Image courtesy Sid Skill – this spoof birthday card of Cllr Bennett was sent to the secretary of the Central Hill estate residents and tenants association – a case of LambethDon’tWatch?
BENNETT TO LOSE HOUSING PORTFOLIO – AND GET PLANNING JOB INSTEAD – AND WHY PRINCIPLES CAN’T BE GUARANTEED
Gipsy Hill ward Cllr Matthew Bennett is set to lose his position as Lambeth’s cabinet member for housing – and take over planning instead.
His successor will be fellow Gipsy Hill ward Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite who is set to become cabinet member for housing and environment.
New cabinet member for equalities and culture – which includes libraries – is Cllr Sonia Winifred.
Cllr Winifred, who represents Knights Hill ward, is a self-employed psychotherapist – and the only new face in the cabinet.
The proposed changes are announced in council documents for next week’s annual mayor-making at Elm Green school, Elmcourt Road, West Norwood on Wednesday April 19th at 7pm.
Cabinet 2017-18: The cabinet leader of the council: Cllr Lib Peck; deputy leader of the council (finance and resources): Cllr Imogen Walker; deputy leader of the council (investment and partnerships): Cllr Paul McGlone
Cabinet member for planning, regeneration and jobs: Cllr Matthew Bennett; cabinet member for children and schools: Cllr Jane Edbrooke; cabinet member for families and young people: Cllr Jane Pickard; cabinet member for adult social care: Cllr Jackie Meldrum;
Cabinet member for housing and environment: Cllr Jenny Brathwaite; cabinet member for healthier and stronger communities (job-share): Cllr Jim Dickson; cabinet member for healthier and stronger communities (job-share): Cllr Mohammed Seedat; cabinet member for equalities and culture: Cllr Sonia Winifred; lead member for community relations and Brixton neighbourhood lead (attending cabinet): Cllr Donatus Anyanwu
WHY PRINCIPLES CAN’T BE GUARANTEED
In his request for ‘key guarantees’ set to be given to people living on six council estates which Lambeth want to demolish to be ‘called in’ Cllr Tim Briggs has drawn attention to the dictionary definitions of guarantees – and principles:
This is the definition of a ‘guarantee’:
1: a formal assurance (typically in writing) that certain conditions will be fulfilled, especially that a product will be repaired or replaced if not of a specified quality.
synonyms: warranty, warrant, contract, covenant, bond, assurance, promise “all repairs have a one-year guarantee”
In law: an undertaking to answer for the payment or performance of another person’s debt or obligation in the event of a default by the person primarily responsible for it.
provide a formal assurance, especially that certain conditions will be fulfilled relating to a product, service, or transaction.
“the company guarantees to refund your money”
2: promise with certainty.
synonyms: promise, swear, swear to the fact, pledge, vow, undertake, give one’s word, give an assurance, give assurances, give an undertaking, give a pledge, swear an oath, take an oath, cross one’s heart (and hope to die);
This is the definition of a ‘principle’:
1. a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behaviour or for a chain of reasoning.
synonyms: truth, proposition, concept, idea, theory, postulate; More
2: a general scientific theorem or law that has numerous special applications across a wide field.’
Cllr Briggs conclusion:
So the ‘guarantees’ (formal, legally binding assurances) cannot be ‘principles’ (a proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of behaviour), and be guaranteed.