Monday, 27 January 2020

No assurance in the `Assurance Report`

[UK Column News, 15 January 2020]

"Well of course the other thing we ought to remind people of - and I`m sorry because this is not a particularly pleasant topic -  but we have a prime minister, Boris Johnston who describes expenditure investigating child abuse as money that has been spaffed. That`s his language for ejaculated up the wall. This is the standard of Britain`s prime minister; and let`s immediately bring in the BBC because the BBC crowing yesterday that the report`s come out about the failure of Manchester city council and other authorities including greater Manchester police to protect children."

"The BBC particularly crowing because the report starts off itself by effectively congratulating the BBC on its investigations into child abuse. But of course this is the same BBC that covered up the activities of Jimmy Savile when he was doing his dirty deeds, paid by the BBC. But let`s have a look through this report; and UK Column is going to say this is not all it seems. So first of all, credit where it`s due.

"And the Telegraph here in its article with a picture of Maggie Oliver.  And we`re going to say that it`s not the BBC that people should be congratulating; it`s very brave whistleblowers - these whistleblowers in particular - Maggie Oliver and John Wedger and several others, who have finally started to force the lid off child abuse in UK."

"But of course the Telegraph headline here is getting into the political agenda; because it`s an `Asian grooming gang free to roam the streets` and indeed many of in this case were... Asian, but the people running the child protection system and failing in their duty, of course, were not Asian. So there`s many questions to be asked."

"But let`s just get a feel for this case... these points are not being reported by the BBC or in any press outlet. So this is from Manchester City Council; this is the sort of thing you see on their website when you go and have a look about what you should do about child abuse and this is the old line, Mike. `Tell us about someone being abused or neglected. Trust us. If you`ve got any information come to us and tell us about what has happened to you. We will protect you. We will ensure there`s anonymity. We will take action.` But, of course, what has emerged in this report and in many other places elsewhere is that once information is brought forward, either nothing happens or those people, the victims, are not protected."

"But here is the big report. It`s an `independence assurance  review of the effectiveness of multi-agency responses to child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester` . This is Part One. There`s more to come."

"`An Assurance review of Operation Augusta`. Now Operation Augusta was Greater Manchester`s police investigation into abuse of youngsters, particularly by Asian men, We can see here that the authors are Malcolm Newsam and Gary Ridgway ...There`s the embargo on the bottom... But I`m going to say just remember those two names. When you get inside, and this is not mentioned at all by the so-called mainstream press, we get a huge caveat. And what does that caveat say? Well, effectively, it says this:"

"`The report is independent.` [laughter] We always get a sense, a reassurance, Mike, when we see that `this report is independent`. We`ll be seeing exactly how independent it is in a minute."

"There is no check of accuracy or completeness of information provided."

"Oh !"

Brian Gerrish goes on in discussion with Mike Robinson to say that he had read this with great interest: "Because a report has been produced which has  now been blasted out over the media in the UK but apparently there wasn`t any checks of accuracy or completeness of information provided." He wonders what would have happened in his professional life if had he followed these same standards.

"Especially in military action," interjects Mike Robinson.

Moving forward, "And then it says: `For the avoidance of doubt, no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by Imprana Ltd and GKR Partnership in relation to the release of this report and any such liability is expressly disclaimed.` So somebody there in a big hurry to make sure that if a few questions are asked - `Whew ! It`s nothing to do with us`."

"So where is the responsibility there?"

"Well we`re going to sort of ask about that. So let`s have a look at the assurance team. This is an interesting expression: it`s an assurance report. Who are they assuring? They`re certainly not assuring the victims of abuse, the survivors of abuse - it gets very woolly."

"But here`s Malcolm Newsam: `experienced child care expert with extensive experience of providing diagnostics, interventions and improvement support to a range of councils across the country. In October 2014 the Secretary of State for Education appointed him as the Commissioner for Children`s Social Care in Rotherham`...I`m not going to continue going on through it," Brian Gerrish says; but he emphasises that this is a `government man`. "There`s no question of it. He has been brought in, supposedly, to improve failing authorities in ... [child protection] but a huge amount of controversy around him and he`s supported here by a police officer, a former police officer, Gary Ridgway who has been praised for achieving good results in investigating child sexual exploitation. So I`m not going to challenge Mr Ridgway at all but Malcolm Newsam we say: who is this man? And we can start to ask a key question: how independent is he in order to investigate the government`s own system for protecting children?"

