Six links for a blogpost

It’s Saturday. I’ve been doing nice things, seeing friends and walking dogs. I don’t really want to write much today but I must because I have an agreement with Dan Slee that we will blog every day in November.   What do we know about Brexit? Not much according to the House of Commons Library. Confused […]

You cannot have public services unless you pay for them

I remember the moment when I decided local government would be a career not just a job. It was a phone call I made while working as “Media Relations Co-ordinator” in a rural District Council (it’s long gone now). I’d received an email (yes we had EMAIL) asking me to write a press release (we still […]

Social media and the bereaved

I’ve just returned from an excellent workshop run by Gwent LRF. They train professionals from the police and local authorities who might work with bereaved families after a major incident together. This workshop was focusing on issues relating to the media and the bereaved. I was talking, in particular, about social media. My slides are […]

Can we use slack for civil contingencies chat?

Phil Rumens was looking for examples of using Slack for cross-agency team chat. Anyone using @SlackHQ or other platforms for cross agency civil emergency team chat? Perhaps @likeaword might know? — Phil Rumens (@PhilRumens) November 8, 2016 Its sparked a nice discussion including examples of the use of WhatsApp and Microsoft Lync  I’m also familiar with the use […]

An open source Brexit?

David Allen Green has always been worth following on Twitter (if that’s your sort of thing). He’s been particularly interesting on the Brexit mess/process/glory (delete according to your inclination). He wrote a lengthy series of Tweets today, essentially critiquing the government’s failure to introduce a Bill to give it the power to trigger Article 50 […]

Models

I am (when I have access to the Internet) somewhat glued to the FiveThirtyEight coverage of the US presidential election (their elections podcast is also awesome). At the heart of their coverage is “The Model”. They take data from published opinion polls, feed this into their model and then publish the likelihood of Trump or […]

Time

I have a blogging challenge going with Dan Slee. It’s fairly straightforward. We each have to blog every day. Or there is a forfeit. I may have hit the forfeit on day four. Because I am staying in a delightful holiday cottage in West Wales. It has no internet connection and the mobile signal advertises […]

23:45 gamesmanship

It’s 19:28 and I haven’t written anything today. But I’m at a thing on Citizen (or Basic) income. At 11.38 I still haven’t written anything but my views on Basic Income have shifted. It’s still any exciting idea that might have social benefits. But I don’t believe it’s a solution to more pressing issues in […]