Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris and me

Chris Game If only Birmingham weren’t in Tier 3 … I could prop up bars in city centre pubs, casually conversing with fascinated fellow-drinkers: “You know that Kamala Harris, the American Vice-President-elect – yeah, the one wearing the Elvis-style white trouser ‘power suit’ for her victory speech. “Well, I was a professorial contemporary of her … Continue reading Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris and me

Andy Burnham was right: this Prime Minister can’t handle devolution

Chris Game Negotiate? Look what happened last time! “Unlike previously, there will be no negotiation with local leaders … financial support will be allocated on a uniform per capita basis”.  Simply a Guardian report, not a Prime Ministerial quote, but it didn’t need to be. What happens after December 2nd, the local restriction tiers to … Continue reading Andy Burnham was right: this Prime Minister can’t handle devolution

Simon Clarke – first his speech goes, then him

Chris Game Boris Johnson didn’t start the modern trend of hyper-rapid ministerial turnover, but he did ratchet it up.  His election last July produced a larger ministerial cull than in any other recent transition between ministers of the same party, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government being no exception. So, were you paying … Continue reading Simon Clarke – first his speech goes, then him

Prime Minister, remember when you weren’t hell-bent on infantilising local government?

Chris Game   I should just have returned from Limpopo, northernmost South African province and home to a substantial chunk of the famous Kruger National Park.  I, however, would have been there not for the wildlife, or even the wild life, but for the eminently respectable annual conference of IASIA, the International Association of Schools … Continue reading Prime Minister, remember when you weren’t hell-bent on infantilising local government?

Prime Minister, remember when you weren’t hell-bent on infantilising local government?

Chris Game   I should just have returned from Limpopo, northernmost South African province and home to a substantial chunk of the famous Kruger National Park.  I, however, would have been there not for the wildlife, or even the wild life, but for the eminently respectable annual conference of IASIA, the International Association of Schools … Continue reading Prime Minister, remember when you weren’t hell-bent on infantilising local government?

Prime Minister, remember when you opposed infantilising local government?

Chris Game I should just have returned from Limpopo, northernmost South African province and home to a substantial chunk of the famous Kruger National Park.  I, however, would have been there not for the wildlife, or even the wild life. Quite the contrary. I’d have been presenting a paper at the eminently respectable annual conference … Continue reading Prime Minister, remember when you opposed infantilising local government?

Prime Minister, remember when you opposed infantilising local government?

Chris Game I should just have returned from Limpopo, northernmost South African province and home to a substantial chunk of the famous Kruger National Park.  I, however, would have been there not for the wildlife, or even the wild life. Quite the contrary. I’d have been presenting a paper at the eminently respectable annual conference … Continue reading Prime Minister, remember when you opposed infantilising local government?