"Well I went and had a little look at him at Imprana Ltd and GKR Partnerships... Here`s GKR Partners Ltd and we`ve got a Gareth Leslie Johnson . Don`t know much about that name but I was intrigued that it`s a risk management consultancy. .. So who`s worried about the amount of risk? Is that the team that produced the report? Are they worried about their own risk? Or is this Greater Manchester Council and the police, worried about their risk and what`s printed in the report? And if you go to the other side, Imprana Ltd... there happens to be a Malcolm Newsam involved, and I`m going to guess that ... this is the same man, same name, same company. But let`s have a look at this individual."

"Well we`re going back to 2011. And here`s the Daily Mail. `The temps paid up to £1,250 a day by council that`s slashing hundreds of jobs.` So the headline is absolutely right, Kent County Council getting rid of people hand over fist, putting together a plan to get rid of about 300 people altogether and they were paying a number of consultants, including the man we`re interested in, one thousand two hundred and fifty pounds a day."

"The most highly-paid temp is families and care director Malcolm Newsam who costs the council £1,250 a day, followed by Alistair Pettigrew....` So this is a very interesting man ... and we`ve got another report here from the Peterborough Telegraph:"

"`Experienced manager Malcolm Newsam could earn a salary of more than £230,000 over the 12 months that he is expected to stay on as interim director of children`s services at the council if the appointment is approved`."

"`Mr Newsam has a proven track record of turning around failing children`s services departments and his appointment has been proposed after the council was slammed by Ofsted in September for failing to safeguard vulnerable children.`"

"Now, is a man who`s in a job like that as a result of a hand in government, is he... is he going to criticise the government? Possibly, I don`t know. But it seems interesting. He`s a proven track record of turning around failing children`s services. So that`s good. And there`s a consultancy firm mentioned there, MCBN Management Consultancy and the day-rate there was £1,045. So he hit the headlines here after this amount of money was being paid to him, and then the council explained ... that they had a poor Ofsted report but they complemented  him. They said he had been very open and transparent in his way of working and he`s helped us restore public confidence in the council. So that`s good praise and we`ll put that up on screen to be fair, and we`ll highlight that. He`s been very open and transparent..."

"So let`s have a look at this one. This is Community Care, and they`re talking about `turmoil for Northamptonshire children`s services as DfE appointed commissioner quits."

"Now this is where it gets interesting, Mike, because this is Mr Newsam again. He seemed to disappear without anybody really knowing why... but there was interest in this man because he`d come under fire from Northamptonshire councillors because of his `lack of visibility and accountability.`"

"So which is it?" asks Mike Robinson. "Is he open and transparent? Or has he got a lack of visibility and accountability?"

Brian Gerrish: "Or does he go whichever way the wind blows and wherever the money comes from? So the DfE did not reply to questions as to the reason for Newsam`s recent exit but a spokesperson said: `we`re making good progress with the creation of a new Children`s Services trust and are grateful to Malcolm Newsam for his role in transforming these services. We will be appointing a new commissioner before Malcolm leaves to finish this crucial work`."

"Now this is a little clue to what I believe is really going on because this man is a change agent. He`s changing council services for children into a trust and my personal opinion is as these trusts appear actually the accountability declines and the transparency declines."

Mike Robinson: "As has happened with the NHS."

"As has happened with the NHS. Privatization comes in. You don`t know what you`re dealing with. So we get that very early hook that maybe something special is happening."

"Let `s have a look at the report. So I`ve entitled this one `Multi-Disciplinary Teams... we`re all in it together.` But look at what the report actually says: `The team will report directly to the Deputy Mayor in relation to progress and outcomes. The Deputy Mayor has invited Joanne Roney, Chief Exectuve of Manchester City Council and lead GMCA Chief Executive for Children, Jim Taylor, Chief Executive of Salford City Council and a former Director of Children`s Services and Debbie Ford, Assistant Chief Constable, GMP, to join her in providing governance and oversight of the exercise in the steering group`."

