Unexpected news headlines today from the BBC…

“Stoke-on-Trent City Council is rated as the worst performing in the country, according to the Audit Commission.”

…unexpected, that is, only if you were a Stoke resident who’d been living down a pit-shaft in total darkness for the last few years. Apparently the city council is even worse than in Sandwell, which is quite an achievement. Even more of an achievement is to come bottom in a survey when large sections of the forms are open to self-assessment.

To be fair; they have been brilliant at laying miles of good off-road bicycle-paths in the past three years. It’s just a pity about everything else.