Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Complaint to the chairman of British Telecom re denial of service

We moved into a Family Mosaic Housing Association (Rough Sleepers Initiative) flat on 15 May. More about this in the next blog because it appears to me that we are not supposed to have a flat at all. We have no water, gas or furniture... there wasn't even a spoon! According to British Telecom's website, our four-flat block is also the ONLY property on the entire street that is not eligible for fibre optic broadband. We have a long-standing history with internet-based services (see, for example, blog of 14 December 2012, "We lose home access to the Internet"), so this is Declan's email this morning to our Single Homeless Project housing officer regarding BT's denial of service, which Declan has copied to BT Chairman Sir Michael Rake:

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Internet access has always been a huge problem for us. For example, for months on end I could hardly do any work at all in Southwark Council's flagship John Harvard Library (see blog of 31 March, "Want to download a YouTube song from Southwark Council's John Harvard Library? Wait for an hour!!"). On 8 May, I actually recorded a video:

Monday, May 12, 2014

Declan's case against Haringey Council for refusal of temporary accommodation filed in the High Court

Not only have we been sleeping in night buses since I was threatened by two City of London Police officers with arrest on 22 April for rough sleeping, but Declan was diagnosed on 14 April with asthma and chest infection. In fact, Declan has been using a reliever inhaler several times a day and particularly during the night for over two weeks now, which is concerning us both. Yet Haringey Council continues to refuse us a review of their decision of 16 April not to provide us with temporary accommodation. Declan lodged this case against the Council in the High Court this morning:

Additional request for urgent consideration:

This is Declan a couple of nights ago while we were waiting around 4am for a night bus to hopefully get 40-50 minutes sleep:

And here in the foreground is one of the two police officers who threatened me on the night of 22 April with an arrest on the trumped-up charge of assaulting a police officer:
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So much then for Deputy High Court Judge Bidder's "alternative remedies" to prevent us from becoming street homeless again on 14 April:
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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Charing Cross Hospital: Declan to write an open letter of complaint to the Secretary of State for Health

From Declan's updated complaint to the United Nations yesterday (paragraph 33):

33. ... The next morning, on 14 April, after providing the Metropolitan Police with a statement and photograph of the suspect, the Applicant attended Charing Cross Hospital and was diagnosed with asthma and a chest infection. He attended the Royal London Hospital the following night, the discharge summary stating: “Was assessed and advised to continue with current treatment, but if situation worsening to reattend as chest infection could worsen to pneumonia. If possible should try to find accommodation off the street.” Nonetheless, the following day, on 16 April, Haringey Council refused the Applicant temporary accommodation on the grounds that he did not have a priority need. Later that day, the Applicant requested a discharge summary from Charing Cross Hospital to ask for a review of the Council’s decision but was told by the head of the emergency department that not only would he have to wait at least two weeks for it, but he would have to pay £50 for information the Royal London Hospital issued immediately upon request and free of charge (see Annex 29, Charing Cross Hospital: Email re discharge summary, p. 77). Fortunately, the Applicant’s discharge summary from the Royal London Hospital also states: “Diagnosed with asthma and a concurrent chest infection on 14th April at first attendance to Charing Cross Hospital”. As a result, on 17 April, the Applicant was able to ask for a review of Haringey Council’s decision without a discharge summary from Charing Cross Hospital, but he has yet to learn whether he will be forced to submit an application to the High Court for a judicial review into the Council’s decision to refuse him temporary accommodation despite his particular circumstances and medical condition (see Annex 13, Haringey Council: Pre-action letter re temporary accommodation, pp. 36-39).

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Threat to life: Updated complaint to the United Nations

In paragraph 34 of the complaint below to the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Declan explains that we are living in well-founded fear of the police. Since 14 April, when the West London Churches Homeless Concern closed its rolling winter night shelter programme, we have been back sleeping rough, first in the Barbican (see blog of 1 May, "Declan's formal complaint to the City of London Police PSD after I was threatened with an arrest on the trumped-up charge of assaulting a police officer"), and now in night buses save a couple of hours at Heathrow Airport for the last few nights. Paragraphs 31-32 deal with the Single Homeless Project's offer of a flat for us, first tabled on 21 January, that still comes across as pie in the sky to me. And this despite that Declan was diagnosed last month with a chronic asthma condition that can be life threatening; not to mention that he has had a claim, albeit dismissed, in the High Court for judicial review against Commissioner of Police for the City of London Adrian Leppard and Home Secretary Theresa May following the refusal of the former to ask the homeless charity Broadway to help us with our welfare or accommodation (paragraph 29-30). Paragraphs 46-52 outline why the Vatican and the hierarchy of the Catholic Church should be monitored.

Declan has been using a reliever inhaler for his asthma several times a day and particularly during the night for over a week now, which is concerning us both. I took this photo of him fast asleep in a bus last Sunday at around 6am:

On 14 March 2013 we were evicted from our previous flat because according to our then live-in landlady's ex-husband, Dr Nigel McKenzie, a consultant psychiatrist in Highgate Mental Health Centre, our flat was needed for somebody with a mental illness. As Declan states in paragraph 8 of the complaint above, MI5 whistleblower David Shayler also lived with human rights activist Belinda McKenzie in the same house for a couple of years until 2007. It is indeed unfortunate Shayler then declared that he was the Messiah, became a squatter, and was subsequently ridiculed in the press for changing his name to Delores Kane. A New Statesman article dated 11 September 2006 featuring Shayler and Belinda gives no indication that Shayler believed he was the Messiah at that time; whilst a Daily Mail interview with Shayler explicitly shows he believed himself to be Jesus by June 2007.

The Esquire article below* is mentioned in a Guardian article dated 27 March 2012. It is an eye-opener, highlighting the monitoring and surveillance that Shayler had to live with back in 2000, and the contradictory briefings and slanders that were coming out of the British establishment and the media. The author, Dr Eamonn O'Neill, is a lecturer in journalism at Strathclyde University.

*On 2 May 2013, Issuu removed this pdf from my Issuu account following a copyright complaint by Hearst Communications. I had uploaded the article to my Issuu account in December 2012. In March 2013, when last I checked, the article had been viewed more than 15,000 times. It can be viewed here.

BBC PANORAMA: The David Shayler Affair (August 1998)

According to BBC Panorama, Shayler "caused the biggest crisis of official secrecy since the spy catcher affair". In 2002, he was jailed for seven weeks for breaking the Official Secrets Act.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Declan's formal complaint to the City of London Police PSD after I was threatened with an arrest on the trumped-up charge of assaulting a police officer

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This afternoon Declan complained to the City of London Police Professional Standards Directorate (PSD) about the behaviour of PC 667CP and PC 602CP of Bishopsgate Police Station when stopping us on the night of 22 April for sleeping rough. These two officers threatened that two female officers were going to arrest me later that night on the trumped-up charge of assaulting a police officer (see previous blog, "Barbican security guard calls the Police to have us removed... and I am threatened with an arrest on the trumped-up charge of assaulting a police officer"). Since then we have been reduced to sleeping in night buses, even though Declan was diagnosed on 14 April with asthma and a chest infection that "could worsen to pneumonia", according to the discharge summary further below from the Royal London Hospital. This is Declan's initial email of complaint to the PSD, upon which his forthcoming complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will be based:
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