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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

If Jeremy Corbyn is elected leader of the Labour Party, will Harringay get its first Blue Plaque? He was a ward councillor for Harringay and lived in Lausanne Rd.

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I was referring to Richard's previous comment re Jeremy, sorry for the confusion.

Richard, you been reading that fuzzy-haired fuzzy-headed Janet Daly again?

Nice sentiment, this would never enter his mind, I do feel it would make us all think about how our actions, good will and involvement do count for something, and be a positive affirmation for our community. It's been a long haul for his political career, and I'm glad it took root here. Harringay has plenty to feel good about, I'm sure there are many more we could ad to the list, (over the last century,) a brown plaque might be more obtainable. Urban designers call this the 'Incidental,' where you stop for a moment and contemplate your surroundings and gain a sense of place.

In May I complimented Jeremy at the Peoples Forum, Wood Green, together with Natalie Bennet, who also spoke, both very personable people. Who could have predicted how things turned out, but I'm not surprised.

I wrote a letter to the political editor of the Guardian, commenting on the St Ann's Ward, (candidate selection process,) drawing parallels with the change of guard in Australian politics, as a case that it may be endemic of any political movement that your fiercest opponents may be within your own party, as it will undoubtedly unravel, let's hope it doesn't become too polarised. He has certainly engaged people back into politics.

If he can make it work, he will need to use all his political experience to realise Labour's regeneration into reelection. Ken Livingston wasn't too radical, politics just modernised around him, and took some time to become established policy.

Now our local forums have been eroded, maybe we should have a HoL Forum, out of 30,000 members someone should turn up.

I recall a documentary about John Cage, which included someone who'd known him when they were heavily involved in arts and music in New York in the 1960's and early seventies. He described how the acceptance of Cage's work felt like it gave other people permission  to take risks; to be more creative, experimental and to follow their own dreams.

I'm hoping that Jeremy Corbyn's leadership will give a similar permission to consider and try out new creative ideas in politics and government. And also to consider - or for some people reconsider - older ideas, theories and practical ways of doing things which the right-wing have tried to banish and forget. 

John Cage once said: "I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones". 

I'm not frightened by what Jeremy Corbyn is saying. Neither his new nor his old ideas. And he seems to be inviting engagement with plain speaking opponents as well as friends and allies.

In a local forum though, Matthew, isn't there a problem about agreeing "ground rules"?  Especially the importance of listening and reflecting on what others say.

Too often what passes for public debates are like parallel monologues. Perhaps with people tapping on their smartphones - dealing with emails?  texting one another? - while awaiting their turn to speak.

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