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Sunday, 22 July 2012


After fourteen long and financially lucrative years, Pooter Cockell senses he can no longer rely upon handing out £50,000 a year allowances to keep his Cabinet cabal quiet. The whisperings and mutterings intensify as conspirators gather in dark corners, fueling Pooter's paranoia.....
Even the fatuous Cllr 'Mad Mat' Palmer has been heard to say his boss needs to step aside 'for the good of the Council.'
Pooter, in a vain attempt to quiet the storm has come up with a extraordinary reason for hanging on. He tells the troops the Prime Minister himself has commanded he stay put, "to see the TriBorough through"!
Of course, nobody believes Pooter, but like most dictators clinging to power, he sees conspiracy everywhere. 
Pooter's dilemma is that he needs the dough and has nowhere else to go....
His venon is mainly directed at the poor old Dame. 
To thwart her he has instructed the IT Department to prevent access to the Hornet through the RBK&C email server system.

It won't work: most councillors and staff use their home email systems. However, there is a principle at stake here: The Hornet, like it or not, is a conduit of important Borough information. By blocking the Dame Cockell is openly admitting he is losing his grip. 
Every councillor should stand up and tell Pooter, "It is not the way we do things here: censorship is anathema to us."


  1. This propaganda of Cameron ordering Mubarak to dig in and hang on is rubbish. The Prime Minister is fighting for his own political survival and has no time for the trivia of K&C.

    Cockell loves to think that he is on the radar of important people and takes every opportunity to appear to be more than he is. Consider the pathetic abuse of the Bentley to take him to and from Heathrow airport for his "freebies" to America ((three times to New York, and once each to Boston and San Francisco). What a "charge" to arrive for a VIP departure in the Bentley and to be met as a VIP in Terminal 3arrivals by "his" driver and whisked to the Bentley.

    In New York of course it is the stretch limo that gives out the VIP signal. Our failed businessman had one of those too (on the tax payer) to whisk him to and from his Manhattan hotel.

    This Walter Mitty world of the pathetic Leader of K&C needs to be ended. The idea that Cameron is propping him up is balls

  2. When Democracy breaks down it is always a sad sight to see the flotsam of deluded people clinging to power. They cling to ideas of their importance and make increasingly futile gestures of their "requirement" by society.

    There is little difference between Gaddafi Gold Statute of himself erected in Tripoli and Cockell's desperate attempts to hang on to his £150k per year public stipend - he has nowhere else to go. Just like Gaddafi

  3. The Tri Borough is a disaster of epic proportions that is building up in our midst. For the time being the architect, Cllr Cockell, makes all kinds of extravagant claims about what it will deliver. He will of course have passed on when successors have the unenviable task of picking up the pieces.

    This major programme of organisation re engineering has been set in motion by ignorant and stupid people who do not have the first clue about what they are doing. It is a personal PR exercise designed to create a platform for self promotion. Its what happens when democracy breaks down

  4. Look at those staring eyes in the picture.


  5. The tri-borough mess will NEVER be sorted. Does this mean we get Pooter forever?

  6. Pooter's years of unbridled power have turned him into Mubarak. By acting in their own interests, rather than those of residents, spineless Conservative councillors have created a monster.

    Pooter's Tri-Borough disaster will eventually cost us millions.

    Pooter bans The Dame's criticisms - so Pooter loses.

    Pooter will go.

  7. The Tri Borough is an utter mess it is pouring taxpayers money down the drain and officers spend their time twirling from place to place.

    This Council are literally dismantling everything residents loved about this Borough without our consent but with our money. It is costing far more than they thought financially and will cost more in terms of the impact on vulnerable peoples lives.

    It is a very worrying time in Kensington and Chelsea, as for Cockell being asked to stay it is probably true as Cameron wants to lay the blame for this mess squarely on his shoulders. Doesn't he live here too??

  8. There is a time when men and women in power cross the line and start to inhabit a world of fantasy. They develop a value system all of their own, unrecognizable to the ordinary man, and cease to able to distinguish wrong from right.

    The Dame first got wind of Cllr Cockell's departure into fantasy when she heard the chauffeurs muttering about his frequent use of the Mayor's car for private purposes. Surprised, she wrote to the Leader's Office and received a swift rebuttal. After checking with the drivers again the Dame made an FOI inquiry and received confirmation of the abuse. When Cockell was challenged directly, damage limitation swung into action and the Chief Executive, Derek Myers, wrote to say that he had authorised use of the Bentley "in order to save taxi fares".

    In the course of further FOI probes, the Dame discovered Cockell's frequent trips to America and his habit of entertaining friends at expensive New York restaurants on the tax payer. When challenged, the hapless Leader said that he "could not remember who he took to dinner". He was asked to repay the money (and this would have been the end of the Dame's campaign) but the ridiculous man told colleagues "that I have done nothing wrong and therefore will not refund the tax payer's money".

    Disgraced ex Cllr Phelps is another case in point. This blustering man who stated in his Member's Interests that "he only belonged to the Tory Party in K&C because it was in power" could see no wrong in using the council's email system to distribute pornographic images of young boys to his friends. When challenged he said that "I have done nothing wrong. It is art". When the matter was raised at a meeting of the Conservative Group of Councillors the dreadful man advised colleagues in a similar situation to "wipe their hard drives" on their computers.

    When elected representatives display these characteristics, characteristics that are well chronicled in history, it is time for their colleagues to move them on. It is what representative democracy is about

  9. Fly On The Wall23 July 2012 at 18:25

    Cllr Holt is telling friends that he is concerned about the Cockell leadership in K&C. Could the Councillor from Courtfield be about to come right? It has been a long time coming - but what a Benediction this would be!

  10. Lord Kensington23 July 2012 at 18:28

    This is over the top

  11. Cockell and Phelps are not the only Councillors in a fantasy world. Cllr Marshall still reports in his Member's Interests statement that he works for UBS Bank. UBS confirms that Mr Marshall "left our employment a year ago"

    Ms Parker needs to chase the fantasy artist. K&C has a long history of laxity in these matters. Disgraced ex Cllr Phelps and his three properties registered in a BVI Trust (and not declared) is a case in point. The Standards Committee excused thas "as an oversight". Some oversight.

  12. 18.16 should also remember that when the Dame heard that Cllr Cockell had denied using the Bentley she was more than a little surprised because there was hard evidence. So the Dame alerted the local newspaper and they ran the story. Cllr Cockell wrote to the paper (the letter was published) to say that "I never used the Bentley".

    The Dame was staggered by this breathtaking porky and wrote to the Standards Committee which was/is stuffed with Cockell's poodles. The Committee dismissed the porky as political rhetoric.

    When a system becomes this loaded it is no wonder that voters become cynical about politicians

  13. Lady Von Schnobb24 July 2012 at 17:50

    Wandsworth Council are presently getting a roasting overuse - pardon - 'over use' of Addison Lee Cab Services (source; Guido Fawkes Blog) I tawt I taw that RBKC spent far more than Wandsworth and that running the old gas-guzzling dirty-old-man car, could be cheaper?

  14. Kensinfton Hell Holer24 July 2012 at 18:02

    Kensington and Chelsea ex RBKC The spend with Addison Lee last year – 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012
    was £31,562.17 source

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