• Rise of the robots?

    21 June 2018

    Chatbots are predicted to massively increase the relevance of local councils to the average millennial.

  • Savings don't stop cavings

    18 June 2018

    Ex-communities secretary Eric Pickles is soon to be elevated to join his House of Lords chums, heralding a new chapter in his political career.

  • False alarm

    15 June 2018

    There was a recent moment of drama in the chamber at Birmingham City Council – well, more than usual – when a ceremonial clanger was highlighted.

  • Joined up policy? Leaf it out

    15 June 2018

    As an architect of Brexit, Michael Gove has a knack for knowing when to exploit an opportunity – that woeful and failed leadership bid aside, obviously.

  • The end of a beautiful relationship

    01 June 2018

    It’s always sad, not to mention slightly awkward, when a couple finds themselves going their separate ways after the end of a relationship.

  • Cuts keep the peace between councils

    30 May 2018

    Social media can be a fractious place at the best of times.

  • Click me baby one more time

    25 May 2018

    Everybody’s inboxes are currently packed with emails urging them to opt in, sign up or re-register, spurred by the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  • Plotting to increase recycling

    25 May 2018

    If, like Diary, you’re inundated with all manner of leaflets and flyers landing on your doormat every morning, spare a thought for the poor people of the Isle of Wight.

  • Council helps couple get married

    21 May 2018

    Windsor and Maidenhead RLBC was tasked with accommodating more than 100,000 visitors who turned out for the royal wedding at the weekend.

  • Cock-a-doodle shoo

    21 May 2018

    The Yorkshire village of Chickenley sounds like a perfect fit for a homeless cockerel, if you ask Diary.

  • Should we trust the survey on trust?

    15 May 2018

    If you want to be popular don’t become a politician is the message from the latest Veracity Index into the professions the public most trust.

  • Royally good show

    14 May 2018

    Local government is well-known for its love of a good acronym.

  • Pickles for Strictly?

    14 May 2018

    These days secretaries of state at Marsham Street barely have time to gather their thoughts before they are catapulted to another part of Whitehall.

  • Whitehall speed dating

    23 April 2018

    Diary is a bit old-fashioned when it comes to dating.

  • Reckless is more

    23 April 2018

    Diary has been known to indulge in some reckless behaviour now and again.

  • Wanna hook up?

    23 April 2018

    Council press teams are used to being reactive on Twitter, but how would your local authority respond to a mysterious suitor asking if it wanted to ‘hook up’?

  • Making peace

    06 April 2018

    While Lib Dem and Labour politicos don’t always see eye-to-eye, the parties’ spokespeople on local government have found common ground.

  • Gloria parks up at Marsham Street

    06 April 2018

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is not a great place for celeb spotters to lurk.

  • Sir Steve's parting victory

    06 April 2018

    Lewisham is sometimes a forgotten part of London, being one of the worst-served by public transport parts of the capital.

  • Careful now

    14 March 2018

    Diary is well aware of Government’s innately cautious stance to pretty much everything.