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  1. Davies is edging May out ... the next few weeks could be interesting.
  2. I loathe any form of sectarianism and have become increasingly intolerant of any religious dogma - ban one, ban them all.
  3. harper

    Grenfell

    Council has very limited housing stock in the area. Not quite sure where 140 unoccupied local homes would come from. Lots of infrastructure on the ground and grants foundation in place - but that's not newsworthy. Council has simplified grants application to one side of A4 and is turning funding applications around in two days - but that's not newsworthy. Some families’ want to stay close to the community, others are asking to be rehoused as far away as possible - but that's not newsworthy. Most of the families evacuated from Grenfell Tower are too traumatised to move at present. Prioritiy is being given to support the children over the summer moths when the schols are closed. Specialist support services have been set up but that's not newsworthy either. Very little of what I have seen reported resembles what is actually happening on the ground and it has been like that from day 1.
  4. I think Davies and Green are likely to be her silent but deadly assassins ...
  5. I read reports saying that the same materials may also have been used in other public buildings such as schools and hospitals. (I think we've got our threads in a fankle). Back to politics. Slightly out the loop on this, with the local events of the last 12 days. A Tory/DUP alliance was something I couldn't have imagined. Politics has just become a whole lot uglier and nastier and I wouldn't have thought that possible
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    Grenfell

    Kensington and Chelsea has a great tradition of noblesse oblige - providing the recipients know their place. Sadly it is not hype and there is some hooha about whether the new residents will be able to use the commual posh swimming pool and gym facilties. They are dismissing everyone as a facelss, feckless mob. I sat with a group of Arabic women yesterday, one of whom described the point where her friends stopped talking with her on the phone - after saying she had covered her babies in wet towels. I'd happily take every single one of these commentators down to the disaster site and introduce them to some of the most heart broken, gentle and utterly devastated members of our community. They have no humanity. I haven't read any press or media coverage on Grenfell. Can't bear to see the pictures with the real thing so close and so many annoying reporters.
  7. harper

    Grenfell

    Never been so proud of my adopted city, my friends, my colleagues, my community. The grief is really hitting home. So much to rebuild.
  8. harper

    Grenfell

    You had me at it... I wrote an email at work and said Glefell.... luckily a collegue spotted it before it went out. Someone is going to have to answer for this but for most of us right now it is about support.
  9. harper

    Grenfell

    Every local authority has a Major Incident Plan that kicks in as soon as there is an incident, involving a multi agency response, health trusts, the Red Cross, specialist agencies and the local voluntary sector, churches, mosques etc. I did Major Incident Planning with some of the Red Cross who had worked in Kosovo. Their skills are mightly impressive and they have been on the ground with the emergency services since day 1. The agenda over the next few days is to carry on setting up community support, while the front line services continue to search for bodies in the tower. People have been working flat out since last week to get people housed, fed, clothed, cash, replacement documents etc, under a barage of criticism, as well as trauma support for the front line workers. No one in the fornt line support is talking about blame - there are huge questions that need to be answered but that will come later. The local community estimates fatalities to be approximately 150. I think away from the front line it has been chaotic but the organisations are dealing with chaotic circumstances. The work that it will take to help people put their lives back together is a monumental task. The community is very fragile and I just can't imagine the grief and anger as funerals start to take place. There are protest marches and vigils taking place every day. .... and it's Grenfell not Glenfell:)
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    Grenfell

    There are three distinct groups. The people housed in the tower block, the residents who were evacuated because of safety fears about falling debris and the building itself and the wider community. The major incident pla. has been working closely with the first two groups. It is the third group who are marching and protesting. Very understandable but the first priority in the first days were the Grenfell residents. The centres and the churches that opened are part of the Council's major incident plan. They were not an independent response from the local voluntary sector. That came later and in addition. There needs to be a full enquiry but for the moment, efforts need to be concentrated on helping the people who have lost their homes and loved ones and the traumatised witnesses and workers who are trying to handle this crisis under a great deal of pressure. the sooner we see the back of Victoria Deryshire, Sadiq Khan and the great and the good the better. Not sure there is a lot of local social housing but there are plenty of celebs, politicians and royality in the area with loads of room. I'm with Corbyn - requisition The houses - starting with Kensington Palace!
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    Grenfell

    There is a major incident plan in place and it is being effectively implemented across the designated sites for first line response involving the Red Cross and emergency services to address the needs of the immediate victims. Where they are failing is the comms strategy. It's the 2nd response that is becoming overwhelmed. Nothing in place to deal with community response and the press in there heightening grievances. I know this community, I have worked here for over 30 years. There are long standing grievances with the TMO and the council.
  12. harper

