lockdown is over / why covid has so badly affected tower hamlets, our leaders do not take it seriously
I have formally reported sixteen elected Tower Hamlets politicans to the Police and Tower Hamlets Council for breaking lockdown regulations. The report is also below and here as a PDF. The politicians include the most senior politicians in Tower Hamlets, the Mayor, one Deputy Mayor, four other Cabinet members, eight Councillors with additional responsibilities including the Speaker, and finally two backbench Councillors.
I was prompted to submit these reports by these social media comments.
The local MP, Apsana Begum two weeks before this event said on Twitter;
“I am inundated with emails from constituents angry with the Prime Minister & Dominic Cummings. Some lost their loved ones & missed funerals. Some missed their first birth with family. Others had arranged care for their elderly parents from other cities. They all obeyed the rules.” this was in relation to Dominic Cummings allegedly breaking lock down rules. (I believe he did). It received 299 likes and 85 retweets
A Tower Hamlets Councillor Kevin Brady also said on Twitter;
“Really quite fucked off about #cummings. I didn’t get to go to a dear family friends funeral which was devastating; I haven’t seen my mum & dad despite him having been in hospital for surgery; they haven’t seen their kids & grandkids in months. 1 rule for us-another for them!”
On the 12th June 2020, three days after the event Mayor John Biggs in an official email to residents said;
“Finally, coronavirus has not gone away and we are continuing our efforts to support local people. I’d like to remind you that as government guidance on coronavirus is regularly being updated, we all need to keep adhering to social distancing and strict hygiene practices to help keep ourselves and each other safe and well.”
These comments (I underlined key bits) all clearly indicate how important it was to maintain social distancing and follow the rules (allowed to meet up to six people – provided that those from different households stay two metres away from each other). The first response of the Council to my concerns were that they were unlikely to be covered by the Council code of conduct but I have submitted a forrmal complaint.
They were also reported to the Police last week, ref RGO-3568-20-0101-C but they have confirmed they won't act.
I have not attached the 80+ pictures I have but there are a lot of pictures/videos on social media like this one from Mayor Johns Biggs himself
These social media pictures were semi-conscious of the need to avoid pictures of the crowd, the private pictures I have are worse in terms of the numbers, lack of social distancing, lack of masks etc.
If you truly believe Black Lives Matter and that it is more then just a political stunt then you need to demonstrate in your personal behaviour that you wish to protect the vulnerable by maintaining social distancing at a time when 0.5% of the Tower Hamlets population was estimated to be showing symptoms of COVID (many more would not be showing symptoms).
But if elected politicians won't follow the rules and the Met Police won't enforce them then lockdown is over.
This 1st picture is from Mayor John Biggs own tweet, it clearly shows how close together people were but it was OK to publish this picture?
This public video shows how close people were, I have access to other private pictures which show this even more clearly.