angry councillor face

edited February 2013 in General chat
<font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">Not had one of these for ages. </font><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2"><br></font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">This is a cracking angry councillor face. With an ipad, yesterday.</font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2"><br></font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2"></font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2"><br></font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">Stupidly, I had assumed that a headline that said the council were going buy half a million quids worth of ipads meant that </font><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: small;">the council were going buy half a million quids worth of ipads. It does not mean that.</span></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2"><br></font></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">What idiots Islington Council are to buy computers, anyway. Computers are stupid and will never be any use for anything. <br></font><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2"><br></font><div><img src="!image/4176989470.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_225/4176989470.jpg"></div></div></div><div>Thing not useful, say luddite, yesterday</div><div><br></div>


  • Do they actually mean virtualization not “desktop visualisation”.
  • who cares? ipads! boo! angry birds!<div><br></div><div>they'll be wanting broadband next.</div>
  • Wasn't he in The Bill?<br>
  • I'm not sure any democratic institution should be using a software platform where someone else is allowed to dictate what software they may and may not run<br><br><br>
  • I was wondering what  kind of voter the LibDems are trying to attract?
  • People who don't like being ripped off.<br><br>Great work from the Labour Haringey on Thursday night.  Rejecting Lib Dem amendments to the next budget that would have led to the first new Haringey council housing since the 1980s.  <br><br>Much better to spend the money on agency staff, pay-offs for incompetant 'retirees' and fees to emergency auditors because they left their accounts to the last minute.<br>
  • <P>Not  so good, It is a shame that the  LibDems are probabaly the party that can't win around here !  I can't support them after the broken election promises and allowing the government to go the direction  it has. Roll on 2015</P> <P>They have been in power for nearly three years and not a lot has improved if anything, no triple A rating  now  but a triple dip recession  just around the corner,  benefits cuts about to impact some vunerable people in a dramatic way but a loud defence  by the government  of Banker  bonuses ?</P> <P>Sorry I forgot  it is all Gordon Brown's fault !</P>
  • Not just his but essentially, yes.
  • I could have a lot of fun exposing how wrong you are about national politics, but I don't see what any of that has to do with Labour's failed state of LB Haringey.<br>
  • Let me have another run at that.  I've tried to break-down your tribalism before to no avail, but let me approach it from another angle.<br><br>Let's say that you refuse to accept the logic that the Liberal Democrats had no responsible choice but to form a coalition with the Conservatives in 2010 (you would be wrong).  And let's say that you genuinely believe in the well-trodden 'broken promises' narrative as spun by the media (you would be wrong).  And let's say that you really thing, despite all the evidence, that there would any meaningful difference in economic policy under Ed Balls (you would be wrong).  So vote against the Lib Dems in 2015, whichever way appeals to you.  You were going to do that anyway without even thinking about it.<br><br>But how would you connect those excruciatingly difficult decisions at national level to local politics?  Even if you want to reward Milliband et al at Westminster, how are you logically connecting that to perpetuating the failed state at LB Haringey, which Labour has literally reduced to a national laughing stock over 40 years? How does your conscience allow you to perpetuate this multi-faceted abandonment of decent governance, when there is only one party remotely capable of changing the status quo?  What is it that the local Liberal Democrats have done to dissatisfy you compared to that?  <br><br>If the smugly incompetant Haringey Labour Party are returned in 2014, are you really going to gleefully shake your fist with a cry of "take that Clegg!" while every aspect of local governance - particularly that that affects our children - falls further into decay?<br><br>There's no way of asking this that won't sound condescending, but you know that you can vote differently in local elections to national ones, don't you?
  • But that photo was from Islington....?
  • I moved on. I can pen a separate diatribe against Islington if you like, but I'm guessing you're OK. I will reiterate Roy's concern though.
