• The camera never lies

    14 January 2019

    Politicians go to great lengths to portray the best possible public image while on the campaign trail.

  • Democracy's different down under

    23 November 2018

    Most people are aware that voting in Australia is compulsory, but far fewer will be informed about the traditions surrounding the trip to the polls.

  • What do traffic jams, hopscotch and skyscrapers have in common?

    14 September 2018

    Diary considers itself something of a connoisseur when it comes to audit reports, but recently found itself considering the images that adorn their front covers.

  • We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boast

    16 August 2018

    We must be grateful in these quiet days of August that many hard-working folk in local government continue to slave away at their desks.

  • Rubbish jokes

    16 August 2018

    Diary has often been known to crack a fair few bad jokes in its time.

  • The key to happiness

    16 August 2018

    Potholes, parking and part-night street lighting – highways crews so often get it in the neck from the Great British public on a variety of issues.

  • Grayson, meet Tinie

    13 August 2018

    Cross-dressing artist Grayson Perry goes to the parts of the UK where even rap artists have feared to tread.

  • Eeh by gum! Stop with the jargon!

    13 August 2018

    West Yorkshire folk are known for their plain-talking style.

  • Back to school

    13 August 2018

    Parents taking their kids out of school to go on holiday is a perennial problem for councils.

  • Quick-thinking tinkling

    06 August 2018

    During a misspent youth, Diary occasionally encountered drunken louts shamefully urinating in dark corners when caught short after a few pints.

  • Done for battery?

    06 August 2018

    When your local police and crime commissioner (PCC) contacts you to discuss charges, usually you’d be in a spot of bother.

  • Porn this way

    30 July 2018

    Diary wonders what creative juices are in the water at London Councils.

  • Re: ?

    27 July 2018

    When Diary writes an email it sometimes agonises over what to put in the subject line.

  • Rising with Rishi

    23 July 2018

    Local government minister Rishi Sunak’s morning habits have changed since he got the job in January.

  • Escape to the Country

    23 July 2018

    As Britain sweats under the heatwave, councils across the country have been busy organising summer fetes and fayres.

  • Lookalike or no lookalike

    16 July 2018

    Mark Lloyd’s day job as Local Government Association (LGA) chief executive keeps him busy enough.

  • Councils bring it home

    16 July 2018

    Diary admits it was excited when it heard whispers that football was coming home.

  • Brokenshire's 10 minutes of fame

    09 July 2018

    Newish communities secretary James Brokenshire was treated a bit like a celebrity at his first Local Government Association (LGA) conference.

  • Power to Change your view

    09 July 2018

    Some say we grow to become the things we disliked as youngsters.

  • Dressing down for councillors

    29 June 2018

    Think back to what councillors were wearing at the last council meeting you attended.