• Live and kicking

    19 July 2017

    Red-faced officials at North Somerset Council apologised to local resident Ena King recently, when a letter arrived in the mailbox informing her of her death.

  • You never can tell

    19 July 2017

    Ordinarily, the fact that a councillor shares his or her name with a famous person is not enough to merit space in Diary, although it does often make us giggle into our lunchtime sandwich.

  • Coup de grâss

    19 July 2017

    Councils have been blamed for many things in recent years – but are they now responsible for England’s failure to win a football World Cup since 1966?

  • The pick of Pickles

    24 May 2017

    Diary has long been unashamed in its appreciation for former communities secretary Sir Eric Pickles.

  • White Van Man on . . . social care

    24 May 2017

    Let’s face it, old people run this country ‘cos they’ve got nothing better to do in the day than go and vote, and the canny little sods make sure they vote for a party that feather beds their endless old age.

  • All the fun of the farm

    17 May 2017

    Is feeding defrosted rodents to a python called Cuddles your idea of fun?

  • Reading the signs

    10 May 2017

    Council directors stepping up to be chief executives for the first time are always grateful to receive help and advice.

  • I heard it on the radio

    10 May 2017

    These days Local Government Association chief executive Mark Lloyd is used to kicking up a fuss on behalf of the sector.

  • Talk of the town hall

    02 May 2017

    Liverpool City Council recently revealed that it has started to include non-disclosure clauses as standard in staff contracts.

  • Companies’ show of Force

    26 April 2017

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

  • Gerry’s definitely not here

    26 April 2017

    Twitter gaffes are 10-a-penny nowadays, but North Norfolk DC did perform a fairly spectacular one last week.

  • DCLG’s Royal appointment

    26 April 2017

    The country is currently in the chaotic grip of General Election and Brexit fever. But there is one event that would surely blow these out of the water - the death of the Queen.

  • 4 Wheel Drive Woman on Eric Pickles

    26 April 2017

    Gosh, Tarquin, this talk of a General Election is absolutely exhausting.

  • Blue sky thinking

    20 April 2017

    The ongoing battle over council boundaries is likely to be put on the back burner for a while after the calling of a General Election.

  • Almost a shore thing

    20 April 2017

    Redbridge LBC, being a hundred miles or so from the nearest sea, is not exactly renowned for its maritime activity.

  • It’s more than a feline

    20 April 2017

    Diary had not previously heard of a morale officer before so our whiskers twitched when we heard Tewkesbury Town Council had one.

  • 4 Wheel Drive Woman on . . . the General Election

    20 April 2017

    No Tarquin, a snap election doesn’t mean it is exactly the same as last time.

  • ’Stow many opportunities

    11 April 2017

    Diary hears whispers that Waltham Forest LBC chief executive, Martin Esom, is keen to make more of his area’s links to 1990s boyband East 17.

  • It’s McFloatface mania

    11 April 2017

    News reaches Diary of another twist in the long-running saga of the public naming of the Isle of Wight’s Floating Bridge Number One.

  • Without reservation

    11 April 2017

    Let’s face it, nothing winds up members of staff and junior officers more than their bosses’ reserved car parking spaces.