This blog recently celebrated its first year of output, totalling something over 20,000 words, so I thought it would be timely to review the key themes and try and set a direction for future posts. I have attempted to set out a way of looking at local government from a localist perspective. I have also tried to stand aside from some of the heat of the last year and to look coolly at emerging proposals to see what can positively be taken from them. Key themes that I have covered include:
These have all been in the context of what I would identify as six key activities of local government
Further work is likely to consider issues that develop thought relating to these themes and to networked community governance and the development of new approaches to the above six key activities. I also hope to turn my attention to cultural strategy a little more in the coming months. I am grateful that a number of the posts have become articles in the Local Government Chronicle and Municipal Journal. Special thanks also to those who have read or commented so far, please keep it up as it helps enormously to focus and revise my thoughts.