Canvassing in Forest Fields

With Paddy Tipping, Police Commissioner, and Cllr. Toby Neal who was picking up again on the neighbourhood’s main concern of litter and tipping. One resident is expressing public outrage, but it’s a tad harsh on residents when a lot of the litter is blowing up the street from a take-away and local convenience stores. The routine Sunday collection was collecting notified rubbish.
Rain interrupted canvassing a bit, but households noticed us and brought out extra umbrellas to allow us to carry on.

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Collateralised Debt Obligations and Sajid David

The Lehman Trilogy was disappointing in not explaining the 2008 crisis enough in terms of the products developed and sold that caused the crash>
The movie, The Big Short, has been available on BBC i-player recently and works harder to explain the products that did not represent secure investments, which included Collateralised Debt Obligations, which are highlighted at the end of the movie as been made available for sale again despite being in some way banned in the USA.
Meanwhile it turns out the new Chancellor of the Exchequer was dealing in these products for a bank in 2008.
John McDonnell has declared Sajid Javid as unfit for the role. Perhaps a better target might have been to get him to disown the products for today’s financial markets, and see where that took it.

Lame advice to councils on Brexit

A new Minister proposing a Brexit lead for councils might seem sensible, but it’s minuscule (quite correct, Jess Phillips) and ignores what has already happened. There are networks of emergency planning officers across the public authorities that have been looking at this. Nottingham City Council took a report (at full council) on planning for Brexit last year (November) at which a corporate risk assessment was required to be presented to the January Audit cttee. Like all of the new stuff from Gov’t. too little, very late and ignores what is already in place.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/03/all-english-councils-told-to-appoint-brexit-lead

A People’s Vote will be needed

The British Government now says that the current deal is unacceptable, and that the EU better come to terms with new demands, else the UK leaves on October 31st.
Hmmm …
Can the EU move?
Can the UK be ready for new border controls on November 1st?
How will the Irish border be managed given the EU will expect it and the UK signed up to the Good Friday Agreement?
Whatever, there is no mandate for a No Deal Brexit. “We voted for Leave!” Except the vote was won narrowly with lots of reassurances that there would be a deal. Gove said it was going to be easy to negotiate a deal. Johnson said we should kinda copy Norway.
I’ll accept “No Deal” if the UK votes for it. But it hasn’t yet.
I want to Remain. I do accept that to Remain, we need another vote. It now seems that there is no sponsor for agreeing the existing deal brokered by Theresa May and the EU.
So now the choice can be binary.
Whatever, a People’s Vote will be needed.

Note:
The EU may well regret our departure. But they have plenty of other things to do, they may well think the UK will miss them more than they will miss us, and they may not be able to persuade all the EU countries to support new negotiations, and they have low expectations of us as negotiators.

New Towns, Our Towns

New Towns, Our Town – Stories on Screen is a collection of (often sponsored information) films “about (mainly) the first four of the UK’s New Towns – Stevenage, Crawley, Hemel Hempstead and Harlow” from the ’20s to the ’80s. (Peterborough, Basildon and Milton Keynes also feature.)
Without an overarching explanatory narration, and presentations of contemporary perceptions of the towns, the criticisms of the new towns movements quickly spring to mind – lacking a central feature of distinction, designed before the take-off of car ownership, vulnerable during periods of high crime, diminished by people choosing home entertainment, home drinking and shopping in hypermarkets, oh and buying from internet companies who avoid paying tax.
But new and old towns alike have been vulnerable to that criticism. As are the redeveloped neighbourhoods and new suburbs.
Seeing “Crosswall” properties being erected, and the failure of (Harlow) Town Hall, it’s clear the New Towns movement didn’t have enough money to always provide quality.
Cliches abounded – “it’s about people”; loads of kids playing and adults bowling; modern art statues and fountains lined with small square tiles. And one I actually like – success will be when they don’t need us (the development corporations) anymore.
Loads to take in, but in the absence of editorial, the collation struggles to champion the New Town movement.
Highlight, the champion for the Milton Keynes development describing it in 1973 as “the most exciting thing in the world”.
The Guardian article.

Piffle

On election, the new leader of the Conservative party spoke and made the following claim –
“… if you look at the history of the last 200 years of this party’s existence you will see that it is we Conservatives who have had the best insights, I think, into human nature. ….”
Nah.
“Between the instincts to own your own house, your own home, to earn and spend your own money, to look after your own family. Good instincts, proper instincts, noble instincts. 
“And the equally noble instinct to share. And to give everyone a fair chance in life. And to look after the poorest and the neediest and to build a great society.”

They’ve gone backwards in the ability of people to own their own home. The emphasis on homes being an investment, rather than ensuring homes are provided for all has led to frustration in providing both private homes and homes for rent.
To earn – Labour in 45-51 getting servicemen back into work; 1997-2008 – 4 million extra jobs.
Great Society” – kinda Cameron like, but we’re now seeing too many people who are ill being asked to work when they shouldn’t and the appeals taking too long. Now we have the concept of the “working poor”.
National Health Service – not even remotely a Conservative idea; they had to make a major show of conversion to the NHS when Winston Churchill gave a speech at The Molineux in 1949.
everyone a fair chance in life” – yet we’ve just seen another Old Etonian to be appointed as Prime Minister.
So much piffle.
(synonyms: nonsense, rubbish, garbage, claptrap, balderdash, blather …)

And from London City Labour Party – Boris Johnson’s record as Mayor of London:
Rough sleeping DOUBLED
£60m WASTED on a cable car
10 fire stations CLOSED
£43m WASTED on the Garden Bridge (Nothing was actually built)
NO ACTION on fuel poverty
Violent crime UP
£40m WASTED on Routemaster buses
Ticket offices SHUT