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A Mayor for Sussex and Surrey?

At a time when Brighton & Hove Council is once again threatening the budget for youth provision in our city, and coming several years after West Sussex took a similar approach, it is encouraging to read that the Mayor of … Continue reading...
by IanChisnall on Dec 10, 2016

Bloomberg On Chicago: ‘Nowhere Will Political Power Evaporate More Dramatically’ When Donald Trump Takes Office

If readers still don’t think there will be repercussions to Chicago from a Trump administration despite its unabashed support for Hillary Clinton on Election Day (the Democrat received 83.63% of the city’s votes on Election Day), its offi...
by Survival And Prosperity on Dec 7, 2016

Signs Of The Time, Part 115

This “Signs Of The Time” post is actually about signage. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s honorary street signs in downtown Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reported this afternoon: After much fanfare from Chicago aldermen over the r...
by Survival And Prosperity on Dec 7, 2016

We need accountable Councils

During November two charities whose focus is on the needs of trafficked children and reuniting families produced an important report called “Heading back to Harm”. The report encompassed the whole of the United Kingdom and it sought to assess how...
by IanChisnall on Dec 6, 2016

Invest in early years education

Over the last 2 weeks the decision by the Labour led Brighton & Hove City Council to reduce the pay of early years educators in their Council run Nurseries has been the subject of several twitter debates, that I have … Continue reading U...
by IanChisnall on Aug 25, 2016

Price vs Value for our children

This week a local newspaper  carried a piece on the pay levels for workers in local authority run childrens centres and nurseries. Councillor, Tom Bewick is quoted as saying “The current workforce is very expensive when compared to the private se...
by IanChisnall on Aug 13, 2016

We have been misled

My blog today has been amended to reflect the turn of events that have been revealed over the last 12 hours on social media. Once a week my daily blog is published as an opinion piece in the Argus newspaper … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on Jul 9, 2016

Unintended consequences

Its impossible to make decisions, particularly on the magnitude of the EU referendum without a variety of unintended consequences, at least as far as some voters are concerned. Unfortunately certain groups of British citizens whose intentions are not...
by IanChisnall on Jun 26, 2016

The Greater Brighton Region

This week a national website that specialises in promoting public sector jobs has advertised a well paid role in the Sussex area. The post which is described as an exciting opportunity is Policy and Projects Manager for an organisation known …...
by IanChisnall on Jun 18, 2016

A Romanian pretended to be a British tourist for a day in Bucharest

Mihai Popescu wanted to prove that the experience of a tourist in a foreign city is terrible and told everything vice.com to start this adventure with a friend who posed as Mexican. “I was born in Bucharest and I know quite well that sucks al...
by We care about your travel on May 29, 2016

A Romanian pretended to be a British tourist for a day in Bucharest

Mihai Popescu wanted to prove that the experience of a tourist in a foreign city is terrible and told everything vice.com to start this adventure with a friend who posed as Mexican. “I was born in Bucharest and I know quite well that sucks al...
by We care about your travel on May 29, 2016

The referendum we all deserve

As Politicians line up to appear on our TV screens to explain how we should vote on 23rd June to satisfy their view of the world or at least of Europe, there are other decisions being taken about parts of our nation which … Continue reading...
by IanChisnall on Apr 17, 2016

The benefits of a profitable steel business

My home city of Brighton and Hove contains amongst many jewels in its crown, the premises which were built in 1908 as a result of the huge wealth of Andrew Carnegie, Hove Library. As the Council and residents attempt to … Continue reading ͛...
by IanChisnall on Apr 5, 2016

The new Minimum Wage

The decision by the Labour Government to establish an Independent body to set a national minimum wage in 1998 and led to its introduction in 1999 was an important if contested step. However it was clearly a good thing to do, … Continue reading...
by IanChisnall on Apr 1, 2016

Southern Powerhouse?

Once again as I glanced over social media this morning, the questions about the Northern Powerhouse (or in the case of this image – devolution for the West Midlands) and its viability are being debated. There are major challenges for … Co...
by IanChisnall on Feb 27, 2016

What do we MISS? Your remarkable Smile, Your VOICE.

What do we MISS?    Your Smile, Your VOICE.    In the March 2015 South Burlington Town Meeting 2,701 ballots were cast, 23% of registered voters. Of the 8900+ other citizens I ask, Where were you?  Are you missing a connectio...
by litterwithastorytotell on Feb 18, 2016

The Challenge we all face

I have lived in Brighton since the late 1970s and the town and now city has always attracted men and occasionally women to find refuge on our beach or streets. This is not a challenge limited to Brighton & Hove, … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on Feb 13, 2016

You need to know SB CC Candidates Answers to these 15 genuine Questions

     There are four candidates running for two South Burlington city council positions. I posed 15 questions -genuine issues that will affect South Burlington citizens, to each of the four candidates. The candidates are Chris...
by litterwithastorytotell on Feb 13, 2016

Government 'shutdown of local democratic space' condemned

War on Want has issued the following statement regarding the  Newcastle City Council motion on local authority pennions and procurement policy:  War on Want welcomes the news that Newcastle City Council has voted to approve a mot...
by wembleymatters on Feb 9, 2016

Faithful recycling

This morning arrived with a 6.05 call for recycling from the faithful workers of Cityclean. I confess my alarm going off as usual at 6am was a shock – sadly my alarm clock had failed to be adjusted. The rush to … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on Jan 1, 2016


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