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Sunday, 15 October 2017


Dear Dame
Londoners can sleep easily in their beds knowing that they and their children will be safe from any sudden random acid attack whilst out shopping.


How has Miss Rudd managed to quieten our fears?
Well, from now on those carrying sulphuric or hydrochloric acid COULD end up inside for a few months...Is she quite bonkers?
The foolish Rudd says you will be ok on the first occasion but if caught twice you will get banged up for a couple of months.

Up to April this year there were over 400 acid attacks: most were in the eastern parts of London.

However, the South West of London is now following the trend.
What is the matter with politicians? 
Can they really be so detached from the lives of ordinary people?
It must be all the close protection officers surrounding Rudd that makes her so remote.

Greg Hands is our local MP as well as being Minister for London.
He's sensible and pragmatic. 
He needs to book a meeting with the hopeless Miss Rudd and tell her to use her head.
Her proposal is an encouragement for every psychopath on the streets of London wishing to commit what is tantamount to murder.

Carrying acid should carry ten years with the onus on the carrier to justify possession....and the same with knives....

Respectfully, dear Dame

A law-abiding citizen

Tuesday, 10 October 2017


@10.47. Being shackled to the state for housing has not served anyone well in the history of Council housing in Kensington and Chelsea. 
In Local Government housing models, officers are supposed to be accountable to elected councillors in the discharging of their duties. 
In Kensington and Chelsea, this theoretical construct did not happen even when the Council ran the service in-house. Prior to the creation of the TMO, the Tory Controlled Council had little interest in housing and abrogated all housing management responsibility to the Director, Mr Kingsford, a man who enjoyed his battles with tenants and who showed everyone who challenged his authority, (except his favourites Mr Beverley and Mrs Besant come to mind) who was boss.

For the last twenty-one years, we have had the Tenant Management fiasco; a beast devised by Mr Kingsford. 

The Tenant Management Board did not devise policy in any sort of practical way it just rubber stamped the policy proposals of the TMO Executive. 
I am amazed that the intellectuals who served on that Board over the years even managed to do that. 
One former Board Member comes to mind for his involvement in the rubber stamping of policy. 
This man could not read or write and eventually went to prison for many years for child abuse!

The Tory Councillors loved the unaccountable TMO because they could wash their hands of housing management and abrogate all responsibility to TMO with its democratically elected Board that was accountable to no one. 

One former Board member told me that he believed in God but was not answerable to God for anything to do with the TMO. 
So power at the TMO was concentrated in the hands of a few Executives most of whom lacked talent.

In view of all this, I think it time to move away from socialist dogma about the housing management service being accountable to Councillors and to try the housing association model instead. 

We have had Labour Councillors on the TMO Board and their efforts have not improved much for those dependent on the service.

In theory Council housing should be wonderful but there is a massive tension between the theoretical construct of officers being accountable to Councillors and its implementation.

Set the tenants free.

Monday, 9 October 2017


The boss of the V&A says that current security arrangements are, " confusing, dangerous and unsatisfactory"

Tristan Hunt has put forward the idea that the Road should be made traffic free. LINK

Sunday, 8 October 2017


Dear Dame,

for his
I have, on occasions, written to Robert Black, Chief Executive of Kensington and Chelsea TMO, to bring to his attention the way in which the TMO treated me. Instead of doing something to improve the situation, he just passed my letters to those members of his staff who were responsible for the appalling situations of which I was complaining. 
I cannot believe the effrontery of the same Robert Black who had the cheek to announce just days after eighty people burned to death in Grenfell Tower that he was standing down from his position as  TMO Chief Executive to devote his time to "assisting the Enquiry" in to the most dreadful social housing disaster in the history of this Country.  
Why has Black changed the habit of a lifetime and personally concerned himself with assisting the Grenfell Tower Enquiry when he did not personally concern himself with any of the matters that I, and many others,  brought to his personal attention? 

Does the inadequate Robert Black think he can micromanage every issue regarding the TMO's failure to manage Grenfell Tower. 

Does Robert Black, a former Art Student,  think he has the skill to paint a glossy picture of the failing Organisation that he has run since 2009? 

How can a former Art Student from Aberdeen possibly assist the very capable and brilliant former Lord Justice of Appeal in Ordinary? 
Distinguished for his


Those were the heady days!
It seems an age ago when our councillors flung money at every daft scheme from spending millions on Opera Holland Park to the death trap Exhibitionist Road.
A White Elephant and some wallies

And we can never forget Dizzy Lizzy Campbell suggesting that Holland Park School cost nothing to build!

Cllr Moylan ironically suggested getting a mechanical elephant for the opening perceptively recognising  the Road was a white elephant

Saturday, 7 October 2017


Cllr Danny 'Boys' Moylan's quote on the 'dicing with death' Exhibition Road. ‘The reimagining of the space has transformed Exhibition Road, improving the quality of life for people living and working in, and for those visiting, the area.

The Dame's doesn't think the dozen people seriously injured will agree with his pompously idiotic statement.
Our hearts go out to the innocents injured today on Exhibition Road.

