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Comments are welcome but do not necessarily reflect the view of the Dame.
Offensive/inappropriate comments will be deleted and the poster banned.

Sunday, 20 August 2017


Sometimes the old Dame allows herself the opportunity to get something non-RBKC off her chest....

A beautiful little seven years old boy is crushed to death by a mad religionist but who else has the boy's blood on his hands?
Only one answer: the 'King' of Saudi Arabia, Salman.
Vile piece of work

Julian Cadman
No other Islamic state does more to fund and propagate religious terror than Wahhabist run Saudi Arabia.

To see our Royal Family kowtowing to these murderous medievalists makes one's blood run cold.

Little Julian was murdered, at a remove, by Saudi Arabia.

Saturday, 19 August 2017


London Assembly

Dear Dame
I have been asked by a senior member of the London Assembly to give an appraisal of things that are wrong in the 'south ' of the Borough . 
These are the issues that hit home to me but could Hornets perhaps add theirs?

  • Social Housing(Sutton Dwellings)
  • Basement Digging
  • The closure of Thamesbrook
  • Crossrail 2
  • The potential eviction of the houseboats from Cadogan Pier
This is the moment for us all to comment with a little detail on other concerns facing the southern Borough.

Best wishes

A resident

Thursday, 17 August 2017


The Dame remembers a story concerning Cllr Paget-Brown....

....some years back a new and sole Lib Dem council member was struggling during their first few days......

Without any fuss, Paget-Brown quietly helped the new member to find her feet.

As a ward councillor, Paget-Brown never failed to come to the aid of residents and was always unfailingly polite.

Sadly, someone has to take the bullet for the Grenfell tragedy but, if we are realistic, we know that the seeds of the disaster were sown well before Paget-Brown took office.

Kicking a man when he is down is a very British sport but the Dame, not being British, will not be joining in. 
Instead, she wishes Nick the best of luck for the future.

If the truth be told he was actually a rather good leader but the circumstances he had to contend with were of such magnitude that few would have coped.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017


The Dame and Cllr Moylan have one thing in common; they are both appalling old snobs and social climbers so the dear old Dame was not in the least surprised to see Cllr Moylan poncing around on some dreadful Channel 4 prog charting the life of yet another terrible old social alpinist and friend of the vile Mo Fayed, Raine Spencer.

Danny Moylan at a fancy
dress do.

Raine and Danny have in common Brum as their home city and despite Raine's old mum, Barbara, desperately distancing herself the fact remains the family's humble origins were in the brass foundry trade.

Anyway, you can see Danny in his 'to the manor born' mode during this excruciating piece of nonsense. LINK

Now that Danny's career in local government has ground to an ignominious halt can we expect to see him on telly commenting on the affairs of lords and ladies? 
He certainly has the right plummy accent.

Saturday, 12 August 2017


Quite a few Conservative councillors were lobbied in an attempt to make them take up the leadership mantle but they all fell to making excuses...." I would have loved to but I have an exotic holiday planned"....and, " sorry, but I have a gammy leg" and, " I don't do poisoned chalices, thanks"
Cllr Moylan offered Dizzie Lizzie Poisoned Chalice

At last, the king makers got to Dizzy Lizzie Campbell. 
Without hesitation, Dizzie Lizzie said, "oh, yes please and how much more dosh will I get?"

Tuesday, 1 August 2017


Emma Dent Coad responds....

Dear Dame
My usual response to trolling on social media is ‘one factual rebuttal and walk away’. However, the continued false accusations linking me to the decision on the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower has now lasted for six weeks, and a good friend has been physically attacked for defending me.
So here are some checkable facts which I hope will end this slander.
I joined the Board of the TMO in June 2008 and left in October 2012. Here is a link to the Board of Directors, also showing which Councillors were on it and when (nb Elizabeth Campbell was on the Board for a year):
During my tenure there had been numerous complaints about the condition of Grenfell Tower: broken lifts, draughty windows, poor insulation, and the heating and hot water system regularly breaking down.
In October 2012 (around the time I left the TMO) the then Cabinet Member Cllr Tim Coleridge announced that a major refurbishment would be undertaken. At the time the proposed contractor was Leadbitter. The scope of the work was agreed at the time, but the detail was to come. Link to press release:
In April 2013 responsibility for the project was handed over to the new Cabinet Member, Cllr Rock Feilding-Mellen.
It was not until January 2014 that the planning application was agreed (search for Grenfell Tower via this link):

