Tuesday, July 08, 2003

If you want to continue reading my blog then you need to visit it's new home at 20six.

It's a much better (and still free) blogging tool. It lets visitors post their comments, I can email or MMS (multi-media messaging from my mobile) entries, you can easily edit links, it's easy to add graphics. And as if that's not enough it is a European company, not a giant US corporation like Blogger!

Hope you all come and visit me at my new home!

Monday, July 07, 2003

Just seen that the site has also had mention in The Guardian (it's quite a way down the page so I'll quote it below):


Reluctantly, the Backbencher dragged herself away from Tom Watson's blog this week to read the musings of the man Tom describes as "Britain's first blogging councillor", Stuart Bruce. Stuart, who is the lead member for customer services, has had a "very, very busy" few weeks. "I'm chasing up the six new litterbins which we'd been promised would be put up in April," the Pepys of the south Leeds suburbs informs his readers. "There is also a need for grass cutting, hedge trimming and a general clean up in the village." Stuart, you're wasted on Middleton.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has just a half page story on this blog which resulted in a flurry of extra visitors. You can read it here.

So what's really going on with Alistair Campbell and the BBC. My professional take on it as a PR man is that it is the classic frisbee technique where you create a distraction to divert attention from the real issue. It's a text book PR technique.

If you haven't already done so then please take a moment to do the poll about regional government on my main web site. I'm going to replace it soon with a question about smoking in public.

I feel very strongly that smoking in public should be banned and I'm heartened that most vox pop type polls appear to agree with me. I find smoking to be particularly offensive in restaurants and pubs where you go to enjoy yourself. It's bad enough in the open air, there is nothing worse than walking through a lovely park only to end up staggering through a cloud of fag smoke. These people then of course insist in scattering their fag ends everywhere.

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Just been listening to the news. Have to say that I'm not really convinced by this new legislation to outlaw 'ageism' in recruitment. Don't get me wrong I don't think older people should be discriminated against I'm just not sure that this is the solution. Why shouldn't you be able to describe a company as 'young and dynamic' if that's what it is. Wouldn't stop an older person applying for the job but they would have to be able to work in that environment. And surely the simple way round it is to ask for experience - specify a minimum and a maximum. After all it is quite possible to be overqualified for a job.

Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Sorry, that this post is a day late. At the moment I try to do an update at least once a week and hopefully more often. Last week wasn't as frantic as most but I still had quite a bit on. There was a Labour Group meeting where all of the Labour councillors get together to discuss policy and issues effecting the city. I took part in a workshop looking at how we can improve services for young people.

We had a full council meeting on Wednesday that was compartively good natured. To be party political for a moment something that always occurs to me at the moment is what a complete and utter shower the Lib Dem group are. Their Leader is hopeless, appearing totally and utterly confused on most issues. They do have one or two decent members (Stuart Galton and Don Wilson spring to mind) but the majority I wouldn't trust to run a whelk stall. The Tories are a much more credible bunch.

On Saturday I called into the Hunslet Gala which was a really good day. Hilary Benn MP was there along with the Hunslet councillors. The NHS health bus (which we part paid for though the Community Involvement Team) was there giving out lots of free advice and support. South Leeds has really serious problems around smoking and heart disease, so it's good to see something being done about it.

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