Davis has Pickles for lunch
Former communities secretary Eric Pickles was rather fond of a free lunch.
Don't take a Gambia on voting!
Diary welcomes the news that The Gambia has re-joined the Commonwealth after almost five years outside the institution.
Local government secretary Sajid Javid and his shadow Andrew Gwynne are bitter political rivals.
No lettings up
They say ‘do unto others…’ and local authorities are certainly at the forefront of enforcing such moral codes.
STP to ACS to ACO
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
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
The signs for the upcoming fair funding review are already not good.
When is a bedroom not a bedroom?
Lord Porter gives the gift of time
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
The crisis in social care requires a tough, uncompromising response.
In the beginning
The battle between local government and Whitehall might be compared to the conflict between David and Goliath.
LGA left in the dark
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
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has existed for less than a month.
Fair funding for Ambridge?
Radio series The Archers promises essential drama from the heart of the countryside.
Pot calling kettle black?
The question over how much MPs splash out on first-class train travel constantly crops up in written parliamentary questions.
1066 'n' all that
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
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?
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
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
Intra-East Anglian rivalry runs deep it seems.