Friday, April 30, 2010

Declan's complaint against Jobcentre Plus goes to the Independent Case Examiner

Jobcentre Plus (JCP) is an executive agency of the Department for Work and Pensions. Declan has gone through all three stages of JCP's complaints procedure, having been threatened by Freddy Brooks of Highgate Jobcentre Plus with the termination of our benefits if he does not undertake a “training course” of the Jobcentre's choosing. He now has been ignored by both the district manager and the chief executive of JCP. The only response he has received is from the manager of the jobcentre, stating that the matter will be investigated by the London Regional office (archived here)!

This afternoon Declan sent his complaint against JCP to the Independent Case Examiner, John Hanlon. What initially started out as a straightforward complaint against Brooks, has now become a full blown complaint against JCP for refusing Declan access to a Starting a Business course that would enable him turn NAC into a registered company limited by guarantee. It will be the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in four weeks time. Then our local Citizens Advice Bureau.


The Independent Case Examiner (click to enlarge)

This is Declan's registered letter to Hanlon, copied to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Yvette Cooper:

Dear Mr Hanlon

Jobcentre Plus

I am writing to you as the Independent Case Examiner on account of the unsatisfactory manner my complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus has been dealt with by Jobcentre Plus (JCP), an executive agency of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Please find enclosed a copy of my Stage 3 (JCP Chief Executive) complaint, dated 9 April 2010, to which I have not received a reply. Kindly note that JCP refuses me access to a Starting a Business course, without explanation.

My wife suspects, as I believe, that my abuse at the hands of JCP is almost certainly related to the Network of those Abused by Church (NAC) website we maintain at religionandmorality.net. I would be delighted to have a Starting a Business course, which would enable me to turn NAC into a registered company limited by guarantee, but JCP won't allow me to do that. I beg to point out that NAC is a world network organisation for exposing the public to the scientific perspective on public policy issues. It has a distinguished list of agreed Trustees pending the registration of the enterprise as a limited company as well as a distinguished and growing list of Honorary Associates, which includes two Nobel laureates. NAC's petition to the United Nations regarding therapeutic cloning is especially noteworthy; it has already been signed by no less than 28 Nobel laureates as well as hundreds of other distinguished scholars.

I can confirm that I am currently looking for a solicitor or counsel to represent me pro bono, who might be able to tell whether Highgate Jobcentre Plus has been acting lawfully (a) by directing me to apply for specific jobs on threat of termination of my benefits, (b) by insisting on my taking a "training course" of the choosing of the Jobcentre, and (c) what can be done to prevent recurrence of this form of unfair treatment. Notice, in particular:

• My joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) was terminated on 27 September 2006 because I did not “sign on” TWO DAYS BEFORE I was due to do so on 29 September 2006.

• My wife and I were forced to live rough on the streets of London for more than 2 1/2 years, from 3 November 2006 to 13 July 2009.

• I exhausted the appeals process from the street, where my case was dismissed by Mr Justice Walker of the High Court (Judicial Review), Lord Justice Scott Baker of the Court of Appeal and three judges of the European Court of Human Rights in spite of the fact that I was denied the internal appeal process by procedural impropriety on the part of the enforcement authority (the DWP).

• My joint claim JSA was not even reinstated until 9 October 2009 – almost three months after we gained access to a roof over our heads – because my wife’s National Insurance number was “lost” from the Department’s computer system.

Please kindly note that this complaint relates to JCP refusing me access to a Starting a Business course. I understand that my MP may be able to refer my complaint to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman if I am not happy with the reply or not that I have received to this letter within 20 working days.

Yours sincerely

Declan Heavey

cc Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Lord Mandelson unable to see Declan's complaint!

Declan only has to wait another 5 working days before his case against Jobcentre Plus of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) goes to the Independent Case Examiner on account of his complaint against our jobcentre, Highgate Jobcentre Plus, having been dealt with in an unsatisfactory manner – the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus in England and Wales has yet to respond to his complaint at stage 3 of the Jobcentre Plus complaints procedure (see blog of blog of 9 April “Declan's formal complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus – Stage 3”); his stage 2 complaint to the district manager was just ignored by her!