The Hornet has consistently slammed Exhibition Road as a monstrous waste of money at nearly £27 million plus annual cleaning costs of close to £400,000 a year. 
The granite, ordered from China of all places, is now filthy with tyre marks and oil slicks.

Wise heads have always said that this dangerous experiment of mixing vulnerable pedestrians with speeding cars was a recipe for a tragedy: they have been proven right
No one sticks to speed limit and is common to see cars and lorries racing at 60 MPH

Moylan, you are an arrogant know all. 
Your ludicrous project should be scrapped and cars and lorries banned immediately.

These two comment in the Evening Standard are pertinent

And it's another reminder that 'shared space' of which Exhibition Road is widely touted as a good example is a fatally flawed idea because people in cars just won't be nice and drive safely around vulnerable road users.
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They did away with the kerbs & road markings here saying it'll make the area more visitor-chummy and drivers will be more cautious. That worked well.

Thursday, 5 October 2017


It's an odd world when foreigners can come to the UK.....use NHS services and then refuse to pay the bill.
It costs us all millions.....

If we could claw just a little back it could save Freddy Vallender's little life.
Freddy is a beautiful four-year-old boy from Somerset who loves, like all small boys, tractors.

He has a rare and life-threatening heart condition which can only be treated at the Boston Children's Hospital.

So far, £22,000 has raised of the £90,000 needed to pay for the operation.
The Dame rarely goes 'off message' in her blog but she begs her readers to think of this lovely little boy. 
Without this operation, his life is at serious risk.

Please help the Dame help Freddy by clicking LINK TO JUST GIVING and give what you can. 
If you have any ideas about charities that could help the Dame would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017


What a fascinating missive and so irresistibly flattering to an elderly lady!
So, charming readers, what should this manifesto contain?

Dear Dame

Rumours abound that there is a very serious group of well-funded individuals plotting to target certain seats in the May elections.

My understanding is that they are likely to be politically unaligned and with a manifesto driven by a sort of 'he who pays the piper calls the tune': in other words, 'we residents will call the shots'.
Now, Dame, without being obsequious, you have spent seven or so long years battling a corrupt and self-serving council.
Why don't you use your wonderful blog to ask readers to comment on exactly what this group's manifesto should be?

I would like to kick off by suggesting we banish the Cabinet system and revert to the much more effective Committee system.
What do other readers want to change?

Respectfully, my dear Dame,

(name withheld)

Tuesday, 3 October 2017


Super Troughing: RBKC

Why do the K&C Cabinet and councillors get so much more than Westminster counterparts? Are they so much smarter?

If you have bad eyesight like the old Dame click on images to see what the greedy buggers get!


Quite a few Conservative councillors face a dual threat: deselection at the hands of Cllr. Julie Mills, chairman of the K&C Conservative Association and being targeted by a determined group ambitious to ensure certain councillors never step inside the Council chamber again.....

Can the postal vote system so skillfully orchestrated by the previous agent, Jonathan 'Fragrant' Frazer Howells save their sorry skins? 

This is the question the Dame needs an answer to.....

The May 2018 elections will be a watershed for the voters of this Borough. 
Political domination by any group...Tory...Labour or Lib Dem is bad for the community. 
Breaking that domination is something to strive for.

Sunday, 1 October 2017


Just when we thought the Conservatives had found a saviour we find the saviour has feet of clay.

Jacob Rees-Mogg's firm invests in an Indonesian pharma company whose product is used to procure abortions.  
He says it's ok because.....

1. It's not his job to determine on behalf of his investors what they should or should not invest in
2. He only profits indirectly
3. The company, Kalbe Farma adheres to Indonesian law

Indonesian law also allows 'claimed' adulterers to be publically thrashed!

Let the Dame give young Rees-Mogg some advice?
When you make a cock up don't try to dig your way out: instead, admit an error of judgment.
His attempts to rationalise the investment just make him seem silly and vacuous.

He should have told journalists he had no idea of the use of the product and that he was going to liquidate the investment....very simple.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017


No Fly?

My Dear Dame,

We know that you don't like to criticise either Mrs. Borwick or Mrs. Dent Coad....but....

Has EDC left her senses?
I received a telephone call from my cousin in America to say that their newspapers are full of attacks on the Royal Family by the MP for Kensington. He wanted to know what is going on. I asked my secretary to do a media search and found many articles such as the Mirror piece below

Now we know that the Royals are a bunch of freeloaders. None more so than the young Princes living in our own Kensington Palace. All of them should be bundled off to Windsor and take a low profile. But it is not on for the Member of Parliament of the Royal Borough to criticise the Royal family in public. These things must be done privately.

Power has clearly gone to Ms Coade’s head and she needs to be reined in. We do not want the whole tone of Kensington brought down by a fish wife shouting what we privately think. She must understand the need for decorum and restraint. Please have a quiet word with the MP use your  best efforts to restore our community to some semblance of respectability.

With all good wishes

Your loyal reader

(name withheld)