Who's best for Brockley?

Yes, it's time for the long-awaited elections bunfight ...

There are two sets of elections going on which affect Brockley residents - for the Assembly and for the Mayor. BC is going to focus on the policies of the major parties which are contesting both sets of elections, but in the interests of balance we've included a full list of candidates too.
We've used each candidate's official election materials to pull out a selection of their policies and promises which have some relevance to Brockley, and tried to present them in a balanced way. If you feel we've missed out or misrepresented something important then do please tell us so via the comments section!


The mayoral elections:

The high-profile struggle between Boris 'scourge of Liverpool' Johnson (for the Conservatives) and Ken Livingstone (nominally Labour, though you wouldn't notice it from his publicity materials, which stick to a fetching shade of purple) has been hogging the headlines, but Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrats) and Sian Berry (Green Party) are also in with a chance of a decent showing. They've all got policies that could affect Brockley, so let's have a quick look at the highlights ...

Boris Johnson
- increasing police numbers and cutting red tape: could this affect the status of Brockley's local cop shop?
- Arm the police with hand-held weapons scanners: could this target Brockley's local villains?
- Live CCTV on buses and a community service scheme for young people who abuse free travel: well the Brockley Cross Action Group could do with some help on their station clean-up days ...
- More uniformed officers on buses and station platforms: would this make those who use Brockley transport at night feel safer?
- Protect our green, open spaces and encourage more recycling: good to hear Boris is a fan of Hilly Fields; perhaps he could do something about those big recycling bins outside the sorting office on Brockley Road?
- Work in partnership with local councils to build the homes that people want and can afford: but would Lewisham mayor Sir Steve Bullock want to work with him?


Ken Livingstone
- Continuing to improve bus services, renewing the Tube, bringing more rail services under London's control to raise standards: trains are a perpetual gripe, so this measure could win over Brockley's commuter crowd ...
- Basing a permanent police team in every neighbourhood: a concrete promise that could combat Brockley residents' complaints about a lack of bobbies on the beat.
- Building at least 50,000 new affordable homes over three years and maintaining the policy that at least half of new homes are affordable by ordinary Londoners: is Brockley affordable?
- New opportunities for young people in education and training and providing new safe places to go outside school hours: Brockley currently lacks space for young people; can Ken deliver?
- Make the Freedom Pass operate 24 hrs a day, free bus travel for under-18s, extend student discounts to Oyster pay-as-you-go: older people, kids and students are three well-represented groups in Brockley, will they cheer for cheaper public transport?


Brian Paddick
- "If I can't cut crime and make our streets safer, I'll quit": but does he approve of the yellow signs?
- Fighting to stop the closure of smaller police stations across the capital: can Brian bring bobbies back to Brockley?
- Improve bus services, particularly in those areas outside the tube network: this includes large parts of Brockley.
- New technology will be introduced to provide better information to passengers about bus services: but can he make them run on time?
- Opposes Heathrow expansion: could cut noise pollution in Brockley's skies


Sian Berry
- Cut the cost of living: Dandelion Blue, are you listening?!
- Slash the capital's carbon footprint: Brockley's good recycling service could give us a head start on this target, but she's also promising free insulation for every home that needs it (plenty of Brockley's old Victorian buildings do - they're draughty as hell). And she wants to see solar panels on 100,000 roofs by 2015. How many of those will be in Brockley?
- Cut all bus and off-peak Tube fares by 20p: leaving more money in our pockets for those Friday night trips to City Noodles ... not to mention her promise of a London 'living wage' of at least £7.20/hr.
- At least 60% of new housing will be affordable: Brockley could become even better value for money.
- Oppose all airport expansion in London and the South East: Less air and noise pollution for Brockley, but what about our cheap fun in the sun?
- Round-the-clock community policing through Safer Neighbourhoods Teams: does that mean round-the-clock yellow signage too?


In the interests of balance, the other mayoral candidates on your ballot paper are:
Richard Barnbrook, BNP
Lindsey German, the Left List
Gerard Batten, UKIP
Alan Craig, The Christian Choice
Matt O'Connor, the English Democrats



The assembly elections:

Bit of a tricky one this. You cast two separate votes in this contest - one for a named individual and one for a party. This is because of the complexities of proportional representation. The individual with the most votes wins the constituency member seat on the assembly. Additionally, the votes from all constituencies are totalled up; any party that gets more than 5% of the total vote gets a seat. The number of seats a party gets is proportional to its share of total votes cast.
Clear?!

