Great business leaders plan their succession by identifying and nurturing the man or woman to succeed them.Humble local politicians like Pooter Cockell love to imagine they run a ' business' conveniently forgetting business has to generate profits, whilst a local council can be as profligate as it wishes raiding residents' bank accounts to splurge on 'white elephants' like Exhibitionist Rd or Holland Park School.
Cockell has clung to power for fourteen years. Attempts to dislodge him fail miserably. In those fourteen years Cllr Cockell has drawn a very generous allowance-hugely disproportionate to the size of running a small, compact Borough like RBK&C.
No wonder he refuses to step down....what a great little earner!
|POOTER UNDER ATTACK|
Pooter once denied ever using the new Bentley he forced upon the Council. Challenged by Justin Downes he explained the lie as having been 'political'!
Yes, Pooter's world is very different to ours......
So what is Pooter's latest attempt to hang on to his £130,000 a year?
To councillors asking when he is buggering off he has the gall to say..." I can't yet...David has asked me to stay on to manage the Tri Borough project"!
So when Pooter is finally bundled out of the Town Hall who could succeed him?
There are four front runners: Nick Paget-Brown, Tim 'Oirish' Ahern, 'Squeaker' Lightfoot and Tim Coleridge.
The Dame will be taking a look at the credentials of each over the next few days.......