Take Two. The Referendum & Local Government Comms

On September 18th 2014 the Scottish Independence Referendum attracted the highest turnout in any election since 1910. And that means the highest turnout since universal suffrage. 84.6% of the electorate voted and 16 and 17 year olds voted for the first time. It was the biggest and most historic electoral event in a generation.

Now, with the Prime Minister having confirmed the date of the referendum on Europe as June 23rd, we’re going to have to do it all over again.

Posted on 29th February 2016

Setting standards that stick

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Use them to empower the disempowered.

GDS launched the digital by default service standard and accompanying service manual in 2013. The objective was to make all government digital services so good that people would prefer to carry out the task online. Every new service launching on GOV.UK had to pass. As product manager, it was the most important 523 words I worked on in government.

Posted on 24th February 2016

How you can join the dots

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It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was on the phone to my dad talking about the riots taking place across London. The image of the store in Croydon burning down was really shocking and my dad sitting in his house down in Bromley felt vulnerable and disconcerted. This is a person who at 90 is still an active citizen sitting on different committees at the local church to the local Arts Council. The idea of community cohesion is something that he feels that he plays a real role in helping and supporting.

But when these incidents play out you are somehow challenged in your own perceptions of what your area is all about.

Posted on 29th January 2016

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