In other words, if it happened one year from today, Palmer could have been before a judge in a court of law fighting for his political life.
Luckily it was now, and he is before the so-called independent Standards Committee, staffed by the not so independent Jennifer Ware and co who dealt him the aces from up their sleeves and let him off with little more than a wag of a finger - had he been present he would have received the Phelps style embrace and kiss on the cheek no doubt.
These councillors live in some fantasy world, they think they can do what they want, say what they want, and turn up when they want and we the people who elect them are more of an irritation, a rash that appears once every four years or so, that needs a little ointment and then it all dies down for another four years or so.
Not any more.
People like Palmer who think they can get away with failing to declare business interests, or any others with their nose in the trough had better be aware, the Hornet is waiting to sting you.
Mr Justin Downes, of Residents First the growing movement in the borough, who lodged the original complaint has prepared an appeal that demolishes the arguments of the committee that exonerated the councillor and Hornet will keep you posted on the outcome.
As the Dame said earlier, next time Clouseau, its just a matter of time...