At the denouement of an episode of the A-Team it was always highly likely that Colonel John ‘Hannibal’ Smith would remove his cigar momentarily to say “I love it when a plan comes together.”
And the Colonel was dead right, it is indeed a wonderful moment. Of course his plans generally involved a fake explosion followed swiftly by a stuntman trampolining to an unconvincing death over the bonnet of a jeep.
Our plan was somewhat different, and with all due respect to the Colonel, somewhat more difficult to bring off. It needed the help of our future Queen and hundreds of well scrubbed children in smart school uniforms waving Union Jacks. It required two glistening new public buildings that have given the whole area an aesthetic boost. It demanded a brand new academy providing additional school places in a borough that does better at GCSE than practically anywhere else. And as if that wasn’t enough, it also required a new leisure centre which is surely set to be one of the very best in London. Continue reading