Reasons to be cheerful


Mr Cheerful says 'Hello'!

Local Government is in a bit of upheaval at the moment (you may have noticed) and this affects every single employee within the public sector. The upheaval can be such that even when you personally survive the mess of it all it still overwhelms you.

Recognising this, today’s post is just a little on the self-indulgent side (sorry about that) as we take a moment to celebrate a few successes for the WLLG team.

So what possible reason do we have to be cheerful? Well…

1)      Most importantly…

Every single member of the WLLG team had to reapply for their own (or a slightly/very different) job. And we all survived!

We all looked redundancy in the face and said ‘not now; we’re way too busy serving the public to be made redundant’.

Redundancy shrugged its shoulders and agreed. In other words we are here to fight another day… and are mighty pleased about it.

2)      This blog has just this week ticked over 40,000 hits. When we started a blog about local government I don’t think any of us could possibly have imagined that level of interest in the rantings and musings of local government officers. (we had 25 hits in the first month… Mainly us!) But, some of you have and we are very grateful to every one of you who has read a post, commented on a post, re-tweeted something we’ve written or just signed up to follow us on twitter. You’re all great.

The level of local government debate out there, away from the cameras and the political posturing, is extremely high and if we have made just a tiny contribution to it, and made a few people smile as well, then we’re very happy indeed.

3)      People actually follow us on twitter!

I never really knew what twitter was for but using it as we have done – to share ideas, thoughts, quips and ramblings about local government – has been a lot of fun and very informative. We’ve all learnt tonnes and enjoyed the chat!

4)      Getting involved in this whole blogging game has opened up a world of very interesting people for us to follow, learn from and debate with. We try to reference the blogs as we go and when we remember do a good ‘follow Friday’ set on twitter so we won’t name them all here but hopefully by now they all know who they are and why we hold them in such high regard.

5)      The clocks went forward and we now leave work in the sunshine!

Happy Friday everyone and thanks again.

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3 Comments on “Reasons to be cheerful”

  1. Vincent Lear Says:

    I cant speak for the rest of the country, but here in Bristol our local government appears to fail or is unwilling to tackle the real issues that affect so much of our lives such as antisocial behavior, fly tipping in public buildings, drug use and manufacture, dog fouling in communal places, or helping the vulnerable in our society.
    The council here even allow people to grow cannabis in their council dwellings: Quote from a housing officer- “We don’t mind one or two plants” after a complaint was made concerning the growing of cannabis in a council property.
    The council here even employ what can only be described as wholly lazy people that have no real concern for their own communities.

  2. Vincent Lear Says:

    Also,, breaches of tenancy agreement is rife here, and enforcement of tenancy agreement appears largely non existent and a blind eye is the norm.
    I speak from personal experience!!!!!


  3. […] Reasons to be cheerful « We Love Local GovernmentApr 8, 2011 … Vincent Lear Says: April 8, 2011 at 8:34 am. I cant speak for the rest of the country, but here in Bristol our local government appears to fail or is … […]


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