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Friday, 5 March 2021

A VERY PRICY PR MAN


 

The Dame knows just a bit about PR. 

In her younger, more dynamics days, she founded what is now a rather large international communications group.

So when she sent the Council's £150k a year PR man a missive she assumed he would be pleased to 'influence' a blog that daily is read by around 800-1500 RBKC residents.

Not a bit of it... Mr Price-Thompson has his own agenda.

His agenda is to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds of our money on publications put unread into council recycling bags: it's called vertical integration.

The Council is now spending well over £700,000 a year on 'communications'. 

That is a budget not dissimilar to that of a FTSE 100....quite incredible.

Nick? A word of advice...a local blog reaching your precise target audience is one you should cultivate not blank!


Thursday, 4 March 2021

AN AWFUL UNLAWFUL END TO PORTOBELLO MARKET?



Dear Dame


As protector of the downtrodden could you please publish this? 

Your 'blog is now the 'go to' source for news of 
dark doings in our Royal Borough......

.....it has long been noted that RBKC is a place beyond the reach of the law of the land. 
While the ghosts of Grenfell Tower are still not at peace RBKC has conceived yet another way to rid itself of more of the largely BAME lower classes in nearby Portobello Market.

With NO public consultation, RBKC is quietly clearing the way for planning permission to be granted to 
ten Portobello market pubs and restaurants, enabling them to place out tables and chairs on the roadway for evening trade. 
In the main, these are pubs and restaurants owned by huge international companies.

To this end, RBKC has told its market traders they must leave their pitches immediately the international corporate interests demand their spaces. 
This spells the end of Portobello Market and another part of our rich history.

Apart from the simple cruelty of the plan, in true medieval style, RBKC ignores the fact that this is unlawful. 

It’s not a merely a breach of local regulations, but of primary, parliamentary legislation. 
The London Local Authorities Act 1952 as amended, protects the rights of some of the poorest people in society to earn a living.

Cllr Lady Catherine Faulks remains oblivious. 
She recently told the traders they must adjust to the new reality. 
Or perhaps officers in the multiple departments responsible for this outrage omitted to inform councillors of RBKC’s legal position.

As ever, RBKC expects North Kensington's underclass to disappear in silence. 
History shows that RBKC is mistaken. 
Meanwhile, Cllr Faulks will doubtless welcome residents’ views on her position regarding this matter.

In conclusion, never forget that some of Britain's greatest retailers emerged from  a simple market stall...
Marks & Spencers, Tesco, Superdry, Monsoon are just a smattering of retailers who started life in markets like Portobello.


Yours truly
North Ken

THREE POINTLESS CEO'S


The Dame is a great admirer of Mr. Sunak. One day, very soon, she hopes will be our Prime Minister. 

When he does he needs to slash and burn public sector waste. 

In microcosm, this image shows a problem replicated throughout the UK. 

A reader sent this picture of three Civil Enforcement Officers idling away in a quiet backstreet. 

It is outrageous that when money is not available to pay really essential workers there is money to waste on these wastrels. 

One hopes Mr Vennard will get a grip on this sort of mismanagement of expensive resources.


Saturday, 27 February 2021

SECCOMBE ' ING TO GREED! THE IZZI & PHIL SHOW





Forgive the Dame for going off topic.....

Being ghastly, she rarely gets invited for weekends.

Recently, a misguided couple from Warwickshire regretted inviting her for a long weekend at their charming 'barn conversion'.

Over a 'county dinner party' she heard a story that made Sir Pooter Cockell seem quite frugal.

It seems her host's friends Mr. and Mrs. Seccombe are the talk of 'Tout Warwickshire'. 

Why? Well, it seems the lucky duo are paid a bit above £130,000 a year courtesy of taxpayers....and there's a pension in there too....

Izzi 'leads' Warwickshire County Council and grabs £40,000 a year; her hubby, Phil pulls in nearly £90,000 as a fairly hopeless Police and Crime Commissioner for the county.

