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Friday, 27 December 2019


A young Chelsea couple had their Christmas ruined when 'controversial' estate agency, Foxtons, encouraged them to sign a rental agreement to a property their client landlord did not even own!
Julian P, a CTO for a tech company sent the Dame a tragic story of how he was deliberately misled by Foxtons into signing a rental agreement cancelled by Foxtons just two days before Christmas. The couple had paid just over £10,000, which they had saved up over many months to put down as a deposit and advance rent whilst they recouped the costs of new furniture and moving fees. 

Foxtons told the couple that they would return the money on the same day of notice, but had left the office by the time their bank had told them that the money was being held for Anti-Money Laundering reasons. 

The couple has had no updates from Foxtons since receiving notice of the lease cancellation and no insight whatsoever as to when they might get their money back, meaning that they have been left with no money to put down a deposit elsewhere. Julian has reached out to the CEO of Foxtons, Nic Budden and various other Foxtons executives with no response beyond the acknowledgment of their formal complaint.

The property's "landlord", Frank Pons, a payment protection expert, convinced Foxtons that he owned the property but later pulled out of the sale, no doubt before recovering his initial deposit.

The couple had notified their current landlord that they were due to move on 10th January, leaving them with less than a week to find a new home when the holiday season is over, effectively rendering them homeless if they can't find a suitable alternative.

Why do people ever use Foxtons when there are so many better choices? 

Sunday, 15 December 2019


An act of vengeance planned by a Corbyn led government was to put RBK&C into Special Measures.
It would have been a sensationally stupid move but then a humiliated Corbyn has already shown his stupidity by a dimwitted campaign.

Saturday, 14 December 2019


Boris Johnson gained power because the North  and Midlands decided to give him a crack of the whip.
Fellow guests P. Beatrice and Mr. M Jagger!
It's not a good look when he is seen going to a party hosted by the weird and mysterious son of an ex KGB man, Lebedev.
Johnson needs to be very careful about the company he keeps.
He got power not because people trusted him but because they trusted Corbyn much less....


Matt Uberoi, the ex jailbird who Labour thought a good idea to pitch against Greg Hands is a candidate for the Momentum deradicalisation programme.
Cult Victim
The Momentum cult leaders convinced Matt that he and his father's insider dealing would resonate with voters and could inspire a 'sympathy vote'....bad idea!
Matt describes himself as a 'Community Worker'....what can that possibly be?
It's sad that Matt was so badly bought up that his highly paid dentist father encouraged his son in his criminality.


My Dear Dame,
I understand you have generously endowed a foundation with the laudable aim of improving the lives of ordinary folk.
Piers-Cult Victim
My son, Piers, has always been a charming, well-behaved boy but since leaving Holland Park Academy got in with the wrong crowd and has been indoctrinated by a weird political cult called Momentum.

Had you ever thought of funding a Deradicalisation Programme to help these poor creatures escape the clutches of this vile cult?

I took Piers to meet Doctor Charles Tannock, our ex MEP now practicing as a shrink in the NHS. He says he's happy to run any deradicalisation programme on a very non pro bono basis.

Please help. I am at my wit's end.

Name and address withheld


The police whine about being overworked but when there is a minor contretemps involving a minor celebrity called Caroline Flack this what happens:
2 Police vans plus 2 or 3 police cars speed to the scene and then a horde follow on....8 police people in all!
It's quite obvious this overkill was down to the fact the police had nothing else to do and liked a chance to hobnob with a celeb. 
This is just one example of mismanagement of resources.
Time the useless Met Commissioner got a grip
The Standard reports
"A member of the public from a business near Flack’s north London property, who declined to give his name or further details, said CCTV had shown a number of police vehicles and “blue flashing lights” in the early hours of Thursday.
He said the footage shows two police vans and “two or three police cars” drive up the road.
The first car arrived and then five or six minutes later “the horde” turned up, he added."

Friday, 13 December 2019


Dear Dame,

Early this morning,   Labour's Emma Dent Coad lost Kensington to Felicity Buchan. This was not unexpected.

The leadership of the Labour Party has lost its way. 
They surround themselves with Momentum supporters from outside and ignore local people causing further divisions in North Kensington. 