In a nutshell, the DWP (through the Jobcentre) has threatened Declan with the termination of our benefits if he doesn't agree to a “training course” of the Department's choosing! This morning he received a response from Business Secretary Lord Peter Mandelson of the Department for Business Innovation & Skills dismissing his parallel complaint against London Development Agency and Business Link in London for refusing him access to a Starting a Business course that would enable him to turn NAC into a registered company limited by guarantee (click to enlarge):



Having none of it, he sent the following to Prime Minister Gordon Brown by registered post this afternoon:

Dear Prime Minister

My complaint against London Development Agency and Business Link in London

I am writing to you as the head of the UK Government ultimately responsible for business. Please find attached a copy of the response I have received from the Department for Business Innovation & Skills regarding my complaint against London Development Agency (LDA) and Business Link in London that I addressed to Business Secretary Lord Mandelson. Kindly note that I have been refused access to a Starting a Business course (as opposed to a “workshop”) by the LDA and Business Link in London because such a course is not deemed suitable to meet my needs.

My wife suspects, as I believe, that my abuse at the hands of the Department for Business Innovation & Skills is almost certainly related to the Network of those Abused by Church (NAC) website we maintain at religionandmorality.net. I would be delighted to have a Starting a Business course, which would enable me to turn NAC into a registered company limited by guarantee, but the Department for Business Innovation & Skills won't allow me to do that. I beg to point out that NAC is a world network organisation for exposing the public to the scientific perspective on public policy issues. It has a distinguished list of agreed Trustees pending the registration of the enterprise as a limited company as well as a distinguished and growing list of Honorary Associates, which includes two Nobel laureates. For example, my petition to the United Nations regarding therapeutic cloning has already been signed by no less than 28 Nobel laureates as well as hundreds of other distinguished scholars.

I can confirm that I am currently looking for a solicitor or counsel to represent me pro bono, who might be able to tell whether the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been acting lawfully (a) by directing me to apply for specific jobs on threat of termination of my benefits, (b) by insisting on my taking a "training course" of the choosing of the Department, and (c) what can be done to prevent recurrence of this form of unfair treatment. Notice, in particular:

• My joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) was terminated on 27 September 2006 because I did not “sign on” TWO DAYS BEFORE I was due to do so on 29 September 2006.

• My wife and I were forced to live rough on the streets of London for more than 2 1/2 years, from 3 November 2006 to 13 July 2009.

• I exhausted the appeals process from the street, where my case was dismissed by Mr Justice Walker of the High Court (Judicial Review), Lord Justice Scott Baker of the Court of Appeal and three judges of the European Court of Human Rights in spite of the fact that I was denied the internal appeal process by procedural impropriety on the part of the enforcement authority (the DWP).

• My joint claim JSA was not even reinstated until 9 October 2009 – almost three months after we gained access to a roof over our heads – because my wife’s National Insurance number was “lost” from the Department’s computer system.

Please kindly note that this complaint relates to the Department for Business Innovation & Skills refusing me access to a Starting a Business course. If there is an objective agency to which I can appeal, I would be obliged to be so advised.

Yours sincerely

Declan Heavey

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Interception of communications: Declan writes to our MP

As I mentioned in the previous blog “Letter of complaint to Lord Mandelson”, Declan has been forced to shelve his petition to the United Nations on therapeutic cloning once again. Only this time NAC Honorary Associate Dr. Jim Fetzer has insisted that he should carry it. So outrageous has the manipulation of our email become that Dr. Fetzer has provided Declan with an email that he forwarded to our MP, Lynne Featherstone, this evening. As Dr. Fetzer points out, Declan’s most recent letter to Home Secretary Alan Johnson has had absolutely no effect, and if anything the situation has gotten substantially worse (the letter to Johnson is published in the blog of 14 March “The manipulation of email”):


Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone

Subject: About the Petition to the United Nations ...

Dear Ms. Featherstone,

I am forwarding to you an email I have received this evening from Dr. James Fetzer, Distinguished McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Please find attached a copy of my most recent email to the Home Secretary, to which Dr. Fetzer refers.

As my MP, I would be most grateful if you could please let me know if you can be of any assistance in correcting the unlawful violation of my and my wife's basic right to send and receive email without interference.

