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Saturday, 29 September 2012
Friday, 28 September 2012
#lab12 Whoever Ed Balls is intending to impress with his spin in today's Guardian and Mirror promising how a future Labour government will be 'ruthless and disciplined in how we go about public spending', it is likely to be read in disbelief by public service workers reeling under Coalition austerity cuts. By 2015 the Con Dems will have removed 28% of local government funding and stripped out £20bn from NHS spending. The search by Balls for waste and inefficiencies is likely to be a very barren one - unless he takes the knife to Trident replacement and other wasteful military expenditure:
Thursday, 27 September 2012
Ian Liddell-Grainger, Tory MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, last week used the platform of Parliament to condemn in no uncertain terms the ‘failed procurement project that has cost every citizen in Somerset a great deal of wasted money and time. Southwest One is a joint venture between Somerset county council, Taunton Deane council, Avon and Somerset police and IBM - one of the world’s biggest IT firms. It is a classic example of how not to do public procurement’ and he confessed that ‘I was, I admit, suspicious from the word go. IBM, as most people know, is no charity; it prides itself on fat profits.’ For full speech go to:
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Tweetathon has been launched by the Local Government Association in England and Wales.
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
The Economist suggests that there is a quiet revolution in local government that central government could learn from. Citing innovation and practices, such as outsourcing, by Conservative authorities alongside the 'political cross-dressing left-wing Lambeth' which is pursuing a version of Mr Cameron’s now-abandoned Big Society agenda. http://www.economist.com/node/21563333?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/Britainslocal However, the Economist piece is lazy and frankly a bit tardy in its analysis.
Monday, 24 September 2012
In the debate over Scotland’s future all contributions are welcome, as those of us ambivalent about independence are willing to be persuaded. So articles in the Morning Star on the subject offering a socialist perspective have a crucial role. Thus last week the Star published “The Scottish Quest for Freedom” by Colin Fox Leader of the Scottish Socialist party http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/124098
Sunday, 23 September 2012
The visitors were welcomed by UNISON Regional Secretary Kevan Nelson who praised the courage and determination of the Bhopal survivors and referred to the recent breakthrough in the long running campaign for justice after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster as an example of what can be achieved against powerful vested interests.