Though he would be horrified at the suggestion there is only one man with the stature, integrity, and brainpower to take on the leadership of our failing council.
Step forward Cllr Robert Freeman!
Of course, Freeman will say, with his usual modesty, that he's not the man but a free vote amongst all the councillors would prove him wrong.
The Dame cannot remember such a successful Mayoral year as that led by Cllr and Mrs. Freeman.
Together they bought great kudos to this council
The fact that Freeman has never been invited to join the Cabinet says much about the rottenness of the way the Council was run under the ill-educated Merrick Cockell.
Cockell, being very thick(and much worse) could not bear the idea of a man of towering intelligence and overwhelming probity working alongside him.
There are others, too, who Cockell was envious of and they too were consigned to non-jobs.
So now we have a council filled with such duds that none are capable of taking on the challenge of turning this council around.
The Dame now turns to another aspect of leadership:the role of the Chief Executive.
The situation is now so dire that the only man or woman capable of saving the council from total implosion is a successful businessman/woman with the necessary turnaround skills....
Someone who would take on the challenge on a more or less pro bono basis.
The Dame will be calling young Simon Wolfson who has so successfully turned around Next.