• Davis has Pickles for lunch

    23 February 2018

    Former communities secretary Eric Pickles was rather fond of a free lunch.

  • Don't take a Gambia on voting!

    23 February 2018

    Diary welcomes the news that The Gambia has re-joined the Commonwealth after almost five years outside the institution.

  • Melting rivalry

    23 February 2018

    Local government secretary Sajid Javid and his shadow Andrew Gwynne are bitter political rivals.

  • No lettings up

    19 February 2018

    They say ‘do unto others…’ and local authorities are certainly at the forefront of enforcing such moral codes.

  • STP to ACS to ACO

    15 February 2018

    Diary is used to being kept on its toes by regular acronym changes in local government – but health is even worse for shifting abbreviations.

  • Not in it together

    12 February 2018

    As the now reclusive Old Etonian ex-prime minister and inadvertent Brexit trigger, David Cameron, once said ‘we’re all in it together’.

  • Not getting cake but eating it

    12 February 2018

    The signs for the upcoming fair funding review are already not good.

  • Bedroom facts

    12 February 2018

    When is a bedroom not a bedroom?

  • Lord Porter gives the gift of time

    05 February 2018

    Too often we lament our hectic lives – usually while simultaneously getting the kids ready for school, washing up, putting the bins out, filing our tax return, eating breakfast with one hand and de-icing the windscreen with the other.

  • ADASS gets badass

    05 February 2018

    The crisis in social care requires a tough, uncompromising response.

  • In the beginning

    31 January 2018

    The battle between local government and Whitehall might be compared to the conflict between David and Goliath.

  • LGA left in the dark

    29 January 2018

    With parsimonious Philip Hammond keeping his iron-like grip on the public coffers, all council-linked organisations are under pressure to save cash.

  • New ministry on the block

    26 January 2018

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has existed for less than a month.

  • Fair funding for Ambridge?

    19 January 2018

    Radio series The Archers promises essential drama from the heart of the countryside.

  • Pot calling kettle black?

    18 January 2018

    The question over how much MPs splash out on first-class train travel constantly crops up in written parliamentary questions.

  • 1066 'n' all that

    18 January 2018

    The Bayeux Tapestry depicts the Norman Conquest of England but a millennium later another battle is breaking out between the nation's councils.

  • Yorkshire bigs itself up

    15 January 2018

    Yorkshire - or as locals call it God’s Own Country – has a long history of boast and bravado.

  • Do you mi-ho-co-lo-go?

    12 January 2018

    Diary has found itself doing lots of speech exercises ever since the reshuffle gave birth to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

  • Javid 'troll' stands down

    08 January 2018

    Sajid Javid can breathe a sigh of relief after keeping his job in prime minister Theresa May’s reshuffle this week.

  • War in Constable Country

    08 January 2018

    Intra-East Anglian rivalry runs deep it seems.