The 50th anniversary of first man walking on the moon (and Apollo 11) could have been an opportunity to re-focus and be ambitious. Having suffered the hottest day in the UK’s recorded history, it all ought to prompt a focus on climate change, but Britain is horribly distracted by Brexit and a new Prime Minister who seeks to create and impression of can do through jolly hockey sticks and bags of tomato and lettuce, but soon hits the reality of concerns for Britain’s border with Ireland and whose presentation of progress in Britain is piffle. Despite the proposed deal with the EU being written off, the only one the EU has said it will offer, Tony Blair reminds us that a People’s Vote will be needed; which is kinda Jeremy Corbyn’s view, too except he still offers the notion that a jobs friendly Lexit can be considered. He has though re-launched Labour’s anti-Semitism campaign.
For drama, the Cricket World Cup final excelled, though the abiding memory should be the sporting nature of amazingly unlucky New Zealand players. Instead, more piffle – as the multi-cultural nature of the England team passes nationalists by. In football, England lost another semi-final. The Open is kinda ruined by the weather of the final round, and what you learn is golf on TV is only interesting when enough players doing well. The Lehman Trilogy is great theatre, but arguably misses the big conclusions to be drawn. Yesterday is a great concept ruined by Richard Curtis’ concept of romance. Sometimes, Always, Never is a gentle surprise. Grace Eden also offers thoughts on growing older but using photos and pre-Raphaelite painting.
The World War I Centenary Memorial is completed, but the opening service is formulaic and doesn’t try to celebrate the stories of the fallen. D-Day 75th anniversary is flat too. A poignancy comes from the funeral of a man who after 25 years living on the streets, had found peace in a flat provided by Nottingham City Homes.
A depressing national political situation – – Trump visits London and invokes supporters on the streets that never were; – the Conservative candidates to be next Prime Minister see them all committing to Brexit by 31st October, when it’s still not clear the country could achieve it; – the criticism ventured focusses on a new Prime Minister not being returned via a General Election, when it is what our constitution allows and has been the case more often than not; – all but one of the Conservative candidates advocates big increases on public spending and the lost revenue from tax giveaways to corporations and banks is mentioned by no-one; – Jo Brand apologised for a joke about throwing acid (that BBC Radio decided to transmit) which was a relief cos people had taken it literally, and the remark was a tad too close to a potential reality, but it prompted a debate about the death of metaphor and the power of outrage; – Labour continues to struggle with the charge of anti-Semitism when an MP who supported party members expelled for anti-Semitism and said the party was too apologetic on the matter, is first let back in so he can be re-selected, and then suspended again in response to the outcry; – we have to make a stand for RSE and we have to remind people about the injustice toteh Windrush generation. More positive was the celebrations of our green spaces and the launch of a book to campaign on climate change. Britain was wet, Arnold was flooded, Europe suffered a fierce heatwave and the Earth recorded its hottest June.
Locally, progress is reported at the new Area 5 committee on car parking solutions for Bridgeway Shopping Centre, which also now has improved camera coverage. The Bridgeway GP practice celebrated new rooms and facilities. Reports on crime is positive overall, but some bizarre incidents including a hit and run on Bathley Street. The tram’s finances improves. The electric bus service from Queens Drive park & ride are replaced by the NCT Navy 49, which means Meadows Way west loses its most local buses again. I’ve tried to be upbeat about what further major improvements to public transport are possible at joint committees.
Diary of the month. Arts include – “Support The Girls”, “Design for Living”, “Sunset”, “Diamintino”, “One Night in Miami”, “The Keeper”. Nice exhibits by Nottingham College design students. Sports: England’s cricket team, Tottenham and England’s male football team are all below par; England’s women win 5 games in the World Cup without conceding a goal, but the Cameroon game brings out something ugly. A spate of wet weather means the triathlon adopted a swim-free format, but the crowds are driven away nevertheless.
Main political issues have been Brexit, extremes in weather, Trump being exposed by his former lawyer, and anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. – Nicola and I have started the new season of visiting people on doorsteps on Woolmer Road and Beauvale Road. – Two ward walks – a regular one and one with the Chief Exec of Nottingham City Homes. Pleased to have helped out at an MP’s advice surgery at Contemporary Art Gallery for city centre residents. – New housing: new council houses approved for the former Clifton Miners Welfare site; construction at the former Meadows Police station to start in early Summer; Chainey Place – new flats (a third phase) approved at Hicking site. Welcome to new residents who’ve moved into Riverway Gardens, Arkwright Walk and Blackstone Walk. Meanwhile improvements to communal facilities at Mayfield Court. – Parks: A separate progress report is available. – Permits New arrangements have created more residents spaces in th south-west and helped Bridgway consulting, whilst slowing down traffic on Riverside Way. The pressure on parking on Wilford Crescent East has been relieved. Cllrs are now receiving requests for permits to be applied along Mundella Road. – Meadows Muslim Centre AGM heard progress is being made on tackling crime and that the Police facility at the London Road fire station is finally being used. – Audit cttee did loads of important suff that was hard to turn into news – oh yes.