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Is £100 really all the Freedom of Haringey is worth?

PUBLISHED: 12:51 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:06 07 September 2010

Many people in Highgate deserve the Freedom of Haringey for everything they ve done for their community. A late nomination might be Geoffrey Walker, an 80-year-old gentleman who completed the Crouch End 10K Fun Run on Sunday to raise money for charity. B

Many people in Highgate deserve the Freedom of Haringey for everything they've done for their community. A late nomination might be Geoffrey Walker, an 80-year-old gentleman who completed the Crouch End 10K Fun Run on Sunday to raise money for charity.

But if Cllr Sheila Peacock has her way, any Tom, Dick or Harriet could qualify. The former mayor has suggested that the Freedom of Haringey, including tea and buns with the mayor, could be sold for £100.

It's a daft idea. Had she thought it through, Cllr Peacock would have realised how difficult it would be to prevent some of the more dubious citizens of Haringey from receiving the accolade. What an embarrassment that could prove to be! Even the borough's Public Enemy Number One, Barnet and Camden Assemblyman Brian Coleman, could apply - despite his 'ghastly Haringey' description in a now famous interview with the Ham&High last week.

Come to think of it, Mr Coleman might be prepared to pay £100 to avoid being given the Freedom of Haringey. Now there's a novel way to raise money, Sheila ...


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