I wasn't going to say this as I'm loathe to criticise someone's choice of employer for their first job. I did however think it was a bit off that Adam Jogee was working as a researcher for Terrapin Communications. Why did I think this was off? Well, their list of clients included the three firms currently bidding to run a large part of the council'sour land in a 20 year "partnership" deal. I asked around and was told that he was a good boy and was being responsible about it. He's now the Majority Chief Whip.
So then I come across THIS POST on OpinioN8 which is Crouch End's version of HoL. There it states that
Councillor Kober has dined six times at Terrapin's expense, once in Cannes. Detail on the lunches decreases over time.
Councillor Strickland was also at this dinner in Cannes and has dined at Terrapin's expense another four times.
Councillor Jason Arthur - twice, recently, with Peter Bingle and again with another partner, Christian Klapp.
Go see the post on OpinioN8, click on the links. See for yourself. Adam was a just graduated student when he became a Labour councillor, now he's a researcher for perhaps the country's best known Tory lobbyist.
Martin Ball pointed some of this out to us about 18 months ago and we were all a bit meh. Presumably we consider it slightly off to worry about who pays for someone else's lunch. However, Terrapin's client list should give us cause for concern given what is also happening with Hornsey Town Hall. Have we been duped here?
John, elected politicians who have the courage to change their minds and say so, may earn respect.
Most of us were young once. (The others still are.) We may have "got in with a bad crowd" - as posh people sometimes say in films from the nineteen forties. Adam did that. He's now understood why that was a poor choice.
Long may ex-Tory councillor and lobbyist Peter Bingle fulminate against Haringey councillors, the staff, our voters, and anything else in the borough which prompts his ire. Ditto various right-wing bloggers whose every post would be another badge of honour. Not that anyone needs a badge.
Can I assume you've seen Humphrey Bogart in 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre'.
Not quite duped over the over the Town Hall but it does not look like it is safe hands.
As you know, Haringey have been letting it out for film sets. I have heard a film maker recently tore down parts of the building which I think may be listed and it would cost several million if repaired. Of course, the less valuable antique stuff in there, the easier it is get demolition approval.
You would have thought Haringey might have put some security in there to make sure that sort of thing could not happen. But the brains department run by transformation professionals did not think of it. I wonder why not?
That building is in so much danger. I wish people realised. Thanks for telling us.
Exactly who tore down exactly what, Patrick?
I too - Patrick and Hugh - would like like to know the source of and evidence for this claim.
While keeping an open mind, I also keep in touch with people involved in campaigning for Hornsey Town and assume they'd be outraged and almost certainly protesting about it if something like this had happened recently.
Adrian Essex has responded on Opinion8 website and thankfully he has not been to confirm this worrying claim.
I understood it to be some kind of fascia - not sure if it was wood panelling inside the building or relief outside the building.
A couple of months ago, I was talking to someone I did not know on the street. Not sure who it was but perhaps I could find out more.
Patrick, I too have picked-up helpful bits of information from chats in the street with people I didn't know or who wanted their names kept out of any inquiry. In my experience such "tip-offs" can often be helpful leads to things that go wrong and need a remedy.
But as I'm sure you realise they also need checking and evidence.
Here is a verified story about builders and a fascia. It might be the story in question.
I will have to pick my words carefully. I was told by someone the damage would cost millions.
I have just spoken to someone representing Haringey's conservation office who admitted there had been damage and it was unquantified. They went to say it was covered under the contract and the Council is seeking reparations.
We will never know the truth of this matter unless someone verifies the damage, the repair and checks Haringey did indeed recover the loss. Who can do that?