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by vbsydenham
28 Jan 2021 08:11
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: how to get out of this mess
Replies: 67
Views: 5220

Re: how to get out of this mess

I think in this discussion people seem to be confusing me with someone who is seeking to defend the UKG approach. I'm just trying to explain - in response to a question from stuart - some of the constraints that the Scottish Government will be facing in trying to resource a census this year and to o...
by vbsydenham
27 Jan 2021 14:10
Forum: Town Asylum
Topic: Good order and discipline
Replies: 5
Views: 208

Re: Good order and discipline

Town Hall is listed as "the place for serious discussion", not serious monologuing. So anyone posting there should not be surprised to find their views challenged. And when their views reflect an ongoing campaign of disinformation, they shouldn't be surprised to find their views challenged...
by vbsydenham
27 Jan 2021 14:04
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: how to get out of this mess
Replies: 67
Views: 5220

Re: how to get out of this mess

I don't really disagree with most of that. At least in principle. The situation in Scotland is a little bit more complex in that the Government here doesn't really have the power to just find more resources as JGD suggests or put together some kind of post war reconstruction plan, as others have sug...
by vbsydenham
27 Jan 2021 13:54
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Tannsfeld Road ambulance Bay
Replies: 5
Views: 245

Re: Tannsfeld Road ambulance Bay

I think the traders on Sydenham Road would make a case. Traders always grossly overestimate the contribution to their businesses from people arriving by car, and overstate the costs of removing or restricting parking. eg: https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/policy-and-resources/our-policy/high-streets
by vbsydenham
26 Jan 2021 13:34
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Tannsfeld Road ambulance Bay
Replies: 5
Views: 245

Re: Tannsfeld Road ambulance Bay

I don't think there is a case for any more free unrestricted car parking anywhere in the borough. But maybe this space could be repurposed as a disabled parking bay or used to widen the pavement and improve the public realm?
by vbsydenham
26 Jan 2021 12:44
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: how to get out of this mess
Replies: 67
Views: 5220

Re: how to get out of this mess

Not HMG, JGD. SG.

It shouldn't be a prioirty for SG because 100% of civil service capacity is going to manage the pandemic at the moment. I don't know what function you would redeploy people from to resource the census.
by vbsydenham
26 Jan 2021 10:33
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: how to get out of this mess
Replies: 67
Views: 5220

Re: how to get out of this mess

"I would be even better if you took some time to look through that resource as the views that you are expressing on here are dangerous and deserve to be challenged robustly." I totally disagree, all I am doing is challenging the government retoric which some people have difficult with and...
by vbsydenham
25 Jan 2021 13:21
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: how to get out of this mess
Replies: 67
Views: 5220

Re: how to get out of this mess

It saddens me to be continually atacked and insulted on this forum for challenging government retoric Don`t attack me for having opposing political views re the handling of covid. Healthy discussion is good for all of us No doubt I will receive a load of abuse following this post. Admin - Please ca...
by vbsydenham
25 Jan 2021 12:41
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: how to get out of this mess
Replies: 67
Views: 5220

Re: how to get out of this mess

Except the core civil service function in understanding/managing Covid-19 is ONS. That's where some of where your more numerate people should be. And, as in 1944 during D-Day a part of the Civil Service was helping to put the post-war welfare state together. Planning our way out of this mess is rat...
by vbsydenham
22 Jan 2021 12:58
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: how to get out of this mess
Replies: 67
Views: 5220

Re: how to get out of this mess

Thanks. The only insight I can perhaps offer is that my own team of 13 people has been operating with 4 people since early March 2020 as there was a civil service wide call on resources to manage CV-19. There is no realistic prospect of this being reversed any time soon. If the team leading on the c...
by vbsydenham
22 Jan 2021 10:48
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: how to get out of this mess
Replies: 67
Views: 5220

Re: how to get out of this mess

I can't find a corroborating source for that Stuart - Do you have one?

If so I'll get straight onto Nicola and let her know of your displeasure :D
by vbsydenham
22 Jan 2021 07:34
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: how to get out of this mess
Replies: 67
Views: 5220

Re: how to get out of this mess

This is a good resource for anyone reading this and concerned about the kind of misinformation that has unfortunately warped some people's grasp of reality - Covid-19 FAQ

https://t.co/JjPDTWdEYq
by vbsydenham
15 Dec 2020 09:07
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Fake News
Replies: 2
Views: 3042

Re: Fake News

Fake mews, surely?
by vbsydenham
25 Aug 2020 11:43
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Anti mask culture
Replies: 12
Views: 2794

Re: Anti mask culture

I'm sorry about that.

In all seriousness I think that we're talking about a vocal and visible minority of people who are flouting the rules. But I'm afraid I agree with you that Winter is going to be quite rough, especially our vulnerable populations, and I don't envy your predicament.
by vbsydenham
25 Aug 2020 09:35
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Anti mask culture
Replies: 12
Views: 2794

Re: Anti mask culture

syd wrote: 25 Aug 2020 00:50 have the idiots won?
Yes
by vbsydenham
24 Aug 2020 10:13
Forum: Town Asylum
Topic: The Censor in RTW Speaks Again
Replies: 53
Views: 37737

Re: The Censor in RTW Speaks Again

You'd think he would at least make an effort to change the writing style a bit between posts.
by vbsydenham
21 Aug 2020 11:28
Forum: Town Asylum
Topic: The Censor in RTW Speaks Again
Replies: 53
Views: 37737

Re: The Censor in RTW Speaks Again

Same here - From my own very unpleasant experience with Chris Beech I drew the conclusion that the man is genuinely unwell and it's such a pity that he has caused so much upset in the community (of which he is no longer part). If anybody has the power to winkle him out of his position of power and i...
by vbsydenham
10 Aug 2020 11:02
Forum: Town Asylum
Topic: The Censor in RTW Speaks Again
Replies: 53
Views: 37737

Re: The Censor in RTW Speaks Again

Hugo Rifkind wrote a particularly good piece on Parler, and speficially on the type of right wingers who go there: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/social-media-cesspit-gets-bigger-not-better-kfrtrck0q?shareToken=060b8c0fb104c624be6df3092034a61a This is not the marketplace of ideas. Instead, it is...
by vbsydenham
30 Jul 2020 13:58
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Consultation on Proposal to Close Silverdale/Bishopsthorpe Road to traffic
Replies: 104
Views: 54194

Re: Consultation on Proposal to Close Silverdale/Bishopsthorpe Road to traffic

Then consider how much smoother your car journey will be with significantly more people walking and cycling (i.e those who can and want to). It's not just about you.
by vbsydenham
27 May 2020 08:56
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The 8pm NHS celebration
Replies: 19
Views: 7974

Re: The 8pm NHS celebration

sophie wrote: 26 May 2020 18:03 I think this Thursday’s clap may be the last one. I am sure I read it somewhere. We should make it count if it is the last one!
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... the-ritual