  • RoyRoy
    edited March 2013
    @Ali:<br><br>You write:<br><br><i>I can't support them after the broken election promises and allowing the government to go the direction  it has. [...] They have been in power for nearly three years and not a lot has improved</i><br><br>You do realise that the LibDems have only 90 MPs in a parliament of 650?  This is primarily a Tory government.  I think few people on the left would dispute the fact that the LibDems have managed to make this government less bad than a pure Tory government would have been -what more exactly did you expect that the LibDems would be able to do?  They're not 'in power' in any meaningful sense.<br><br>roy<br>
  • I am intrigued by the way New Labour's broken election promises (including on tuition fees) in 1997 appear to have been forgiven and forgotten, even though they had a sledgehammer majority as against the Lib Dem's status as minority partners in a coalition. Almost as if someone were coming to the issue with a load of tribalist preconceptions, rather than addressing the facts fairly.
  • Weren't the LibDems responsible for the introduction of a higher tax free allowance which is heading towards the £10,000 mark.  Great bit of policy which helps hardworking lower earners like myself and many others.
  • The forgotten counter point to the Lib Dem broken promises argument is that the Conservatives have also been forced to break many election pledges too despite being the majority partner.<br><br>Whether you consider either side of this a good or bad thing, it is illustrative.<br><br>The best thing both have done between them is raise the tax-free allowance towards £10k at a speed I suspect Labour would never have achieved.<br><br>In my experience of having both in charge, the Lib Dems and Labour in Islington are equally hopeless in terms of paying any attention to what their council taxpayers want rather than what they have decided to decree.<br>
  • Miss Annie  You should remind yourself that the Tories policy back before the sub prime crisis hit was to match Gordon Browns spending.  To quote  Gideon  from 2007  <P>Mr Osborne said: "The result of adopting these spending totals is that under a Conservative government there will be real increases in spending on public services, year after year. <P>"The charge from our opponents that we will cut services becomes transparently false</P> <P><A href=""></A></P>; <P>If you want to see it on a Tory blog</P> <P><A href=""></A></P>; <P>If you want to hear him actually say it look at this  <A href=""> <P>It is obviuos that both sides as well as the rest of the Western world did not see this  comming  what is disingenous  is the Tories are saying that we are in this mess because of Labour's disgraceful record on spending and so on. How can you say that about Labour's spending as recently as 2007. All that the Tories have done is been wise after the event in 2008  just as who ever is in power would have been.  Both parties changed  policies  after the event.  The LIB Dems    were the party at the  time who were under Charles Kennedy and to an extent Menzies Campbell, positioning themselves to the left of Labour wanting increased spending on public services. Even as recently as the 2010 General Election Vince Cable was criticising Osbornes plans for spending cuts. </P> <P>I wonder how long TINA will last ?</P> <P>On getting Haringey oany other council to build houses etc if the government wanted this  the mechanism  to get councills to do this was ring fencing.  LibDem policy  was to get rid of this make local democracy be more responsible and locally democratic so I don't think w  can complain.  Taking ring fencing away  from Sure Start with no national standards  of scope and delivery means    it will and is becoming a post code lottery.</P> <P> </P>
  • I don't hear anyone defending the Tories Ali, so I fear that was a lengthy staw man argument.<br><br>Whether or not the national government should be encouraging more house-building, council or otherwise, is a legitimate question.  But you cannot defend the Labour council's decision not to build any.  They had the opportunity to do so, and they failed.  They would rather refuse to reform, and continue wasting vast amounts of money instead.  They should be held accountable for that decision, which was entirely within their power.<br>
  • You, evidently.<br>
  • <font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">It wasn't me who went to the press with a made-up story about a made-up problem</font><div style="font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;"><br></div><div style="font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;"><img src="!image/4176989470.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_225/4176989470.jpg"></div>
  • <P>Seems like TINA is under pressure already</P> <P><A href=""></A></P>; <P>Most unfortunate for Gideon  who really doesn't seem to be  a very good Chancelor </P>
  • A convenient way of distracting people from the fact that they just voted against building any new ones, and that they haven't built any since the 1980s.<br><br>By the way, any chance that you could check your posts for spelling and gramma before posting?  It especially looks like you are taking the mickey when you spell people's names wrong.<br>
  • @Arkady: "spell people's names wrong"? .... "spell wrongly people's names"?
  • 'Incorrectly' would have been better.<br>
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