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Friday, 30 October 2020

POLICE AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER ENCOURAGES SNEAKING!

PCSO Lee Overy is a man on a mission.....he wants us all to sneak on each other like schoolchildren.

From the comfort of his office, he fires off a warning to residents using Next Door-a community site started by a hit and run convicted Californian.

This is the PCSO's patronising diktat to Borough residents

"Halloween. Please enjoy Halloween safely this year, whilst the current restrictions can be disheartening they are there for a reason, to keep everyone safe.

You can report breaches via 101 or at met.police.uk"

To see the latest restrictions visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus

It's high time the Borough Commander gave words of advice to junior non-police officers reminding them their job is deterring crime of which we have an inordinate amount.




Thursday, 29 October 2020

STEEPLES TIMES PUTS TWO BOOTS INTO BUMBLING BORIS

The Steeples Times goes further than the Dame in identifying the massive miscarriages of common sense committed by beleaguered Boris Johnson.

STEEPLES TIMES

Time to slope off to the speech-giving circuit and let better men lead us.....

LAST CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON JENRICK'S WHITE PAPER

 


The Dame encourages readers to comment on the Government's Planning White Paper.

The Dame notices that the 'king of developers', Stuart Lipton was involved in the drafting so that's ok then!

At least, the appalling Jenrick didn't ask his pornographer friend, Richard Desmond to help....

This is North Kensington has all the info THINK


Monday, 26 October 2020

THE MASTER OF MIXED UP MESSAGES

 


Boris Johnson has become a liability and the sooner he steps aside for the good of the country the better.

The sooner Sunak the better.

This picture of Johnson graphically demonstrates his muddled thinking. 

We know obesity is putting a huge strain on the health service.

A month back, Johnson was warning the world and his wife about the dangers of obesity. 

Yesterday, he thought it clever to pose in this idiotic way sending a message that this sort of unhealthy eating was acceptable.

His dimwitted PR people must have told him it was a good idea and the buffoon believed them!

He's like a music hall turn.....

Friday, 23 October 2020

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?

Nothing angers the Dame more than the idiotic inference that she is partisan in her dealings with various political factions on the Council.

Even the illiterate would know that the Tory administration gets stick when it does wrong and praise when it does right. 

It has always ever been thus. 

Many of the new breed of young Tory councillors are worthy of praise and praise they shall have when they do good stuff for our residents.

The Grenfell Inquiry is of such importance that these idiotic masked demonstrators demean it and add nothing. 

Dear Dame,

Who are those masked  Morons standing outside the Grenfell Enquiry & periodically disrupting its hearings? (I thought the point was to strengthen the inquiry not disrupt it ?)

 

If any of them are Labour Councillors it would be better they devote their energies to more participation in the Council & its committees, where, unlike their street demonstrations, they might actually be listened to. 

After all, isn't what we pay them for?


This follows another cringemaking and piss poor performance from Labour at Wednesday’s Council meeting.

Other than to register that they were actually in attendance, most of them said little or nothing.  

The only real exceptions being Councillors Lari, Henderson & Bakhtiar who all spoke effectively.  

And of course, we got ‘Tumble Dryer’ Mason – doesn’t he have a short spin cycle? 

Dent Coad spoke once to promote her recycled report on inequalities & Atkinson gave us an ineffectual knockabout routine seeking to defend the indefensible Mayor Kahn. 

But I thought there were 13 Labour Councillors?

 

So where were the rest of them? 

And what are we taxpayers actually getting for our money from the Labour Opposition?

 

What Hope Can You Offer Dear Dame?

 

Yours respectfully,


Anonymous Coward



Wednesday, 21 October 2020

SUTTON ESTATE: HOW TO DO COMMUNITY LIVING ON A BUDGET

Someone closely involved with saving Sutton Estate said, 

"there's so much more to knocking down estates than just bricks and planning".

Had the community of Sutton Estate not come together the community would have evaporated in a cloud of brick dust.

One of Sutton's innovative groups is the Sunken Garden Club and rather than the Dame try to explain what happened please take a few moments to click on THE YELLOW BALLOON  and see the extraordinary things that can happen when residents work together for the common good.

In 1953 the film was X rated: today, it would be U....our changing times....







Monday, 19 October 2020

AN UNENGAGED ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

 Dear Dame, 

What is the point in  RBKC having resident engagement officers who can't or won't engage with residents properly?  

One such officer, Iago Griffith, has consistently failed to communicate properly with residents in social housing-leaving only a  small handful of them to have a say in the new tenancy agreements.

The proposed changes to the tenancy agreements  are included in this THINK blog post here: 


Most RBKC  tenants and leaseholders are unaware the Tenants Consultative Committee exists  and therefore most have not had a say - and the residents in the TCC Homes Group weren't even included. 
Mr Griffith has also blamed a "spreadsheet error" for failing to inform resident representatives of meetings. 
At a time when people are facing economic hardship, and we will likely face increases to rent and service charges as well as to council tax, why should we be paying the salaries of incompetent people like this only to continually fail to do their job?


Come on RBKC, it's time to "trim the fat" and get rid...


Sunday, 18 October 2020

THE DAME EAVESDROPS ON MR GOVE IN DAQUISE

The Dame often drops into Daquise for a Polish dumpling or two wth her chum, The Baroness Sherry Lubomirski.

The two old things got a real thrill when they spotted good looking Mr Gove dining with Mr Parris and his partner, Mr Glover.

Mr Gove might have partaken in a little too much wodka because as the evening progressed he dilated at some length and in loud tones about the qualities of his boss, the PM.

The Dame thought the hatchet had been buried but from what she heard it seems to have been just lightly covered with a sprinkling of earth.


