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Brixton news, rumours and general chat - June 2017

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Jun 1, 2017.

  1. bimble

    bimble uber-hippy twonk peanut

    I don't know. I said to him, please tell me what is going to happen next, I am giving you this information voluntarily, and he got quite cross about that - told me that wasn't true, that I'd been charged with an offence under section blah of blah and so I was compelled to tell him my details. I don't really feel like moaning about it much as I'm a hypocrite, I complain about litter all the time and then I go and do that, I very rarely do it but I did do it.

    I expect its mainly about Lambeth council trying to claw some cash together in whatever way they can. I got a letter the other day saying 'we're reviewing your single occupancy council tax discount - if you don't reply within 10 days (confirming that you still are single occupant) we will automatically stop giving you your council tax discount and retrospectively charge you for the past year at the higher rate.
  2. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    It's very New Labour. Back in the day Blunkett wanted to give extend Traffic Wardens powers to fine people in this way. At one point Traffic Wardens had "civil enforcement" on there uniform. Blunkett saw this as part of a new "citizenship". With bureaucratic busybodies enforcing it. Never really happened. This was along with bringing in identity cards.

    New Labour accepted Thatcher neo liberalism in economics. But was socially authoritarian in other ways. This did not apply to the super rich or the City.
  3. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    I don't think you are compelled to give details.

    Did the person show you there ID?
  4. bimble

    bimble uber-hippy twonk peanut

    He didn't. He was wearing a uniform with golden letters and numbers on the shoulder-things though, a very intimidating getup. There were 3 of them there outside the tube.
  5. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    That's been standard procedure for a few years I think I used to get those letters from Lambeth when I was a single occupant.
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  6. Lizzy Mac

    Lizzy Mac Well-Known Member

    I get that letter sometimes. I think it's standard.
  7. bimble

    bimble uber-hippy twonk peanut

    huh, didn't know. I'm sure I never got one before (and have been single occupancy for longer than i'd care to mention).
  8. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I think they may have changed policy about a year ago.
    I've had people with student status over the years staying. Students don't count for council tax.
    Now the council require proof of status in order to award the discount.

    I would say this is fair enough - but it might impact on people like you, where they are "just checking".
  9. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro TwentyFourThousand

    As I understand it these guys are acting on behalf of the council so can do what any council officer can do in this situation which is more or less nothing. You don't have to answer their questions and they have no power to detain you. So say nothing and walk away. How many people would actually do this in a purposefully intimidating situation is preobably very very few.
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  10. trabuquera

    trabuquera Modesty Bag

    Me three - they're just trying it on and hoping some people don't notice IMHO
  11. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  12. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  13. Lizzy Mac

    Lizzy Mac Well-Known Member

    Me too, 10 years, since I've been here. Ha. I think it's conscious pricking. Which would work on me, repressed Catholic guilt. I only get it sporadically, must be computer generated.
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  14. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Superb, passionate speech and a lot of what he says applies to Brixton.

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  15. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    That's not good.

    I've had the Council around to do yearly gas check and follow up to look at the boiler. When I answer the door the first thing the plumber does is show me his ID badge. They are told to do this. Im ok. But there have been people taken advantage of by those saying they are from Council.

    Wearing a uniform and showing no ID. Not good. Particularly if they are trying to fine you.
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2017
  16. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Brixton is heaving beyond belief tonight. Drunk punters, shouty people, happy people, dealers, cops and mobs of tourists are filling Coldharbour Lane. Just passed two guys getting frisked by The Man in plain clothes.
  17. Ol Nick

    Ol Nick beer in Brixton

    There are a lot of people singing in Trinity Gardens right now. What's that about?
  18. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Cops galore around Electric Lane/Coldharbour La area on Sat night around 1.30am. Any idea WTF was going on?

  19. David Clapson

    David Clapson Well-Known Member

    Anyone see a helicopter flying low and fast over Brixton today? It looked white from underneath and was too big and the wrong colour for Police or Air Ambulance. It was probably military to have permission to fly there, so maybe one of the SAS ones. Apparently they've got five Eurocopter AS365N3 Dauphins. One landed on London Bridge after the Borough Market attack.

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    SAS 'Blue Thunder' helicopter team called in after London attack
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2017
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  20. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

  21. David Clapson

    David Clapson Well-Known Member

    Well that's confusing. How are we supposed to know when to get under the table because the SAS are dropping in? Please tell Kent and Surrey to paint theirs red.

    It was going in the right direction to be heading away from King's. And the wheel wells looked more like the AW169 than the Dauphin. So I'm sure you're right.
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  22. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Doesn't look nearly as impressive as the Silent Hawk choppers used in the bin Laden raid. Then again stealth was probably not much of a concern there.
  23. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  24. catriona

    catriona chickweed

    Reposting from tradespeople thread, to recommend the knife sharpening service at Katada in Pop Brixton (yes, a useful service in Pop). The guy transformed 2 blunt old kitchen knives for me - the tips were bent & broken from levering lids off (a knife crime) and he ground them back so they're like new, for £10 the pair. He can also fix broken handles, and he's going to renovate a friend's ancient garden saw. Nice man, too. Unit S17, back left of Pop Brixton. Casaubon on here rated him too.
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  25. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  26. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I have never been to Katada and I'm sure you're being helpful, but personally I find the idea of loads of sharpened knifes round Brixton rather alarming.

    Clearly there are Trumpian arguments that we all need an adequately resourced kitchen in case we might need to carve a joint. And obviously only criminals and maniacs go round stabbing people - including stabbing people to death with knives.

    But I do read my Evening Standard every day.
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  27. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    While knife crime is both horrific and at present depressingly common, the presence of a tool sharpening trader in the area will have virtually zero effect on knife crime stats IMO. It's not as if would-be knifers have ever been much concerned by the sharpness of their blades, or the relative bluntness ever been an impediment to their actions.
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  28. EastEnder

    EastEnder Brixton Barnacle

    There are plenty of places in Brixton that sell brand new, very sharp knives at reasonable prices. I'm not sure how a local knife sharpening service makes the situation any more or less alarming... If people want sharp knives for nefarious purposes, they're trivially simple to find.
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  29. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  30. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    I would have thought the rigorous bag searching at pop would have prevented that?

    Incidentally - Claudia from Pure Vinyl is playing pop tonight:

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