has 1984 followers. Also on this day in 2017 the Crouch End Ward Labour Party will meet to consider the reselection of the hapless trio. (Stop Press - the three of them have decided not to stand again, citing as the reason Socialist Worker Party Rapists)
h End New-Labour Councillors)—or at least the unlucky two (for the commentary cites only Cllrs. Arthur and Elliot as authors)—and (b) FEC (UK) Ltd.
Seems things are not quite right yet and the trio's support is withheld, pending receipt of more detail. FEC (UK) Ltd. are urged to work “even harder”.
Perhaps FEC International (above) can get the local branch to work harder.
If the New Labour trio think that the HTH deal is unsatisfactory, what will they say about the vastly larger HDV deal with Lendlease when all the facts come out? Each of the three Crouch End Cllrs voted for the HDV, just as they had championed the HTH sell-off … until recently.
. Cllr. Strickland—Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning—is the biggest casualty so far of displeasure with the HDV. Eyes will now turn toward the end of the month when Crouch End's Hapless Trio come up for review.…
r depends on Claire Kober for both his special responsibility allowances and Natan Doron for his as Chair of Planning. Goodness only knows what, or if, Sarah Elliott thinks.
Add to this whatever legerdemain took place to persuade an officer of the council to give up the meagre return Haringey was to get from the sale of HTH in order to buy the re-selection of these three by underwriting the inclusion of affordable housing, and they deserve no mercy. I say legerdemain because if I say what I think must have happened without being able to prove it, I would probably be guilty of libel.…
o refer to the Mayor's policies, rather than his Party leader.
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In my opinion, this now seals the fate of the current administration.
Footnote: the Hapless Trio, tweeting as CrouchEndLabour, "liked" the suggestion that the HDV is a creative response:
nformation for the moment. A less than formal channel of communication.
I won't reproduce it here, but I will try to extract snippets.
Snippet 1) - the hapless trio is still not happy - "The response from FEC is welcome but we need more detail before we can support their application and we urge them to work even harder . . . . "
Snippet 2) - FEC claim twice in their letter to be working "tirelessly" - and yet they must work even harder.
Snippet 3) - One of the documents FEC produces in support of its proposals is a Statement of Community Involvement which contains this graph
On the basis of which FEC include this text:
The response to question one demonstrates strong support for the overall vision for the restoration of Hornsey Town Hall. It is clear that the public feel a strong attachment to the building which has been underutilised and is currently included on the Historic England Heritage at Risk register. They welcome the multi-million refurbishment to utilise the full potential of Hornsey Town Hall as a community facility. We are pleased that residents have supported our aspirations for this building.
I think that 110 not in favour against 76 in favour actually demonstrates a lack of support, possibly based on outright opposition or simply a lack of information. Do they speak with forked tongue?
They also say:
The decision to include residential accommodation within the Town Hall itself was one of the most controversial aspects of the original planning application for Hornsey Town Hall. The public has welcomed the decision to remove this from the Town Hall entirely and replace it with a more accessible means of use, namely a hotel.
based on this graph:
Fair enough to infer that not using the interior of the Hall for residential is welcomed, but something of a leap of faith to infer that this means we welcome a hotel
would, to a casual observer, sound kind and generous.
However, there's likely to be Party pressure to punish Stuart McNamara, due to the demonstration effect.
I imagine the Whip will have called for a punishment meeting to decide on particular terms. Not because it would make any difference to Stuart, but pour encourager les autres.
Cllr. McNamara's leadership (earlier example) in this matter is potentially crippling to the local New Labour cabal.
But for the Payroll Vote and a general fear of retribution or lack of preferment, other Labour Group Members might have before now opposed the reckless, if not suicidal, HDV project.
Not all of the pro-HDV Labour Group members are as hard-core as the Hapless Trio in Crouch End.
Unless New-Labour, the Whip and their right-wing leader fail to make an example of Stuart McNamara, others may read his long indictment, see the truth in it and become braver.
