Thursday, January 24, 2008
I attended the 2nd AGM of the SE5 Forum and my picture shows Mark Dodds present the Chairs report to a packed meeting.
The organisation has clearly progresd well in it's 18 month life and we heard o the next steps last night to really solidify the position of SE5 Forum in Camberwell. Congratulations again to all those involved and i look forward to working closely with it in the future on the key isssues affecting camberwell over the next few years.
To his credit Lib Dem Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick responded to my Blog and just to clarify I have nothing but respect for Brain's police career and in fact signed 2 on-line petitions in support of him when he was under attack by the Evening Standard and other right wing press!. But Brian has chosen to be the Lib Dem candidate for Mayor, dont know when he joined the Lib Dems, probably joined yesterday candidate today like so many of the Southwark Lib Dem Councillors? Anyway I respect him responding to me and I look forward to the campaign focussed on issues and not personalities, perhaps a forelorne hope?
There is interesting feedback form the early stages of the US Campaign suggesting that Hillary actually lost votes when she criticised Obama and there is a feeling that the dominance of neagtive campaigning over the past 20 years may be coming to an end thank god!
I did watch the "hatchet job" Dispatches programme on Channel 4 and have to say that amongst the periforal stuff there were a numnber of very serious and apparently well researched allegations made against Ken and his administration that he really needs to respond seriously to. I was especially concerned by the allegation that Lee Jasper commissioned a consultant for over £14,000 to develop and run a smear camapaign against Trevor Phillips. I hope that it is not true as it would be a serious breach of his role and if true heads will have to roll!!
I also agreed with issues raised over the process, in particular the weakness of Scrutiny at City Hall and I cant really argue for more at the Town Hall and not do the same at City Hall can !?
I really do loath highly paid special advisers, unelected and unaccountable and who seem to take Executive action and appear to treat elected members with contempt and the sooner that situation is controlled, whether in No 10, City Hall or Southwark Town Hall the better!
Bottom line for me however is that London needs a Labour Mayor and Ken Livingstone has been an excellent Mayor and deserves his third term.
News breaking today that George Burley will be the new Manager which I thing is a good choice and he has enough time to get into the role ahead of the first World cup Qualifiers so good luck to him!
Posted by John Joseph Friary at 11:23 am