About Eye Spy

Eye Spy people.. Councillors mainly, sometimes officers, but all inside the Civic Centre. I like to keep an eye on what is going on.

No Jubilee Beacons for Stoke-on-Trent?

At 10pm this evening a network of beacons will be lit across the UK to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The beacons in the UK will form part of over 4000 that are being lit around the Commonwealth.

Around the UK it seems that almost every county and city will be lighting at least one beacon this evening. Continue reading

Inside the civic

The big news this week, as hinted in my last column, was the resignation of Deputy Lord Mayor Khan as he prepares to once again face the Standards Committee. This is certainly an honourable decision, however why it took so long (and a Labour group meeting) to convince Khan to resign perhaps signifies how unaware certain councillors are about what the public think of their conduct. Continue reading

Inside the Civic

Those who thought all out elections would bring some stability to our Council must be feeling embarrassed this week as Council Leader Mohammed Pervez took a scalpel to his cabinet, cutting out the disobedient Gratton and challenger Hill, and carving up the other portfolios in what is quite clearly more than the ‘tweaking’ he described it as.

The introduction of Platt and Dutton is seen as a nod to the left wingers in the group, who re-emerged in 2011 to rival the modernisers who were in danger of taking over Labour. Continue reading