    Grenfell

    I am fine, Pat. We are working on community engagement and support and not on 1st line response. I have a good team but we share the communities frustrations that no one is co-ordinating things. We know there are things going on behind the scenes to help people but I have real concerns about what might happen if the community starts to feel abandoned. Grenfell families have been housed in hotels or bed and breakfast last night and a each family has been allocated a key worker to support them but their are crowds of people displaced, looking for relatives, evacuated from surrounding buildings and restless. The local centres are doing their best but people are becoming tired and overwhelmed. We have been asking what additional resources will be put in place to support volunteers and people over the weekend.... People are learning more about what is happening from the news than a co-ordinated information strategy on the ground. The press are being a pain. Stirring up emotion and then sticking a camera on people.
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    Grenfell

    Someone came up and stood beside one of my colleagues and he thought he looked very familair... it was Sadiq Khan. Corbyn and Khan talking to the crowds. May had a closed visit - says it all. The charities and churches are part of the first line major incident response agreed with the Council, other sites started opening as the designated sites became full. Volunteers pretty traumatised by what they were hearing. Organisations calling out for Arabic speaking counsellors. Everyone working to put support in place. The days, weeks and months are going to be tough. The TMO will have a lot to answer for. Poeple are talking about corporate manslaughter.
  14. harper

