civic engagement

This evening I’ll be off to my son’s school to try and work out which of the two parents that are putting themselves forward to sit on the governing body would provide the right mixture of support and chivying to the management team.

I guess the number of other parents that come to the meeting will tell a story about civic engagement.

I mention this in light of a report on what Demos will be arguing in a pamphlet published tomorrow. It looks like they’re saying that government ought to love those who are already engaged in civic activity a bit more, and not overly worry about getting to the rest of you.

I couldn’t help notice that Bournmouth Council have taken a different route:

Householders who throw the wrong item in their recycling bin are being ordered to make a ‘humiliating’ phone call to a council hotline to receive a telling-off.

Recycling crews are examining every bin in Bournemouth to make sure residents are complying with the strict guidelines on what waste should be put in the green bin.

Those that don’t ‘phone don’t get their bin emptied.

(On a partisan note you’ll see the Tory councillor quoted by The Mail probably wouldn’t be one of the greener members of his party; no yearly carbon targets for him).

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About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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