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For decades RBKC has spent residents' funds as if they belonged to elected members and officers. The denizens of Horton Street are certain that the public will continue to vote Tory regardless of successive, expensive failures - and Trixit will be very expensive. The recent change of personalities at the top of the Town Hall hierarchy has not improved matters. The idea that a district auditor acts on the public's behalf is delusional. Successive district auditors act as the running dogs of those who pay their fees. The fee payers are officers and councillors in that order. Without officers' help, most issues are too complex for elected members to understand and most councillors are too lazy to even try. Why would they rock the (gravy) boat? So RBKC is riddled with corruption, most of it probably fairly minor, but not. Nothing is ever done. RBKC's overriding policy has always been to tolerate and hide, its many corrupt practices. Hammersmith & Fulham is still worse. Consequently most residents don't bother to vote in local elections because they distrust their local council. Low voter turnout encourages municipal malpractice; completing the circle. H & F and WCC are doubtless similar. It's worth noting that the newly elected Labour party has not exactly rushed to clean up H & F.
The letter to the then Leader of the Royal Borough, Cllr Cockell, was very clear and rather compelling. Clearly it was brushed aside. Maybe it was not even read.It would sometimes be useful if our elected representatives listened to their residents. Especially those residents who have experience of subjects and a track record to share.
Tri Borough had nothing to do with "synergies". It was an attention grabbing exercise by Pooter Cockle to get himself noticed as part of his personal campaign to get a political nomination for the Lords. The Dame put paid to that. Mercifully.Long live the Dame
Retired Executive is very liberal with his "Fails This Test". What he does not point out is that the perpetrator (Pooter Cockle) was a failed fag salesman. No need to intellectualize about the project - it was doomed from the outset.Careers of hard working Officers were destroyed, the local Government organisation for Kensington and Chelsea was torpedoed, the quality of life of many vulnerable residents deteriorated, and hard pressed tax payers are having to pay even more taxes.For a start, the current Leader of the Borough, Cllr Paget-Brown, should apologise to residents and council tax payers for a massive mistake, stupidity and hubris.
What a corker!
When one reads something like this, it becomes incredible to think that our Cabinet would even contemplate such a stupidity. Virgins discussing copulation.......
Easy on, 19.40. A little more decorum, please.
This is one for Cllr Mellen- Rock to sort out
the irony is that LBHF are ahead of all 3 councils and are leading on the break up as they have already pulled out of bi and tri borough projects including the ill advised Agresso mystery adventure
This letter was written by a man who has led two major international groups.It was ignored by an ex social worker(Myers) and an ex tobacco salesman, Pooter Cockell. I rest my case.....
Local Government is spending more and more money, seeking more and more power, and taking more and more complex decisions. It needs better qualified people (Officers and Councillors) with more relevant experience if this is to be successful.The days of smoke filled rooms for Masons, failed people and small timers has passed. Unfortunately, the electorate has not cottoned on yet. But a few more "Tri Boroughs and Chelsea Cares" will deliver the wake up call.The days are numbered for the Fielding-Mellens, Weales, and E Campbells of this world.
It is not only Mellen, Weale and Campbell. There are quite a few more vapor heads in positions to do damage. Coleridge, Marshall, Lightfoot and Warrick to name a few more.Leader Paget-Brown has the option to bring on more talent. Cllrs Mills, Moylan and Mackover come to mind. Why is Piggy dragging his feet?
D M is ready and willing to serve residents with his ability, determination and clear thinking.
Has he got time? After all, he has two failing property trusts which he is a non exec of. Both have lost investors a fortune. I expect those investors don't think he has the attributes claimed by Supporter of Moylan!
Last night's segment on BBC London News was refreshing, but somehow championed for H&F, rather than call it is scoundrel. In respect of 'audit' you have to thank Cameron from abolishing the Audit Commission. Although useless, it was at least a smoke screen for complaints.I and many other Badgers are of the opinion that the National Audit Office (NAO) who is responsible for Central Government audit, should also take on the audit of Local Authorities - after all - it is a Government, although a local one. Something for the 38 degrees or the Change.org to get involved in.In the meantime, RBKC and many others will get away with anything and everything whilst the 'armchair' auditors are bamboozled by rubbish from the Councils. Don' forget, the Councils are entitled NOT to produce anything on the grounds of 'commercial confidentiality[ - so you are doomed from the beginning. amen
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