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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

OPEN YOUR EYES, MR HOLGATE!

RBK&C think Andy Bradley, owner of Frameworks4Change, is uninfluenced by his close connection to the Armageddon cult, Brahma Kumaris and its equally unlovely associate, the Janki Foundation.
If they believe that they are either mad or naive.
NAIVE?

Taxpayer's money, reserved for funding Accident & Emergency services, is being diverted and squandered on Bradley and his strange 'Compassion Training' company.


It would help if the squandered money could have been diverted to improve the appalling quality of SEN transport.


The damning comment below has clearly been written by someone with has great experience of Bradley and his doings.

Bradley is a leading follower of Brahma Kumaris. 
He is also totally unqualified.
It's as if the Council were allowing a member of the Church of Scientology to run its drug abuse treatment courses.

And when councillors and officers fume about the Dame they would do well to remember this. Without her, people like Bradley would go unchallenged....so more power to the Dame. 
Read this very scary comment....and that includes you, Mr Holgate and all those who commissioned this idiot.



Hope they have the bunkers ready in Hornton Street suitably stocked with produce from Whole Foods. 
The BKs, despite their recent endeavours to sort out their PR are an Armageddon Cult based on channelling messages from the deceased diamond merchant to whom Andy refers in his rather strange email. I have met him and can assure RBKC officers I was given the same BK spiel and as a senior leader in healthcare as well as female have felt pursued and targeted by him largely via relentless meant to be flattering comments on social media, constantly butting into conversations, adding influential women's names onto Tweets to imply connections which are just not there. The BK so called "spiritual university" which is in fact not a university at all, is mainly based around women as Mr Bradely mentions in the email. He pursued me for one of his retreats held at BK HQ. I do know those who did go were given the BK spiel by UK BK Director Maureen Goodman and other BKs but the whole thing was presided over by Mr Bradley.. One colleague described the experience as "sinister" which is such a coincidence since this is precisely the word the Official used only denying it. I can say the Tri Borough Officer who commissioned this work was at the BK retreat and has also been seen at Janki Foundation events. I feel most concerned at the lack of due diligence around the background and qualifications of this man to be working in an area involving getting people to delve into deep emotional trauma. I cannot see any indication that he is qualified at all to do so and as such the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists would do well to take a good look at what is going on. I have experienced the training. It reminded me of an Amway sales day. Maybe that was his background. Who knows - made the leap from flogging toilet cleaner to flogging garbage to gullible Councils and of course the NHS. My concerns are financial, ethical and safeguarding. The BKs tend to be found close to vulnerable people. Mr Bradley is worryingly rising through the ranks in care homes, and is now making attempts to make inroads into children's services. You are very right Mr Downes to insist this be taken seriously. It is easy to see how the likes of Savile rose through the ranks unquestioned and the same is happening here. No-one it seems is prepared to say "have you noticed the state of undress of the Emperor?" Until you of course and the Dame and I commend you both for it.
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

MONEY GRUBBERS TO GRUB OUT TREES

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Looks like the Chairman of the Planning Committee, Cllr 'The Lawyer' Warrick....(the chap who 'forgot' to declare his business interests) has found a new way of helping developers make some extra dough. 



He and Jonathan Bore have put a price of £78,000 on the trunks of the beautiful trees in the pic above. 
If they get away with it De Grey, developer friends of the Planning Dept, can grub loads more money.

As disgraced, one time former planning chairman ex Cllr Barry Phelps, was prone to say, "you couldn't make it up".
No one ever explained why Barry, kicked out as a result of the Dame discovering his vile emails, needed to have so many off shore accounts....
The Dame has a long memory.....
Anyway, read all about new planning scandal HERE

RBK&C AND THE SINISTER BRAHMA KUMARIS CULT!

A few weeks ago Mr Downes wrote to Mr Bradley about his nice little earner teaching Tri Borough social workers how to be 'compassionate'! 
ANDY DOING COMPASSION!
Downes copied the Council in on the Bradley letter.
Whilst Compassion Teacher Bradley lacked compassion to reply the Council did. 
This link tells you more about how our money is being frittered away NO COMPASSION FOR TAXPAYERS!

