Category Archives: Public service

In which I recall the PC days of 2010 …

I’ve always found this time of year faintly unsettling. These few days sandwiched between the huge anticipation of Christmas and the promise-filled New Year. Through my career I have been lucky to have projects and work to occupy me at … Continue reading

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In which I offer my first Christmas wish …

In the run up to the Big Day I thought I’d present my top five Christmas wishes. In reverse order here’s number 5. Wish #5: I wish public servants to get the recognition they deserve for helping to keep society … Continue reading

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In which I get feedback and practise some self-denial …

Advent may seem like a strange season in which to start practicing self-denial. But, as part of my new cunning plan, I have introduced some greater discipline over my job-hunting. And it feels great … er, and terrifying. Everyone I … Continue reading

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In which I get seasonal …

Amongst the coverage of the Localism Bill and the local government settlement my eye was caught by another story in yesterday’s Guardian. A survey had found that our attitudes to the poor had hardened to levels previously seen in 1991 … Continue reading

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In which I renew my plans with string …

When I knew for sure that I would be made redundant I set myself some milestones along the way to the exit. Ranging from the strategic to the mundane – you can guess the sort of thing. Sort out what … Continue reading

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In which I say thank you (once again) …

I have posted before about the great kindness, empathy and (necessary) tough love visitors to the blog have shown me and the RPS family. We’re glad that we might be helping a bit in sharing what’s happening to us as … Continue reading

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In which I celebrate another unwanted milestone …

The inevitability of today arriving doesn’t make it any less unreal or unwanted. Today is the last day of the first half of my notice period. More simply, at the witching hour tonight I will begin the down slope which … Continue reading

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In which I reflect on how public debate works these days …

I mentioned the resurrection of the Winterval myth over the weekend. It’s a seasonal favourite (among everyone not implicated in it). Two of the best blog sites out there have tackled these theme this morning. We Love Local Government and Flip Chart … Continue reading

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UPDATE: In which I celebrate the good news …

*** UPDATE *** A story on the front page of yesterday’s Sunday Times caught my eye – I am now particularly acute at spotting job related news. The headline is, UK’s fast recovery saves 90,000 jobs. The story is a … Continue reading

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In which I say thank you …

I started to write this blog because I didn’t think the story of the personal impact of deficit reduction on public servants was being heard. I also felt at a bit of a loss about how to deal with my … Continue reading

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