In April 2014 it was announced by the Council and TMO that due to costs the contract had been awarded to Rydon rather than Leadbitter who had scoped the work. Note that this was AFTER the planning application was granted approval:

Throughout the summer amendments were made and detailed specifications decided. Cladding materials proposed at 1 July 2014:
There were several amendments during this period, which is not unusual in a project of this scale. Often the details of these are done by ‘delegated decision’, which means the final details and choice of materials is decided by officers and not the Planning Committee.
Then on 30 September 2014 ‘Condition 3’ was agreed by delegated decision; this related to the final choice of cladding:
Who made those decisions, advised by whom, and why, should be thoroughly scrutinised by the agencies tasked with the job of investigating these matters and allocating accountability, responsibility, blame and – we hope ultimately – guilt.
To be clear, I was on the Board when the principle of refurbishing Grenfell Tower was discussed, but I was nowhere near the decision-making process for the detailed specifications for refurbishing Grenfell which started when I left. Board members agreed the contract but do not specify cladding or indeed any other technical details. Neither should they.

Emma Dent Coad

MP for Kensington


Though the Dame is rich beyond imaginings she would not wish to come up against Sir Pooter Cockell or Sir Delboy Myers in the High Court.
The aesthetic distress of having to look at these two be(k)nighted bounders-and worse, being in the same room, would be too much for the frail old thing.
Can all the sweet Hornet people bear this in mind when they accuse Delboy and Pooter.
Cornered rats can get desperate and the Dame has had to censor one or two very apt comments impugning the integrity of these outstandingly unpleasant knights.

Monday, 31 July 2017


The Dame fears it will not be long before PA Consulting dumps Sir Pooter as a potential embarrassment; after all, it did not take Shelter long to see that his friend, Sir Delboy Myers, might be bad for business.
A reader, new the shenanigans that went on under the regime of Pooter Cockell and Delboy Myers, asked the Dame to put up links to Hornet pieces on his life of luxury at the expense of hard done by local taxpayers.

From abuse of the Mayor's spanking new Bentley to luxury stays at US 5 star hotels it's all here.
It's shocking in its excess.  

The Sunday Telegraph's Doctor Heffer(a dear friend of the Dame) wrote a particularly cutting piece about the expense licentiousness of Sir Pooter.
So angry was Sir Pooter that he called the good Doctor Heffer at lunchtime that Sunday, in full fury.
A unamused Heffer reprimanded Pooter, "Pooter, how dare you disturb me. Call me in office hours"

LINK read of the time Andrew Pierce, another dear friend of La Dame awarded Sir Pooter a gold star for imaginative expense accounting.

LINK and another when the Telegraph exposed the old rogue!

LINK and here's one where Pooter commanded dear old ex cllr Tony Holt to defend him.

Sunday, 30 July 2017


The old Dame is proud of one thing. 
Relentlessly, she fed the press with so many stories of Pooter Cockell's greed and expense manipulation it cost the bounder his much lusted after peerage.
Pooter so yearned to sit his gigantic backside on the red leather of the HoL; pick up a few NED's and the £45,000 a year tax-free allowance....but, thanks to the Dame and her Hornet's, the rogue was left with a mere K...something he never deserved.

The Dame hears that the Met are anxious to discuss historic matters pertaining to Grenfell Tower with Pooter and former CE, Sir Derek 'Delboy' Myers...a real couple of rascals!

Could that be the reason Pooter has edited out any reference to his money grubbing days as Leader of our Council? 
It seems so looking at his CV.
Odd too, he neglects to mention his career flogging fags to African natives.

