Posted tagged ‘ignorance’

Speaking on behalf of the Bubble Dwellers

February 15, 2011

How long will the bubble avoid bursting for some?

Today’s post is actually a special thing – a valentines day present from one of the We Love Local Government team’s other halves.  Too often we talk about the world and the situation local government finds itself in under the impression that everybody else is up to speed and has opinions and comments of their own to make; but do they?…

I am a reasonably well educated, sensible,  person who comes from a middle class household.  I was a very happy child and had no worries about money.  My parents kept their thoughts of the government to themselves; I was never included in discussions regarding the state of the country’s affairs and to be honest whenever the 6 o’clock news came on I begged my father to change the channel.  At school, although I excelled in lessons of maths and english I never learnt the differences between political parties.  In retrospect there was the perfect opportunity to teach this during lessons where we learnt of sex education, drugs and religious beliefs.  Effectively, I lived my childhood and teenage years in a bubble.

Luckily being a kind and happy person I have fallen on my feet into a loving relationship.  My partner constantly challenges me into forming valid and educated views regarding life in general which I have always found difficult.  Since the years have passed my very clever spouse has had several jobs and has worked his way up until he found a job in local government.

Since this blog started I have been asked to put my point of view across.  I constanttly argue that I do not have anything important to add to the informed and obviously well written articles but maybe I do.  I got to thinking that I must not be the only person who has grown up in a bubble.

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20/10 Vision

October 19, 2010

Can we really look to the future when most of us are more short sighted?

I sat down at my keyboard today and very quickly became confused.  Nothing to do with the constant switch between Firefox or IE8 (which I use at home and everywhere else) and IE6 (which I am still forced to use at work despite it being nine years old); no, this confusion was down to the content of this post.

Part of me wanted to write about a couple of interesting little things which have happened around the office; the return of a significant colleague to the team after a secondment, the development of a very interesting programme here, a crazy conversation overheard in the toilets involving a gun (I kid you not).

Another part of me wanted to comment on the major, major changes that will be happening in just a few days, thanks to the Comprehensive Spending Review.  Or perhaps about the ‘bonfire of the quangos’, which to all intents and purposes is less of a bonfire and more of a spreading of the ashes.

Then I realised that this confusion is actually symptomatic of local government at the minute.  We are being encouraged to keep focussed on the little things and keep working hard, whilst being aware of (but ignoring to some extent) the fact that 20,000 quango staff and Osbourne only knows how many colleagues will potentially be out of work. (more…)