Knowing how 20/20 is a measure of excellent vision, the year 2020 was anticipated, sometimes even planned for, in strong contrast to the expectations held for 1984. Yet with all the information available to us about the world and the way we are, and the unmatched ability to share information, 2020 has seen a massive scale of bad decisions. So disappointing that with all the advantages we have, we should be so poor.
– leaving the EU;
– a very late trade deal with the EU;
– insufficient action on climate change;
– believing more than most and for longer that we can tough out Covid-19;
– commissioning services for the public through new companies;
– constraining local government further;
– proposing the removal of what remains of a local planning system.
Bad political movements too –
Over the year, the Conservatives have lost their standing in the polls, when ruling parties in other countries have gained support for their leadership during the pandemic.
Ways of working – regular meetings with supporters, public meetings with community groups, tours of the council office buildings to push for progress; committee meetings with others; calling on people – all stopped since March.
Meetings using telecomms brought the opportunity for being held to account in a new way, but not sure many have valued it.
New housing finally replacing all those stacked maisonettes there once was in The Meadows. But frustration that more can’t be done to provide the council housing that is needed. Meanwhile some prosecutions of poor private landlords has begun. Many more bedrooms for students under construction.
Lower crime, but statistics are very much a one-off.
A new peace along The Embankment, but the test of what works for The Meadows is still to be set.
OMTRA saw through the establishment of a new conservation area, and gardening success by MeGA and gardeners from Castleview Meadows. Significant success for the new Greener Meadows group.
A full review of the issues in The Meadows ward has been published.
A long statement on how local capital funds are to be spent is also available.
Football wise, having reached a 50th anniversary of attending professional football matches –
– Salop failed to beat Liverpool, but did come back from 2 down and Liverpool’s form took a tumble after we took them on; but Sam Ricketts ran out of ideas when faced with a poor run of results, rectified by a new manager and the team is now unbeaten in 8 matches; my experience of supporting the club has been transformed since being able to watch them live every game on the internet;
– Tottenham arguably have the 2 most exciting forwards in the country and yet have ended up with a reputation for being defensive and dull;
– Forest blew up at the end of the season and could not get started again; again, a new manager; and Notts County couldn’t quite get back into the Football League at the first attempt;
– Green Bay Packers look to be the best in the country and their quarter-back has avoided injury this season.
Film and theatre suffered. I saw quote a bit before the lockdown; Parasite and JoJo Rabbit stood out.
Finally, remember –
Robert Morell; Mary Phillips.
Reviews of the months this year – December – November – mid-November – October – mid-October – September – mid-September – August – July – mid-July– June – mid-June – May – April – March – mid-March – mid-March – February – January – mid-January
Review of the decade; and 2019 – 2018 – 2017 – 2016– 2015– 2014– 2013– 2012.
Had logged over 2800 (check) matters as a Bridge ward councillor and now 185 (check) matters as a Meadows councillor.
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