"So this is the team investigating itself, Mike. We haven`t got a separate, secure investigation going on where the evidence is being carefully put to one side. What we`ve got is a gaggle of people working through their own mistakes: but `don`t worry because everything is independent`.

"So here we are: `We `assure` the public we`ve investigated ourselves fully ... "

"`Throughout our review we have shared our findings with Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council. Greater Manchester Police has confirmed the following additional information` [and it`s a love affair. They`re all loving each other, swapping information, working in collaboration, in order to get to the bottom of what they failed to do as a multidisiplinary team. It could go straight from here on to Yes Minister or the Simpsons..."

"So let`s carry on, because of course the report does produce some very good information, in that it says in a lot of places and a lot of detail that a great number of children ages 12 up to 16, 17 were horrifically abused, prostituted. I`m not going to describe what was done to these children, but look at what it says at 6.82:"

"`We also cannot offer assurance that the risks the identified adults presented to children were appropriately dealt with by either Greater Manchester Police or Manchester City Council.` But all the evidence they uncover in the report has already been shared with the people who failed..."

"7.14 `Although there was significant information held by both Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Police on individuals who potentially posed a risk to children, we can offer no assurance that appropriate action was taken to address the risks they presented to children`. This theme is repeated through the report, and it`s very clear they knew the abuse was going on . The City Council did nothing. The police closed down an investigation where they were starting to do something, and the multidisciplinary child protection team failed at every level ... or we had malfeasance in public office where they turned a blind eye to crime`."

Mike Robinson: "So we`ve now seen the same patterns in Nottingham, in Rotherham, Rochdale and all these other places in the Midlands and the north of England and yet we`re still getting reports like this and no lessons have been learned, it seems."

"No lessons have been learned, except we can learn the lesson that if you follow it through the pattern of cover-up,  the failure, is always the same. The information is there; the child protection teams in the Council don`t do their job; the police don`t do their job; the coroners don`t do their jobs. Of course in general the politicians don`t do their job. Andy Burnham stepped in at this point but the pattern is that politicians will not get involved. The Home Office will not get involved. The Prime Minister says: `Well there`s no abuse going on, it`s just money spaffed up the wall`."

Mike Robinson: "But there is a common theme through all of this and that is Common Purpose."

Brian Gerrish: "Common Purpose, the integration of the authorities into a leadership team where transparency goes out the window. I think we`re going to find deeper Common Purpose connections, but we`ll keep our viewers informed of that."

"Let`s have a look at this, page 18: `
Out of the 25 cases within our sample, we have concluded that there was a significant probability that 16 children were being sexually exploited and we cannot offer any assurance that this was appropriately addressed by either Greater Manchester Police or the responsible local authority. In respect of the remaining nine children, we have concluded that given the insufficient available information, we cannot form a view as to whether the children had experienced sexual exploitation or whether these concerns were appropriately addressed by either Greater Manchester Police or Manchester City Council or the relevant local authority`..."

Frightening statistics !

[Because population birthrates generally decline as people become more affluent, there seems to be a solution here that is not being discussed in the BBC2 programme, `7.7 Billion and still counting .`]
Professor Danny Dorling, School of Georgraphy and the Environment, Oxford University explains why the population is increasing. "If you look at the world as a whole, the growth depends on life expectancy. Everyone is here on average, longer. So at any one time there are more of us. The second fact is how many babies we have. And tiny changes in the number of babies we have will have a big effect in the future."

Christ Packham informs viewers that the replacement rate fertility is 2.1 babies per woman. If the population birthrate was maintained at this level the birthrate would eventually stabilise. "But currently, the global average is 2.4 babies, and that tiny difference, applied to a large number of people means that our population is continuing to grow.  And because 2.4 is an average, there are parts of the world where the birthrate is still much higher." [i.e. third world countries]

There are also parts of the world where the birthrate is very much lower: 

`7.7 Billion and Still Counting` can be seen on BBC iplayer for the next three weeks.

Donors needed after death ?

No worries about individual responsibility or the population explosion here.

"Men in Britain should be able to donate their sperm after death, according to ethicists who argue that posthumous contributions would help infertile couples and relieve the pressure on living donors."

"Sperm can be collected after death either through electrical stimulation of the prostate gland or surgery, and can then be frozen."

