Only in Tower Hamlets could traditional political roles be so totally reversed that the two opposition Conservative councillors will table a motion to full cabinet this week challenging Labour’s decision to close three Local Authority Day Nurseries (LADNs).
Here’s part of the motion in question to be proposed by Cllr. Peter Golds and seconded by Councillor Andrew Wood on Wednesday evening.
11.1 Motion regarding Remaining Local Authority Day Nurseries
“This council notes that there has been considerable concern amongst both members and residents regarding the closure of the three remaining Local Authority Day Nurseries, namely; John Smith, Overland and Mary Sambrook.
The council further notes that the call-in members expressed concern in their call-in requisition that “no ‘other operators’ were considered as providers to run the three LADNs.” In addition, the members highlighted the alternatives presented to the Schools Forum all resulted in closure of the three nurseries.”
Point well made sir!
Who was it who once said that full and transparent decision-making was the a mark of a good democratic organisation?
Whoever it was his point seems proved.
You can find more details of the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 21st November here. (7pm, don’t be late!)
Unsurprisingly the Save Our Nurseries Tower Hamlets team are very aware of the irony of local Conservative party members bringing the motion while the Conservative government is busy cutting Local Authority budgets to the bone.
But then there is a huge difference between local and national politics.
There may only be three Opposition councillors in our borough but they are three of the best politicians.
Fancy a night in with a horror movie?
Give Netflix a break this evening and check out the video recording of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee meeting on Tuesday 16th October 2018 – the call back regarding the LADNs was the first item on the agenda. Bow East Labour Councillor Marc Francis apparently described it as ‘the worst public consultation I’ve seen since Haringey , which was struck off by the Supreme Court’.
The motion (did we mention it is a Conservative motion?) comes at the same time that United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, has been visiting the UK. You can read his damning report here.
“The people’s flag is deepest red…” – isn’t it?
Save Our Nurseries is calling on all Tower Hamlets councillors to support this motion, irrespective of party divides, so it will be interesting to see how many of the Labour councillors remember what the whole red flag, red rose, comrade this and comrade the other is all about.
Cllr. Rabina Khan (Liberal Democrat, Shadwell) will be voting with Cllrs. Golds and Wood.
How now brown cow?
Moley understands that even Labour Chief Whip Cllr. Kevin Brady (left) has become so utterly bored of the sound of his own voice that he has resorted to coaching his Labour councillor colleagues in the best techniques to deliver their speeches in the Council chamber.
Cllr. Brady describes himself as ‘Full-time talent agent. Part-time politician’ on his Twitter bio.
Moley thinks that Cllr. Brady might be better off passing around copies of ‘From Serfdom to Socialism’ by one Keir Hardie to his colleagues, or maybe ’Socialism: A Summary and Interpretation of Socialist Principles’, our favourite even if we just prop the office door open with it.
Or of course the classic ‘The Future of Socialism: The Book That Changed British Politics’ by Tony Crosland.
Suddenly remembering those socialist principles could be useful come election time!
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