Tag Archives: party politics

ALL THIS AGGRAVATION AINT SATISFACTIONING ME

Working closely with local government as I do, I had to come to terms a long time ago with the acute (and sometimes frustrating) impact that public opinion can have on policy making. The big areas of responsibility for local authorities are those which can spark the most emotional and personal community responses – schools, […]

GUEST BLOG: REFLECTIONS ON #CLLRCAMP

I was pleased to be part of #cllrcamp on 12th January 2013.  It was a great opportunity to share knowledge and experience and explore the potential of social media in local government with fellow councillors.  About 100 of us gathered at Facebook HQ on a Saturday, representing pretty much the full English spectrum –most political […]

AND I BELIEVE IN A PROMISED LAND

Yesterday I read in my local newspaper that Bradford Council is proposing to bring grounds maintenance services for parks and cemeteries, which have been outsourced for almost 20 years, back in house when the current contract expires next year. The driver for the proposal is not cost, although the Council is expecting a marginal saving, […]

YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT…

I’m going to have to make a confession. I’ve never laid eyes on my ward councillors or had any contact with them. That’s despite living across the road from my local town hall. Luckily, I’ve never had such a grievous a cause for complaint about local services that would motivate me to take the trouble […]

WAITING FOR THAT SHOUT FROM THE CROWD

Having been invited to take part in one of the fringe events, I’ve made my first ever visit to one of the party conferences, the Conservative Conference in Birmingham.  As a veteran of many informative and stimulating CIPFA and SOLACE conferences over the years, perhaps I was expecting too much. Of course I knew it […]

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