One has to hand it to Sir Cockell. He is determined that effete young Rock Fielding Mellen is the 'boy' to replace him.
Below: Rock Fielding Mellen
This, despite the fact that he has done nothing in his short life to qualify him to lead the Rotten Borough. Up against tough guy Steven Greenhalgh, Fielding Mellen will be history and the needs of K&C residents forgotten. The Tri Borough arrangement is one of the most flawed, ill thought through and dangerous of projects: it poses a grave threat to us, the residents. So one has to wonder why Merrick Cockell and Derek Myers are so keen to promote this young 'aristo' to the job.
Many conspiracy theories abound. Two have caught the attention of the Dame.
Socially, and without being snobbish, (surely, an impossibility for you Dame Ed) Myers is very much more at home in the Hounslow end of H&F.
He knows that in Steven Greenhalgh he has a ruthless and strategic brainbox-and a leader vastly superior to his puppet, Sir Cockell. So delivering a young ingenue like Rock Fm will score him many points with SG and also allow Derek to continue to operate as the Rotten Borough puppet master.
The other theory is that Sir Cockell is terribly impressed by the fact that Rock's stepfather is the Earl of Wemyss. Wemyss is a nice chap and, like Rock's mum, keen in 'cerebral experimentation'. Sir Cockell is very anxious to move in high, aristocratic circles. Wemyss has vast estates and doubtless-once Sir Cockell gets his peerage, he will expect to be invited to Downton Abbey style house parties.
It would be wrong for K&C residents to be sacrificed on the alter of Sir Cockell's social ambitions....
As part of the Myers/ Cockell strategy to elect young Rock they are sending him off on all sorts of errands. Here he is..
Rock FM looking self important
The Leadership race is on. Warwick Lightfoot is saddled up and ready for the off. However, with the clown Palmer as his 'trainer' the odds are not good for his chances.....