Skip to navigation Skip to main content
Jenny McArdle

Local leadership please

London eu leadership blog

If you’ve been glued to the coverage of the EU referendum result in recent days then you, like me, might have been wondering the same thing: who’s in charge?

Our political big beasts have gone to ground. Boris, Gove, Cameron, all missing. Osborne, submarine like, emerged on Monday morning to tell us that we’d be fine, only then to submerge again into the depths of the treasury. With Jeremy Corbyn trying to cobble together a shadow cabinet, presumably from whomever he meets in the corridor outside his office, I don’t think her Majesty’s opposition is going to offer much leadership in these testing times.

In the face of such chaos, it would be tempting to hit the nearest pub, but there is hope dear reader. Enter, local government.

Every politician and expert worth their air time has been advocating calmness and stability. Whilst much of this has related to businesses and the markets, it is equally true of public services. For those voters who feel unnerved or even scared, the consistency of local services will be soothing. It might sound odd to suggest that the bins being collected or the library being open could offer succour to people but the normality will be a source of subconscious relief for many people. ‘The world goes on’ might not be a particularly inspiring message but, in the current flux, it will be a welcome one.

 

Image credit

Other relevant insight

Which Councils Are Best? 2019

Our new report is out: which councils are in the Top 10 this year?

November 13, 2019

Which councils are best at the NCAS Conference?

I am looking forward to the annual pilgrimage to the National Children and Adult Services Conference taking place from 20-22…

November 13, 2019

Setting Inclusive Ambition: why, who and how?

In my current project with a local authority, I have the privilege of working with professionals across Children’s Services, applying…

November 4, 2019

IMPOWER INSIGHT newsletter

Sign up for the latest thinking on delivering sustainable change and better public services

No spam; unsubscribe easily at any time. Learn more in our Privacy Policy.

Close
Close