"Evidence suggests that sperm harvested from men who have died can still result in viable pregnancies and healthy children, even when retrieved up to 48 hours after death has occurred...In 2014, a national sperm bank serving the UK opened in Birmingham with a government grant of £77,000."

"Less than two years later, the bank had closed its doors and stopped recruiting donors. Only nine signed up after its launch, with one of those later dropping out..."

"Since 2005, the law says that sperm donors in the UK must agree that any children born from their donations can contact them when they turn 18."

Four year olds receive HPV vaccine

"GlaxoSmithLine (GSK) the manufacturer of Cervarix has recently conducted a trial of its two valent HPV vaccine on healthy 4-6 year old female children in Latin America."

"The study involving girls from Colombia, Panama and Mexico was published in the current edition of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. "

"Here is the stated rationale for injecting such young children with HPV vaccines:"

"The burden of human papillomavirus (HPV) diseases is high in Latin America. HPV vaccines licensed from 2006 onwards offer protection against most HPV-related cancers, especially when introduced into national immunization programs."

"Barriers to optimal vaccine uptake are, however, lowering the impact of adolescent HPV vaccination programs. Immunization of children might overcome these barriers and be a strategy of choice for some countries."

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Free speech for some

Brian Gerrish informed viewers that he was going to be taking a swipe at the BBC. He began by saying: "I couldn`t help but notice `Election explained, What to check for on climate change`. So that`s second from the left on the top of your screen there. If you clicked on that image up came this, which to my mind is a children`s image. Everything about it is probably attractive to two, three, four year old children, but this is now for adults in UK."

"Meanwhile, as the UK Column covers some of the most dangerous stuff going on, this is the childish dross from the BBC`. I have to use that word again, Mike ... "

"But serious things here: the BBC crowing that a High Court judge has ruled in favour of permanently banning protests outside the Birmingham school where parents were complaining that their children were actually being sexualised at too young an age."

"Now what did the BBC do? Of course it ran this story in a completely biased way, that any parent complaining of the content of the sex education, was actually homophobic, and as a result, I believe,... we`ve now seen the school successfully go to court for the protests to be banned."

"And, of course, if these protests can be banned, ... any protest anywhere in UK can now be banned by the High Court."

"Except for Extinction Rebellion," Mike Robinson reminded Brian Gerrish.

"Well I`m going to come on to that in a minute, Mike. But just have a look at the sort of thing the BBC put out. There`s a big focus here on West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street. He said the protests are clearly homophobic, against LGBT teaching at the primary school and it`s got to stop. Well, of course, that`s not the case. The parents, who were Christian, Muslim and indeed Jewish, were protesting that their children were being overtly sexualised at too young an age which is something completely different."

"But if you`re not aware of the definition we now have for homophobia here it is: `it`s fear, hatred, discomfort with, or mistrust of people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual... `That definition has absolutely nothing to do with the actual protest by the parents. So the BBC can be very proud because, essentially, they have now helped the British State take a major step in silencing free speech. And, of course, the other thing this relates to is the fact that the State wants to claim it is the parent of your child, or your children."

Mike Robinson: "Absolutely. But if you`re running a school and there`s a potential for protest, you don`t need to worry because there`s some really excellent advice available from the Department for Education ...I`m being somewhat sarcastic when I use the word `excellent`."

Brian Gerrish continued: "Let`s have a look to see what is saying: ... "

"Primary school disruption over LGBT teaching/relationships education. And they`re saying that `relationships education will be compulsory for all primary school aged pupils from September 2020. In addition relationships and sex education will be compulsory for all secondary pupils and health education will be compulsory for all pupils. They`re saying that some organisations are  opposed to the introduction of these subjects, or to some of the expected content set out in the statutory guidance for the subjects, and have been campaigning nationally against the subjects and organising locally to encourage parents to influence their schools’ teaching. The majority of the objections relate to the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) content, particularly in primary schools."

"And then we come on to point 3 which is all about intelligence sharing and support available. And they say: `It is important that you pass on intel to DfE about disquiet in your local area and signs that this might be building towards disruptive activity. DfE can better support local authorities if there is a real time picture of issues in local areas and patterns of activities... You should seek further support from DfE making clear you are asking for support, not just passing on intel (as above) and an official will be in touch quickly to discuss options.`,.."

