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Christine Clifford commented on Tim Godsmark's blog post Money for Repairs
"The link takes me to a Word doc I think then nothing. I think it’s appalling that the City thinks so little of its residents. It’s time the business vote was abolished."
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We have a couple of desk spaces to rent in our small office in Shoreditch Town Hall. Photocopier/printer, tea and coffee included.If you are interested contact Tim on 07815 437 028See More
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Money for Repairs

On the 13th January there was a full City Council meeting where Sue Pearson, your local Common Councillor, proposed a motion that the repairs programme for all the City Estates be accelerated by using some of the City’s financial reserves. The repairs programme is moving incredibly slowly even by the City’s standards with the last 5 year plan being inadequately funded while the Estates decay and tenants live in unacceptable conditions. The City has a fund called City Cash which has reserves of £2.6 billion. They have dedicated £50 million of this money to support small business during the pandemic but nothing to support residents. £37 million of this money has not been spent and Sue suggested that, as a start, it might be a good idea to redirect this to Estate repairs.At the Council meeting discussion of the motion was cut short by a point of order and the the motion to speed up repair of your Estates was lost by 75 votes to 19. A supportive councillor, Graeme Harrower, has written a…See More
Thursday
Tim Godsmark posted a blog post

Money for Repairs

On the 13th January there was a full City Council meeting where Sue Pearson, your local Common Councillor, proposed a motion that the repairs programme for all the City Estates be accelerated by using some of the City’s financial reserves. The repairs programme is moving incredibly slowly even by the City’s standards with the last 5 year plan being inadequately funded while the Estates decay and tenants live in unacceptable conditions. The City has a fund called City Cash which has reserves of £2.6 billion. They have dedicated £50 million of this money to support small business during the pandemic but nothing to support residents. £37 million of this money has not been spent and Sue suggested that, as a start, it might be a good idea to redirect this to Estate repairs.At the Council meeting discussion of the motion was cut short by a point of order and the the motion to speed up repair of your Estates was lost by 75 votes to 19. A supportive councillor, Graeme Harrower, has written a…See More
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CITY’S STANDARDS COMMITTEE ABOLISHED

In January 2018, a resident councillor of unimpeachable integrity successfully challenged the City of London Corporation on behalf of her constituents. Two weeks later, the Corporation referred her for prosecution which proved to be entirely groundless, and for two prejudiced hearings by its Standards Committee. The whole process cost tens of thousands of pounds of public money, and resulted in no sanction. In December 2018, two motions were proposed in the City’s Court of Common Council in…See More
Mar 25, 2021
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, 2020
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, 2020
A blog post by Graeme Harrower was featured

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, 2020
Graeme Harrower posted a blog post

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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020

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CITY’S STANDARDS COMMITTEE ABOLISHED

Posted on March 25, 2021 at 19:00 0 Comments

In January 2018, a resident councillor of unimpeachable integrity successfully challenged the City of London Corporation on behalf of her constituents. Two weeks later, the Corporation referred her for prosecution which proved to be entirely groundless, and for two prejudiced hearings by its Standards Committee. The whole process cost tens of thousands of pounds of public money, and resulted in no sanction.

 

In December 2018, two motions were…

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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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