Well, the price to pay for ignoring residents is losing their votes. 
Residents living near Grenfell will now have to put up with a Labour group that not only refuses to serve on scrutiny committees but openly snubs and dismisses residents.  

Some were surprised to see that Grenfell local bloggers This Is North Kensington who had criticised Labour's refusal to sit on committees were left outside the Town Hall in the cold and rain.
There was a visible far left Momentum presence and not many local residents supporting Labour in the Town Hall at the count.

Inside the Town Hall, some of the Momentum supporters showed themselves to be sore losers by aggressively shouting at other parties when they learned they had lost.  

Refusing to listen to constructive criticism from your own supporters gets you nowhere, especially in politics. 

Emma Dent Coad has her councillor job to go back to: the people living around Grenfell that EDC says she represents doesn't have much to look forward to.  

Now Labour has so much extra time on their hands, perhaps some of them would care to explain why the far left candidate for the "Workers Revolutionary Party" in the picture, is wearing a red rosette? 

If this is the way that Labour is going, they cannot blame the Lib Dems or anyone else for taking their votes and support.  

Respectfully yours, my esteemed Dame,


Both local blogs asked each Kensington candidate to reply to a set of questions,

Only one candidate exhaustively answered the questions set and that was the newly elected MP for the constituency.
The others could not be bothered....

So, thank you Felicity Buchan and good luck.

Sunday, 8 December 2019


Not everybody can get to hustings so sensibly This is North Kensington invites readers to submit questions to the candidates. 
So far Vivien, Felicity, Emma and Sam have agreed.

You can read about this excellent initiative HERE

A constituency beset with knife crime means that the candidates need to come up with some real-world solutions and stop blaming poverty: it's an insult to the dignity of struggling poor people by doing so.
This is all about  building and protecting drug empires...nothing to do with putting food on the table.

The Dame invites the Chelsea & Fulham candidates to put themselves forward and readers to submit questions.

Friday, 6 December 2019


Yesterday a harmless young Omani student died at the hands of street robbers outside Harrods.
Killed for a bauble

Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Fulham have now become dangerous places yet not one parliamentary candidate seems to have solutions or even addressed the issue.

The Dame knows the solution.

Caught with a knife or similar: 12 long years

Using a knife or similar: 20 long years 

No point talking about rehabilitation....just get them off our streets. 

Monday, 2 December 2019


20:00 – 21:30
All Saints, Fulham, Pryors Bank, Bishops Park

Those who accuse the Dame of being anti Lib Dem need to zip it up. 
She is against the candidates who don't represent Lib Dem values. 

Nicola Horlick has been repeatedly asked and refuses to answer the following questions. 

  • What success has she had in the various businesses she has owned from Bramdean to restaurants?
  • What is her relationship to Vincent Tchenguiz 
  • Did she know he was a big investor in Cambridge Analytica who work for extreme right wing interests
  • Why did she invest in Madoff's funds having never met the crook
  • How can she claim Maddoff was 'good at calling the markets'
  • She blamed the collapse of her  Chiswick restaurant on 'mothers who don't go out': is that not a spurious explanation for a bad investment and insulting to stay at home mothers
  • Money & Co is struggling to find success. Why is she not focused on saving it and investor's capital rather than playing around in politics.
  • To lose one director of Denmark Square is unfortunate: to lose four in one fell swoop smacks of disaster.
  • Once a Labour candidate; now a Lib Dem....Conservative next?


Here's the irritating Chelsea and Fulham constituent, Hugh Grant, canvassing for Lib Dem candidate in Finchley and Golders Green.

So why is he canvassing for glamorous Luciana Berger and not Nicola Horlick? 
Maybe his PR told him it would not be a 'good look!
These mummers are very conscious of 'looks'.....

Saturday, 30 November 2019


The Dame is getting a stream of messages accusing Sam Gyimah of moving to the head of the recent Grenfell Memorial Walk.

Gyimah was told by a Ghanaian lady in Akan-the most widely spoken dialect-that he was disrespecting the bereaved by positioning himself at the head. 
He got the message and moved away. 
But the thing is this....
Gyimah is an educated and sophisticated politician and before doing a Vicar of Bray was a Tory minister.
What did he think he was doing?
He should have known better....

