Bring on the bailiffs
If at first you don’t succeed – try, try again.
Councils get the bird
If there’s one story that’s guaranteed to ruffle a few feathers, it’s the amount of money councils spend on tackling rogue pigeons and gulls.
Cash for queries
Anyone who likes talking local government and is looking to make a bit of extra cash might like to head to Oxfordshire.
White Van Man on . . . driverless cars
I’m telling you these driverless cars won’t catch on.
The slice is right
As council leaders prepare to make some tough choices regarding next year’s budget, Eastbourne BC is boldly going where Boaty McBoatface went before.
Nikileaks spills the beans
Sometimes things happen in politics that are so absurd they don’t seem believable enough for fiction.
White Van Man on . . . tax
Apparently tax is higher than it’s been since the 1970s when we were milked by Labour.
Byrne after reading
One could be forgiven for thinking that there is no filter between Donald Trump’s brain and his twitchy Twitter finger attached to one of his small hands.
White Van Man on . . . the lack of housing
Here’s my answer to the housing crisis: there isn’t one.
You could be forgiven for thinking that the world is currently sliding towards a reality which bares an uncanny resemblance to the Terminator films.
This job will heel you
Working in local government can be ‘toe’ joke sometimes, especially when you put your heart and sole into your job.
Senior civil servants are rarely spotted publicly displaying their, no doubt, exemplary sense of humour.
White Van Man on . . . council plaques
I was in my local shopping centre the other day and there was some hideous sculpture supposedly called art and next to it a bronze plaque with the words: ‘Officially unveiled by Ron Bonkers, Cabinet member for transport, sustainable development and environmental diversity.’
In search of unicorns?
Former ministers are a worry – they always give the game away when they are out of office.
With the sequel to the 1996 film Trainspotting hitting cinemas, Diary is in full-blown 90s revival mode.
White Van Man on . . . tourism tax
Whenever I go abroad to Italy or France or whatever I always discover the hotel has whacked on another euro a night for the bill.
To ‘the’ or not to ‘the’
Stadium-fillers U2 might like to sing about where the streets have no name.
Brewdog’s big deal
As the co-founder of Brewdog, James Watt is known in craft beer circles as a man who speaks his mind.
White Van Man on . . . rates bills
They used to say the best way to dine out in Britain was to have a full English brekkie three times a day.
Christmas is known as a time of goodwill and all that, fa la la la la, la la la la.