“There Are 8 Million Potholes On UK Roads Because Of Austerity, Says New Report”

“… Routine road maintenance budgets have fallen from £1.1 billion in 2009/10 to around £701 million in 2017/18, the LGA said.

This budget is used to fund expenses such as minor road repairs, cleaning drains and fixing street lighting.

The LGA estimated that the reduction could have covered the cost of repairing 7.8 million potholes. …”

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/potholes-uk-roads_uk_5d2038b3e4b0f312568414d2?guccounter=1

“‘If you try to be everyone’s cup of tea you might as well be a mug’ “

A different kind of local politician, now an MEP, Magid Magid, Green forner mayor of Sheffield, has a refreshing view on not being controlled by council officers! If only other councillors could follow his lead!

“… Magid studied aquatic zoology, ran a digital marketing business and worked for the homelessness charity Shelter before getting involved in politics, motivated by the rise of Ukip in the 2014 European elections.

Within four years, he was being sworn in as lord mayor of Sheffield to the tune of the Imperial March from Star Wars and the Superman theme tune, as the Sheffield Star reported. He later made headlines by stating he would ban “wasteman” Donald Trump from the city – a measure not within his powers.

His one-year tenure was not uncontroversial and he chafed at what he describes as the local council’s attempts to control his diary and messaging. “They wanted to control every aspect of everything especially when they realised the amount of engagement and traction I was getting.”

The new MEP does not resile from “unapologetically being myself”, saying: “if you are trying to be everyone’s cup of tea you might as well be a mug”.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/06/magid-magid-if-you-try-to-be-everyones-cup-of-tea-you-might-as-well-be-a-mug?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

“Theresa May is planning a scaled-back resignation honours list after backlash over David Cameron’s cronies*” * [included Swire]

“Theresa May wants to do things ‘properly’ and will limit the roster to a few names who have put in genuine public service.

The Prime Minister is planning a scaled-back resignation honours list which will reward a small group of people for public service and stand in contrast to her predecessor’s controversial gongs for cronies.

David Cameron was criticised for handing out 46 knighthoods and honours, as well as 13 peerages, to his aides, donors and political allies when he stood down three years ago. …”

Theresa May is planning a scaled-back resignation honours list after backlash over David Cameron’s cronies