Friday, 29 November 2019


It seems that nothing is sacred these days...

During the last Grenfell Memorial Walk a senior politician somehow managed to inveigle his way into the front of the walk and position himself amongst the bereaved.
There is only one reason for this sort of vulgar behaviour and that's to try to get into the limelight for electioneering purposes.
This particular fool only dropped out when told to do so by a lady who thought his behaviour undignfied and insulting.

If any reader can identify this chap please drop an email to the Dame. The content and sender will remain anonymous.
Emails only please....
Really, the Lib Dems are just too much....

They say they are all for saving the environment but no party destroys more trees than the Lib Dems.
The Dame's butler tells he has a special skip to deal with the tons of election leaflets that pour through the bronze double doors of her Kensington mansion.
Dear xxxxxx

We are full speed ahead! The only independent poll of Kensington voters in the election so far has us within three points of the hard-Brexit Conservative candidate. From tonight, we aim to close that gap.

Here's how you can help: 

Show your support at Hustings - Sam will be in action tonight at 7.30pm at the Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, 244 Acklam Road, W10 (please RSVP here) and tomorrow night at 7pm at St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington Church Street, W8 4LA.

Join us at the Hub - We are sorting and delivering a huge number of personalised letters today at 28 Clarendon Road, W11 3AD. 

Please come any time tomorrow to pick up and deliver the rest of the letters. 
We need your help to tell voters aware that Labour is losing in Kensington and that a vote for Sam is the best way to back Remain.

Hit the streets to canvass tomorrow and over the Super Weekend - Tomorrow, we will canvass all day - come to the Hub at 28 Clarendon Road, W11 3AD any time from 9am and we'll send you out from here. Please sign up for the Super Weekend canvassing sessions below.   

Person to person connection works! In elections, nothing is more effective than going out, meeting people and hearing their views and concerns. Door by door, staircase by staircase, leaflet by leaflet, we can close the gap and win Kensington.  Here is a short video from Aria and other volunteers out and about recently on why they are backing Sam - if you're not sure whether you can make the time to join the effort, it's worth a watch!

Thursday, 28 November 2019


All parties seem to think that throwing money at the NHS is the cure-all: yes, money is needed but more than that is the need to strip out layer after layer of useless tiers of management and equally useless managers.

Talk to any clinician and watch their eyes roll as they describe chaotic management and gross waste.
The rumour is that in the bowels of Chelsea & Westminster there are several hundred thousand pound plus scanners still in packing cases!
But on to a more mundane example...

The Dame was chatting to the head of her excellent GP surgery and raised the question of the many patients on its books who have moved well out of the area. 
The poor old doc sighed and said, 'yes, we know but the government won't allow us to remove them'

Sheer madness!

Madder still is the number of people who don't keep appointments. One doctor alone said she had at least one hundred 'no shows' a month. 
Multiply that over the several doctors and you can see the magnitude of the problem.
A £50 fine for a missed appointment without good reason should concentrate the mind-especially serial 'no shows'.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019


A kind reader gave this LINK of Sam Gyimah being demolished by a listener on LBC.

It's excruciating listening and reminds us that the Lib Dems are so clueless that they send their senior candidate for a mashing at the hands of a self-employed small businessman.

No wonder the only business Sam started failed.There is a two fold mystery...

  • How did he ever get a job with rapacious Goldman Sachs
  • How did he get a ministerial job with the Tories
Sam was far too grand to take up an invitation to chew the cud with the Dame.....

Monday, 25 November 2019


"You can't pay?
Well, sell up then!

This elderly lady is being persuaded to vote for a man who represents a party that would impose a TOXIC annual tax on her home. 

It would be a tax so punitive she will have to find many thousands of pounds a year from her fixed income to continue to live in her little Kensington abode.

Sunday, 24 November 2019


The viewing numbers speak for themselves....close to 2000 on a daily basis!

Saturday, 23 November 2019


Today's Times runs an investigation into the business of owning and trading freeholds: it is not a pretty story but one of greed and lack of principles.
Nicola Horlick, the Lib Dem candidate in Chelsea and Fulham is what's known as a 'personal friend'(such an odd term) of one of the protagonists, Vincent Tchenguiz, the very colourful businessman and investor in Cambridge Analytica.