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How minor parties could dictate the next government’s approach to local authorities



Dear Friends 

Our organisation is a registered company formed to fight against any reduction in social housing places on the Sutton Estate. Affinity Sutton applied in 2015 to pull down most of the estate and replace it with a mixture of luxury flats, “mews houses” and 146 fewer social housing homes. The application was refused by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea at the end of last year but Affinity Sutton are appealing – and in the process likely to cost a great deal of time and expense to RBKC when it has other, very serious housing matters to deal with.
If you have already commented on the application your original submission will have been forwarded by RBKC to the Planning Inspectorate, but a new submission direct to the Planning Inspectorate would help to strengthen the Council’s case. And, if you didn’t object in the first place but would now like to comment, the door is open to you until 18 August 2017.
The application was rejected on three specific grounds:
  1. The net loss of social housing.
  2. The architecture of the proposed buildings fails to contribute positively to the surrounding townscape.
  3. The impact of the development on the wider area is not properly addressed (this is a question of financial contributions by the developer).

The full report by Council is available at this  LINK

It records 354 objections (including from the Chelsea Society and The Victorian Society), 28 supportive comments and a survey conducted by the tenants association showing 80% of respondents in favour of refurbishment rather than demolition; in addition a petition against the proposal was signed by more than 1,000 people.

You can send your remarks to the Planning Inspectorate in one of two ways:
  • Online at LINK
  • By post to Room 3/26, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN
However you respond, it’s important to quote reference no. App/K5600/W/17/3177810 and to write before 18 August 2017.
We sincerely hope you will help us all improve our neighbourhood rather than disrupt and destroy it.
Yours sincerely,
Ian Henderson
Chair, Save the Sutton Estate
Registered company no. 9525564                                                                       
26 St. Luke’s Street, SW3 3RP

Friday, 28 July 2017


As an envious Sad Badger correctly observes the Dame is 'aboard' the SS Hornet for a little break so news will be intermittent.
She understands the Leader's hubby, Colin, is a bit of an 'old salt' so is hoping he might come and do a bit of crewing...uniforms provided.


"Our dearest Dame
Looking out of our HP sett at the wet, cold and depressing World around us, I and other readers assume that you on your well-deserved summer break.  

Your luxurious SS Hornet moored in the Monte Carlo Bay, just a short launch trip to the Hotel de Paris.   Enjoying the wondrous, luxurious surroundings of this nice hostelry and its wonderful dining and extensive wine cellar.
I am truly jealous.  We have to rely on Mr O'Sullivan from the Belvedere.
Hope to see you soon, but in the meantime, have fun."


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The fact the Met put this out doesn't necessarily mean that they are referring to the current council and officers.
This looks as if it's becoming a historic investigation.
Maybe Pooter Cockell will be 'collared'?

Thursday, 27 July 2017


Dear Dame 

Can you please urge ALL of your readers, TENANTS and LEASEHOLDERS alike to put their points into the inquiry team by email BEFORE 28th JULY 2017, to ensure KCTMO and RBKC are fully investigated and held to account.  

Group action should NOT be ignored, when we are all complaining about the same very OBVIOUS problems within both organisations that we suffer on a daily basis.


Everyone's experience counts and must be documented to provide a full account of the appalling RBKC and KCTMO

Extension of consultation period on terms of reference

11 July 2017
Sir Martin Moore-Bick extends the period for consultation on the terms of reference to 28 July 2017.
Sir Martin Moore-Bick and his team have now held discussions with many interested parties to the Inquiry, in particular with survivors of the fire and other residents of the Lancaster West estate. It has become clear that those affected need more time to respond to the consultation on the terms of reference.  Sir Martin is therefore extending the consultation period until Friday 28 July, an extension of two weeks.
Please send any comments to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Team at:
Or by post to:
Grenfell Tower Inquiry Team
Royal Courts of Justice


Have your voice heard by signing-up as a member of Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. It costs nothing and you'll have the opportunity to shape the services the hospital provides to the borough. The LINK. 

In addition, you'll get invitations to health talks and social events at the hospital. 

It's important to be involved even in a small way to make sure we get the services we need when we need them.
If you have some spare time the hospital would love to have you as a volunteer helper. 
It's a rewarding activity in great company and really does make a difference. Details on the membership link.


