Just read an article on Ruth Kelly's intervention in planning decisions in Southwark - might be of interest as it appears that she knows better than people who live here.
Here's part of the article:
"be worried...we've managed to defeat planning applications submitted by Barrets to build 260 flats bang next door to an ecological park in Rotherhithe. Barrets appealed and lost. The council inspectors turned them down twice and then the government planners turned them down too. So we were pretty chuffed. We'd won, legally and morally several times over. But then Ruth Kelly (Communities Secretary) overruled the whole lot and just gave the go ahead to Barrets. She's never even visited the proposed site."
OMIGOD...and she DOES live in the area apparently, someone told me she lives in Grange Road. This is scandalous. Get on to the PRESS immediately, because this is what raised people's hackles about John Prescott.