So, Brockley falls into the Lewisham & Greenwich constituency, and the individuals competing for your vote are:
Tess Culnane (National Front)
Len Duvall (Labour Party, and current L&G representative on the Assembly)
Chris Flood (Socialist Alternative)
Stephen Hammond (Christian People's Alliance and Christian Party)
Andy Jennings (Conservative Party)
Jennifer Jones (the Left List)
Susan Luxton (yes, that one - the Green Party)
Johanna Munilla (English Democrats)
Brian Robson (Liberal Democrats)
Arnold Tarling (UKIP)

In addition you are asked to cast a vote for one of the following parties:
Abolish The Congestion Charge
BNP
Christian Choice
Conservative Party
English Democrats
Green Party
Labour Party
Left List
Liberal Democrats
One London (Leader Damian Hockney)
Respect (George Galloway)
UKIP
Unity for Peace & Socialism
Rathy Alagaratnam (independent)


So those are your choices - now it's up to you to decide who's best for Brockley on May 1st. Who's it going to be?

57 comments:

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

easy peasy:

Mayor - Lib Dem (first vote), Ken Livingstone (second vote).

I'm not such a big fan of Ken nowadays but i really belive he lives for London. He still uses the tube (i saw him a yr ago) and i really think he is a decent guy. He tries to appease everyone, which is kind of unifying and nice.

Assembly - pretty much the same, all my votes go to the Lib Dems.

Anonymous said...

Its a difficult one. Ken has achieved a lot, I doubt that any other politicians could have got the congestion charge through and the buses benefit so many people.
I'd like to see what can be done with the tubes and trains. I still remember the time when he reduced the fares dramatically until he was taken to court by the conservative councils.

However, I don't think anyone is impressed by his cronies.

For the assembly, I think giving the Greens a go. They, at least have foresight and are less corrupted by the mire of local politics. I think their time has come.

Anonymous said...

well not Sian, she has clearly not done her sums or is smoking to much of the dope she wants to make legal,a new meaning to happy days or a hippy trip

creepylesbo said...

The problem with the Green's policy on solar power is that due to the fact a lot of us live in the Conservation area, we won't be allowed to make our houses warmer or attach the panels. No one in the conservation area should even have a Sky dish!
Annoyingly Boris has the ideas that appeal to me but I just don't believe any of them would ever get implemented. Not without making us all pay for it three times over in some way.
I notice the only campaigners who have bothered to lealflet my house is Labour. Doesn't anyone else care about the borough of Lewisham?

Brockley Kate said...

Parties I've been leafletted by so far are the Greens and the Left List. I saw a Ken Livingstone flyer (with absolutely no mention of Labour whatsover) littering Brockley train station yesterday. That's about it.

Anonymous said...

A green vote is a wasted vote which means that whoever starts off in 2nd place gets in via the back door.

The choice is clearly Ken or Boris - Lib Dem are a bit too on the green side of things for people in a working society.

Monkeyboy said...

I'd like Ken back in but with the London Assembly a little more skewed away from him so he he held to account. He's a strong character and needs strong policing.

Remeber Ken took on T Blair when Labour we're at their peak and burried them. London needs a charecter like that. If Boris gets in and assuming the tories win the next election (by no means definate but for the sake of argument) can you really see him standing up to cameron? Where as Ken will be more than happy to challange a Labour government if required.

...and the greens get my second choice, possibly first locally.

Headhunter said...

I think I've only ever seen anyone campaigning in the streets of London once and that was for Ken. I've never received anything encouraging me to vote for any party, or any information outlining their policies. I was originally thinking Ken, but I'm increasingly seeing perhaps that Brian is the way to go, but I'm undecided...

Monkeyboy said...

God this thread will beat the posting record I'm sure...

On transport as an employee (victim?) of Metronet I think Ken has at least put in some good guys in at the top of TfL. They are I think amongst highest paid public sector managers in the country but LUL/TfL needs some comercial reality and if, as looks likley, all the investment and project management will return in house then they need professionals to run it. Again I can't see Boris getting to grips with that, and its a huge programme of works. Also only heard plain daft ideas from Brian Paddick re transport.

Headhunter said...

Yes I agree with Monkeyboy that Ken has/had some good transport policies. Metronet was not of his making - the fool government is to blame there, and although he has pushed up Underground ticket prices enormously, he has at least bitten the bullet and set in motion what will hopefully lead to better transport in London, possibly after his term as Mayor (for which some other politician will no doubt lay claim).

