Monday, June 16, 2008

David Davis, a Weekend sightseeing, Task and Finish Scrutiny, Scotland get good result against Pumas and Hibs kick off Inter-Toto Cup this weekend!

The decison by David Davis to resign his seat is nothing more than pathetic political posturing and it is good to see that both the press and the public have so clealry rumbled him!
It is a bit rich for a man who has voted for the reintroduction of the death penalty to claim to be the saviour of human rights in the UK and I hope that the Labour Party do not stand a candidate to ensure that the whole process is seen as nothing more than a farce!
Interesting to see Calamity "Cameron Lite" Clegg give Davis his fulsome support as the edges between Lib Dem and Tory get more and more blurred, not only in the Town Hall but in Westminster!
My sister was down for a quiet weeeknd and it was amazing just how much was going on, the Coin Street Festival, Borough Market , a Thai Festival in Trafalgar Square, the Queen's Birthday with flypass and we even saw the London Naked Bike Ride go right past us! We saw the Telecroscope by City Hall designed and built by a London Met Lecturer!

Everything we saw that day was free and it really does astonish me when people say that they have nothing to do in a place like London and my weeeknd really proved the point!
On Sunday we went to the British Museum, always a favourite place of mine, where there was an exhibition on American art including works by Jackson Pollock which gives me the opportunity to remember the famous Fosters Lager advert with Paul Hogan in the Art Gallery when someone says to him "this one's Pollock's!" to which he of course replies "Steady on mate! it is'nt that bad!"
It is a busy week in the Town Hall for me with meetings every night and last night at OSC we had a really positive meeting agreeing scrutiny subjects for the "Task and Finish" Scrutiny Committees. I have taken Burgess Park as my major project with Peckham Rye Park and Employment and Enterprise as my two smaller subjects.
I am looking forward to this new way of working and feel that it will be very positive and successful!
Scotland had a really great result against Argentina in Beunos Aires at the weekend winning 14-26 and a personal triumph for Chris Patterson winning a record 88th Cap and kicking 16 points.
It was a great win after a series of poor results which may result in Scotland dropping from a Second to Third Group seed for the next World Cup and make it all the harder for us to qualify out of the intiial Group Stages!
Good news from UEFA is that the Scotland will get an extra UEFA Cup place next season thanks to the good performances from Scotland in the Euro Qualifiers and of course Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen in the Champions League and UEFA Cup competitions last season.
Hibs will be taking part in the Inter-Toto Cup again next season (picture is of Hibs against Odense 2 years ago) Hibernian are the only team taking part in the Intertoto Cup. They must make it through two rounds over the summer if they are to form a trio of Scottish clubs in the 2008/09 Uefa Cup.Mixu Paatelainen's men take on either the Swedes Elfsborg or HB Torshavn from the Faroe Islands. If they were to progress, they would play a team from Latvia, Iceland, the Republic of Ireland or Wales. The first round kicks off this weekend so good luck to Hibs!