The dark side of Clarke
Last week, the sector mourned the sudden departure of local government minister Simon Clarke.
Cardwell’s well chilled
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
The majority of the sector is currently on its summer holidays after a strenuous few months.
No clowning around
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.
Council chief executives can sometimes struggle to illustrate the practical implications of theoretical scenarios when talking about their jobs.
Council search for zombies
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
Every now and again a social media phenomenon catches the mood and goes viral.
The stamp of the SpAd
Special advisers come and go with the ever-moving merry-go-round of ministers.
Language locked down
As George Orwell famously highlighted in his classic book 1984, language has the power in politics to mask the truth and mislead the public.
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 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?
Council chief executives get all kinds of things in the post.
PR strategist's hall of shame
Diary is inundated with press releases, speeches and blog posts on a regular basis.
Home Swede Home
Some people view Ikea as a Swedish paradise full of Scandinavian design, orderly shopping routes and meatballs.
Cheese your home Caerphilly
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
Everyone wants a piece of 100-year-old Captain Tom Moore these days.
Zoom with a view
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
Lockdown has prompted many of us to take up new hobbies – from painting to learning a language.
Will the flu game fly?
Coronavirus has been far from fun and games.
Overreach to the beach
Life’s a beach when you find out the Government has paid an extra £45m into your council coffers.