November 2006 Archives

According to Freedom of Information Act expert Heather Brooke, on Monday's More4 TV documentary Suspect Nation:

Transport for London confirmed, in a Freedom of Information Act reply, that they do actually keep their London Congestion Charge cameras switched on all the time, even at night and weekends, i.e. when the Congestion Charge period does not apply , because "it would be too expensive to switch them over manually."

Are we seriously meant to believe that either a remote computer software command or a normal cheap, timeswitch, could not be fitted to these cameras, to restrict them to just the time period for which they are legally entitled to be used for the enforcement of the Congestion Charge ?

Does anyone really believe that this could not be done remotely or on a time switch ?

How much energy is being wasted by 700 CCTV cameras and at least 800 or so infrared floodlights being kept switched on all the time ?

Who has access to this data which is being collected and analysed at night and at weekends, for which there is no legal business reason to collect it ?

The program will be repeated on Wednesday 29th November 2006 at 10pm.

The Government has published a few more details about the Greater London Authority Bill mentioned in the Queen's Speech.

Note that the people of London are not going to get a chance to veto , via a vote in a referendum, the plan to give Ken Livingstone and his successors as Mayor, even more power to meddle and distort the property market and "strategic planning" processes.

Will this extra power lead to property speculator fueled corruption, as it has done in so many other countries ?

According to the BBC, it seems that a substantial number of people in Venezuela object to to the dubious scheme concocted by their autocratic President Hugo Chavez and Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, which, incredibly, is meant to subsidise Transport for London buses, at the expense of the poor people of Venezuela, through a dodgy crude oil barter deal.

Any effect on bus fares in London will be virtually zero, since the UK Treasury will still levy fuel duty and VAT, per litre of fuel, irrespective of the "cheaper" (but non-zero) price of the fuel out of the oil refinery gates via this supposed barter deal.

The effect on the people of Venezuela will be proportionately much more, due to the lost oil revenue which they could have benefited from at market rates.

International oil barter deals are notoriously corrupt, e.g. the United Nations administered "oil for medicines" deals in the period between the liberation of Kuwait and the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq.

How many dodgy middlemen does Livingstone's oil barter deal involve ?

The signing ceremony in Caracas for the deal has been cancelled at the last minute, denying Ken Livingstone a media opportunity to pretend that he is some sort of world statesman.

Surely the London taxpayer should not be having to pick up the bill for Ken Livingstone's trip to see his communist friends in Cuba, where he seems to have decided to stop off en route. ?

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