Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Maya Angelou

Still Alive and Very Much Kicking

My Rita Clarke Memorial Award 2014 gimp

I have been in hibernation over the past couple of years or so, having a break from online life and gaining some amazing offline experience and knowledge from studying, working and volunteering with some fantastic people, in fields I would have never ever seen myself entering before December 2007.

I am absolutely alive and kicking, however, and want to let people who’ve wondered know that I am still very much committed to clearing my name and ensuring that all the nonsense about my 2006 election campaign is finally acknowledged as nonsense in a court of law.

It’s been a tough time but I have been so blessed to be surrounded by people who have helped me in every way possible. I am definitely stronger for the whole experience.

I don’t plan to return to fully updating this website for a while yet, but I did want to return it to life, as it is a true and public record of the positivity and happiness that actually existed in my past – political, personal and professional – as opposed to all the negative and untrue nonsense that is still on the internet and continues to generate quite ridiculous comment, articles and blogposts.

Thank you to everyone who’s stood by me over the last few traumatic years.

The Betrayal of Waltham Forest

Councillors Y and Z – and their “coalition” colleagues past and present – have some very serious explaining to do.

Read the Waltham Forest Guardian’s take on Waltham Forest Council’s Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF)/ Better Neighbourhoods Initiative (BNI) scandal HERE and the BBC’s report HERE.

Download and read the independent report (which only scratches the surface) HERE.

THURSDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2009 UPDATE – HERE and HERE.

FRIDAY 4TH DECEMBER 2009 UPDATE – HERE.

MONDAY 11TH JANUARY 2010 UPDATE – HERE.

FRIDAY 15TH JANUARY 2010 UPDATE – HERE.

THURSDAY 21ST JANUARY 2010 UPDATE – PRIVATE EYE (22 January – 4 Feb. 2010 (No.1254), Pg 13, Rotten Boroughs section – reproduced below)

‘Munificent Seven

Question: WHEN millions of pounds of public money go missing, what does any self-respecting council do? Answer: Hold an inquiry. Unless the council is Waltham Forest, where so much dosh has gone astray it has held seven.

The most recent, headed by Sir Peter Rogers, chief executive of the London Development Agency, has concluded that money is still going awol due to poor procedures, lack of accountability and fraud. It remains a mystery where millions of pounds – no one is sure how much – of government money handed out under the Better Neighbourhoods Initiative (BNI) to help children in deprived wards ended up.

When auditors investigated allegations that several millions has been diverted from its intended purpose and spent on the Olympics instead, they found files that had been doctored and were “incomplete”.

Another inquiry conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers found that of 105 contracts awarded under the BNI, only three were done by the book. For example, a one-day event for teachers, organised by “community cohesion adviser” Munir Zamir, cost £26,000. Guest speakers were paid £6,000; “marketing”, “refreshments”, and a “Q&A session” all cost £3,000 each. Which makes a grand total of £15,000. Where the other £11,000 went has not been explained.

So far Waltham Forest’s hunt-the-money game has itself cost at least £100,000.

Kerrrching!’

THURSDAY 28TH JANUARY 2010 UPDATE – HERE.


SUNDAY 31ST JANUARY 2010 UPDATE – HERE.

TUESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY 2010 UPDATE – HERE.

WEDNESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2010 UPDATE – HERE.