Councillor Personality Types

The IDeA have published a report on the personality types of councillors and how they differ from the general population (hat-tip Mike at OpenEye). Councillors are more likely to be extravert (sic – IDeA are obviously followers of Jung) – 68 per cent compared to the general population’s 52 per Read more…

The final furlong

Well it’s been a gruelling couple of weeks for the councillors (and those of us working behind the scenes too! No, no, it’s fine, we don’t want sympathy, we do it for the love of democracy. I seem to remember). But hopefully an interesting, entertaining and inspiring one for the Read more…

You CAN teach an old dog new tricks!

I often tell people, when I’m talking about I’m a Councillor, that it’s definitely a two way thing. It’s not just about young people learning more about local democracy (as if they are empty vessels that just need filling up by clever grown-up). It’s also about local democracy (in the Read more…

Quiet before the storm

It’s now Saturday afternoon and on Monday morning I’m a Councillor kicks off in 33 councils across the country (Dumfries and Galloway finished yesterday as it is now half term in most of Scotland). All is quiet now, a few councillors are still to post their manifestos and Sophia is Read more…

Political Weblog Project

Last night I attended the first seminar given by Tim Ireland of the Political Weblog Project. These seminars aim to convince MPs and their staff of the benefit of producing a weblog.  In short.  MPs should have a weblog for the following reasons: Protect their online presence.  A weblog can Read more…

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