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Julian Bell Honesty Test.  Update. I asked Bell a simple question over a month ago.  It concerned the circumstances in which Mr Najsarek gained employment with Ealing Council?  It was: “Did you already know anything of what appeared in the press on June 30 2016 in respect of Mr Najsarek’s behaviour in Bolton when you appointed him?”  Bell must have known the answer.  All he needed to say was yes or no.   A dilemma.  If he said “yes”, he would reveal that he had been dishonest with the people of Ealing when he praised Najserak’s wonderful record of public service.  If you said “no”, he would confirm that Mr Najserak had successfully deceived his way into Ealing Council.A test of integrity for a public servant!   Not Bell.   He ignored the email.  He was guilty of a LIE BY OMISSION. As an avowed Christian, Bell, I am sure, would have been familiar with the Epistle of St James, the origin of this concept. It was his obligation as a public servant to make himself accountable.  He failed. It is was his obligation as a public servant to be honest.   It is my opinion and allegation (which I believe is supported by the simple evidence of this case) that he is a public liar and, as such, unfit for public office. I have told him to understand that every working day from now on I am asking the same question.  HOW OFTEN WILL JULIAN BELL LIE TO ANDREW FARMER?  FIVE DAYS SO FAR – AND COUNTING.

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Transport Secretary admits new cycle lanes are leaving roads backed up.

Transport Secretary admits new cycle lanes are leaving roads 'backed up' with trafficGrant Shapps warns he is 'not prepared to tolerate' badly designed closures and cycle lanes, imposing 'sweeping changes' to communities. The Transport Secretary has admitted too many cycle lanes are being left “unused” with traffic “backed up” as a result of his green transport revolution, The Telegraph can reveal.In a strongly worded letter sent to councils, Grant Shapps has warned he is “not prepared to tolerate” badly designed road closures and new cycle lanes which are imposing “sweeping changes” to entire communities.And in a move that will infuriate cycling and green campaigners, he has declared the Government is not anti-car, explaining: “No one should be in doubt about our support for motorists.”Mr Shapps announced a £250 million Emergency Active Travel Fund in May intended to promote walking and cycling as the country emerged from lockdown. Councils were invited to apply for the cash by drawing up projects intended to entice people away from their cars and take more active forms of travel.However, critics have complained that badly designed road closures and new cycle lanes have in fact increased traffic and pollution on main roads, as well as reduced the number of people visiting high streets at a time when small businesses are desperate to recover from lockdown.Private residents have even launched legal action, claiming that because the schemes were introduced under emergency Covid powers, disability groups, local residents and businesses were not consulted, and consequently, normal local democratic procedures have been ignored.Meanwhile, so-called ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhoods’, where bollards and planters close off residential streets to traffic, have resulted in delays to 999 emergency response times as police, paramedics and fire crews encounter newly shut roads.The letter, sent on Friday to local authority transport bosses and local highways authorities and seen by The Telegraph, warns how a “notable number of councils used their funding poorly and were simply out of step with the needs of the local communities.”Mr Shapps continues: “I saw or heard from the public and parliamentary colleagues about far too many instances where temporary cycles lanes were unused due to their location and design, while their creation left motor traffic backed up alongside them; of wide pavements causing unnecessary congestion in town centres; and other issues that many have, rightly, reacted angrily to.”He explains how he had ordered his staff to “engage” with those councils where he had “concerns”, because badly thought out road closures and cycle lanes had been introduced.“Since then, numerous schemes have been scaled back and revised,” he wrote. “I am pleased with this, but the work will continue where local residents continue to have concerns.”He warns the second round of funding in the scheme could see some town halls receiving “considerably less” money if they fail to “embrace good design” or “consult their local communities”.He adds: “We all want to see the benefits that active travel brings to be realised, but poorly implemented schemes will make no friends for the policy or more broadly for active travel…“The crucial test is, does it deliver for the community it serves, and has it been done with their consultation.“Schemes must balance the needs of cyclists and pedestrians with the needs of other road users, including motorists and local businesses.“Only authorities which have passed these key tests will receive the funding they have asked for.“I want to be absolutely clear: we are not prepared to tolerate hastily introduced schemes which will create sweeping changes to communities without consultation, and ones where the benefits to cycling and walking do not outweigh the dis-benefits for other road users.”With The letter comes after thousands of people have held demonstrations and signed petitions forcing some town hall bosses into a series of humiliating U-turns after they introduced schemes with little or no public consultation.Last week, the Telegraph revealed how some councils were making hundreds of thousands of pounds in fines from motorists driving on newly closed roads.Projects in some parts of London have proven so divisive that planters have been daubed with graffiti and bollards ripped from the concrete. In one West London borough, opposition has been so vehement that police have had to attend to support council workers as they installed planters and bollards to close roads.So far, a total of £42,102,454 has been secured by 111 councils in England, including many London boroughs where opposition has been most vocal.

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Black History Matters - Community Circle

Join us on Sunday 18th October at Ravenor Park at 10.30am as we hold a Safe Space to Share. This is a family-friendly Community Circle with a welcoming atmosphere and music. Meet your neighbours, exchange ideas and create social change. Creating a Open Community in Ealing to overcome racism together.Please Remember Distancing Guidelines.Supported By BLMWestLondon all individuals interested in overcoming racism locally to this safe space. We would love to hear from people who would love to offer their skills to the community. Come along, lets talk and introduce our beautiful selves to each other.Rough Schedule:10 am - 10.30 am : Meet and Greet - Introduction of Safe Space. @45 Ruislip Rd, Greenford UB6 9QD, Entrance to Ravenor Park from Ruislip Road.10.30 am : Opening Drumming, Chanting and Clapping Circle10.35 am: Open Mic - History10.55 am: Open Mic - Poetry11.30 am: Taking the Knee followed by Poetry and Yoga11.45 am: Open Mic - Black Business Shout Out12.15 pm: Open Mic - Community Circle12.45 pm: Well Being and Grounding12.55 pm Music Jam ( Bring your Instruments, Pots, Pans and wooden Sticks)1.15pm Anyone who would like to come and support All Black Lives UK March in the Central London. Marble Arch to Parliament Square 2pm-6pm Feel free to come with your spirit and energy to hear the speeches and raise the vibrations with your voices. the community together in a safe and healing space.Learn and share our History, Culture and Experiences with each other.Remembering the Traumas of the past and current. Healing with our SharingEmpower the Voices of Ealing and Wider Area. Coming up with local projects and ideas.A Litterpick if any rubbish is made of the area to ensure a clean and peaceful community action. Please bring a bag to put rubbish in.Let us know if you want to Help: Organise, Promote(social media), want help setting up Community Building like this in your local area.Looking for individuals connected to:Black BusinessesTherapistsYoga Instructors - Guided meditationsMusiciansPerformersPoetsIdeas on how to make it better for everyoneContact: blmwestlondon@protonmail.comIF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND

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