• The dark side of Clarke

    16 September 2020

    Last week, the sector mourned the sudden departure of local government minister Simon Clarke.

  • Cardwell’s well chilled

    02 September 2020

    Tongues have been wagging among ex-colleagues of Peter Cardwell after he announced he was writing a book on his three-and-a-half-year stint as a special adviser.

  • Trying to switch off

    17 August 2020

    The majority of the sector is currently on its summer holidays after a strenuous few months.

  • No clowning around

    17 August 2020

    As the UK continues to tentatively reopen, we’ve now reached those activities you would least expect to be able to operate in a COVID-secure way.

  • Doorbell diversion

    10 August 2020

    Council chief executives can sometimes struggle to illustrate the practical implications of theoretical scenarios when talking about their jobs.

  • Council search for zombies

    10 August 2020

    News that the walking dead will be descending upon the local area would normally lead the council to at least raise the alarm.

  • I have a joke but

    27 July 2020

    Every now and again a social media phenomenon catches the mood and goes viral.

  • The stamp of the SpAd

    23 July 2020

    Special advisers come and go with the ever-moving merry-go-round of ministers.

  • Language locked down

    10 July 2020

    As George Orwell famously highlighted in his classic book 1984, language has the power in politics to mask the truth and mislead the public.

  • No messing

    06 July 2020

    We’re all used to polite campaigns calling for an end to rubbish excuses for littering and encouraging people to responsibly dispose of their litter.

  • Lockdown locks

    26 June 2020

    Lockdown has meant we’ve either had to rope members of our household into becoming impromptu hairdressers or suffered from the indignity of out-of-control locks.

  • Resurrected in Ramsgate?

    12 June 2020

    Council chief executives get all kinds of things in the post.

  • PR strategist's hall of shame

    12 June 2020

    Diary is inundated with press releases, speeches and blog posts on a regular basis.

  • Home Swede Home

    12 June 2020

    Some people view Ikea as a Swedish paradise full of Scandinavian design, orderly shopping routes and meatballs.

  • Cheese your home Caerphilly

    08 June 2020

    In the middle of a pandemic with recession looming what do we all need to cheer us up but a nice cheesy story … literally.

  • Riding on the Captain Tom bandwagon

    08 June 2020

    Everyone wants a piece of 100-year-old Captain Tom Moore these days.

  • Zoom with a view

    18 May 2020

    One of the silver linings of this pandemic has been the opportunity Zoom meetings have provided to get a glimpse inside people’s homes.

  • MHCLG's new lockdown hobby

    18 May 2020

    Lockdown has prompted many of us to take up new hobbies – from painting to learning a language.

  • Will the flu game fly?

    11 May 2020

    Coronavirus has been far from fun and games.

  • Overreach to the beach

    11 May 2020

    Life’s a beach when you find out the Government has paid an extra £45m into your council coffers.