When the country is on its uppers, it's good to see a Conservative duo conserving wealth for themselves. 

Come back, Pooter, all is forgiven!

Friday, 26 February 2021

CLLRS CAMPBELL AND WEALE: THE OLD GUARD WHO LED AT THE TIME OF GRENFELL...STEP ASIDE PLEASE

The new generation of Conservative councillors are proving to be rather good: so good the Dame often feels her days are over. 

But there are headwinds that cannot be ignored....


The Leader, Cllr Campbell, commissioned an ‘independent’ report from American-owned Kroll at huge cost.

The Dame suggests readers read the report looking into four specific property transactions and the Leader’s opinion that it acknowledged no wrongdoing. 

KROLL REPORT


However, Campbell said things were not as they should have been pre 2017. 

That admission leads the Dame to an awkward question and a suggestion.

 

Two members of what in those pre 2017 days was grandiosely described as the Cabinet still run the Council.

 

They are the leader, Cllr Campbell and Cllr Weale.

 

The Council is not a publicly quoted company. 

Were it the directors would be forced to step aside until exonerated from any involvement in decisions leading to a catastrophe on the scale of Grenfell.

 

The Dame cannot believe the Leader and Cllr Weale have not given serious thought to their positions.

 

There is a groundswell of opinion that Campbell and Weale represent the ‘Old Order’.


Though sacrificing their substantial allowances might be painful they should step down pro tem and let the deputy leader, Kim Taylor-Smith, and another councillor untainted by the past take over. 

People moot Cllrs Will or Cyron as having the qualities to deputise for Taylor-Smith during the interregnum but that is not a decision for the Dame.


THE RESIDENTS OF NORTH KENSINGTON DESERVE THE VERY BEST REPRESENTATION

Too often North Ken residents feel treated as second-class citizens.

A situation unimproved when their interests are represented by third raters like Cllrs Kasim Ali and Elnaghi. 

The Dame only ever hears about Elnaghi attending meetings without a clue as to what he is talking about. 

As for Ali...the less said the better: not that there is much to say.

Labour has good hardworking councillors who represent voters responsibly: Henderson is an example. 

On the Lib Dem side, Linda Wade gets stuck in.

So why should residents tolerate duds like Elnaghi and Ali who take their allowances without putting in the legwork? 

When challenged they pathetically go around saying they are victims of race and hate! 

The real victims are those foolish enough to have elected these two clowns.



Sunday, 21 February 2021

BARONESS BINGHAM PLEASE!

Without Kate Bingham, we would be in the same vaccine mess as the EU.

Nadhim Zahawi appointed by Boris as Vaccine Tsar cleverly insinuated he somehow managed the vaccine rollout. 

No great surprise: he's a friend and protege of that virtuous, self-publicist, Milord Archer. 

When he claimed,  "I stand on the shoulders of giants" it was a slick way of trying to pretend most of the credit was due to him when it was down to Bingham and the military.

What this odious man should have said is we all stand on the shoulders of that giant, Kate Bingham: that would have been the truth. 

It was Bingham's  procurement foresightedness that ensured the vaccine programme will be complete by July

The political class has screwed up pandemic management at every stage. 

We have all been saved by a clever private equity specialist with a First Class degree in biochemistry from Oxford.

   

Saturday, 20 February 2021

COMRADE CLLR ALI CALLS FOR CLEMENCY AS LONG AS THE DAME BENDS HER ARTHRITIC KNEE

Hysterical weepy Horneteers have been gathering at the entrance of the Dame's palatial Art Deco style penthouse waiting for the Dame's Armstrong Siddeley to whisk her off to Belmarsh where she will serve her ten-year sentence for 'councillor hating'.

Some wondered how many of the Dame's voluminous frocks will be transported to Belmarsh so she doesn't 'let the side down'. 

To satisfy public demand the Hermes valises below will accompany the Dame on the journey.