Monthly Archives: March 2011

Mighty Mouse Squeaks to the Nation

Dear Ed Milliband (I’m sure you all guessed who it was!), I have noted with interest that you today had one of your aspiring PMs in the basement of Labour HQ do some swift sums and concluded that the nefarious … Continue reading

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Are the Tories Fit to Lead the LGA?

I have been an office holder of some sort in the LGA since it first met in 1997 and before that was on the executive of the AMA. There have been two rules in the LGA since it was founded … Continue reading

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You don’t need Big Society when you have a Big Hearted City

Yesterday I was musing on what ‘Big Society’ actually means with Phil Redmond of Brookside and patio slaughter fame! Phil and I were in the same place about Big Society which might surprise people as he was at the heart … Continue reading

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Let’s look at the facts about Mayors

First publsihed on the Downtown Liverpool Web Site in February 2011 Ten years ago as chair of the Governance Subcommittee of the Council I oversaw the Liverpool consultation about having an elected mayor. In spite of spending more than £400,000 … Continue reading

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Public, Private or Third sectors which is the best?

First published in Inside Housing in March 2011 A couple of weeks ago I was on a panel with David Orr when the perennial question came up, “are RSLs public sector or private sector?” Obviously the answer given by David … Continue reading

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We can learn from others

Of all the things that I have taken away from the Commonwealth Local Government Conference one sticks in my mind most readily. That is the sight last night of the Minister for Local Government; his Permanent Secretary; the Secretary General … Continue reading

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What didn’t happen at the Lib Dem Conference!

I always find that people who didn’t go to conference get a different impression about what happened at conference than those who did. This is because, for obvious reasons, the press are selective about what they can and do report. … Continue reading

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