After flicking through various TV channels and radio stations recently I started to realise just how much specific programming there is for some very niche interests. From weather forecasts on the radio specifically for farmers; through to TV channels for anglers, and programmes on selling your house. Basically every hobby, job and interest is covered.… Continue reading Council Radio
Friend of local government (!) Eric Pickles has recently raised serious issues with our current electoral system. His concerns can be applied to local elections as well as general elections. Issues include problems with postal voting, “ghost” voters and multiple votes cast by individuals. If it all sounds like the symptoms of a banana republic… Continue reading Council voting in a bit of a Pickle(s)
It may seem I am off a tangent with today’s post but bear with me. In the world of computer programming the following example of “getting rid of the duck” is given by Jeff Attwood. In corporate programming: a programmer expects their corporate office to insist on at least one change on every presentation to… Continue reading Can council’s see the biggger picture?
Fairly or not, councils have something of a reputation for making basic tasks overly difficult and complicated. Part of the complexity that councils have been known to add to services is an over reliance on “partnerships”. Naturally councils working with other organisations and bringing together numerous departments to solve big problems can often be effective.… Continue reading Can councils be trusted (to cut the grass)?
From our friends at Wikipedia: The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which relatively unskilled persons suffer illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability to be much higher than it really is. Dunning and Kruger attributed this bias to an inability of the unskilled to recognize their own ineptitude and evaluate their own ability accurately.… Continue reading Your Council: Unskilled or unaware?
There are various groups across the country who lobby and campaign for significant electoral reform. Much of this campaigning is, understandably, aimed at the national level and changing the way governments are elected.I have to agree that the national system needs a serious review; whether any party elected through the current archaic system will ever… Continue reading We’re pleased to announce that the name of your local Council candidate is……….largely irrelevant
At some of the councils I have had the pleasure of working at we’ve often been kind enough to recognize those who have served the authority for long periods of time. Ten, twenty and thirty years long service awards are not that unusual – even today. These awards are often heartfelt and involve the obligatory… Continue reading Council Lifers