THE DAME GETS EMOTIONAL FOR BILLIONAIRE'S WIFE WHO SHOULD HAVE KEPT MUM

Even the hard-boiled Dame shed a few tears as she listened to Julie Darwent rabbiting on in support of the Avon House application.
Why was the Dame so moved? 
Well, it seems that Julie is desperately looking for a care home for her mum and there are none in Central London. 
Does Julie know Bimbo Hart, the developer? We should be told. 
Is her husband's Private Equity firm, Lion, involved with Bimbo? 
Again, we need a denial.

Hubby, Robert Darwent, is a billionaire investor in a number of brands such as Weetabix, Jimmy Choo, Bird's Eye etc.
His partner, Lyndon Lea(echoes of Thackeray) is bit of a devil with the ladies. You can read his exploits HERE

Now, you would have thought that Julie would have kept mum at home in their 9 bedroomed, £36 million house in Cottesmore Gardens (below) rather than shunting her off to the country.




The Dame hopes to be better treated by her family



Saturday, 17 October 2020

BRIAN FOR MAYOR? A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD SMELL SWEETER THAN DIMWIT KHAN








The Dame chanced upon this link contained within a comment. 

BRIAN FOR MAYOR

At first, she thought it some form of joke; after all Brian's dress sense left much to be desired. 

But what he lacks in dress sense he makes up for in sheer common sense, well-thought-through policies (having read the comment The Dame has embarrassedly removed the offending bit)

Well, anything's better than that dimwitted duo 'Khan't do anything right' and Bailey.

Would the Dame's charming and intelligent readers watch Brian's election manifesto and comment, please?


Thursday, 15 October 2020

GOOD STUFF FROM ANNIE REDMILE







May the Dame commend to all dear Annie Redmile's delightful local blog www.kensingtonview.com

It's very unlike the vile and vitriolic old Dame's blog.

Her recollections of life with BOAC are beautifully and amusingly written.

Thank you, Annie, you cheer us up with your optimism and joie de vivre.

xx

Sunday, 11 October 2020

THE DAME HITS BACK

 

The Dame is much annoyed by certain comments on the congratulatory piece about local hero, Cllr Henderson....a Labour councillor and a very good one.

Some comments suggest her jottings are inspired by fervour for the Tory Party: nothing could be further from the truth. 

You only need to look back at the hounding of the likes of Cockell et al to realise the sheer nonsense of any suggestion of favouritism.

The fact is that some of newer Conservative councillors are actually rather good compared to their predecessors: for that, they should be praised.

The Dame has one criticism of the Chief Executive or, as we nostalgically remember them, 'Town Clerks'.

This current chappie, Doctor Quirk, is so blown up with his self-importance he sees no need to reply to emails from lowly residents who pay him his daily rate of £1000. 

Can anyone think of who else would pay this expert on 'public policy'(whatever that is) £1000 a day?

The Dame certainly can't. 

Come on, Doctor Q.... don't forget who puts food on your table!

 



Friday, 9 October 2020

BINGLE AND BUDDY


Here's a picture of  a couple of horrors....our useless mayor and a friend of Milord Moylan of the Post Office off Kings Rd, Mr  Peter Bingle. 

You can read all about Mr Bingle's lunching and dining companions HERE

No Town Clerk of any council should allow councillors or officers to have any contact with this horrid looking man. 

You might ask why Mr Bingle looks like a human balloon? 

The answer is that his entire life is spent wining and dining planners and councillors in an effort to get them onside with his equally greedy developer clients. 



Thursday, 8 October 2020

ACOUSTIC CAMERAS SEEM TO BE WORKING!






We all had our doubts about the efficacy of acoustic cameras in dealing with the supercar noise nuisance but, according to Cllr Johnny Thalassites, they are working. 


The results so far seem to prove his point. Over 130 warning letters have gone out to selfish drivers deliberately using their cars as vehicles of social nuisance rather than the intended purpose of going sedately from A to B.

Better still, the installation of these cameras demonstrates the positive outcome when residents and councillors work together.

Well done, Cllrs Thalassites and McVeigh....you have both made a difference. 





Acoustic cameras will never be the sole solution but they are a major part of the deterrent.



Monday, 5 October 2020

CREAM RISES TO THE TOP: CONGRATULATIONS IAN!


Cllr. Ian  Henderson is being inundated with congratulations from colleagues ( some sincere & others merely form ) upon the occasion of his election to the Executive of the Labour Housing Group .

 

The Labour Housing Group really ‘ know their onions’ and are universally respected across the political spectrum by everyone involved with Housing Matters.  

So this is a real feather in the cap for the independently minded, widely respected, and universally popular, Councillor Henderson.

 

Which makes it even more of a pity that the  Kensington Labour Group chose to strip Cllr. Henderson of all responsibilities and left him rotting on the backbenches as soon as  ‘Spin Dryer’ Mason took over the Leadership of the Labour Group and instead elevated the useless and pointlessly radical Cllr. Kasim Ali to Chair the  RBKC  Housing Scrutiny Committee. 

 

It was fair enough that Ali knew so little when first elected to the Council, but as time goes on, apart from backstabbing, taking credit for the work of others and pursuing an advanced degree in scheming, Ali has shown no desire to learn anything about his important brief.  But doubtless, he has been told that all he needs do is to continue with total loyalty to Emma Dent Coad to ensure further local and national promotion.  Unfortunately for him the more that Ali is exposed to public view the more people realise that Labour has elected and promoted a complete dud.    Time for  local Labour to recognise that in Ian Henderson they have a rising star and that time is overdue to drop Dent Coad and her talentless minions