Brockley Nick said...

I think mb makes a really good point, running tfl is by far the mayor's biggest responsibility and therefore managerial competence is, in my view, more important than the lists of policies.

Anonymous said...

Great points are being made in this thread, I don't need to comment any further.

Headhunter said...

Although somebody needs to depose that Bob Crow character and get Tube drivers to do a full weeks work for once. Where's Thatcher when you need her?

Monkeyboy said...

Bob Crow is an arse. I'm by no means anti union, i'm actually in one - the soft TSSA. But he seems to think that TfL is there to serve the staff not visa versa.

But Bob Crow will be there whoever wins so that argument is for another day.

patrick1971 said...

Whilst we're on matters political, Nick/Jon, have you heard about this?

http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/CouncilAndDemocracy/ElectedRepresentatives/Councillors/LocalAssemblies/CroftonParkAssembly/

Could be worth an article at some point? (Apologies if there's already been one and I missed it!) I'm going to email the address for more information so happy to pass that on.

patrick1971 said...

Aaargh, long link didn't work. Try this:

http://tinyurl.com/4qvx9a

Something about a Crofton Park assembly...intriguing.

tyrwhitt michael said...

The problem I have is that both locally and nationally Labour and Conservative now seem to have such similar policies. They both occupy the middle ground and seem to want to appease all of the people all the time.


I did the test on this site - www.votematch.co.uk/london -
and got Boris first and Ken second but by a very marginal amount.

Where is the good old left right debate of old?

Probably leaves me to vote Green to help save the planet.... I couldn't stop eating meat though.

ElijahBailey said...

I, like roughly 2/3's of Londoners (judging by last time), won't be bothering as I there is no one standing that I would vote for.

Of course turnout is likely to be higher this time round. Be interesting if it manages to crawl up to 50%.

max said...

I took the votematch test and found it wanting, almost all questions were sweeping statements that I just couldn't answer, it's made up of one-liners from each candidate, a little funny thing but has the depth of a puddle.

Anyway, the test gave me a Sian Berry/Ken Livingstone indication that I'm not going to follow. I'll vote Brian Paddick first vote and Ken Livingston second vote.

I'm quite happy with Ken but I think that 8 years are enough for anybody, I think that Paddick would do well if elected although that is admittedly unlikely.

Boris Johnson is best placed in a Wodehouse novel really, I would never vote for a parody of a toff like that.

GuidoTressillian said...

I've had the Left List leflet and I was quite impressed (as well as by their TV broadcast the other night) Before I wouldn't vote for Respect, but now they've split from that arse George Galloway, I think they're worth a punt - with Ken L second to keep the Tory Toff out!

Anonymous said...

Interestingly, my frustration with years of hand-wringing politics, locally and nationwide, has led to votematch suggesting the one thing I feared most: a Blue vote!

Anonymous said...

Kenis the best bet he has'nt got the mad cap ideas the other's are putting up
like another comment said Sian's free smoke policy and amsterdam type cafes is out of touch, keep it real and Ken does just that my votes RED!!

Bea said...

In the past at general elections I have routinely voted Lib Dem but at the last local election it was Green.

At these elections I am undecided. Nevertheless, I’ll be voting (even if it is regarded as a wasted vote - which it won’t for the Assembly elections due to proportional representation). I just have to imagine our local Suffragettes doing their bit on Hilly Fields for my rights on 1st May – so I’ll be making my X.

Right now I think I’ll vote Ken – I like what he has done for London and don’t like the other candidates. Ken has pedestrianised Trafalgar Square (which has some great events now), the transport system has improved (but still has a long way to go), introduced free bus fares for pensioners and kids and then there is the congestion charging which I think has been a great success.

But, as another poster has mentioned I sincerely hope that a larger number of none-Labour Assembly members are elected as a check against some of Ken’s excesses.

Oh - and for the Assembly elections Sue get's my vote.

Sue Luxton said...

