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Friday, 7 December 2012

THE NEW MAYOR...LET CLLRS DECIDE, CLLR COCKELL

HAS BURNISHED THE IMAGE OF THE BOROUGH








The public face of the Royal Borough is the Mayor.
If performed well it is arduous. It requires dignity, patience, a sense of humour and an ability to make a diversity of people feel comfortable.
But performed badly the Mayor becomes an embarrassment and can disgrace the Royal Borough.
Ex-Councillor Barry Phelps, during his mayoralty, took pleasure in upsetting people. He left a trail of unhappiness behind him and Warwick Lightfoot had to try to pick up the pieces when he succeeded Phelps as mayor.   Phelps even complained about the Chelsea Pensioners singing when he went to their concert and told of his ‘views’ on Americans when he visited their embassy. As with his dreadful email images(sent, via the RBKC server, of very young boys in suggestive positions) he bought the Royal Borough into disrepute.

The Dame has been to a number of functions last year when Councillor Mills was mayor and this year where Cllr Buckmaster has represented the Royal Borough.  They have very different styles, Councillor Mills brought a great sense of fun to every function she attended:Councillor Buckmaster lacks her easy informality, but at each event....and some of them have been, perhaps, a little tedious, he has performed with a gracious charm, showing an interest in all those he came into contact with.
So Councillors Mills and Buckmaster will be very difficult acts to follow.
Thanks to a leader who has long outlived his usefulness, the Royal Borough is not enjoying the greatest of public perceptions. 

Whoever follows Christopher Buckmaster will have much to live up to and he/she will need to be a consolidating and conciliating force.

According to the rules the majority party candidate for mayor is selected by the votes of his or her fellow majority party councillors, and the majority party having a large majority their candidate is inevitably chosen by the full council.

In reality the process is very different.  Cockell selects the person who, as he puts it, 'he thinks he can work with'.  The majority party whips then telephone around to say, 'the leader has chosen Barry Phelps or whoever, you have no objection do you?'  
This is how democracy at work in the Royal Borough!  
There are rumours in the Town Hall of who wants to be the next mayor and that Cockell is likely to give this self-selection his approval.  
The Dame has been sworn to secrecy but she will say that this candidate would be a worthy successor to the disgraced ex-Councillor Phelps...and could even prove to be an even more disruptive mayor.....
The Dame hopes, that this time, when the phone call comes Conservative Councillors will say, 'no, we will not browbeaten: we will come to a consensus agreement as to the best man or woman for this vital public relations role.'

28 comments:

  1. It is quite clear that the Dame knows who Cockell is going to force down peoples' throats. She should put us out of our misery and tell us. It will doubtless be some awful cllr

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  2. Given the fact that the Labour party have a long list of disfunctional people that they have hoisted onto the residents of North Kensington pretending to be councillors, I think Sir Merrick makes better choices.

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    1. There is one Conservative Councillor who fits this description to the letter. He might even have written the14:14 comment!

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    2. CLLR PALMER'S SPELLING TEACHER7 December 2012 at 14:40

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    3. The Dame was forced to amend the comment from Cllr Palmer's Spelling Teacher on the grounds that it was potentially defamatory. Could people stop alluding to telephone calls to Australia please. Turning to the comment made by Palmer at 14:14.

      Matthew....we spell dysfunctional this way...not disfunctional. And we do NOT hoist people onto residents: we 'foist' them....
      I think you would be well advised not to throw stones at Labour...the Conservative Party has a fine record of dysfunctional cllrs...a councillor convicted of possession of child pornography in Andrew Lamont and another, Barry Phelps, kicked off the Council for possessing and sending out images of very young boys with sexually suggestive captions.

      You would be well advised to be circumspect in throwing stones...they tend to ricochet back at you!

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  3. The Dame is doing a great service by giving early warning to the Tory Councillors that they need to think long and hard about the identity of the new Mayor. A name that will be foisted on them by Pooter in the time honoured fashion of Hornton Street

    Insiders know well that Cockell has chosen Cllr Moylan as the next Mayor for reasons of political expediency. It is shoddy politics. And patronage at its most basic and smelly level. Shit, not to put too fine a word on it.

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  4. Good God don't let it be Palmer! The Borough will not only be a laughing stock, he will leave a trail of destruction behind him.

    Of course that might be what the spiteful leader really wants as part of his legacy whilst he sticks his snout in another public purse.

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  5. The councillors will be told by Merrick Cockell that, for his own nefarious reasons, he wants Daniel Moylan to be next mayor. This will be a public relations disaster for the council. Moylan is hugely unpopular and quite graceless. He would present entirely the wrong image for a council which is in dire need of image resuscitation. The reason he has been moved off jobs in the GLA is because he got up peoples' noses. It is bad enough that the councillors can't rid themselves of Cockell but they would insult residents by backing Cockell's choice for leader, Daniel Moylan

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  6. Fresh on the heals of the Nour Festival for Lesbians and Gays that the Council has put on at a cost of £45k to the Council Tax, the next Cultural Festival should celebrate the life and times of British diplomats in S Africa with a foreword by Cllr Moylan. There is a huge S African population in K&C

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  7. Nice pic of Stuffy Buffy

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    1. no, no......

      its stuffy, stuffy. Buffy, buffy

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  8. How about Victoria Borwick?

    Phone:07799647160

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    1. Victoria Borwick is a dynamo...she combines two deputy mayorships with style and elan. So why has she never been given a proper job by Pooter? Probably because he is fears her independent streak....what a way to run a council!

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    2. More to do with the fact she is not trusted by the Conservative group

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    3. Cllr Borwick is a first class Ward Councillor according to her residents. A hard working and caring Councillor who is tireless in her devotion and energy to Kensington & Chelsea. Just the kind of public servant that should be encouraged, treasured and rewarded. Unfortunately this is just the kind of public servant that Cllr Cockell fears. Too cowardly to do his own dirty business he employs Inspector Palmer to brief against Cllr Borwick. Which the miserable poodle does at every opportunity. Most of his fellow Councillors are sick of listening to him

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  9. Kensington Resident8 December 2012 at 13:29

    Cllr Borwick is a first class Deputy Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea. At ease with herself, nothing to prove, and not "on the make". It is sad for us that recognition for high office had to come outside of the Borough. As Deputy Mayor of the GLA, and if Boris falls under a bus (and the sooner the better), then Victoria is "it"

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  10. That other Tory in the wilderness, Cllr Freeman, is also a first class Ward Councillor. I expect that he is "not trusted" either by the Conservative Group.

    Cllr Palmer? Do you have a comment?

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  11. Not trusted by the Conservative Group? This is why. Most of the Conservative group are so terrified of the dreadful Pooter that they would never dare step put of line. They see in Victoria Borwick someone who stands up for her principles so she is always going to be distrusted by the unprincipled. Does that help you out?

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  12. James Cecil (Tory, what else?) was another quality Councillor who was "not trusted". He was so disgusted by Pooter and his style that he voted with his feet.

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    1. Of course Pooter would have loved to have become friends with the Cecils, but as that was never likely to happen Pooter came over all bitchy...twot

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  13. Victoria goes the extra mile. If I had a problem I know who I would go to for help......

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    1. never trust a red head

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  14. What a stupid comment 14.19.

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  15. Tired Tory Councillor8 December 2012 at 17:12

    On the contrary 14.19, I think at the Council we have two excellent red-haired Councillors, who think for themselves and are respected by members on all sides of the political spectrum.

    Of course silly school-boy Palmer can't resist making sly personal comments, what a sad and shallow little man he is, and so predictable, yawn.

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