fraud and the parent group entered into a deferred prosecution agreement to suspend criminal charges.

In other words a bribe – so no one goes to jail.

You must be aware of this because you have stated you are going to use this bribe money to fund apprenticeships for unemployed young people – those crappy jobs that pay £2.73 per hour for 4 years! More irony…..we really should be able to do better in 2015.

As you already have a reputation for employing individuals that have committed criminal offences, please answer the following questions?

  1. Did you perform proper checks on Sajid’s background and/or question him on his part in the financial scandal?
  1. If so, given Sajid seems to have been in control when Deutsche Bank committed these offences, please explain in detail why were you happy with his explanation?
  1. Please justify why you have employed someone who may have committed criminal offences regardless of his explanation, and someone who obviously did such a poor job with Deutsche Bank.

Jon.

p.s. I’ve snail mailed this to you also because I really would like a reply.

Here is Dave’s reply – 178 days or 5 months and 25 days later.

DC reply

FAO of Abigail Green via https://email.number10.gov.uk/

17/11/15

Hello Abigail and thanks for your reply but I note that David didn’t answer any of my questions.

I never asked the Prime Minister for his opinion on how good or bad Sajid was doing in his new role – even though it appears he was inclined to inform me.

Therefore, would you please ask him to answer in detail the following questions.

1. Did you perform proper checks on Sajid’s background and/or question him on his part in the financial scandal at Deutsche Bank?

2. If so, given Sajid seems to have been in control when Deutsche Bank admitted to criminal offences, please explain why you continued to employ him?

Regards

Jon

 

 

Nothing makes any coherent sense….

Recently I was asked by a number of individuals if I would stand as a District Councillor in the May elections – quite a surprise for someone who has never voted before in any sort of election. However, for a few weeks I gave this request some serious consideration. I spoke with a number of Independent Councillors because let’s face it, there isn’t really a political party that represents the people, one that really, truly, has the peoples best interests at heart.

I’m also a great believer in the opinion that once you separate yourself into one club or another you’ve failed (before you start) to represent the people of this land unless they all belong to the same club as you! I believe it’s called a dichotomy.

Although I originally agreed, over the Christmas and New Year period I had more time to think things over before coming to my ultimate conclusion – DON’T BE SO BLOODY STUPID!

You see, we here in the UK, (and the Western World to be frank) have a serious problem – one of which cannot and will not be solved without radical change and I mean REALLY radical – perhaps even blood on the streets radical, but most certainly something where the whole country comes together, works together and refuses to consent…together.

Nothing a District Councillor could solve especially given the majority of the UK seem to have become so brainwashed into being “good and compliant citizens” who simply never question authority – and we seem not to have learnt anything from our history books either.

Benjamin Franklin – “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”

We live in an age where our Police refuse to investigate certain crimes and where ordinary citizens are aiming speed guns at motorists – but you’ll get a knock on the door if you write something slanderous on Facebook, or if you Tweet your “offensive” opinion.

A couple of years ago my son wrote on his Facebook timeline, “taking so long to fix this problem I feel like topping myself lol.” He was referring to a patch that was needed on a popular MMO (massively multiplayer online games.)

Within an hour, the Police were knocking on our door to see if he was ok – not even the presence of the phrase “lol” at the end of his comment could dissuade them.

I bet some of you are thinking, “but that’s good! After all, children have committed suicide because of such things.”

No, they really haven’t. No child in the world has ever killed themselves because they couldn’t play their favorite game – there is ALWAYS some other underlying and far more serious reason.

“So why do the Police react then” I hear you say…..

And if you asked that question, you are part of the problem.

It’s not your fault of course because you’ve been working a 10/12 hour shift and you still have to pick your kids up from the after school club they shouldn’t really be in – but then you’re encouraged to abandon your children at the earliest opportunity and get back to work by those in authority that you never question….right?

However, the reason the Police reacted is because they are protecting the “corporation” from potentially being sued – which is what the Police do more and more these days, part of the problem for sure.

But back to more pressing problems and the real cause of them….

Recently, British filmmaker Adam Curtis asked some very basic questions of the British economy, questions that really apply to the entire Western World.

How is it, for example, that the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne can tell this nation that the economy is growing…but at the same time wages are going down?

How is it possible that the deficit is going down… but the deficit is also going up?

Why is the British government cutting spending by billions of pounds, but the Central Bank is pumping billions of pounds back in to the economy?

How is it that those billions of pounds being pumped into the economy are only making their way into the hands of the minority wealthy while the majority suffer cuts and the most vulnerable are literally dying?

