Black Lives Matter ???


What the hell ?

I have never read a more Bullshit Laden Manifesto in my life.

This Bullshit Lead Movement is seeking to take society apart. It seems to me that there sole aim is to remove any semblance of law and order and allow the anarchists full reign, see points 1 and 2. At the same time they are demanding specialist treatment for one part of society, those with black skins. To the exclusion of the rest of society.

  1. Defund the police / Invest in our communities!!! … How is defunding the police going to help anyone, of any colour? All that will do is reduce our already depleted police forces. Which, in turn, means our streets and communitues falling into the hands of criminals, the gangs and the druggies – the Bloody Lawless Morons. No one will feel safe, anywhere.
  2. End hostile environments and border controls that destroy lives …. I’m not sure what these “hostile environments” are, please explain. Do you mean the streets, estates and neighbourhoods that are pretty much no-go areas due to the aforementioned criminals ? Those are just the environments that a better funded police force could clean up ? As for border controls ! Do you mean the ones that are currently allowing an endless stream of illegals to enter our country ? The controls that we don’t have, the controls that allow an increasing burden on our social services who struggle to house and feed these illegals. Please better define your affordable solution to this problem ? We need Better Legislation to Manage our borders
  3. Transformation of our education system / decriminalisation of black students in the classroom …. Yes I agree the education system needs transforming. We need to get back to a more simpler system where the Three “R’s” are taught along with basic morals and respect for everyone. Not the gangland respect born out of fear. We need a system that teaches the history of this great country, warts and all, and how we got to where we are today. That includes slavery, however distasteful that may be, but also the more recent history of how we managed to survive the great wars. We don’t erase history or historical figures. Rather we add to and explain the context. Better Learning Materiel. As for “decriminalisation of black students in the classroom”, I have no idea what that even means. Since when did going to school become a criminal event unless its the carrying of knives into school. I don’t see that as being colour specific. I do seem to recall that not going to school had ramifications. Back in my day they called it truancy. Please use the English language to provide an explanation that even this 68 year old Englishman can understand. Broadbrush, Loose, Meaningless statement.
  4. Covid-19 / marginalised communities … So you want special treatment for black people ? Isn’t that racist ? This government, the worlds governments have been presented with a never before seen challenge. You can argue that they were ill prepared and that they bumbled their way through various forms of lockdown and controls. Some say, too little, too late. Some say the pandemic is a hoax, not real. But, whatever the truth, How dare you suggest that black communities were sidelined. How dare you turn the pandemic into a racist issue. That is you belittling and disrespecting those that have succumbed to the virus, and their friends and families. That is you disrespecting the NHS and the other health professionals. As for the specific effects of the virus on the black and other ethnic communities, the authorities only became aware as more statistical analysis was carried out. Those effects were not obvious in the early days.
  5. Recognition of global responsibilities / international solidarity with all oppressed people …. How does BLM activity align with the actions of such existing international bodies as the UN, WHO. Are you also seeking solidarity with the peoples of the China, North Korea and Hong Kong ? How about the Taiwanese people, aren’t they oppressed by mainland China ? They are definitely oppressed but I can’t quite see how they sit under the Black Lives Matter umbrella since they are not black. Seems to me you shout a lot about racism but you have a very narrow spectrum of focus, making you a racist organisation on your own right. Perhaps you should change your name to BLMM. Black Lives Matter More.
  6. We demand the funding of safe and sustainable futures …. What has that got to do with BLM ? We all want the funds for a safe and sustainable future. For us and our families. This is not a race issue. We need this for everyone. Or are you saying that BLMM ? Have you seen the homeless on the streets ? Have you seen the colour of their skins ? Many are military veterans. They would love that well funded sustainable future you would claim for those with black skins. Skin colour is irrelevant in this context. You cannot claim it for BLM

As I stated at the beginning of this post this manifesto is, in my opinion, bullshit. It written using a language so broadbrush as to be meaningless. It uses terminology without explanation.

What I can’t get to grips with is that our media and businesses have embraced this to the point that you can’t go about your daily lives with out BLM being thrust into your face, rammed down our throats.

All my life I have existed in a multi national society. At school, in Sussex, there were Poles, Tibetans, and Nigerians. Perhaps college was the exception where it was predominantly white British but from there on my work colleagues have been of every ethnic group with the latter years being mainly of English, North American, Chinese, Indian, and Mexican origins.

