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  • Airedale Terrier or Lapdog?
    John Cade The recent publication of Grant Thornton’s report on “Lessons from recent Public Interest Reports” highlighting the lack of sound scrutiny in certain Councils reminded me of the question that was circulating at the time of the 2007-2008 financial crisis. “What’s the difference between a non-executive director and a supermarket trolley?” Answer: “It’s the … Continue reading Airedale Terrier or Lapdog?
  • Sunday’s Census: A billion pound historic curiosity?
    Chris Game In a recent blog entitled ‘Elections in a pandemic’ Jason Lowther concluded, along with the great bulk of surveyed council Returning Officers and Chief Executives, that ‘Super Thursday’ on May 6th may not be a great idea.  Over 5,000 representatives in 4,300-plus separate ballots, including councillors in 150 English councils and the London … Continue reading Sunday’s Census: A billion pound historic curiosity?
  • The Poplar Rates Rebellion
    Chris Game When you’re Leader of the Opposition, you welcome almost any headlines.  But “Make ‘fire-and-rehire’ tactics illegal”, following Sir Keir Starmer’s keynote address to last September’s TUC Conference, seemed risky even at the time.  Fire-and-rehire is the practice openly adopted by several companies – including British Airways and British Gas – of handing employees … Continue reading The Poplar Rates Rebellion

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