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Saturday, 30 July 2022

IS SHE TRUSSTWORTHY?

 


Felicity Buchan believes Liz Truss has the character to lead this country. 

She highlights honesty as a Truss attribute. 

The Dame is not judgmental but in examining Truss's past honesty doesn't spring to mind.

The common criticism of the woman is that like Boris Johnson detail is not her forte. If she really thought posturing on a tank 'channeled' Thatcher one can only think she has judgment issues.

With Truss in charge expect more blundering a la Boris.

We enter dangerous territory. Brains, not bluster should drive decision-making: that is why Sunak is the clear and mature choice.


Friday, 22 July 2022

THE JULY FLOODS.....WHAT? NO TOWN HALL MEETING

Hundreds of residents had lives ruined on July 12 last year.

Thames Water and RBK&C have both produced reports. Victims are entitled to a full presentation of the 'facts' surrounding this disaster.

Weale

The new chair of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee is Cllr Weale. She needs to ensure a meeting is planned in early autumn so victims have the opportunity to 'deep dive' into the reports and ensure that there is no cover-up.

The Independent Review had two other members besides Mike Woolgar, the chairman. 

One expects they will be attending.....


VIOLENCE ON OUR STREETS BUT NOT A SOUND FROM BUCHAN & HANDS







A 'Do Nothing' Duo

Parts of their constituencies are so dangerous residents no longer wear anything of value for fear of an attack by the motorbike gangs armed with machetes and knives.

Have we heard any solution for either Greg Hands or Felicity Buchan? Not a murmur despite daily reports of attacks on their constituents.

It is not good enough blaming Khan't Do A Thing Right; it was their leader, Boris Johnson who started the rot by flogging off police stations and halting sector policing.

Only two actions will allow their constituents to feel safe on the streets:

  • Sector Policing
  • Savage Sentencing
So, come on Greg and Felicity why are you not standing up for your constituents by demanding seriously deterrent sentences?


Wednesday, 20 July 2022

A GREAT COMMENT ON THE LOSS OF SECTOR POLICING

Sometimes the Dame is so struck by the clarity and sense of a comment she highlights it.

Here is one such. It sets out simply what we have lost in personal security and gained in fear.

  1. "The only time that a serious impact on crime was to be observed was when London and the government took 'sector policing' seriously. This was when police officers were assigned a regular beat and commitments made to keep them in on their patch for a number of years.

  2. That way the police got to know their patch and its residents both good & bad & residents could get to know their own beat officers & genuinely cultivate personal relationships. 

  3. It worked. Crime fell & public confidence in venturing onto the streets blossomed. 

  4. But of course proper policing is expensive. Despite its success, the scheme was cut back & cut back & then abandoned.

  5. The person most to blame for this was one B Johnson-who allowed the coalition government to cut police budgets & begin the sell-off of police stations. 

  6. Today the current Tory Leadership in RBKC is trying to fool the nervous velectorate by campaigning to be allowed to buy the Notting Hill police station at a knockdown price and fill it with all kinds of goodies which will house the homeless; sprinkle glitter on the borough's voluntary services and solve the drug & related crime epidemic. 

  7. Policing is not about buildings - it requires long term funding and the gradual rebuilding of sector policing. 

  8. The world of 'Dixon of Dock Green' never existed but sector policing was the closest we ever got to it. Johnson's destruction of it whilst London Mayor was one of the greatest of his multiple crimes against the electorate."


STREET CRIME EMERGENCY MEETING

This is Kim Howell who has been chairman of the Safer Neighbourhood Board for the past eight years.

Tomorrow night at the Town Hall he is holding a meeting to get feedback from the general public on policing concerns.

This is something all of us affected by the exponential rise in street crime in the Borough should attend.

Details of meeting HERE

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

COMMUNITY WARDENS....WANDERING THE STREETS WITHOUT A CLUE

 

This is the Council's solution to street crime. 

You see them aimlessly wandering around window shopping without a clue as to what their role is. 

With the money wasted on these three, you could probably fund two 'real' police. 

That would go some way to fighting the street crime epidemic.

STREET ROBBERIES RISE BUT NOT A WORD FROM OUR LOCAL LEADERS

 

Another day and another violent robbery on the streets of Chelsea and Knightsbridge. 

This latest involved a man bravely chasing three bike-driving robbers and falling and breaking a leg.

Every day gangs target residents and visitors unworried about getting caught knowing they will get a derisory sentence. 

This is right on Felicity Buchan's patch. She knows the only effective deterrent to these attacks on her constituents is deterrent sentencing: in other words.....seven years served. Equally, we hear nothing from Cllr Campbell, the leader. 

Her silence is telling: she has not a clue about what to do.

We need two things...

  • no more police driving endlessly around in comfortable cars but walking our streets.
  • minimum term sentences of seven years for this type of assault: if a weapon is involved....ten years.
To tell people they should not jewelry or watches is just a cop-out.

Monday, 18 July 2022

A HOT MESSAGE FROM THE LEADER

The Council tackles global warming - a message from the Leader of the Council.


Many of you have asked what to do in the heatwave. 

Well, the answer is to apply lots of sunblock and drink lots of water. If you need to go out carry a brolly. 

If you are an old thing like the Dame...stay home!

I have set up a 'hotline' (excuse pun!) where you can get advice such as 'how do I get melted tarmac off my shoes'  Or ' will the council install airconditioning in my flat(No!)

Anyway, I know what I will be doing to escape the heat..... hubby and I will be 'hot-footing' it to the Isle of Wight for a cooling sail.

Elizabeth