Archive for London

Transport for London offers up more data for free

19 December 2010 , ,
Over the summer we reported the welcome news that Transport for London was making more of its data available for others to reuse: It’s a smart move because it means the emphasis on working out how to make best use of the data shifts from TfL to the wider commercial sector. That means people can [...]

The Met Police have an unusual problem

10 December 2010 , ,
I suspect there are many parts of the public sector which wished they had this problem: Underspending continues to be an issue in the management of the capital programme, although unused funds can often be carried forward through reserves to support projects at a future date. Part of the issue is large projects slipping, with [...]

Is the Met’s secret joker now penning words for Boris Johnson?

28 October 2010 , ,
I only ask, because after the Met Police’s triumphant document that stated it would “Contribute to the step change in the walking experience”, we now have London Major Boris Johnson talking of “my role driving forward the Cyclin...

Is there a secret joker in the Met Police?

26 October 2010 ,
Working through the bureaucratic-speak and acronyms in the police’s report to the Metropolitan Police Authority about the draft London Transport Community Safety Strategy I discovered that the police intend to, “Contribute to the step change in the walking experience”. I hope there was at least a smile on the face of the person who typed [...]

Executive editor and news editor quit paper in storm over election smears

Trial by Jeory has the story from the contest to be Mayor of Tower Hamlets: [Expelled Labour member turned independent] Lutfur Rahman’s campaign does seem to have galvanised a section of the Tower Hamlets community and many, if not most, are certainly very angry young people who are fuelled by a fair degree of hatred. [...]
Confidential stamp. Photo © iStockphoto, used with permission

Southwark Council tries to ban people talking about what they’ve already talked about

Liberal Democrats in Southwark claim the council is £26 million pounds worse off because of decisions the Labour-run body has taken over a regeneration scheme for Elephant & Castle. This figure has been the subject of political debate, it’s been mentioned in the council, it’s been mentioned in the press and it’s been mentioned online. [...]

Government scraps target – Met Police sets up new committee

12 October 2010 , , , ,
You might have thought that scrapping central government targets would result in local bodies being able to cut at least some of their own monitoring and reporting setups. But in an Alice in Wonderland style twist, Home Secretary Theresa May’s decision to scrap the “confidence target” for the police has been followed by the Met [...]

London Mayor campaign update: three runners, one clear leader on Facebook

4 October 2010 , , ,
As Helen reported earlier today, there is now a third person publicaly in the running to be the Liberal Democrat candidate for London Mayor – Jeremy Ambache. With his Facebook page having only just gone up, it unsurprisingly only has 4 fans so far at the time of writing. Lembit Opik’s page is continuing to [...]

Duwayne Brooks overtakes Lembit Opik on Facebook

28 September 2010 , , ,
Over the weekend I blogged: In the London Mayor selection contest, Lewisham councillor Duwayne Brooks has just publicly thrown his hat in the ring. More information on his Facebook page. The other declared candidate so far is Lembit Opik, who also has his own Facebook page. The number of fans for that latter page has been growing [...]

Duwayne Brooks to challenge Lembit Opik for London Mayor

25 September 2010 , ,
In the London Mayor selection contest, Lewisham councillor Duwayne Brooks has just publicly thrown his hat in the ring. More information on his Facebook page. The other declared candidate so far is Lembit Opik, who also has his own Facebook page. The number of fans for that latter page has been growing slowly but now [...]