"And so the language here building is quite spectacular and your point earlier, which is...`military`."

Brian Gerrish agreed, "It is military language. There is no question that this is military language. Possibly you`re going to pick it up with specialist police teams as well. But I wonder whether we`ve got a hint of, not only the Metropolitan Police in there, but also the 77th Brigade." 

Brian Gerrish then contrasted the immense overreaction at the Birmingham school with what the Department for Education`s Countering Extremism team did when UK Column provided them with evidence of extremism on 9th October 2019.  They had provided evidence that  Extinction Rebellion was not only carrying out criminal activity, it was recruiting school age children, using school premises to train them for that criminal activity.

"We`ve had back from them absolute silence ... So we provided documents for Extinction Rebellion where they were calling for people to break the law; we provided documents showing Extinction Rebellion training the people in primary schools ... and using those Department for Education facilities. We`ve provided BBC documentation where the BBC was saying it was concerned; and we`ve provided the excellent analysis by a former head of SO15, the counter terrorism force within the MET. And the result from the Department for Education was silence."

"So we can call up all these systems to suppress parents who dare challenge what their children are being taught in school; but if you give the Department for Education ... factual evidence of criminal activity by Extinction Rebellion, they don`t want to know."

"What does that suggest?"

"It suggests that Extinction Rebellion represents government policy."



Globetrotting Greta, now telling the global elites about climate change at Davos, a message they seem more than willing to accommodate.

Learning Records Service breaches data protection

"A major breach of government data has reportedly allowed gambling firms to access the names, ages and addresses of 28 million children and students."

"A Sunday Times investigation has found that betting firms have used the database to verify the ages of customers who claim to be 18 or over – boosting the number of young people who gamble online in the process."

"The Department for Education has since disabled the database and referred the breach to the Information Commissioner’s Office. It said the arrangement with betting firms was not approved by officials." 

"GB Group told the Sunday Times that it could check dates of birth and addresses against the Learning Records Service – but this did not involve divulging data."

"It said: `We can confirm that we use the Learning Records Service dataset via a third party. We take claims of this nature very seriously and, depending on the results of our review, we will take appropriate action.`"

"A recent survey found that an estimated 48 per cent of those aged 11-16 had spent money on gambling at some point in their lives."

"The study, carried out by the Gambling Commission, also found that 11 per cent had gambled in the past week, more than had smoked a cigarette or taken illegal drugs."

Inspirational teachers

Mr Eddie Woo

 See Eddie Woo`s youtube channel for some of his maths tuition videos.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

The drivers of climate change

Will there be global warming as a result of increasing CO2 in the atmosphere and the burning of fossil fuels?  Or will there be global cooling instead because of the greater effects of the grand solar minimum? Indications are that the sun`s activity is an important factor.

"Is it Man or Something Else? The point to be noted is that the frequency and intensity of sunspot activity has proven profound influence on Earth weather, atmosphere, ocean temperature, Gulf Stream flows and more. It is also notable that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Control dismisses such solar influence as not significant. That is a huge mistake by all serious evidence.

While governments and the UN have funnelled billions of dollars to computer modelers to create various models of CO2 and other greenhouse gases since the 1970s, far too little attention has been given to the effect of our sun on earth climate. At a minimum, in the interest of science, if not survival, we need to remedy this."

Mike Robinson and Brian Gerrish discuss this issue on UK Column: "So the solar impact is understood within the science community but it`s never mentioned by the mainstream press or by the people who are pushing the climate emergency story."

Mike Robinson goes on: "So just so we understand what the situation is at the moment, let`s head over to and here we discover ... the solar minimum is becoming very deep indeed is set for a Space Age record for spotlessness ... So far in 2019 the sun has been without sunspots for more than 271 days, including the last 34 days in a row. No other year has had as many blank suns."

Viewers are led to understand that a solar minimum is a normal part of the eleven year sunspot cycle.

Mike Robinson then adds: "The climate emergency narrative is a misrepresentation of what is going on and only tells a part of the story and is really misrepresenting man`s influence on climate; and if it`s not taking solar activity into account whatsoever, which it isn`t, then we`re not getting an honest appraisal of the situation and, therefore, political policies are being based on incorrect information."

