Posted by: Closed Circuit24/02/2012
Has anyone seen Paul Tennant lately? The chief executive of housing association Orbit, recently elected vice-president of the Chartered Institute of Housing and, until recently, regular tweeter, has been quiet of late.
We’ve heard not a peep out of him since 1 February after his Twitter account fell mysteriously quiet. Coincidentally, it’s the same day that he stormed to victory in the CIH vice-presidential election. Closed Circuit can only speculate what he’s been up to since then, but we’d like to think he’s sat in a corner, champagne flute in hand as the 23-day party to celebrate his win draws to an end.
‘I have completely messed this up’, confessed welfare reform minister Lord Freud during a House of Lords debate on the welfare reform bill last week.
How refreshing to have a government minister who is not afraid to admit an error has been made.
So what was Lord Freud’s mistake? Was he backtracking on the government’s plan to introduce a ‘bedroom tax’ for tenants deemed to be under-occupying their homes?
Not a bit of it. Actually, Lord Freud had stumbled over his words while introducing a motion - much to the amusement of peers.
Next, to Glasgow and Closed Circuit has been impressed by the thought that has gone into the rebranding of the city’s Queens Cross Housing Association.
It unveiled its new logo this week, which to the untrained eye looks like a big letter Q. But the 4,500-home association is at pains to point out that this is not the case.
In fact, the circle of the Q represents ‘community and togetherness’ and the wavy line, which makes up the rest of the letter, ‘represents the land’.
Shona Stephen, chief executive of the association, said the logo ‘shows the association and local communities are ready for the new opportunities and the challenges ahead’.
Closed Circuit isn’t sure about all of that but it can confirm that it is the nicest letter Q it has ever seen (and Closed Circuit watched a lot of Sesame Street in its formative years).
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