From Feedback - Is Pickles right to hit council publications?

Why does Pickles want to stop council comms?

I just can't work out the politics of the move by Eric Pickles ('CIPR Local Public Services Group warns against revised publicity code plans',, 17 November).

The system established by the 1986 Local Government Act has stood the test of time - council publications are politically neutral. So why the Stalinist controls?

What he is doing is preventing that exemplary Tory council, Hammersmith & Fulham, informing its residents of the wonderful things it is doing to reduce their council tax. How on earth could such comms be considered threatening?

David Walker

- Corporate leaders lag behind on social media

Fascinating stuff ('BBC has most online influence',, 18 November), but I wonder how accurate the findings are, given that the results are driven by the views of business leaders rather than the stakeholders with whom they are seeking to communicate.

This could be why some corporates have been slow to embrace social media.

Jonathan Hemus

- It is England's turn to host the World Cup

It isn't so much about the Panorama show or the revelations in the Sunday Times ('England 2018 bid damaged by Sunday Times investigation',, 17 November). England hasn't held the World Cup since 1966 so it is their turn. Spain held it in 1982 and Russia doesn't have the infrastructure or the security.

Yes, the British media shoot themselves in the foot with negative reporting. But they did the same about International Olympic Committee corruption and we got the Olympics.

Neil Henderson.

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