Brian Gerrish: "Well we want to continue today on our exposé of Extinction Rebellion and for several months UK Column has been trying to get the Department for Education to react to evidence that we`ve put forward showing that Extinction Rebellion is a self-declared criminal organisation.  It`s involved in extremism; it`s involving young children - children of school age - in that process. It`s using school facilities to run its training exercises."

"But let`s just have a recap on what we`ve shown you so far. This was the important document that we came across. Extremism Rebellion:  a review of ideology and tactics. Now this is by Policy Exchange. The key gentleman who`s written this is Richard Walton, former head of the MET`s counter-terrorism unit, SO15. He had some very strong words to say about Extinction Rebellion in a very detailed analysis document; and this is just part of it."

"The `civil resistance model` they espouse is intended to achieve mass protest accompanied by law-breaking - leading eventually to the breakdown of democracy and the state. Obscured from public view, these objectives mark Extinction Rebellion`s campaign out as an extremist one that seeks to break down the established civil order and liberal democracy in the UK." 

"Now this is not just a sheet of paper: this is an investigative report which this gentleman and his colleague, Tom Wilson, have put out. You can find it very easily on the internet. I encourage people to go and read it. This is not an academic writer: this is a man who has been in the job with the MET police."

"So let`s follow on from there. What sort of information came forward in this document? Well there was background to Extinction Rebellion. Two people were mentioned in particular: George Barda and Gail Bradbrook with a Compassionate Revolution; and that got going into Extinction Rebellion [with Roger Hallam]. But they also helped to form Rising Up - this was another mass protest movement... And then key activists from Earth First, OccupyPlane Stupid, Radical Think Tank and Reclaim the Power. These are all spin-off units which are clearly out to cause trouble in the country and detailed in this analysis by the two gentlemen I`ve mentioned. And we`ll also add in there that Occupy Wall Street was part of this..."

"So, what else did we show? Well, of course, we can have a look at money and it`s quite clear that Extinction Rebellion is able to call upon huge sums of money. This was going back to October [2018] where a mere £633,000 was already in the kitty. And we can say for a fact that Extinction Rebellion is boasting to people who break the law - and are then subsequently fined - `well, not to worry because we can cover your fines for you`. So a lot of money is coming into this organisation and it`s very interesting to see that behind it we`ve got yet more strange international vehicles, [the lady from] Gorilla Foundation just one of the people involved. We`re not saying this lady has done anything wrong but you can ask what she is really doing and it goes through to a global sisterhood of national grassroots campaigning organisations. So this is not just one organisation in UK. This is spreading out. We can see that, certainly, it`s got a path throughout Europe. But also we can see that it`s got a global scale to it."

"So armed with this information we decided to tackle the Department for Education which boasts it has a counter extremism unit to protect, principally, schoolchildren."

"Let`s have a look at that."

"This is where you would go: Educate.AgainstHate is the website and on it you can find, very clearly, Department for Education Counter Extremism helpline which, of course, we called. And what that led to is ... they did not want to see the evidence. They did take it, in the end - they were forced to - but they have ignored what has been given to them and latterly it`s been spun into an election issue. So this is pretty interesting, Mike, that we`ve got a unit within the Department for Education which the Department for Education media team did not know existed until I told them, but when you tell it, and provide evidence of extremism, they don`t want to know."

Mike Robinson. "But when you say it was spun into an election issue, what you mean is that, when there`s an election, there`s an excuse for not providing any information."

"Indeed. We`re going to have a look at that because it`s incredible. 
Let`s have a look at how much work it`s taken to deal with the British government`s Counter Extremism Unit protecting schoolchildren. So this is a list of emails that have gone back and forth between the UK Column and the unit, and also the Department for Education press team and despite providing documentary evidence of Extinction Rebellion`s self-declared criminal activity, documentary evidence of them using school facilities, the excellent SO15 reports, BBC evidence of them involving young people in criminal activity, this is the email exchange and the ultimate result is they don`t want to know."

"So when you call this number and think that you`re going to make a report and you`ll be treated sympathetically, and action will be taken, Mike, nothing happens."

