Working through the crisis in systematic way

Across our neighbourhoods, or (in this 21st Century, I might more accurately say) extended networks, all kinds of people are making all kinds of arrangements to support each other when we are ill, or isolated, or socially distancing.
At times like these, people will be getting on with getting on.
And where they can’t, they will be looking to the NHS or the council or their social landlord or the emergency services to do what is necessary.
Including reporting neighbours who thought it was fun to have a street party yesterday to the Police.

Now as an elected representative, I feel this urge to do something more; and that people might expect it of me.
But the reality is people need a structured, organised and (dare I say it) a properly financed set of services to assist.
So I won’t be putting out any special leaflets to say I can help as an individual. Cos the systems should provide and I expect that of them.
Part of this is cos I don’t want to confuse any organised systems and messages.
And part of this is cos I might be carrying the virus and not know it.

What I can, should and do do is report failings in the systems set up to help.
I am going to expect that people know that I do that already.
Cos this ain’t the time to be trying to fix, or even make, reputations.

Meanwhile, my main political criticisms are –
1. if we are “at war”, all available capacity should be mobilised for a purpose through our public services; people no longer selling holidays, or serving in shops or on public transport, could be commissioned to help the public services; and others could be mobilised to keep their immediate neighbourhood looking neat (not litter or waste, obviously, but grass cutting and weeding);
2. councils should be told publicly that they are to receive finance to provide more capacity;
3. the economic packages should be emphasising funding people and consumer demand rather than financing businesses.

Personal statements of poor practice, publicly made, need following up

‘In the National Health Service, everything is written in different languages – how much is that costing?
‘How much is it costing for the interpreters?
I was in hospital last week, the interpreter never turned up for the people who couldn’t speak English.
“She was paid, they all had to go on and all the radiologists stood around. What sort of country is allowing this?’

Just what to do if a public allegation about poor public service is made, using personal testimony?
Cos to doubt it its to infer the complainant is lying.
Just our bad luck I suppose that the witness making a statement on BBC Question Time happened to be a “Free Tommy Robinson” campaigner.

Perhaps less than bad luck is that the Chair of Question Time didn’t treat the statement as an allegation of bad practice that needed following up. Perhaps advising the complainant that the BBC will follow up the complaint and advise the audience of the next broadcast on what they had found.

Something similar has happened on Twitter earlier today. A man with a pen name (and the flags of England and Poland attached) has asserted poor service by one of the local GP practices and made an allegation against a named GP, claiming the support of 2 others (who’ve also written with pen names).
Local political representatives do actually feel the need to check allegations of poor service. We can talk to patient reps, we can talk to practice managers, and perhaps even the GP themselves.
But we like a name and address first, so that we can reply to complainants, and hold them to account if they have misrepresented the truth.

Development across the Southside of Nottingham

Slides showing the scale of development in the “Southside” completed, under construction, approved, being considered and potentially to be developed.
Put together for a tour by Planning committee.
“Southside covers part of the city centre (Broad Marsh, Narrow Marsh, the escarpment supporting Lace Market), Boots Island; and part of The Meadows (Queens Road, Crocus Street, Arkwright Triangle and Traffic Street – perhaps better describes as Crocus Meadows), and Arkwright Walk and beyond – fronting the river (part of “Waterside”).

List of sites.
01. London Road former petrol filling station;
02. Short Hill / Malin Hill;
03. Pemberton Street;
04. (former Boots) Island site;
05. Waterside; and Trent Basin; (not part of tour);
– Park Yacht Club;
– Meadows Lane Phase 1;
– Meadows Lane phase 2 (not shown);
– NCHA Trent Lane;
06. Queens Road (jn with London Road);
07. Network Rail Site, Queens Road;
08. Summer Leys;
09. Saffron Court;
10. Chainey Place;
11. Crocus Street / Wallet Street;
12. Hiltons;
13. Crocus Mill;
14. Crocus Place;
15. I.H.Moore;
16. Triangle Site;
17. Cresswell Site;
18. Arkwright Walk;
19. Traffic Street (Print Works);
20. Vantage;
21. Sentinel;
22. Unity Square;
23. Station Street;
24. Vita;
25. City Buildings;
26. Carrington Street North;
27. Broadmarsh West;
28. Nottingham Castle;
29. Broadmarsh Shopping Centre;
30. Broadmarsh Bus Station & Car Park;
31. Nottingham College City Hub;
— Collin Street Public Realm;
— Sussex Street Public Realm;
and Southside application.
(Missing – flats at NW corner of Sweet Leys / Crocus junction.)

Children in the care of Nottinghamshire Councils

A report published by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, with a lot to take in. “The primary purpose of this investigation was to examine the institutional responses to such allegations of Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council, and other organisations such as Nottinghamshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service, and to consider the adequacy of steps taken to protect children from abuse.

David Mellen has issued a statement on the report.

I know how in 1994/5, Notts. County Council showed vigour and resolve in reviewing the death of a child in Ashfield District.
The report on abuse is long and I will be interested to see what the report fully says. For now, the City Council’s Leader response is presented.

East Midlands Today
Coverage on East Midlands News (BBC tv) is worth looking up, especially for survivors saying that they now feel they have been listened to. Interviewed on the programme, David Mellen explained clearly that we are apologising for what happened and I’ve re-published his apology made on *our* behalf.
There are 161 pages in the report, with quite a section on Beechwood.  
May well say more when I’ve properly read it.

Nuclear Power and Garden Bridges

So, made the mistake of picking a TED X talk on nuclear power, and how this particular activist had become pro-nuclear power. (No mention of the £72,000 million clean up bill for Windscale which still, no-one seems to be reacting to.) 
Ah, says the speaker, hardly anyone died as a result of Chernobyl and Fukushima. Fine, or as Tony Blair would say, all very well, but tell me which town would volunteer to have one on their doorstep?  
Think I’ve said before that I get frustrated about the complaints of £42,000 million which puts The Midlands and The North on the high speed network.  
But the latest scandal is the notion that the country will pay £24,000 million to clean up the platforms etc. from North Sea oil drilling – surely the oil companies are going to pay for that?
Then there’s Amazon etc. not paying tax.  
Meanwhile, the £54 million lost on the London Garden Bridge has made the news this week. 
This, despite Brexit – or the distractions of “was Winston Churchill a villain?” (like, don’t bite).  
Meanwhile, youtube keeps offering me more speeches on why nuclear power is the way forward. This despite future nuclear power stations planned for the UK now being dropped cos of expense. (Hinckley Point (C) next, please.) To be safe, it’s too expensive.
Final thought – £179,000 million being spent on new nuclear submarines, even though the Conservative Chair of the Defence Select Cttee said its tactical advantage is soon to be lost.