Posted tagged ‘guardian’

Crossing to the dark side

December 8, 2010

Selling out or working for the greater good?

Today the excellent Guardian Local Government Network are running a live web chat advising possibly redundant Local Government officers about how they might become consultants. For those interested the chat will be at midday and is available here. I urge those of you facing the chop to check it out.

I genuinely do not know how to respond the Guardian’s piece.

Obviously I have nothing against them running it. The Local Government Network provides support and advice to local Government workers and the piece is very logical. As they say in the pre-amble:

For many, consultancy seems like a natural career progression, particularly if you’ve specialised in a certain area, and it’s a proactive way of getting ahead of the redundancy curve. Plus, we all know that when it comes to finding a new solution to an old problem, local government has a history of turning to consultants – could this be you?

100% logical: As mentioned above Local Government does have an addiction to consultants which is worrying; even in tough times. A visiting consultant in my authority confided that in his experience he hasn’t seen so much work for consultants as is available right now. The reasons for this consultancy dependence are many; but three key ones seem to sum it up:

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Follow Friday

November 19, 2010

Twittering and other things

If you ignore the fact that many of us have found our way onto the redundancy lists of our respective councils and the fact that many of our friends and colleagues are finding their jobs at risk, the last few weeks have been pretty exciting for us at the WLLG blog.

Not only have more of you lovely people be reading the blog and commenting but we have also started moonlighting for our friends at the Guardian Local Government Network.

We’ve only got three posts up so far but if people like them and the Guardian get nice comments it should become a weekly thing.

Here, we have a slightly cynical look at local government cuts

This piece has caused some controversy on twitter so it is worth noting that the post is satirical in nature, highlighting some of the worst examples of rash cost cutting and is based on experiences that we and our colleagues in local government have actually witnessed. The Guardian pieces are slightly lighter in nature than those on this site (by design) and hopefully provide a useful corrective to some of the other pieces in Local Government literature.

Here, we explain the process for writing a local government blog (with tongue in cheek)

Here, we rehash previous blogs for our Guardinan debut. (more…)