As we consider future leaders let us consider past leaders….
One in particular, Nicholas Freeman, was as Wilkipedia says, “ a controversial figure”: a polite way of saying a very nasty piece of work…a bully and a vandal and who, in the climate of today, might have ended up in prison for the very same reasons that Jimmy Savile has been pilloried. How has the Dame found out? Through a retired and very senior Scotland Yard detective......
|SMASHED TO PIECES BY VANDALISTIC LEADER|
This was a man sanctified by the council, yet who carried out the most appalling piece of vandalism.
Without consulting colleagues Freeman, in 1982, ordered the overnight destruction of the wonderful Victorian Italianate Town Hall hours before it was due to be given Listed Status.
With cynical disregard he ordered the beautiful façade to be smashed to pieces.
The Royal Fine Art Commission condemned the action as
"official vandalism... decided upon covertly, implemented without warning and timed deliberately to thwart known opposition".
Freeman was particularly criticised for failing to find an alternative use for the building. He survived the storm, doubtless helped by the fact that he dominated the council to a degree unusual among municipal leaders, but there was little comfort for the ratepayers: the cost of the ugly new town hall far exceeded his original estimates!