I HAVE followed the debate for and against twinning with some interest especially since I put the motion to full council on November 4.
The Observer asked residents whether any money should be spent on it, perhaps not quite understanding that the motion did not propose that any money should be spent!
Superintendent Leroy Logan MBE spoke recently about the power of linking young people from the UK with young people from Soweto and Kingston (Jamaica) via video conferencing.
His experience was, the light switch suddenly goes on with our young people, who have so much and do so little with it, when they realise how little other youngsters have but do so much with it.
Plagued with senseless vandalism and anti-social behaviour, we could benefit from an awareness that there is a lot to be grateful for. Comments have been made that it is a 'loony left' idea when the truth is, it is a progressive, forward looking approach to recognise that we live in a global village, we are interdependent and could benefit from developing links with a diversity of towns and cities.
Having sister towns and cities can develop social, cultural and economic links and contrary to the recent Harrow Observer Comment on twinning, it is not a relic of the past.
As Councillor Stephenson said in his letter last week, a motion was put and seconded.
Harrovians have spent their own money raising money for projects in Balakot and Pattan. Council money has not been spent and there are no plans to spend council money.
COUNCILLOR NANA ASANTE Labour ward councillor for Edgware Ethnic minority officer for Harrow East CLP