According to K&C Framework4Change has no professional connection with the sinister Brahma Kumaris cult or its cohort, The Janki Foundation....
To quote, .....so far as we can tell, F4C do not have a professional relationship with these organisations. Nor do they promote the purpose (as described in the links) of these organisations in their work. There is nothing cultish or sinister about the content of the F4C courses....  

Now read this email the boss, Andy Bradley wrote. Yes, it's pretty vomit making, but makes quite clear that his social worker clients are bought well into the ambit of the sinister and mysterious  Brahma Kumaris cult....
The Dame has procured an email from Andy to a mate....it's pretty torrid stuff, but demolishes the Council's statement that there is no professional connection between BK and F4C.
Over to you Andy.....

Thanks for call Roger - really good to hear your voice and to connect.

Hope you have a wonderful breakfast conversation.

Feeling inspired and energies here post retreat for 60 social workers at
Global Retreat Centre - the Brahma Kumaris are a humble and powerful
partner
 - I have been privileged to ask to speak at tow retreats now in a
deeply spiritual place. The diamond merchant who had visions for a peaceful
world in the 1930's invited women to lead (relying on nurturing 'of
service' qualities and wanting to avoid gurus - the output is astonishing
with 1000 centres in 120 countries without charging a penny.

I wonder who the host leaders for the compassion movement should be?

The flow here is strong with an emerging vision for locating compassion.


                                  




Dear Mr Bradley

I write as a resident and taxpayer of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

I understand that your company, Frameworks4Change, has been commissioned by the Tri-Borough to teach certain officer levels/disciplines, 'compassion training'. 
My understanding has always been that compassion was innate within us and hardly teachable....but I leave to others, more qualified than I, to argue about that!
However, it does seem counter-intuitive that those in the caring professions need to be taught how to be compassionate.....

But my concerns revolve around the following....

1. That your company's appointment involved an officer who subsequently left  Tri-Borough employ and then, for a time, worked as a consultant to your company. 
2. That the appointment of your company was not subject to any tendering process

But, of much greater concern to me is the suggestion that you, personally, have strong links to Brahma Kumaris and the Janki Foundation.
My understanding is that there is an interrelationship between the two entities.

I hope that you will be able to write to reassure me that you have never had any professional relationship with either Brahma Kumaris or the Janki Foundation.
You might be inclined to go further and assure me that you disdain the bizarre
beliefs of the Brahma Kumaris 'cult'.

I draw your attention to the blog upon which this email is based.

Regards

Justin Downes

Friday, 29 August 2014

AN IMPOSTER DAME AT THE ARTS CLUB!

The Dame tends to get a little merry when out with some of her 'lady friends' and sometimes, in moments of particular excess, suffers from memory loss.

Could this have happened today?

The old thing hasn't been to the Chelsea Arts Club for a year or two but this gushing email from a young lady called Antonia seems to indicate that either the Dame had a blackout or some insolent individual is masquerading as the Dame.


Any information which might clear up the mysterious email below would put the Dame's mind at rest....




Meeting you at the Chelsea Arts Club today


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antonia antonia_sajeela@hotmail.com 





to damesathome
What a delightful meeting, so very happy that there are people like you in the world. Just wanted to say that. I found a picture of you in the red dress don’t know if its the same one you were talking about but anyway very lovely. Hope to see you on the fifth September Kensington Church street 11 o’clock at the memorial. Yours ANTONIA.  antonia_sajeela@hotmail.com



Thursday, 28 August 2014

THE DAME TRIES BRIBING READERS

The old Dame gets many presents dropped off by the powerful of the parish hoping to ingratiate themselves with her in the hope she will leave them to their nefarious devices.
BORING DESIGN/CLICK TO ENLARGE

A case of Perrier Jouet Grand Brut mysteriously arrived with her butler so she decided to give a couple of bottles of this fine champagne to anyone able to assist her solve a little mystery.....

Squire and Partners have been retained to ruin the dear and much loved Odeon in High St Ken.
Like the Dame, many residents will have happy memories of their first 'date' at this local institution.
But, the Dame's old mind wonders off into nostalgia....

