The fact that some pen-pushers at the Home Office decided that former Ipswich mayor Inga Lockington had not done enough to prove that she was worthy of UK citizenship came as a shock – but not a total surprise.
Suffolk County Council’s new leader Matthew Hicks will be spending the next week putting the final touches to his new cabinet and his formal acceptance speech before he formally takes over the reins of power at Endeavour House.
The fact that Suffolk County Council cabinet member Matthew Hicks was considering a bid for the leadership of the authority has been one of the worst-kept secrets in the county’s political circles over the last few months.
When county council leader Colin Noble dropped his bombshell that he had commissioned a report looking at the future of local government in Suffolk, he must have known he was letting off a firecracker in the world of the county’s public sector.
One of the great things about democracy is that every so often it can conspire to give us a result no-one could have predicted and that politicians have to then take, read, inwardly digest and learn important lessons from.