The City will see increased parking charges across the city as well as higher Council Tax. Road maintenance is neglected, yet £800,000 a year is spent on PR.
The appointment of a new chief constable who was criticised over his investigation into Edward Heath is seen as the latest saga to afflict a “broken force”.
Our experience is that voters admire our radical approach and respect our resolve to find a new way of financing the public sector.
It is a serious issue – but by forever expanding the definition to include anyone who perceives that they have been insulted for any reason ultimately undermines our ability to address the most serious cases.
The Conservatives gained two seats from the Lib Dems in Dorset and a seat from an independent in North Kesteven. But the Conservatives lost a seat to the Lib Dems in Arun and to an independent in the Scottish Borders.
Conservatives should restate the moral case for taxation and at the same time find innovative ways of revenue raising that are both popular and effective.
Other public services could learn that less money to spend means rethinking what you do.
In practice, children in Wandsworth will still be allowed to climb trees in local parks. It is a mistake for local authorities to adopt rules which suggest otherwise.
The Mayor should take the responsibility to be a unifying figure with a positive message – not just churn out doom-laden predictions.
Local authorities don’t always appreciate the potential of special exhibitions to develop tourism – as well as the opportunities for schools and colleges.
The Conservatives lost two seats to the Lib Dems in Teignbridge and another in North Norfolk. But the Conservatives gained a seat from UKIP in Tendring.
Red Ted Knight and the then Militant Tendency were a disaster for Lambeth. The hard left has returned – new bottles, yet very much the nastiest of old wine.
The Metropolitan Police Service should be a world leader in embracing innovative technology, yet it’s often years behind other law enforcement agencies.
Rural communities will welcome development – if it fits the local vernacular and genuinely meets community needs.
Kevin Beaty: Rural and urban areas in the UK should be working together in a sense of common fellowship
I am setting up a think tank to explore how we can sensibly use the countryside as part of the wider economy.