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Nothing Like a Dame: The Scandals of Shirley Porter ✅ Nothing Like a Dame: The Scandals of Shirley Porter PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Andrew Hosken – Thomashillier.co.uk Homes for Votes, three cemeteries at five pence apiece, the missing Tesco millions and a gold toilet seat plus a procession of camels, pay as you go toilets, and a large plastic bin called Mr Clean Up Homes for Votes, three cemeteries at a Dame: MOBI í five pence apiece, the missing Tesco millions and a gold toilet seat plus a procession of camels, pay as you go toilets, and a large plastic bin called Mr Clean Up The hallmarks of Shirley Porter s regime at Westminster City Council are as well known as they are farcical The story of the Tesco s heiress who shot to power and notoriety in the s has never Nothing Like PDF/EPUB ² been told before The fall out from her reign in Westminster united opposition from all corners of public life, from Ken Livingstone to Margaret Thatcher, Nigella Lawson to the Queen of Holland, Westminster refuse workers to the Billy Fury fan club The gerrymandering scandal at the heart of her policies eventually lead to Dame Shirley being found guilty of corruption and ordered to pay a surcharge of GBP million In a highly entertaining account of Like a Dame: MOBI õ one of the strangest episodes in British political history, Andrew Hosken tells of Shirley Porter s wealthy upbringing as the daughter of Jack Cohen, the founder of Tesco her rise to power in Westminster and about the scandal and its aftermath He has interviewed most of the individuals involved in a story that is colorful, shocking, and stranger than fiction.


10 thoughts on “Nothing Like a Dame: The Scandals of Shirley Porter

  1. Nic Nic says:

    fairly rare to read a gripping account of local government but this is an incredibly gripping account of Porter s rein at Westminster Well worth reading


  2. John John says:

    It s not often that council housing is the subject of a best selling book, but in the case of Nothing Like a Dame there would be no book if there had been no council housing in Westminster to sell off Admittedly, Dame Shirley Porter, the disgraced leader of the council in the 1980s, also managed to sell the council s cemeteries for 5p each But it was her disastrous policies for council housing that caused her downfall.Council flats that should have housed the homeless were instead sold to peop It s not often that council housing is the subject of a best selling book, but in the case of Nothing Like a Dame there would be no book if there had been no council housing in Westminster to sell off Admittedly, Dame Shirley Porter, the disgraced leader of the council in the 1980s, also managed to sell the council s cemeteries for 5p each But it was her disastrous policies for council housing that caused her downfall.Council flats that should have housed the homeless were instead sold to people who, Porter hoped, would vote Tory in marginal wards, even though they often had tenuous links with Westminster Meanwhile, homeless people were deported to other boroughs In a later, evencynical, twist, two tower blocks in Paddington were let to tenants when they were known to be riddled with dangerous asbestos In a closely fought election in 1990, the measures helped Porter s party to retain control she had exportedthan 500 homeless families and sold off over 600 houses in key wards Andrew Hosken, a reporter on the BBC Today programme, has produced a page turner, resulting partly from his own exposure of the plot at the time And if plot seems an exaggeration, then the catalogue of secret committees, confidential memos, hidden bank accounts, decisions being taken outside any form of democratic control and the way this was all made public is nothing less It s a gripping tale which kept me reading for a whole transatlantic flight But it s a sad tale too, for anyone concerned about public servants behaving with proper respect for the rules Sad because while, in one opinion, the housing director Graham England was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time , he nevertheless clearly misjudged what the Daily Mail was to call a towering disgrace Instead of directly challenging Dame Shirley admittedly, not an easy task he felt he had done enough by taking his own detailed notes of decisions and orders made by her It proved his downfall He was eventually found guilty of misconduct although he was later exonerated from a massive surcharge that he would have been unable to pay.Dame Shirley herself succeeded in concealing most of her money, derived from her father s Tesco empire, until a fatal slip led accountants onto the trail of her hidden assets She eventually repaid 12m of a surcharge that, with interest, approached 50m The debate continues as to whether Westminster could have recovered .Dame Shirley has survived into retirement and eventually moved back to London from Israel Many of her protagonists are still active in the London housing scene Jonathan Rosenberg, who led the tenant takeover of the Walterton Elgin estate which Porter nearly sabotaged Steve Hilditch, now writing the Mayor s housing strategy, and Neale Coleman, then a leading Westminster councillor, now a senior adviser to Ken Livingston These can be proud of their contribution to exposing what was probably the biggest public sector housing scandal in England in the last century Others, unfortunately, can only read Hosken s book and lament the role they unwillingly played


  3. Simon Wood Simon Wood says:

    DAM SHIRLEY PORTER I was aware of the scandals of Westminister City Council under Shirley Porter but nothing prepared me for reading Andrew Hoskens excellent piece of investigative journalism.The book is readable, coherent and makes the undoubtedly complicated shenanigans of the Porter Regime reasonably easy to understand if not exactly a pleasure to read there is nothing pleasurable about Shirley Porter and it is absolutely enthralling The most gob smacking thing about the book is it captur DAM SHIRLEY PORTER I was aware of the scandals of Westminister City Council under Shirley Porter but nothing prepared me for reading Andrew Hoskens excellent piece of investigative journalism.The book is readable, coherent and makes the undoubtedly complicated shenanigans of the Porter Regime reasonably easy to understand if not exactly a pleasure to read there is nothing pleasurable about Shirley Porter and it is absolutely enthralling The most gob smacking thing about the book is it captures the pitiful attitude of full time council officials and conservative councillors which varys from denial of reality to enthuasticaly joining with Porter in her mendacious and nefarious activities.The image of the Porter regime as a business orientated, efficient and modern administration which was much peddled prior to her exposure is utterly destroyed in this book The way she dealt with homeless people including housing them in abestos blighted tower blocks ought to have landed her in jail in any civilised society There are countless other examples of her machinations which were linked to her desire to get the right kind of people in to guarantee her electoral victory at the next council elections.If there is any weakness in the book it is the broader picture of the scene nationally which seems to me to be a bit flat, and it repeats much recieved wisdom about the 1980s political scene in Britain That is a small quibble about an otherwise excellent, comprehensive and comprehensible book that ought to be compulsory reading for councillors and anyone who has a serious interest in democracy in this, or any, country


  4. Alexis Alexis says:

    Nothing Like a Dame The Scandals of Shirley Porter by Andrew Hosken 2006


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