Tchenguiz on left
Actually, Horlick is more than a friend...she is a business associate for Tchenguiz was a big shareholder in her company, Bramdean, which dropped $30 million investing in Madoff. 

Self styled 'superwoman' Horlick claimed Madoff was good at 'calling the markets'!
If the Lib Dems get power they will probably make Horlick Chancellor of the Exchequer....

Friday, 22 November 2019


There is a flyer circulating around Kensington causing much wailing and gnashing of teeth amongst Labour and Lib Dem bigwigs. It's really something they wanted to keep quiet.....
The flyer suggests that if Labour won they would slap a tax on homes worth £2 million-plus with the flyer suggesting an additional £6,000 a year
This is such nonsense.....the true figure is probably likely to be considerably in excess of fact more likely to be £18,000 a year. 
This may not be in their manifestos but it's very much on their 'wish for' list.
George Monbiot is advising the Labour Party to replace Council Tax with what he calls a Progressive Property Tax: in other words, a tax based upon the value of your house or flat.

So if you are a little old lady like the Dame..... with a home she has owned for decades and worth a shade over £2 million you will have to move out or do a deal that the unpaid tax be added to your death tax.

The interesting thing about Labour and Lib Dem policies is that they are devoid of any encouragement to wealth creators; you know those horrid people who pay vast amounts of tax and employ millions. 

Thursday, 21 November 2019



The Dame’s 'Bench' correspondent reports that the Council’s Housing Management Department under the wise and courageous guidance of Councillor Kim Taylor-Smith is working hard to restore the Daniel Moylan Memorial Bench to its rightful place on the Cremorne Estate.

The bench had been a gift from the TMO to ex Cllr Daniel Moylan's former housekeeper, who just happens to live on the estate. The bench was originally installed behind her flat, in a locked garden, where she could gleefully point it out to passers-by, most of whom proceeded to walk away slowly. 

The Council relocated the bench last year after the Residents Association pointed out that it was in a fenced-off part of the estate’s gardens where no one could actually reach it, let alone sit on it.

In a rare bout of common sense the bench was moved to the communal garden of the Cremorne Sheltered Housing Scheme where many of the elderly residents have, rather shockingly, taken to using it as a bench. It is now often being sat on. 

But following a strenuous campaign of vigorous lobbying by two of the estate’s residents the Council have decided to move the bench back to its original location.

A Council spokesman explained: “We are indeed working hard to restore the bench to its rightful place. It is to be admired from afar and gazed upon lovingly. 
It is not meant to be sat on. It will take us the best part of three months to move it but we'll get there in the end.”

When it was pointed out that this was the kind of nonsense the TMO spent far too much of its time on the spokesman replied: “Yes, it is the kind of thing the TMO would do. But the Council is not like the TMO. There are seven letters in Council and only three in TMO”.

Sunday, 17 November 2019


Labour’s general election candidate for Kensington and Chelsea has said she will report her Tory renegade Liberal Democrat rival to the police, alleging he made a false statement implying she had a role, as a local councillor, in discussing the flammable cladding used on Grenfell Tower.

Emma Dent Coad said Sam Gyimah’s claims were “shameful” and accused him of whipping up false rumours that could lead to her being the target of violence.

She has given him several days to withdraw his comments and a complaint to the Metropolitan police under the Representation of the People Act would be issued later on Sunday.


This really is utter nonsense and Barry Q and Leverne P need to reverse this ruling. 
Cllrs Blakeman and Atkinson are right to ask for the written advice given to the Mayor and question the purpose of this gagging.

Dear Councillors

I understand that you are receiving queries about the reasons for the cancellation of public speaking at the next Council meeting.

As you know we are currently in the pre-election period which is described as a period of heightened sensitivity and during which we have to be particularly careful that Council resources are not used or seen to be used for party political purposes.