This is the composition of the Task Force to advise the Council. Apart from Chris Wood none seem to be terribly relevant or dynamic.
Javed Khan is the £100,000 plus charity boss of Barnado's

Aftab Chughtai
Aftab Chughtai is chair of the West Midlands Police Independent Advisory Group. Aftab also runs a department store in East Birmingham. He received an MBE honours in this year’s New Year Honours List, awarded in recognition of his Services to Business and Community Relations in Birmingham.
Javed Khan
Javed Khan is Chief Executive of Barnardo’s which runs 1000 services in local communities and is the fifth largest charity in the UK. As a British Pakistani, he is the first non-white CEO in Barnardo’s 150 year history.  Previously he was CEO at Victim Support and before that Executive Director to the London Serious Youth Violence Board in the Government Office for London. In 2007 he was London Borough of Harrow’s Director of Community and Cultural Services and Director of Education before that. Previously Javed was Assistant Director of Education in Birmingham. He started his career as a Teacher in the West Midlands, is a member of the Advisory Board for the Children’s Commissioner for England and a lay member on a London Clinical Commissioning Group.
Jane Scott OBE
Jane Scott has been Conservative Leader of Wiltshire Council since its formation as a unitary council in 2009. As the seventh largest unitary council in the country, Jane has led a major programme of transformation that has focused on building strong communities, protecting those who are most vulnerable and growing the local economy. The council is recognised nationally for its approach to working with communities across Wiltshire; empowering local decision making and service delivery.
Jane is chair of the Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Board, the Military and Community Integration Programme, the Wiltshire Public Services Board and is a member of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Economic Partnership.
Jane was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to local government. In August 2015, it was announced that Jane was to be created a life peer, giving her a seat in the House of Lords.
Chris Wood
Chris Wood is a partner at Altair housing consultancy. Chris has worked with numerous local authorities and a broad range of public and private sector housing organisations on strategic regeneration planning, asset management and capital programme delivery. Chris has been Director of Housing in three London boroughs and CEO of the London Borough of Newham, leading the borough’s contribution to the 2012 Olympic Games and the development of Stratford City. He was the architect of London’s largest estate-based regeneration scheme at Canning Town.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017


Dizzie Lizzie Campbell is rapidly becoming a sort of economic Mrs. Malaprop.

Here are just two of her great insights....more will doubtless follow!

"Holland Park School cost the taxpayer nothing"

Dizzie forgot that the school was paid for from the £100 million sale of the School’s playing field. She could not see that the playing field belonged to taxpayers so, in effect, the school cost local taxpayers £100 million.

"we have saved money by reducing the Cabinet"

It never occurred to the dimwit that reducing the number of members doesn’t justify creating a new and superflous post with the saving.


The Leader of the Council has graciously deigned to reply to the fabulous old Dame.

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In her reply, the leader notes the reduction in the Cabinet team has led to savings.
This begs the question as to why the Cabinet was so bloated in the first for the boys & gals?
Anyway, it seems that the two deputy leaders are now picking up, with their cllr allowances, close to £50,000 a year each.
This is more than any other UK council.

The Dame is an old fashioned thing. 
Thanks to a string of well-negotiated divorces the old thing is stinking rich.
Cllrs Taylor-Smith and Pascall are both nearly as loaded as the Dame and should thus forgo their £1,000 a week allowances. It's called public service.
Pooter Cockell

Sky high allowances were organised by the appalling Pooter Cockell whose greed knew no bounds. 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017


Last month 66,000 residents of the Royal Borough visited the Hornet's Nest. Without showing off the Dame can claim that the Nest has a reach greater than any local newspaper in the sense that those visitors are deeply committed to the interests of the Borough.
The other day The Dame wrote to Cllr Campbell asking the very simple question...."how much is each deputy leader being paid"? 
So far, not the courtesy of a response. No doubt her own £70,000 a year is useful to fund the hideaway on the IoW....the woman is a disgrace!
The other day Cllr Campbell announced on BBC Radio that she will spend a big chunk of the Borough’s £300 million reserve fund on social housing for the Grenfell victims. 

