About

About me
James CousinsI have been a (increasingly independent) Conservative councillor for Shaftesbury ward in Wandsworth since 1998 and for eight years held various unnecessary long titles on the executive.

I have lived in Wandsworth since 1997 and live on the Shaftesbury Park Estate in the heart of Shaftesbury ward. Professionally I worked in the City of London until 2003, before taking a role within London Underground’s finance department. I now work freelance, mainly within the local government sector for the Local Government Assocation (formerly the Improvement and Development Agency) as an accredited member peer and as an associate for the Local Government Information Unit.

About this blog
This blog started as an experiment and even now continues to evolve.

Currently it’s a bit of a mish mash. There’s a big local government focus, both on Wandsworth and wider local government issues. There’s a bit of news on issues affecting the Shaftesbury ward (although there should probably be more). There isn’t, perhaps surprisingly as a self-described politician-lite, too much commentary on broader political issues. It is decidedly a personal blog – it’s run with my money and in my time – so there are occasional forays into matters of purely personal interest.

Of course, since it’s my blog I reserve the right to do what I want with it!

If you want to explore further (and I would be flattered if you do) then you can, of course, just pop to the home page and see where it leads you. Alternatively, some of the following suggestions might tickle your fancy…

Shaftesbury ward residents might to see all the posts tagged Shaftesbury, since these will relate specifically to the local area.

If you live in Wandsworth then you might like to read more about posts that cover the parts of my earlier council roles like regeneration, business, health, community safety or partnership, to which I still add the occasional blog post.

I have an interest in open data and for a long time produced crime maps for Wandsworth. Unfortunately people much more important than me have decided that producing such information is not the done thing, so they have ended. However there is now UK wide crime-mapping site available from police.uk which fills some of the gap.

For a while I did post a lot about Big Society and the Wandsworth Challenge, however Wandsworth was not fertile ground for either concept and those posts have largely gone the way of the crime mapping, although I don’t think my views have changed much from the posts that remain.

Finally, you might like to take a look at the more general commentary posts I make about politics.

Frankly, if those suggestions tell you anything, it’s that I ought to spend a little time re-organising the blog.

The small print
All opinions expressed are my own, they almost certainly do not represent the views or policies of Wandsworth Council or the Conservative Party locally or nationally.

This blog is published and promoted by, and on behalf of, James Cousins.