And how is it possible that no one seems to know? That no major mainstream media outlet is covering the story of the greatest transfer of wealth in history?

One can ask these same questions for nearly every western nation that has engaged in Quantitative Easing.

The answer is pretty clear. As Curtis shows in just five simple minutes, this is the modern day version of Orwell’s world— it’s power through propaganda and confusion. See for yourself:

As far as the media is concerned I know this to be true because when I lived in Cyprus, I would listen to the speeches by the former President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Then I would listen to UK news reporting on his speeches – I can’t remember hearing one correct report. Paraphrase after paraphrase of twisted words I could not believe if I hadn’t heard them with my own ears. Our news media made this man out to be something which he clearly isn’t – the same way we were told that  Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction – and post war we are told it didn’t matter because he was a dictator….

Earlier I talked about not learning from history, but history has also taught us that recessions are cyclical. We have had many over the years but the level of debt has never been this big before, not even relatively speaking.

It took the United States government over 200 years to accumulate its first trillion dollars of debt. It took only 286 days to accumulate the most recent trillion. 200 years vs. 286 days. This portends two key points:

1. Anyone who thinks that inflation doesn’t exist is a complete idiot

2. To say that the trend is unsustainable is a massive understatement.

Our economic system is completely unsustainable.

There’s no doubt our banking industry is guilty of financial terrorism. Terrorism far worse than the recent abhorrent beheadings we’ve seen. Not a nice comparison I know but it’s important to put things in perspective.

Saudi Arabia beheaded 19 people half way through August 2014 nothing is said about that because they are a financial business partner with the UK. However, this financial terrorism has affected the whole of the western world. If you look closely enough you will also see people are dying as a result – although you may not see that information if you reach for the nearest Government website, you will need to research a little harder than that. There’s already been tens of thousands that have died in this country as a direct result of welfare cuts.

Perhaps you bank with Barclays? Guilty of Libor rigging but I bet you still bank with them. Perhaps you bank with HSBC? Guilty of drug money laundering but I bet you still bank with them. Perhaps you bank with Santander? Also guilty of money laundering. Perhaps you bank with Lloyds? Guilty of bribery, corruption and Libor rigging and the list goes on an on…but I bet you still bank with them.

What other service provider would you continue to use after learning it was a criminal organisation?

No alternative? Yes there is, but it may cost you an extra pound or two.

There are many individuals and organisations saying the issuing power of money should be removed from the banking sector and returned to Government as it was years ago. A reasonable suggestion worthy of debate,  yet our politicians won’t even have that discussion – why is that do you think?

Fact is, the people that think they are helping with the current situation, helping deal with the cuts the best way they can, are doing nothing more than precipitating the problem. Their heart may be in the right place, but they’re not solving anything. Another dichotomy I guess.

No one person can change anything, or even a group of people – it’s all completely and utterly pointless because all those in authority either don’t really understand what is going on, have been brainwashed to care only for themselves or they are lying because they belong to the minority wealthy for whom our current social and economic systems serves them very well indeed.

Our country is so utterly corrupt that only the majority can change things now. Let’s remember that Government has no money. Local authorities have no money. They only have what they procure from us (and borrow on our behalf) and it’s time to stop giving them our money!

Thanks to the internet I believe it will happen in a couple of generations (is my best guess) as information is shared globally and quickly. Our young are starting to see these charlatans for what they are – especially as they are beginning to realise how clogged up with debt from their education they are, and they can’t even purchase a house until middle age – then they’re going to have to work until they’re 75 years old just to survive. That’s if TPTB don’t get the power to control the internet they are currently vying for. (If you’re aware of that?)

So when election time comes around, make sure you do one thing – DON’T VOTE. Not even for UKIP – even though I personally would love to see anyone take control other than Labour or the Tory’s, but there’s absolutely no point as they are all the same. The strongest message you can send is by not voting and perhaps demanding a “none of the above” box.

What ever you do don’t get caught up in the propaganda of sentimentality about your parents or grandparents fighting and dying so you could have a vote – because if they are/were alive today I’m convinced they would be saying none of this lot deserve your vote! How on earth anyone can vote for pain, suffering and misery to be imparted on millions of innocent people whom had nothing to do with the economic crash is beyond me – especially as the real perpetrators are not only getting away with criminal activity with impunity, they are being handsomely rewarded.

If you do vote, and your particular “club” is elected, don’t complain when the next round of austerity cuts take hold – after all, you got what you voted for!

