◆ In a briefing on monies seized from Hackney’s illegal gambling machines, Stoke Newington councillor Gilbert Smyth was heard to make an ironic inquiry – perhaps the cash could be used to support Hackney’s struggling voluntary sector?
As austerity drags on, such desperate rolls of the dice might start to be made in earnest.
◆ Hackney Council officers weren’t keen on our local democracy reporter attending a purportedly public residents’ meeting.
When asked why our journalist had been shown the door, the minutes record the reply as: “The journalist was not expelled but [we] explained the correct route for communication.”
Officers are expected to start running workshops in the training of nightclub bouncers.
◆ Secretary of Hackney South Labour Heather Mendick can be found on Twitter agreeing with veteran leftwing activist Peter Willsman, who declares: “Voters do not want to read every day about plotting and scheming by assorted malcontents.”
Hear that, Game of Thrones writers? Get your coats.