Monday 5 December 2005 10.54am
On anonymity, I accept the point that you make. As someone who worked for Southwark Council
(three years in the Regeration department), I believe that I managed to balance my responsibilities to my then employer with my involvement as a local resident. If anything, that balance probably caused me to think more carefully about what I committed to the public domain. I have always felt that being accountable adds to credibility hence my dislike for and suspicion of statements made from behind the veil. But having also been on the receiving end of self-interested and ignorant abuse from members of the public, I can easily understand why anonymity is so attractive.
Regarding 'On or off topic', Speakloud made a statement with which, based upon my own experience, I disagreed. Bermondsey St and its environs has always been subject to a background level of crime. From my experience, 10 years ago that background level was higher than it is today and for that I am grateful. But I would also recognise that there is always an increase in such activity in the run-up to xmas and I suspect that it is that festive effect that Speakloud had noticed. I felt that it was important to place their views in context and I regreted the fact that the thread sank beneath a discussion of the rights and wrongs of cyclist's behaviour.
With regard to moaning vs action, I can only say that I prefer proposition/action to complaint. In this regard, when I observed the regularity of thefts from cycles on the bike rack in Tanner St park, I put some stickers on the racks telling people to lock their bikes, front and back. Simple. It took me about 5 minutes and I hope it saved someone another trip to Evans or On Your Bike. We can all do this and take some ownership of our community. Not only that, it feels good.
Regards and best wishes.