If any of this cause you any sort of mental stress, make sure you are not suffering from Cognitive Dissonance and take the time to do some proper research and think critically.

CD

So good luck to my children’s children, unless the current majority have some sort of epiphany that is.

If that happens, wake me up when you’re ready…..

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Island in Scotland to be First 100% Self-Sustaining Place on Earth – Ideas for us all….

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This is not all my work, but it’s important enough to share.

Virescent mountains, verdant valleys, and clean energy. Sound like a scene from The Sound of Music or a fictional novel about utopia? It is neither. It is in fact, the description of the one place on this planet that is about to be 100% self-sustaining – Scotland’s Eigg Island. Eigg has a pristine landscape, a broad array of sustainable strategies and gets over 90% of its energy from renewable sources. Along with its witty accent, the Scots offer an example of how to live well, without fossil fuels and rampant ecological and environmental degradation.

We have new heroes – The residents of Scotland’s forward thinking Eigg.

Solar panels, wind turbines and hydroelectric schemes sprinkled across the island meet the energy requirements of almost all of its residents.

Eigg-island-2On 1st February 2008, the Isle of Eigg entered a new era, with the switching on of our island electrification project, which makes 24 hour power available for the first time to all residents and businesses on the island.

Until then we were entirely dependent upon making our own power and the clattering of generators was always to be heard. Now, the generators are silent and suddenly we have leapt to the forefront of electricity generation using renewable energy resources. Our project is a world leader in the integration of multiple renewable energy sources into a grid system to supply an isolated and scattered small community.
Eigg-island-3The major renewable energy source is a 100kW Hydro Electric Generator. This is supported by two smaller Hydro Electric Generators of 10kW and 9kW, by four 6kW Wind Generators and by 30kW of Solar Electric Cells. Each of these sources has been sensitively sited to cause minimum visual and physical impact upon our beautiful island.
WindThe power generated at their remote locations is brought together and distributed to the the households, businesses and community buildings on the island through 11km of buried high voltage cable. Two 80kW diesel generators have been installed to provide emergency back-up and to cover periods when the power generated from the renewable resources is less than demand. The overall control of the power generation of the system depends upon a bank of batteries connected to the distribution grid through a series of linked inverters.
The inverters allow the flow of electrical energy between the batteries and the grid, depending upon the balance of demand and supply, and they adjust the supply of power from the sources of generation so as to maintain the charge of the batteries.
In this way, the inverters ensure that the demands upon the system are met, using as the controlling factor the state of charge of the batteries. The batteries have enough capacity to provide power for the island for periods of up to 24 hours, if energy from renewable resources is not available.

The system will be operated for the benefit of the community by Eigg Electric Ltd., a subsidiary company of Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust. It will be serviced and maintained by a trained island maintenance team. Electricity charges are collected via pre-payment card operated meters, and are set at a level necessary to allow Eigg Electric Ltd. to fulfill its duties to the community. This has been a technically challenging and unique project, which owes its success, not just to the individual specialist capabilities of residents, of the project manager, and of the contractor and all the sub-contractors, but to the way in which all who have been involved with it have co-operated, jointly discussed every aspect of the project and worked as a team throughout.

What’s even more shocking – the island is owned by its residents! In 1997 Eigg Islanders bought the farm – quite literally.  Anyone who lives on the island for more than six months becomes a member of the resident committee that decides who things are run in their town.

In Germany, there is also a community that is completely self sustainable. If one house produces more energy than it requires, the excess is shared between the community – free of charge.  Germany’s renewable energy sector is among the most innovative and successful worldwide. Net-generation from renewable energy sources in the German electricity sector has increased from 6.3% in 2000 to almost 30% in 2014. Siemens chief executive Peter Löscher believes that Germany’s target of generating 35% of its electricity from renewables by 2020 is achievable while we in the UK are investing in shale gas!

Since we can’t all move to Eigg, we can at least implement some of their novel ideas. Sovereignty of power, in multiple versions of the word, apparently, is no pipe dream.

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Austerity – The cyclical economic problem.

Dr Gabor Mate, a leading Canadian physician who specialises in the study and treatment of GMaddiction said: 

In the society, which is based on the power of certain people to control and profit from the lives and work of millions of others, the dominant intellectual culture will reflect the needs of the dominant group. So, if you look across the board, the ideas that pervade psychology, sociology, history, political economy and political science fundamentally reflect certain elite interests.

Isn’t this what we are witnessing presently? Inequality widening, the rich getting richer and the poorer get poorer.

