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Never Give Up: Foreword

I first came to North Edinburgh when I started teaching at Craigroyston.  Between teaching there, working for the Pilton Central Association, living in the area and representing Pilton on the District Council, I was actively connected with the area for 18 years.  The world has changed since […]

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Never Give Up: Review

Never Give Up: Review

  North Edinburgh Social History Group’s Never Give Up, a history of community activism in the Pilton, Drylaw, Muirhouse, Royston and Wardieburn areas of Edinburgh, is a superb publication from several quite different perspectives. Firstly, unlike many fairly subjective accounts of local communities, it is not merely […]

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CONFUSION REIGNS IN OUR COMPLICATED NEW COUNCIL WORLD Scotland’s councils have lost their way as political fudges and bafflingly-titled departments undermine public confidence

CONFUSION REIGNS IN OUR COMPLICATED NEW COUNCIL WORLD  Scotland’s councils have lost their way as political fudges and bafflingly-titled departments undermine public confidence

The last decade has seen major changes in Scottish local government structures. The managerial gurus wanted lean and hungry organisations.  But Scotland’s councils face a crisis of public confidence. Council Committees were once functional.  They related in a fairly simple manner to departments, Housing, Planning, Education, and […]

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Never Give Up – say North Edinburgh Social History Group

Never Give Up – say North Edinburgh Social History Group

Caroline Park House, Craigroyston House, Broomhall, Muirhouse Mansion, elegant  semi-rural residences on the edge of Edinburgh, all stand today although none now serve their original purpose.  They populated an estate, stretching from Trinity to Cramond, owned by the Duke of Buccleuch, who had developed Granton Harbour……   […]

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A RIGID SCHOOL OF THOUGHT Former head teacher Alex Wood was disciplined and ‘counselled’ for speaking out about education reforms.

On 15th September 2009, The Herald published an article by me on Scottish local government.  It suggested that many of local council Area Committees gave an appearance of consultation but were impotent on issues of substance.    It stated that the public did not understand the functions […]

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The communications people who prefer not to communicate

  Prior to my recent retirement I became increasingly uneasy with local authority management. I was particularly appalled by the abuse of language which characterised my employers. In March an email from the head of human resources arrived in head teachers’ in-trays. It started thus: ‘Over the […]

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