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THE LORD MAYOR AND THE ELEPHANT

A previous post The Last Word…Standards Committee Climb Down and Spin illustrates how the City Corporation spins its mistakes into achievements. It’s done it again. Here’s a press release announcing a reform of the selection process for the Lord Mayor: …See More
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THE LORD MAYOR AND THE ELEPHANT

A previous post The Last Word…Standards Committee Climb Down and Spin illustrates how the City Corporation spins its mistakes into achievements. It’s done it again. Here’s a press release announcing a reform of the selection process for the Lord Mayor: …See More
Mar 8
Iain Meek commented on Graeme Harrower's blog post THE LAST WORD….Standards Committee Climb Down and Spin
"What?  Is the current situation unworkable?        "(f) processing applications for dispensations at two monthly intervals when members usually only have a week’s notice of what will be considered at a committee…"
Feb 28
A blog post by Graeme Harrower was featured

CITY CORPORATION FORCED TO CONFRONT WINDS OF CHANGE

On 11 February the Telegraph published this article describing some of the many issues affecting the City Corporation:  City of London Corporation forced to confront winds of changeIt’s interesting to read the remarks of some of the Corporation’s supporters.An unnamed supporter smears all the Corporation’s critics by mentioning only conspiracy theorists, whom one finds expressing views - invariably…See More
Feb 13
Graeme Harrower posted a blog post

CITY CORPORATION FORCED TO CONFRONT WINDS OF CHANGE

On 11 February the Telegraph published this article describing some of the many issues affecting the City Corporation:  City of London Corporation forced to confront winds of changeIt’s interesting to read the remarks of some of the Corporation’s supporters.An unnamed supporter smears all the Corporation’s critics by mentioning only conspiracy theorists, whom one finds expressing views - invariably…See More
Feb 13
A blog post by Graeme Harrower was featured

THE LAST WORD….Standards Committee Climb Down and Spin

The recent climb down by the City Corporation's Standards Committee over its dispensations policy was a victory for residents. The Standards Chair, though, has tried to spin it as an achievement of her committee. What follows is her “delighted” announcement and my satirical response, which reminds the Court of Common Council that it was the persistence of residents that compelled the Standards Committee to reverse its policy. The fact that in a period of more than a year: - well over a thousand…See More
Feb 10
Graeme Harrower posted a blog post

THE LAST WORD….Standards Committee Climb Down and Spin

The recent climb down by the City Corporation's Standards Committee over its dispensations policy was a victory for residents. The Standards Chair, though, has tried to spin it as an achievement of her committee. What follows is her “delighted” announcement and my satirical response, which reminds the Court of Common Council that it was the persistence of residents that compelled the Standards Committee to reverse its policy. The fact that in a period of more than a year: - well over a thousand…See More
Feb 10
A blog post by Graeme Harrower was featured

The latest on the City’s “standards” shambles….

For the last five months, three resident councillors have been trying to obtain general “dispensations” from the City’s standards committee to speak and vote on behalf of their constituents on matters which affect those councillors no more than any of their constituents. In any other local authority, where 100% of the councillors are elected by residents, it would be taken for granted that councillors speak and vote on matters affecting those who elected them. But in the City, where only 20% of…See More
Jan 23
Graeme Harrower posted a blog post

The latest on the City’s “standards” shambles….

For the last five months, three resident councillors have been trying to obtain general “dispensations” from the City’s standards committee to speak and vote on behalf of their constituents on matters which affect those councillors no more than any of their constituents. In any other local authority, where 100% of the councillors are elected by residents, it would be taken for granted that councillors speak and vote on matters affecting those who elected them. But in the City, where only 20% of…See More
Jan 23

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THE LORD MAYOR AND THE ELEPHANT

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A previous post The Last Word…Standards Committee Climb Down and Spin illustrates how the City Corporation spins its mistakes into achievements. It’s done it again. Here’s a press release announcing a reform of the selection process for the Lord Mayor: …

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CITY CORPORATION FORCED TO CONFRONT WINDS OF CHANGE

Posted on February 13, 2020 at 12:00 0 Comments

On 11 February the Telegraph published this article describing some of the many issues affecting the City Corporation:  City of London Corporation forced to confront winds of change…
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THE LAST WORD….Standards Committee Climb Down and Spin

Posted on February 10, 2020 at 16:00 1 Comment

The recent climb down by the City Corporation's Standards Committee over its dispensations policy was a victory for residents. The Standards Chair, though, has tried to spin it as an achievement of her committee. What follows is her “delighted” announcement and my satirical response, which reminds the Court of Common Council that it was the persistence of residents that compelled the Standards Committee to reverse its policy.

 

The fact that in a period of more than a…

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DOWNFALL OF THE CITY CORPORATION'S DISPENSATIONS POLICY

Posted on January 27, 2020 at 11:00 0 Comments

This is the text of an email that I sent to all members of the Court of Common Council on 27 January:

SUMMARY

During the last 15 months, the Standards Committee has done a 170 degree turn on its dispensations policy, ending with the decision at its meeting last Friday to abandon the restriction on granting dispensations to vote “only in exceptional circumstances”, and to require democracy to be taken into account when granting such…

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