Yours sincerely,

Declan Heavey

83 Priory Gardens
London
N6 5QU

http://religionandmorality.net
http://network-of-those-abused-by-church.blogspot.com
http://www.gopetition.com/online/14861.html

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To Whom it May Concern:

This is to confirm that in light of (what appears to be) outrageous manipulation of the Heaveys' email in undermining Declan Heavey's efforts to secure additional signatures for his petition to the United Nations regarding theraputic cloning, I have indicated to Mr. Heavey that he should no longer use his email account to send or receive email on his important petition and that I would gladly assume that responsibility.

His petition has already been signed by no less than 28 Nobel laureates as well as hundreds of other distinguished scholars. For the foreseeable future, I will be sending and receiving this email myself through my University of Minnesota email account. I understand that Mr. Heavey's most recent letter to the Home Secretary on the possible interference of electronic communications has had absolutely no effect, and if anything the situation has gotten substantially worse.

I am truly appalled by the unlawful violation of the Heaveys' basic right to send and receive email without interference. I would be most grateful for anything you may be able to do by way of taking measures to correct this gross abuse. This is an important initiative, as anyone who studies the issue is bound to agree; it is a gross abuse to interfere with these communications; and I certainly hope that the situation does not continue.

With appreciation,

James H. Fetzer, Ph.D.

McKnight Professor Emeritus
University of Minnesota Duluth
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer/
Founder, Scholars for 9/11 Truth
http://911scholars.org
http://jamesfetzer.blogspot.com
http://radiofetzer.blogspot.com

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Letter of complaint to Lord Mandelson

Yesterday the 28th Nobel Laureate signed Declan's petition to the UN on therapeutic cloning (see the previous blog “Dr. Fetzer has to rescue Declan's UN petition - again!”). Nonetheless, this morning Declan drew yet another blank: 50 targeted and personalised emails around France in French and not one autoreply, failed delivery or signature. NAC Honorary Associate Dr. Jim Fetzer, who funds the NAC website, has insisted on doing all the emailing on the petition for the foreseeable future, and Declan has finally stopped emailing. It is a bitter disappointment that Declan has once again to shelve this petition, but it would appear that in his most recent letter to the Home Secretary he was talking to the moon (the letter on the possible interception of electronic communications is published in the blog of 14 March “The manipulation of email”)! It has got to the stage now that we no longer know whether what we send by email will ever be delivered, or what is sent to us will ever be received.

Declan has yet to receive a response from the chief executive of Jobcentre Plus in England and Wales to his stage 3 complaint against our local jobcentre, Highgate Jobcentre Plus (of the Department for Work and Pensions), for threatening him with the termination of our benefits if he does not agree to a “training course” of the Jobcentre's choosing (see blog of 9 April “Declan's formal complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus – Stage 3”) – his stage 2 complaint to the district manager was just ignored by her!

Yesterday he emailed Business Secretary Peter Mandelson with his complaint against the London Development Agency/Business Link in London for refusing him access to a Starting a Business course that would enable him to turn NAC into a registered company limited by guarantee. Perhaps the chief executive of Jobcentre Plus in England and Wales would do well to note how strong Declan's case against the Department for Work and Pensions has become for the Independent Case Examiner at stage 4 of the Department's complaints procedure. This is Declan's email yesterday to Lord Mandelson against the LDA/Business Link in London which runs in parallel to his complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus (the response from the London Development Agency that Declan refers to in this email to Mandelson is archived here):


Business Secretary Lord Mandelson

Subject: My complaint against the LDA/Business Link in London

Dear Lord Mandelson

I am writing to you as the Cabinet minister responsible for business. Please find attached a copy of the response I have received from a Senior Project Manager at the London Development Agency (LDA) to a complaint against Business Link in London that I addressed to the Lord Mayor of London. Kindly note that I have been refused access to a Starting a Business course by the LDA/Business Link in London because such a course is not deemed suitable to meet my needs.

My wife suspects, as I believe, that my abuse at the hands of the LDA/Business Link in London is almost certainly related to the Network of those Abused by Church (NAC) website we maintain at religionandmorality.net. I would be delighted to have a Starting a Business course, which would enable me to turn NAC into a registered company limited by guarantee, but the LDA/Business Link in London won't allow me to do that. I beg to point out that NAC is a world network organisation for exposing the public to the scientific perspective on public policy issues. It has a distinguished list of agreed Trustees pending the registration of the enterprise as a limited company as well as a distinguished and growing list of Honorary Associates, which includes two Nobel Prize winners. Among other activities, NAC has been running a petition to the United Nations on therapeutic cloning that has gathered 677 signatures to date; the petition's backers include recognised authorities from the world's leading universities and research institutes, as well as 28 Nobel Prize winners.

