Rapacious Business Rates means the small business man or woman paying a rent of £40,000 a year pays £20,000 in tax...and gets nothing in return.
Unlike Amazon, et al who avoid paying tens of millions in tax and do little for employment.
Instead of taking up arms on behalf local business, Pooter frittered away half a million quid on the Wedge Card.
Pooter's career-before cannily seeing there was money to be made as a local government entrepreneur, was flogging cigarettes in Africa. That should have been a 'no brainer'. However, like Danny Boys's mysterious career in Africa, it ended in failure.
So no surprise the Council has written off all the half million quid 'invested' in the disaster which is the Wedge.
Our new leader, Nick Paget-Brown has a perfect opportunity to take up the cudgels on behalf of local commerce and demand Central Government stop driving business to the wall.
The sad fact is that few councillors have any experience of the harsh realities of business....
Time they understood that local economies are integral to the health of the community.