So I don’t need to have this BLM garbage thrust in my face at every turn.

I don’t judge anyone by their race, creed or colour of their skin. Rather I reflect what I see and experience. If you are a jerk I will treat you like a jerk regardless.

What the BLM movement instils in me is resentment. Resentment of the BLM movement, not of those they claim to represent.

Localism Act – Your Chance To Get Involved


For some time I have been getting “unsettled” by the changes that are occurring in my local area, becoming more concerned about the way that planners seem to be taking our local community. Just take a look at some of my other posts to see my thoughts on the matter.

A few days ago I attended a meeting at which there was a presentation on the Localism Act and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). To be quite honest I wasn’t quite sure why I was there. I do know that I have been shooting my mouth of about the lack of involvement there appears to be between the community, meaning  me, and the planners.  In recent times I had seen articles which referred to Community Board meetings. To be more specific the articles typically were referring to meetings that HAD taken place, past tense. Then I saw in the paper that a meeting was to take place at Horndean Technology College so I made a note in my diary and then forgot all about it. That is until the reminder popped up a few days before the due date.

So I took myself along and it soon became clear that I was there, somewhat under false pretenses, as a resident of Waterlooville. You see, this meeting was called by the East Hampshire District Council with focus primarily on Horndean, Cowplain and Rowlands Castle but nothing to do with Waterlooville which comes under Havant Borough Council.

The really sad thing is that there were only, including me, perhaps 3 or 4 members of public in attendance. The bulk of the attendees were local councillors. Yet, the subject of the meeting, The Localism Act, is all about pushing the responsibility for planning decisions away from central government, down to the local community.

Thats you and me folks.

I  really knew nothing of the subject matter prior to the meeting.  I just saw it as a point of entry for my interest in local planning affairs. Also I was hoping that I would be able to identify some contacts and sources of information.

The meeting ran along the usual lines reading of planned agenda, acceptance of previous minutes etc. etc.. Then the presentations began ….

The Localism Act came into being 15 November 2011. The intent of the act is to  shift power from central government back into the hands of individuals, communities and councils.

The act is a recognition that central government has become too big, too interfering, too controlling and too bureaucratic. This has undermined local democracy and individual responsibility, and stifled innovation and enterprise within public services. The intention is  create a shift in the balance of power and to decentralise power as far as possible.

“Localism” isn’t simply about giving power back to local government. Rather it shows the government trusts people to take charge of their lives and is prepared to push power downwards and outwards to the lowest possible level, including individuals, neighbourhoods, professionals and communities as well as local councils and other local institutions.

There are five key measures core this new approach to decentralisation.

  • Community rights
  • Neighbourhood planning
  • Housing
  • General power of competence
  • Empowering cities and other local areas

You can read about the detail behind these bullets here

The other key item presented was CIL.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) Regulations 2011 came into force on 6 April 2011 and is a levy on new developments over 100 square metres in size. The money raised by CIL will be ring fenced for local infrastructure.

In other words it is a tax.

Who is supposed to benefit from this tax ? Supposedly the community that has to suffer the new developments is the community that reaps the benefit from the moneys raised by the levy.

The money can be used to support development by funding infrastructure that the council, local community and neighbourhoods want – for example new or safer road schemes, park improvements or a new health centre. The system is very simple. It applies to most new buildings and charges are based on the size and type of the new development.

As I said earlier, he sad thing is that there were only a few members of public at the meeting. The whole point of the Localism Act and CIL is to put power back into the hands of the community.

Unfortunately, the community on the face of it doesn’t seem to care.

Personally I don’t think that is true. I think that people do care but they are not engaged by local council. The local councils don’t, in my opinion, do a very good job of communicating what is going on in their parishes and boroughs. From my own personal experience, when you do try to get involved it is difficult.

There are, apparently, Community Forums where this stuff is discussed. I tried to find out about the local Waterlooville forum and sent emails to the contacts published on the Havant Borough Council website. Either the links are dead or the owners of the email address choose not to respond.

Which is how I ended up as an interloper at an East Hampshire Community Forum meeting in Horndean.

My thanks to Cynthia Haveron who took the time to discuss the meeting set up with me, to introduce me to the Horndean representatives during the discussion period and also to send me contact names and email addresses for the Waterlooville Community Forums.

Localism Act will not stop new homes plan – Politics – The News.