Here is a copy of the details from a recent complaint email that I sent to the Hull City Council regarding the improvisation of a new pedestrian crossing system in Newland Avenue in Hull.
hello – I a writing in to complain about an issue in relation to the new road surfacing that is taking place on Newland Ave. In particular I am concerned about the markings made on the road on Newland Ave. There seems to have been an attempt to put in new crossing points for pedestrians. However there does not appear to be any legal precedent in the Highway Code 2007 for these markings to appear. Drivers are confused, as these are not pedestrian crossings nor pedestrian rights of way and there is no evidence of such crossings or road markings in the Highway Code I believe that this matter of confusion is therefore putting both pedestrians and drivers in danger because of the confusion. It is already difficult enough with the numerous crossings that do exist and the road furniture that already exists in Newland Avenue without adding to the chaos and confusion. We already have people walking out into the road when in drink and we certainly do not need any more hazards of the Council’s creation. Please could you respond with how these markings are documented in the Highway Code with reference to the exact numbered item in the Code where it mentions this type of crossing. Otherwise I suggest that the Council stick to the binding authority and letter of that said Code and refrain from this type of dangerous improvisation by getting rid of these nuisance crossings forthwith before someone gets killed in an accident.
I also sent a link to them to refresh their knowledge in relation to some of the more commonly used types of crossings and road markings available.
I would like to hear from anyone else who has thoughts on this matter
The Hull City Council have still not satisfactorily responded to my complaint and questions as to the legality of these crossings still remains unclear. What the Council did say is that they want me to contact the actual contractor- Wright’s Engineering- to find out for myself. This is simply not good enough since Hull City Council has the ultimate responsibility to oversee the work of any contractor that it hires to do work on it’s behalf to make sure that it fits and complies with the legal framework. So they have basically tried to dodge the question by asking me to find out the answer myself to something that they should already know before the work was passed off as completed. This obviously has not been done in this case and the Council is therefore negligent in it’s responsibilities in this area. You would think that on works of such importance to public safety that they would be more careful – they may be putting lives at risk.
Privatisations have not worked for the British Public. Privatisations have only been successful only for the shareholders and fatcats. It is now a failed experiment that needs to be addressed. The time for apathy about this issue is over. The privatisations of Margaret Thatcher and John Major have bankrupted Britain robbing money from the public purse and taking away any abilities of subsequent governments to invest in the infra-structure of Britain. The public have been cheated and robbed of their assets by these privatisations which now continue to hold their customers in contempt with massive price rises to satisfy the insatiable greed of the shareholders. These are Britain’s money making assets which have been taken away. It is time to come to our senses and put pressure on, or better still elect a government that is willing to tackle the issue head on and do the right thing. The public need action not some tinkering and adjustment to tariffs : empty promises that never seem to come to anything. This issue needs a complete overhaul and reversal of these privatisations which occurred under Margaret Thatcher and John Major regimes. In all cases the public was mis-sold these privatisations on the promise that it would be good for the consumer and that it was in the consumers best interests to have and benefit from increased competition. However in all cases this has not proved to be the case at all. All we have seen instead is Cartel like behaviour and confusing and mis-leading and expensive pricing structures. The public need to own the Gas Supply Industry, the Electricity Supply Industry and the Railways. It is firmly in the interests of the British Public to do so. With the Capital that public ownership would generate we could improve the NHS, improve public services and start to significantly reduce the National Debt in the UK. It could spell an quicker end to Austerity Measures, which have been unnecessarily imposed on us by a Tory Government and Coalition which lacks any real vision or ambition for Britain.
Some newspapers and the Tories are trying to convince us that Britain is now a classless society with class mobility to all levels but is this true and in whose interests is it to make us actually believe this? Is this simply a strategy in the ongoing Class War in Britain.
Continue reading Is Britain a now a classless society or is this just another strategy in British Class Warfare?
The Newspaper in general may have outlived it’s usefulness. It is after all strongly edited for political bias to represent its own interests and the views of their owners/bosses. Other information is now available and getting heard that is not so strongly censored nor representative of only a small minority. Freedom of speech is now more achievable than ever because of the accessibility of the Internet where some aspects of censorship can be overcome and the voice of both socialism and the youth can now be expressed far more freely than ever before without censorship from powerful newspaper editors. Newspapers have always sought to limit change and to suppress a voice and platform for socialism in Britain. Through censorship or false representation of socialist policies (Loony Left was a derogatory term coined by many of these newspapers to undermine socialist values) they have succeeded in limiting political choice for the masses and this could be viewed as actively sabotaging choice in the political electoral system of Britain by exerting pressures to manipulate political parties to either adopt or curtail political aspirations. One particular newspaper, the Sun tabloid newspaper, has done this whilst attaining mass appeal amongst the working classes whilst subversively encouraging divisiveness in order to prevent any sense of class realisation and class identity whilst also seeking to undermine the institutions which promote the interests of the working classes. This paper the Sun tabloid newspaper and it has been and still remains ‘the Cuckoo of British Class Warfare‘.
