Posted by: Closed Circuit27/04/2012
Closed Circuit has been scrutinising the rather flimsy manifestos of the London mayoral candidates this week.
The candidates have all been making highly questionable claims, but at least the spelling in each of the manifesto documents has been accurate - well nearly.
Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick’s manifesto contains a bold capped-up heading in its housing section promising: ‘A deccent [sic] home for every Londoner.’
Mr Paddick also pledges an impressive 360,000 new homes over the next 10 years - Closed Circuit hopes this isn’t a similar typographic error and there are actually just 36,000 homes planned.
Of the 11 runners who raised more than £20,000 for housing charity Hact at the London Marathon last week, the most uplifting tale of heroism probably belongs to Sandra Rodney.
The founder of life coaching organisation More Being You went down with a potentially race-ending calf injury just a week-and-a-half before the big day. Emergency physio treatment saw her ready to tackle the 26.2 gruelling miles, but she broke down less than a quarter of the way round. Sandra admits she might not have made it to the finishing line in The Mall had it not been for her ‘roadside angel’ - a fellow runner who stopped to help.
And what did this Good Samaritan offer that her expensive physio couldn’t? A bit of tiger balm and two paracetamol.
Closed Circuit would like to applaud Metropolitan and Genesis housing associations after they were named as two of the country’s top employers for women.
Both landlords featured in The Times top 50 employers for women list last week. It’s welcome good news for the sector which last year saw the Send of the Leadership 2010 campaign, which set an ambitious target of a 50 per cent gender mix in the leadership of the top 200 housing associations. However, given that even Genesis’ senior management team is made up of just 35 per cent women, it seems there might be some distance left to travel.
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