Art of self-serving Politics

Evolution of a PoliticianWith a matter of days to Christmas our team have pondered on our reflective, appreciative – and hopefully wise and experienced – outlook on life as well as our evaluation of family and community. It is the community about which we are concerned. Waltham Forest is in trouble.

Therefore, in the interests of balance we felt obliged to report that the Liberal Democrats and Labour Parties in Waltham Forest are not alone in having amongst their ranks people for whom politics is self-serving rather than serving the community.

Uncommonly, it appears the Chingford Conservatives have 4 vacancies for candidates at next years local elections!

Following the recent announcement that deputy leader of the Conservatives and ward Councillor for Chingford Green, Cllr Michael Lewis, is not to stand at the local elections in 5 months time we have heard rumblings that a number of his ‘colleagues’ are already plotting to replace him.

We understand these so called colleagues include, the Conservative Councillors’ Whip and the Chingford Conservative Association Deputy Chairman – Political, who are actively ‘throwing their weight around’ in an attempt to ensure their self-serving ambitions are fulfilled.

Unwittingly, the current leader of the Conservative Councillors may have played into their hands by announcing he will not stand in the ward he currently represents but will contest one of the two vacancies in Chingford Green. Particularly, as we understand it, as the Deputy Chairman – Political has a vote!

With only 5 months before the next local elections we must remind our elected political trough feeders what is most needed is a policy of community revitalization – NOT Party nepotism.

So on 22nd May 2014 –  Let them know party-first, self-serving tactics will no longer be tolerated.

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Snobs snub affordable housing

It seems a bunch of residents, supported by Conservative Chingford MP and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan-Smith, have influenced a developer to drop plans to build affordable housing in North Chingford.

Atlantic Housing originally planned to build 12 flats behind the renamed Bull on the Green pub which would have meant up to 50% would have had to be affordable according to Waltham Forest Council planning policy.

To avoid meeting the quota, and with the agreement of nearby residents, Atlantic Housing lowered the number of the flats to be built.

According to 60-year-old local resident, Chris Whitbread,

The residents around here don’t want social housing on the site because we don’t know who will be put in there.

So the Tories are endorsing prejudice against having affordable and/or social housing in their ‘hamlet’. Disgraceful.

A close eye needs to be kept on the Tory members of the Council’s Planning Committee, Cllr Ed Northover and Cllr Alan Siggers, to see how often their Parties prejudice influences their decisions.

Earlier this year Duncan-Smith announced reforms to tackle poverty and get Britain working again.

Well Iain…those at the lower end of the pay scales need more affordable housing – that is their entry point – particularly younger people.