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Tuesday, 30 September 2014


Accident prone Cratus is in more trouble following upon Bob Neill's failure to declare his directorship.

Cratus has had to pay SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGES for making defamatory  Twitters about green belt campaigners fighting to save Cherkley Court.

Pooter Cockell's co director,tubby Nick Kilby, has had to make abject apologies and pay out chunky damages.

What with this and the issues over Bob Neill, the Dame wonders how long it will be before Pooter and Cratus part company.....


It seems that the Council has form for using slimy ways to close schools like Parkwood Hall.

Thomas Jones School has an excellent reputation and, until thwarted by grassroots action, was facing the threat of closure and the site being sold off to some property developer.

A reader, presumably Scottish, writes....

My dear Dame 
It has to be remembered that closing schools using faulty data has a long history in this rotten borough. RBKC made concerted efforts to close
Thomas Jones School, St. Mark's Road, W11 on the grounds of falling numbers on the roll and government edict. The grubby attempt was seen off by vigorous grassroots action and it later became evident that the number of children in the catchment area was in fact rising. Thomas Jones is a particular asset to the area as it is on one level and thus highly suitable for children with special needs --- this argument cut little ice with the RBKC however -- they probably had a buyer for the site lined up... Thomas Jones School continues to be a gem, thank heavens....http://www.thomasjonesschool.org/about-us.html

PipPip!! Keep up the good work

I remain yours, a committed member of the awkward squad

Kerr M'Udgeon

Monday, 29 September 2014


It seems that the new chairman of Cratus has some firefighting to do. 
Pooter Cockell got the job through his old mate, sacked Junior Minister, Bob Neill so this is the time for Pooter to repay favours....

Some troublemakers are accusing Bob of not having declared his role at Cratus and FIERY WORDS are being exchanged.
It also appears that Cratus is not a member of the recognised industry standards body, APPC.
APPC has strict rules on declarations so that's alright then.

Will Pooter Cockell ride to the rescue of his old mate? 

Sunday, 28 September 2014


Protecting the weak used to be an old fashioned Tory quality.

So when this council pretended it wanted to improve Parkwood Hall School what they meant was they intended to kick out the happy and settled children and convert the building into over one hundred apartments. 

And another plan involved taking a wrecking ball to this fine building and building over one hundred houses!

If you don't believe the Dame just take a look at the plans Michael Clark and Rock Feilding -Mellen submitted to Sevenoaks District Council.
They are all HERE

Rock Feilding-Mellen needs his silly arse kicked very hard if he thought he could get away with this ruthless piece of Socially Conscious-less development.

Feilding-Mellen.....you are a disgusting piece of work. You should leave vulnerable children alone and go and play with your step father's assets. You even got beaten up by the Norfolk Bumpkins!


An insider has tipped off the Dame about what really lies behind the Council's ambition to stop Parkwood Hall School slipping from their avaricious grasp....and it makes perfect sense.

The Dame, being rather naive old lady, thought the referral of the Foundation Trust plan was driven by the Education Department's concern over the school's business plan.

The Dame was wide of the mark. 
She now hears it was Council's Property Services Dept which organised the referral!

So, if the Dame has been correctly briefed, it means that the Council can only organise a 'spoiler' by pushing through  a change to admissions criteria. 
Were they to do this it would lead to the school becoming unsustainable and face closure. 

For the Council that would be a very happy outcome.
It would mean it could flog off the land for tens of millions.

Six months ago the Family and Children's Services were told by property moguls, Rock F-M and his gofer, Michael Clark, to approach Sevenoaks Council to re-designate the land from green belt to housing; they were told to take a hike.
But then another option emerged. 
Maybe the school could be pushed into becoming an academy?
They would then lease back part of the land to the Academy and land bank the rest, pending a release of the land for building.

But whatever the council does it's clear the children of this fine school are of secondary consideration and money the prime motivation for any objections to a status change.



The Dame is puzzled.

She has just received this press release from Parkwood Hall School.
It quotes the chairman of the Board of Governors expressing delight the school's residential provision can continue after it becomes a Foundation school.

So why is the silly old Dame puzzled? 

