Sunday, 4 February 2007

Bad news and good news

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...

9 comments:

Julia Buckley said...

Lovely meeting you yesterday. Glad you enjoyed yourself. Sorry about bleeding on your book!

mad muthas said...

it was fab, wasn't it? definitely something to do again.
x

Lucy Diamond said...

I'm already thinking up riverside venues for a summer meet, hmmm...

(And Julia, I love my bloody book! In more ways than one!)

Caroline said...

I am very jealous and now sitting in a corner crying!

I am glad that you had fun though ;-)

x

liz fenwick said...

I'm going to join Caroline. Sounds a great time!!

Jane Henry said...

Bad luck about the crap council. I am totally cynical about local politics which in my view should have nothing to do with party politics. If you are going to stand for you local council, stand on local issues. If you want a political career, go to parliament!

Am also incensed by the way this Labour government, many of whom were given a huge leg up by getting into the grammar schools they now despise, are so bloody insistent on kicking the ladder away for the next generation. If you are clever and poor and have no support at home, how on earth do you get an education these days? The people that are supposed to help you sure as eggs are eggs won't!!!

In an ideal world comprehensives schools would be so good they push each and every child to the best of their abilities, and we shouldn't need grammar schools. But the reality is that, especially in poorer areas they are very substandard.

the blog thing sounds great fun!!

Lucy Diamond said...

Oh, please stop crying Caroline and Liz!! I can't bear it! Just get your arses along to the next one, for Gawd's sake!

Jane - glad to say, there have been interesting developments re council manipulators but can't blog about it at the moment. Am hoping there will be an almighty come-uppance though!

Dave Hill said...

It was a pleasure meeting you, Ms Diamond.

Lucy Diamond said...

You too, Mr Hill!