Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Role of Blogging in Academia- An Exemplar, some developing good practice and others that need more work

I started blogging seriously just over a year ago and as you may be able to tell I am really into it. I try and post at least once a week on a range of subjects, often, but not exclusively linked to Birmingham where I live and work. I find it a liberating technology for […]

What Difference could a Proper City Region Make to Greater Birmingham today

No sooner than I had posted my post on the City Region than  I noticed a twitter quote from Mike Emmerich from Manchester New Economy (MNE) saying that Local Authorities will need to work much closer together in the future and Local Authority boundaries are irrelevant. That comes from one of the key people at […]

City Regions and LEPs – the need for much closer Local Authority Working

I have just printed off Albert Bore’s Annual Policy statement (APS) for Birmingham City Council. This summarises achievements of the Council and lays out ambitions for the future year. I must say it is really very interesting and for anyone interested in the overall direction of the Council it is a must read. It could […]

Don’t you just miss a space for rational policy debate in and about Birmingham

I have for long wished that there was much more debate about policy in the city and about policies that effect the city. I worked for the City Council for 15 years, latterly at a fairly senior level but what was shocking was the minutiae of the bureaucracy 95% of the time took over from […]

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