Continue reading Beware the Sun tabloid newspaper is a Cuckoo in Britain’s Class War
I recently had issues with fuel purchased from this garage and took this up with Morrisons but they refused to acknowledge my complaints or investigate the matter. They simply said that they had not received any other complaints however this reasoning left me unsatisfied and I have not returned to purchase any more diesel fuel since and I have to say that neither have I had any further issues. Let me explain more as to why I believe that there are problems with fuel from this retailer.
I am currently a taxi /private hire driver and as such I use a great deal of diesel. I used to purchase nearly all my diesel from Morrisons until I had these problems. It appeared that I was experiencing a fuel blockage. This happened once after I filled up at this Morrisons garage. Thinking it may be the fuel that I had put in the next time I went to a different garage for my fuel. I experienced no further problems. I did this for a week without any further problems after which I returned to Morrisons to fill up again . Then after leaving the garage forecourt and driving only a half a mile or less I got a repeat of the fuel issues that I had experienced earlier. I decided to complain to Morrisons but they took some persuading. They sent it to someone higher up the head office and approximately a week later I go a standard disclaimer from some jobsworth. I have never gone back to use Morrisons fuel from that garage on Holderness Rd in Hull nor will I. It has been some months now since all this took place and I have experienced no further fuel starvation symptoms in my vehicle. I have made up my mind and I believe that you would also come to the same conclusion.
I would like to hear from anyone who has similar issues with this garage/ fuel retailer.
Despite not winning the General Election of 2017 outright there was only one real winner on that night and that was Jeremy Corbyn.
In a very understated way Mr Corbyn has shown that the Labour Party can be a real contender again if it sticks to what it has always been: a Party which represents fairness for all not just the few in other words a real Socialist Party. It is time to dismiss and bury the embarrassing Blair/Brown years and time to go forward with Mr Corbyn’s vision of a true to itself Labour Party Movement. For putting the Labour Party back on track again I will always be indebted to Jeremy Corbyn. Let’s finish the business now Jeremy and lets get Clause IV re-instated back into the Labour Party Constitution in a meaningful way.
What a bizarre choice of appointment Michael Gove is by the Prime Minister. Only just recovering from her defeat and humiliation in the General Election of 2017 she adds a minister who is likely to further alienate her from the public. By appointing the ever unpopular Michael Gove to her cabinet she is further undermining the public confidence in her abilities to govern as Prime Minister. It demonstrates yet again a severe lack of political judgement by the already beleaguered Prime Minister.
Michael Gove is probably the most despised and hated politician of a generation so why appoint him to the Cabinet?
Michael Gove was one of the most despised and hated politicians of recent years and when in positions of Minister of Education and Minister of Justice he managed to galvanise public opinion against him. He became probably the most unpopular Minister of recent years. In fact there was a sigh of relief when he was dropped from the Cabinet by Theresa May. Now he is back in again. On the face of it this appears to be another, yet another, act of political blindness on behalf of Theresa May. Mistakenly Theresa May believed herself to be popular amongst the electorate. She falsely assumed that the working classes would swallow her garbage about the Tories being the Party offering the greatest choice and representing the interests of the working classes now she scores yet another political own goal by appointing the most unpopular politician of a generation to her Cabinet. How many more political gaffs can this Prime Minister make before she exposed as incompetent?
My own view on the matter is more that Gove has been appointed to stem the threat to her leadership from BoJo. Mr Gove clearly has some influence over Boris Johnson which became apparent in the leadership battle otherwise why did Mr Johnson drop out so easily to leave the field wide open for Gove himself? It may therefore be the case that May actually needs Gove at this moment in time and has been forced by circumstance to offer him a job in her Cabinet. This may be a dangerous move on her part as Gove may already be scheming to make his own leadership challenge and she may in fact have only served to strengthen his hand. It may also be a a strategy of keep your enemies close by giving Gove, at least in part, what he wants. The reality is that Michael Gove could never be palatable to the public as serious material for Prime Minister anyhow: he is just too unpopular and will always remain so but he is also: scheming, ambitious, greedy, and above all a major threat to the weakened Prime Minister at this moment in time.
There seems to be some confusion in Britain about the word Socialism. Socialism is a system of economics that works to benefit a greater portion of society and in doing so strives to be fairer. Socialism is not Communism and it is not Militant it is just that these organizations do use certain elements drawn from Socialism. But whilst they do employ and apply Socialism and Socialist principles they apply them in more extreme ways. If Britain were to adopt socialist policies it would be both a fairer and more prosperous place. It would largely be a better place to live. It would not resemble Russia or China or any other Communist Country and it would not mean that enterprise was stifled or curtailed as the Tories would like you to believe. Instead it would have: improved NHS, better transport system, better roads, lower taxation, improved education system and cheaper fuel bills for everyone in Britain. This list could also go on to include better policing and improved council services and the list could go on.
