Democracy in Barnet

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Not even Richard Cornelius, Leader of Barnet Council was allowed into the AGM!

Tonight was an absolute disgrace at Hendon Town Hall! Barnet Council refused to let any of us from Sweets Way Resists or Our West Hendon into a *public* meeting where decisions about our lives were being made, even though we had 200,000 combined signatures on our petitions to present to them!

But that didn’t stop us from shouting loud enough that we could be heard in the meetings over the Mayor of Barnet, who was busy lying to the Council, telling them that residents were being let inside, when Barnet Council staff had told us in no uncertain terms that none of us would be allowed into the Town Hall tonight!

In truth, the line of cops and private security did occasionally part and make way for people to enter… As long as they were in formal attire! The rest of us proles were pushed and shoved by privately hired heavies for trying to take part in our local democratic process!

We stuck it out though! And we were there at the end when people in formal wear began to trickle-out from the post-AGM reception. We made sure they knew we were weren’t going away!

Tonight made the sorry-state of democracy in Barnet clear for all to see: even with the strength of 200,000 petition signatures, privatised security guards, backed by the force of the Met, kept families from taking part in a discussion with the council that sold off or approved the demolition of our homes.

But democracy isn’t really about what a bunch of posh folks in suits get up to behind police lines. It is about what we do to shape our lives, in the places we live. So we’ll get on with democracy at Sweets Way and West Hendon. If Barnet Council don’t want to let us into their meetings, we will just get on with our own and make the decisions together that will allow us to live the lives we deserve. We’ll see how long it takes before they come knocking at our doors…

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22 thoughts on “Democracy in Barnet

  1. I’m appalled at the way you are all being treated and the council is a disgrace. I’m a pensioner and live 300 miles from you so can’t do much to help directly but you have my admiration and support and my heartfelt good wishes. Keep up the fight, never give up.

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  2. peter rachman, hoogstratten, rottenboroughs, annington,barnet homes, metropolitan police,Acpo,Freemasons, tory press,cameron,boris; when you these rocks over the slimy stench is overpowering and interconnected; Corruption in Public life. Cameron`s Great Britons “Trickle Up” Oligarchs; Reverse Meritocracy. Bankers obscenely rewarded for Fuck Ups.

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  3. In Scotland we have had considerable experience of the establishment using biased press (local and national) and media including the BBC giving one sided reports and allowing establishment lies to be repeated as if they were facts. It may seem unrelated and I am not trying to make a political party case but just to point out that there is hope when the establishment can be called to account by the people as they have been in the recent general election in Scotland. That is the truth about the result in Scotland, an anti (previous) establishment movement, not an anti-English sentiment as is being strongly suggested by your media and establishment in England in a clear divide and rule tactic. I hope you succeed in your struggle.

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  4. When dialogue, justice, fairness and reason fail, so does democracy. Sweet Water and West Hendon are not alone in facing the increasingly, heavy handed tactics of authority. Beware! There is a thin line between what is happening here and fascism.

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  5. Reblogged this on amnesiaclinic and commented:
    Interesting that if any of the protesters were dressed in suits they may have been let in???
    My son got a very good one from Oxfam recently for £3.50.
    We have to gain access to these meetings and take back grassroots control because at the end of the day they have the money, resources and the power.
    Actually, OUR money and power!

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    • THIS IS JUST PLAIN EVIL WHAT BARNET COUNCIL ARE DOING BY EVICTING THE RESIDENTS OF SWEETWAY ESTATE THIS IS WHAT YOU GET FOR VOTING FOR SATAN AND HIS BAD ANGELS INTO GOVERMENT THIS IS THE START OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER

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      • With all due respect there are two sides to this story, Maggie thatcher instituted the sell off of council housing on the cheap, Why The answer is simple.
        To control the masses you must have a plan involve them in the greed.

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  6. Next time there is a meeting like that make sure two or three of you dress formally with shirt/tie/smart dress etc. and walk confidently up to and through the wall of cops!
    Keep up the good work. What you are doing is important for everyone in this country!

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  7. can’t understand why the media are not involved more, surely a story like this would
    light some ones blue touch paper these days..

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