If you were to ask most people in the UK for an example of nepotism, they’d probably think of Boris Johnson. But there are examples of nepotism much closer to home.
When the Hyde Park Neighbourhood Forum was set up, its purpose was to benefit the Hyde Park area. Instead, the Forum operates as a club. And as with any club, membership has its benefits. The latest example is the support the Forum gave to the proposal to convert two of the former bowling greens on Woodhouse Moor to a football pitch. The pitch is intended to be used by the Hyde Park Junior Football Club, whose coach is Adel Chermiti. Interestingly, Mr Chermiti was offered the new football pitch by Councillor Jonathan Pryor whose ward (Headingley and Hyde Park) does not cover the bowling green area. Instead of considering (a) the propriety of allowing part of the Moor to be used by one specific group, (b) who the actual users of the football pitch will be (students), and (c) the loss to the community of the last remaining quiet space on Woodhouse Moor; the Forum decided to look after its own. Mr Chermiti is after all one of the Forum’s members, as can be seen from their recently submitted application for re-designation.