Posted by: Closed Circuit29/10/2010
The question of who will be worst affected by the comprehensive spending review has played on the minds of many.
Thankfully Fleet Street’s finest have been on hand to let the waiting public know.
The Daily Mail is in no doubt. ‘Middle class will be hit hardest’ a headline on page two of the paper proclaimed on Thursday. The Mirror was equally certain. ‘Poorest 10 per cent hit the hardest’ it stated. Thankfully The Telegraph was on hand to remind everyone that the Queen’s means had also been ‘cut by £6 million’. Let’s hope she isn’t forced to claim housing benefit to remain in central London.
Several guests at last Friday’s Sustainable Housing Awards at London’s Park Lane Hilton hotel declared climate change minister Greg Barker had failed to impress since taking office in May.
‘Greg who?’ joshed John Doggart, Sustainable Energy Academy chair.
Mr Barker might want to work on upping his profile. Earlier in the week BBC presenter Justin Webb insisted on referring to the Tory minister as ‘Mr Baker’ throughout a Today programme item. Time to sack the publicist?
A radical Conservative government creating shockwaves with its approach to housing - feels just like the 1980s again, doesn’t it?
The Homes and Communities Agency is continuing the retro feel. The day after the comprehensive spending review it announced that moustachioed 1980s comedian Bobby Ball is to open a new, HCA-funded church hall and community facilities in Milton Keynes.
Closed Circuit is unsure whether the press release was meant to offer a defiant ‘Rock on Tommy’ in the face of huge budget cuts or helpfully offer a new venue where despairing housing officers can pray for salvation.
It’s an unlikely scenario: London housing tsar Richard Blakeway holding court at Condé Nast, publisher of fashion bible Vogue.
Yet Closed Circuit has just been invited to just such an event next week. CC can only think the fashionistas were stunned by the striking sartorial direction displayed in the now infamous ‘Blakeway bangra’ incident when the mayor’s advisor teamed a lurid floral sarong with a football shirt.
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