In the Western world, we have seen our banking industry commit libor rigging, currency rigging, mortgage fraud and drug money laundering yet no criminal charges have been brought. They do however continue to receive big bonus after big bonus in an ideology of too big to fail, too big to jail.

In August this year Deutsche Bank was fined by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) £4.7 million for incorrectly reporting transactions between November 2007 and April 2013.

Interestingly, Our MP, Sajid javid joined Deutsche Bank in 2000 and in 2004 he became the managing director.One year later he became global head of Emerging Markets Structuring, and left in 2009 to pursue a career in politics.

We have seen 11% pay rises for Politicians and higher than EVER expenses. Perhaps no surprise because the Tory Government receive 50% of their donations from the financial services sector. We the people, who had nothing to do with the economic failure of the country suffer austerity cuts (and privatisation) to our NHS, Fire Service, Police Service, including insulting pay rises for our teachers and nurses. We’ve also witnessed abhorrent attacks on our most vulnerable, the disabled and unemployed.

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Look at what George Osborne said in 2009:

The very fact the Treasury is speculating about printing money shows Gordon Brown has led Britain to the brink of bankruptcy. Printing money is the last resort of desperate governments when all other policies have failed…..I don’t think anyone should be pleased that we have reached this point. It is an admission of failure and carries considerable risk

Our national debt was £811 billion in 2009 – now its £1.2 trillion yet the Government constantly say they have it under control besides Osborne borrowing more in 3 years than the last Government did in 13!

Let’s look at the debt to GDP before and after the banking bailouts.

Debt to GDP

Contrary to the endless misinformation repeated at every juncture by austerity politicians and bankers alike, the debt load of most nations at the beginning of the present economic crisis was not already out of control before the banks blew up.

The green bars are debt as percentage of GDP before the bank bail outs and the blue bars are after. These are official Eurostat figures. Notice Ireland. Its debt to GDP was down at 27%. The ONLY thing that altered between 2007 and 2010 was the bank bails outs. Ireland’s ENTIRE debt problem is due to bailing out private banks and their bond holders. Britain’s debt almost doubled and again the ONLY thing that happened was bailing out the banks. The government claims that UK public debt was out of control due to spending on public services is just WRONG. UK government debt against GDP had not gone up in 7 years. Then when we bailed out the banks it nearly doubled. This is the fact as opposed to the propaganda of what happened and why.

Now, millions are suffering and food banks are rife. Our NHS is in a state of collapse and many services are being cut. Don’t believe the unemployment figures because they are offset against the amount of people being sanctioned, and because of intimidation many young people no longer claim their entitlement. All this is due to the debt burden – while for a very small minority, life has hasn’t changed at all.

In fact, bankers bonus’s have gone up since the crash of 2007/8 as have MP’s salaries and expenses.

In the west we have a fractional reserve banking system of 10%. That means banks only have to keep 10% of your total deposit.

When you deposit £100.000 banks essentially make a cool million.

Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself.

JP Morgan, one of the largest banks in the US, holds just 1.9% of its customer deposits in liquid cash equivalents.

In contrast to that,  Banks in other parts of the world have upto 35% reserve which gives banks more liquidity and customers more security.

One Singapore bank has a liquidity ratio of over 17%… nearly TEN TIMES that of JP Morgan. Which do you think is safer?

Singapore has NEVER experienced a banking failure. Ever. The government has ZERO net debt, it’s literally the polar opposite of most Western banking systems.

All debt creates new money for the banks. Banks make a profit by creating debt.

Our economic system is completely unsustainable and based on fiat money.You can never have infinite growth which means we get boom and bust cycles where the innocent majority always pay the price!

After 1945, recessions not only were more frequent; they were steeper. There were recessions in 1945, 1949, 1953, 1957, and 1960 (1957 having a deeper two-quarter decline than seen in the Great Recession), before finally a nine-year run came without recessions.

Then double-dip recessions in 1969-70, 1973-75, and 1980-82.

Check it out for yourself – the wealthy elite never suffered one bit.

Steve Keen – professor and Head of the School of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University in London said recently:

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Because of this, we have part time jobs on the increase with low pay, zero hours contracts and workfare, where our young work for large corporations for free (or for their benefits as the politicians would have you believe) while homelessness rises exponentially.

And we are only half way though the austerity cuts this Government and the next one plan to make.

Some politicians claim we are all in this together but many things simply seem wrong.

