Don’t forget Labour’s gruesome record with the GLA precept

I know 2.4% is a record but I do have a big fight on next yearFor those of you who have forgotten quite how expensive it was living under Ken Livingstone’s first, two term GLA administration I thought it was worth pulling out some old charts from eight years ago.

Back then I did a quick review of my bills for the last ten years to see how fast the Labour Mayor’s charge had risen in that time.

In 2008/9 it was 196% higher than it was the last year there were separate charges for the Police and Fire Brigade before the GLA came into being. In other words it took only 9 short years to triple the precept. Anyone paying a bill in 2003 will not have forgotten the 29% rise in the precept that year.


The figures in red in the table above are those for the year of a mayoral election. The 2000/1 figure was not the Mayor’s fault to be fair. This was proposed by civil servants. Clearly the Mayor was inspired by their boldness and managed to double the precept in four years in the early noughties. But in order to bolster his chances of being elected for a second time he proposed the lowest rise in five years in 2004/5. He even went a notch lower the next year to help protect London Labour MPs in the 2005 general election. But the next year the Mayor reverted to early noughties form and hit us with a 13.3% rise. Livingstone’s last rise of 2.4% was not enough to save himself from the righteous wrath of Londoners after 8 years of take and take.


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Sahota says I am smearing him but has no defence

London Assembly Member Onkar Sahota has refuted the piece I did on my blog last week. Speaking to Sahota says:

Sahota speaks the truth

In his short statement he complains that I am smearing him but then totally fails to defend himself from the charge I made. Sahota did lie about owning this land, in writing and has been caught red handed.

In May it will be the tenth anniversary of Sahota buying the St Mark’s land. Hilariously he tries to blame the Tories for the fact that the only thing that happened in the 4 Labour years when he first bought this land was that Sahota demolished the existing buildings. Either Sahota is incompetent or he is landbanking, hoping that if he waits long enough he will get change of use and be able to make a lot more money than if the council buys the land back and puts it to public use.

Message from the Director

Sahota styles himself as a “local GP”. He is funny. Sahota is the sole owner of a large GP business with a £1.4 million turnover. He likes to refer to himself at work as “the Director”. This phrase is at least accurate as he is the 100% owner of the business. Sahota owns a £5 million property portfolio comprising at least 11 properties that I have identified so far. This “local GP” has put three children through elite private schools. Nice work if you can get it. Are all of our “local GPs” so wealthy?

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Unbelievable: Sahota lying to St Mark’s parents in emails

Buy 42 for St Mark's

Parents at St Mark’s primary school in Hanwell are campaigning to stop their school being knocked about by a badly thought out expansion scheme and instead build on adjacent land at 42 Lower Boston Road.

I have seen emails between London Assembly Member Onkar Sahota and a parent at St Mark’s Primary School in Hanwell regarding his ownership of adjacent land at 42 Lower Boston Road. The site is already part of the school plot and purchase of the land would make it much easier to expand the school. Instead the council is proposing to knock the original, locally-listed building about and rob the children of play space.

Sahota owns the land which was certainly known to all the Ealing councillors and senior officers back in November 2013 when the council was originally trying to buy the land from Sahota, see my blog dating back to then.

Unbelievably, in recent correspondence Sahota has been misleading about his ownership of the land. I say misleading but to tell such a direct untruth is to lie. According to Land Registry Sahota owns the land personally.

Land Registry 42 Lower Boston Road

Instead of just admitting as much to St Mark’s parents Sahota has said:

Thank you for your email and for the opportunity to clear up any misunderstandings.

I write as a local GP and can confirm that the site you refer to was indeed purchased by the Family Health Practices Group (FHPG) a number of years ago. The plan was for the site to build a new community medical centre, and plans were submitted and approved by the Council for this purpose. Unfortunately, primarily as a result of the financial crisis which hit in 2008, funding for the project was delayed and ultimately fell through, however the ambition to develop a new medical centre remains.

Family Health Practices Group does appreciate that the ability to deliver a new medical centre is no longer as assured given the current financial climate. For that reason we are also currently in conversation with the Council about alternative uses for the site including for school expansion.