    Grenfell

    Nobody here is thinking about blame, although the TV crews are trying to talk it up. The personal stories are horrendous. The community has been amazing. Admiration and respect to the emergency services, front line colleagues and community who worked through the night to support the people of Grenfell. So much trauma and grief. The community is out in force clothing people, feeding people and firefighters alike - and just helping people with their grief and shock. Everyone needing housing were found accommodation last night. Our local community is in crisis and the worst days are still ahead of us as the death toll rises. We've had Khan, May, Corbyn on site saying nothing of particular use. The politics can wait for now.
  15. I wouldn't expect that SNP voters would think otherwise:) It would be interesting to hear from someone who changed their vote and why they did that. I think opinion about Sturgeon has changed since Brexit. I have friends in Scotland who are either strongly for her or strongly against her - all SNP supporters since we were in our teens. I haven't met anyone who is indifferent. Some feel she lacks the gravitas and statesmanship of Salmond, others think she is the best things since milanda. Some, who are teachers have become disenchanted. No tactical voting for them. It was a vote for the party and their own constituency MSP.
  16. I haven't heard Sturgeon described as "the Sturgeon" either. If it was me it was typo:). Actually, Sturgeon has said Corbyn had no credibility as a leader while bigging up Roberston as the only credible opposition in Westminster ... They must screen different interviews in Scotland and England. Davidson will meet her own fate, no doubt and May's fate seems sealed - six months then walking. The results speak for themselves. The SNP won but their leader is damaged. She couldn't present the electorate with a positon in independence that satisfied SNP supporters or assured the pro-unionists and that's her job. Her early pronouncements on a second referendum were made straight on the back of the Brexit results and handed the pro-unionists a stick to beat her with. She can hardly complain when they use it. She may be held in high esteem but political leaders fall quickly from grace - as I am sure Salmond and Robertson have just realised - longevity counts for nothing. As for parking independence, I think Sturgeon would fall on her sword before abandoning any idea of a second referendum. Independence is her driving force and her tactic of going dark on it during the election campaign wasn't that convincing. Stephen Gethins is really interesting but he won by only 2 votes. Hardly a comfortable position. I do wonder if he will replace Roberston at Westminster or Stugeon in due course. Maybe the future of independence for Scotland needs a new face - someone who doesn't carry the toxicity around Salmond and Sturgeon's defeats. I don't tune into the Scottish Parliament very often. The issues don't affect me. I prefer the national coverage on national issues. I like Brillo. He doesn't let anyone off the hook. ...Gone off Marr since his superinjunction to conceal his affair... the cad. I liked May's statement "I got us into this mess and I will get us out of it." Whether she does or not remains to be seen but how refrshing to hear a politician take some responsibility for their actions. Meanwhile, Corbyn is smiling like a Cheshire cat.
  17. Sturgeon's best tactic is to make her peace with Corbyn. Good to hear she is now talking about a four nation approach to Brexit... Whoever has been advising her on PR, shoes and strategy should be oot the door. I think the prediction was for 40 seats but as I said, I think it has less to do with how many but who lost their seats ...
  18. May, may go sooner than we think. McDonnell and Corbyn confident that they will form a minority government. May, might have the seats but she certainly doesn't have the power. Similarly, Davidson all over the press and not a thing about the Sturgeon. Scottish Tories being cited as being key in securing May back in office! Scottish Tory leader being cited as wanting to ensure an Open Brexit for Scotland! The metaphorical pandas are running riot and grabbing the limelight, post election and Sturgeon is looking marginalised. Sturgeon should have been able to see Davidson and Dugdale off. Her handling of Brexit and indyref2 has been a monumental cock up. I doubt Sturgeon (or Salmond) will ever deliver independence for Scotland, they are both too toxic, it's needs new vision, new blood and a new strategy.
  19. Sturgeon would do well to make her peace with Corbyn, rather than aggressively stating in interviews that he has no credibility. Depending on how it pans out for May, the SNP (and others) could well be kingmakers for Corbyn's party in Westminster and like the DUP the SNP could put forward their price. No prizes for guessing what that could be. For all her intelligence, Sturgeon lacks diplomacy when it comes to securing political allies. Don't know why you are concentrating on Davidson and May, it's the SNP who need to safeguard their position in the run up to the Scottish elections. I think it wasn't so much the number of seats they lost but who they lost that was the real blow. I don't see the disappearance of Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh as any great loss. Good to see Ms Black re-elected, she tops the list of my son's favourite politicians.
  20. Corbyn ran a decent campaign but has still to prove cabable. He eventually he put together a manifesto that people felt they could get behind. As he didn't win, we can't say whether or not he was capable of delivering it. Whatever the rights and wrongs of May, Davidson and Dugdale and the British press, I don't see Sturgeon as a victim and surely the SNP must be worried about losing so many seats, despite their overall win. Personally, I think because the Tories were reduced to panda numbers for many years and May's unpopularity, people may have underestimated Davidson. Whatever you think of her, she has taken down some big SNP beasts on Stugeon's watch and I don't see her letting up any time soon. Something went very wrong in the SNP's reading of their own share of the electorate for this to happen and blaming everyone else will lead to further trouble. If the majority of the SNP loses had defaulted to Labour I could understand the point about tactical voting to keep the Tories out but that doesn't seem to be the case. I think we are all too aware of the threats of May's new coalition. It was impulsive and stinks of power at any price. Maybe it will imploed, hopefully without too much damage and Corbyn will get to lead a progressive alliance; but in order to do that other leaders need to support him and not try to grandstand or undermine him. To hear Caroline Lucas talking about refusing to go into any coalition agreement with the Tories with her 1 seat is laughable. I wasn't actually aware the Tories had asked them? We have seen the fate of Roberston despite his claims of being the only effective opposition - well all I can say to that is ouch! The only alternative is Labour with their share of 262 and the sooner people put their egos back in their box and get behind him the better. Massive demonstration in London opposing May's deal with the DUP. Strong and stable has tuned to fighteningly unstable ...
  21. ... Doesn't really matter what everyone else was doing. What was Sturgeon doing - or not doing - that led to the loses? My Corbyn vibe was a conciliatory note. I don't know how people feel about a party leader who has lost a third of their vote share and come off the field minus three of their star players. When did everybody get so cuddily about our party leaders? The re- election of May is an absolute disaster. The only way to keep the Tories out is to back Labour. Nothing else works . May's deal with the DUP has set politics back. I thought the pre election, Brexit was bad enough but this is the worst of all possible outcomes. Let's hope that Corbyn is gracious in the face of those that dismissed him as lacking credibility to form and lead a progressive alliance and that other party leaders get alongside him. Our party leaders need to behave better. The electorate deserves better. Caroline Lucas is running around saying she will not deal with the Tories. She has 1 seat! These party leaders need to wake up and stop believing their own hype. To quote another sporting metaphor, a change of behaviour is needed. Dump the heels, get a pair of flats and get to work! This deal with the DUP just made the Tories a whole lot more dangerous in my opinion. Rumour is that the Tories want Ruth Davidson down here.
  22. Kensington has just been declared Labour - feeling quite giddy. I still can't get my head round how Salmond and Robertson could have lost their seats to the Tories. Lib Dems maybe but the Tories? Something has gone very very wrong.
  23. It is a common term, as far as I know, for wins that are not necessarily elegant to error free. A legal win but not necessarily a great win. I hear it used in rugby a lot. No Tory press quotes this side:) To win but to lose three of your most important MPs looks like winning ugly to me. Sturgeon and May both gambled and lost. Sturgeon on Scotland's appetite for a second referendum and May on securing a landslide. Both miscalculations of judgement, in my opinion. They both won ugly to me - in the common use of the term. Other opinions are respected:) I am soo getting that Corbyn London Labour vibe;)
  24. I am not defending May and the article doesn't support the results. Sturgeon chose her starting point on the Brexit result as a push for indy2 and the pushback from Labour and the Tories are clearly linked to that. She has misread her electorate and has paid the price. To have lost Salmond, Nicolson and Robertson - the man she termed as being the only effective opposition to the Tories at Westminster is a thumping big message from Scottish voters. This election result has damaged her, in my opinion.
  25. Sturgeon, May (and others )had so much hubris in this election that they were both heading for a fall. May will have troubles but so will Sturgeon. If Sturgeon wants to seek a progressive alliance with Labour then she has a big climb down to make on her campaign assertions that Corbyn had no credibility to lead. Corbyn gained 40 seats for Labour. Sturgeon lost a third for the SNP, including Robertson and Salmond's seats to the Tories! I think there are a lot of politicians that could learn lessons from Corbyn's campaign, including Sturgeon. She might be the one fighting for her credibility not Corbyn.
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