Maybe because the school, with no PR team, can put out a statement whilst Mr Fitzpatrick's £450,000 a year 'hot shot' PR team seem unable....
Then she remembered....maybe they were "all hands to the pump", writing a press release 'celebrating' a 'UFO landing in a car park' or one announcing a new 'frog trail' in Holland Park.
It would be very foolish if the Council attempted to overturn the decision of the Adjudicator: after all it was it not the council who originally referred the school to his office?

Mr Bob Walkington, Chair of Governors, commented: 
“Parkwood Hall Special School helps children from London and the South East who have moderate and/or severe learning difficulties and autism to achieve their full potential and to learn to be as independent as possible through its excellent day and residential learning.  We are pleased that the Adjudicator has approved our plans to become a Foundation Trust and to work with our partners for the benefit of our current and future pupils’ education.”  

Could this have been driving the Council's determination to thwart the School's ambitions to detach itself from the council

Saturday, 27 September 2014


Watching Ed Balls, a one time FT Economics editor, facing off against George Osborne is always deeply embarrassing. 
He just seems so short on facts and blusters his way through

Apart from a brief spell on the FT, his property portfolio was built up through various taxpayer funded jobs.
Balls has never created wealth or jobs but has always leeched off the State. 
Odd, too,  for a socialist to have been so friendly with the crook, Conrad Black, that he would cadge lifts on his Gulfstream!
For all these reasons he would find it difficult to empathise with those who have struggled to buy their homes.


There is something of the schoolyard bully about the man.....vividly shown during a friendly charity match when he viciously elbowed a journalist.

So no surprise his bullying property tax proposal is lazily constructed and clearly designed 'on the hoof'.

He says the proceeds of his tax will go towards funding the NHS. 
Does he not understand the root problems of the NHS are of too much third rate management and squandered money?

A prime example being the case of Joan Hanham of this parish reported HERE

Anyway, back to his property tax.....

K&C, over the last couple of decades has become a haven for 'dark & dirty money' from third world countries: countries you wouldn't want your gap year daughter sending postcards from.
Neither Labour or Conservative governments have tried to vet or stem these inflows of stolen money so the net effect has been to distort the values of quite ordinary two bedroom flats in our Borough.
Those likely to be hit badly by this tax are the eighty five year old age group who RBKC predict will grow from 2,800 to 4,100 over the next 20 years. 
Similarly, the sixty five to eighty four year old group who will grow from 16,000 to 19,000. All are mainly retired on fixed incomes.
They won't wish to rollup the tax and will be forced to sell their only asset and move from a place they love.
And who will benefit from this fire sale of homes by the income poor?
None other than more crooked off shore investors. 
They must be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of this windfall.

What a balls up.

Friday, 26 September 2014


Say what one likes about Nick Paget-Brown he does what few other council leaders do and gets out and about, at least listening to what people have to say.
Certainly, his predecessor, Pooter Cockell made clear his disdain for the views of residents.
And imagine the self opinionated Moylan bothering.

The Dame always saw Paget-Brown as the best choice of leader principally because he does listen and is a decent human being.

But, the Dame hauls him up on the iniquitous and unfair property tax proposed by bully boy Balls.
Paget-Brown should continue to campaign against this tax: he started well and needs to continue.
It will ruin the lives of many residents at the bottom end of the threshold.

Council Leader Paget-Brown has been planning the fifth of his Ask Nick Q&A events for residents, local businesses and community groups.

Having held previous Ask Nick events in St. Charles Sixth Form College, Chelsea Theatre, St. Cuthbert’s Centre and a hotel off High Street Kensington, the event is back in the north of the borough at the Dalgarno Trust’s centre.

All councillors, particularly those for the nearby wards are welcome to attend.

You may also wish to pass on information about this event to your constituents or any local businesses and groups in the area. Attached you will find a flier with the details of the event that you can use.

Alternatively, feel free to provide us with contact details of any residents or groups that you think would be interested and we will be happy to get in touch with them with information about the event.

The details for the event are as follows:

Ask Nick Five

Tuesday 21 October - 6.30pm to 8pm (tea for early birds at 6pm)

Dalgarno Community Centre, Dalgarno Way, London W10 5LE

As space is limited, we ask that all those wishing to attend book a place by visiting:

For more information about the venue and for directions, please visit:www.dalgarnotrust.org.uk