One of Aesop’s Fables tells the story of a man, his son and the donkey: – A MAN and his son were once going with their Donkey to market. As they were walking along by its side a countryman passed them and said: “You fools, what is a Donkey for but to ride upon?” So… Continue reading The Council and the Donkey
Legislation on the Freedom of Information (FoI) within the public sector has been with us for many years now. When it was first created my hope was that it would allow interested members of the public direct access to important information related to public services, helping to make decisions more transparent and generally promoting a… Continue reading Council Secrecy and the FoI
Councils can at times be an absolute bastion of little (and not so little) cottage industries; the home to departments that are created just to support, run and fund each other. But in recent years due to the desire of councils to outsource services many of these self sustaining industries have found a fertile breeding… Continue reading Council Black Arts
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)?