Author Archives: Theo Blackwell

About Theo Blackwell

Camden Labour councillor, Cabinet memebr for Finance, moderate, anti-contrarian.

Unstoppable force (Tory minister) comes against immovable object (Camden New Journal)

In the best traditions of the Camden New Journal, see how smooth culture minister Ed Vaizey tries to dodge a series of questions about library closures during his visit to Camden this week.   Ouch.  P.s.  Happy birthday Eric Gordon. Advertisements

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Labour’s Kings Cross legacy starts to come good

From notorious crime-ridden blackspot – to mixed community, spurring the regeneration of this important part of north London, a key test for Labour’s administration 2010-2014 is to oversee the start of community benefits arising from the massive King’s Cross development. … Continue reading

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Content wars and Canutism – why public libraries face more than government cuts in the digital age

There are few more controversial and emotive issues than the future of local public libraries.  Indeed, the current budgetary crisis for affecting local authorities has forced many Town Halls to make unpopular decisions, including widespread closure programmes, leaving residents feeling … Continue reading

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Camden one year on, and thoughts for the future

I wrote in December about Camden’s financial challenge and the steps Camden Labour was taking to mitigate them and develop proposals for the future.  Now one full year in, it’s clear that a position of outright opposition to government cuts is … Continue reading

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ProWelcome Prog Loc

Welcome today to Prog Loc – a new blog representing the veiws of progressive local government… Top article by Camden’s Lewis Baston.  Always a sensible fellow.

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Moderate Cause

Welcome to ‘Moderate Cause’ – a new blog discussing local and national politics from a local councillor’s perspective – and a Camden one at that.  It will seek to provoke a develop informed political debate about Labour councils – Camden … Continue reading

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