Titbits bird

◆  Cllr Jon Burke has finally been picked up on his open denigration of geeky US sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

Bewilderingly, a whole two years after Burke tweeted that the show is “#notfunny”, his colleague Cllr Carole Williams bluntly replied: “You’re wrong.”

Burke quipped back: “Of all the things to force a split in the Hackney Labour group.”

Burke’s recently expanded cabinet portfolio may explain why Williams, the Town Hall’s employment and HR chief, was rifling through his old tweets. 

Good luck getting through all 64,000 of those. That would be enough to make anyone question how and why we all ended up here.

◆ Talking of the cabinet reshuffle, planning and business boss Cllr Guy Nicholson’s promotion slipped under the radar somewhat.

Not so for Nick Perry, chair of heritage group The Hackney Society.

On hearing that the dashing councillor has added culture, libraries, museums and archive services to his brief, Perry, probably the one person you’d want on board if you were Nicholson, remarked simply: “Oh God help us.”

Support us

The coronavirus outbreak meant that the Hackney Citizen was unable to print a monthly newspaper for three months.

We're grateful that we have since been able to resume printing. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our readers, whose donations kept the paper from disappearing completely at a distressing time for residents.

A huge thank you to everyone who gave their time and money to support us through the lockdown, and to those who continue to do so as we slowly recover from the dramatic fall in advertising revenues, on top of the existing challenges threatening the future of local journalism.

A one-off donation or a regular contribution from anyone who can afford it will help our small team keep the newspaper in print and the website running in the coming months and years.

Find out how you can donate.

Thank you for your support, and stay safe.

The Hackney Citizen team