Socialism in Britain has been discredited by those with a vested interested to do so
The reasons why there has been attempts to discredit Socialism in Britain lie in a number of vested interests. Traditionally the majority of the media in Britain has been controlled by some very wealthy people desperate to hang onto power. Who controls the media can also control the masses by telling them lies. Newspapers like ‘the Sun’ held campaigns in association with the Tories to propel people like Margaret Thatcher to power but switched allegiance only when it saw no real left wing threat from Tony Blair. This basically amounted to brainwashing the masses and the working classes into believing that any left wing policy that introduced elements of socialism was bad for Britain and was in itself an implicit threat of Communism. Such is the power of newspapers to actually do this. Socialist Principles have been artificially distorted, suppressed and discredited in Britain because of the vested interests of the wealthy and powerful protecting their own interests and using the media to wield this enormous power and influence to control the population. For example the chances of me being able to publish this and deliver it to you in an un-edited form such as this has only really come about through the internet. People power to express themselves in this way is something quite unique in history. Censorship and control of expression has been taking place for centuries in Britain and still occurs today even despite the internet in some parts of the world. The internet though is a unique tool bypassing the controls of the wealthy and powerful who have controlled the media and hence controlled the working classes.
Continue reading Socialism offers a better future for Britain. Socialism is not Communism nor Militant
It is quite obvious that Theresa May and the Tories are planning to scrap their 2015 election pledges not to raise taxation. Constrained now by awkward and awful Brexit Negotations by the arrogant Theresa May, a hard and austere Brexit is looming for Britain. To cover up these mistakes the people of Britain will have to pay for the Tories bungling through higher taxation and higher inflation. This is the real reason for Theresa May hurrying through another General Election in 2017.
Jeremy Corbyn needs to seize upon this weakness and exploit it for all it’s worth and get the Tories to admit that taxation will rise if they take office again in 2017.
Hull the City of Culture 2017 has spent so much money promoting itself as the City of Culture that it has simply overlooked it’s main priority: keeping it’s citizens safe and providing a safe place for them to live and work. Surely this should have priority over presenting the City as something that it is definitely not. I live and work in Hull and I travel extensively in the City and I have to say that Hull has some of the worst and most dangerous areas that I have ever encountered in a small city.
Quite simply the problem is arising through a lack of community policing which has been brought about by the Police and the Council closing the majority of police stations in the localities, satellite areas and concentrating their resources in the Clough Rd area where they are simply not needed. After all what is the point in putting the main policing resource so far out of the city on a limb in an area where there is only a small population. To pay for this swanky state of the art building in Clough Rd the local areas have seen the police stations closing or being sold off to developers. To name just a few that have closed Bransholme Centre as a police station although it has some police staff working from there it is no longer a police station. Holderness Rd Tower Police Station now sold off to developers and where is any police presence on Orchard Park or Preston Rd. These are also (probably not coincidentally) the 3 areas of the city that are the worst for crime particularly from youth vandals & drug dealers.
The Deception of Hull City Council providing visitors with a false impression of the City
Delinquent Youths riding un-licensed and un-roadworthy motorcycles without lights in parks and on pavements further endangering lives: this is the reality of Hull, the City of Culture 2017, this is the reality behind the facade, behind the fiasco or spectacle that the Hull City Council are providing as a false impression to deceive the visitors to this City. I am a taxi driver and these areas are becoming no go areas to work in because of the high risk that you stand of getting missiles thrown at your car as you travel through these areas. These areas have simply been abandoned by both the Hull City Council and the Police, abandoned to youth crime and arsonists. Holwell Rd, Preston Rd/ Annandale Rd and Hall Rd all need a large contingent of Street Cameras to prevent the mindless thugs from throwing missiles at vehicles and endangering lives added to this the area needs a stronger police presence. It is no good allowing police officers to congregate around an area where they are not needed and a long way away from the areas of crime after all not much goes on around a Bingo Hall. These officers are needed on the streets and parks and wasteland areas of Orchard Park and Bransholme. As I said I am a taxi driver yet I have not seen a police vehicle in those areas for weeks. The police need to provide a daily if not hour to hour service in those areas. Believe me the criminals, thugs and drug dealers are just laughing at the police and I know this firsthand because I have witnessed it. Meanwhile people who live or work in these areas, who are decent and trying to make a living through hard work, find that their lives, their livelihood and wellbeing is being put a risk through a Council that has it’s priorities elsewhere.
It’s all well and good making the streets in the city centre clean and tidy for visitors but the real clean up is needed far and away from these areas in the areas where the majority of people actually live.