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Consultation on Ebbsfleet Housing Development…

ebbsfleet valleyBack in August 2012, I wrote this post about the new proposed housing development at Ebbsfleet, well today the Government have put their proposals online and are requesting the public’s opinion on this development.

It is all well and good, having this housing, but we need the infrastructure to cope with the development.  People moving to Ebbsfleet without the hope of a job in the South East is going to add this county’s crime rate.  Whilst most people are law-abiding unfortunately, there are some unsavory characters out there who have no qualms about turning to crime.

Medway Council and some local people don’t want the airport built here, which would ease the job situation. So where are all these new jobs supposed to come from if we don’t build to create jobs and make it viable for industry and businesses to bring their companies to the South East.

And have you tried to drive up the A2 road at rush hour…. It is chockablock.  It only takes one minor accident for there to be gridlock on that road.  Whether it be north bound or south bound, both sides are affected, one side due to the accident and the other side due to the swan-neckers that just can’t help slowing down to have a look at what has happened.

Even if these Politicians think that the Thames Gateway Port in Essex will provide jobs, have you tried to get through the tunnel during rush hour… Well, if you have, you damn well know that you can be queued in traffic for quite a while waiting to pay at the booths and even when the new toll system comes into force.. You will have the same amount of cars travelling through and maybe it will be more free flowing, but that will be OK until high winds hit the area and then the Queen Elizabeth II bridge will be closed and the traffic re-routed through one of the tunnels, which then cuts the traffic going into Essex down to 2 lanes in one tunnel.

Honestly though, more homes, means more cars and the A2 and Dartford Tunnel approach road can’t cope now, during rush hour, yet alone with nearly 15,000 more cars on the road, providing that is one car per house.  And we know that some houses have two or three cars parked in their driveway.  Let’s say half of those 15,000 houses have two cars, that is nearly an extra 22,000 that could be on the road.

Getting around by snail will be quicker. :D

If they have plans to build and improve the existing road infrastructure, especially the A2 and Dartford Tunnel Approach road, then fine, but I do hope that they don’t expect us all to live with the same amount of schools, hospitals and water supply as we have now.  More houses, means more road usage, more cars, more children, more water needed… It is not just a case of building a few houses and ignoring the rest.  If you live in Kent and want to voice your opinion about this house building project that is planned for our region,  you can contact the conciliation committee and voice your concerns  by emailing them at EbbsfleetConsultation@communities.gsi.gov.uk or  by writing  to them at:

Matthew Prescott
Ebbsfleet Delivery Team
3rd Floor, Fry Building
2 Marsham St
London
SW1P 4DF

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GMAIL – Invasion of Privacy or Not?

Privacy1There is a lot of noise being made by people who are complaining that Google is now invading people’s privacy, after reports of a man being arrested because Google tipped the Police off, when their software picked up that he was sending indecent images of children by email.

Of course some people assumed that Google was employing people to go through your emails, but that is not true.  Tom Cheshire, a technology correspondent with Sky explains how Google found these images attached in an email.

Technically, Google isn’t looking at your photos in the way you might think. Google maintains a database of known child abuse imagery (flagged by child protection agencies worldwide).

Each image is given a digital fingerprint. This is a way of converting an image or audio file into a string of numbers.

As an image passes through a Google service, its digital fingerprint is matched up against this database of numbers. This means Google isn’t looking at the content of each photo you send per se.

It also means no humans are looking at images, which would be illegal. Nor does Google store child abuse images itself, which would also be illegal.

Google-LogoIs it an invasion of privacy?  Well I think not.  For the law abiding citizen they might think so, but unfortunately in the society we live in today the internet is used for some heinous crimes and one of those is being able to send child abuse pictures via email and messaging. Even terrorist plots have been orchestrated over the internet.

It is a tough balance to weigh… safety of children, avoidance of terrorist activities and other crimes, against privacy.  And of course there are those that want to rack up the paranoia of conspiracy’s and big brother… but I am sorry how I look on this… if I send something online that is illegal (which I would never dream of doing) then I can’t blame the internet service providers or software hosts if I get arrested, hauled before the courts and banged up, can I?  It was my doing in the first place.

And to be perfectly honest, if by software hosts doing this kind of things keeps me and children safe…. then it is OK by me.

Apart from people shouting about their privacy being breached there are people who are constantly harping on about how their freedom of expression is denied, simply because they are either taken to court or arrested…  Some even complain when other internet users pick up on what they have posted online.

Of course when these people are told about what they have written they reply by saying how their human rights are being breached by quoting Article 10 (1) of the Human Rights Act which says:

Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This Article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.

Without quoting Article 10 (2) which is very important as it defines what conditions are attached to Freedom of Expression.

The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.

Freedom of speech does not give you freedom to libel and defame a person and criminals shouldn’t be allowed to hide behind Privacy laws.

