Alan — My recent experience with direct e-mails to councillors and officers is that they’ve given up replying at all (I wrote with specific questions about LTNs and residential property licensing), while an e-mail to Peray Ahmet about BBL got an auto-response half-promising that a caseworker might respond to me at some point. I hope an FoI request will be treated more responsibly.
A few of the residents have pointed out that the name the council is trying to impose makes for an amusing anagram of the council leader responsible.
You cannot make Totally incompetent prat out of the new name..?
" The Council said that significant numbers of residents were opposed to the change " I thought a clear majority of respondents were opposed. Is this what is meant by " economical with the truth " ?
As I recall, a majority of residents of the street were opposed but a majority of residents of Haringey were in favour. So it would depend what you mean by "resident."
I would say that the people who actually live on Black Boy Lane are the residents and those who do not aren't.
Whatever you may think about the BBL issue how on earth can it be characterised as history being hijacked by immigrants as the fella on the video claims?
I don't think it's being hijacked but its definitely being erased. This is just part of the bigger effort to rename, remove or relocate historic place names, statues and other aspects of English history that a small number of people find 'problematic'. And yes often those people don't have deep roots in England. Ahmet, Khan and Ejiofor aren't exactly old English family names. Now I'm not suggesting they should not be able to propose changes or take part in democratic processes but they won't value the heritage of England in the same way as people whose families have lived here for generations and generations. My family are recent arrivals. I wouldn't presume to make such changes. Its like letting someone move into your house and having them want to move everything around and throw out the armchair that your grandmother used to sing to you in. I can tell you how far a bunch of English people would get it they moved to Instanbul or Limassol and tried this sort of thing.
Only in Haringey eh. The story about The Nelson pub tickled.
My parents were born in Limerick. Does my lack of “deep roots” mean I don’t value English heritage? Or is that generalisation only applicable if someone doesn’t have an English sounding name like mine?
Not necessarily but you're more likely to value it than people who have no roots here at all.