Category Archives: Proposition 3: Put democracy back into localism

Founder of the Democratic Society, Anthony Zacharzewski, chairs a debate about the importance of democracy in localism.

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Positive relationships are the key to productivity

Consider the best relationship you have ever had. Maybe it’s one you’re in now; maybe it’s in the past; maybe it’s in the future. When you think about the characteristics of that relationship you would probably include some or all … Continue reading

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Who cares?

My last post here talked about petitions, and complained how ineffective they are as a way of understanding public opinion and seeking democratic support for action. Here’s a reasonable challenge to that view: petitions (and by extension opinion polls and … Continue reading

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The Salford Riots: the best and the worst of our city

Following last week’s post from the chief executive of Haringey, this week we have we have the reflections of Barbara Spicer, chief executive of Salford. I am grateful to Barbara for writing for this blog and I find Barbara’s perspective … Continue reading

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Petition and discussion

Local government is entitled to feel ahead of the game on handling petitions, online and off. The Government’s e-petitions portal, launched with a fanfare the other day, would be nothing new to many local authorities. The Government’s site launch was … Continue reading

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London Riots: a chief executive’s perspective

In writing to offer support to the chief executives of many of the places affected by the rioting in recent days, I have been struck by the deep emotion in their often brief replies. It has also struck me that … Continue reading

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WAITING FOR HEAD OFFICE

Blog post from Paul Martin, Chief Executive, LB Wandsworth. Monday 8 August 2011. I am writing this on the Monday morning after Tottenham and other parts of London experienced a serious breakdown in law and order. Coming into work, I … Continue reading

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Community service and the usual suspects

What do you get if you drink for twelve hours, then make a hoax call sparking a land, sea and air rescue mission costing thirteen thousand pounds? (This isn’t the setup for a joke, by the way.) The answer, for … Continue reading

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