Anyway, these are questions the Dame wants answering

1. Why is Daniel Moylan still acting as if he was a member of the Planning Committee
2. How many meetings has he ever had with any Squire partner
3. Was Jonathan Bore present at any of these meetings
4. What is the composition of the Architects Advisory Panel( or whatever it was/is called)
5. Has any member of that committee, past or present, won any design contracts within the Borough
6. Has Daniel Moylan used his influence to pressure any resident association into dropping objections to the Squire plans for the Odeon site
7. Are Squire and Partners represented on this Panel 
8.  Squire and Partners an interesting intervention by a Squire partner during a planning committee meeting
9. Is Daniel Moylan's honorary membership of RIBA, given for reasons no one can fathom, sufficient for him to pretend to a degree of knowledge he clearly does not possess.





VERY ODD PEAS IN QUEEN'S GATE POD!

Feel pity for the residents of Queen's Gate....

They are blessed with a couple of very strange characters....

The first, Cllr Matthew Roundell Palmer was about to lose his seat in St Charles ward so begged then leader, Cllr Sir Pooter Cockell, to let him do a 'chicken run' to the safe seat in Queen's Gate.
Palmer is known for the the creation of a website called Council Skills. Sadly, it closed down being so full of spelling and grammatical errors that users were left mystified.
They were also shocked by Council Skills links to sex sites which seemed to have no relevance to training councillors.....
The picture below shows Matthew holding a petition. Sadly, the petition got the names of Tesco and Sainsburys muddled so all 2,000 hard sought for signatures were declared invalid. You can read all about it HERE!

PULPED FICTION
Matthew, whose idiosyncratic spelling and grammar is a source of much giggling in the Member's Room was described by the ghastly 'Lord' Sugar as a 'twot'!
CHECKING HIS PENNY SHARES
Matthew likes to check his share portfolio in vital council debates!

Matthew's co-councillor is the celebrated Cllr Daniel Moylan.
Danny is known for his ability to amass a fortune in taxpayer funded allowances.
At one point his income from allowances well exceeded £160,000 a year!
No wonder he is a rare sighting in Queen's Gate....far too busy to waste time on the hoi polloi of the ward.

Daniel has such a cut glass accent that even Prince Charles said, "he makes me feel very common".
However, there is a major difference between the two....Danny has a brain...Matthew does not.


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

THE DAME CALLS FOR THE RESIGNATION OF THE THROUGHLY USELESS CLLR E. CAMPBELL

There are many decent and honourable Conservative councillors. 
They are appalled by the mismanagement of the SEN contract. 
But instead of hiding away they need to start to do their job and hold colleagues to account. 
Andrew Christie and Cllr E.Campbell, the officer and councillor respectively responsible for this monumental 'cock up' should go...and go now.

The story below, in today's Guardian, will doubtless be written off as 'it's only the Guardian'. 
That would be a mistake. 
The parents of the children affected are notable for their fighting spirit....they will not give up easily.
If Cllr E. Campbell had the slightest sense of honour and decency she would resign now. 
A particularly inane comment by this idiot was that because one of the incidents took place in H&F it was that council's fault!
She is a silly and pointless appendage.....


