‘Sir’ Michael Snyder, The City of London & Crossrail

The Crossrail deal struck between the Corporation of London when it saw headed by ‘Sir’ Michael Snyder and the 2007 Labour government highlights the blurring between the corporation’s two roles, that of a local authority with public funds and a lobbying body with even larger private funds. An internal corporation document presented to councillors in October 2007 stated that, “there would be a number of pre-conditions to be satisfied before funding was released”. One of these was “a net real terms improvement in government funding of the City Corporation”. The corporation wanted the government to reinstate a fund known as the “City Offset” “The City Offset was re-instated… in 2007 following representations from the City of London Corporation,” said a spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government… This means the corporation could end up recouping all of the money it is contributing to Crossrail. As the internal corporation document states, if the extra government funding to the corporation continued for fifteen years, “the eventual adverse impact on our asset base would be £15m or less”. Given that Crossrail inflates the value of lands owned by the corporation adjacent to it and the extra funding could continue for more than 15 years, the City potentially stood to make a great deal of money from this deal.

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2 Men Who Like Dressing Up But Should Be Dressed Down Over Gerrymander Mansions

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.

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