Friday, 10 November 2017
THE DAME GETS A RAP OVER HER BEJEWELLED KNUCKLES
I and others are curious as to why you have not written up the Advance Launch; most odd when you claim to have been present.
Anyway, seeing as you were probably not present I hope you will publish this-my own reaction, to what went on.
What struck me initially was the reaction of the audience to the man who asked a perfectly innocent question about the quality of the research carried out by Advance.
The gentleman was heckled and bullied in a most distasteful way. Miss Mullin even suggested that there was no need for questions and that we could all 'chat amongst ourselves'!
But, proceeding that was a parade of speakers who expressed, in the most disjointed and amateurish way, their naive thoughts on how they were going to change the lives of residents.
Having heard them I felt a frisson of fear for they seemed really quite unintelligent and inexperienced.
Officers will run rings around them.
Clearly, the launch of Advance has cost someone or some organisation at least £40,000. A smart PR company is on board and nothing has been spared in the design of material.
I was also interested to read in the Evening Standard that Miss Mullin says K&C residents will be willing to pay more council tax to fund housing. Well, I for one won't. We pay enough tax in this country as it is.
Two other things; in the Evening Standard Mrs Mullin has given the journalist the impression she lives in the Royal Borough: she doesn't; she lives in Lambeth so she won't be worried about paying more K&C council tax!
She also says her mission is to break the one-party system of governance in K&C.
Well, why doesn't she first deal with the really corrupt one-party system in her own home borough of Lambeth?
I suppose Lambeth is a bit too hardcore for her.
Anyway, the Advance manifesto seems purely about chucking more of resident's money about and I for one would never trust them to manage this Council.
With Advance it would be like jumping out of the frying pan into the fire.
I like the work you do, Dame, but it would help if you had made the effort to ask the questions that I have raised.