Regular readers may remember Eric Pickles’ trip to India — at which the local government secretary ate six curries in one session. While the taxpayers’ bill for the jaunt was initially reported as £4,000, a parliamentary question has forced DCLG to disclose the full cost of the trip — nearly £8,000 including support costs. That menu again: […]

Local Conservatives are in open revolt over plans to bar councillors from the Local Government Pension Scheme. Having backed savage cuts to the hilt, leading Tories have changed their tune now that they themselves are affected  — with one former county council leader slamming Eric Pickles’ plans as “nasty and vindictive”. Naturally, the Tories have […]