Today I am angry

11 Sep

ImageThe day started well. I got up and travelled to City Hall to support the Fire Fighters of London in their struggle against Fire Cuts.  By the time I arrived the chamber was full so I joined many fire fighters in the lobby. Many had come from end of shifts or prior to shifts to be there. They waited good humouredly.  Then it was revealed that many of the seats in the chamber were filled by what seemed to be plants. A bit like human filibustering. Paranoid we were told by @JamesCleverly via twitter. Really? The chamber usually full is it?

To add insult to injury the TV in the lobby showing the meeting had the sound turned off. Even after polite requests the sound was not put on.

I went off for a coffee. The meeting finished. strangely the sound was now audible on the foyer TV.

We already have clear evidence that Boris Johnson does not listen to democratic votes. We see that he doesn’t listen to expert advice in any area unless it matches with his own views.

Is this what we deserve? Is this the friendly bumbling clown that we have been lulled into believing Boris is, or is this a sinister and deliberate ploy?

I left City Hall and went away. My peace is gone. I feel utterly betrayed by the Mayor. I feel utterly betrayed by a system that can be vetoed by someone despite all the relevant votes in committee going against them.

Is this what we deserve? We are today on 9/11 anniversary a sombre and tragic event whatever political slant you give it. The people who died there at the time or subsequently because they were responders need to be remembered.

What I am afraid of is a possible date in London’s future where a disaster occurs by any means. Where there are not adequate fire appliances or personnel to deal. Where all our emergency services are overwhelmed.

I believe that pressing ahead with these cuts makes such a day more and more inevitable.

All our emergency services are there to deal and be an insurance against the possibility of needing to be used. This is not a luxury this is essential.

Why are we all not doing more to state this unequivocally to our government.

Enough is enough.

NB: today I have been told by @JamesCleverly that he doesn’t reply to my tweets as he has not seen anything worth replying to!


2 Responses to “Today I am angry”

  1. retiredandangry Sep 12, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Reblogged this on The Big Picture and commented:
    Nothing new here, typical arrogance of the London Authorities, common practice to fill the auditoria when debates such as this were happening to make the press think it was a popular debate and to keep out the riff raff.

    Time for a change.

  2. Stephen Oct 6, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    Your monika says it all about Boris and many other politicians, Wolves in pretty suits!

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