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The comic genius of ‘Eric Pickles’

There surely must come a point when everyone realises that Eric Pickles is a master satirist. He’s pulled off the routine for far longer than anyone else might have managed – Morris, Baron-Cohen, even Sellers, they could keep up a character for ages, but none ever managed anything close to the length that the ‘Pickles’ […]

Elsewhere

As I’ve written enough about Eric Pickles here this week, I decided my next piece about him should go somewhere else, so you can find it on Liberal Democrat Voice. Related PostsPlaying the game again More from the alarm clock of nonsense I’d like to thank the Academy… Just happy to be nominated

Another strange tale of Eric Pickles

The trouble with writing a blog post about Eric Pickles is that just when you think he’s dug down to a whole new unbeatable low, he finds himself a better shovel and heads down deeper. So today we have the news of the latest round of local government cuts which are about as awful as […]

Eric Pickles’ bin fetish

For what sins committed in a previous life have we found ourselves inflicted with Eric Pickles in this one? I’ve written many times about the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, each time sure that he’s reached a new nadir, that he can go no lower, and then every time he confounds expectations […]

Eric Pickles wins quote of the day

Discussing the Cabinet’s Jubilee gift to the Queen: Asked whether she might have enough table mats already before today’s gift, Mr Pickles said: “One can never have too many table mats.” Further comment is superfluous. Related PostsWorth Reading 59: Alaska, Cuba and Hawaii

Do Tories understand the meaning of ‘localism’?

Two interesting stories from recent weeks that show what a couple of Secretaries of State think of it: From last month, Michael Gove wants more powers to change how schools are run, to stop people having their say over what happens to their local school. And today, Eric Pickles has started threatening councils that don’t […]

Worth Reading 71: Welcome to York

We should not send people to prison for being offensive – Jonathan Calder explains what should be a simple principle, but it’s one sadly forgotten by many people. Eric Pickles: are you a cigar-chomping Commie? – Writing at Liberal Democrat Voice, Andy Boddington points out some of the Communities Secretary’s inconsistencies and hypocrisies. Perpetual Peace […]

Does Eric Pickles understand local government at all?

I apologise for returning to the subject of Eric Pickles once again, but the man just keeps generating material. This time, it’s because he believes Council spending is responsible for the deficit: In comments that will further inflame council leaders from all parties, Pickles told Society Guardian: “Local government is a massive part of public […]

Which will go first – Eric Pickles or the whole DCLG?

A very interesting article in the Local Government Chronicle (behind a paywall, unfortunately, though you may be able to access it through Google) about the Local Government Association’s executive meeting this week, where Eric Pickles came in for some pretty heavy condemnation. I’ve been pretty heavy on Pickles here too, so it’s good to see […]

Localism thrown into the bin

Remember localism? That grand idea that Government ought to stop interfering in the business of local councils and let them run services the way they thought would be best for their residents. If you don’t, don’t worry. Turns out the Government – or at least the DCLG – doesn’t either. Chris White did a good […]