It's mystifying to me what this council thought it would achieve in this hysterical reaction to an unflattering - but entirely legitimate - story about its chief executive having 'life coaching' sessions at the taxpayers' expense. But it is a great example of how councils regard their relationship - or in this case, a lack of one - with the local media. It also reflects how councils, for all their talk of engaging with the public and voters and commitment to transparency, would often much prefer it if their activities were never put under the glare of the public spotlight.

How a reporter was 'banned' by a county council press office after FOI requests>>

How one council over-reacted to a journalist's Freedom of Information requests