League tables should be used to inform

Some frustration that once again, league tables have been by the media in a way that obscures, and doesn’t illuminate. Witness the article published by the BBC News today.
This time it’s league tables of Gross Domestic Household Income.
Proclaiming Nottingham as the poorest city in Britain does nothing to help understanding.
The City Council’s rebuttal can be found here – http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/pressarchive/index.aspx?articleid=23671
Whatever, the focus has to remain on what matters – helping people find work, earn a proper living and getting the social security they are entitled to.

BBC derelict of style

Well nice to see Meadows people feature in a news article. BBC News at that.
People highlighting the problems with not enough money in the pocket.
Can’t always hope for people to say things just so, but then journalists just have to wait to hear what they want to hear and disregard the rest – or have I nicked that from somewhere?
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For the Meadows, the article came with a sting.
The most ridiculous black and white images designed to make the area look abandoned and grim. Unfair.
Reward to anyone who can work out what the photo shows.
Meanwhile, grateful for one reply in particular –

“In terms of the Meadows specifically: as an “incomer” who has lived here by choice for around 15 of the 20 odd years I have been in Nottingham, I would characterise it as a vibrant, diverse and generally harmonious area. There are shutters on shops everywhere: it is not an indication of any particular problems in the Meadows. Indeed it’s telling that the most persistent & significant concerns from local residents are about littering & occasional fly-tipping, not violence or property related crime!”

Respect the volunteers who fought for freedom in Spain

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It is truly disappointing that yesterday, the Leader of the Nottinghamshire Conservatives again invited us to choose between celebrating British members of the International Brigade, and British servicemen who have lost their lives in service of our government, and even with Lee Rigby, the off-duty soldier killed last week in Woolwich.
Across the river is the Peace Memorial on Victoria Embankment, where we meet every November to commemorate those who served and those who fell.
The memorial to the International Brigade does not compete, cannot compete, has never tried to compete with such a significant building.
The argument actually comes down to the board that explains a very impressive metal plaque. The metal is helped by the explanation.
I was a Nottinghamshire County Councillor when the memorial to those from Britain who volunteered to fight for the republic in Spain in 1936 was installed. There was real pride amongst the veterans who were there that day.
A shame Nottinghamshire Conservatives have behaved the way they have.