But is this lawful? 
The money came from hard pressed Council Tax payers.  Dizzie told the BBC that the Council reserves were “put aside for an emergency and that is what we will spend it on”. 
These are the words of any spendthrift housewife who suddenly needs to justify to her husband why she has raided the family savings account. 

Not a single other Local Authority taxes in order to create an emergency fund.

The Leader's new policy needs careful scrutiny. 

All infrastructure spending should come from central Government via the Central Grant. (Schools, hospitals, libraries, council housing). And this needs to be argued for. The Royal Borough is the only Council in the country operating with a big slush fund created by over taxing Council tax payers. 
It has been useful for subsidising Holland Park Opera to the tune of £1 million every year and paving Exhibition Road with pink granite from China imported at a cost of £30 million. 
And the practice of promising a decrease in Council Tax just before local Government elections. (In layman’s terms this is called a bribe). But these practices have to stop.

For the last ten years, the Country has been in austerity. It will be extremely difficult for Hornton Street to argue that the £300 million reserve was amassed from surpluses from the Central Grant. 

The Central Grant should cover what is agreed. And Council Tax should cover what is necessary for central services (garbage collection, the parks, street cleaning etc).

If there is an emergency such as flood, fire, or terror attack, then the established practice is for Central Government to find the necessary recovery resources.

As usual, our Lizzie is dipping her fingers into the nearest chocolate box. This is known as Sloane Square expediency.


In the light of Grenfell the Council is now reviewing its decision to lease the Kensington Library to Notting Hill Prep.

Monday, 24 July 2017


How despicable, at a time like this, to try to demolish much loved and much needed social housing.
We know Exford, the £300,000 a year of Affinity Sutton is a nasty piece of work but the Dame would have hoped this grasping little man would have had the decency to stop this vandalisation of a wonderful community asset. 
Everybody in the area....poor, not so poor, rich and not so rich love Sutton Estate.
The Planning Inspector needs to back the Royal Borough which has made very clear why consent was not given.


Notice of a Planning Appeal relating to:  William Sutton Estate, Cale Street, LONDON, SW3
Appellant: Affinity Sutton Homes Ltd   Agent: Trowers and Hamlins LLP
A Planning Appeal has been made to the Planning Inspectorate in respect of the Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for : Demolition of existing estate buildings (Blocks A-K and N-O) and ancillary office and  redevelopment to provide 343 residential units comprising 334 apartments and 9 mews houses within buildings of 4-6 storeys; provision of class D1 community floor space with associated cafe; class A1-A5 and B1 floor space. Creation of adopted public highway between Cale Street and Marlborough Street, vehicular access from Ixworth Place; creation of basement for car parking, cycle parking and storage and energy centre fuelled by CHP and works to adjacent pavement. (Major Application and EIA development). This appeal will be heard at a PUBLIC INQUIRY which you may attend and, at the discretion of the Inspector, will be able to speak at the Inquiry. The final date and location of the Inquiry has not yet been confirmed and we will write to you again once these details have been finalised

All comments should be submitted directly to the PLANNING INSPECTORATE in order to be taken into account at LINK TO MAKE COMMENT using the reference number App/K5600/W/17/3177810.  Your representations must be received by the Planning Inspectorate by 18/08/2017 at the latest. Any comments submitted after this date will not normally be taken into account. PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR COMMENTS TO THE COUNCIL  
Alternatively, you can send a hard copy representation quoting reference number App/K5600/W/17/3177810 to: Room 3/26, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, BRISTOL, BS1 6PN.  

Comments made in respect of the original planning application have already been copied and forwarded to the Inspectorate by us and will be considered when determining the appeal. If you made a comment which you no longer wish to be take into account please advise the Planning Inspectorate by 18/08/2017 at the latest.

You can get a copy of the booklet "Guide to taking part in planning appeals" free of charge from the Council or at  Documents associated with this appeal including the appellant's grounds of appeal are available online under the original application number at the Planning Search area of the Council's website:

Yours faithfully

Planning Appeals
Planning and Borough Development
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea