Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Couple of Mentions in todays SLP, Council Assembly looms, Half Term outings and Hibs on the path to recovery?

I had a couple of mentions in the SLP today one on the plan to ask Housing Associations to pay for the Wardens to patrol which is all sounding a bit deperate and really shows how the Lib Dem/Tory Council have mismanaged a very expensive service costing £6M per year and are now rushing headlong to scrap it! What a waste of money and a wsted opportunity to really have an effective and popular warden service but it is now so discredited that I am not sure many tears will be shed if and when it is scraped which will be a real shame as there are some excellent and commited people working as wardens and there is a very positive contribution that they could still make but I think that the "black spot" is upon them!
The other was on Nick Stanton's stupid comment that the Camberwell Leisure Centre was top of his list for closure next year and it was a good chance to call him an "idiot" on record!

I have had a quieter week at the Town Hall just as well as I am moving office at the University (now complete!) and am taking 6 year old Shauna out to see Pinnochio on Thursday at the catford theatre and Tutankamun at the o2 on Friday!
I missed the Tut exhibition first time around and this will probably be the last time so i am looking forward to seeing it myself!

On the Hibs front a couple of back to back home wins against Gretna (4-2) and more impressively Aberdeen (3-1). Aberdeen are in great form and I saw them demolish us only 6 weeks ago so a real turnaround.
Mixu is now shaping the team with Nish and Rankin both playing well and Fletcher back to his best. Good to see Shiels playing so well as John Collins was always trying to send him on loan or sell him! Hibs now back in 5th place from 8th a week ago but really only a couple of wins of 3rd place and a European place and that must be their target!
Fletcher really is turning into something special and must be in line for a full Scotland cap very soon. Obviously Celtic and Rangers are already hovering overhead but with his new contract they will have to pay big money. Amazingly rumours abound that Real Madrid are interested in him!! I am pretty clear, and infact predicted so at the end of last season, that he will not be a Hibs player next season but will have moved onto bigger and better things!