• Grayson, meet Tinie

    13 August 2018

    Cross-dressing artist Grayson Perry goes to the parts of the UK where even rap artists have feared to tread.

  • Eeh by gum! Stop with the jargon!

    13 August 2018

    West Yorkshire folk are known for their plain-talking style.

  • Back to school

    13 August 2018

    Parents taking their kids out of school to go on holiday is a perennial problem for councils.

  • Quick-thinking tinkling

    06 August 2018

    During a misspent youth, Diary occasionally encountered drunken louts shamefully urinating in dark corners when caught short after a few pints.

  • Done for battery?

    06 August 2018

    When your local police and crime commissioner (PCC) contacts you to discuss charges, usually you’d be in a spot of bother.

  • Porn this way

    30 July 2018

    Diary wonders what creative juices are in the water at London Councils.

  • Re: ?

    27 July 2018

    When Diary writes an email it sometimes agonises over what to put in the subject line.

  • Rising with Rishi

    23 July 2018

    Local government minister Rishi Sunak’s morning habits have changed since he got the job in January.

  • Escape to the Country

    23 July 2018

    As Britain sweats under the heatwave, councils across the country have been busy organising summer fetes and fayres.

  • Lookalike or no lookalike

    16 July 2018

    Mark Lloyd’s day job as Local Government Association (LGA) chief executive keeps him busy enough.

  • Councils bring it home

    16 July 2018

    Diary admits it was excited when it heard whispers that football was coming home.

  • Brokenshire's 10 minutes of fame

    09 July 2018

    Newish communities secretary James Brokenshire was treated a bit like a celebrity at his first Local Government Association (LGA) conference.

  • Power to Change your view

    09 July 2018

    Some say we grow to become the things we disliked as youngsters.

  • Dressing down for councillors

    29 June 2018

    Think back to what councillors were wearing at the last council meeting you attended.

  • Communities crucial to Brokenshire

    29 June 2018

    The role of secretary of state for housing, communities and local government covers everything from building regulation to high streets, planning reform to integration.

  • A Day in the Life of FM Conway workers

    29 June 2018

    There was almost a Revolution when infrastructure services contractor FM Conway took away the famous Abbey Road zebra crossing as part of resurfacing works.

  • Metaphors aplenty

    25 June 2018

    While the delays to the publication of the Government’s social care green paper disappointed the sector it did at least provide some entertaining metaphors from commentators.

  • Missing Melanie?

    22 June 2018

    The sector’s relationship with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has improved over recent years.

  • Rise of the robots?

    21 June 2018

    Chatbots are predicted to massively increase the relevance of local councils to the average millennial.

  • Savings don't stop cavings

    18 June 2018

    Ex-communities secretary Eric Pickles is soon to be elevated to join his House of Lords chums, heralding a new chapter in his political career.