Employment tribunal with a crystal ball

I was intrigued to read a recent story about an ex-Labour councillor in Birmingham. Apparently, he was given the boot because of suspicion of wrong doing in the election process. Having thrown a wobbly about this rejection, said councillor stormed off to an employment tribunal – yes that’s right, an employment tribunal, even though he was attempting to become ‘elected’ and not ’employed’ as a councillor.

Even more surprising, having won his case, he was awarded a six figure sum for loss of, well I’m not sure really. According to the judgement, he was awarded, ‘£80,000 for loss of earnings that he would have received in the form of allowances between 1998 and 2004 – the period during which, the tribunal decided, Mr Ahsan would have most likely been a councillor.’

As an elected member, this judgement strikes me as entering some very dangerous territory.

Firstly, it appears to have reclassified councillors’ allowances as salary, which, in the real world, is something that is earned by carrying out a recognised activity, with measurable outcomes, something normally called a job.

These employment tribunal members also appear to have the ability to read the minds of Birmingham’s voters, not just once, but twice. How else could they award this non-councillor cash for a period of greater than 4 years, the normal period between local elections, when he was never actually elected, having been deselected by his Labour Party Association?

Taken to it’s logical conclusion, I think I might well have a case for not being elected Prime Minister – I wonder who Mr Ahsan’s no win no fee lawyer was? Read the full story below.


Politicians – don’t look for easy answers

I hope MPs don’t return to Parliament on Thursday and talk themselves into thinking there are any easy answers as to why the recent nation wide criminal behaviour took place.

Convincing themselves that this was about cuts in public funding, or the increase in tuition fees, will be cowardly cop out. The non-citizens, otherwise known collectively as rioters, yobs, thugs, morons, etc, have no cause other than themselves. Naked greed, opportunistic theft and mindless violence are the only reasons these feral youths were on our streets and it is this terrifying attitude to the world they live in that needs to be examined in depth.

As well as dragging the kids through the system, the authorities need to grasp the parents firmly by the scruff of neck and walk them through the system at the same time. Any parent who has no idea where their early teen child is at 2 am in the morning, is just as guilty of a crime as the child that commits it.

Philip Johnston, in today’s Daily Telegraph says it all so much better than I can and should be required reading for our decision makers before they ponder these issues on Thursday. They should also take note of the need to give the police their b**ls back by allowing them to be a force and not a service.