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No fraud is ever right, however, benefit fraud is 0.7% of the total benefits spend across 18.5 million claimants. Relative to MP’s expenses fraud there seems to be no competition!

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It really is time for change – or else we will simply continue to live in a cycle of pain and misery while inequality grows and the wealthy elite persist with a system that keeps them sipping champagne and eating oysters.

We have to change our political/economic monetary system – or at the very least have a debate about it.

Dr Mate also said:

And the academics who question that too much tend to get shunted to the side or to be seen as sort of ‘radicals’.

Considering we are now paying billions in interest to the banks per year, I think it’s time to be radical – don’t you?

Debt Bombshell

Travellers – Do we need new Laws?

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Sajid Javid is calling for a new law in order to deal with illegal traveller encampments – he wants to make “Intentional Trespass” a criminal offence.

He says this would allow the swift removal of travellers from illegal encampments. Traveller encampments around the country continue to be a considerable nuisance to the settled community and as we have seen here in Alvechurch they often bring with them criminal behaviour like fly tipping (including white goods & asbestos) as well as human excrement and used toilet paper which seemed to be ubiquitous in our area.

All the above including the intimidating behaviour some residents encountered (yours truly included) prompted our Action Group – but do we really need a new law which will apply to every resident in the UK because of a small minority of individuals?

Would such a move be appropriate or even proportionate? What effect would this new Law have on others, say, the vulnerable like homeless people, protesters or anyone using adverse possession orders?  What laws do we have presently which according to Sajid are not providing us with remedy?

Sajid, who spoke about the problem in 2010 and suggested this new law, says that travellers who refuse to leave illegally occupied land when asked to do so by a uniformed officer could be arrested.

A Conservative press release – Conservatives pledge to tackle trespass, 12 February
2010, which stated they wanted to:

Create a new criminal offence of intentional trespass, as already in place in the Republic Of Ireland. Trespassers who refuse to move after being asked to do so by a uniformed police officer will face arrest. At present, trespass (which does not involve criminal damage) is a civil offence – forcing the landowner to go to court. This will allow both squatters and travellers occupying property without permission of the landowner to be removed quickly.

“This will allow both squatters and travellers occupying property without permission of the landowner to be removed quickly.”

I believe this is a significant statement and a clue in Sajid’s thinking and possibly that of the Conservatives. Current laws already state that if Travellers refuse to leave illegally occupied land when asked to do so by a uniformed officer, they commit an offence.

“At present, trespass (which does not involve criminal damage) is a civil offence – forcing the landowner to go to court.

This is incorrect.

In 1994 Government produced “The Criminal Justice & Public Order Act.”

Contained within are Sections 61 and 62.

Section 61 is the statute the Police can use to evict travellers from public or private land providing certain conditions are met. I won’t go into these conditions now, but suffice to say they are far from difficult to meet.

Section 62 is the statute the Police can use to evict travellers from public or private land if there is a transit site within the Local Authority area, and again providing certain conditions are met.

The Association of Chief Police Officers produced guidance on how these statutes should be used: ACPO Guidance on Unauthorised Encampments

It is essential that the police response takes account of the issues of behaviour, whether criminal, anti-social or nuisance, in combination with the impact on the landowner and settled community rather than simply because encampments are present at a specific location. Police powers to evict people from unauthorised encampments do exist, as provided for by Sections 61 and 62 A-E,
Criminal Justice & Public Order Act 1994, (CJPOA 94). These powers will be used where behaviour or conduct is considered to be inappropriate, or where the impact of an encampment on others is deemed unacceptable. This position is consistent with all other areas of enforcement within the community. Guidelines on the exercise of police powers concerning unauthorised encampments are
given in Section 6 of this document.

If a landowner requests illegal occupiers to leave his land within a certain timeframe, (24 – 48hrs) and they refuse to leave, the landowner can make a complaint to the Police for which they could use Section 61 or 62 of the CJPOA.

There is no need for expensive court action by the landowner.

Another option for the landowners is to use private bailiffs who use Common Law to remove travellers but this is obviously at the expense of the landowner.

Both of these options mean that travellers can be removed within a short space of time – usually 48hrs.

How would a new law improve on this? Don’t the Police already have powers to arrest travellers under the right circumstances?

CJPOA: s61.

If a person knowing that a direction under subsection (1) above has been given which applies to him (a) fails to leave the land as soon as reasonably practicable, or
(b) having left again enters the land as a trespasser within the period of three months beginning with the day on which the direction was given, he commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale, or both.