I can confirm that I am currently looking for a solicitor or counsel to represent me pro bono, who might be able to tell whether Highgate Jobcentre Plus of the Department for Working and Pensions (DWP) has been acting lawfully (a) by directing me to apply for specific jobs on threat of termination of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), (b) by insisting on my taking a "training course" of the choosing of the Jobcentre, and (c) what can be done to prevent recurrence of this form of unfair treatment. Notice, in particular:

• My joint claim JSA was terminated on 27 September 2006 because I did not “sign on” TWO DAYS BEFORE I was due to do so on 29 September 2006.

• My wife and I were forced to live rough on the streets of London for more than 2 1/2 years, from 3 November 2006 to 13 July 2009.

• I exhausted the appeals process from the street, where my case was dismissed by the High Court (Judicial Review), Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights in spite of the fact that I was denied the internal appeal process by procedural impropriety on the part of the enforcement authority (the DWP).

• My joint claim JSA was not even reinstated until 9 October 2009 – almost three months after we gained access to a roof over our heads – because my wife’s National Insurance number was “lost” from the Department’s computer system.

Please kindly note that this complaint relates to the LDA/Business Link in London refusing me access to a Starting a Business course. If there is an internal complaints procedure that involves an independent case examiner, I would be obliged to be so advised. Perhaps I should direct my complaint to the Prime Minister?

Yours sincerely

Declan Heavey

83 Priory Gardens
London
N6 5QU

http://religionandmorality.net
http://network-of-those-abused-by-church.blogspot.com
http://www.gopetition.com/online/14861.html

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dr. Fetzer has to rescue Declan's UN petition - again!

When it comes to Declan's petition to the UN on therapeutic cloning, he has been flogging a dead horse: 570 personalised and targeted emails since the last signatory on Wednesday and not one signatory for three days. To compound the odds, the 27th Nobel Laureate signed the petition on Wednesday, a Crafoord Laureate signed the petition on Tuesday, and a recipient of the Order of Canada signed on Monday!

Declan last wrote to Home Secretary Alan Johnson on 14 March on the possible interception of electronic communications (see the letter in the blog of 14 March “The manipulation of email”). Although the bashing of the petition has continued unabated, this is the first time since Declan tried to reactivate the petition in March that he has drawn a complete blank over a three-day stretch. Once again, NAC Honorary Associate Dr. Jim Fetzer has agreed to do some emailing on the petition to try and keep it going. In fact, if it wasn't for Dr. Fetzer this petition would have had to have been shelved again weeks ago (see blog of 27 March “Dr. Jim Fetzer takes over Declan's petition to the UN”). This will be Dr. Fetzer's third intervention since 27 March.

The petition recommends that there should be a clear distinction between reproductive and therapeutic cloning and that the UN members should decide for themselves the advisability of the latter (SCNT) under an appropriate regulation framework. Despite the possible interception of electronic communications, it has gathered 675 signatories to date, including recognised authorities from the world’s leading universities and research institutes, as well as 27 Nobel Prize winners.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Declan's formal complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus – Stage 3

Almost a month ago, on 13 March, Declan lodged a formal complaint against our jobcentre, Highgate Jobcentre Plus (of the Department for Work and Pensions), for threatening him with the termination of our benefits if he did not agree to a “training course” of the Jobcentre's choosing. Well, this afternoon he had to lodge a Stage 3 complaint against the Jobcentre as both his Stage 1 and Stage 2 complaints have been effectively ignored by the Jobcentre Manager and District Manager respectively. The only response he has received is archived here, stating that the matter will be investigated by the London Regional office.

Having none of it, Declan lodged his complaint this afternoon with Jobcentre Plus Chief Executive Darra Singh (presented below) at Stage 3 of the Jobcentre Plus complaints procedure. And he has no intention of resting his case there. In three weeks, it is the Independent Case Examiner followed by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.


