I didn’t attend a street party yesterday (there wasn’t one where I lived). I didn’t even watch the wedding of live on TV (my daughter had a trampolining lesson to attend at 11.30am), although I caught plenty of it afterwards. But it wouldn’t be right for me to blog about anything else other than the marriage of Will and Kate this morning. Here are the three of the key things I picked up from yesterday’s media marathon.
1. Big Society beat talk of party pooper councils: There were warnings beforehand (including from the Government) that faceless local bureaucrats would stand in the way of people having a party (which I had blogged about when the engagement was announced). But seemingly, and thankfully, parties sprang up all over the place (usually with a journalist on hand with some commentary about how this signified the entire country was in a park or at a street party somewhere). And so the media in Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Swindon and other areas duly obliged with such coverage. There was still some talk about whether cash strapped councils got into the spirit of things. But with most people willing to chip in and sort out the parties themselves, this was a good example of the Big Society at work.
I have not gone to a work-related meeting or event since the Comprehensive Spending Review announcement on 20 October where one or all of these issues haven’t been raised. This is understandable, and to be welcomed, as the proposals signify a huge shift in the way the HCA does business with its partners (and they with us). But step outside this circle and the wider country seems less informed about the proposals.
Is it because they aren’t interested? This would be odd, given the impact the proposals would have on many people’s lives.
These are austere times, but the media is off to a flying start in cranking up expectations for a big royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. The couple announced their engagement today, in case you missed it.
The announcement has rightly led the national news bulletins, and was also heavily trailed in regional media outlets (including BBC Points West, the Bournemouth Echo, the Plymouth Herald, and countless others). On Twitter, William, Kate and #royalwedding are trending tonight. It would be rude not to throw in a blog post about this story too.