Abdool Kara

Stop trying to explain away poor performance


The sector needs to be more open and honest about poor performance, writes Abdool Kara.

Deals behind closed doors


Chief executive of Swale BC, Abdool Kara says local government would be foolish to accede to the rules of a game set behind closed doors.

How is local government any different from the Co-operative Bank?


Swale BC chief on what the Co-operative Bank could learn from local government.

A new Local Government Association


Abdool Kara makes the case for an LGA as an advocate for better council services, rather than the trade body for councils and councillors.

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Don’t turn your back on inspection


The end of the Comprehensive Area Assessment regime should not mean an end to vigorous self-inspection – or performance will drift downwards, warns Abdool Kara.

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Innovation is all well and god, but Abdool Kara argues that local government should focus on learning from the best

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Every so often, we search for a panacea for our woes – a silver bullet which will solve all our problems.

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Abdool Kara, deputy chief executive of Merton LBC, takes a look at the Comprehensire Area Assessment consultation.

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I have been reflecting on the 1 May local and mayoral elections, and the Hansard Society’s Audit of Political Engagement for 2008, while reading Al Gore’s The Assault On Reason – a stunning expose of the risks of democratic erosion.

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Recent experiences suggest that ‘satisfaction’ is seen as top of the performance tree, a position I personally cannot understand...

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My favourite philosopher was the American, John Rawls (1921-2002). He was most famous for the concept of the ‘original position’...

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