This is Declan's registered letter to Singh, copied to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Yvette Cooper:

Dear Mr Darra Singh

My Formal Complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus - Stage 3

I am writing to you as the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus in England and Wales. Please find enclosed a copy of the only response I have received to the attached copies of my formal complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus at Stage 1 (Jobcentre Manager) and Stage 2 (District Manager) of the Jobcentre Plus complaints procedure. Kindly note that neither Highgate Jobcentre Plus nor the Central London District Office refutes that the former (JCP) refused and continues to refuse to refer me to a Starting a Business course. Accordingly, as my complaint has not been settled at Stage 1 or Stage 2, I hereby respectfully request a Stage 3 (Jobcentre Plus Chief Executive) review of the part of my complaint that relates to Mr Freddy Brooks of Highgate Jobcentre Plus, who threatened me on 11 March with the termination of my benefits if I did not undertake a "training course" of the choosing of the Jobcentre.

My wife suspects, as I believe, that our ongoing abuse at the hands of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is almost certainly related to the Network of those Abused by Church (NAC) website we maintain at religionandmorality.net. I would be delighted to have a Starting a Business course, which would enable me to turn NAC into a registered company limited by guarantee, but Highgate Jobcentre Plus won't allow me to do that. I beg to point out that NAC is a world network organisation for exposing the public to the scientific perspective on public policy issues. It has a distinguished list of agreed Trustees pending the registration of the enterprise as a limited company as well as a distinguished and growing list of Honorary Associates, which includes two Nobel Prize winners. Among other activities, NAC has been running a petition to the United Nations on Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (Therapeutic Cloning) that has gathered 656 signatures to date; the petition's backers include recognised authorities from the world's leading universities and research institutes, as well as 26 Nobel Prize winners.

I can confirm that I am currently looking for a solicitor or counsel to represent me pro bono, who might be able to tell whether Highgate Jobcentre Plus has been acting lawfully (a) by directing me to apply for specific jobs on threat of termination of my benefits, (b) by insisting on my taking a "training course" of the choosing of the Jobcentre, and (c) what can be done to prevent recurrence of this form of unfair treatment. Notice, in particular:

• My joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) was terminated on 27 September 2006 because I did not “sign on” TWO DAYS BEFORE I was due to do so on 29 September 2006.

• My wife and I were forced to live rough on the streets of London for more than 2 1/2 years, from 3 November 2006 to 13 July 2009.

• I exhausted the appeals process from the street, where my case was dismissed by the High Court (Judicial Review), Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights in spite of the fact that I was denied the internal appeal process by procedural impropriety on the part of the enforcement authority (the DWP).

• My joint claim JSA was not even reinstated until 9 October 2009 – almost three months after we gained access to a roof over our heads – because my wife’s National Insurance number was “lost” from the Department’s computer system.

Kindly note that this complaint relates to Mr Brooks threatening me on 11 March with the termination of my benefits if I do not undertake a training course of the choosing of Highgate Jobcentre Plus. I understand that I can have the Independent Case Examiner review this part of my complaint if I am not happy with the reply or not that I have received to this letter within 15 working days.

Yours sincerely

Declan Heavey

Encls

cc The Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (at ministers@dwp.gsi.gov.uk)

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Business Link in London

Declan's attempts to reactivate his petition to the UN on therapeutic cloning continue to take a bashing. In fact, it is only because NAC Honorary Associate Dr James Fetzer has been sending emails himself, from his University of Minnesota email account, that the petition is still going at all (see Declan's letter to Home Secretary Alan Johnson in the blog of 14 March "The manipulation of email").

Tomorrow Decan lodges a stage 3 complaint against our local jobcentre, Highgate Jobcentre Plus (of the Department for Work and Pensions), for threatening him with the termination of our benefits if he does not agree to a "training course" of the Jobcentre's choosing - his stage 2 complaint to the District Manager has just been ignored by her (see blog of 26 March "Declan's formal complaint against Highgate Jobcentre Plus – Stage 2")! This morning he emailed the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, with his complaint against Business Link in London for refusing without explanation to refer him to a "training course" of his choosing (the letter from Business Link in London that Declan refers to in this email to Johnson is archived here, pages 1 and 2):


Mayor of London Boris Johnson

Subject: My complaint against Business Link in London

Dear Mr Johnson

I am writing to you as the Mayor of London responsible for the London Development Agency that funds Business Link in London of Serco Regional Services Ltd. Please find attached a copy of the response I have received from the Chief Executive of Business Link in London, Mr Patrick Elliott, to my complaint against Business Link in London. Kindly note that Mr Elliott does not refute that Business Link in London refused and continues to refuse to refer me to a Starting a Business course. Accordingly, as my complaint has not been settled by dealing with Business in Link in London, I hereby respectfully request a review of the part of my complaint that relates to Ms Jennifer Graham of Business Link in London, who refused without explanation on 18 March to refer me to a Starting a Business course.

