By Meera Syal

Nine-year-old Meena can't wait to develop up and break away from her mom and dad. yet, because the daughter of the single Punjabi relatives within the mining village of Tollington, her fight for independence isn't like so much. Meena desires fishfingers and chips, no longer chapati and dhal; she wishes an English Christmas, now not the standard interminable Punjabi festivities – yet greater than whatever, she desires to roam the backyards of working-class Tollington with feisty Anita Rutter and her gang. Blonde, cool, aloof, outrageous and sassy, Anita is every thing Meena thinks she desires to be. Meena wheedles her method into Anita's lifestyles, however the arrival of a child brother, teenage hormones, coming near near front assessments for the luxurious grammar university and a motorcycling insurgent with no destiny, threaten to show Anita's salad days bitter. Anita and Me paints a comic book, poignant, compassionate and vibrant portrait of village lifestyles within the period of flares, energy cuts, glam rock, decimalisation and Ted Heath. it's a certain imaginative and prescient of a British adolescence within the Seventies, a formative years stuck among cultures, every one close to swap.

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An analysis of constitutional documents and official guidance was also undertaken. 1 show that the level of board transparency varies considerably. Some partnerships are relatively transparent, enabling public access to reports, agendas, and so on, while others are not. However only one in four partnerships held meetings that could be attended by citizens and the press. Indeed, there was considerable surprise on the part of partnership managers when we asked them about this particular criterion, indicating a well-established norm that meetings are held in private.

In other cases, for example the Investment Partnership, the partnership is governed through an agreement between the parties and essentially depends on their continued willingness to maintain the institution. These different structural arrangements impact on a partnership's competence to be self-governing, independently of the network in which it is located. The democratic implications have yet to be clearly established. For example, a partnership constituted as a company will have clearly defined rules and procedures that require transparency and accountability for certain matters.

There is also provision for a young persons' representative. The board members are all senior managers, and there is an independent chair appointed through open competition. This is a recommendation in the official guidance, and is intended to minimise the impact of local political factors on the organisation's ability to deliver national policy. The strength of Connexion's national democratic anchorage is shown by the extensive vertical accountability to national government (ultimately to the Education Minister and Parliament) for delivery of targets, and need to comply with standards set out by a national inspection agency that reports to the Minister.

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