As you will all know, fresh horrors were yesterday (Wed 22 Mar) visited on our country by terrorism.
The carnage on Westminster Bridge and at our Parliament were truly awful to behold, we must all hope for the best possible outcome for the injured and that there will be comfort for the bereaved. Continue reading
Sometimes in the debating chamber a cloud of unreason seems to descend on my colleagues from the Labour Party. They become emotional, they make speeches that are unwittingly mock-heroic.
It seems to happen whenever they sense an opportunity to demonstrate their superior passion and humanity. It is seldom, if ever, linked to any practical action. There is a new and useful term for this kind of behaviour: virtue signalling.
There was a veritable orgy of virtue signalling just the other week when the subject of food banks came up in debate. Continue reading
Cllr Paget-Brown’s Budget speech Wednesday 8 March 2017
I am delighted to propose the Budget for 2017/18. In doing so I would urge colleagues and the public to study the excellent accompanying document which sets out how this Council accounts for the £409m revenue expenditure which we will undertake in the coming financial year and almost £400m of capital spending over the next four years. How we spend that money is an important determinant of the character of the place in which we live and an indicator of a Council that seeks to create opportunities for everyone to succeed and to shape a borough that is one of the best places to live in London. Continue reading
In the last few years, some 850 British residents are thought to have gone out to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS and other jihadist organisations. Many of those were young people, and several were from Kensington and Chelsea. Continue reading