“A stoical and resilient lot” – Andrew Rawnsley’s verdict on the Lib Dems. Here’s what I think…

by Stephen Tall on May 6, 2012

The Observer’s Andrew Rawnsley has a well-balanced and judicious write-up of last Thursday’s local elections for all three main parties — noting that ‘two out of three of the main parties have responded in a rational fashion. The exception is (…)

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LDVideo: From the archives – ‘The Work of Local Authorities (1943)’

by Stephen Tall on May 6, 2012

There now follows a public information film… During the 1940s, the British Council produced more than 120 short films ‘designed to show the world how Britain lived, worked and played’. They’re now available online, and here’s the wonderfully of-its-time feature on local government — or, as it’s described in the British Council Film Department Catalogue: […]

When Oxford said No to an elected mayor (and how I came to change my mind)

by Stephen Tall on May 6, 2012

Nine out of the 10 English cities asked on Thursday if they wanted their councils to be run by a directly-elected mayor said no. Only Bristol opted for change, while Doncaster overwhelmingly voted to retain its elected mayor. The status (…)

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In case you were wondering, here’s how I did in Thursday’s election

by Stephen Tall on May 6, 2012

I mentioned a month ago I was standing for election to Oxford City Council, the first time my name had appeared on a ballot paper since 2004. So I thought I ought to finish the story, and let you know (…)

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