Council Newspapers

Posted on

I am aware that I am beginning to appear to be a ‘grumpy old man’, perhaps I am getting to that age and my blog is bringing the worst out in me. I am not sure, but I do know that certain things annoy me, and have done for some time!

An example

One of those things is Council ‘newspapers’. It has always seemed pointless to me to be told by my local council about things that I can read in the local paper or see on the local TV news. The papers have always appeared to me to be a case of self publicity and perhaps trying to prove the councils existence? It also would seem to provide a role for the recycling staff!

I am therefore a slightly less grumpy old man this morning with the news that the government is to tighten the rules relating to council funded newspapers. Ostensibly this is aimed at stopping the councils competing with the free newspapers who have suffered recently from a fall in advertising revenue, but are seen as providing a valuable service.

In reality hopefully it will stop the councils trying to ‘sell themselves’ to us and in the process waste our money! No doubt my local council would have been looking forward to telling me about its latest daft idea itself, now luckily I only have to read about it in the Nottingham Evening Post!

Eric Pickles, the Local Government Secretary put it beautifully with these two soundbites;

“propaganda on the rates, dressed up as reporting”

“Town hall Pravdas”

Here’s to the end of a large part of the UK’s recycling costs as well!

Advertisements

One thought on “Council Newspapers

    Real Council Waste! « Simon Dare's Blog said:
    July 7, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    […] Council Waste! Posted on July 7, 2010 by Simon Dare I blogged a couple of weeks ago about how I found the Councils ‘newsletter’ a classic example of […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s