The Council meeting on 4 December falls within this period and Barry’s and my advice to the Mayor was that the public speaking element of the Full Council meeting on 4 December should be cancelled on this occasion. We took the following matters into consideration;

  • The members of the public wishing to speak at a Council meeting have the right to raise whatever issues they like. We do not and should not try to control what they want to say;
  • It is quite possible that those who speak will raise issues which are politically sensitive in the run up to the election;
  • Officers and Council resources (including the cost of DemSoc) cannot be used to facilitate such discussions in this period of heightened sensitivity; and
  • Before coming to a decision we sought the advice of DemSoc who support the cancellation

Notification of the cancellation was posted on our website on Wednesday so that the public had plenty of notice.  The next opportunity for the public to speak at a meeting of the full Council will be on 22nd January 2020 and registration for this will open online on 8 January.   



Subject: Re: Council meeting on 4 December 2019 -Public Speaking
"There is no logic at all in banning the participation of residents in the December Council meeting for fear that they will transgress ‘ purdah’ whilst allowing the council meeting itself to go ahead. 
After all elected councillors are far more likely to seek political advantage of a council meeting during an election period than are ‘civilian residents'. 
I fear that the reality is that the council leadership fears exposure to public criticism and is simply frit .  
Was the advice given to the Mayor put in writing? 
If so may l see it please. 
Residents have every right to be furious at being gagged in this cowardly and illogical way". 

Cllr. Robert Atkinson 

Dear Mrs Parker

I received a copy of Our Borough through my letterbox this morning, despite us supposed to be in pre-election "purdah". 

Can you please explain why residents are not permitted to raise urgent important issues, such as the proposed closure of the Pembridge Palliative Care Unit, at the next Council meeting, but the Council is permitted to send out its new newsletter? 

This issue promotes work undertaken by the Council and contains a significant feature about former councillor Marianne Alapini, which could also be deemed to be 'Political', given her previous role.

Cllr Judith Blakeman

Saturday, 16 November 2019


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Cllr Ian Henderson is the sort of Highland warrior you want in a tight corner. 
He and Andrew Barshall fought long, hard and alone to drive Affinity Sutton out of their trenches.

Many thought it impossible to defeat what was in effect a property developer but Ian and Andrew led the residents in such a battle that Clarion admitted defeat and agreed to do what always should have been done and upgraded this much loved Chelsea landmark.



Friday, 15 November 2019


Nicola Horlick refuses to answer questions about her business life: we are entitled to ask why.
How you operate in business bears directly on your suitability to represent the hardworking and honest voters of Chelsea & Fulham.
No one should vote for any candidate who REFUSES to come clean about a chequered past....
If you vote in C&F you should be insisting she answer-especially her relationship with controversial 'businessman', Vincent Tchenguiz.
No doubt the Dame will receive some idiotic letter from her lawyers.

  • What success has she had in the various businesses she has owned from Bramdean to restaurants?
  • What is her relationship to Vincent Tchenguiz 
  • Why did she invest in Madoff's funds having never met the crook
  • How can she claim Maddoff was 'good at calling the markets'
  • She blamed the collapse of her  Chiswick restaurant on 'mothers who don't go out': is that not a spurious explanation for a bad investment? 
  • Money & Co is struggling to find success. Why is she not focused on saving it and investor's capital rather than playing around in politics.
  • To lose one director of Denmark Square is unfortunate: to lose four in one fell swoop smacks of disaster.

Thursday, 14 November 2019


Auld Beardie's political theorist mentor(tough work!) is another terrorist admirer.
This is what John McDonnell had to say about Republican terrorism and reported in the Irish Times.
“It’s about time we started honouring those people involved in the armed struggle. It was the bombs and bullets and sacrifice made by the likes of Bobby Sands that brought Britain to the negotiating table. 
The peace we have now is due to the action of the IRA.”

One wonders what the parents of these child victims feel about the 'bombs and the bullets'.


Let's face it....under McDonnell's smarmy exterior is a violent man struggling to get out.
The Dame's ancestor was imprisoned in Ballina, Mayo for Sinn Fein membership but in those far off days, Republicans did not target children.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019


The man with the beard is holding a wreath which is about to be laid 'near' the graves of four Palestinian leaders connected to Black September, the terrorist group who carried out the murderous attack on Israelis during the 1972 Olympics.
But before we start criticising 'Auld Beardie' we should remember he's even-handed and very happy to show 'comradeship' with the equally murderous Provo's.....
Anyway, 'Auld Beardie' says, 'he was there but not involved'.
How on earth can sane and civilised Labour councillors like Blakeman and Atkinson be led by this hideous man. 
He makes Johnson seem saintly....

