On page 8 of the Camden New Journal
this week are two contrasting stories about the way austerity is affecting or not affecting Londoners. The CNJ
is a freesheet distributed in the borough's libraries; here is the first article
from the website of its sister paper, West End Extra
. The second article is a story that has been all over the major media; here is a less parochial version
from the BBC.
Can it really be true that University College London spent £18,000 on a farewell party for its provost while firefighters are downing tools across the capital and elsewhere? Alas so.
A timely reminder of the insanity of cutting fire and other emergency services happened yesterday when a boat caught fire on the Thames. Although it was crowded with passengers, presumably mostly tourists, everyone escaped with nothing worse than a ducking
, which may be unhealthy, but was surely better than the alternative.
It's less than a year since there was a serious helicopter crash
in South London. If fire stations are closed, what will happen next time there is a major incident, and engines from far afield are stuck in traffic?