Staring out Cllr Manning as Cabinet refers #antisocialmedia proposals to full Council

Councillors will vote on meeting tweetingMore coverage in The Gazette at which @dariusglaws, @jon_manning and others talked a lot of sense.

I spoke too, and also drew 1-1 with Cllr Manning in a staring-each-other-out competition. Next time victory will be mine Manning…

Cabinet has referred the proposals to reserve the power to ban recordings, and to silence councillors’ tweets, to full council on 20th March.

I’m going to be rolling up with a copy of the petition. Please sign it if you haven’t already.

Sign the petition


Is ‘Pikey’ offensive?


Is the word ‘pikey’ offensive? Racist even?

I don’t know. Neither does the BBC.

But I can’t help but sympathise with the owner of News Plus on Colchester’s Barrack Street. I hate thieves.

Mind you, ‘pikey’ is pretty tame stuff. Back in the 18th Century, when insults were insults and a spade certainly wasn’t a ‘user-operated manual digging solution’, the chief of a gang of Gypsies would be called:

A dimber damber upright man.

And I bet he revelled in it.


Interactive map: public rights of way


The last time I followed a map that indicated a public right of way, my wife and I ended up in a field full of tetchy bullocks.

“Look big,” was my sage advice as the bovine heavy mob ran en masse from the far side of the field and encircled us.

Thankfully they escorted us from the field without trampling us to death. But I’ve a sneaking suspicion that was no public right of way.

You can avoid mistakes like that – in Essex at least – thanks to a new interactive public rights of way map developed by Essex County Council.

If there are any walkers out there, please give it a try. Before I reach for my walking boots again, I want to make sure it’s not a load of bullocks.

Explore the map here »

Compare and contrast…


What has happened is a Task and Finish Group which is made up of all political parties looked at all the Technology issues, twitter, facebook, filming Council meetings etc, their recommendation after taking everything into account such as cost etc was sent to Cabinet as per constitution of CBC. I have instructed that the recommendation is sent to Full Council for decision.
Cllr Anne Turrell (source)


@benlocker … and @yourcolchester Task&Finish Group reporting their findings to Cabinet via Cllr Smith. We can Agree/Amend/Disagree/Refer
Cllr Tina Bourne (source)

@benlocker @ColchChronic any change in the Constitution & Code of Conduct resulting from Cabinet mtg must be agreed by 20 Mar Full Council
Cllr Tina Bourne (source)

Mr Rock & Roll

No, I don’t know who Mr Rock & Roll is either, but if you want to find out you’ve got 24 minutes to haul your butt down the St Johns & Highwoods Community Centre with a stash of your own drink. @edpattle recommends you take a case of this (sadly unavailable from Highwoods Tesco, where this pic was taken. I chose this instead.)

Mr Rock & Roll