Paul Wheeler

Problematic predictions


Paul Wheeler looks at how the Super Thursday electoral feast is shaping up. He highlights the key trends that are marking these ‘postal vote elections’.

Is local government falling out of love with mayors?


If local government is to have a future, we need to be more confident in supporting directly-elected mayors at all levels, writes Paul Wheeler.

The blunt truth about voter ID


Paul Wheeler on why the Government's plans requiring voters to present identification upon voting are in danger of becoming a form of voter suppression.

A ‘tight-loose’ approach to local government


The Coalition is adopting a ‘tight-loose’ management style when it comes to announcements on local government, says Paul Wheeler.

Local winners… and losers


With the political focus shifting to the 2012 elections, voters have left all the main political parties to absorb some important lessons, says Paul Wheeler

A step too far for political campaigning?


Following the furore surrounding Phil Woolas’s disqualification from Labour over his political campaign, Paul Wheeler asks what impact the case could have on local government elections

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Where’s the local leadership?


The current local political status quo is ill-suited to providing the necessary cross-sector leadership for Total Place, says Paul Wheeler

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Local government can be proud of the interest shown in the Total Place project by the wider public sector.

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Sometimes it’s the personal which can put abstract policy into perspective, says Paul Wheeler

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Remember the saying nothing happens in August? Well, apart from a small war in Georgia, we also saw the abrupt departure of Tim Parker from the London Mayor’s office.

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I hope my non-London readers will indulge me if I mention two recent events in the capital – they have a wide relevance to the future of local democracy...

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Congratulations to all those new councillors elected last week – and commiserations to those who fell foul of the mood for revenge on your national parties...

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Here’s an interesting one for future enthusiasts of the game, Trivial Pursuits. What was the news that the unfortunate government adviser, Jo Moore, was trying to bury on 9/11?

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Sometimes life is about hard lessons. If we don’t want to see the majority of councillors become full time and we do want to see councillors being representative of the working population then the attitude of employers, large and small, is critical..

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To-day we are all encouraged to be ‘story-tellers’, so it’s interesting to look at the perspective of one of the great story-tellers of our time.

Members Surgery


Travel broadens the mind. Well that was certainly true of my recent visit to Vancouver...

A marriage made in heaven?


Well it¹s certainly all change at the Department of Communities and Local Government. With a former councillor as a secretary of state and a well connected local government minister we have a formidable team. Plus a new and dynamic chairman of the LG

How to bring on the best


As the Councillors Commission, set up to find ways of attracting younger and more diverse members, holds its first meeting, Paul Wheeler writes an open letter to its chair, Dame Jane Roberts.



The whistle has gone for the latest round of unitary status bids in shire England. Paul Wheeler asks a more general question on political governance.

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