Bridge ward monthly report 88

CO2 towers: disappointment as tower blocks for government offices are approved for construction next to the railway station, failing completely in the standards we should expect of modern buildings when tackling climate change. And despite a resolution to full Council on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

More agreeably, student flats and private rent apartments for west of Arkwright Street are agreed, but I had to intervene when no Section 106 money was to be paid. £100,000 will not be given to the public realm – in this case, the Memorial Gardens and play equipment for Arkwright Walk.

Audit committee reviewed the risks to the City Council of a hard Brexit (on 29th March at 11pm). Chief concern being staffing care services.
Parliament debated Brexit at length and got some stick for not being able to agree on anything. Yet the decision was taken away from them and Theresa May kept trying to stretch things out. We will need to find a way of knowing what kind of Brexit people voted for and a reconciliation process as part of Brexit, or as I hope, avoiding Brexit.

Joined 3 protests this month: for the railways, for Remain and against the cuts.

Pleased to attend Nottm Central Women’s Aid at their 7th AGM.
National Holocaust Day and surprise some parts of the Left still can’t get it right on anti-Semitism.  

Films on show this month were particularly strong, as they end to be in the UK in the run-up to the BAFTAs and Oscars.
Stan & OllieColetteThe FavouriteUn Amour ImpossibleNae PasaranThe Front RunnerMary Queen of ScotsRosa LuxemburgI’m Not Running.

Salop have a new manager, but are struggling in the League. Despite this, drew with Wolves in the FA Cup after sensationally coming from 2-0 behind to win at Stoke with 3 brilliant moves in 10 minutes.

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I’m Not Running

Of course, what we say over here is “I’m not Standing”.
Watching this broadcast of a live play from London, I was riled at half-time. A would-be Labour star cos he’s good at polishing and presenting policy is incapable of explaining how New Labour was (then) introducing the largest hospital building programme in the country’s history.
But an interview with the playwright David Hare in during the interval, it became clear that he’d created a story to make some key points –
– that Labour should have elected a woman leader by now; and that while that case is made by presenting a less than fully capable man, my initial disappointment with the man being not good enough might simply be the point; (but did David Hare vote for Liz Kendall?);
– that his concern that people were too keen to celebrate single issue politics was not helped by the less than the best man representing party politics in a useless way;
– that health professionals had been undermined by efficiency initiatives (which won enthusiastic applause from some in the audience); but, beyond the fundamental political principle that people who spend public money should account for it, there was the trebling of spend on health under Labour and building new hospitals, some of the new initiatives did work well and millions could be saved by focus on use of operating theatres; we in essence got rid of the waiting list.
The play has only managed 3 star reviews; (one criticism – why does the advocate or women MP continue to be attracted to the careerist Labour MP?). I can understand that the playwright was trying to avoid the issues that come with Corbyn as leader, and Brexit – to which he probably needed to set in 1997 – 2015.
3 of the play’s characters are. very appealing and enjoyable to watch – most particularly, the spin doctor! And one very special passage about learning to debate at university being about individuals holding the moral high ground and how unpleasant debate can be.

I went cos it featured Labour, it was by David Hare and it was an event -sold out at the Broadway. But kinda new I would be disappointed.
(2 stars; e:3 (for the second half), s:2, p:3; Guardian; Standard; no wiki page)

A Streetcar named Desire

Blanche DuBois is something to listen to; that sense of strong personal values and another world. But broken by life, by men and perhaps by alcohol. And having read Tennessee Williams‘ family story, a heart-breaking final scene as people gently coax her to leave her sister’s home for consignment. (Otherwise, his play is too cruel.)
This small stage production limits the lead actor’s arena but not her performance (wow!); giving more credibility to Blanche’s world view (and less camp) than the more famous productions.
I’d say go see, but it is already sold out. (e:4, s:4, p:4).
(BTW, nice new seats in the Lace Market Theatre.)

Mary Queen of Scots

A worthwhile re-telling of a much rehearsed story of rivalry between Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth of England.
Critical reception is not good, but seeking to outdo Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson is a heck of a challenge. Especially without the budget for crowds and showing places like medieval Carlisle properly (rather than as an isolated castle with no town).
Historical criticisms of the film include – Elizabeth and Mary never met (yep, a dramatic device), the friendship of Elizabeth and Mary is overstated, Elizabeth would not have wept as shown (can agree), Mary would have spoken with a French accent (kinda wish part of learning a language was learning to mimic the accent, so not sure); and “the tagline attached to a poster of Mary reads “born to fight”, while the tagline attached to the poster of Elizabeth reads “born to power” … it should really be the other way around”; indeed Simon Schama’s tv history was critical of Mary’s political skills.
(3 stars; e:4, s:3, p:3); Wiki; Guardian.

Unreasonable social media

“You need to know next to nothing to propagate Nazi or Soviet Jew-hating propaganda, reframed to fit today’s narrative, which spreads like wildfire, and is dangerous. But you need to know nearly everything in order to combat it.”
Rachel Riley, reported in the Jewish Chronicle.
Riley put out her opinions on anti-semitism, and had to face some fury.
Even someone as politically experienced as Owen Jones, has tried to compete on how much he is a victim of being attacked for standing against anti-Semitism (to which Riley says “I call BS” cos he’d suggested she triggers hostile responses), rather than seek common ground.

I’ve put out a modest support comment for my MP.
I’ve had to challenge in comments that suggested I was simple and used a photo of a man that suggested what a simple man might look like, then , whether land sales in The Meadows are legitimate, and now, whether I’m getting a share of land sales.  
“Not enough writers” said Siouxsie Sioux, and in the world of Facebook, we know why.

Salop can’t hold out against Wolves

Two excellent goals without having the possession, against a tier 1 football club, and 20 minutes to hold out.
But it couldn’t be done as Salop couldn’t stop Wolves crossing from the right wing and there were too many to not make mistakes against.

The second Salop goal came after the manager sent the corner taker a note. The resultant cross led to a stooped power header in the six yard box converted in a style akin to Manchester City in January 1979.
Slightly bizarre to see the glory of it all diminished by protests of the ref awarding 6 minutes added time; but the ref had been wise to extended time wasting by Salop, especially our goalkeeper who otherwise had an excellent game. Indeed, they kinda all did – the FA Cup and the motivation of playing tier 1 players bringing out something special. Just kinda want it in the league.