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Graeme Harrower commented on Graeme Harrower's blog post POSTPONING DEMOCRACY IN THE CITY
"COMMENT   At its meeting on 8 October, the Court of Common Council enacted the postponement of the councillor elections, which will now be held in March 2022 instead of March 2021. Only 18 members voted against the passage of the bill on its…"
Oct 13
Graeme Harrower commented on Graeme Harrower's blog post POSTPONING DEMOCRACY IN THE CITY
"As predicted in my blog, the Court of Common Council passed the bill on its first and second readings to postpone the councillor elections, and did so by a large majority - 84 votes to 22, with 3 abstentions. But the bill is not yet enacted: an…"
Sep 12
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POSTPONING DEMOCRACY IN THE CITY

Below is the text of an email I sent today to all members of the Court of Common Council (the City Corporation’s elected governing body) about the proposed postponement of the elections of the City’s 100 councillors from March 2021 to March 2022.  What little democracy there is in the City shouldn’t be postponed by a year for no good reason. But I expect that the postponement of these elections will receive overwhelming support from members of the Court at its meeting on Thursday 10…See More
Sep 7
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POSTPONING DEMOCRACY IN THE CITY

Below is the text of an email I sent today to all members of the Court of Common Council (the City Corporation’s elected governing body) about the proposed postponement of the elections of the City’s 100 councillors from March 2021 to March 2022.  What little democracy there is in the City shouldn’t be postponed by a year for no good reason. But I expect that the postponement of these elections will receive overwhelming support from members of the Court at its meeting on Thursday 10…See More
Sep 7
Iain Meek commented on Graeme Harrower's blog post ALDERMAN POSTPONES DATE FOR HIS RE-ELECTION
"Regarding Jacqueline Swanson on August 15, 2020- ”In a democratic system, it shouldn’t. It should be the electorate’s view that counts, not yours."  I actually disagree on this general point as we are living in a…"
Aug 22
Iain Meek commented on Graeme Harrower's blog post ALDERMAN POSTPONES DATE FOR HIS RE-ELECTION
"Graeme Harrower's  The Seven Principles of Public Life were published by the Committee on Standards in Public…"
Aug 22
Graeme Harrower commented on Graeme Harrower's blog post ALDERMAN POSTPONES DATE FOR HIS RE-ELECTION
"Comment Alderman Graves commented on 27 July: “For all Graeme’s intimations of secrecy, he has attended many “secret“ meetings, in the sense that the public are excluded from them.“ The fact that I sit on the Court of…"
Aug 18
Jacqueline Swanson commented on Graeme Harrower's blog post ALDERMAN POSTPONES DATE FOR HIS RE-ELECTION
"Dear Alderman Graves You say your constituents can contact you. But why should the burden be on us to do so? Why didn’t you tell us you weren't submitting a ‘letter of surrender’ after your term of office had expired? The…"
Aug 15
JoJo commented on Graeme Harrower's blog post ALDERMAN POSTPONES DATE FOR HIS RE-ELECTION
"Reading though the comments I was struck by how unwilling David Graves seems to be to accept the views of those he is supposed to represent. His argument against holding an election with claims such as: "For anyone wanting to say "how out…"
Aug 14
David Graves (your Alderman) commented on Graeme Harrower's blog post ALDERMAN POSTPONES DATE FOR HIS RE-ELECTION
"Dear Ian, Just to update you regarding the Leisure Centre, the re-opening is being actively discussed between Fusion and the City of London at the moment - obviously a key consideration is how to re-open in a safe manner. Unfortunately I cannot…"
Aug 13
David Graves (your Alderman) commented on Graeme Harrower's blog post ALDERMAN POSTPONES DATE FOR HIS RE-ELECTION
"Dear Ian, The issue, as discussed below, is about timing, not about whether the nation is still a democracy when local elections have been postponed, as they have been nationwide. I think it would look very odd to the outside world for the City of…"
Aug 12
Iain Meek commented on Graeme Harrower's blog post ALDERMAN POSTPONES DATE FOR HIS RE-ELECTION
"Dear David The issue seems to be "- our alderman has decided not to allow himself to stand for election even though he has been in post for more than six years" and the date for re-election is being delayed on his sole decision. You should…"
Aug 12
David Graves (your Alderman) commented on Graeme Harrower's blog post ALDERMAN POSTPONES DATE FOR HIS RE-ELECTION
"Paul, I am not sure what mode of resolution you have in mind.  All of your local councillors (and even the Alderman) are "real" people who live locally and are not living in ivory towers somewhere miles away. You and I have met, and…"
Aug 10
Paul Lincoln commented on Graeme Harrower's blog post ALDERMAN POSTPONES DATE FOR HIS RE-ELECTION
"I am very concerned that there appears to be no hope of resolution of this issue. A number of important things are not being addressed:- our alderman has decided not to allow himself to stand for election even though he has been in post for more…"
Aug 9
David Graves (your Alderman) commented on Graeme Harrower's blog post ALDERMAN POSTPONES DATE FOR HIS RE-ELECTION
"Dear Jacqueline, As Graeme said in his initial posting, the proposal to postpone the 4-yearly Common Council elections to March 2022 was made because of concerns that the registration of voters for the 2021 Ward Lists (work on which will begin…"
Aug 1
Jacqueline Swanson commented on Graeme Harrower's blog post ALDERMAN POSTPONES DATE FOR HIS RE-ELECTION
"Dear Alderman Graves Could you let us know whether you agree with the proposals to postpone the Common Council elections until 2022? And if so why? Under what circumstances would you consider submitting your letter of surrender? Many…"
Aug 1

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POSTPONING DEMOCRACY IN THE CITY

Posted on September 7, 2020 at 15:30 2 Comments

Below is the text of an email I sent today to all members of the Court of Common Council (the City Corporation’s elected governing body) about the proposed postponement of the elections of the City’s 100 councillors from March 2021 to March 2022. 

 

What little democracy there is in the City shouldn’t be postponed by a year for no good reason. But I expect that the postponement of these elections will receive overwhelming support from members of the Court at its meeting on…

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ALDERMAN POSTPONES DATE FOR HIS RE-ELECTION

Posted on July 19, 2020 at 19:30 23 Comments

The election for alderman in Cripplegate Ward has been postponed....
 
David Graves, the alderman for Cripplegate Ward (which covers Golden Lane Estate and part of the Barbican) reached the end of his six year term of office on 17 June 2020.
 
The archaic conventions that govern this archaic public office require that upon the expiry of the term of office of an alderman, he or she submits a “letter of…
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CITY CORPORATION’S PROPAGANDA AGAINST GOLDEN LANE

Posted on May 11, 2020 at 14:56 0 Comments

Below is the text of an email that I sent today to all members of the Court of Common Council (the City Corporation’s elected governing body). It covers two subjects.

 

First, it satirises the lack of democracy in the City Corporation. As 80% of members of the Court of Common Council are elected mainly by tiny numbers of generally uninterested business voters - a system unique to the City - the Corporation cannot claim to be a democratic institution. For background, see…

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CITY CORPORATION CONTINUES TO FAIL RESIDENTS

Posted on April 27, 2020 at 16:12 2 Comments

QUESTIONS WITH NO ANSWERS

On Friday 24 April, in a live streamed virtual meeting of the City Corporation’s Community and Children’s Services Committee, the Chair was asked questions about the Corporation allowing non-essential construction work to restart on one of its own developments within touching distance of its own densely populated Golden Lane estate.

 

For the background, see:…

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