The internet is a public arena…. each of us who are online play in that arena and there has to be rules and each of us must accept that, and understand that should those rules be broken, then that person has to face the consequences of their actions.  And my motto is, ‘If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime’.  And of course there is an alternative… if you don’t like it… log off the internet.

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Too soft or what?

Too right we are.  Britain as a whole is far too soft when it comes to dealing with crime… Paedophiles are released without doing half of their sentence yet alone the full time.  The victim at the centre of a rape case being accused of asking for it. A 13 year old rape victim, is accused of being predatory by a defendants lawyer, and the accused given a suspended sentence.

Social Media is used as online broadcasting tool, where users don’t even understand the law and are prepared to name defendants in a child abuse case. Continue reading

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Lee Rigby…

NLee Rigbyothing could have prepared us for what happened on our streets in May 2013. On a normal afternoon, when we were all going about our lives, one young brave soldier was heading back to his barracks. His name Lee Rigby.  He was a son, a brother, a husband and a father.. And above all he was a soldier.

With our hands on hearts how many of us think every day about our service men and women who are fighting abroad.. men and women who just want to stay alive and come home to their families.  As normal citizens we don’t know their names.. we don’t know much about those heroes that are willing to sacrifice their own lives in order to make our lives a whole lot safer. Continue reading

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Did Leveson really go far enough?

Aleveson1gain there is another incidence on Twitter where the Contempt of Court ruling has been breached.

This time Peaches Geldof tweeted the names of the two women who allowed their babies to become victims of Ian Watkins in the Sexual Abuse case being heard in Court.

Contempt of Court is a serious offence.. In April two men were convicted of Contempt of Court Continue reading

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Myra Hindley – The Untold Story Part III

WMyra Hindleyednesday night was the concluding part in the documentary about Myra Hindley and her untold story.

This episode concentrated on the capture of Hindley and Brady and their arrest, trial and prison sentence.

However, I was shocked… why?

Simply because these two were allowed to communicate with one another and write about their sick, wild fantasies about killing children.  These two were in prison for heinous crimes, they should have been monitored and I don’t know what you think, but letters like that should NEVER EVER, leave a prisoner’s cell and if they do, they should be sent to the shredder and not to the addressee. Continue reading

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Twitter Button – Will it work?

Ntwitter-adds-report-abuse-buttonow after witnessing first hand the abuse on Twitter I did wonder how long before something would be introduced, where people can report directly from a tweet that they are being abused.

Yes Twitter have had a report abusive user forms to fill in, but unless you have the link saved as a bookmark you have to keep finding the relevant page in order to report someone.

So will the new report button work? Continue reading

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Myra Hindley – The Untold Story – Part II

DBrady1o I watch it or don’t I?  To be honest I wasn’t sure if I wanted to watch the episode that was about their killings..

But how can you watch a documentary and pick and choose what parts you want to watch.. You have to watch all of the story, even the bits that you don’t want to, in order to get the full picture.

However, throughout this series we have to remind ourselves that this is the story as told by Myra Hindley in her papers that were passed onto journalist Duncan Staff after her death. Continue reading

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Unfrigginbelievable – Rolling Stone glorifies Boston Bomber

Insensitive, inappropriate and damn right callous and most definitely an insult to those who were killed, injured and maimed, and whose lives have been turned upside down by the Boston Marathon Bombers.   Yes that is how I would describe the antics of the magazine called ‘Rolling Stone’.

Yes this magazine has decided to put the surviving Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, on the cover of their latest magazine. Continue reading

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Myra Hindley – The Untold Story…

LMyra Hindleyast night Channel 5 aired a documentary about the Moors Murderer Myra Hindley.. and it was about her untold story..  One of people who gave an insight into Myra Hindley and the life that Myra Hindley led, was Duncan Staff.  Staff after Myra’s death was given access to her papers, which he analysed and wrote a book called The Lost Boy.

Staff wrote this in a Guardian article dated 2th June 2013: Continue reading

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It’s your fault isn’t it?

INigella Lawsondon’t know about you but when the first pictures of Saatchi gripping Nigella Lawson’s throat hit the papers and TV screens, I felt at first as if it was an invasion of privacy… But as the news emerged I then began to think, maybe it was the straw that broke the camels back.. so to speak.

One it was made public, the truth was out… perhaps it was the jolt that Nigella needed to bring her to her senses and leave a bully. Continue reading

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Woolwich Attack

TIncident-in-Woolwich-1904588oday blood returned to our streets, with the killing of a man in Woolwich.. at the moment there is no confirmation either way as to whether the young man killed was a soldier or not.  Tonight a mum has lost her son and a family are trying to come to terms with what has happened.

As much as we all love 24 hour rolling news.. I think now is the time for the news channels not to keep streaming the video of this murderer and the killer’s chilling words. The person who has lost their life has a family and they don’t need this kind of media coverage.. As despicable as this attack is and we all agree it was horrendous and barbaric, I do think it is time now to show some respect to the family. Continue reading