I’m very proud of the work the council does in support of Neighbourhood Watch (unlike most other areas the council, rather than the police, provide support Neighbourhood Watch in Wandsworth) and particularly proud of the opportunities we’ve given for co-ordinators to take on enhanced roles.
I will not deny that I was tempted to be a little flippant with this post, because there seems to be a little bit of panic in the air about swine flu. This dinky little blog attracted huge numbers of hits over the bank holiday weekend (and hits are generally down at weekends, moreso on bank holidays) all driven by various searches relating to swine flu in Wandsworth.
The good thing about a potential pandemic is that everyone talks about it and wants to read about it. And the great thing about the internet is that it gives everyone a platform, regardless of whether they have anything of value to say.
The council recently issued ‘advice’ on swine flu. More accurately, it did a cut and paste of some advice already issued by the Health Protection Agency and featured it on the council website. And this has caused some mockery and criticism – why are we issuing it when there are only five cases in the UK?