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Saturday, 12 December 2015

Mischief Making in Kensal Green

Martin Francis is trying to stir up mischief in the Kensal Green By election I see.  He is seeking to imply that John McDonnell supports setting illegal budgets.  In fact John McDonnell has said:

“The situation the councils are now in is if they don’t set a budget, a council officer will do it for them. There is no choice for them any more.”

This may seem remarkable given John McDonnell's own past history, but it is simply a recognition of reality.  If a Council such as Brent refuses to set a budget, central government can simply appoint commissioners to do it instead.

"Opposing austerity" in the way Martin imagines he does, which in fact seems to consist simply of attacking Labour Councils, is nonsense. In fact, Martin should look at the various ways in which Brent Council has advanced progressive measures despite the financial cuts imposed by central government.  These include improvements to recycling which are unfortunately now under threat, the greenest public building in Europe, the transformation of Brent Libraries, improvements to carbon emissions, the delivery of regeneration in Brent's growth areas despite the Tories all out assault on housing, various improvements to parks in Brent, a step change in allotments management, a rebuilt Moberly Sports Centre and substantial investment in the Vale Farm Sports Centre as a result of the new contract. 

Of course, these kind of achievements would have been far easier if we had a Labour government as we did from 1997 to 2010.  Something that Martin might care to reflect on as he campaigns against the Labour Party.


  1. Let's be clear that closing libraries is not a transformation, it is dismantling.

    The moberley rebuild is being done by Tory run Westminster council - who own the land and buildings, Brent is purely the borough it happens to be in (Brent's input is as a planning authority, nothing else material)

  2. You seem a bit obsessed with Martin Francis

  3. You hark back to the days of the same Labour Party that broke international law around torture? According to Shaker Aamer today, Tony Blair even flew the agents who were in collusion in the same plane as him.

    The truth is a vote Labour or Conservatives is for the same elitist parties. Scotland saw through it and in time so will England, Wales and Cornwall.