"Fiona Mylchreest with her son, Finn, who suffered a seizure after a particularly traumatic journey home. 
FIONA AND FINN
When Fiona Mylchreest stood up at a council meeting and described how she believed a disastrous,and avoidable, mix-up on a new, cut-price specialist school bus service had left her severely autistic teenage son Finn traumatised, bleeding and seriously ill, it crystallised the huge risks taken by local authorities as they juggle with extreme spending cuts.
Mylchreest was one of several people at the meeting, last month, to raise serious concerns about the new home-transport service for children with special educational needs. The service was introduced earlier this year across three London boroughs, Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea, after the contract was re-let at half the original, £1m cost. Mylchreest told how on one occasion Finn's new driver and escort were instructed to take him home from his after-school club. When they reached his street, they realised they had no idea which house Finn lived in: they were new to the route and tried phoning the head office of their private transport company for guidance, but couldn't get through. So they set off on foot down the street, Mylchreest recalls "He [Finn] has no language, he had no way of communicating and they just took him from house to house saying: 'Do you know this kid?'. Finally the driver came to my door holding a piece of paper with Finn's name on it and said: 'Do you know this guy?' I could have been anyone."
Finn was bleeding from one ear where he'd bashed his head (something he does when he is upset), and was sweaty and "a bit dazed", she told the meeting. A minute after he entered the house Finn – who had never previously experienced a fit – had a seizure, and started to turn blue. A paramedic was called, and it took 45 minutes to stabilise him.
What would it take for the council to manage the new contract properly, Mylchreest asked officials. "Is this shocking enough? … Will it take another blue child?"
The 731 children transported by this service have a range of conditions: some are on the autistic spectrum, or have profound and multiple learning disabilities. A number have complex medical needs and require tube-feeding and oxygen-supply equipment. The majority are non-verbal, and some display challenging behaviour.
Since April, hundreds of complaints have been made by parents about the new cut-price service. They say it is often late; children spend long periods on the bus, arriving at school unfit to learn; the drivers don't have emergency phones; some speak such poor English that there are concerns about their ability to deal with emergency situations; buses lack vital equipment such as harnesses; some drivers don't have specialist care training, and there is a high staff turnover.
According to Jude Ragan, the headteacher of Queensmill school, there have been three incidents where autistic, non-verbal children have got off buses unsupervised. "It is going to end up in a tragedy," she warns."I feel that we're just waiting for a disaster to happen."
Cathy Welsh, headteacher at nearby Jack Tizard school, says at least two children have arrived at school "in potentially critical medical conditions because of the time they have been on the bus." She warns of children who have been inappropriately managed in a way that could be perceived as "potentially abusive". It was, she told the meeting, the "kind of culture that ends up with scandals around children with learning disabilities".
"I think … some of my parents must gulp every time they put their child on that bus," she said.
The home-school contract is now operated by seven private contractors. Although some existing staff transferred over to the new arrangements under Tupe (transfer of undertakings) law, parents and unions say some experienced staff have since left because of changes to their shifts and overtime. The councils, which are part of a much-vaunted tri-borough experiment in west London to make huge savings by sharing services, have admitted "a number of things have gone wrong".
Conservative-run Westminster council, which was responsible for negotiating the new transport contracts, issued a statement from Andrew Christie, the executive director of children's services across the three councils, in which he admitted there had been "teething problems". He added: "We will continue to work intensively with providers throughout the summer to ensure that all providers are ready for the start of the new school term in September."
Last month, the borough of Kensington and Chelsea formally apologised to parents at a council meeting called by Labour opposition councillors. The council told parents that it was "driving very hard to bring things up to the expected standard and nothing short of that will be acceptable".
However, there is concern that the contract, which chopped £500,000 (54%) off the cost of the old contract without any decrease in service demand was a cut too far. Official council papers show that the contract bids were "evaluated on the most economically advantageous" basis, with evaluation criteria weighted 70% for price and 30% for quality.
The political stakes were raised with the arrival of a new Labour administration in Hammersmith and Fulham, following May's council elections. Privately, some senior political figures in the council are appalled at the design and management of the home-school transport contract and would like to scrap it and start again. But to do so could open the council to legal action from contractors and even its partners, putting the entire tri-borough deal under pressure.
Hammersmith and Fulham leader Stephen Cowan told the Guardian: "We are horrified and disgusted to have inherited this problem. There is no higher priority than protecting vulnerable children and we will leave no stone unturned in making sure there is a service that parents can have faith in."
But parents contacted by the Guardian said they were not confident that the councils had done enough to stem what they see as a rapid deterioration in the quality of the service. Many await the new school term with trepidation. "The councils have got a huge amount of work to do to rebuild trust," says parent Sue Redmond: "They have been in denial and people have been outraged. You have to hope it is going to work, but I'm absolutely dreading it." "

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

CLLR WARRICK AND HIS NON DISCLOSURES

So, finally, Nicholas Holgate has admitted Cllr Warrick has failed to fully declare all his business interests.

Mr Holgate must now force Cllr Warrick to declare any past business interests that "should be on the Council's website".

It is outrageous that a 'lawyer' should have ignored these important rules.
Mr Holgate also needs to ask Cllr Warrick why he has not declared two other business interests...
Gastronomica and Gastronomica Pimlico.




"Cllr Warrick’s interest as a director of Shareholder Travel Ltd and Vincomida Ltd should be on the Council’s website...."


Nicholas Holgate
Joint Chief Executive