War of words;Diary
Possibly stung by Chris Woodhead's suggestion that some of them haven't been telling the whole story, the Local Government Association has gone on the attack with a guide to surviving inspections, complete with a 10-point plan for dealing with the pesky media.
"Good media relations is all about rapid rebuttal," it says, adding: "Do not fear the press." Above all, be positive: brief hacks in advance on your achievements, and line up some tame heads to bat for you.
Revealingly, it suggests: "If the report is due to criticise a certain area, start telling the media ... that this area is improving or due to improve."
Thanks for the tip, folks - we'll watch out for that one.