Committing an offence obviously means you can be arrested – however, for the avoidance of doubt I confirmed this with Inspector Corteen of West Mercia Police Force at a meeting arranged by Sajid, which was also attended by representatives of Bromsgrove District Council in order to try to find some clarification on the law.

It was interesting to note that at an earlier public meeting Inspector Corteen stated that the Force had a Policy of “non eviction” – yet Chief Constable David Shaw suggested to me during a WebChat  the Force has no such policy so it seems there is some confusion on the matter.

However, Travellers can already be arrested if they refuse to leave land when ordered to do so by a uniformed officer. Why then do we need a new law (that will affect everyone) if the Police already have powers of arrest?

More importantly, why are the Police not using the current legislation to its fullest?

In Harlow there has been 73 illegal encampments yet only 10 Section 61’s issued.

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This prompted a joint letter of complaint from two MP’s to Theresa May.

So are the Police failing in their duty? Perhaps – but you have to consider the following.

If the conditions for a s61 are met and the Police request the travellers to leave the land, what happens if they refuse?

Remember Dale Farm?

The Police have to be able to back up their actions which would mean the possible arrest of numerous individuals. The first problem is that these individuals are non co-operative. When questioned they give the same name for instance. Many of their vehicles are rented and/or in third party names. If you manage to establish identity, what about their vehicles? They would need to be impounded or presumably returned to the hire company. Then, what about their children? Social Services have to become involved.Then, you have Human Rights legislation which I think its fair to say all authorities are concerned with.

Consider also the costs of this action, and then consider whether it is better to leave them where they are knowing that in most cases they will move on within 21 days under planning guidelines, or around a week if the Local Authority are a little more proactive. What you are left with is a significant clean up bill which in most cases is paid for by tax payers rather than the perpetrators. However, the Limitations Act gives the Local Authority 6 years to claim these costs back by taking action against the travellers, but again this doesn’t seem to be happening.

Of course there is more to this problem than cost – the affect of encampments on the settled community and the discord they cause is not to be underestimated. All the guidelines suggest swift action is needed to remove travellers from illegal encampments but the problem just becomes cyclical – Hence the two encampments by the same travellers in the same location in Alvechurch this year, and four times over the last 3 years!

Chief Constable Shaw of West Mercia Police explained to me he thought there were too few transit sites, yet it was suggested to me by a Council representative who’s been dealing with travellers for over 20 years that the minority of travellers who keep setting up illegal encampments don’t want transit sites – they just want to roam and do as they please.

One thing for sure, there are no easy answers to this problem but given the Police already have arrest powers, a new law is surely not the answer.

Unless you want the ability to evict squatters?

Remember: “This will allow both squatters and travellers occupying property without permission of the landowner to be removed quickly.”

But wait! Squatting laws have already been changed haven’t they?

Yes they have. Squatting in residential buildings (like a house or flat) is illegal. It can lead to 6 months in prison, a £5,000 fine or both.

Although squatting in non-residential building or land isn’t in itself a crime.

So it seems this new Law Sajid would like to evoke on the people of the UK wouldn’t necessarily give the Police any new powers in relation to travellers, but it would certainly help evict homeless people from squatting in abandoned commercial buildings and such.

Of which there are quite a few in London I’m led to believe.

It should also be noted that the Local Authority have powers of eviction within the CJPOA 1994.

s77 of CJPOA gives the LA the power to evict travellers again from private or public land.

Power of local authority to direct unauthorised campers to leave land.
(1) If it appears to a local authority that persons are for the time being residing in a vehicle or vehicles within that authority’s area—

(a) on any land forming part of a highway;
(b) on any other unoccupied land; or
(c) on any occupied land without the consent of the occupier,

the authority may give a direction that those persons and any others with them are to leave the land and remove the vehicle or vehicles and any other property they have with them on the land.

However, as the Council representative explained at our meeting, it’s not something they consider using for fear of companies like Sainsbury or B&Q requesting the Council remove travellers from their car parks and alike as public money should not be spent on such – I quite agree.

However, there is nothing stopping the LA from producing its own Policy guidelines on when and how s77 will be used.

So again, it certainly looks like we have all the powers to deal with illegal traveller encampments but somehow we need to find the ability to hold these individuals to account, stop their illegal activity and ensure they pay for the disgusting mess they leave behind instead of tax payers!

At my last meeting with Sajid Javid and Brandon Lewis MP on the 10th November 2014 in Westminster, I was assured these problems were being dealt with at “Home Office” level.

It remains to be seen.

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