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Private Eye's 'Rotten Boroughs' feature is a long-running section of the national magazine and has a well-respected record of disclosing scandals, corruption, cover-ups and financial irregularities in local government. Brent Council, as a result of the activities of Davani, Gilbert, Potts and Butt, is this week's lead story. The credibility of those involved and any claim they had to integrity is in tatters. They have brought Brent Council into disrepute. Isn't there some sanction for that? To create
They never had any integrity in the first place
These personal cross-links in Brent's management team undermine any claim to democratic accountability and governance in Brent. Shameful.
Does this mean Gilbert and Davani were together at Ofsted when they managed to give Haringey a 'good' rating and then subsequently downgraded it to 'inadequate' after the Baby P tragedy as per the documentary shown on BBC1 on Mon 27 Oct 2014 (link below)?http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04n6sm0/baby-p-the-untold-storyWhat have we in Brent done to deserve this duplicitous, dynamic duo in our midst together with their overpaid entourage?
Alliteration aside, I know 'dynamic' has a positive, literal meaning which you're intending to convey in yours above, but it would be better, surely, to drop it and stick with 'duplicitous'? I have read nothing about the named individuals in the current and related blogs which marks them out as deserving of a positive description.
'Dynamic duo' is a Batman reference rather than just alliteration, surely.
And these old Ofsted chums must have overlapped with each other and some with the Chair of Ofsted, Dame Sally Morgan, while Ofsted was delivering damning judgements on Copland in order to force it into academisation. And which academy chain benefitted from those judgements and that forced academisation? Why, Ark Academy chain, who were supplementing Dame Sally's Ofsted pay with extra money they shoved her way for being their 'Advisor to the Board'. Small, crowded world, isn't it? It must be a struggle to get your snout in the trough sometimes.
Showing my cultural ignorance - apologies to Nan. Perhaps the 'dynamic' could be put in brackets.
Another reason for challenging the arrogant complacency of Brent/national Labour - we must measure everything now through the prism of next year's general election. This also means standing as/supporting independent candidates - 'Let a hundred flowers bloom'. The politicians are running scared but still patronisingly think they can rely on the backing of 'ordinary people'. We must wake up - another Brent, like another world, IS possible.
To keep up the similarities between Batman and Brent Coucil's own dear high-fliers, wasn't there also a character called Dogwoman or something? I think Halle Berry might have played her in the film.
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