Monday, 16 January 2012
Cool wash, long spin: Chaos theory, Crossrail, and Colin Barrow
Not a bad week to be in Triborough opposition as we watch the Tory Leaderships struggle to ‘re-vision’ reality.
Once HS2 was announced along with the transport superhub at Old Oak Common in neighbouring Hammersmith and Fulham, we knew that the game must be up and the proposal for a Crossrail station at Kensal Gasworks – just metres away from OOC – must be dead and buried. Of course we had been told this by various parties for at least a year, but until it was in the public domain articulated by Mayor Johnson we couldn’t be more than 95% sure.
So far they seem to be giving the news the ‘cool wash’ treatment, which involves doing as little as possible, starting on a Friday night before a Bank Holiday. It will in all likelihood then get a ‘long spin’ with the story dragged out for as long as possible with a million ‘holding stories’ (‘we are waiting for the report back from the sponsors’) until we supposedly forget about it.
Except that we won’t.
Like you do.
The weird thing about the truly dreadful times we are in, is that we in opposition are irresistibly drawn together. The tougher things get, the closer we work together with our neighbouring Labour colleagues. And so the Labour Councillors and MPs and GLA members of K&C, H&F and Westminster have, over the past several months, started working closer and tighter and this culminated in a ‘totally coincidental’ get-together in a pub in North Ken last Friday night, which also ‘totally’ coincided with said Barrow’s resignation.
Did Chaos Theory play a hand, did our defiant laughter create a butterfly’s wing ripple that found its way to Barrow and tipped him into the abyss? Or were we very well informed? Well, that’s for us to know. We were honoured to spend an evening with Barrow’s nemesis the beaming Paul Dimoldenberg, it was a great evening and a rare (but repeatable) moment of joy.