Kate has decided that she’s had enough of blogging.
Like others who’ve commented on her blog I’m very sorry that Kate has come to that decision, but I can understand why. It can’t be easy banging your head on what seems like a brick wall and if another post she’s written recently are anything to go by then she’s probably got better things to be doing than blogging.
But I hope that Kate doesn’t think that she’s wasted her time blogging even if it doesn’t seem to have had an immediate influence on the problems that she and her family have been facing. From what I can see Kate’s is a voice we often don’t hear in the policy debate and for me she’s reminded me why politicians shouldn’t get too far away from the real time problems that their constituents face.
The fact that we know there isn’t enough housing stock available for social rent isn’t a new revelation for anyone who has cared to think about it over the last decade or more. And the fact that the solutions are long term or at least in part in the hands of others is all the more reason to listen, and talk, to people like Kate who bear the brunt of that.
Personally I think the Council’s failure to engage with Kate shows a failure of imagination and an attitude to risk that doesn’t do it any credit. From my perspective Kate’s blog was a challenge to the reputation of the Council and it isn’t one they’ve managed well, although from their perspective it may have been effective (in that she’s no longer blogging).
Anyway whatever Kate decides to do next I’m pretty certain that she’d have a sympathetic hearing inside the Lewisham blogging community.