Acronym competition - the winning entries
A number of good entries, including.
ODPM = OverDevelopment to Prescott Mandate
LDD = Lots of Development Directed (instead of Local Development Document
RSS = Really Stupid System (instead of Regional Spatial Strategy)
SPD = Stupid Prescott Document (instead of Supplementary Planning Document)
SCI = Stifle Cumbrian Investment (instead of Statement of Community Involvement – a reference to the fact that Prescott’s “The Northern Way” strategy document made virtually no reference to Cumbria.)
However, I chose two joint winners from different ends of the country. This was to reflecting the fact that micromanagement by John Prescott’s department took different forms all over the country, but the one common factor is that he always thought he knew what was best for a local area than the people who lived there, and he was always wrong. In some places he forced far too much development, more than was wanted by locally elected councillors of all parties: in other places he forced local authorities to scale back their development plans. So here are the two winning entries.
NWRA = Now We're Really Abandoned (instead of North West Regional Assembly)
EEDA = Extreme and Excessive Development Allowed
(instead of East of England Development Agency)
I was just in time to organise copies of “The little red book of New Labour Sleaze” which will shortly be winging their way to Whitehaven and St Albans for the winners. This book has now sold out.
One of the writers on the News and Star has just done a piece saying that it's time someone stuck up for John Prescott. I will withold the response which springs to mind as I wish this blog to remain suitable for people of any age to read.
The reason I have been sharply critical of Prescott has nothing to do with his private life or his leisure activities - indeed as far as I can see most of the MPs who criticised him for playing croquet were from his own party. And the only criticism I level at Prescott over his two jags has been the fact that he heads a department which is trying to make it impossible for other people to do the same by depriving them of anywhere to park.
The reason I have criticised John Prescott is that as a councillor I am fed up to the back teeth with coping with his interference, incompetence, and attacks on local democracy.
Final word on John Prescott’s legacy, for the moment is his own attributed quote on the Dome –
“If we can’t make this work, we’re not much of a government.”