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"Low expectations for Barnet" says Cornelius

Tuesday March 20, 2012, Written by Henry Hudson

Cornelius appears in Honderick's documentary source: A Tale of Two Barnets

There were rounds of laughter last night during the screening of a documentary film in which Barnet Council leader, Richard Cornelius, said he had “set expectations quite low” with regards to bringing change to the borough.

Cllr Richard Cornelius appeared in the documentary A Tale of Two Barnets, which screened at the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley. Also interviewed in the film were borough police chief Neil Seabridge, Father Kevin O’Shea, blogger Mrs Angry, pensioner Stan Davison and disabled resident William Nugent. They were all raising concerns about the policies of Barnet Council, including parking charges, shop closures and the privatisation of public services.

“I am not sure there is much I can change about Barnet, so I have set my expectations quite low” – Cllr Richard Cornelius

The 30-minute documentary was directed by Charles Honderick, whose mother is from Barnet, and described making the film as a “labour of love”. The screening was a sell-out, with standing room only by the time the curtain raised.

The audience were involved and vocal throughout, cheering when one interviewee suggested that councillors forget that they are supposed to be representing residents. Boos and hisses broke out when another Barnet councillor said the Council had given people more choices.

So it does seem at least, that Honderick’s film has struck a chord with local residents. This audience was in no doubt that they see one Barnet, and the politicians see another.

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