December 2020 - January 2021
As we enter December, I’m not sure whether 2020 has been a long year, or a short year. It has certainly been an unforgettable year, one that I think we will all gladly see behind us. The spread of the coronavirus pandemic, must remind us of what a global, interconnected world that we live in.
However, in Haringey, what has really shone out is the amazing effort that you, our residents, have made in keeping each other safe, supporting our communities, and supporting local businesses. From volunteering and donating to simply looking outfor each other, Haringey’s people really are our greatest strength.
The imminent roll out of a vaccine is no cause for complacency. It will not offer 100% protection, so until we get widespread vaccination/immunity we still need to take the same precautions. We ask you to continue to work with us to reduce the spread of the virus in our community. As a council, we will continue to enforce the regulations fairly, yet firmly.
The council is not just ramping up our preparedness for dealing with Covid into the next year, but January 1st will also bring Brexit, and we must prepare for those challenges as well.
No retrospective of 2020 would be complete without acknowledging Black Lives Matter. The Black Lives Matter movement raised questions about racism, and about equality. It asked questions about how the police and “government” treat Black people; it asked about the people that we commemorate, and the lack of Black people amongst these.
People find change difficult, sometimes, indeed, people find change painful and want to delay making changes to a later date. Black Lives Matter is a movement, not a moment. But if we do not act the moment that we can, the momentum of the moment will be lost. That is why Haringey Council has been consulting on changing the name of “Black Boy Lane” in Tottenham, and have asked residents their views on renaming Albert Road Rec after long-time Haringey resident and antiapartheid activist, Oliver Tambo.
This festive period, celebrations will be different for everyone, and for some people, even without a pandemic, this can be a lonely time. Please, do pick up the phone, and keep in touch with those who may need to hear a friendly voice, or some support. You’ll find more information on the support that the council can provide to residents in this magazine.
I am also asking you to support our local businesses during this festive period. Many are being creative by offering gift cards and increasing their online presence in order to compete with massive global firms.
Finally, I want to thank our NHS heroes, care workers, emergency services and key workers, who will be working hard – as they have all year – to keep us safe over the coming weeks. Please, do the right thing, and return the favour, by being Covid-safe as you mark this season.
Haringey is so incredibly diverse, filled with people from so many cultures and beliefs. Last month we marked Diwali, and now, as we turn to Christmas and to Hanukkah, I hope that every Haringey resident is able to find some peace, rest and joy over the festive period.
Season’s greetings, and best wishes for a Happy New Year.
Leader, Haringey Council
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Previous Leader's Columns
- Leader's Column - December 2020-January 2021 (PDF, 30KB)
- Leader's Column - October-November 2020 (PDF, 32KB)
- Leader's Column - August - September 2020 (PDF, 29KB)
- Leader's Column - June-July 2020 (PDF, 29KB)
- Leader's Column - February-March 2020 (PDF, 30KB)
- Leader's Column - December 2019-January 2020 (PDF, 30KB)
- Leader's Column - October-November 2019 (PDF, 31KB)
- Leader's Column - August-September 2019 (PDF, 30KB)
- Leader's Column - June-July 2019 (PDF, 30KB)
- Leader's Column - April-May 2019 (PDF, 30KB)
- Leader's Column - February-March 2019 (PDF, 32KB)
- Leader's Column - October-November 2018 (PDF, 31KB)
- Leader's Column - August-September 2018 (PDF, 32KB)
- Leader's Column - June-July 2018 (PDF, 29KB)
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