Monday, 11 November 2019


A couple of local parliamentary candidates have come on whining to the Dame that they have not been asked to 'strut their stuff' on her little blog. 
The answer is ask the Dame. 
The Dame is far too busy to solicit stuff and in any case, if you don't know about her blog (which gets some 6000 unique views weekly) you have no business claiming to know your patch.
Anyway, Jeremy Maddocks who is batting for the Brexit Party in Chelsea & Fulham pitched his policies at the Dame and here they are. 


The Brexit Party “does what it says on the tin”.  
We want a clean break Brexit which leaves the EU institutions; Single Market, Customs Union and the ECJ within a few months of the election.  
Boris Johnson’s Treaty does not give us that but it does mean we will stay in a transition phase during which we are locked into all the EU institutions, pay £39bn and £1bn every extra month we stay in with no guarantee we will ever leave the transition and if we do, the political declaration and treaty commit us to alignment on regulations, taxes, foreign policy all adjudicated by the ECJ.  
None of that sounds like Brexit to me or any of us who support it.

I was a lifelong Conservative who worked for the Conservative Party for many years before I became disillusioned with the pathetic reaction of MP’s to the democratic decision of the electorate.  

I worked as a Conservative Party Agent for several politicians including Kenneth Baker whom I much admired for his loyalty to Margaret Thatcher, one of our greatest ever Prime Ministers.  

I joined the Bruges Group some 30 years ago – an organisation set up after Margaret Thatcher’s Bruges speech to campaign for the values she encapsulated in relation to the EU.  
And I worked in Eastern Europe and Africa to spread democracy for the Thatcher Foundation and build democratic organisations in Africa.  
And for the last 25 years, I have worked in the international technology business.  
In Britain, we are in that lucky minority of the world which has fostered and respected democracy over hundreds of years and it saddens me to see how politicians use every possible mechanism to squander this legacy. 
Of particular concern to me is the way that the Conservative Government has recently lost control of crime.  
Theresa May massively reduced stop and search powers and overwhelmed police with paperwork rather than reforming and enabling the police to stop crime.  
All Police Officers who have enhanced stop and search powers should be trained to do it courteously and respectfully and must have body worn cameras but only to be used extensively in high knife crime areas as part of a package of measures to take back control of our streets.  
And the people who suffer most from the rise in knife crime are young men in poor areas and particularly, ethnic minorities.  
But it has spread across our cities like a virus.  

I know this too well – my former neighbour and a close friend of the family was shot and murdered a few years ago and his funeral was held in St Ethelreda’s in my street in Fulham.  
My daughter was threatened and asked to pay money walking home from Lady Margaret school in Parsons Green.  
My son was mugged at knifepoint by three men at Bishops Park tennis courts and I cannot count the number of similar stories of friends and local people mugged, injured or worse.  This Government has failed and no amount of pre-election publicity or gimmicks can hide that failure.  
The very least they can do is apologise to the nation.

Small and medium sized businesses are being crippled by business rates and yet, the large corporates seem to have different rules apply to them.  
The same corporations who want the status quo to remain in the EU because contrary to what they might say, they don’t all like global competition and cheaper goods in our shops.  
I am not in favour of more taxes for businesses or hard working people.  
Every pound taken in tax is a pound of real money taken from an individual or a business that employs those people.  
And we all know how Government is incredibly good at wasting vast fortunes on crazy schemes and initiatives.  
The irony is that as tax rates reduce, the economy prospers and more tax is raised.  
The private sector and small businesses are the engines of growth in our country and it is our entrepreneurs and hard-working Britons who really pay for our hospitals and schools and police, not the Government.
I am Jeremy Maddocks and my campaign to be elected as Member of Parliament for Chelsea and Fulham is focussed on Brexit, Crime and the economy – and thereby a brighter future for our nation so that everyone can have a better life.  
I will do “what it says on the tin”.