Communications ker-ching

tweettTHE Lib Dems in Camden have made the amount of money the council spends on communications – and the form those communications take – a top line of attack on their agenda. It’s all about Labour councillors being brilliant, they argue.

The debate over the Pickles-defying increased frequency of the council magazine will not have calmed things down – despite the Town Hall getting a sort of thumbs up from Guardian media blogger Roy Greenslade – and there was a rather messy exchange between the Lib Dems and Sarah Hayward at the last full council meeting over the hiring of new staff. This, Sarah explained, was part of a wider cost-cutting restructure.

With all that bubbling on, maybe the pound signs hashtag on one tweet sent last week – a spot of excitement, but with potential to be construed the wrong way – may have caused a teeny-tiny bit of frustration up at Judd Street. It’s a sensitive old subject, a familiar battleground where everybody needs to be on-message.

7 Comments on Communications ker-ching

  1. Chris Knight // September 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm //

    Nice to have the Lib dems onboard with this one at last, that hard working tenacious Hampstead Town councillor Chris Knight has been chewing at this one since 2011, and for the cost of the publication given to save our libraries. see the Ham & High 22-08-2013 edition perhaps thats where they got it from, link below turn to page 11

    That same nice councillor to part in a BBC London interview and phone on bank holiday Sunday.

    Did somebody shout Bandwagon?

  2. Richard Osley // September 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm //

    Hi Knighty, do you genuinely believe a council magazine (the council) should compete directly with local newspapers (press which hold the council to account) for advertising?

    • Chris Knight // September 3, 2013 at 6:57 pm //

      Hmm! I think they should scrap the propaganda rag altogether, however its competative world these days, who knows you might just end up as editor on a big fat pension!
      Besides which lets face it you guys (CNJ & H&H) would win hands down anyway cos very few people read the the thing.and if it had to survive on advertising income revenue it would soon go t—s up.

  3. Richard Osley // September 3, 2013 at 10:21 pm //

    It is hard to increase the frequency at the very moment you are all looking ahead to local elections less than a year away without raising a natural suspicion. Will be interesting to see how the Lib Dem motion fares.

    • Would be great if we do get to our motion on Monday, but I’m not hopeful. It is the second motion in line and Full Council meetings have a poor record on reaching the motions. Also in my view motions that might embarrass the Labour administration almost never get heard, regardless of where they are in the order. Of course this is nothing to do with the Mayor being Labour, is it?

      • Chris Knight // September 6, 2013 at 10:43 am //

        This gives me a smile as wide as a coat hanger. Tom and his chums totally lost it in fact it was bum clenchingly embarrasing the night they had a chance to get a motion heard that they stomped out of the chamber, over the Mayors appointment and the Mayor lingering on Council Questions. Temper is a bad thing not only did Tom and his chums lose their oppurtunity of a motion which i would have supported, they also denied their back benchers a chance to speak in the open session. it was clear to me on timing that their motion would have been heard. it should also be said that the Lib Dems on that evening spent so much time arguing points of order that they played into the hands of the Mayor.
        Lets hope that can keep their toys in the pram on Monday and send their whip for a little education in how to read Council meetings.

  4. – if the Camden magazine , mainly set-up to promote public servants, is shut down ; officers would do cartwheels ! it’s hated as much as CNJ is tolerated !! … however gotta admit that the CNJ does highlight council shortcomings, time to time. Ham n High on the other side, attempts to save 100 avenue road …

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