Creepylesbo: we could certainly do with a few more local planning test cases on solar panels in conservation areas - an application got through in Blackheath Conservation Area recently and it's generally only an issue if you want them on the street-facing side of your roof rather than the rear. My personal view is that the urgency of climate change is greater than any aesthetic one and that they can easily be removed without long-term damage to a building at a later date. Also worth noting that slap bang in the middle of Brockley Conservation area we have St Peter's Church (which I think is also listed, but not sure about that), resplendent with solar panels across the roof and a wood chip boiler. I believe that was passed without any local objections and it was the first church in the country with solar panels. Darren Johnson knows more about that as he offered advice on grants etc. So worth a try with solar panels, but the bigger gain in terms of carbon savings is from improving your insulation, and you would need to do this first to qualify for grants - internal wall insulation is possible without planning permission, but is best done when you are planning to redecorate as it is a big job. Likewise underfloor insulation. You can also get sash windows draught-proofed. Not entirely clear on rules on double-glazed wooden sash windows in conservation area - you'd need to seek planning guidance on that as the article 4 directive is pretty strict.

Incidentally, which street do you live on, as you should have had 2 or 3 leaflets from the Greens this year if you live around here? (and I'm supposed to be co-ordinating deliveries so may well have slipped up somewhere!).

In response to anonymous on wasted votes - that's not the case with these elections, which are partially PR. You have 2 choices for Mayor, so can go for the candidate with policies closest to your views for your first choice, and then use your second vote as an insurance vote, for the least worst option of the two main front-runners (eg a Green supporter could vote Sian 1, Ken 2, to help block Boris Johnson). Obviously I would love people to give 3 votes to the Greens - Sian for Mayor, me for Greenwich & Lewisham and Green for the list, but the most important vote for us, and the one we are most likely to get Green assembly members elected on, is the list vote, which is the peach ballot paper. This is how Darren Johnson and Jenny Jones were elected last time, and how we hope they will be re-elected, together with Noel and Sian. See here for more info.

You can see the full Green Party London Manifesto here

Anonymous said...

I find it hard to trumpet the congestion charge as a success when the only difference between the stop start traffic outside the zone and the stopstart traffic inside it is that those inside have an extra sour look on their face over having to pay £10 for the priviledge. If you're driving in very central london in those hours its probably because you need to be, so what London needs is to help the motorist by keeping traffic moving, widening lanes where possible and building underground and even overground roads and even motorways where it's not. Imagine speeding over central london at 110MPH - whoopee!

mljay said...

ken - good track record. has london at heart. sure london has become expensive, but so has the rest of the country and the rest of the world. the others have big ideas (half stolen from Ken) but doubt they have the ability to push them through. ken has his problems and perhaps a way to make him more accountable would be great.

A said...

A few people here have expressed a desire to get some Green representation on the Assembly, even if a Green mayor is out of the question. So for them I just want to make a public service announcement: to get those Greens the best bet is to vote for them on the peach-coloured ballot paper, ie the party list one, as they are unlikely to get elected on the constituency basis. So if you are only going to put an X next to Green on one of the ballot papers, do it on the peach-coloured ballot paper. Announcement over!

A said...

Oh, @ elijahbailey:

Even if you don't want to vote for a mayor, please PLEASE vote for the Assembly elections. The reason? If the BNP get over 5% London-wide they will have a seat in the Assembly. How shamed would we all be? The best way to avoid this is for as many non-BNP voters to turn out so that 5% threshhold is harder to reach. This is so important. It doesn't matter which non-BNP party you vote for, just do so! If you don't care for any particular party but hate the BNP, vote for anyone-but-the-BNP.

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

I quite welcome the BNP getting a seat, that way we can really see the 'lack of depth' to their policies.

Although immigration/lack of a unifying UK identity worrys me, voting BNP is certainly not the way to go.

Anonymous said...

APPP - That's a bad thinking pattern. It's like putting your head in a guillotine because you're interested to see what your jugular looks like.

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

Maybe, But I think its neccessary to do that once in a while to cut the debate short and get back to sensible politics

max said...

I agree, the BNP is made of confused people and they have a negative and divisive effect on society.
They have no contribution to give to the London Assembly.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but you're an idiot. I can't countenance anything you say because you are such a foolish man it beggars belief.
I don't need to elect a member of the BNP to know they're a bigoted bunch of t@@ts.

Anonymous said...

I propose a bi-partistan coalition Green and BNP government for brockley.

White xenophobes on one side, sandal wearing hand-wringing vegetarians on the other. Could they meet in the middle and do something sensible?

brockleyman92 said...

I'll be giving Labour my 3 votes as Ken has done a damn good job as Mayor. I support the hard work Len "the guvnor" Duvall has done in tackling crime across London and welcome the extra police that he's committed to.

