One of the more bizarre musings on leadership skills I have read can be found here. Recently, as part of the entirely artifical concern over regulating leaflet distribution, Brent Council has been accused of being Stalinist. I thought this was a term of abuse, but given that the accusation came from someone on the extreme left perhaps it was intended as a compliment.
It came up again at the Executive last night, when a number of attended about Willesden Library and the leaflet regulations. These people then left before hearing the reports on such minor issues as school places or the increasing numbers of homeless in the Borough. The BBC reported this morning that Newham has been trying to send people to Stoke on Trent. This is going to become increasingly common as local authorities (including Brent) struggle to cope with the housing benefit changes.