How refreshing. From the front agenda sheet of the Lambeth Council Annual Meeting [PDF] taking place on 4 June:
"We encourage people to use Social Media and we normally tweet from most Council meetings. To get involved you can tweet us @LBLDemocracy."
Tweeting yer arse off is something @Darryl1974 and I touched upon during the first Metroknobbers recording. Except we were talking about tweeting our arses off, and not the arses of the Council Officers.
We really thought that the modern interweb meets #localgov argument was over and had been won. Sadly the transparency of Lambeth isn't matched with some of the ahem medieval practices that I have experienced at the Parish and Town tiers of #localgov.
Requests to record public meetings have been brushed aside as "not being in our Standing Order."
The cost of servicing an FoI (£15 per hour) have been included in the minutes of a meeting at the request of a stuffy old Mayor.
And then "concern" from an equally stuffy Cllr over a "member of the public tweeting in a meeting" was made in a local dead tree media publication.
And so "We encourage people to use Social Media" isn't quite the mantra down in the lower leagues of #localgov.
But we're getting there, Comrades; we're getting there...