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https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/haringey-council-leader-cl...

The HDV crashes down at this point...

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Claire Kober's resignation letter -

https://medium.com/@clairekober/my-news-stepping-down-in-may-7f1ad4...

All far more dignified than the tawdry, messy wailing found in the resignation letters posted by other outgoing councillors.
She's stepping down in May, so three months left, and only half that before purdah kicks in... I wonder what "And there is still a lot I want to achieve between now and the election" entails?

And another post in response to the NEC thing -

https://medium.com/@clairekober/my-letter-in-response-to-the-necs-m...

Key quote -

"However, we are still awaiting a judgement from the High Court in response to last October’s judicial review of the HDV. Given the proximity that there now is to the Council’s purdah period – and the current context of febrile politics in which the reality and facts about the housing crisis and possible solutions such as the HDV are able to command less attention than the misinformation put about – I do not intend to take a final decision on the set up of the HDV in the last weeks of the current council administration."

I think the HDV is dead.

Not yet. No decision has been taken to stop the hdv. It's possible that, in the political equivalent of a scorched earth policy, much damage could be done in the remaining three months of the current administration.

Behind closed doors. Advancing the HDV—administratively and in other ways, short of signing the legally binding agreement from which extraction would be difficult and of course, costly.

Oh and by the way, here's a extract from the Cabinet papers for Wednesday's important Extraordinary Council meeting:

As part of its July 2017 decision, Cabinet gave delegated authority to
officers to approve the final legal documentation necessary to establish the HDV.

Page 2, [6.3]

Since Cllr Joe Goldberg's re-branding (the £86,000 logo, etc), council employees are generally expected to wear around their necks a red lanyard with four slogans in white wording:

  • Accountable
  • Ambitious, 
  • Human
  • Professional

The actual signing is treated almost as a clerical operation. Despite the fact that "accountable" literally hangs around their necks, council employees are not accountable to the public (only elected persons) and of course no elected person will assume responsibility for signing the £3,000,000,000 hdv deal.

In the medium.com link Mark has provided CK writes

However, we are still awaiting a judgement from the High Court in response to last October’s judicial review of the HDV. Given the proximity that there now is to the Council’s purdah period – and the current context of febrile politics in which the reality and facts about the housing crisis and possible solutions such as the HDV are able to command less attention than the misinformation put about – I do not intend to take a final decision on the set up of the HDV in the last weeks of the current council administration.

 Which sounds as though the deal will not go through. Except, of course, Clive's quote makes it clear that officers already have a decision and are in a position to draw up documentation for the deal. So, is the only decision that CK could possibly now take, cancellation.

And, in a further ambiguity, CK writes

The principle of autonomous local government is a cornerstone of our democracy and one I had hoped that the national executive of my party would share.

It still seems very likely that they do share this principle (local authorities are autonomous of central government), but perhaps there is no principle that local Labour parties are autonomous of the NEC.  

I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for calling Claire Kober 'dignified'. Obviously she's been all over the press since the original resignation announcement - never more so than today (Sunday Feb 4) as she seems to be everywhere, Observer, New Statesman, BBC, etc.

Perhaps this headline from her article in the Times sums the approach nicely:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/claire-kober-interview-the-only-...

...well beyond the usual mud slinging.

I can only assume that this is now a full throttle campaign to try and ensure that the new model Labour Party fails to win any elections, local or national. Any normal organisation would probably throw her out, but then the LP would leave itself open to accusations of authoritarian behaviour, so it can't win.

As someone who is probably of the 'pragmatic' nature Kober identifies, who even saw good things in aspects of the HDV, I say good riddance to her.

Claire Kober on National Television. At one point she justifies the HDV by saying that most of the 450 people on whose doors she knocked in the summer , in the estates to be redeveloped within the HDV, said that their housing conditions were intolerable and that they expressed no opposition to the HDV. In the typical Haringey consultation vague ideas with little detail addressed to a carefully chosen audience will lead to the result Haringey wants.

"Would you like to live in a nicer flat?"

"Yes"

"Do you think Tottenham could be improved in some way?"

"Yes"

"Thank you for your support of the council's HDV redevelopment programme, you have been consulted".

This is a serious question. I believe that the officers of Haringey council have the authority to take the contract on HDV through to completion. If they do so then all they need is a signature from the leader of the council. CK has stated she will not sign the papers before the May elections. But, in the three week interregnum following the elections she will still have the authority to sign as leader. Is there the slightest chance that she might do so?

Difficult to see why, if she wanted to plough on with HDV, she'd wait until after the election. Why not just sign now?

It's also difficult to see why the Officers would simply acquiesce to such a plot... they'll be focussing on how to best rub along with the new intake by that point.

I'm told the regeneration team are feeling pretty exposed right now.

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