Mar 12 2013

Spotted on Twitter: How Literate is your Local Councillor II

Cllr Kairul Kareema Marikar (Labour, West Harrow), who we featured here has moved her Twitter account. Residents who missed her ramblings can now catch up with them as @KairulKareema instead.

Bit busy right now? Here are some extracts:




And the final word, although we’re not sure if @captainsausage is being sarcastic:


Please, take some advice and leave Twitter to the kids. Please.


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  1. Cllr Willy Stoodley

    English isn’t Kareema’s first language – could you write in French or Tamil or Urdhu?! And judging by your complete and utter inability to know when to place correctly an apostrophe in the word “its”, YOU don’t appear to be all that literate either Paul! Perhaps you should stick to anoracky I.T. and leave the politics to the politicians?!

  2. Praxis Reform

    Whilst ordinarily it seems a little unfair to criticise someone’s grasp of the English language, if that person is a Councillor, then one must wonder whether that Councillor can properly understand missives from her ward constituents? Further, does the Council need to have briefing documents and similar papers translated into French or Tamil or Urdu, so that she can understand them? Are adequate translation facilities available for her at Council meetings, where I expect that someone with a poor grasp of English may struggle to keep up with a fast paced debate?

  3. Cllr Willy Stoodley

    Just because you can’t write in a foreign language does not mean you don’t UNDERSTAND it. If either of you were bi-lingual you’d know. So clearly neither of you are bi-lingual, are you?

  4. Cllr Willy Stoodley

    Par example, j’ai habitais en France quand j’etais un enfant alors j’ai appris parler en Francais presque courrament et je peux lire la Francais sans aucune probleme. Mais comme vous pouvez voyer, ma grammaire et epeller est TERRIBLE! Ca c’est paraille comme Karima. D’accord?

  5. VoiceOfReason

    Whilst it is easy to take a shot at this lady, I do feel very sorry for her being humiliated in this way. It is clear that English is not her first language, but, you must commend her for getting elected as Councillor. She obviously has the confidence of her ward behind her. Just because English is her second language it doesn’t automatically mean you are illiterate. For the record, I have received correspondence from cabinet officers at Harrow Council
    and have been appalled at their grasp of their own language, and I would wager that it is the only language they speak.

  6. Praxis Reform

    Si les Conseillers sont ecrit en txt parler, alors je suis d’accord, et les memes regles devraient s’appliquer a ces Conseillers aussi.

    Malheureusement, nous savons que les Conseillers ne sont donnes qu’a la position comme une recompense pour service devoue a leur parti politique.

  7. Praxis Reform

    Just because I know a little French from school, doesn’t mean that I could understand the goings on in a French council; and taking part in a discussion with a French councillor would, I suspect, be beyond my level of comprehension – so I would be ill advised to attempt such a venture, unless I wanted to look very silly.

  8. Cllr Willy Stoodley

    Praxis – 1: No comma between school and doesn’t. 2: No semi-colon before the word and. 3: Full stop between comprehension and so. Your grammer is atrocious! Care to tell us where you went to school?

  9. Cllr Willy Stoodley

    Praxis – taking part in a discussion with a French Councillor would indeed be foolish for you if, by your own admission, you cannot speak French. Kareema CAN speak English – I therefore feel she is perfectly qualified to be a Councillor. And by the way, she was elected so people’s choice and all that…

  10. Praxis Reform

    I think you’re splitting hairs here. I at least admit to my own ignorance, and am aware of my failings.

    However, from my own experience, most ordinary people I’ve spoken to are not even aware who their local MP is, let alone their local Councillor; so although you are correct to call on Cllr Marikar’s mandate, I understand that local election turnouts will often be around 20%, with many of the participants simply being “tribal” voters – a situation which results in anomalous situations such as ex-Councillor Gate having polled the largest share of the vote at the 2010 West Harrow election.

    But, if you say that “[Cllr Marikar] is perfectly qualified to be a Councillor”, then constituents of her ward now have your assurance, and will know who to come and see, in the event that Cllr Marikar lands Harrow Labour party in trouble due to any future miscommunication.

  11. Cllr Willy Stoodley

    Kareema won in 2010 when the local election was on the same day as the general election; the turnout was 60% and our ward had the most candidates, I think around 13. Kareema’s was a clear win! And yes, we have every confidence in her.

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