On a day to day basis I and my colleagues at the Family Health Practices Group have little to do with the management of this site and have professional advisors to do this on our behalf. I would however reiterate that in principle the Family Health Practices Group is not opposed to the idea of disposing of this site so it can be used to provide additional educational space. Either way, our intention is and always has been that this site is used for the provision of a community resource, whether that is educational or medical.

I hope that you will understand that it is important for me to keep my two roles, as a London Assembly Member, and as a GP at Family Health Practices Group, separate. If you have any more questions about this matter please write to me at the Family Health Practices Group, 322 Greenford Avenue, Hanwell, London, W7 3AH.

In these five paragraphs Sahota tells two direct lies and is probably telling a third.

  • Lie 1: The site was not purchased by FHPG. It was purchased by Sahota himself on 12th May 2006 for £730K according to Land Registry. FHPG is not a legal entity so therefore could not own a property. The operating company that Sahota operates his doctors’ surgeries from is called Healthcare 360 Limited. FHPG is merely a brand or trading name of Healthcare 360 Limited.
  • Lie 2: When Sahota uses the first person plural and says: “I and my colleagues at the Family Health Practices Group” he is trying to elide the fact that he is the sole decision maker. Healthcare 360 Limited is 100% owned by Onkar Sahota. The site is owned by him.
  • Lie 3: According to these estate agents particulars Sahota tried to market the site for “alternative uses” at the end of May 2014. So unless this was just an artifact from an attempt at marketing the site that never went public Sahota’s talk of “provision of a community resource” is similarly misleading.

Why is Sahota at pains to obfuscate the commercial arrangements under which he does business? Sahota is sole owner and sole decision maker with regard to this site. No-one else needs to be involved in this decision. Indeed no-one else can be. If this site does not end up in community use there is only one person to blame. Sahota says he wants “to clear up any misunderstandings”. You can’t clear up a “misunderstanding” by lying.

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Is Sadiq Khan really so improvident as to have no savings whatsoever?

On Wednesday Labour’s London Mayor hopeful, Sadiq Khan, published what he calls his “Personal Tax Return”. Rather than the actual tax returns it was a ten year spreadsheet produced by his “personal chartered accountant”. See below, click to enlarge.

Khan's numbers

In his rush to differentiate himself from Zach Goldsmith Khan asserts that for ten years straight he has had no income from “Savings Income, Property, Trusts, etc”. Is Khan really saying that in ten years he has been so improvident as to have such punny savings that he has not incurred £1 of interest in any of the those ten years?

It is one thing not including ISAs on your tax returns as their returns are not taxable but if Khan has been receiving interest from savings he should be declaring this. The idea that Kahn has no savings seems unlikely. Leaving off this source of income undermines his figures and he should provide a complete picture. It is no good slagging off Goldsmith for his income from other sources and then being coy about his own.

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Ealing MP hanging out with revolutionary socialists

With an active Momentum group in Ealing, one of 20 in London, you can see how Ealing MP Rupa Huq might feel the need to run with the revolutionary socialist types who are currently trying to take over the Labour party and stop it being in government until mid century at least.

On Saturday I was given this leaflet which I have marked up to show who Huq is speaking with, click to enlarge.

Keeping Huq company

Who is Huq speaking with?

With the rise of Momentum and the 7th tiniest majority in Parliament you can see how Huq has to keep the loony left onside so she gets reselected without scaring her voters who will most likely not be impressed with her open borders promoting revolutionary socialist chums.

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Ealing MP to speak at open borders meeting

Rally against racism

On Saturday I was given this leaflet on Ealing Broadway by a grey haired bloke with a pony tail – you know the look. Anti-racism is an impeccable cause but you can stand against racism without standing with a bunch of revolutionary socialists. These people have a much narrower agenda, in fact they spell it out on their facebook site:

Over the last 2 years Stand Up To Racism has played a pivotal role against police racism, organising solidarity for refugees and for the government to open the borders.

These people literally think that by prising open the UK’s borders that this will lead to a revolution in the UK and then on to a socialist utopia. They really do.

What on Earth is Rupa Huq doing speaking at this meeting? Last year she stood on Labour’s general election manifesto which offered “stronger borders” and the recruitment of an extra 1,000 borders staff (page 49 and 50 reproduced below).

Labour's manifesto on border controls

Is Huq going to go to the meeting and argue for stronger borders or has she changed her mind? Most likely she merely hopes to appease the Momentum crowd she will need to have onside to get reselected.

