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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Moylan stands down... ....others step up

Purveyors of cheesecake need not fear, he is only standing down as Deputy Leader of the Council, and by all accounts from the cabinet too following the announcement on FTHN Cllr Moylan has had his role at TfL upped by Bojo.

Quite how that will square with the people of Queens Gate who will see even less of him now is another matter, and quite how he can justify receiving 100% of his RBKC allowances is yet another. The Hornet will be reviewing this arrangement carefully and reporting soon.

Of course now that Cockells rival and deadly foe has given up the ghost of stepping up to the Hornton Street plate, it gives Sir M the opportunity to shuffle the pack and it doesnt really have much in it by way of surprises.

Nasty Nick PB, the wanna-be environmental eco-warrier, has been elevated to Deputy Leader. Well, he always looks smart in those sharp suits.

Tim Ahern, the one with the perfect hair for radio, takes over planning policy; although Hornet still fails to understand why the planning role needs two people? Surely either Tim can do the whole job himself, or Julie Mills can. Why the tax payer needs to support two is anyones guess...

Finally, as predicted by the Dame sometime ago, new boy Rock Fielding-Mellon is thrust into the cabinet taking the Civic Society remit, that looks at localism, community safety and the voluntary sector amongst others.

Is this part of the roadmap for the Hollywood-like named RFM to take over from Sir M? He may have to wait a little longer as Dave "the rave" Cameron suggested this week the House of Lords is full, so Sir M wont be measuring up for ermine just yet...     ....unless its to reupholster the Bentley or the Jag, or the cushions in the Town Hall.

Oh well, at least thats three votes Sir M has secured at the Tory Group AGM next month.


  1. Fielding-Mellon is one of the "new boys" who has been very critical in private of the Cockell Leadership. So a brillaint move by Pooter to silence him with office

    Remember the wise advice of William Hague. "Pay more attention to your enemies than your friends"

  2. "Rock" has a following in the Council chamber....

    I wonder if he understands his power?

  3. Paget-Brown is "safe". He lacks the courage to challenge for the Leadership because he is comfortable in his own space

    What a shame he wont step up - might surprise himself with what he is capable of

  4. One down, one to go

  5. Of course there was no love lost between Moylan and Cockell. In fact they hate each other having competed in the Leadership Election fourteen (yes fourteen) years ago. The result was a dead heat and Cockell made it on the Chairman's casting vote.

    Moylan of course has the greater ability but his abrasive style and pomposity made (and continues to make) more enemies than is good for him. In the meantime he nurses a private rage that he is relegated to local Government and is not causing havoc at Westminster. But having blotted his copy book in Africa, he will continue to rage...

    What an interesting game politics is

  6. 9.26 you claim that Cockell has "silenced Fielding-Mellon with office"

    An astute observation but more accurate to say that Fielding-Mellon (Eton and Oxford) has been "silenced by Special Responsibility Allowance". His Council pay will rocket from £10k to £36k after he joins the Cabinet. Not bad for pocket money for those who do public service

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    you have had a charisma by pass.
    Is any good??
    He looks a typical upper class OE twit to me

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