We're lucky to have a good choice in the London election and so I hope turnout rises (again) and the racist BNP are kept out

Headhunter said...

I took the quiz and came out Green for both followed by Lib Dem... Interesting...

Out of interest, Sue, how do you insulate a Victorian house? I was under the impression that most insulation is cavity wall, but I don't think Victorian houses have cavity walls - wasn't that brought in in the 1930s or later?

patrick1971 said...

Anonymous at 1617: "If you're driving in very central london in those hours its probably because you need to be"

Would be interested to hear of any real NEED to drive in to central London for anyone who's not disabled or elderly. Examples?

The congestion charge is no longer working because it has been internalised by drivers as just something they have to do, and the deterrent effect has been lost.

Anonymous said...

An individual who needs to transport something heavy in/out of london

A businessman who wishes to turn up in a car for reasons of style or practicality

Someone who lives in or just outside the catchment area who needs to go to the other side of it without taking the long way round

I'm sure plenty of people have their reasons of needing to be there, otherwise why would they endure it?

Sue Luxton said...

Headhunter: in brief, yes, most of us round here have solid walls, and solid wall insulation is a bigger job than cavity wall insulation. It can be done externally (though unlikely to get planning permission in conservation area on front of house) or internally, which involves sticking plasterboard with insulating cladding to your internal walls (you lose a bit of space in your room and it involves redecorating). More info at
Energy Saving Trust or Green Homes Concierge

Tressillian James said...

I've recieved one leaflet from the Greens and one from Labour - looks like the tories aren't bothering with us.

For mayor Im undecided - was a Ken fan - but recently I feel that he doesn't listen to just criticism in a way remeniscent of the last Tory Government. Accusations of Ken treating London like his own fiefdom and seeing himself as unaccountable are starting to seem correct.

Locally I'll vote for Sue and the Greens - I've been living in the area for 8 years and not seen any councillors as active and as concerned as Sue, Dean, and Darren. That goes a long way with me.

Brockley Kate said...

I've voted already! (postal vote)

Anonymous said...

It's Ken and Len for me and it's worth picking up on Sue's comment on the assembly list vote being more important for the Greens.

Whilst the Greens have undoubtably made gains here in Brockley and Ladywell since 2004, and Labour nationally is in a different place, it's worth pointing out that the Greens finished 5th in the Lewisham and Greenwich Assembly seat in 2004 and polled less than a third of the Labour vote.

So, if the Greens are endorsing Ken, and if you read the joint statement issued by Ken and Sian Berry about promoting a fair London and tackling both poverty and climate change I reckon you can conclude it's worth giving Len Duvall and Labour a vote in the Lewisham and Greenwich seat. Otherwise you're likely to get a Tory...

But as the deliver of many of your Ken leaflets I may have a vested interest .... ;-)

Marisa said...

If it's a battle between Ken and Boris surely the aim is to keep Boris out? It would be a disaster for all of us living in London if Boris gets in. He hasn't got a clue what's involved in running the biggest capital city in the world. He says he's taken back all the racist and homophobic comments he's made in the past - of course he's going to say that if he wants your vote. Keep Boris out.

Anonymous said...

Ken isn't all to clean on either when he invites Yusuf al-Qaradawi to return to London. Peter Thatchell say sthe below on his site "The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has issued an open invitation to Dr Yusuf al-Qaradawi to return to London, despite protests against his last visit in July. The Muslim scholar has agreed; but no date has been fixed. He is keen to spread his fundamentalist interpretation of Islam to British Muslims.

Qaradawi preaches a right-wing agenda of misogyny, anti-Semitism and homophobia."

http://www.petertatchell.net/religion/qaradawi.htm

This has made me think twice

Sue Luxton said...

Anon: as I suspect you well know, Greenwich & Lewisham constituency is not at any risk of being won by the Tories - Labour had a 14,000 majority last time round and I think it may even be the safest Labour seat, so Green supporters can quite happily vote for me and not worry about the Tories getting in! In any case, people should vote for the party closest to their own values.

Yes, I came 5th last time across the Greenwich & Lewisham constituency, but I came second across the Lewisham Deptford parliamentary constituency, where we have been focusing our efforts, which was very encouraging, and I think I stand a good chance of beating UKIP this time, without the European election being on the same day!

Also, just to clarify on what previous commenters said, as this also came up in Ladywell chippy tonight, the Mayor of London does not have the power to legalise cannabis, whatever party they may be from!

