Posted by: Closed Circuit24/08/2012
West Dorset Council has come up against operatic opposition to its plans for new housing.
A group in Bridport, led by local resident and human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith - who has represented Guantanamo Bay inmates in the past - decided to put on a protest opera (a sign, if ever there was one, that this is a well-heeled rebellion) after the council announced plans to build 105 homes.
The opera featured a satirical re-enactment of the public meeting where the decision was made, during which a councillor claimed his hearing device was faulty and he could not hear objectors properly.
Closed Circuit admires their pluck but is not sure if the group will have any joy in making the council give a Figaro.
Closed Circuit has been enjoying the love-in this week between Bromford, Thames Valley and Genesis housing associations.
Bromford started the ball rolling on Monday by gushing about how it had been ‘developing a fantastic twitter friendship’ with ‘the guys’ at the other two landlords.
After another landlord said it sounded like Twitter was turning into a social landlords’ dating site, Genesis responded that it ‘likes long walks on the beach and Barbara Cartland books’. Bromford, on the other hand, prefers ‘pina coladas and getting caught in the rain’.
Closed Circuit is all for a bit of romance, but it might be getting to the stage where the landlords need to take a cold shower.
The right-wing think tank Policy Exchange hit the headlines this week with a report that advocated the sell-off of expensive social housing properties.
Far be it from the normally unforthcoming John Prescott to wade into an argument, but the former deputy PM couldn’t resist such lefty-baiting. Prezza promptly countered the report with a #LOLicyexchange hashtag (laugh out loud, for the David Camerons of this world) on Twitter, inviting suggestions for outrageous think tank suggestions.
The tag caught on and was quickly trending. But a reply that mooted the idea that only people with a £50,000+ salary be allowed cars may well have been attempting to redirect the joke.
Mr Prescott, of course, is well known for having owned more than one vehicle.
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