Month: December 2011

My top ten posts of 2011

This has been the first full year for this blog. In early November I moved over from wordpress.com, which led to a bit of disruption. But we’re now back to previous levels of traffic. I’ve put my best arithmetic hat on to work out which are the top […]

My top ten blogs 2011

Here’s something slightly different. Many bloggers post a list of their top posts for the year. I plan to do so. But I was just as interested in reflecting on what I read as what I write. I’ve got a stinking cold at the moment so as I […]

Chaos in all directions

What do we want from a government? Not in terms of the substance of policy but in the way it goes about its business. At a minimum we might reasonably expect competence. And we’d want it to play by the rules. We’d want a government to follow due […]

Should Bristol have an elected Mayor?

Early next year we will be debating the biggest question facing local democracy in our area. If Bristolians vote for a mayor in May 2012 it will surely be the most profound change in local government since the county of Avon was abolished when I was a young […]

Do we need to reinvent the wheel on housing finance?

[Originally posted at the Guardian Housing Network, 18/12/11] If the government finally accepts that fiscal consolidation, even when coupled with quantitative easing, is not a policy that can deliver adequate economic growth, what might a credible plan B look like? A recent report for Shelter made the case […]

A ‘sickening epidemic’

That is how Peter John, leader of Southwark Council, described the theft of public art and metal. He was referring to the theft of Barbara Hepworth’s bronze Two Forms (Divided Circle) from Dulwich Park. The assumption is that it will be sold for scrap.         […]