"So let`s have a look at the initial responses. So this is one of the early replies from the Department for Education. I`m calling this Fob Off No 1 ...what comes back is a complete sidestep because the Department for Education spokesperson ... said:"

"We share the passion young people and others have for tackling climate change. We are recognised at home and abroad for our world-leading action, as the first major economy to legislate for net zero emissions and as nominated hosts for next year`s crucial climate talks that will help us shape the climate agenda; and, just today, we have helped to secure enough clean energy to power seven million homes."

 Mike Robinson: "But that sounds like a ... party political statement. .. coming from the civil service."

"Mike, this is absolutely a party political statement; and then, of course, they have sidestepped why I contacted them asking for their policy on an extremist organisation called Extinction Rebellion. They give me a party political... response.  So the evidence is ignored and it`s replaced with the government line on climate change which we`ve already shown in the news today is of course a major line and the policy that`s going to be forced through."

"So bring it up to date, and to answer your question, we got Fob Off No 2 a few days ago. It was 6 December 2019, and what do they say here?"

"You received an initial response from the Department of Education government spokesperson on 07.10.2019 in relation to the concerns you raised about Extinction Rebellion and their impact on the actions of children and young people. (I think they`re referring to that email I`ve just covered, but the dates don`t tie up.)
According to Government policy during the pre-election period, correspondence must not contain any content that could be perceived to be political. Therefore, the arguments raised in your letter cannot be fully addressed during this period."

"So what this lady, Sophie Taylor, the deputy director for the Department for Education is saying is: `well, while UK has an election all extremist matters are on hold. We`re not going to protect anybody`. So that was Fob Off number two. It was spun into a false election issue."

"Please note the responsibility for making assessments of groups of possible extremist concerns lies with the Home Office. We would recommend that you direct your query to them following  the General Election."

"So what sort of material does this lady produce? " 

Within the video there are some very young children pushing forward XR`s message. Elsewhere Brian Gerrish points out that mental health issues and depression, in particular, is rising in young people in response to the message that they have `no future.` However, as Brian Gerrish summarises:

"Extinction Rebellion is a self-confessed criminal organisation identified by a former head of MET Police Counter Terrorist Command SO15 as `an extremist one that seeks to break down the established civil order and liberal democracy in the UK`... XR is using Department of Education schools to recruit and train young people ... it is grooming and exploiting young children for its criminal aims..."

"And what is the reaction from the Department of Education? Well they`re refusing to do anything about it. We`ve got to ask the question: why? I`ll answer it and perhaps we can exchange a little bit on this Mike, but if we say `what is going on here?` there can only be one answer: and that is that Extinction Rebellion and its extremism and its criminal activity is British state approved because it is driving the climate change agenda that the government wants to see in order to get those carbon taxes in... "

"So extremism, criminal activity, is bad in Britain unless you are using it to carry out British government policy, in which case it`s all OK."

Mike Robinson: "And, of course, it`s not just the fact that it`s driving the climate change policy which the British government says it`s behind, but it`s also driving the constitutional change policy which the government is also behind, because as you all have heard in that little video they`re demanding `we want a say; we must have a say; and of course they have a say through the political process at the moment but what they want is citizens` assemblies ... a complete sweeping away of the form of governance which we have at the moment to be replaced by something else - a form of participatory democracy which probably doesn`t bear too much resemblance to what most people understand by the term `participatory democracy`."

Brian Gerrish: "And at the bottom we`ve got this false grassroots movement at the lower level. At the higher level we`ve got Nigel Farage now, of course, calling effectively for constitutional change."

"It`s just a remarkable coincidence !"

[UK Column 18 December 2019]


Young people are anxious about climate change

"The boss of BP says his daughter`s friends are taking antidepressants because they are so worried about climate change."

"Bob Dudley, 64, admitted `things were unsustainable` and claimed his company broadly agrees with environmental campaigners such as Greta Thunberg about the need to cut carbon emissions."

"But the American father-of-two said he hated to see `young people so unhappy, so anxious` about the issue. Although he admitted his daughter, a social worker in California, said she had friends who were taking medication because of climate change, Mr Dudley defended the work of energy giants such as BP. He complained green campaigners had `simplified` complex problems and said renewable energy will `not even come close` to replacing fossil fuelds within the next two decades."

`Greta Thunberg stopped talking and eating as she battled depression.`