Tag: local government

Cardiff libraries: a Council dispossesses its people

January 25, 2015 24 Comments
Cardiff libraries: a Council dispossesses its people

Cardiff is a thriving place. Big new developments are announced almost monthly. Recent ones include the new BBC Cymru Wales building near the station, the electrification of the Valleys railway lines and the massive Embankment complex. But while the Council pours resources into stimulating and supporting commercial growth, it leaves some of its basic public […]

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Weddings, town halls and local democracy

February 20, 2014 2 Comments
Weddings, town halls and local democracy

Last weekend our daughter Catrin got married, in Islington Town Hall. It was a fine choice for a wedding.  The Town Hall is a large neoclassical building facing the main street, opened in the mid-1920s.  The exterior is plain and conventional enough, though its unusually large, long windows suggest an open and welcoming attitude.  It’s […]

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Is it true that public services can’t cooperate?

January 22, 2014 2 Comments
Is it true that public services can’t cooperate?

Richard Sennett’s Together: the rituals, pleasures and politics of cooperation (2012) is one of those books that’s so full of acute observations, surprising examples and novel connections that it stays long in the memory and sparks all kinds of thoughts, months after an initial reading. Sennett is a distinguished US ethnographer, but part of the […]

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