Meanwhile, the lovely Government commissar, Hazel Blears, announces that she is about is to give local councillors the right to claim their expenses even if they never turn up to a meeting.
According to the report, "Ministers said yesterday that they will push ahead with new rules which will mean council members can take part in votes by mobile phone or over the internet."
They are to introduce laws to allow remote voting in council chambers despite the opposition of a majority of local authorities.
Critics of the plan say it will allow 'couch potato councillors' to obey their party whips while sitting in front of the TV or drinking in a pub.
The Conservatives claim that Labour wants its councillors to be able to work while still claiming the taxpayerfunded allowances ."
Hazel's other plans to improve local democracy includes handing out doughnuts to voters at polling stations.
Call me old-fashioned but as a local councillor, I think it's only reasonable that I be expected to turn-up to vote at council meetings while I recognise that there are rare occasions when the day-job can mean I'm away and can't reasonably get back in time. Allowing remote voting I think sets a dangerous precedent for local democracy, as councils across the country already have far too many members who are conspicuous by their absence on a regular basis or are simply inactive, period.
Naturally, a preferred career route for an ambitious local councillor of any party, is to become a Labour member of the House of Lords but that particular story has received enough attention this week as I'm sure you'll agree.