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article imageOp-Ed: Two faces of austerity in London

By Alexander Baron     Sep 30, 2013 in Politics
London - We may be living in an era of austerity, but as most people have long realised, the same rules do not apply across the board.
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?
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