Category Archive: barrysays

Apr 24 2014

Barry Says: Labour Can’t Count

Being able to count and add things up is something I’ve always regarded as essential for doing important financial work like setting the council’s budget. But it seems Labour can’t add up; in fact, Labour apparently can’t even count past 2. In a recent exchange on Twitter about this year’s council budget-setting, Harrow Labour Party …

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Feb 06 2014

Barry Says: Cllr Navin Shah’s “Amnesia Gotten Worse”

Dear Editor, From his comments regarding the draft changes to the Mayor’s London Plan, it’s clear that Cllr. Navin Shah’s selective amnesia has gotten worse. To help jog Cllr. Shah’s memory: his own Labour administration consulted upon, drew up and submitted proposed changes to the Mayor’s London Plan in 2011 and 2012. The Heart of Harrow Area Action Plan, …

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Aug 01 2013

Barry Says: HCJ is a source of ‘vile diatribes’

For an “organisation” whose first stated aim on its poorly-designed website (www.hcrj.org.uk) is to “work towards creating a better society based on justice and equality”, the conduct of the so-called “Harrow Council for Justice” stinks. The “HCJ” pretends that it’s a real organisation, working “towards removing the overt and covert barriers based on the hierarchy …

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Aug 01 2013

Barry Says: Taxi-Card Hokey Cokey

On the Observer’s front page (18 July), Cllr. Husain Akhtar derided Independent Labour’s cut in Taxi Card provision as ‘scandalous’. I know Cllr. Akhtar has exhibited all the political conviction of a windsock in a tornado of late, but it’s still surprising that he’s apparently forgotten voting for this ‘scandalous’ cut in Taxi Card provision. We’ve seen him …

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Feb 20 2013

Open Letter from Harrow’s Conservative: Labour Criminals should payback allowances

Dear Editor, It has emerged that former Labour councilors Brian Gate and David Gawn continued to accept allowances while being investigated for criminal offences to which they subsequently confessed. We wish to add our voices to the many residents who have already called for these allowances to be paid back. Brian Gate – Labour’s former portfolio holder for …

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Feb 18 2013

Harrow’s Labour Group’s “Repellent” Plans for Secret New Allowance

Harrow Council’s Labour administration is proposing to introduce a new allowance for councillors, which could cost taxpayers over £65,000. Buried deep in Labour’s budget for 2013-14 are plans to create a new Special Responsibility Allowance for councillors – for 10 Labour councillors to serve as ‘Portfolio Advisers’. Whilst a position of ‘Portfolio Holder Assistant’, with a £2,040 allowance …

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Jan 16 2013

Barry Says: Harrow Council for Justice – wrong name?

The Harrow Council for Justice (HCJ) needs to consider a change of name. On 10th January 2013, news broke that Labour’s Cllr. Brian Gate had accepted a police Caution for possession of indecent images of children, and had resigned from Harrow Council. The next day, the HCJ issued a statement condemning… the leadership of Conservative Group Leader, Cllr. …

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