Archive for April 12, 2011

Being influential

April 12, 2011

Not quite in the top 50...

For those of you who don’t follow us on twitter you may not have seen the Local Government Chronicle’s ’50 most influential voices in Local Government’ supplement which was published yesterday evening.

The supplement does exactly what it says on the tin and amongst other Brucie bonuses also includes a section outlining 8 ‘organisations with influence’.

We are very gratified to say that our local government blog, written by ordinary officers, is one of them. (Page 19 of the supplement if you want to check it out)

We’re also incredibly proud to be on a list with groups like the New Local Government Network, Local Government Information Unit, Centre for Cities and the Young Foundation. To even be considered alongside these organisations is, to put it simply, awesome!

So do check out the LGC 50; it’s a really good read and highlights some of the great work going on in Local Government. Meanwhile our heartfelt thanks go out to the LGC, the judging panel, those people who anonymously nominated us and all of you who read this blog.

It’s all just a little overwhelming.

A Royal Victory

April 12, 2011

Break out the bunting!

My mum talks about how much better things were in the olden days all the time.  Apparently kids could wander out of the house on a balmy Saturday morning and not be seen again until dusk, muddied but with a cheeky grin on their faces.  Cars didn’t drive too fast, everyone knew their neighbours and you could go out for an evening with 50p in your pocket and come back with change.

She also regularly reminisces about the grand street parties thrown to celebrate anything and everything British.  Union flag bunting would be strung from home to home, people would sweep their streets and bring out the trestle tables before laying on a spread of gargantuan proportions and having a good old time having a knees up around the Joanna (excuse the colloquialism there).

How times have changed.  In my life I don’t remember a single street party, or even so much as a communal picnic.  Streets are made for cars, public events need to be properly staged and run and the slightest problem will result in widespread litigation and a huddle of ‘no-win, no-fee’ lawyers/vultures/parasites on society.

All that looks set to change.

News has started coming out of Downing Street that the street party is set for a comeback.  With the Royal Wedding fast approaching, David Cameron has decided that there is nothing like a knees-up (sorry again) to get our chins up, and has gone to town to make sure that people know they are able to do whatever’s needed to bring back the feeling of the good old days. (more…)