The skyscrapers Hayward wants to see built aren’t simply office space; they are as Alex Simpson observed in an article published on City Metric earlier this year ‘a monument to the city’s worship of finance’. As Simpson notes, developers are sometimes over ambitious and some projects fail. After funding dried up, The Pinnacle was left as a partially built shell and became known as The Stump. Perhaps Hayward is dreaming that the redevelopment of The Stump as 22 Bishopsgate might in some way parallel his future political career no matter how unlikely this seems. On his City website Hayward boasts of 30 years experience in local government and stresses that the last four were as a councillor for the utterly undemocratic business vote ward of Broad Street. Hayward has been forced to scale down his political ambitions from being an MP to being one of a tiny group of councillors ‘elected’ on no votes whatsoever; and it seems that the only way to get Hayward to scale down his support for overdevelopment in the form of schemes like Gerrymander Mansions is to smash the rotten City of London political culture in which he’s enmeshed.Read more "Chris Hayward: Clockwork Tory"
The City of London has an entirely different system of local government to the rest of the UK; and one that is completely undemocratic. This is unfair to the residents of the borough and requires immediate rectification. The decision of the Corporation’s Planning Committee to approve the demolition of the architecturally significant Bernard Morgan House, and to allow Taylor Wimpey to build an over-scaled luxury apartment block on the site is indicative of all that’s wrong with this council. We have addressed potential conflict of interest issues and the vote rigging implications of this decision elsewhere. What we wish to underline here is that neither the Planning Committee nor the council has a mandate from local people and therefore their decisions are illegitimate. The City of London is the only place in the UK to retain the business vote, and there are roughly twice as many of these as residential votes. The ward boundaries and Alderman system also favour big business over people.Read more "The Corporation of London rules by plutocratic diktat!"
The likes of Jamie Inham Clark, Henry Pollard and Chris Hayward, must have many of the most famous Freemasons connected to the City of London – such as William Hogarth and John Wilkes – spinning in their graves; since these historical masons would have had no time for the mean-spirited and reactionary politics of today’s ‘masonic’ opportunists. That said, there is no law preventing people from dumping all over the memory of Wilkes and Hogarth; and neither is it a crime to don an apron and act like a raving idiot as long as no one else is harmed. So if some twerps in the City of London want to be masons ‘so mote it be’; we’re a lot less bothered by their low-grade ritual activities than the fact that the likes of Ingham Clark, Pollard and Hayward, hold minor positions of power in a local council.Read more "2 Men Who Like Dressing Up But Should Be Dressed Down Over Gerrymander Mansions"
We’re fairly sure we’ve identified the ten people who voted against Taylor Wimpey’s Gerrymander Mansions development, which leaves those who either didn’t vote or voted in favour of it. So here is some background business and political information about three members of the Planning Committee who we suspect didn’t vote against the application. There is a a barrister, an IT professional, and a one time political researcher for a notorious right-wing Tory MP: Emma Edhem, Judith Pleasance and Rehana Ameer.Read more "3 Members of the City of London Planning Committee"
We’re fairly sure we’ve identified the ten people who voted against Taylor Wimpey’s Gerrymander Mansions development, which leaves those who either didn’t vote or voted in favour of it. So here is some background business and political information about six members of the Planning Committee who we suspect didn’t vote against the application. There are three aristocrats, a butcher, an IT professional and a barrister: Graeme Martyn Smith, Henry Nicholas Almroth Colthurst, James de Sausmarez, Paul Nicholas Martinelli, Robert Picton Seymour Howard and William Upton.Read more "6 Members of the City of London Planning Committee"
Anyone who cares to do a web search will find that a number of conspiracy sites list ‘Sir’ Michael Bear as the 683rd Lord Mayor of London and a Freemason belonging to the Guildhall Lodge #3116. That said, for those concerned with social justice, the speculative masonry of City of London councillors is of little interest; we are much more concerned about operative masonry – the connections between these men and urban ‘regeneration’ schemes, as well as the building and construction industry.Read more "Is ‘Sir’ Michael Bear’s Declaration Of Interests On The Square?"
This is what the Watford Observer quoted Chris Hayward as saying about the role and workload of City of London councillors in an article of 20 March 2013: …he stressed the role is unpaid and would involve no more than “one lunch time meeting a month”. He said: “It is not exactly a major time commitment. If it was anything more than one meeting then I wouldn’t do it. The councillors in the City of London also receive no allowances whatsoever. This isn’t a David Lloyd scenario, there is no income for common councilmen, it is more of an honorary body.”Read more "Was Fat ‘Cat’ City of London Planning Chair Chris Hayward Lying When He Claimed He’d Only Do Lunch Once A Month?"
An application to build a luxury apartment block on the site of Bernard Morgan House in Golden Lane was approved by the City of London Planning and Transportation Committee on 23 May 2017. Thirteen of those present voted in favour and ten against. This development will steal light and sunshine from local homes, a park and three local schools. We don’t currently know the identities of all those who voted in favour of this application but we will add them to our role of shame as and when we can. In the meantime, we understand these members of the committee voted for the proposal, so this is our initial role of shame: Christopher Hayward, Michael Bear, Mark Boleat, Andy Mayer,
Brian Mooney, James Thomson.