Forgetting to change

After the European election Martina Purdy had a little fun at the TUV’s expense, pointing out that Jim Allister took several weeks before removing the title of MEP from his website’s front page. However, it is interesting that another person who changed designation in this case just before that election has not made any such changes. Our Slugger O’Toole councillor of the year Deirdre Nelson who was praised for her “blog like news roll” and indeed has been a periodic contributor to this site used to be in the DUP (and did say some fairly sharp things about the UUP and Conservatives in the past – comment 21). As some may remember Ms. Nelson left the DUP and joined the Conservatives just before the European election; unfortunately not only is the “blog like news roll” a bit out of date but according to her own web site on Ballymena Council she is still in the DUP. Maybe she misses them?

Update: Since I did this blog the link to Ms. Nelson’s web site on which it still said she was a DUP councillor has gone down. It was there when I first put the blog up: coincidence I am sure.

  • fin

    And the DUP always had a little graphic showing their election results, that disappeared ealier this year, and their EU results are nowhere to be found on the site.

  • willis

    Eagle eyed as ever Turgon.

  • Turgon, Councillor.info has disappeared from the Slugger website and appears to have disappeared from Northern Ireland.

  • Turgon

    Nevin,
    That is truly odd since the link above: her own web site was working when I did the blog earlier this afternoon and it said that she was in the DUP. I do, however, agree that it has now gone. That is really quite surprising.

  • Perhaps councillor.info is undergoing some site maintenance, Turgon.

  • Turgon

    Yes indeed Nevin, Sunday afternoon being a good time for such things: I guess it is like road works.

  • Danny O’Connor

    Larne has decided not to subscribe to the councillor info website,instead they are going to give each councillor a home page on the council website.I believe that the vast majority of councils in NI are doing likewise.
    This is ok for those who already know who their local councillors are,but many people haven’t a clue which DEA that they live in,and the councillor info was able to give them the conntact details based on their postcode.
    the other issue is that less than half of our councillors used it.

  • Danny, only one of the 15 Moyle councillors is listed on councillor.info: Orla Black, SDLP.

  • Local Government Officer

    “I believe that the vast majority of councils in NI are doing likewise.”

    A homepage?? I hope I’ve picked you up incorrectly here, and that such pages on a .gov.uk website are nothing more than contact details and how-to-reach-me type stuff??

    A council website is only supposed to be for information on and about the borough, including Councillor details, like areas they represent, and how to get hold of them. They should not become a mouthpiece for any politician, outside of “local mayor opens craggy-island-esque festival”.

    You’ve all got parties that are imminently well-funded – use them. And that NILGA crowd you pay a fortune for. Leave the council websites neutral, and put yer backs into the .info site.

  • Local Government Officer

    Nevin – that’s because she’s reasonably young for a councillor, and has heard of t’internet….

  • deirdre nelson

    Sorry to disappoint Turgon, but Ballymena refused to continue funding the councillor.info project. Possibly cos i was the only one making use of it, despite the DUP fully supporting it from Peter Robinson down. Maybe the DUP in Ballymena just want to make sure i have as few opportuniites as possible to make my case? A mistake I think, as I found it a valuable resource, and so wonderfully simple to use even a technological idiot like me could make it work;-)

  • Turgon

    Ms. Nelson,
    Well I am sure it was not you but all I can say is that your link (complete with DUP membership) was there when I did the blog and now it is gone. In fairness I do believe you entirely and the remaining web link correctly describes you as a Conservative but I wonder if someone felt embarrassed that the other web site had still not been updated.

  • deirdre nelson

    Turgon, I was able to link in the main part of your post, but not on post #4 by you. If anyone felt embarrassed it wasn’t me.
    Ah well, such is life.

  • Turgon

    Deirdre,
    I wonder if it was something to do with councillor.info or maybe even some automated thing. It is a bit sad that Ballymena stopped supporting the web site but maybe it was not cost effective: that said since the internet is used for so much I would be surprised if it was not relatively useful.

  • Danny O’Connor

    LGO
    Homepage is perhaps not the right term,a page detailing council committees,membership of outside bodies and contact details.The council will ensure that it is for use relevant to official council duties,