My wife suspects, as I believe, that my ongoing difficulties with Business Link in London is almost certainly related to the Network of those Abused by Church (NAC) website we maintain at religionandmorality.net. I would be delighted to have a Starting a Business course, which would enable me to turn NAC into a registered company limited by guarantee, but Business Link in London won't allow me to do that. I beg to point out that NAC is a world network organisation for exposing the public to the scientific perspective on public policy issues. It has a distinguished list of agreed Trustees pending the registration of the enterprise as a limited company as well as a distinguished and growing list of Honorary Associates, which includes two Nobel Prize winners. Among other activities, NAC has been running a petition to the United Nations on Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (Therapeutic Cloning) that has gathered more than 650 signatures; the petition's backers include recognised authorities from the world's leading universities and research institutes, as well as 25 Nobel Prize winners.

I can confirm that I am currently looking for a solicitor or counsel to represent me pro bono, who might be able to tell whether Highgate Jobcentre Plus of the Department for Working and Pensions (DWP) has been acting lawfully (a) by directing me to apply for specific jobs on threat of termination of my joint claim for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), (b) by insisting on my taking a "training course" of the choosing of the Jobcentre, and (c) what can be done to prevent recurrence of this form of unfair treatment. Notice, in particular:

• My joint claim JSA was terminated on 27 September 2006 because I did not “sign on” TWO DAYS BEFORE I was due to do so on 29 September 2006.

• My wife and I were forced to live rough on the streets of London for more than 2 1/2 years, from 3 November 2006 to 13 July 2009.

• I exhausted the appeals process from the street, where my case was dismissed by the High Court (Judicial Review), Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights in spite of the fact that I was denied the internal appeal process by procedural impropriety on the part of the enforcement authority (the DWP).

• My joint claim JSA was not even reinstated until 9 October 2009 – almost three months after we gained access to a roof over our heads – because my wife’s National Insurance number was “lost” from the Department’s computer system.

Please kindly note that this complaint relates to Ms Jennifer Graham refusing without explanation on 18 March to refer me to a Starting a Business course. If there is an internal complaints procedure that involves an independent case examiner, I would be obliged to be so advised. Perhaps I should direct my complaint to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Lord Peter Mandelson?

Yours sincerely
Declan Heavey

83 Priory Gardens
London
N6 5QU

http://religionandmorality.net
http://network-of-those-abused-by-church.blogspot.com
http://www.gopetition.com/online/14861.html

Friday, April 02, 2010

Back to being 'squeezed' in public libraries

As I said in the previous blog “We lose the internet at our flat ... again!”, for two weeks now we have been experiencing disconnections from the internet in the latest wave of difficulties with internet access at the flat, but since 2.00pm on Wednesday, just after NAC Honorary Associate Dr. James Fetzer started up a conversation with me on Skype, there has been no access to the internet at all through our access point “Guest”!

When we lose the internet connection at the flat we are normally forced to rely on public libraries where our bandwidths are usually then “squeezed”, whether we are on my laptop, Declan’s notebook or library computers. Yesterday was no exception. You would be forgiven for thinking that Westminster Library – one of London’s most important reference libraries – might be a place where the internet can be accessed free from interference. All about us were sailing on laptops and computers without a bother. My laptop connection at 10:49am was not great (1584 Kbps) but enough to get the work done:



By 2.20pm, the connection had gotten so bad (392 Kbps) that I packed it in:



Declan did not fair much better on his notebook (472 Kbps) before he had packed it in:



Declan is reserving his written complaint for the chairman of the British Library, the No.1 library in the UK (see blog of 26 October “Internet access at the British Library”, which contains his previous letter of complaint to the library’s CEO, Dame Lynne Brindley).