* “Crouchender” claims they live in Crouch End
Clive CarterLiberal Democrat Cllr
produce the support they wanted or needed. Not entirely a surprise, given their unapologetic support for (a) the HDV and (b) the Disposal of Hornsey Town Hall. I've been passed a copy of their accompanying withdrawal letter:
We have today formally withdrawn from the Haringey Labour council candidate selection process. We feel privileged to have had the opportunity to represent Crouch End for the last three and a half years. Though our journeys to become Labour councillors have been different, all three of us are united in the belief that local government can be a powerful force for advancing social justice and equality. Since May 2014 we have spoken to thousands of Crouch Enders on the doorstep; organised numerous community meetings; responded to phone calls and emails at all times of the day; used social media to engage residents on difficult decisions; and dealt with casework ranging from the mundane (bin collections, potholes and faulty street lamps) to the profound (homeless families, individuals struggling from pernicious welfare reforms, and vulnerable adults in need of social care). In short, we have given it our all. Candidate selections are a democratic process. We accept that. It is right that sitting councillors should have to win the support of local Labour Party members and we aren’t against having to explain our views at a hustings to gain their support. Sadly, we do not believe that our views will be heard with an open mind, nor our track-record assessed in a fair manner. The current climate of Haringey Labour politics feels factional and poisonous - anger, cynicism and distrust now shape too many debates within the local party. There has also been a lot of misinformation spread about the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) - a joint venture designed to increase the scale of house building in Haringey. Misleading reports about the proposals have been used to scare residents and undermine sitting councillors. Momentum have spent weeks targeting us and many of our colleagues while we have been prevented by party rules from speaking to party members about our reselection. It has also been concerning to read in recent days that individuals involved in the SWP (an abhorrent organisation with a history of covering up rape) have played a key role in the local anti-HDV campaign used to intimidate and deselect sitting councillors. Of course there are legitimate issues to debate about the HDV. Whenever asked, all three of us have been open about the opportunities and risks involved, before explaining why, on balance, we are supportive of the joint-venture. The homelessness charity Shelter has said they believe Haringey’s approach could give the Council greater scope to develop, as well as refurbish, homes for the benefit of the community. Just this week Sadiq Khan noted that joint ventures like the HDV allow councils to “meet the needs of current residents and those desperate to be re-housed” and that they are “a good way to bring in revenue for councils to invest in their communities”. Yet, regrettably, nuance has been lost from the local debate about housing. Like many Labour councils across the country, Haringey has seen its budget cut by a staggering 43% since 2010. Inevitably, this has meant we have had to take difficult decisions to address what can often appear to be intractable problems. In our experience, very few questions facing councillors can be reduced to black and white answers. When tough decisions arise, we have always believed that it is our job to address the problems head on. Yes, Tory (and Lib Dem) national policies have done huge damage to Haringey since 2010. But it is not good enough for councillors to abdicate responsibility for finding solutions. Nor do we think that it is acceptable for the Council to hold off from intervening in the hope that a future Labour Government will solve Haringey’s problems. The Labour Party has changed dramatically since we were elected. Thousands of party members have recently joined (or returned) because the Labour Party is offering a clear, socialist alternative to a Tory establishment hell-bent on undermining public services. This is exciting and welcome. However, in our view this has helped to create a disconnect with Labour councillors who are in power locally, but hamstrung by Tory policies nationally. The circumstances we face often require compromise and pragmatism to deliver progress for the most vulnerable in the borough. Yet pragmatism has become a dirty word in Haringey Labour. Discussion of context and the need for compromise are too often dismissed out of hand by our internal opponents who refuse to engage with the world as it is. We need to recognise the limitations on Labour town halls when there are Tories in Downing Street. Despite Tory and Lib Dem cuts hitting the Council hard in recent years, we are proud of the progress that has been made both in Crouch End and across Haringey since May 2014. After years when Hornsey Town Hall was closed to the public, it is now open and vibrant, with a viable long-term deal on the table to restore the Hall to its former glory. We have invested over £20,000 to support Crouch End community groups to flourish and almost £2m in roads, pavements and street lighting across the ward. All three of us have played important roles in delivering borough-wide policies that demonstrate Labour values: improving our schools; protecting and investing in our libraries; delivering 72% affordable housing in major schemes in recent years; exempting care leavers from council tax; improving the wages and working conditions of social care workers; supporting greater interfaith work; and leading the way on reducing carbon emissions. We would like to thank Labour Party members who helped us turn Crouch End from a safe Lib Dem ward into a Labour ward in 2014. We’d also like to thank the brilliant individuals, independent businesses and community groups that make Crouch End so special. We look forward to working hard for you all between now and May 2018. Haringey is a fantastic borough, filled with energy and creativity. In many ways, the challenges the Council will face in the next administration are likely to be even greater than the ones it has struggled with over the last seven years. So we wish the next intake of Haringey councillors well. The people of Haringey need you to succeed. Jason Arthur, Natan Doron and Sarah Elliott