Tuesday, January 24, 2012

100 Days

Apparently today, Tuesday 24th, marks the point where it is 100 days to go before this year’s Big Event in the Big Smoke – the London Elections. The trouble is that not many, including our Chairman, know what the London Assembly is for or does nor what the role of the London Mayor is let alone the absurdities of the voting system. They might know who he is, (we’ve only had two so far and they have both been male), but not what he is for.

Hopefully we will rectify this by getting some statements from the candidates for the Havering and Redbridge constituency for this blog prior to the Hustings at our AGM on April 4th.

Meanwhile the local Conservatives were out in force in Barkingside last Saturday accompanied by the present incumbent presumably because the polls have turned in Ken’s favour after being 8 points behind last summer.

Locally the Labour Party have been very active for some months on #labourdoorstep but there is a twitter campaign for a hashtag #getoffmydoorstep [that’s the polite version].

I can’t find a website for Their candidate Mandy Richards now has a website and but Haroon Saad the Green Party candidate features on the new Redbridge Greens site. Still no news on the local Liberal Democrat candidate – perhaps hoping to come up on the rails at the last minute in a two-horse race?

Talking of racetracks, here’s a video created by Jim Jepps for the Big Smoke website on road safety: enjoy the soundtrack …


There was a comment recently, which I can’t find now, “that our roads are built for cars not people”. Wrong! Most of London’s road network was built before we had cars, and even the expansion of new estates like Barkingside and Clayhall in the 1930s was when very few people had cars. The problem is that our roads were NOT built for cars and we have had to make the best of it.

16 comments:

  1. Thanks for this and you're dead right, the roads weren't made for cars.

    You can see this really clearly in historic towns like Cambridge where the center is essentially on the same road grid as it was in medieval times.

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  2. Most of our local roads were built for horse and cart. Deliveries of coal, milk, beer and bread were still being made using horse-drawn vehicles post WW II. The rag and bone man came round with a horse and cart. Some funeral directors still use horses. Motorcycles with sidecars were the latest thing when most of the houses were built round here. If you had a car, you were upper middle class.

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  3. Local Conservatives out in force in Barkingside: I am so glad to have missed them. Perhaps they might explain to Mayor Boris how wrong he is: on LBC last Thursday he stated that all people aged 60 and over still get a Freedom Pass. How more out of touch can this man get?

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  4. I totally agree with your comments regarding the level of awareness of the Greater London Assembly. I say this as the Green Party Candidate and indeed part of our campaign centers on the fact that not only do we have an economic and environmental crisis but we also have a crisis in our politics.Politics is broken and we are the only party acknowledgeing this while the other three tory parties simply push on as if its business as usual.

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  5. I don't know you, but am unimpressed with your standard of competence in the English language.

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    1. Come, come, Morris. By today's standards it is actually quite good. Particularly considering the more recent products of Ilford County High like a certain "WC".

      And it is worthy of note that you have not challenged the substance of the above comment.

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  6. It's pretty good, compared with that of Redbridge Council

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  7. WC - another one of your Greens (or at least that is the latest of his several party memberships).

    As to challenging the content, so far as I am concerned I say a pox on all political parties - and on 3 May for me it's anybody but Evans.

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    1. Are you having trouble with Blogger's new threaded comment facility?

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    2. What makes you think that Morris would be interested in such a useful concept ...?

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    3. "or at least that is the latest of his several party memberships"

      But the Rainbow candidate he is most definitely not!

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  8. Weggis - if you mean in terms of posting replies then the answer is yes. Clicking on it does not appear to work. Perhaps it's my browser.

    Dopey - if your comment refers to the council's booby prize winning site, then I agree. Their standard is often poor to the point of being shabby.

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  9. @b21 here is a link to Mandy's web page.

    http://www.redbridgelabour.org.uk/gla

    I'm sure she would be pleased to hear from B21 readers.

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