Anonymous said...

To respond to Sue -

Obviously Sian Berry feels Ken's values are pretty close to her own otherwise she wouldn't have signed a joint statement with him!

And clearly your Green Party colleagues also think Ken's values are close to theirs as they are reccommending that they give their second preference to him.

It's only if you ignore values and vote slavishly with your party that progressive people may wake up on 2 May with a Tory mayor and a more right wing assembly.

Also to point out you may have finished 2nd across the Lewisham Deptford constituency in the 2004 London elections but in the 2005 General Election the Greens finished 4th here.

Anonymous said...

For me it has be Ken, I love my city and I'm not putting in the hands of a chancer.

I just do not want to see a repeat of the cronynism, I want Ken to remember he is a public servant and maintain that hunger to do the absolute best for London, that we have come to expect from him.

Sue Luxton said...

Anon
And then of course there were the 2006 local elections . . .

I absolutely support the call for Greens to give their second preference vote to Ken - the thought of Boris as Mayor fills me with dread, but it as an insurance vote to keep Boris out, and on the basis that Greens on the assembly would be likely to achieve more with a Labour Mayor who needed their support on the budget than a Tory Mayor who didn't. Also of course for a Labour Mayor who has introduced lots of policies Greens have supported and campaigned for - congestion charge, low emissions zone, increase in cycling budget etc, rather than a Tory one who would overturn many of those things and thinks the environment is just about planting trees and picking up litter. Where we part ways with Ken is on his unstinting support for the Thames Gateway Bridge and his love-in with big business. The Federation of Small Businesses recently announced that the Greens' Policies were best for London's small businesses, followed by the Tories as a 'disappointing second'.

Do you really think Tories are in with a chance in Greenwich & Lewisham? Come off it.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure an endorsement from the FSA is something the Green's should be shouting about. They oppose real terms increases in the national minimum wage, and generally bleat about any regulation that stops them mis-treating their employees. Most socially responsible small businesses choose not to have anything to do with them.

For the GLA seat, the Tories are still the only challengers to Labour in this seat. A Labour Mayor needs a progressive GLA, and that means Labour GLA members as well as other non-Tories.

On voting preferences for the mayoral elections, I think we should all be honest about who can win this contest. In the final analysis, it's Ken Vs Boris. That's the choice which Londoners are facing, and no amount of massaging of the figures will change that.

Anonymous said...

Err, FSB... but otherwise the rant stands...

Sue Luxton said...

The FSB's London manifesto for small businesses looks pretty reasonable to me and I'm proud both of the Greens' robust policies to support small businesses and our Green London Assembly members' work in getting the London Living Wage Unit set up and pushing for a London Living Wage of £7.20.

Glenda said...

Um:

I'm 1 for Ken

2 for Lindsey German

Assembly George Galloway

Boris publicly supported George Bush on the illegal invasion of Iraq

Boris saw fit to compare bestiality with homosexuality - this is the 21st century guys!

As for Ken's record with inviting Dr Al - Quaradawi I think it's really important not to get drawn into singling out muslim clerics from any other clerics on homosexual and gay rights.
Let's not forget that Ellen de Generes got her death threats because she came out as lesbian on tV in US from fundamentalist christian groups.
I abhor prejudice against women and homosexuals from anyone. All I'm saying is I think Ken does really see through the double standards and doesn't want anti - muslim stands to be the last respectable racism.

patrick1971 said...

"An individual who needs to transport something heavy in/out of london"

Get a courier.

"A businessman who wishes to turn up in a car for reasons of style or practicality"

Are you serious? He can get on a bus just like the rest of us!

"Someone who lives in or just outside the catchment area who needs to go to the other side of it without taking the long way round"

See the above - get on a bus.

"I'm sure plenty of people have their reasons of needing to be there, otherwise why would they endure it?"

Laziness/selfishness/myopia/generally disorganised?

Anonymous said...

Or just the fact that not everyone spends their days cycling to the nearest deli and working in charity shops.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to see a Tory Lewisham!

Anonymous said...

Boris. Isn't Ken the idiot who decided it was a good idea to give free bus travel to the kids? Had countless bus journeys to Greenwich ruined by young people getting on the bus with their loud music and attitude. They also repay the privilege of free travel by graffiti and using the buses as giant litter bins. The kids also get fatter as they use the bus to travel one stop! Walk! Get some fresh air!

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