Someone has stolen my clothes!

Well – don’t know whether to be pleased or cheesed off – some bugger has stolen my clothes (metaphorically speaking)!

I asked for comments when I posted about my ideas about the internet neighbourhoods and street parties – but I didn’t expect to find someone else to write my whole chapter!

See Tim Lott‘s piece in The Independent to see what I mean. Anyway – the fact that someone else is thinking along similar lines suggests there is some mileage in my thoughts, so – on balance – I’m pleased!

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  1. Come on, Lynne, try harder. I’m not posting against your other blog item on this subject just to rant. I’m trying to say first that the state, in its local and national manifestations, is actively making us fearful that, whenever we try to relate to neighbours or the person who drops litter, someone in authority will come round and hit us. Only in the last few days we have the story that a shuttlecock shot over a fence into next door’s garden, because it wasn’t returned, resulted in a policeman going round to suggest that a crime had been committed. OK, he was ‘given advice’ by his superiors, but why did he get it so wrong? Then we have the endless stories of the people who defend themselves and get arrested, the cases that go to court and the judges throw them out as being so stupid that they are a waste of public money, the people who get visits from the police to tell them off for using ‘inappropriate language’, the ASBOs handed out ‘like confetti’. I’m trying to say that the state is so, so often incompetent and needs to get its act together.Then I’m trying to show that the state is failing to relate to us in a constructive way. Last week through my letterbox came a letter to the Occupier saying that on May 3rd a contractor will descend on my street and start tearing it up. There are many much more important things to do in my area than a little tidying up of the pavements and the odd depression in the road. The dropped kerb areas at many local junctions are excellent places for pools of water to collect, so fix that first. The blocked surface water drainage gullys in the roads need clearing out. The highway ‘improvements’ that are clearly wrong need remedying. The routine handing out of planning consent to convert houses into flats needs to be stopped because there are now too many cars in the area – read the government planning guidelines. All of that has been reported, to no effect. The last time that work was done in my Victorian street they tarmaced over some of the sets in the gutters rather than lift them and bring them back to the proper level – spoils the look of the street. Yet the Council descends on us without talking to us. Encountering the relevant Executive Member at a Council discussion forum (and he will not answer emails), his parking shot was that officers will make mistakes – he should have them and their managers on a charge and then out the door if they don’t shape up – we don’t pay them £40K per year to keep on getting it wrong. Better to stop doing things wrong than carry on making us more and more angry. Quality is absolute not relative (never again do I want to hear the ‘things are a bit better’ excuse).I have a pile of reports to the public sector about its incompetence. Nobody takes the slightest notice of any of us, claiming that they cannot do anything about it. Its time they faced the other way and said to their bosses ‘you have got it wrong’. Tim Lott imagines a utopia where public servants are wonderfully working for us. Not true – they are being screwed by their own managers and political masters.