Unproportional representation

Proportional representation is a an electoral system in which parties gain seats in proportion to the number of votes cast for them, rather than our first past the post system where the individual with the most votes, irrespective of the number in relation to the size of the electorate gets into power. It has always … Continue reading Unproportional representation

What is government?

You would think that this is an easy question yet I have asked it many times to some of the brightest brains in the region (well, university students) and it has left them dumbfounded. It seems that government, like digital, is one of those words that we use over and over again yet don’t really … Continue reading What is government?

What do we do?

Not many people know what we do as the local authority.  I had known this already through conversations I have but it became very obvious during my guest lecture at Newcastle University.  The students found it very difficult to describe the services that they used in the city. I find this quite surprising as in … Continue reading What do we do?

The wrong job

One of the most thought provoking and challenging presentations that I have witnessed took place at last week’s Socitm Local CIO Council.  It was given by Vishanth Weerakkody and Paul Waller from Brunel University.  It had the very appealing title of ‘Overcoming the Systemic Failure of Transformation’.  I was salivating at the thought. The presentation … Continue reading The wrong job