Monday, 3 July 2017

West End Review

There are times when even London's eccentric practice of electing councillors in thirds, so that you can never kick them all out at the same time, comes into its own.

If the fire that had exposed the tower block safety scandal had happened under an authority of a different political hue, and we now see that it perfectly easily might have done, then there is no doubt that that authority would already have been suspended, and commissioners appointed in its stead.

But never mind. Next May, there will be elections in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 

A few years ago, despite the electoral system, public anger at the running down of Charing Cross Hospital still managed to take next door Hammersmith and Fulham from Conservative overall control to Labour overall control in a single night.

How much greater should, must and will be the public anger in Kensington and Chelsea next year.

The way to vote in order to express that anger would have been different if this had happened under a Labour council. As it might have done. But it didn't.

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