Monthly Archives: March 2014

We need to invest to ensure we have good quality councillors

Recent revelations about a significant overspend at Gainsborough Town Council, and the announcement of an increase in allowances for Lincolnshire County Councillors, have raised understandable concerns about value for money in local government. However, the solution may be more investment … Continue reading

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Can you tell what it is yet? Public Attitudes towards the Big Society

The ‘Big Society’ was a central theme in the Conservative 2010 general election campaign, it appears to underpin the coalition government’s policies in a range of areas and the Prime Minister has invested considerable personal capital in it. It revolves … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on the passing of Tony Benn

Most politicians start out as radicals, become more moderate as they get older, and in many cases end up in the House of Lords extolling the virtues of the unelected second chamber. Tony Benn did the opposite. He eschewed his … Continue reading

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Tax and benefit changes disproportionately impact on women

Following from my previous post, The Independent ran this story on its front page yesterday. Quoting analysis by the House of Commons Library it states that the Government’s tax changes and benefits cuts have disproportionately affected women, with women losing … Continue reading

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Who runs the world? Not girls!

Whatever Beyonce may think, data released this week by the OECD suggest that women most certainly are not running the world, although they are clearly spending a great deal of time cleaning up after those who are. To coincide with International … Continue reading

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