Outrageous goings-on in Brighton on Friday - basically the Labour councillors stitching up what was supposed to be a democratic process to decide new policy on schools admissions. Sod the children, we've got local elections to think about in May. And two fingers to the kids in Falmer whose parents might not be so vocal and middle-class as in other areas of the city, let's shaft them with a really crap, failing school. All a complete farce when, one hour before the committe were due to meet and vote about this new proposal on catchment areas, the only Labour councillor who isn't toeing the party line gets sacked and a stooge is put in her place to ensure the vote goes Labour's way. How depressing. I mean, we all know political corruption is there but this kind of blatant manouevring (sp?) is just sickening.
Luckily I was cheered up yesterday by a blogmeet. I met lots of lovely people, all fellow authors and bloggers, in London - it was so exciting! Bit strange going to chat with people you actually already know quite a bit about, yet haven't met before but all were fab and it was very enjoyable, comparing notes and gossip and putting faces to names. I felt a bit star struck actually, ooh, meeting famous people! Must rush out to some book shops now and walk around saying, "Oh yeah, I know her, yeah, I've met him..." in a showing off kind of way.
Better go, walls to paint, children to supervise, newspaper to read etc...
At Hawthorn Time ~ Melissa Harrison
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