The Dame is recipient of many strange rumours-but none more so than this......
The source was a highly placed Rotten Borough officer-and one without a sense of humour thus we can be sure he was not playing some cruel practical joke upon La Dame.
It truly is one of the bizarrest of stories and one that the Dame is anxious to 'put some legs on.'
Here goes....It would seem Pooter has promised he will step down at the end of the year having enjoyed the opportunity afforded to hobnob with “The Royalty”..... as he so charmingly puts it-and 'press the flesh' with the various “high ups” in the Olympics industry. He believes that with the contacts he has made, plus his peerage, he will get some lucrative non exec directorships.
So with the going of Pooter there is some concerted jockeying to grab this lucrative £70,000 a year sinecure.
......to cut to the chase.... the Dame's officer friend tells her that there is a 'dark horse' candidate quietly and persuasively pitching for the job.
You could have knocked the Dame down with one of her boa feathers when she heard that this 'dark horse' was none other than Cllr Matthew Palmer!
|PALMER TO BE NEXT LEADER!!!|
Palmer has been telling people that he will be a conciliating force in a council which has lost it's way and is riven with jealously and intrigue. He also tells those dumbstruck enough to listen that his candidature has the blessing of none other than Pooter himself. The Dame suspects that Cllr Palmer may end up rather more of a 'stalking horse' than a 'dark horse' and we all know what happens to stalking horses....