Along The Silk Road At artsdepot, Finchley - [image: Along The Silk Road at ArtsDepot, Finchley] An international cast of dancers and musicians from the UK, Iran, Italy, Spain and India bring the st...
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lucylovesspurs, n20 0dl says...Now Lucylovesspurs is seemingly at an advantage over the other commentators, in that she actually knows the young man in question. She alleges that the paper "hasn't really told the whole truth". Sadly, she doesn't tell us why she has accused the Times of not giving the whole story. Rather predictibly a certain commentator completely misses the point and hurls a few more insults. Lucylovesspurs then tells us
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it was his mother who asked for the ASBO to keep the other children away from him!Now I've no idea whether this is true, but it certainly seems to cast a new slant on the story. One commentator called "Reality Bites" seems to think that ADHD is no excuse. This commentator probably knows nothing about the condition. I know a little bit. One of my nephews suffers from it. He was raised in the USA, where the condition is treated with stimulants such as amphetamine sulphate which allow the sufferer to concentrate properly. As a result my nephew has a degree. It seems that Ashley here has had problems for some time. Has he been receiving treatment for the condition? Have social services tried to help the family sort the problem out. I suspect that like many disorders, if the child of a rich person suffers from the condition, the outcome is significantly different from if a poor child suffers from it. I've read about some of the "jolly japes" our Prime Minister and our Mayor of London got up to as members of the Bullingdon club. As they were wealthy, they got away with it. If they wore hoodies and lived on Council estates, such behaviour would now be prime ASBO fodder.
Guess when the last the post was? Yup 25th Feb. What happened to the expenses for March, April and May. It seems that monthly has a different meaning for Ms Hillan. You may wonder what Lynne plans to do with Leader Listens as she can't be bothered? We all wonder, don't we. Why don't you tell us Lynne?The only exception will be my expenses which I will post monthly.
The Government is ultimately responsible for the conduct of our armed forces and for that, on behalf of the Government - and indeed our country - I am deeply sorry.It is forgotten by many that the protest was organised by the Civil Rights Association. The killings effectively ended this organisation and gave wings to the brutal Provisional IRA. Nothing the CRA was asking for was unreasonable. By murdering people, a far worse scenario erupted. The past can't be undone, but as far as I am concerned only a Conservative Prime Minister could effectively apologise for the crimes of another Conservative Government.
Too much public sector recruitment is nothing more than an employment racket for over-paid bureaucrats. Only this month, for instance, Barnet Council in North London has advertised for three assistant directors on salaries totalling over £300,000We couldn't agree more, or put it better ourselves. Barnet Council CEO Nick Walkley and Leader of the Council Lynne Hillan should hang their heads in shame. The Daily Express is a staunchly Conservative paper and for a Tory Council to be named and shamed by such a paper is a complete humiliation. What we need is a council which takes an axe to the bloated management structure and uses the huge savings it can make to ensure that front line services to the weak, frail and elderly are defended.This blog is not a right wing slash and burn rag. We are left leaning and passionately believe in maintaining public services. This can only be done by efficiently managing our resources and getting rid of highly paid managers doing non jobs. Given the millions Barnet has spent on consultants, only to be told "hire more managers" it is clear that the bosses in their North London Business Park Ivory Towers just don't get it. I hope being named and shamed by the Daily Express is the reality check they need.
The Town Hall is the civic heart of the borough and the only flag which should be flown at the building is the Union flag. Personally, I’ll be following the World Cup with great interest, as I’m sure will many Barnet residents. But in times of tough economic pressures, the council as an organisation has greater priorities to deal with.So what could be a greater priority than encouraging pride in our magnificent country? Well you could attend this comic book workshop organised by Councillor Robert Rams, Cabinet Member for Customer Access and Partnerships. Councillor Rams proudly boasts. You could have a barbeque following Councillor Melvin Cohens latest advice in his press release.
Councillor Joanna Tambourides, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Cohesion, said: "The World Cup is a time when the whole community enjoys the feelgood factor, and the council is totally supportive of residents enjoying themselves while watching the football. What won't be tolerated is anti-social and violent behaviour that intimidates or harms others simply trying to enjoy the games. We will work closely with our police colleagues to make sure that any problems are quelled quickly and effectively."Does the phrase "We will work closely with our police colleagues to make sure that any problems are quelled quickly and effectively" sound like what you'd expect a councillor to say about the World cup? It surprised me to see that this is, so far, the only Barnet Council press release on the subject of the World Cup. Nothing trying to capitalise on the huge interest in participent sport, which will doubtless ensue. Nothing to get youngsters off their backsides and out into the parks playing football. No special events to use the World Cup to promote community cohesion (just think how many different nationalities, who live in Barnet are represented). All we have from the Police is this statement :-
Inspector Simon Roberts, in charge of Barnet Police's Priority Intervention Team, said: "Naturally we want England to go the whole way and win, and we want people to enjoy every moment of it. While we think the chance of any real problems arising is low, passions do tend to run quite high in these sorts of events. We will deal robustly with any disorder and alcohol related offences during South Africa 2010."Is it just me or are we becoming rather authoritarian in Barnet. Are the Police saying they don't normally deal robustly with disorder and alcohol related offence? Are they saying that they are simply targetting World Cup revellers?
Enforcement and police officers have extra powers in the Cricklewood, Tally Ho, Finchley Central and Hendon Central areas where there are alcohol control zones now in place. If there are people drinking in the street and officers suspect they may commit anti-social behaviour they can demand the alcohol is handed over. A £500 fine is the maximum penalty for refusal.So the Police have been given the power to sieze alcohol if they think someone "may commit anti-social behaviour". Lets get this right, you don't actually have to do anything. So if I go for a picnic in Finchley and have a lager and a policeman decides "I might commit anti social behaviour" he can nick my booze?