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October 4, 2010

The Federation ‘Scroll’

I have been reluctant to exhibit this here until now, but, as I was attacked by our opponents during the election campaign, who alleged that I was not doing enough for Council tenants and leaseholders, I have been urged to  share with you what their representatives thought of my efforts. The text reads:

The Federation of Kingston Residents’ Associations.

Presented to Paul Joseph Johnston. With grateful thanks in recognition of your support and commitment to the cause of all Kingston’s Social Housing residents throughout eleven years of stalwart service as a long serving councillor, Chairman of the Housing Consultative Committee and, above all, a generous, selfless individual.

Signed by Derrick Johnson, Federation Chairman and Sadiq Mohammed, Federation Secretary. On behalf of 6,500 grateful residents of the Royal Borough of  Kingston upon Thames.

This was presented on 3rd June 2010 together with a beautiful decanter. I am immensely grateful for the gifts, but even more for the feeling that lies behind them. My commitment to the cause continues.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris Priest permalink
    October 4, 2010 2:41 pm


    Perhaps your opponents will apologise, now you’re all in the same coalition boat!

    • October 4, 2010 2:57 pm

      Great to hear from you Chris. I haven’t heard any apologies from them as yet, which will probably come as no surprise to you! As for the Coalition Boat, I think it is moored by the Thames, just upstream of Westminster Bridge. I’m not sure it has got up river as far as Kingston yet. Anyway your Scottish chums may well be seeking to get into bed with our parners after next May – don’t you think? Just as they did before and with Plaid Cymru in Wales now. Necessity makes strange bedfellows.

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