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You can draw a straight line from Labour’s John McDonnell to Ealing looter Syed Bokhari

Seba ElectronicsToday the Daily Mail identified Calais Jungle activist Syed Bokhari as being one of the thugs that looted the Seba Electronics store on the Uxbridge Road in West Ealing during the riots in 2011.

Bokhari’s leftwing activist history in Ealing goes back to 2010 when he appeared as a spokesman for Right to Work Campaign at an Ealing public meeting hosted by the Anti Academies Alliance at Acton High School.

ealing public meeting

It was all a bit incestuous as the Anti Academies Alliance was essentially a Socialist Workers Party front organisation and so was the Right to Work Campaign. You all know Bob Crow and Eve Turner is another SWP connected leftist.

God only knows what Ealing councillor Daniel Crawford was doing there. Dan is more of a centrist Labour man. Blairite even. He was probably just being a bit naive as a new councillor finding his feet.

Anyway Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell chaired the now defunct Right to Work Campaign which was founded in 2010 according to the Guardian. McDonnell encourages people to break the law so the looting was just what the boss wanted.

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Stop and Shop plans abandoned? No, just deferred

It seems to me more like Labour’s man in charge of parking, Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, has made a tactical retreat rather than abandoning his plans to make Stop and Shop parking in the borough complicated and expensive. used the words “abandon” and “scrapped” in their piece today but if you read down to the bottom you will see that Mahfouz is waffling on about a review and that “Findings from the review will start to be implemented towards the end of the year.”

If I was a local trader I would keep that petition going.

Of course, like most things, it is about money. It was decided at an Ealing Council Cabinet on 24th November 2015 that the council would raise an extra £75K by making life more awkward for shoppers (go to Item 7, Appendix 1, line P03). Click image below to enlarge.

Parking proposals

It is hard for the layman to work out that when the council says:

Introduction of free new parking permits giving residents 30 minutes to ‘park and shop’ in dedicated bays in high street locations, supporting local businesses

that this means we are going to charge you more. It is this kind of murky crap that gives councils a bad name.

I suspect “saving” £140K (ie charging £140K more) for suspensions and dispensations is going to cause even more eye watering increases for a smaller group of people.

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Labour activist tries to cover up Southall MP’s Cape Town jolly

Ian Kingston letter to Gazette 8-1-2016

I shouldn’t have been surprised to see this misleading letter in the Gazette today. I guess someone in the Ealing Labour party saw my blog piece on Sharma’s recent trip to Cape Town and got one of their little helpers to drop a letter to the Gazette.

Ian KingstonThe writer, a local Labour activist called Ian Kingston, has not told Gazette readers the complete story of Southall MP Virendra Sharma’s absence from the Syria vote in Parliament on 2nd December.

When Kingston says that Sharma was “abroad” he means Sharma was in Cape Town, South Africa attending a Global TB Summit that ended on 30th November.

Parliament was sitting at the time of the Syria vote on December 2nd so you might have thought that Sharma would have planned to be back in the UK as soon as possible to do the job he is paid to do. The comparison with Conservative MP Nick Herbert who was Co-Chair of the event in Cape Town but managed to get back for the vote does not show Sharma in a good light.

Obviously Cape Town is a lovely place and it must have been tempting to add a few days on to his trip. Of course it would have cost a lot of money to change his flight to get back in time, money that Sharma was not prepared to spend out of his own pocket clearly. The reason Sharma didn’t turn up for the Syria vote is because he planned a sneaky holiday when he should have been working. The Syria vote caught him out otherwise no-one would have noticed. Shame on Ian Kingston and Ealing Labour for trying to hide the facts.

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Shameless Khan was putting fares up higher when he was a minister

Shameless Labour mayoral candidate has got Labour party members hassling commuters this morning with this leaflet.

Labour fare rise leaflet

They are complaining about fare rises that increased by RPI+1 from 2004 to 2013, a Labour policy to shift the burden of paying for rail fares from the state to passengers that continued for three years under the Coalition. In the last three years the rises have only been RPI so much lower than they were under Labour.

Of course Sadiq Khan was a Labour transport minister in 2009 and 2010 when Labour were asking more from commuters than the Conservatives are now. The guy is totally shameless.

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